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Senate Proceeding on Jul 15th, 2009 :: 2:31:30 to 2:34:55
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John McCain

2:31:17 to 2:31:38( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: it is not unusual or beyond the custom and rules of the senate and i believe senator reid has the right to do it on this critically important legislation which we can the presiding office objection is heard. mr. mccain: here's the facts, the fact is, the majority leader whose job it is to move legislation through the

John McCain

2:31:30 to 2:34:55( Edit History Discussion )
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John McCain

2:31:39 to 2:32:01( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: is now blocking progress of defense authorization that progress through the senate by proposing an unn irrelevant, amendment which is large piece of legislation which is highly controversial. the senat come to the floor and he will

John McCain

2:32:02 to 2:32:23( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: file cloture and then after s hours there with amendments, because he'll probably fill up the tree, the senate will pass a highly controversial, highly explosive piece of legislation to be attached to the aut for the defense of the security of this nation. that's wrong.

John McCain

2:32:24 to 2:32:46( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: and why -- let me put it this way. it is unanswerable that we don't just take up the bill in the regular order and allow the senate debate and discussion. that's how the senate's supposed to not put a piece of major legislation. i would point out to my friend from illinois, something he knows. it is one thing for someone who

John McCain

2:32:47 to 2:33:08( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: sits back there to amendment to the pending legislation, because they fee that's the only way they can get their argument heard. the majority leader of the united states senate has the authority to move whatever legislation he wants and the majority leader of states senate should move the hate crimes bill if he wants it considered. rather than give it priority

John McCain

2:33:09 to 2:33:29( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: over the -- the accounts for the national security of this country and the men and women who serve in. it so i'm sure that -- that there will be all kinds of comments about the republicans blocking a vote, blocking this, blocking that. why don't we take up legislation in t could.

John McCain

2:33:30 to 2:33:51( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: hate crimes has been opposed by the united states commission on civil rights. this is a very, very controversial issue. and we're not -- by putting it on the d.o.d. bill, we're not going to have the adequate debate, discussion on an amendment that this issue deserves. there's passion on both sides of the so it's obvious that what --

John McCain

2:33:52 to 2:34:13( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: whether it is the intention or not, what's happening here is the whole process of debate amendment will circuited because we on this side of the aisle are more than willing to take up the legislation as a separate piece and discuss it and let the american people instead, the men and women in the military right now today are

John McCain

2:34:14 to 2:34:36( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: being shortchanged by putting irrelevant legislation that is highly controversial complex on a bill designed to defend this country and the men and mr. durbin: will for a question? mr. mccain: i will be glad yield. if you want to have a colloquy, go ahead. mr. durbin: i want to make sure that senator boxer has her chance.

John McCain

2:34:37 to 2:34:56( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: if i could make two senator reid offered this amendment on behalf of senator senator leahy, now presiding over the sotomayor hearings. i know he supports it. i support it as well, the hate mr. mccain: could i respond to that? it is one thing to have the chairman of the committee support it. it's another thing to have the legislation go through the

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