Metavid

Video archive of the US Congress

Senate Proceeding 09-21-10 on Sep 21st, 2010 :: 2:45:35 to 2:57:40
Total video length: 5 hours 23 minutes Stream Tools: Stream Overview | Edit Time

Note: MetaVid video transcripts may contain inaccuracies, help us build a more perfect archive

Download OptionsEmbed Video

Views:50 Duration: 0:12:05 Discussion

Previous speech: Next speech:

Ron Wyden

2:45:30 to 2:45:50( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: quorum call: the presiding officer: the senator from new jersey. mr. mendez: madam president, i ask tha vitiated. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. mendez: thank you, madam president. madam president, i rise to talk about the vote that we had just a little while ago and the need to go to the defense authorization bill.

Ron Wyden

2:45:35 to 2:57:40( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Ron Wyden

Ron Wyden

2:45:51 to 2:46:11( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: to me, it is unconscionable that at a time in which the nation is at war that our republican colleagues would vote lock step in uniformity to oppose going to the defense authorization bill.

Ron Wyden

2:46:12 to 2:46:33( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: for whatever the reasons are, even though i don't find the reasons to be valid. i think it's very clear that the majority leader said that there would be a host of amendments that would be offered once we went to the bill and disposed of a few particular amendments that

Ron Wyden

2:46:34 to 2:46:55( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: the majority leader was going to offer that are in every way germane to the defense authorization bill, more germane than the amendments that have been offered in the past by those who oppose proceeding to the bill on extraneous matters. and yet, they thought it was fitting and appropriate to offer

Ron Wyden

2:46:56 to 2:47:18( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: it on the defense authorization bill. and yet, when you have amendments that go to the very heart of how you recruit individuals for the armed forces and how you allow individuals to serve in the armed forces, that is not germane. ridiculous. ridiculous.

Ron Wyden

2:47:19 to 2:47:40( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: and so, what this is all about is an attempt, once again, once again, to use the power of the minority to obstruct the process of making sure that this congress is moving forward and meeting its obligations to the

Ron Wyden

2:47:41 to 2:48:02( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: american people. and in this particular case, to the nation's elected security. now, because someone doesn't like an amendment to be offered doesn't mean that they should use their power simply to obstruct the whole process of considering the defense authorization bill. clearly, they would have the

Ron Wyden

2:48:03 to 2:48:24( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: opportunity to vote against any amendment that they felt was not in their views, in line with their views or in the national interest. but certainly not to stop the process. you know, what is it? i looked at senator mcconnell's consent offer, and

Ron Wyden

2:48:25 to 2:48:45( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: it's interesting. we have had -- his consent offer basically said you've got to do a whole bunch of amendments before you can do anything related to immigration. first of all, the "dream" act is in total focus with recruiting for the united states. what does it say? it says that a young person who by no fault of their own, no

Ron Wyden

2:48:46 to 2:49:06( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: choice of their own was brought to this country and doesn't have a legal status here and is willing to fight and maybe die for their country because this is the country they know. this is the country that they believe is theirs, and willing to join the armed forces of the

Ron Wyden

2:49:07 to 2:49:29( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: united states and serve with honor and distinction and risk their lives in defense of the country, if they did all of that, then a couple of years down the line they'd have a shot at becoming a permanent resident of the united states. but their service to the nation would precede -- their service to the nation would precede.

Ron Wyden

2:49:30 to 2:49:50( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: even those who say on the campaign trail we're for the "dream" act, even those who are cosponsors and say, no, we're for the "dream" act could not pass a vote to allow us to go to the defense authorization bill, which is much bigger than that, and then ultimately permit an

Ron Wyden

2:49:51 to 2:50:13( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: up-or-down vote on several of those amendments before we got to a whole host of other amendments that members are going to be able to offer. so, under the guise, under the guise, under the cloak of saying, oh, no, we opposed it because we weren't going to have our opportunity, our say, when clearly the majority leader said

Ron Wyden

2:50:14 to 2:50:36( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: that there would be a whole host of amendments, or clearly where amendments have been offered in the past under democratic majority and democratic rule, so the precedent is there that these always had -- this particular bill always had a wide range of amendments, and with the hypocrisy of saying no

Ron Wyden

2:50:37 to 2:50:58( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: you can't have an -- quote, unquote -- immigration amendment even though that amendment deals with recruiting people into the armed forces of this country, the bottom line is we've had bill after bill after bill that has been debated in this senate, having nothing to do with immigration, and the other side of the aisle has come forward with all types of amendments

Ron Wyden

2:50:59 to 2:51:19( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: immigration related, of all sorts, whether it was a bill about jobs and the economy, whether it was a bill about health care. it doesn't matter. mother hood and apple pie, we had immigration amendments. yet, when we had the opportunity to bolster the armed services of the country and those who are willing to risk their thrives

