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Senate Proceeding on Sep 11th, 2009 :: 1:13:10 to 1:26:50
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Bill Nelson

1:13:06 to 1:13:26( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: mcchrystal to succeed. th should send. mr. president, i and my colleagues and i the floor. a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from florida. mr. nelson: mr. president, before i

Bill Nelson

1:13:10 to 1:26:50( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Bill Nelson

Bill Nelson

1:13:27 to 1:13:50( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: about our departed colleague, senator kennedy, i must comment on the gravity of the remembrance of this day in history several years ago. there's not a person living who was old enough at the time on

Bill Nelson

1:13:51 to 1:14:14( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: that fateful day in 2001, that does not rember exactly where they were when the tragedy occurred that this nation was struck by terrorists. struck from within. our nation has grown-up in its

Bill Nelson

1:14:15 to 1:14:36( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: history of always having been protected in the homeland, protected by geography by two big oceans that kept us insulated from attack from without. and then suddenly we were shocked into the realization

Bill Nelson

1:14:37 to 1:15:01( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: that we could be attacked on our own homeland. and, of course, what america has done in reaction to that in perfecting our creasing our intelligence apparatus so that we get the information before the

Bill Nelson

1:15:02 to 1:15:22( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: terrorists can carry out their a that has been significant in the protection of this nation and its people. of course, we rember exactly that fateful day, every one of us. this senator was only a few yards from this chamber on the

Bill Nelson

1:15:23 to 1:15:43( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: west front of this u.s. capitol building in a meeting with the leadership. we were aware that the twin towers had been struck with the first plane and the second.

Bill Nelson

1:15:44 to 1:16:05( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: and somehow we wanted to continue our though o minds really couldn't stay on the subject matter of the day, when someone burst in the room on that front presume right over there -- i think it's senate 219 -- and said the

Bill Nelson

1:16:06 to 1:16:28( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: pentagon's been hit. we leapt to the window erlooking the mall in the direction of the pentagon and could s the black smoke rising. that you have at a time like that. my wife and i had just a few days before moved in to an

Bill Nelson

1:16:29 to 1:16:49( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: apartment overlooking the southwest corner of the pentagon. it's called pentagon row. and, of course, i leapt to a telephone to try to get a message to her to get out of the apartment and get into the basement garage. being unsuccessful to reach

Bill Nelson

1:16:50 to 1:17:11( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: i came back out into the room, and everyone had deserted out into the hallway, and seeing the hallway crowded with people going down the stairs and hearing the capitol policemen at the bottom of the stairs saying "get out of the building. run! run! get out of the blding!

Bill Nelson

1:17:12 to 1:17:32( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: " of course the report had come in that the fourth airplane was inbound for washington. it was a day t senator rockefeller and me together, as he beckoned to me to get into his car. and as we drove away from the

Bill Nelson

1:17:33 to 1:17:54( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: capitol complex, scrambling with our cell phone trying to get our office staff to tell them to get out of the buildings and get to a location that they could inform us away from the capitol complex. and senator rockefeller and me winding through streets in

Bill Nelson

1:17:55 to 1:18:15( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: washington until we got to a location where we could wait to try to get additional information. since then, of course, our pitol police force, the department of homeland security has come through with procedures

Bill Nelson

1:18:16 to 1:18:38( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: and instructions that are much more definitive than we had on that day. i'll never forget on that day, mr. president, then when senator rockefeller and i decided that we needed to move away from the location that we were, we wanted to get to a place that we could

Bill Nelson

1:18:39 to 1:19:01( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: get news, we went to his home. and hearing not a sound in the sky since all air traffic had been ceased on order of the secretary of transportation. but then hearing that silent sky

Bill Nelson

1:19:02 to 1:19:22( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: being pierced by the sound of f-15's overflying the capitol. it was a day that we not only can rember, but that we can take great lessons and instruction from to prepare not

Bill Nelson

1:19:23 to 1:19:43( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: to let it happen again. and one that we rember today, and those people who those people who were the victims. it is equally a solemn subject, mr. president, that i rise to remember our friend and

Bill Nelson

1:19:44 to 1:20:06( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: colleague, ted kennedy, who died at the young age of and i say young age because it was another one of our colleagues, for example, senator john glenn, who flew on a

Bill Nelson

1:20:07 to 1:20:27( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: ten-day space flight at age 77. and today, 11 years later, still looks as young as he looked back then. and so, 77 is way too young an

Bill Nelson

1:20:28 to 1:20:49( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: age that cancer would take our friend, ted kennedy. throughout this funeral and the remembrances, we know that he was the youngest of nine children. he had four brothers, and he was

Bill Nelson

1:20:50 to 1:21:10( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: born in 1932 and elected to this senate in 1962. he spent 46 years in the senate, longer than all but two of our colleagues. he loved this institution, and

Bill Nelson

1:21:11 to 1:21:31( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: he loved his fellow senators. and, of course, so many pieces of major legislation affecting the well-being of the american people, if it doesn't have his name on it, it certainly has his finger prints on it. and many of those pieces of

Bill Nelson

1:21:32 to 1:21:52( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: legislation reflect the work of his pen. he fought tirel sick, the poor, the the children, the old. he was a driving force behind the efforts to guarantee rights

Bill Nelson

1:21:53 to 1:22:14( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: for the disabled, to provide family and medical leave, and to ensure a fair minimum wage. but he also rembered individuals, both his colleagues, his staff, his constituents. he was the first person to call during hard times.

Bill Nelson

1:22:15 to 1:22:36( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: why do you think that yesterday our most esteemed colleague -- senator byrd -- physical disability condition now, was wheeled to this floor

Bill Nelson

1:22:37 to 1:22:57( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: in his wheelchair, and his voice rose to the occasion in memorializing his friend. i rember senator byrd telling me how thoughtful senator kennedy was on a major birthday in his 80's.

Bill Nelson

1:22:58 to 1:23:19( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: senator kennedy had sent him the requisite number of roses for that birthday. and, of course, no matter what your political persuasion, you could see ted example of public service.

Bill Nelson

1:23:20 to 1:23:40( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: he devoted his entire life to public service, did so despite his easy financial condition. he did so despite the numerous opportunities elsewhere that he had.

Bill Nelson

1:23:41 to 1:24:04( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: and he did so despite seeing his three brothers sacrifice their lives in the service to their country. mr. president, i want to quote from our colleague, ted kennedy. and i quote from april of 2006.

Bill Nelson

1:24:05 to 1:24:26( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: and this is what he defining aspect of our country is opportunity, the hope that you can do better, that your children can do better. but you need an even playing field. to do that, you can't and you've got to have health care.

Bill Nelson

1:24:27 to 1:24:49( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: you've got to have a economy working to give people a chance to get ahead. it is not guaranteed, butou do have to have an opportunity. our country is big enough and strong enough and wealthy enough to give that kind of opportunity

Bill Nelson

1:24:50 to 1:25:12( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: to that's what iork on every day." end of quote. what an example for all of us. now, mr. president, there's something else i want to say

Bill Nelson

1:25:13 to 1:25:33( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: about our colleague, because much has been made of his flaws. but who among us do not have flaws? maybe senator kennedy realized

Bill Nelson

1:25:34 to 1:25:54( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: so much his flaws that he decided that despite those, he was going to do the best that he could do for his humankind. and so he dedicated his life to the poor, the sick, the young

Bill Nelson

1:25:55 to 1:26:19( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: and the old, the disabled. he fought against discrimination of all types. indeed, he stood up for the least among us. who cannot admire that in being

Bill Nelson

1:26:20 to 1:26:29( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: a champion for the least among us?

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