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Senate Proceeding on Sep 21st, 2010 :: 0:18:25 to 0:33:30
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Bill Nelson

0:18:23 to 0:18:44( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: help us protect our american aerospace jobs as a result. thank you, mr. president. i yield the floor. mr. nelson: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from florida. mr. nelson: thank you, mr. president. in a few hours,e're going to be voting on whether or not we want to take up the defense bill.

Bill Nelson

0:18:25 to 0:33:30( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Bill Nelson

Bill Nelson

0:18:45 to 0:19:07( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: that should be a no-brainer, for, after all, defense of the country is one of the most important things that the u.s. government can do, and we're going to consider that. and yet, we have some highly inflammatory issues that

Bill Nelson

0:19:08 to 0:19:29( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: ssibly are going to derail this bill. i have the privilege, mr. president, of sitting on both the senate armed services committee as well as the intelligence committee, and the provisions in this bill from my

Bill Nelson

0:19:30 to 0:19:50( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: standpoint are going to ensure that our service men and women who are putting their lives on the line for this country, that they will have the training, the equipment and the resources that they need and deserve.

Bill Nelson

0:19:51 to 0:20:15( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: back in february, the secretary of defense told our armed services committee that the department's top priorities are, and i quote -- "reaffirming and strengthening the nation's commitment to care for the all-volunteer force, our

Bill Nelson

0:20:17 to 0:20:37( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: greatest strategic asset." d he said rebalancing america's defense posture by emphasizing capabilitie needed to prevail in current conflicts while enhancing capabilities that may be needed in the future. that's what the secretary of defense said.

Bill Nelson

0:20:38 to 0:21:00( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: i mean, what more can you say? and that's what this bill does. this national defense authorization act is going to authorize over $700 billion in discretionary budget authority for the programs and initiatives to carry out what the secretary

Bill Nelson

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

Bill Nelson: of defense said. now, in order to carry this out for an all-volunteer force, here's what the bill would do -- some of the things that the bill would do: improve the quality of life for the service members and their families, authorizing much-needed military

Bill Nelson

0:21:22 to 0:21:44( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: construction and housing projects. here's another example. ensure that all the forces preparing to deploy are trained for what they are deploying for and that their equipment is ready so that they can succeed in combat. mr. president, i remember back in the early -- early days of

Bill Nelson

0:21:45 to 0:22:09( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: the iraq war, i had mommies and daddies calling me because members of the florida national guard were in iraq and they didn't even have the adequate body armor. never again for those kind of things, but that's another reason for us to have this bill. another reason: it will

Bill Nelson

0:22:10 to 0:22:31( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: authorize a 1.4% pay raise for our service members. now, to get ready for the ongoing efforts to prevail in this fight, here's alsohat the bill would do. counterinsurgency.

Bill Nelson

0:22:32 to 0:22:53( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: it enhances our ability to go after the bad guys in those counterinsurgency operations in afghanistan, and it would improve the ability for our military to counter nontraditional threats like those that now threaten us in

Bill Nelson

0:22:54 to 0:23:17( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: the cyberwarfare domain. and, of course, it would support the highest priority unfunded needs that are identified by the chiefs o staff. mr. president, it would also authorize over $110 billion in

Bill Nelson

0:23:18 to 0:23:38( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: budget authority for funding high-priority weapons systems. give you an example. the navy's latoll combat ship allows us to get in close to shore in modernized equipment and boats.

Bill Nelson

0:23:39 to 0:24:00( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: the e-2-d advanced hawkeye. the air force joint stars program, and the new hot, stealthy f-35 joint strike fighter. and this bill takes several steps to enhance our capabilities to protect our

Bill Nelson

0:24:01 to 0:24:21( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: country against emerging threats, terrorism, the proliferation of weapons of mass destructions. this is in a suggest area of the subcommittee and armed services that i cir. we're goingo have an increased capability for manufacturing and

Bill Nelson

0:24:22 to 0:24:42( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: testing our capabilities to duce the time to produce high-demand items such as the body and the vehicle armor, things that we desperately need like i.e.d. jammers, mine-resistant protected vehicles.

Bill Nelson

0:24:43 to 0:25:03( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: that's the m-rap vehicles, and to modernize the department test capability to ensure that new weapon systems meet the requirements for that war fighter who is out there on the ground facing the threat.

Bill Nelson

0:25:04 to 0:25:24( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: and in this bill is also funding for advanced technologies for weapon systems and further r&d to reduce our dependency on fossil fuels in our military machine.