Ron Wyden

2:51:20 to 2:51:40( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: defend the country -- risk their lives to defend the country, we're told that's inappropriate. and that clearly is so transparent that i hope that the nation understands, and particularly communities that were looking for the opportunity for the "dream" act to have a

Ron Wyden

2:51:41 to 2:52:02( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: vote on it, is understood. now, you know, it's pretty amaze to go me when i go to walter reed -- and i've been there in the past -- or when i visited some of our troops abroad in my travels abroad, and see young men and women who are not

Ron Wyden

2:52:03 to 2:52:25( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: citizens of the united states yet. when i go to walter reed and see both of their legs blown off in support of a country they call their own, wearing the uniform of the united states, and people question -- question -- whether or not they love this country

Ron Wyden

2:52:26 to 2:52:47( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: and are willing to serve it. they rejoice in the fact when after their service they get to take an oath and become citizens of this country. but their sacrifices, of which the many few have been called upon for the many who don't have to go, there is a small universe who has gone to defend this nation compared to the large

Ron Wyden

2:52:48 to 2:53:08( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: universe of all of us as americans who get defended by the men and women in uniform. a small percentage of americans. yet, many of that small percentage who go and wear the uniform and risk their lives are those who cannot yet call themselves citizens. they're permanent residents of the united states.

Ron Wyden

2:53:09 to 2:53:29( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: they aspire to become citizens. but they're not waiting to serve the country they call home. and so it's fundamentally wrong in my mind to simply not allow a vote, not one republican was willing to come forth and vote

Ron Wyden

2:53:30 to 2:53:52( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: to proceed to a debate and to consider amendments on the defense authorization bill simply because of an ideological view they held as it relates to the first two amendments that would have been up in a long line of amendments. imagine if democrats had lock step voted against the defense

Ron Wyden

2:53:53 to 2:54:13( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: authorization bill at a time of war. imagine. and so, i hope -- and i see the majority leader moved to change his vote in order to be in a position to reconsider -- i hope we'll have that opportunity.

Ron Wyden

2:54:14 to 2:54:36( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: i hope that there will be some enlightenment into understanding that there will be plenty of opportunities for all amendments. there will be a robust debate. there will be the opportunity for up-or-down votes on the amendments on both the "dream" act, which as i've said, is about giving those young people

Ron Wyden

2:54:37 to 2:55:00( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: an opportunity to serve their country either educationally and/or in the armed services of the country, and to have to do so and perform before they get any relief. and at the same time to let many who are already in the service of their country and performing valiantly and risking their life and limb be able to do so

Ron Wyden

2:55:01 to 2:55:21( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: without hiding their own person, who they are. and then we'll go on to all the other amendments. so, it is really amazing to me that we have had a lock step vote to stop us from proceeding to this legislation. and so, i hope that all of those

Ron Wyden

2:55:22 to 2:55:43( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: communities and others who both care about the defense of the nation, who believe in the dignity of an individual who's serving their country, who believe in the opportunity to serve their country will rise up in their voices and say, no more filibustering, no more

Ron Wyden

2:55:44 to 2:56:04( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: obstruction, no more noes. it's time to say yes to our country. it's time to say yes to our defense. it's time to say yes to those individuals willing to serve. now, many others may not be willing to serve. we respect their choices. let's not stop those who are willing to serve, willing to wear the uniform of the united

Ron Wyden

2:56:05 to 2:56:26( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: states, willing to risk their lives, willing to defend their country. the vote that was taken sends all the wrong messages. sends all the wrong messages. and it is in fact a shame. madam president, i hope we'll have another opportunity and that the lights of some people

Ron Wyden

2:56:27 to 2:56:48( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: will be able to turn on and we'll have an opportunity to make sure that we move to a defense authorization bill as the nation is in the midst of winding down one war, fully engaged in another war; that we will have the opportunity for those who want to serve their country to be able to do so and earn their way in the process in

Ron Wyden

2:56:49 to 2:57:10( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: serving to have an opportunity to fully call america home. and for those who are serving already valiantly, who are serving with distinction and with courage and with honor not to have to hide who they are. that's what's at stake here. that's why it's so important to move forward. and that's why today's vote is

Ron Wyden

2:57:11 to 2:57:36( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: one that is shameful, hopefully one that we can with tha yield the floor and observe the absence of a the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll.

Personal tools

MetaVid is a non-profit project of UC Santa Cruz and the Sunlight Foundation. Learn more About MetaVid

The C-SPAN logo and other servicemarks that may be found in video content are the property of their respective trademark holders. None of these trademark holders are affiliated with Metavid