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Senate Proceeding 09-11-07 on Sep 11th, 2007 :: 0:00:00 to 0:15:23
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Jim Bunning

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Jim Bunning: returningmond to take up -- monday to take up defense programs now the senate live on c-span2 from kentucky to speak for aor few minutes and then i will come back and we will try and get a

Jim Bunning

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Speech By: Jim Bunning

Jim Bunning

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Jim Bunning: unanimous consent again to move to a bill -- the-- vote -- a vote at 4:00. i would remind all membersll of the senate on both sides that the majority leader has asked us to finish this transportation

Jim Bunning

0:00:23 to 0:00:35( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: transportation-housing bill by tonight. were going to be here late. members do need to get their amendments to the floor, get them offered. we will work our way through them. but it is imperative that we

Jim Bunning

0:00:35 to 0:00:50( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: understand from everyone as soon as possible what business they need us to accomplish. and again, we expect to finish this by tonight. mr. bunning: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from

Jim Bunning

0:00:50 to 0:01:04( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: kentucky. mr. bunning: may i turn this off so it does not ring while i am speaking? mr. president, i am dismayed at the lack of consideration given to senator cornyn's resolution on general petraeus and the

Jim Bunning

0:01:04 to 0:01:21( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: troops. i condemn the comments made by the democrats concerning our commander in iraq, general petraeus, the vendetta against our military must stop. it sickens me to hear the comments some democrats

Jim Bunning

0:01:21 to 0:01:35( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: are making against general petraeus. by attacking his character and reputation, these democrats are attacking all our men and women in the military. on behalf of all these proud men and women that

Jim Bunning

0:01:35 to 0:01:50( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: sacrificed lives every day for our nation, i'm here to say these actions and accusations have no place in public discourse. americans don't attack the character of those that risk their lives to protect

Jim Bunning

0:01:50 to 0:02:06( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: us. the lies, deceits, disinformation the democrat propaganda machines are feeding to the american people must stop stop. to suggest that our troops and general petraeus are motivated by politics rather

Jim Bunning

0:02:06 to 0:02:24( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: than patriotism and love of our country is wrong it diminishes the sacrifice that -- country wrong. it diminishes the sacrifice that each of them make and their families have made in iraq, afghanistan,

Jim Bunning

0:02:24 to 0:02:39( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: and many other places around the world. these attacks are made by the -- by some of the same people that voted on january 26 this year to unanimously confirm general petraeus. at this time, i would

Jim Bunning

0:02:39 to 0:02:56( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: like to submit for the "congressional record" a roll call vote number 33 -- and i have it with my speech so i'll send 2008, this one is a little programs now the senate live on c-span2 on c-span2 2008,

Jim Bunning

0:02:56 to 0:03:07( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: this one is a little programs now the senate live on c-span2 on c-span2 2008, this one is a little programs now the senate live on c-span2 on c-span2 eport nine months ago. let me be clear to

Jim Bunning

0:03:07 to 0:03:25( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: my democrat colleagues, using left-wing attack groups like moveon to discredit general petraeus, these are the worst of the worst worst. any politician willing to sacrifice the long-term security

Jim Bunning

0:03:25 to 0:03:42( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: of the united states in an attempt to salvage a short-term political career is beyond deplorable. i will not stand for it. our military will not stand for it. and the american public will not stand for

Jim Bunning

0:03:42 to 0:03:56( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: it. just yesterday, a poll by the same "new york times" reported that 68% of americans trust the military commanders more than the democrat congress when it comes to iraq policy. the american public

Jim Bunning

0:03:56 to 0:04:12( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: supports our military. it's time for congress to echo this support. yesterday in my office, i had the opportunity to sit down one- one-on-one with a young, brave kentuckian who had just returned from a long

Jim Bunning

0:04:12 to 0:04:27( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: deployment in one of iraq's hot spots. at the end of our visit, he turned to me and made one request. he asked for congress to support the troops. how can we expect general petraeus and our troops to

Jim Bunning

0:04:27 to 0:04:40( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: succeed completely and complete their mission when we keep attacking them and threatening to cut off their funds? i promised this young man my support and will continue to do all i can to support our

Jim Bunning

0:04:40 to 0:04:55( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: troops. as we find ourselves six years from this tragic event, this terrorist event that occurred on september the 11th, 2001, we must not forget that there are those out there that still want to harm

Jim Bunning

0:04:55 to 0:05:10( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: us. the freedoms we enjoy daily are protected by the brave men and women that serve in our armed forces, including general petraeus and the young man that i visited in my office yesterday yesterday.

