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Senate Proceeding on Sep 10th, 2007 :: 1:52:28 to 2:12:50
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Robert P. Casey, Jr.

1:46:50 to 1:52:28( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Robert P. Casey, Jr.

Robert P. Casey, Jr.

1:52:11 to 1:52:28( Edit History Discussion )

Robert P. Casey, Jr.: without objection, so ordered. mr. casey: i yield the floor. the presiding officer: under the previous order, the senator from wyoming, mr. barrasso, is recognized to speak in morning business for up

John Barrow

1:52:28 to 1:52:43( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: to 30 minutes. mr. barrasso: mr. president, i rise today to address this body and our nation in my first official speech as wyoming's newest senator. today i'll share with you how i got here, who i

John Barrow

1:52:28 to 2:12:50( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: John Barrow

John Barrow

1:52:43 to 1:52:57( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: am, what i believe, my vision for the future, and what i hope to accomplish. all of us in this body and everyone in the state of wyoming lost a great friend when we lost senator craig thomas. i

John Barrow

1:52:57 to 1:53:14( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: have heard it in this chamber on both sides of the aisle and throughout this building. i've heard it all around wyoming. we have lost a great friend. susan thomas and the memory of craig thomas have been

John Barrow

1:53:14 to 1:53:34( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: recognized all across wyoming this summer at rodeos, county fairs, the state fair, parades, and at special events. the new visitors center at the grand teton national park has been named in his honor.

John Barrow

1:53:34 to 1:53:48( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: craig was a forceful and courageous voice for his constituents. he always did what he saw was right for wyoming and right for america. he was a cowboy and a marine. the marines say "semper fidelis."

John Barrow

1:53:48 to 1:54:03( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: he was always faithful: god, country, wyoming. that was craig thomas. he has left huge boots to fill. no one can truly do it. i am very honored to be the person to succeed senator thomas. i'm humbled

John Barrow

1:54:03 to 1:54:17( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: to be given the opportunity and the responsibility to represent the people of wyoming in the united states senate. wyoming is the equality state. it is the state of high altitude and low multitude.

John Barrow

1:54:17 to 1:54:30( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: and a state of great natural beauty blessed with remarkable mineral resources. the law in wyoming says a senate vacancy must be filled by the governor from a lit of three list of three names supplied

John Barrow

1:54:30 to 1:54:48( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: by the central committee of the political party where the vacancy occurred. 31 republicans in wyoming allied for this senate seat. the number was then reduced to ten and then five and then three

John Barrow

1:54:48 to 1:55:03( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: by a series of speeches and forums. the governor then made his selection from the three finalists. i am very grateful to governor dave freedenthol for the confidence placed in me. during the selection process i

John Barrow

1:55:03 to 1:55:21( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: made a simple pledge to the people of wyoming. wyoming. they could count on me to show up, to stand up, to specific up and then to shut up. i'd show up early for work and be here for votes. idaho

John Barrow

1:55:21 to 1:55:36( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: up at home in wyoming on weeks to listen to people and host a town meeting in every county by rain labor day. and i will only work in washington but continue to live in wyoming. i'll stand up, stand

John Barrow

1:55:36 to 1:55:54( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: up for wyoming, people in wyoming values, stand up against big government and washington's one-size-fits-all approach, stand up against those who try to take away the rights of wyoming people. and i'll speak

John Barrow

1:55:54 to 1:56:06( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: up, speak up for limited government, lower taxes and fewer regulations. speak up for a strong defense and secure borders and speak up to make wyoming values the values for all of america. then i'll shut

John Barrow

1:56:06 to 1:56:26( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: up. that's because words are no substitute for action and the most important thing a senator can do is listen to wyoming people. their hopes, their dreams, their concerns for themselves, their children,

John Barrow

1:56:26 to 1:56:41( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: theam their families and all of wyoming and because the best things about wyoming in america don't need long speeches but are expressed in single words: freedom. justice. honor. duty. compassion. hope.

John Barrow

1:56:41 to 1:56:54( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: tune. opportunity. life. liberty. i've kept my pledge to visit every county in wyoming before labor day and listen to people. i've held 30 town meetings and heard from thousands of people. many brought

John Barrow

1:56:54 to 1:57:08( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: their children. i've heard about their hopes for their families, their communities, wyoming and our nation. i've heard about their dreams for our future. parents in wyoming want what all parents

John Barrow

1:57:08 to 1:57:23( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: want for their children: the opportunity for a better life. it's what all of our parents wanted for us. my dad had to quit school in 9th grade because of the depression. he fought in world war ii.

