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Senate Proceeding on Jul 15th, 2009 :: 9:06:45 to 9:10:35
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John McCain

9:06:45 to 9:07:05( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: that made me want to come back here and pass this legislation as quickly as possible, because this legislation, number one, provides fair compensation and first-rate health care and addres wounded, ill and injured and improve the quality of life of all-volunteer force, active duty, national guard and

John McCain

9:06:45 to 9:10:35( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: John McCain

John McCain

9:07:06 to 9:07:26( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: reserves and their families. that's the number-one priority in this legislation. so what have we done? legislation as quickly as possible through the united withdrawn the amendment and legislation that has nothing to do with the purpose and our

John McCain

9:07:27 to 9:07:47( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: obligation to the men and women who are serving this country. so i understand what numbers are and i understand what the outcome of elections are, and i understand that there's a majority on the other side of the aisle. but what's being done here by withdrawing an amendment that

John McCain

9:07:48 to 9:08:09( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: has a transcendent importance and putting another totally unrelated piece of legislation may set a very dangerous precedent for?e because this is not a one-shot deal, the hate crimes bill. this is not an amendment to say that you can carry a gun in a national park.

John McCain

9:08:10 to 9:08:31( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: this is not a single issue bill what we're talking about in hate crimes. we're talking about a very large and encompassing piece of legislation that by any rational considered through the proper committee and on the floor through the proper process. so, we are now holding up -- we

John McCain

9:08:32 to 9:08:52( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: are now holding up the progress of legislation which is important to the future security of this country and the men and women who serve it, to give them the r technology, equipment and force protections and authorities they need to succeed in combat and stability operations. i understand and appreciate the passion of the advocates of hate

John McCain

9:08:53 to 9:09:14( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: crime legislation. they have made it very clear and told comlling stories on thi floor, and i believe that we must take it up and act as immediately as possible. and we should be doing -- what we should be doing is taking up the hate crimes bill in the senate for full debate and discussion as soon as we finish

John McCain

9:09:15 to 9:09:35( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: there is no connection between the defenseuthorization bill and hate crimes. and it is a complex and detailed 26-page, as i recall, piece of legislation. so, again, i appreciate the kind comments of the majority leader who came to the floor, who said he couldn't understand certain

John McCain

9:09:36 to 9:09:56( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: things that i have done. i hope that the maj understands better now. and if he to come to the floor again and put -- and point out again that what we are doing here is a wrong thing to do. it's wrong for us to get off the legislation that provides for the

John McCain

9:09:57 to 9:10:17( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: nation. it's wrong to take up a piece of legislation that should go through the appropriate committee. this is what we teach kids in school in civics 101, that a bill that is proposed, goes through the appropriate committee, voted out and then comes to the floor of the senate for debate and amendment.

John McCain

9:10:18 to 9:10:36( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: instead, we are violating the fundamen r of the united states senate. so, i hope that as we continue and vote at 2:00 a.m. or whatever it is that we're going to do, all we've done the responsibilities that we have, which is to provide the

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