Jim Bunning

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Jim Bunning: to all of those who suggest that general petraeus should be called "general betray-us" i have a message for you. you are the ones betraying our troops and the american people. you are giving aid and comfort

Jim Bunning

0:05:25 to 0:05:40( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: to our enemies. we used to try people that did this as traitors. just five months ago, the senate democrat majority leader was quoted as saying, "no one wants us to succeed in iraq more than the democrats.em

Jim Bunning

0:05:40 to 0:05:55( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: democrats -- more than the democrats." well, i say to my friend, the majority leader, stand by your words. let's focus on succeeding in iraq and for once show a united support for our troops. every

Jim Bunning

0:05:55 to 0:06:13( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: night, my wife mary and i take about ten minutes at 9:00 p.m. every evening and say prayers for our troops and pray for the safety and security of our nation. i suggest to all that are listening and

Jim Bunning

0:06:13 to 0:06:28( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: are in this body to do likewise. maybe democrats should take a moment of silence and stop criticizing our commanders and troops. leader -- mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that at a time determined

Jim Bunning

0:06:28 to 0:06:43( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: by the two leaders today, the senate proceed to a vote on the adoption of the cornyn resolution, the text of which is the exact language of the amendment which senator cornyn offered this morning. further,

Jim Bunning

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Jim Bunning: i ask consent that if the resolution is agreed to, then the preamble be agreed to and the motion to reconsider be laid upon the table.~ mrs. murray: mr. president? the presiding officer: is there objection?

Jim Bunning

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Jim Bunning: the senator from washington. mrs. murray: as members know, we are currently debate ing the transportation and housing bill that funds incredibly important infrastructure that funds federal highways

Jim Bunning

0:07:13 to 0:07:30( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: to bridges to housing programs. the majority leader has instruct instructed us to finish this bill before tonight. we have a number of amendments we need to work through. therefore, i will object

Jim Bunning

0:07:30 to 0:07:45( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: and remind all senators that next week in just a few short days, we'll be moving to the defense authorization bill and a debate on iraq with numerous opportunities for senators to bring forward issues

Jim Bunning

0:07:45 to 0:07:58( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: relate ing to that. so i will object at this time. the presiding officer: the objection's heard. mrs. murray: i suggest the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll.

Jim Bunning

0:07:58 to 0:08:16( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: quorum call: the presiding officer: madam president a senator: madam president? senatorr. a senator: i ask that the quorum call be rescinded. the presiding officer: without objection. a senator: i feel compelled

Jim Bunning

0:08:16 to 0:08:28( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: to respond to my colleague's comments from kentucky. there are a number of organizations that are loosely supportive of the republican party just as there are hundreds of organizations that are loose

Jim Bunning

0:08:28 to 0:08:44( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: loosely supportive of the democratic party. mr. carper: if one organization makes a particular charge or assertion, that does not mean that every member of the united states senate or the house, republican

Jim Bunning

0:08:44 to 0:08:58( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: in nature, or the administration believe or agree with that assertion any more than one should believe that an assertion in this case, by -- or an advertisement paid for by moveon.org is reflective of

Jim Bunning

0:08:58 to 0:09:12( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: the views of all of us. it is not. i found the advertisement distasteful, disappointing and frankly not reflective of the views that i hold and i suspect the views of almost everybody in the united states

Jim Bunning

0:09:12 to 0:09:24( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: senate, democrat or republican, hold. i don't know general petraeus as well, but i do know him to be a decent and honorable person, a good leader, someone who has really given a majority of his life

Jim Bunning

0:09:24 to 0:09:40( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: to serve the people of our country, sometimes in dangerous and harmful situations who's willing to spend not just months but years away separate ed from his family in support of our country and serve

Jim Bunning

0:09:40 to 0:09:54( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: ing as he's pledged to do, sworn to do. he is someone who, in my own experience with him, is a straight shooter. he calls them like he sees them, he gives us the good, the bad, the ugly. he did two

Jim Bunning

0:09:54 to 0:10:07( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: months ago when several of us were over in iraq and met with him and am ambassador crook crocker. i'm going to speak for a moment as a veteran, a vietnam veteran, and my friend, senator bunning,

Jim Bunning

0:10:07 to 0:10:18( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: talks talked about the question, sort of the lack of respect and support that our troops receive maybe from those of us on this side of the aisle. i couldn't disagree more. iemember what it was like