John Barrow

1:57:23 to 1:57:38( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: he was in the battle of the bulge. as a cement finisher he did back-breaking work to put food on the table for the family. that's where i learned about hard work by pushing wheelbarrows of heavy, wet cement, every

John Barrow

1:57:38 to 1:57:53( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: summer in high school and college. every day growing up my dad would say "you should thank god every day you live in america, you don't know how fortunate you are." it's the same lesson i try to pass

John Barrow

1:57:53 to 1:58:08( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: on to my children, peter and emma, because in america, through hard work, even the son of a cement finisher can have the opportunity to serve in the united states senate. my dad would have been 90

John Barrow

1:58:08 to 1:58:23( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: when i was sworn in. we lost him two years ago. i had his dog tags from world war ii in my pocket when i took the oath of office. now, my mom's lesson was different. since the day i started kindergarten

John Barrow

1:58:23 to 1:58:37( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: she would say "this year, this one right now, is the most important year of your life." what she was saying is, whatever you are doing, focus on it, do it right because the future depends on what you're

John Barrow

1:58:37 to 1:58:50( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: doing today. in the senate, i want to spend this next year, this most important year, working for a better future for our families, the families of wyoming and the families of america. in wyoming,

John Barrow

1:58:50 to 1:59:06( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: many people refer to me as wyoming's doctor. for over two decades, folks have envieded me into their homes with statewide television and radio health reports. i give people information on how to stay

John Barrow

1:59:06 to 1:59:19( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: healthy and how to keep down the cost of their medical care. i eneach report by saying "here in wyoming i'm dr. john barrasso helping you care for yourself." that's also my philosophy for government.

John Barrow

1:59:19 to 1:59:35( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: helping people help themselves. i believe there is a role for government. but that role must be limited. government should not do for people what they can and should do for themselves. nor should government

John Barrow

1:59:35 to 1:59:50( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: put obstacles this the way of people pursuing their american dream. limited government means limited in size, limited in scope, and limited in spending. limited but effective. that means a government

John Barrow

1:59:50 to 2:00:06( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: that gives us value if our tax dollars. speaking of values that means families, schools, communities and charities.| i believe as ronald reagan believed. we should rely more on ourselves and less

John Barrow

2:00:06 to 2:00:19( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: on our government. that's why i will champion legislation to cut wasteful spending and to make sure that taxpayers get value for their money. now, some may wonder why and how an orthopedic surgeon

John Barrow

2:00:19 to 2:00:34( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: became interested in serving his community in elective office. as a high school senior, i attended a program right here on capitol hill. the program is called "a president classroom for young americans."

John Barrow

2:00:34 to 2:00:50( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: it is "the" nation's premier program in civic education. both of my children have attended. this past year, 50 wyoming students attended on scholarships. i would enthusiastically recommend a presidential

John Barrow

2:00:50 to 2:01:02( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: classroom for young americans to any high school student. mr. president, i've been privileged to serve in the wyoming state legislature. it is a true citizens legislature. through the years, it's been

John Barrow

2:01:02 to 2:01:13( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: a great training ground for the folks wyomingans send to washington. during my two terms in the wyoming state senate, i've built a reputation for getting the job done by working with members of both parties.

John Barrow

2:01:13 to 2:01:27( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: now, that includes being a strong advocate for our veterans and members of the national guard, working to keep our roads safer for young drivers, and reducing the tax burden on all the people of

John Barrow

2:01:27 to 2:01:39( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: wyoming by eliminating the sales tax from groceries. i was one of the original sponsors of the hathaway scholarship program. the hathaway scholarship is designed to give opportunity for all wyoming high

John Barrow

2:01:39 to 2:01:53( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: school students to further their education at the university of wyoming or one of our community colleges. it's a way we used our state's mineral wealth, to invest in our people and in our future.

John Barrow

2:01:53 to 2:02:09( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: the original bill was introduced by four state senators: two republicans and two democrats. members of the senate and members of the house improved the bill considerably. the bill was signed by governor

John Barrow

2:02:09 to 2:02:19( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: friedenthal, a democrat, and named for former governor hathaway, a republican. it's a great example of members of both parties working together to improve theuality of life for our citizens. now as a

John Barrow

2:02:19 to 2:02:34( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: united states senator, i will continue to work with all people, regardless of party, on issues that are important to the people of wyoming. as one of only two physicians in the united states senate,

John Barrow

2:02:34 to 2:02:48( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: people are already coming to me to ask about health issues. well, health issues go way beyond a twisted knee or a painful sulder. the concerns include those of people living longer and needing care.

