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Senate Proceeding on Jul 31st, 2008 :: 3:07:56 to 3:12:50
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Claire McCaskill

3:07:56 to 3:08:10( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: of -- note the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. quorum call: | quorum call: teletext a senator: mr.

Claire McCaskill

3:07:56 to 3:12:50( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Claire McCaskill

Claire McCaskill

3:08:10 to 3:08:26( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: president? the presiding officer: the senator from missouri. a senator: thank you, i ask that the quorum call be vitiated. mrs. mccaskill: i have been sitting in the chair and stening to some of our friends

Claire McCaskill

3:08:26 to 3:08:40( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: across the aisle talk about oil oil and gas prices and lamenting that we may go home without taking action. you know, i was blessed to be home yesterday and had a chance to be out in rural missouri.

Claire McCaskill

3:08:40 to 3:08:58( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: and talked to a lot of the people who represent the heart of this country. and i'll tell you what they figured out. they've figured out to look beyond everybody talking about this stuff and figuring

Claire McCaskill

3:08:58 to 3:09:14( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: out who wants what. and this is really simple for the american people. all they need to do is ask about the solutions. who wants them? now the republican partyca says there's just one solution. they

Claire McCaskill

3:09:14 to 3:09:40( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: have 68 million acres they're not touching much they need another 10 to 20 million acres and our problems are over. guess who wants that? big oil. what this town has done for decades is give big oil

Claire McCaskill

3:09:40 to 3:09:58( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: everything they want. this administration has given big oil everything they want. for 25 years big oil has had its way with the united states congress. and the solution they are proposing is once again

Claire McCaskill

3:09:58 to 3:10:17( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: giving big oil their way. now, i've got to tell you. i don't know -- i don't know how you can look at today's financial news and not shake your head. exxonmobil, $12 billion in profits announced

Claire McCaskill

3:10:17 to 3:10:36( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: today in the last three months. $11 billion, the quarter before that. they want to give exxonmobil another tax break. another tax break. and they want to give exxonmobil what they want, moving forward.

Claire McCaskill

3:10:36 to 3:10:57( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: it's very simple. we got in this mess because the republican party continues to do the bidding of big oil. we will only get out of this mess if we turn our back on big oil and start doing what makes

Claire McCaskill

3:10:57 to 3:11:13( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: sense for our future. if we would have been willing to say no to big oil in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 004, 2 -- 2004, 2005 when the vice president had 40 meetings with big oil executives and had one

Claire McCaskill

3:11:13 to 3:11:26( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: meeting with awlts meeting with alternative fuel people. it is time we say no to big oil. america is sick and tired of us being handcuffed by the demands of big oil. we say no to big oil. say yes to getting

Claire McCaskill

3:11:26 to 3:11:40( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: out from underneath big oil and we do that by extending tax credits for solar and wind which they keep saying no to. of course they keep saying no to it. big oil doesn't want it. big oil associated

Claire McCaskill

3:11:40 to 3:11:55( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: no, they -- said no, they say no. we say let's do more alternatives, let's invest in technologies that will rid us of our dependence on foreign oil. we have, what, 2%, 3% of the world's oil. we consume

Claire McCaskill

3:11:55 to 3:12:10( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: 25% of it. we will never drill our way out ofhis. the only way we will find relief for the american public is to say no to big oil. it's time. they've got to muster the courage. the sky will not fall

Claire McCaskill

3:12:10 to 3:12:50( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: if they will just stand up and say for the first time on that side of the aisle, no, to big oil. thank you , mr. president. i yield the floor and ask for -- notice the absence oenf a quorum. the presiding

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