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Senate Proceeding on Sep 24th, 2008 :: 0:37:20 to 0:49:03
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Bill Nelson

0:37:07 to 0:37:20( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: say that is good for the next three or four months and come back and evaluate it? mr. dodd: i don't want to negotiate on the floor of the senate. that is one that received some consideration. mr.

Christopher Dodd

0:37:20 to 0:37:37( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: president, i want to rise and thank the majority leader, senator harry reid. i want to thank senator coburn of oklahoma as well. he's had a hold on this bill. the emmett till unsolved civil rights

Christopher Dodd

0:37:20 to 0:49:03( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Christopher Dodd

Christopher Dodd

0:37:37 to 0:37:53( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: crime act, which i authored and co-authored going back some three years ago. in fact, jim talent, our tamer colleague from -- our colleague from missouri. i was his original partner in this effort

Christopher Dodd

0:37:53 to 0:38:09( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: going back to 2005. he left the senate and was replace bid claire mccaskill, a great friend and wonderful senator from missouri. i introduced this bill separately along with senator leahy and 12

Christopher Dodd

0:38:09 to 0:38:21( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: other members of the united states senate including thaad cochran of mississippi and so this has been a bipartisan effort that has been tied up for the last couple of years regretfully. today with

Christopher Dodd

0:38:21 to 0:38:34( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: the news that this bill just passed the united states senate is good news and i'm deeply grateful to the majority leader for, again, sticking with an issue and not walking away from something as important

Christopher Dodd

0:38:34 to 0:38:54( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: as this is. some might argue that while this is a long time in coming, there are others who say it is a little -- too little too late. in many ways, i suppose, they could be right. the subject matter,

Christopher Dodd

0:38:54 to 0:39:09( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: the name of this bill, emit till dates -- emmett till dates back 53 years. 53 years ago a boy was arrested for no reason other than the color of his skin. when emmett till's body was discovered on

Christopher Dodd

0:39:09 to 0:39:28( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: the river, it was weighed down by a 75-pound cotton gin fan tied around this 14-year-old's boy's neck. his clothes were stripped from him and burned. his body could only be identified by the ring

Christopher Dodd

0:39:28 to 0:39:43( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: on the young boy's finger. at the trial of the two white men who would later knit to the crime. few would testify at the trial, such was the atmosphere 5 years ago. the all-white jury acquitted. one

Christopher Dodd

0:39:43 to 0:40:01( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: juror reportedly said it only took so long because they paused to drink a soda. what was the rationale for the acquittal, that the prosecution failed to prove that the body recovered from the river

Christopher Dodd

0:40:01 to 0:40:15( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: was emmett till so mutilated was his face and body. a year later the two bragged to the newspaper about the killing for the sum of $14. though there is -- there are countless civil rights cases unsolved

Christopher Dodd

0:40:15 to 0:40:28( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: to this day. the failure to bring to justice those who committed brutal crimes based on racial prejudice is not only sad and trajick a country such as ours and in this moment in our history it is inexcusable.

Christopher Dodd

0:40:28 to 0:40:41( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: the sad truth is that for far too lg hate crimes were rarely if ever investigated in this country. for far too long murderers could walk free as long as they chose the so-called right victims. so

Christopher Dodd

0:40:41 to 0:40:54( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: whatever the merits of this legislation, the emmett till act cannot erase that memory. it cannot erase a single year that elapsed between crime and justice. what it can do and what those of us who offered

Christopher Dodd

0:40:54 to 0:41:06( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: this hope it can do is to keep even more years of piling on so to speak. if we want to remove the great stain of our justice system, that is the hundreds, maybe even thousands of civil rights crimes

Christopher Dodd

0:41:06 to 0:41:19( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: that remain unsolved, we need to try and reopen that book. and if those who perpetrate it ought to never have a night filled with sleep knowing that there will be people who will continue to pursue

Christopher Dodd

0:41:19 to 0:41:31( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: these matters day in and day out. that is what this legislation would do, bring justice to those who perpetrated these heinous crimes because of racial hatred by creating a mechanism that allows us

Christopher Dodd

0:41:31 to 0:41:45( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: to pursue them. can it bring back or make whole those who suffered or murdered by a racist criminal act? of course no. we all know that. but in passing this legislation, this congress can reaffirm

Christopher Dodd

0:41:45 to 0:42:01( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: our nation's commitment to the truth and to make equal justice not a dream, but a reality. as such the emmett till unsolved civil rights crime act would give the department of justice and the federal bureau

Christopher Dodd

0:42:01 to 0:42:11( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: of investigations to reopen civil rights cases which have gone cold. that is unsolved civil rights murder case that's occurred prior to 1970. it would do so by designating a deputy chief in the criminal

