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Senate Proceeding on Sep 22nd, 2010 :: 6:40:50 to 6:45:49
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Mary Landrieu

6:40:38 to 6:40:59( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: chair. ms. landrieu: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from louisiana. ms. landrieu: mr. president, i understand we're in morning business, if committee speak for up to -- if i can speak for up to ten minutes. the presiding officer: the senator is correct. ms. landrieu: thank you, mr. president. i've come to the floor to speak, as many of my colleagues have

Mary Landrieu

6:40:50 to 6:45:49( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Mary Landrieu

Mary Landrieu

6:41:00 to 6:41:21( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: today, on the disclose act, which is being sponsored by senator schumer primarily and other members of the senate, to try to fix and make significant adjustments to an area of law that's very important to many americans and actually is at the

Mary Landrieu

6:41:22 to 6:41:42( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: basis of the operation of our democracy. and many of my colleagues have come to the floor to express their concern about the importance of fixing this, and the disclose act is how we, many of us, intend to try to get something fixed that needs to be fixed.

Mary Landrieu

6:41:43 to 6:42:03( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: i think no matter if you're a republican or a democrat or if you're a conservative or a liberal or if you're progressive or a centrist, i think you think it's right to be honest. i think that's just a principle everybody can agree to, to be

Mary Landrieu

6:42:04 to 6:42:26( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: honest and to be forthright and to be truthful and to be above board. and the problem, mr. president, as you know with the outcome of a court case that has to do with the way we run our we don't fix this, we're going to be in a situation in this

Mary Landrieu

6:42:27 to 6:42:50( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: democracy where people can spend unlimited amounts of money in a secret way. and that's the problem. it's not that corporations can do it or labor unions can do it or conservatives or liberals. it's that it can be done at all in secret. i don't think americans want this. i know the people that i

Mary Landrieu

6:42:51 to 6:43:11( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: represent don't want this. they want to have an honest debate. they want to have an ope debate. they want people to stand up and say, "hi, my name is joe," "my name is jane." "this is my position." "this is my position. debate it and then people can vote.

Mary Landrieu

6:43:12 to 6:43:33( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: the problem if we don't fix this court case is that you'll never know who's saying what, and that's not right. that's like walking out on to the schoolyard and getting hit from behind and you don't even know who hit you and no one will tell you. how can you fight someone you

Mary Landrieu

6:43:34 to 6:43:54( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: don't know, or how can you -- how can you participate in something like that? and so this loophole has to be closed i think and most people in my state believe that elections should be open, should be honest, should be transparent. corporations can participate,

Mary Landrieu

6:43:55 to 6:44:17( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: labor unions can participate, big companies, small companies. but if you do, you need to disclose who you are in a report. now, this happened in "the washington post," this article appeared. i wanted to try to blow it up but we had difficulties so i'm going to try to explain this. i'm going to hold it up.

Mary Landrieu

6:44:18 to 6:44:38( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: maybe the cameras can see it. but this says in the last cycle, in 2008, there were 117 entities that reported donations and there were 372 that didn't. so that ratio is about one-third reported and the other

Mary Landrieu

6:44:39 to 6:44:59( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: two-thirds didn't. so the trend is going in the wrong direction. more people are participating but not saying who they are, so nobody knows. the report for this year, 2010, is already 00 ratio, mr. president, of 1:6. so we're not even really into

Mary Landrieu

6:45:00 to 6:45:20( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: the end of this election cycle. we're getting close to it. the ratio is 15 have been reporting, 85 haven't, which means about only one in six. so it's all becoming secret. i don't think that's right for our people. i think our people should know who's saying right, what money

Mary Landrieu

6:45:21 to 6:45:42( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: is behind what ads, so it helps them understand better the arguments and why they might be seeing such ads. i've got a real problem -- i'm just going to give you an example. you may have this problem in minnesota. i don't know, but we have a big problem in louisiana and in

Mary Landrieu

6:45:43 to 6:45:50( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: florida with chinese drywall. this product came in from china and it's rotten, mr. president, and when people put it in their

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