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Senate Proceeding on Sep 21st, 2010 :: 1:00:00 to 1:04:20
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House Clerk: changed so much since 1993, and

Susan Collins

1:00:00 to 1:04:20( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Susan Collins

Susan Collins

1:00:02 to 1:00:24( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: we need to change this policy as well. but let me say, mr. president, that i respect the views of those who disagree with me on this issue, such as the ranking member of the senate armed services committee, senator mccain, and

Susan Collins

1:00:25 to 1:00:46( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: i will defend the right of my colleagues to offer amendments on this issue and other issues that are being brought up in connection with the defense authorization bill, and there are many controversial issues in this bill. they deserve to have a civil,

Susan Collins

1:00:47 to 1:01:07( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: fair and open debate on the senate floor, and that is why i am so disappointed that rather than allowing full and open debate and the opportunity for amendments from both sides of the aisle, the majority leader

Susan Collins

1:01:08 to 1:01:29( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: apparently intends to shut down the debate and exclude republicans from offering a number of amendments. this would be the 116th time in this congress that the majority leader or another member of the majority has filed

Susan Collins

1:01:30 to 1:01:50( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: cloture rather than proceeding to the bill under an agreement that would allow amendments to be debated. what concerns me even more is the practice of filling up the amendment tree to prevent republican amendments, and if

Susan Collins

1:01:51 to 1:02:14( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: that is done on this bill, it will be the 40th time. now, mr. president, i find myself on the horns of a dilemma. i support the provisions in this bill. i debated for them. i was the sole republican in the

Susan Collins

1:02:15 to 1:02:35( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: committee that voted for the lieberman-levin language on don't ask, don't tell. i think it's the right thing to do. i think it's only fair. i think we should welcome the service of these individuals who are willing and capable of serving their country, but i

Susan Collins

1:02:36 to 1:02:56( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: cannot vote to proceed bill under a situation that is going to shut down the debate and preclude republican amendments. that, too, is not fair. so i'm going to make one final

Susan Collins

1:02:57 to 1:03:18( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: plea to my colleagues to enter into a fair time agreement that will allow full and open debate, full and open amendments to all the provisions of this bill including don't ask, don't tell, even though i will vote against

Susan Collins

1:03:19 to 1:03:41( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: the amendment to strike don't ask, don't tell provisions from this bill. now is not the time to play politics simply because an election is looming in a few weeks. again, i call upon the majority leader to work with the

Susan Collins

1:03:42 to 1:04:02( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: republican leaders to negotiate an agreement on the terms of debate for this bill so that we can debate this important defense policy bill this week, including the vital issue of don't ask, don't tell. thank you, the pr business is closed.

Susan Collins

1:04:03 to 1:04:20( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: under the previous order, the senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to s. 3454, which the clerk report. the clerk: motion to proceed to the consideration of be calendar

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