John Barrow

2:02:48 to 2:03:01( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: th concerns of access to care, affordable care. the concerns of substance abuse and mental health. and the concerns of what to do with a sick child or elderly parents when the caregivers are not

John Barrow

2:03:01 to 2:03:15( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: available because they are working full-time and sometimes more. this country deserves a serious discussion on our health care needs and our health care system system. i will be actively engaged in

John Barrow

2:03:15 to 2:03:29( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: that discussion along with my wyoming senate partner, senator mike enzi. craig thomas knew that rural states like wyoming have special needs when it comes to health care. he was cochair of the rural

John Barrow

2:03:29 to 2:03:40( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: health caucus for over ten years. there are obstacles that our hospitals and providers must overcome to deliver quality care to families in an environment with limited resources. the week he passed away,

John Barrow

2:03:40 to 2:03:53( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: senator thomas was set to reintroduce a follow-up ruralealth care bill along with senators roberts, conrad, and harkin. this bill has been renamed "the craig thomas rural hospital and provider equity

John Barrow

2:03:53 to 2:04:05( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: act." i will ask to cosponsor the legislation and to join the rural health caucus. while health care is near and dear to my heart, i'm very pleased to be serving on three committees that are critical

John Barrow

2:04:05 to 2:04:18( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: to wyoming. so much of wyoming's heritage and wyoming's future is tied to our land, our people, and our natural resources. now, wyoming has been represented on the energy and natural resources committee

John Barrow

2:04:18 to 2:04:28( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: for over a century. i'm grateful that my republican colleagues recognized that long tradition and allowed notice keep wyoming's voice on the -- allowed me to keep wyoming's voice on the committee. the environment

John Barrow

2:04:28 to 2:04:43( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: and public works committee also has a major influence on daily activities in the equality state. and the select committee on indian affairs will allow me to continue to serve the needs of our native american

John Barrow

2:04:43 to 2:04:57( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: citizens, as i have done before as a trauma surgeon. energy, public lands, and the national parks are all vital to our state's economy and our nation's. i will work to make sure that public lands remain

John Barrow

2:04:57 to 2:05:13( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: open to multiple use while at the same time ensuring that our environment is protected. now, as an outdoorsman and a conservationist, craig thomas worked on two bills affecting the western part of wyoming

John Barrow

2:05:13 to 2:05:28( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: that were very close to his heart. while is he not here to carry on the work, the work needs to continue as part of his legacy. one is called "the snake river headwaters legacy act of 200" the bill,

John Barrow

2:05:28 to 2:05:42( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: s. 1281, designates section of the snake river and several tributaries as wild and scenic. this will create a lasting legacy for wyoming's people and for future generations. the designation of wild and scenic

John Barrow

2:05:42 to 2:05:53( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: announces to the world that this river is the best of the best. the legislation that he was working on also ensures that access, multiple expiews private property rights -- use, and private property

John Barrow

2:05:53 to 2:06:09( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: rights are not restricted. as a tribute to senator thomas and in recognition of his years of leadership in the senate and specifically the energy committee, i will ask tt my name be attached to s. 1281.

John Barrow

2:06:09 to 2:06:20( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: i will work hard for passage of the bill that aieved senator thomas's vision while balancing the concerns shared with me during august by private landowners and the agriculture community in wyoming.

John Barrow

2:06:20 to 2:06:32( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: the second bill affecting the western part of wyoming deals with a very special area, the wyoming range. the wyoming range is part of the bridger teton national forest. as a strong supporter of multiple

John Barrow

2:06:32 to 2:06:44( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: use, senator thomas still believed there are areas of our state that are so sensitive that they must be protected from development. mr. barrasso: in 2005, senator thomas said, "we ought to seek a

John Barrow

2:06:44 to 2:06:57( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: balance of energy development and conservation. we can have both." he went on to say, wyoming's economy is thriving because of the positive role of energy in our state. and as he said, most folks

John Barrow

2:06:57 to 2:07:10( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: live in wyoming because of our outstanding natural resources and quality of life. a bill to protect the wyoming range was in the final stages of development when senator thomas died. i had talked

John Barrow

2:07:10 to 2:07:25( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: with him about it. i have his draft bills. i have visited the wyoming range and listened to those who the legislation affects. i am completing that work and will soon be introducing a bill in the senate to protect

John Barrow

2:07:25 to 2:07:41( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: the undeveloped areas of the wyoming range from any future oil and gas leasing. my legislation is intended to achieve that goal while respecting private property rights that currently exist in the wyoming

John Barrow

2:07:41 to 2:07:53( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: range. when i think of the history of our great state, i am reminded of one rugged individualist who really loved wyoming: teddy roosevelt. we take our kids to mount rushmore to see his face chiseled into

John Barrow

2:07:53 to 2:08:09( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: the mntain along with lincoln, washington and jefferson. he gave a speech at the university of wyoming just about a hundred years ago. there were 10,000 people in the crowd who showed up. now, back

John Barrow

2:08:09 to 2:08:22( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: then, that was a huge number for our sparsely populated state. he said, "people of wyoming, i believe in you and in your future." he said, "the government can only supplement the work of the individual.

