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Senate Proceeding on Jul 26th, 2007 :: 5:45:00 to 5:49:36
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Robert Byrd

5:34:28 to 5:45:00( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Robert Byrd

Robert Byrd

5:44:44 to 5:45:00( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: officer: the senator from mississippi. mr. cochran: mr. president, i thought the distinguished senator from tennessee made a very compelling argument about this amendment which he has offered. we've heard

Thad Cochran

5:45:00 to 5:45:11( Edit History Discussion )

Thad Cochran: him discuss his ideas on federalism, and there is no better proponent of clear thinking on that issue than the senator from tennessee. but what occurred to me when i was sitting here is that i've heard

Thad Cochran

5:45:00 to 5:49:36( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Thad Cochran

Thad Cochran

5:45:11 to 5:45:28( Edit History Discussion )

Thad Cochran: some of these arguments before, and i started thinking back to the hearings that were held in the markup sessions that were held in the governmental affairs committee, in the committee of legislative

Thad Cochran

5:45:28 to 5:45:46( Edit History Discussion )

Thad Cochran: jurisdiction. when the department of homeland security was being created by congress to more effectively and with a better federal organization of talent and wherewithal to cope with the challenges

Thad Cochran

5:45:46 to 5:46:02( Edit History Discussion )

Thad Cochran: to threats to the security of our homeland. and many of these issues were discussed in great detail. and i remember the senator from connecticut in particular, mr. lieberman, being in a a position

Thad Cochran

5:46:02 to 5:46:16( Edit History Discussion )

Thad Cochran: of leadership on the committee at that time. we had other talented senators working on that authorizing legislation. and what's happening to us, i'm afraid, is that as we get about the business of implementing

Thad Cochran

5:46:16 to 5:46:31( Edit History Discussion )

Thad Cochran: the changes in our laws that were made by the creation of this new department and the creation of new agencies to implement and carry out these responsibilities in a coherent way that the policy-makers

Thad Cochran

5:46:31 to 5:46:46( Edit History Discussion )

Thad Cochran: have their guidance from that legislation. but we now here are considering an appropriations bill. we're not at a point where we're going back and reviewing in an oversight hearing or consideration of changes

Thad Cochran

5:46:46 to 5:46:59( Edit History Discussion )

Thad Cochran: that ought to be made in the law. we are appropriating the funds to give to the department and the agencies that were created, given these responsibilities. and so to come in now with an amendment

Thad Cochran

5:46:59 to 5:47:15( Edit History Discussion )

Thad Cochran: -- and i hate to argue against this amendment, because the eloquent tkpwaeplt in its behalf -- eloquent argument in its behalf was very impressive. but this is the wrong vehicle and this is not the right

Thad Cochran

5:47:15 to 5:47:28( Edit History Discussion )

Thad Cochran: way to deal with the problem. if we've made an error in requiring too expensive, too stringent, too illogical, unworkable requirements or laws, let's change them. let's change them. but let's not try

Thad Cochran

5:47:28 to 5:47:40( Edit History Discussion )

Thad Cochran: in an appropriations committee to halfway fund our needs. we don't have the money to pay for this program. that was pointed out very clearly. the real i.d. program is hugely expensive. and at some

Thad Cochran

5:47:40 to 5:47:59( Edit History Discussion )

Thad Cochran: time there will be a day of reckoning, and maybe we're fast getting there, and we've heard the warnings. i think we should heed the warnings and urge the legislative committee to think about modifying

Thad Cochran

5:47:59 to 5:48:16( Edit History Discussion )

Thad Cochran: the authorities and the directives that are contained in the law. make it more affordable for one thing. decide are state and local governments going to share the responsibility for these costs, or

Thad Cochran

5:48:16 to 5:48:30( Edit History Discussion )

Thad Cochran: is the federal government going to build up a huge federal deficit trying to pay for the costs on an annual basis through the annual appropriations bills? well, any way, it's not a, as my law school

Thad Cochran

5:48:30 to 5:48:45( Edit History Discussion )

Thad Cochran: dean used to say, it's not a horse that is soon curried. this is something that's going to take some time and effort, and we need to rise to the challenge that the senator from tennessee presents

Thad Cochran

5:48:45 to 5:49:07( Edit History Discussion )

Thad Cochran: to us and come up with a more thoughtful and workable and affordable way to deal with this issue. so i'm going to oppose the amendment because i think it should be done legislatively. and the problem

Thad Cochran

5:49:07 to 5:49:18( Edit History Discussion )

Thad Cochran: cannot be solved. we're just adding money and adding new language which is legislative in nature. so, i hope the senate will carefully review the options that we have andry to do the responsible thing.

Thad Cochran

5:49:18 to 5:49:36( Edit History Discussion )

Thad Cochran: a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from tennessee. mr. alexander: i know that senator collins, senator voinovich, senator kyl, all cosponsors of the bill, had hoped to speak, but

Lamar Alexander

5:49:36 to 5:49:50( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: i'm not sure any of them are able to come now. so, i will -- i'd like to reserve two minutes prior to the vote. but other than that, i'd say to the managers and to the distinguished chairmen of the

Lamar Alexander

5:49:36 to 5:50:42( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Lamar Alexander

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