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Senate Proceeding on Jul 22nd, 2010 :: 1:59:25 to 2:06:20
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Tom Harkin

1:59:19 to 1:59:39( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: quorum call: a the presiding officer: the senator from iowa. mr proceedings under the quorum call be dispensed with. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. harkin: i have eight unanimous consent requests for committees to meet during today's session of the senate. they have the appro majority and minority leaders. i ask unanimous consent that these requests be agreed to and that these requests be printed

Tom Harkin

1:59:25 to 2:06:20( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Tom Harkin

Tom Harkin

1:59:40 to 2:00:00( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: in the record. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. harkin: madam president, we're rapidly approaching the time when we will yield the floor on a -- a different resolution, and i guess the votes will be held around noon on the resolution commemorating the 20th anniversary of the americans with disabilities act.

Tom Harkin

2:00:01 to 2:00:21( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: i didn't say this before, madam president, but there is a lot of activities going on all over this country this weekend, in every state certain activities are taking place, not the same thing. different states do different things. senator bwn mentioned that in iowa we are collecting stories fromll of our 99 counties,

Tom Harkin

2:00:22 to 2:00:42( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: from people with disabilities, families, friends who know of what has happened in the life of a person with disabilities that has been affected by the americans with disabilities act. i myself am participating this weekend in several events in iowa commemorating the a.d.a. every state. it's happening all over the country and, of course, it's happening here in washington

Tom Harkin

2:00:43 to 2:01:04( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: too. next monday there will be a series of events at 10:00 a.m. there will be a -- a panel discussion that will take place in the kennedy caucus room in the russell building. that's from 10:00 until 12:00. everyone's invited.

Tom Harkin

2:01:05 to 2:01:27( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: it will be a discussion, interesting enough, among a lot of people who were there at the ration. steve bartlett, boyden gray, attorney general dick thornburg, bobby silverstein, pat wright. a number of people who were there to talk about how this happened, but then also to have the audience participate in what

Tom Harkin

2:01:28 to 2:01:48( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: needs to be done and where we go from here. so that's from 10:00 until 120 in the kennedy building caucus room in the russell building. a lot 1:00 p.m. there is an a.d.a. reception in the -- on the house side. and then a very interesting thing's going to happen on the

Tom Harkin

2:01:49 to 2:02:09( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: house side. at 2:00 p.m. the house will come into session. the presiding officer in the house at that time will be representative jim langivane from rhode island. again, a severe parapledgic.

Tom Harkin

2:02:10 to 2:02:31( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: i've known jim for many ears. uses a wheelchair. congressman langivane has never been able to preside over the house. because like our podium here, you have to go up a number of steps to get to it. no way he can get his wheelchair up there. i understand the house?

Tom Harkin

2:02:32 to 2:02:53( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: the process -- i understand that the house? the process so that people who use wheelchairs can get to the podium. so for the first time a congressperson using a wheelchair will preside over the house of representatives. i intend throb. as a former house -- i intend to be there.

Tom Harkin

2:02:54 to 2:03:15( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: as a former house member, and that will take place at 2:00 p.m. on the house side. from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., president obama is opening up the white house lawn for a celebration. there will be several hundred people there. people with disabilities and their families, friends, peopl

Tom Harkin

2:03:16 to 2:03:38( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: who have been involved in this and, as i understand it, the white house will be making a proclamation at that time. that is from 4:00 until 6:00. at 7:00 p.m. there will be an a.d.a. gala from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

Tom Harkin

2:03:39 to 2:04:00( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: so a full day of celebration and remembrance and a day of commitment to moving further and making sure that the promise of the a.d.a. is fulfilled. not in 100 years. a much shorter time period than that. as i mentioned earlier, it took 100 years from -- from lincoln's

Tom Harkin

2:04:01 to 2:04:21( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: emancipation proclamation until the civil rights act 1964 before the emancipation proclamation process was actually put into law. i hope and trust to make sure that it doesn't take 100 years to make the promise of the

Tom Harkin

2:04:22 to 2:04:42( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: a.d.a. complete throughout our society. we've come a long way. we've got some things to do. but we're keeping at it and we'll do whatever we need to do to make sure that the four goals of the americans with disabilities act are realized in as short a time frame as possible. so with that, madam president,

Tom Harkin

2:04:43 to 2:05:05( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: again, i note -- i yield the fl quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk wi

Tom Harkin

2:05:28 to 2:05:48( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: quorum call: mr. harkin: madam president? madam president, i ask that the proceeding call be dispensed with. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. harkin: two things, madam president, first of all i ask for the yeas and nays on the resolution. the presiding officer: is there a sufficient second? there appears to be.

Tom Harkin

2:05:49 to 2:06:13( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: the yeas and nays are ordered. mr. harkin: thank the presiding officer. i yield back whatever time remains on our side on this resolution. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. harkin: and, the absence of a quorum. e will call the roll.

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