John Barrow

2:08:22 to 2:08:38( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: the work of the individual," he said, "depends on the character of the individual." here we are, 100 years later, and the lesson is still the same same: the government can only supplement the work

John Barrow

2:08:38 to 2:08:56( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: of the individual. it's the same message that ronald reagan delivered in cheyenne, wyoming, 25 years ago. he talked of why he loved the frontier spirit the west. he said, wyoming is a place where people

John Barrow

2:08:56 to 2:09:10( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: are still sure that the future is ours to shape. still sure that the future is ours to shape. in wyoming, we do believe the future is ours to shape. to shape the future, you need to have a vision

John Barrow

2:09:10 to 2:09:26( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: for the future, and i can see a specific future for wyoming that helps all americans. imagine a future where america breaks its dependence on foreign energy. imagine a future of affordable domestic sources

John Barrow

2:09:26 to 2:09:40( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: of energy. imagine a future where we solve the issue of carbon emission, and imagine a future where we can accomplish all of this while we protect the environment. that's the future i see for america and

John Barrow

2:09:40 to 2:09:52( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: that's the future i see for wyoming. wyoming is blessed with incredible resources: coal, natural gas, oil, and alternative sources of energy with wind leading the list. the university of wyoming school of

John Barrow

2:09:52 to 2:10:05( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: energy resources is prepared to become the leading energy research institute in the world, converting coal to liquid, converting coal to gas, pumping carbon dioxide back into the earth to enhance our

John Barrow

2:10:05 to 2:10:19( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: ability to get more oil. the world's most powerful computer is being assembled in wyoming to help make this possible. and we can and we will do it while preserving the natural butte and the wildlife

John Barrow

2:10:19 to 2:10:30( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: of our state. that's the future -- natural beauty and the wildlife of our state. that's the future i see for wyoming. as a senator for wyoming, i'm always asking myself, what can i do today for wyoming's

John Barrow

2:10:30 to 2:10:41( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: future. i'll tell you what i heard at 30 town meetings since i've been sworn in. what i heard is fight for wyoming, fight every day, fight for our future. fight for quality education for our children.

John Barrow

2:10:41 to 2:10:54( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: fight for quality jobs for our families. fight for health care. and fight for our core values, the values that come from within us, from our families, our communities, and how we were raised.

John Barrow

2:10:54 to 2:11:10( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: that's what i plan to do every day, because le my mom's lesson, this is our most important year. mr. president, i want to conclude by thanking the members of the senate who have all been so gracious

John Barrow

2:11:10 to 2:11:23( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: in making me feel so welcome. i also want to tell you that i feel very blessed. i am blessed with a wonderful team of wyoming folks with whom i serve: vice president cheney, senator enzi, and representative

John Barrow

2:11:23 to 2:11:35( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: cuban. i'm blessed with a wonderful staff who served senator thomas. and i'm blessed with a wonderful family: my children, peter and emma, and the of my life, bobby brown and her daughter hadley. bobby

John Barrow

2:11:35 to 2:11:49( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: is a breast cancer survivor. she is a remarkable person. at last month's race for the cure in wyoming, we announced our engagement. i joked with the crowd that i believed if i ever made anything out

John Barrow

2:11:49 to 2:12:01( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: of myself, i would ask bobbie to merry me. the newspaper headline -- to marry me. the newspaper headline told the story: barrasso proposes, brown says yes," and i'm very grateful. mr. president,

John Barrow

2:12:01 to 2:12:19( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: there is a passage in the bible, a letter from paul to timothy. it says, "in the end, you fought the good fight, you finished the race, he kept the faith." mr. president, as i enter the senate,

John Barrow

2:12:19 to 2:12:34( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: it is my goal to fight the good fight, to finish the race, and to keep the faith: faith in god, faith in my family family, faith in wyoming, and faith in america. with that, mr. president, i yield

John Barrow

2:12:34 to 2:12:50( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: the floor. mr. mcconnell: mr. president? the presiding officer: the republican leader. mr. mcconnell: mr. president, i'm hardpressed to remember a time when i complimented a democratic governor for

Mitch McConnell

2:12:50 to 2:13:01( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: a great appointment, but i think i'll have to say once again that the governor of wyoming made an outstanding selection in picking our new friend, john barrasso, to replace our late and beloved colleague,

Mitch McConnell

2:12:50 to 2:14:21( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Mitch McConnell

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