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Senate Proceeding on Jul 24th, 2008 :: 6:43:16 to 6:54:23
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Judd Gregg

6:32:32 to 6:43:16( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Judd Gregg

Judd Gregg

6:43:04 to 6:43:16( Edit History Discussion )

Judd Gregg: preened to the tree planting on the east front of the capitol. staff and the sergeant at arms officer will be at the door exiting the chamber to the republican cloakroom to direct the members. madam

Jeff Sessions

6:43:16 to 6:43:29( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: president, i suggest the absence of a quorum until the appropriate hour. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. quorum call: mr. durbin: madam president? the presiding officer: the senator

Jeff Sessions

6:43:16 to 6:54:23( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jeff Sessions

Jeff Sessions

6:43:29 to 6:43:41( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: from illinois is recognized. mr. durbin: i ask that the call of the quorum be vitiated. the presiding officer:pr without objection, so ordered. under the previous order, the senate will now observe

Jeff Sessions

6:43:41 to 6:43:51( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: a moment of silence in memory of detective john gibson and officer jacob chestnut, who lost their lives on july 24, 1998. (moment of silence) mr. durbin: madam president? the presiding officer: the

Jeff Sessions

6:43:51 to 6:44:07( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: senator from illinois. mr. durbin: madam president, july 24 always brings a sense of sadness to this capitol and a sense of gratitude. we feel sadness over the loss of officer j.j. chestnut and detective

Jeff Sessions

6:44:07 to 6:44:19( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: john gibson who died ten years ago today on their post, doing their jobs that they loved in this great american building. we also feel a deep sense of gratitude to officer chestnut and detective gibson

Jeff Sessions

6:44:19 to 6:44:35( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: for their service and sacrifice and to the men and women of the u.s. capitol police department who continue to stand guard every day to protect this capitol and all who work and visit. because

Jeff Sessions

6:44:35 to 6:44:49( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: of their dedication and professionalism, the doors of the people's house have remained open as they should be, and our nation owes them a debt of gratitude. officer jacob joseph chestnut and detective

Jeff Sessions

6:44:49 to 6:45:03( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: john michael gibson were good men, good police officers, husbands and fathers who both gave 18 years of service to the u.s. capitol police department. for j.j. chestnut this was a second career after

Jeff Sessions

6:45:03 to 6:45:19( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: 20 years in the air force, including two tours in vietnam. he greeted everyone -- congress, members, visitors -- with the same warm smile. he treated everyone with dignity. after he died, we learned he used

Jeff Sessions

6:45:19 to 6:45:32( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: to take clothes to a political activist whom many called homeless who kept a daily vigil near the door where officer chestnut was posted just a few feet from where he died. he loved his work, his

Jeff Sessions

6:45:32 to 6:45:52( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: friends, his vegetable garden. most of all, he loved his family. john gibson was a transplanted new englander who loved hockey, the boston bruins, the red sox and most of all his wife and children.

Jeff Sessions

6:45:52 to 6:46:13( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: they died at their post here in the united states capitol at the hands of a deranged man with a gun and history of serious mental illness. they lie together with other american heroes in arlington

Jeff Sessions

6:46:13 to 6:46:31( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: national cemetery. their deaths left an indelible mark on those of us who work in this symbol of democracy. as we observed a moment of silence in this chamber, the speaker of the house and the majority

Jeff Sessions

6:46:31 to 6:46:47( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: and minority leaders in the house and senate, democrats and republicans, observed a moment of silence at the memorial door of the capitol. the leaders are about to lay a wreath that bear the names and likenesses

Jeff Sessions

6:46:47 to 6:47:02( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: of officer chestnut and detective gibson. together they will walk outside -- and i encourage my colleagues to join me and them -- and plant a tree on the grounds of the u.s. capitol to honor these

Jeff Sessions

6:47:02 to 6:47:16( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: fallen heroes. it is a valley forge american elm, a strong, sturdy, quintessentially american tree. in the years to come it will grow tall and shelter visitors from the sun just as j.j. chestnut and

Jeff Sessions

6:47:16 to 6:47:31( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: john gibson sheltered visitors to this capitol from harm. in addition, there are other more personal reminders of officer chestnut and detective gibson in this capitol today. when john gibson died, a

Jeff Sessions

6:47:31 to 6:47:43( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: woman who taught both of his sons in grade school wrote the boys a letter in which she said that their father died a brave man and his legacy would always be part of them. jack and danny were teenagers

Jeff Sessions

6:47:43 to 6:47:58( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: then. today danny gibson works for the united states senate sergeant at arms. officer jack gibson is a two-year veteran of the u.s. capitol police department and officer chestnut's son-in-law is also a u.s.

Jeff Sessions

6:47:58 to 6:48:16( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: capitol police officer. that says a lot about the dedication of these two families to public service and safety. to these fine men, to wendy chestnut and lynn gibson and all of the chestnut and gibson

Jeff Sessions

6:48:16 to 6:48:37( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: children and family members and to their friends and colleagues, we offer our condolences and respect on this sad ten-year milestone.| mr. durbin: mad. am president, so that members may join in the planting

Jeff Sessions

6:48:37 to 6:48:59( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: of the tree on the capitol grounds, i suggest the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. quorum call: mr. sanders: i ask unanimous consent the call of the quorum be vitiated.

