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Senate Proceeding on Sep 23rd, 2010 :: 0:09:25 to 0:16:50
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Bill Nelson

0:09:21 to 0:09:41( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: start listening. madam president, i suggest the the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. mr. nelson: madam president? the presiding officer: the senator from florida. mr. nelson: madam president,

Bill Nelson

0:09:25 to 0:16:50( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Bill Nelson

Bill Nelson

0:09:42 to 0:10:02( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: the midst of all of this strife and partisanship and ideological rigidity that makes it so difficult these days for us to bring about consensus in the

Bill Nelson

0:10:03 to 0:10:23( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: world's most deliberative body, yet, there is the occasion at the first of each of these meetings of the senate that we do come together when the chaplain mounts the rostrum, prays for the senate and prays for the nation, and then we all

Bill Nelson

0:10:24 to 0:10:46( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: join together in the pledge. i think it's worthy of note -- excuse me -- that the way that the great master of the senate,

Bill Nelson

0:10:47 to 0:11:10( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: senator byrd, had taught all of us freshmen ten years ago was to mount the rostrum, call the senate together as the presiding officer, call the senate to order, and then announce the

Bill Nelson

0:11:11 to 0:11:32( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: chaplain for the day and descend from the rostrum as the chaplain comes to the rostrum to offer the prayer. it's a recognition of the deity. it's an expression of humility. it's a little symbolic act, but

Bill Nelson

0:11:33 to 0:11:54( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: it is important. i think it's important to note that in july, when the entire senate filed through that center door, under that arch inscribed "in god we trust" and we all

Bill Nelson

0:11:55 to 0:12:15( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: stood silently at our seats as our chaplain, admiral black, gave a prayer over the flag-draped coffin of our departed senator, senator byrd, each of us standing silently in

Bill Nelson

0:12:16 to 0:12:36( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: reverence of recognition of not only a fallen colleague but in recognition of a supreme deity. and so it is that that tradition continues. it continues with my friend,

Bill Nelson

0:12:37 to 0:12:58( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: pastor, the reverend dr. joel hunter from florida, that has shared with us his message this morning in the opening of the senate with the prayer. the prayer started in the early days. in the early days of the continental congress.

Bill Nelson

0:12:59 to 0:13:21( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: it was in 1774 in that congress that a chaplain was called to open those sessions. and under the new government, that came about as a result of when the articles of

Bill Nelson

0:13:22 to 0:13:42( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: confederation which really had not worked to keep a new spirited nation together because it didn't have really a central government, and they met together in that steamy room in philadelphia to hammer out the constitution and the

Bill Nelson

0:13:43 to 0:14:04( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: constitutional convention. prayer was offered in those deliberations. as a matter of fact, it was a benjamin franklin that made the comment that when the delegates wondered whether or not this nation could stand, a nation

Bill Nelson

0:14:05 to 0:14:25( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: that was seeking freedom, a nation that was seeking democracy. benjamin franklin said something to the effect that if the supreme being knows even when a sparrow falls, will that supreme

Bill Nelson

0:14:26 to 0:14:49( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: being not be involved in the affairs of a young and struggling nation. in the beginning of that nation under a constitutional government in lower manhattan, the chaplain of the nearby church was proclaimed the

Bill Nelson

0:14:50 to 0:15:12( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: chaplain of the senate. when the government moved to philadelphia, the second chaplain of the senate was appointed. and when the government moved to this present location on the banks of the potomac, the third chaplain of the senate was appointed. and in that long succession of chaplains, we are so pleased to

Bill Nelson

0:15:13 to 0:15:34( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: have as our chaplain now, after so many distinguished ones, admiral barry black, who we all love and appreciate. and so today continues a tradition with great selectivity

Bill Nelson

0:15:35 to 0:15:56( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: certain ministers being invited to come and pray for the nation. joel hunter is the pastor of one of those mega churches. it's a big church north of orlando.

Bill Nelson

0:15:57 to 0:16:17( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: but it is a church that has about five churches all spread out with an incredible outreach to the community. joel hunter is a man who has reached out and ministered to presidents, and joel hunter is a man who has done so much good

Bill Nelson

0:16:18 to 0:16:41( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: for our community and our state and our country. he has suffered tragedy, with the loss of a granddaughter just recently, and yet out of that suffering, all the more his compassion comes forth. and so, indeed, we are very privileged to have dr. joel

Bill Nelson

0:16:42 to 0:16:53( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: hunter as our chaplain for the day. madam president, i yield the floor and i suggest the absence of a quorum. well, i withdraw that because i

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