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Senate Proceeding 09-21-10 on Sep 21st, 2010 :: 1:21:00 to 1:24:10
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Lamar Alexander

1:20:56 to 1:21:17( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: the presiding officer: the senator's time mrs. boxer: i thank you so much and i yield the floor. mr. alexander: mr. president? the pr senator from tennessee. mr. alexander: madam president, i ask unanimous consent that the senators from new hampshire and arizona and kansas and i be permitted to engage in a colloquy for a half-hour. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. alexander: thank you, madam president.

Lamar Alexander

1:21:00 to 1:24:10( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Lamar Alexander

Lamar Alexander

1:21:18 to 1:21:38( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: december 3, 1996, senator robert c. byrd, the late-senator byrd, who most of us think is -- understood this body better than any senator had its history, told the newly arriving united states senators the following. "good afternoon, welcome to the united states senate chamber. you are presently occupying what i consider to be hallowed ground."

Lamar Alexander

1:21:39 to 1:21:59( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: senator byrd went on to say, "as long at senate retains the power to amend and the power of unlimited debate, the liberties of the people will remain secure." and in his last testimony before the senate rules committee, before he died, this was in may of this year, senator byrd said, "our founding fathers intended the senate to be a continuing

Lamar Alexander

1:22:00 to 1:22:21( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: body that allows for open and unlimited debate and the protection of minority rights." and if a i may add to that the last paragraph of a letter which i ask unanimous consent to include in the record from senator coburn -- the presiding officer: without objection. mr. alexander: thank you very much. senator coburn writes, "too many americans are upset, even angry, their voices are not being heard

Lamar Alexander

1:22:22 to 1:22:42( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: in washington. the majority's abusive practice of suppressing debate undermines the senate's debate traditions." now, madam president, we're here today -- we could start out by complaining that the majority leader has cut off debate, cut

Lamar Alexander

1:22:43 to 1:23:04( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: off amendments at a record level. and i have submitted evidence of that. but i think that would look to the american people like kindergarteners in a sandbox. because it is not the voice of the senator from new hampshire or tennessee or arizona or kansas that's so important. it is the voices of the people who we're elected to represent.

Lamar Alexander

1:23:05 to 1:23:25( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: when 39 times in the last two congresses the majority leader, through procedural tactics, says "no" to amendments and "no" to debate, he is causing the senate to deteriorate to a shadow of its former self, the kind of senate that senator byrd thought was important and the kind of

Lamar Alexander

1:23:26 to 1:23:48( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: senate that we want -- in which we need to to serve. i mean, our goal is to represent the voices of the american people, to let their feelings, our angers, their hopes all be represented here. that means we have to have a chance to offer an amendment have, to have a chance to debate, and what that means to us is that if we're successful in this election year, we're

Lamar Alexander

1:23:49 to 1:24:10( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: going to make sure that in the new congress, we have that opportunity, that these voices that we hear across america are heard on the floor of the united states senate and the defense authorization bill, which is being debated today, is a perfect example of why i say the senate is deteriorating to a shadow of its former self by closing off the voices of

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