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Senate Proceeding on Jul 26th, 2007 :: 1:42:46 to 1:47:47
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Lindsey Graham

1:42:46 to 1:42:55( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: ordered. the clerk will call the roll. quorum call: a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senior senator from south carolina is recognized. mr. graham: i ask unanimous consent to --

Lindsey Graham

1:42:46 to 1:47:47( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Lindsey Graham

Lindsey Graham

1:42:55 to 1:43:07( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mr. graham: thank you. i understand that senator sessions would like to speak. he's on the way. as soon as he gets here, we'll gladly yield back

Lindsey Graham

1:43:07 to 1:43:19( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: any time that's left. i'd just like to make a couple of comments about the amendment. number one, in terms of the spending, it's one of those situations where the country finds itself in an emergency

Lindsey Graham

1:43:19 to 1:43:33( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: that maybe shouldn't have been an emergency to begin with because we sort of neglected our border security obligations. and i'd i'd like to ask unanimous consent to add specter, coleman -- senators

Lindsey Graham

1:43:33 to 1:43:44( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: inspector specter, coleman and lincoln as cosponsors. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mr. graham: so we are where we are, we've got a pore porous border. every time we get a supplemental

Lindsey Graham

1:43:44 to 1:43:53( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: on iraq it gets the votes it needs because all of us understand although we disagree with the policy ies on iraq, once the soldiers and the war fight fighters are there, there are certain things that

Lindsey Graham

1:43:53 to 1:44:06( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: have to flow from their presence and that we've designated a lot of money for the iraqi operation as emergency spent spending, and i think rightfully so. well, i would argue to anybody, republican

Lindsey Graham

1:44:06 to 1:44:20( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: or democrat, that one of the big chirchgs in our national security -- chinks in our national security armor is a porous border between the united states and mexico, and this this $3 billion will really

Lindsey Graham

1:44:20 to 1:44:32( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: help in a serious way, -- it's serious money to deal with a serious problem that is truly an emergency. it will add more boots on the ground. it wil add 23,000 -- it will be a total of 23,000 border

Lindsey Graham

1:44:32 to 1:44:45( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: security agents on the border, which is a tremendous increase over what we have now, i think it's like 13,000 or 14,000. but the technology in this bill will be a force multiply ier. the technology that we've

Lindsey Graham

1:44:45 to 1:44:59( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: authorize ed -- excuse me, that we've spent money to appropriate will allow the force in place to be multiplied by a factor of many because the technology literally leverages the boots on the ground

Lindsey Graham

1:44:59 to 1:45:09( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: in a tremendous way. the 45,000 additional beds bed space will prevent or stop a program that's really the wrong message to send, caj and retch catch and release. we catch you, we release you back,

Lindsey Graham

1:45:09 to 1:45:23( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: you come again. now we have bed space to detain people to make sure they don't flee and they're deported for come ing across the borders illegally. it is an effort to basically deal with a problem that's

Lindsey Graham

1:45:23 to 1:45:36( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: been a long time in the making. this is money that will have a beneficial consequence to secure securing our border, and the term "operational control" is a military term. and i look at this effort to secure

Lindsey Graham

1:45:36 to 1:45:48( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: our border in many ways as a military operation, and i hope it gets a strong bipartisan vote. i understand senator voinovich's concern about the emergency designation and spending money offline, but

Lindsey Graham

1:45:48 to 1:46:00( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: this is one of those times when i think it is justified. to the administration, i understand your concerns about spending, but you've sent hundreds of millions of dollars of requests, over billions

Lindsey Graham

1:46:00 to 1:46:13( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: of dollars to the congress to make sure that we have the money necessary to secure iraq for our troops' point of view. well, now it's time to spend spend $3 billion i think to secure our own border here

Lindsey Graham

1:46:13 to 1:46:28( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: at home, and i hope that the body will understand that this is a step forward. it doesn't solve the problem. we still have a magnet of employment that has to be dealt with. we need a temporary worker

Lindsey Graham

1:46:28 to 1:46:41( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: program. we need a lot of things that this amendment doesn't cover, but this is a great start in secure ing operational security, providing operational security of a porous border that in the age of terrorism

Lindsey Graham

1:46:41 to 1:46:55( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: is a, really, not only an emergency, a national disgrace. and i hope people will see this, the taxpayers at large will see this as a serious effort to do something serious about a problem that

Lindsey Graham

1:46:55 to 1:47:09( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: has huge consequences over time left unaddressed. so i appreciate senator reid working with us, senator cornyn making it better, and my good friend from arkansas, senator pryor, for helping us move

Lindsey Graham

1:47:09 to 1:47:23( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: the ball down the road. and if this bill ever gets to conference, which i hope it will will, i hope that this provision is left standing as is because if there's a retreat from this, from the money and

Lindsey Graham

1:47:23 to 1:47:36( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: from the designations in this amendment, i think it would be considered a retreat in terms of regaining operational control of our border. so with that, i would note the absence -- -- oh, just a second.

Lindsey Graham

1:47:36 to 1:47:47( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: senator pryor? mr. pryor: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from arkansas is recognized. mr. pryor: i would ask unanimous consent to add senator byrd as a cosponsor to this amendment.

Mark Pryor

1:47:47 to 1:47:55( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mr. pryor: and i suggest the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. a senator: mr. president? the presiding

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