Jeff Sessions

6:48:59 to 6:49:20( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mr. sanders: madam president, all of us recognize there are very strong differences of opinion in congress about how to resolve the major energy crisis

Jeff Sessions

6:49:20 to 6:49:32( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: facing working families throughout our country. i have my views on this issue and other members have different points of view. that's the way it is. i am happy to report, however, that there is increasing

Jeff Sessions

6:49:32 to 6:49:51( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: unanimity of understanding around one very important fact regarding this energy crisis. and that is dramatically increasing funding for the highly successful low-income home energy assistance program,

Jeff Sessions

6:49:51 to 6:50:01( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: known as low-income home energy assistance program, senior citizens on fixed income, and disabled and working families with children are in serious danger of freezing to death this coming winter or

Jeff Sessions

6:50:01 to 6:50:11( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: perhaps dying of heat stroke this summer because they are unable to pay their home energy bills. madam president, we cannot allow that to happen. i am happy to announce, madam present, in a tripartisan

Jeff Sessions

6:50:11 to 6:50:19( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: effort that more and more senators understand that t reality and are prepared to work together to protect our citizens. s. 3186, the warm in winter and cool in summer act, the liheap legislation

Jeff Sessions

6:50:19 to 6:50:34( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: i recently introduced, now has 53 consponsors, 38 democrats, 13 republicans and two independents. i thank altogether of the cosponsors for their support and i'm confident as soon as this bill is on the

Jeff Sessions

6:50:34 to 6:50:48( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: floor not only do we have the 50 votes, i'm confident we will have 60 votes and perhaps more than that. maps, i madam president, i also want to thank harry reid, the majority leader, for filing a

Jeff Sessions

6:50:48 to 6:51:01( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: cloture petition on the motion to proceed to this very important legislation. senator reid understands, as i think most of us do, that it is absolutely essential for the health and well-being of

Jeff Sessions

6:51:01 to 6:51:17( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: millions of our citizens that this bill be passed and passed as soon as possible. my hope is that after passage in the senate we could get it over to the house before the august break and see it

Jeff Sessions

6:51:17 to 6:51:30( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: pass in that body, as well. that may be overly optimistic but that is what i would like to see. madam president, let me say a few words about why this bill needs to be passed. at a time when home energy

Jeff Sessions

6:51:30 to 6:51:42( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: bills are soaring, this legislation would nearly double the funding for liheap in fiscal year 2008, taking it from a little more than $2.5 billion to $5.1 billion, a total increase of $2.53 billion.

Jeff Sessions

6:51:42 to 6:51:56( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: this is, in fact, madam president, what congress has authorized for liheap. let me just say a few words about why we need to significantly increase funding for liheap. in 2007, 5.8 million americans, primarily

Jeff Sessions

6:51:56 to 6:52:10( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: senior citizens, working families with kids and peoples with disabilities, utilized this program. these are the most vulnerable people in our country. unfortunately, these 5.8 million americans are only 16%

Jeff Sessions

6:52:10 to 6:52:24( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: of the people who are eligible for the program. the vast majority of the people who are eligible can't get into the program because we lack the funds to help them. madam president, 94% of the participants

Jeff Sessions

6:52:24 to 6:52:39( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: in the liheap program were elderly, disabled, or had a child in a family under 18. from fiscal year 2003 to fiscal year 2008 the cost of the average heating oil bill has increased by over 93% --

Jeff Sessions

6:52:39 to 6:52:55( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: almost double. the estimated increase in an average natural gas bill during that same period has gone up. unfortunately, he heap funding has lagged far, far behind these outrageously high increases

Jeff Sessions

6:52:55 to 6:53:09( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: in energy costs. in fact, we are spending 23% less on liheap today than we did two years ago and after adjusting for inflation, we spent more on liheap 20 years ago than we are spending right now.

Jeff Sessions

6:53:09 to 6:53:25( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: let us be very clear: what we are talking about now is a life and death situation. many people do not understand this. but more people have died had our country from the extreme heat and extreme cold

Jeff Sessions

6:53:25 to 6:53:38( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: since 1998 that all natural disasters in this country combined including floods, fires, hurricanes, and tornadoes. according to the centers if disease -- fordisease control, more than 1,000 died from hyper

Jeff Sessions

6:53:38 to 6:53:48( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: thermia in their homes between 1999 and 2002, the latest figures we have available. in other words, they froze to death because they could not afford to adequately heat their homes. how many of these

Jeff Sessions

6:53:48 to 6:54:05( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: deaths were presantaable? all of them were according to the cdc. we will probably not know for several years how many died last winter because they could not afford to heat their homes, but clearly,

Jeff Sessions

6:54:05 to 6:54:23( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: one death is too many. now, i understand that this country is struggling with an emergency situation in terms of flooding in the midwest and wildfires in california but there is another emergency which

Jon Kyl

6:54:23 to 6:54:31( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Kyl: must be dealt with now while we also deal with tlhose emergencies. and at a time when the costs of home heating fuels and electricity are soaring and whennd the economy is in decline, millions of american

Jon Kyl

6:54:23 to 7:04:37( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jon Kyl

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