Bill Nelson

0:25:25 to 0:25:45( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: it's going to address address $113 million for unfunded requirements tt were identified by the commander of the special operationsommand for ground mobility vehicles, deployable communications equipment, thermal and night vision goggles, special

Bill Nelson

0:25:46 to 0:26:08( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: operations combat assault rifles and nonlethal weapons technologies. mr presids ts the new kind of war and combat that we are it's often these highly specialized trained units that

Bill Nelson

0:26:09 to 0:26:29( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: are going in under stealth with highly sophisticated weapons and equipment to go after a very stealthy enemy that does not wear a uniform and that blends right int the local population.

Bill Nelson

0:26:30 to 0:26:52( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: this bill also goes after getting us improved in the nonproliferation programs. and so, mr. president, there is so much in this bill, and yet we are facing not even getting the 60 votes this afternoon to be

Bill Nelson

0:26:53 to 0:27:18( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: able to proceed with protecting the nation's defense. and why is that? because there is a provision in here that was voted out of the armed services committee on the repeal of this standing policy in the military of don't ask,

Bill Nelson

0:27:19 to 0:27:42( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: don't tell, a repeal of it. what's -- once the department of defense completes a comprehensive review of the repeal. the secretary of defense, the chairman of the joint chiefs, once that review is done under the bill must certify to congress that they can implement

Bill Nelson

0:27:43 to 0:28:05( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: the repeal while maintaining the readiness, effectiveness and unit cohesion. this provision, obviously, has received a great deal of attention, and i believe that proceeding in this way very cautioly will allow the d.o.d. to examine all the implications

Bill Nelson

0:28:06 to 0:28:27( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: of repealing this policy while moving forward with this change. it's clear that this defense bill is a key piece of the gislation for our military. for 48 consecutive years, the

Bill Nelson

0:28:28 to 0:28:50( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: senate has completed work on a defense authorization bill. this forces engaged in ground combat as wepeak, it's not the year for the senate to suddenly say no, we're not going to pass this

Bill Nelson

0:28:51 to 0:29:13( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: kind of legislation. and i would urge the senate this afternoon on this vote to allow us to proceed to the discussion and the amending of the defense bill mr. president, how much time is remaining? the presiding officer: five and

Bill Nelson

0:29:14 to 0:29:35( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: a half minutes. mr. nelson: mr. president, i also want to share some observations of a recent visit that i made to another troubled part of t world.

Bill Nelson

0:29:36 to 0:29:56( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: in colombia, i witnessed a country transformed. i went there with our four-star commander general frazier of the united states southern command. we went to a former farc base in

Bill Nelson

0:29:57 to 0:30:17( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: southern colombia, the little village of lamacarena. it is now the headquarters for the special operations forces of the colombian military. it's interesting, this place out in the middle of the jungle, a violent narcotrafficking

Bill Nelson

0:30:18 to 0:30:38( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: insurgency that had completely controlled this territory a had intimidated and terrorized the people, the farc leadership used to hold press conferences under a large tree that is now in the middle o that colombian

Bill Nelson

0:30:39 to 0:31:00( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: military base. ere are actually vacationers from around the world that are coming to a nearby stream that used to be the vacation destination for farc leaders and their friends. well, those days of the farc

Bill Nelson

0:31:01 to 0:31:21( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: controlling that part of columbia are over. in recent years, the colombian military has killed, captured, disarmed hundreds of farc fighters and those who remain are on the me.

Bill Nelson

0:31:22 to 0:31:43( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: now, the farc is not defeated but they are certainly diminished. just before general frazier and i arrived, the military carried out another daring hostage rescue, raiding a farc camp and freeing four colombian hostages.

Bill Nelson

0:31:44 to 0:32:05( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: and some of those have been in captivity for well over a decade. i met with the president of lombia. he was the defense minister a couple of years ago before he was elected president when they pulled off that miraculous deception that rescued the three

Bill Nelson

0:32:06 to 0:32:27( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: american hostages that had been there for years in captivity with the farc. two of those three american hostages were from florida. so the colombians, with u.s. assistance, have transformed their military into a 21st

Bill Nelson

0:32:28 to 0:32:51( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: century counterinsurgency force and it has been very effective. they are even sending their forces now to help train the mexican security forces where

Bill Nelson

0:32:52 to 0:33:12( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: there is so much troub brewing. so, mr. president, since the time is drawing nigh, i will share at a later date the thriewbl mexico faces. -- trouble that mexico faces. it is substantial, with the narco traffickers penetrating all levels of the mexican

Bill Nelson

0:33:13 to 0:33:32( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: government but especially the local and state governments of mexico. it is of enormous importance to the united states that we have success with our neighbors, our friends to the south to be able to get control of their country

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