Jim Bunning

0:10:18 to 0:10:33( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: 30, 35 years ago when those of us who served joashs overseas in an even less popular war in southeast asia, the lack of support we received not so much from the congress, but from the american

Jim Bunning

0:10:33 to 0:10:47( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: people. that was then, this is now. and i think as a nation we learned a lot from the way we treated veterans back at the end -- during and at the end of the vietnam war. and we have vowed not to make

Jim Bunning

0:10:47 to 0:11:03( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: that same mistake. there is great support and affection for our troops, the men and women who serve in the army, navy, air force and marines, as greatow as i've ever seen it. and while not everybody

Jim Bunning

0:11:03 to 0:11:17( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: supports the war that this administration administration's got us into, we support our troops. we provided money again and again and again. the preside ing officer has led the fight to make sure we

Jim Bunning

0:11:17 to 0:11:28( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: not only provide our troops with what they need in iraq or in afghanistan, but to make sure the veterans administration has the money they need to meet the needs of our veterans when they come back to us

Jim Bunning

0:11:28 to 0:11:42( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: harmed, injured, in some cases, maimed for life. you know, i'm one of those who comes here and i know many are who i want us to work together, i want us to get things done. general petraeus, when he's

Jim Bunning

0:11:42 to 0:11:55( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: talked to me, and i've heard him testify, he's literally testifying here again on the senate side, what he's said over and over again is there's not going to be a military victory, a definitive military

Jim Bunning

0:11:55 to 0:12:09( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: victory in iraq as we would think of having occurred in other wars that we've fought. the victory's going to be a political victory. , if there's to be one. and my earnest hope is that that there

Jim Bunning

0:12:09 to 0:12:25( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: will be one in part, what the surge is about to provide a space for the iraqi political leaders to make some tough additions that they've been unwilling, unable to make for the last two years. how

Jim Bunning

0:12:25 to 0:12:41( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: are they going to divvy up and share oil revenue? the potential is enormous? how will they share the different political factions? what will they give the civil civilian arm of saddam's regime?

Jim Bunning

0:12:41 to 0:12:55( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: what role will they have in running the country going forward? are they going to have provincial elections?in are they going to amend their constitution as they promise ed to do so two years ago to

Jim Bunning

0:12:55 to 0:13:09( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: protect minority rights? those are the things the iraqis need to do. thos are tough decisions that they need to make. and they have been unwilling to make them. and we're oviding for them hopefully

Jim Bunning

0:13:09 to 0:13:23( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: a greater calm, a little bit less hostility in which they can meet and deliberate and hopefully reach some kind of consensus. that is what we're endeferring to do -- endeavoring to do. one of the

Jim Bunning

0:13:23 to 0:13:38( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: roles we play here in the congress, we play an over oversight role in this war, get us into this war, that's our constitutional responsibility. we also have a responsibility, an opportunity to try to put pressure,

Jim Bunning

0:13:38 to 0:13:51( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: hopefully in a positive way on the iraqi lead leaders toured what they need to do if they're -- to do what they need to do if they're going to have a country. we've been very forthright in telling them

Jim Bunning

0:13:51 to 0:14:07( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: again and again and again. my hope is that they begin to listen. and if they do, then all the sacrifice, the lives, the injuries, the money that we've spent will not maybe -- will not have been

Jim Bunning

0:14:07 to 0:14:21( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: in vain, will not have been in vain. and if they don't take advantage of the opportunities that they have now and in the months ahead ahead, they will have squandered this opportunity, because the american

Jim Bunning

0:14:21 to 0:14:39( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: people, as generous as we are, as supportiveti as we are to democracy ies here and around the world, we're not going to stand by forever and give up our own lives, walking back our own dead, to care for

Jim Bunning

0:14:39 to 0:14:53( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: those that are maimed, we're not going to do that forever. there's a limited period of time time. and back to general petraeus, basically what he said and i've heard him say it as recently as today, the

Jim Bunning

0:14:53 to 0:15:09( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: iraqis have an opportunity to save their country. we can't do it for them. we can help provide an environment where they can make those tough decisions. we're endeavoring to do that. we can open

Jim Bunning

0:15:09 to 0:15:23( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: the door. they've got to walk through it. my hope is that they will. i yielback theel floor andor notice the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: cloag. the clerk will call the roll. quorum call:

Patty Murray

0:15:23 to 0:15:37( Edit History Discussion )

Patty Murray: ~ ~ quorum call: ~ quorum call: mr for mrs. murray: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from washington. mrs. murray: i ask unanimous consent that the quorum call be lifted. the presiding

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