Christopher Dodd

0:42:11 to 0:42:28( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: section of the criminal rights division in the department of justice and a supervisory special agent in the civil rights unit of the f.b.i. these officials would be tasked with spearheading and coordinating

Christopher Dodd

0:42:28 to 0:42:39( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: efforts by federal, state, and local law enforcement officers and prosecutors to bring long-time fugitives to justice. for these purpose it's authorizes $10 million for fiscal years 2008 to 2017. this

Christopher Dodd

0:42:39 to 0:42:50( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: legislation also authorizes $2 million annually for the department of justice to make grants to state and local law enforcement and $1.5 million annually to the community relations service within

Christopher Dodd

0:42:50 to 0:43:02( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: the department of justice to partner with local communities. i know this sounds like some money here, but when you talk about $700 billion to take care of some failed institution, you're talking about a

Christopher Dodd

0:43:02 to 0:43:17( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: few million dollars here to pursue these cases, i hope my colleagues would recognize the value. mr. president, the time has come to confront the injustices of the past openly and honestly. and for some of

Christopher Dodd

0:43:17 to 0:43:36( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: these crimes it is too late. last year the tall county in mississippi apologized for the trial in the emmett till case where these two confessedle killers lived the rest of their life in freedom. they're

Christopher Dodd

0:43:36 to 0:43:49( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: now gone and beyond the reach of justice. there was some measure of justice for the families of andrew goodman, james cheney, and michael schwimer, civil rights workers. edgar ray was allowed to

Christopher Dodd

0:43:49 to 0:44:02( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: roam free for three decades, but his conviction in 2005 is proof that we can provide closure for those responsible for terrible crimes even years after they occurred. with this legislation, we will launch

Christopher Dodd

0:44:02 to 0:44:13( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: one of the most exhaustive manhunts in the history of our country to pursue those responsible for these acts. we can tell those who committed similar crimes who roam this country free that they should

Christopher Dodd

0:44:13 to 0:44:29( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: never, ever, ever again enjoy a sleep-filled night. that as long as they live, the united states government, our government, will do everything in its power to apprehend them and bring them to the

Christopher Dodd

0:44:29 to 0:44:43( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: barf justice. -- bar of justice. that is the message we convey today with this legislation. the family and friends who lost loved ones who put their lives on the line for justice and helping our nation

Christopher Dodd

0:44:43 to 0:44:54( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: achieve what each and every generation is trying to achieve. those ideals are at the heart of this effort. we may never be that perfect union, but as abraham lincoln understood each generation bears the

Christopher Dodd

0:44:54 to 0:45:06( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: responsibility for bringing us closer to that ideal. mr. president, with this legislation, the senate and this congress on this date, early in the 21st century is saying simply we will not forget and

Christopher Dodd

0:45:06 to 0:45:18( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: we will not yield. the hour is obviously very late. memories are dimming. those who can bring some important information to the legal authorities are passing away. this bill may be the last and best

Christopher Dodd

0:45:18 to 0:45:28( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: chance we will have as a nation to write a hopeful postscript in the struggle for racial equality in our nation to provide closure for these families at last. mr. president, we all bring a unique

Christopher Dodd

0:45:28 to 0:45:42( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: commitment to this cause. representative john lewis, my great and dear friend in the other body who has worked so hard to see this bill become law, was a hero of the civil rights movement -- is still

Christopher Dodd

0:45:42 to 0:45:55( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: a hero, i might point out tkp-rbs who merely -- i might point out -- who gave his life so that the dream of america can be realized for all of our citizens. i have spoken many times about my father

Christopher Dodd

0:45:55 to 0:46:07( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: on the floor of this chamber, about hrou in the 1930's he was among the first as a member of the justice department long before a civil rights division to prosecute the ku klux klan and other civil rights

Christopher Dodd

0:46:07 to 0:46:20( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: cases in the department of justice. i've spoken about his work as a prosecutor in the nuremberg trials, pursuing the nazi war criminals at nuremberg, where he stood face-to-face with men who committed

Christopher Dodd

0:46:20 to 0:46:30( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: crimes that were so horrifying and so enormous that few believed they could have possibly happened. until that is, my father set out meticulously proving them step by step, piece by piece. i believe

Christopher Dodd

0:46:30 to 0:46:41( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: the same is true of civil rights crimes in this country. his body of work including his service in this body never fails to remind me that when we reaffirm our commitment to the rule of law, when

Christopher Dodd

0:46:41 to 0:46:52( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: we act not out of vengeance but pursuit of justice, that we most live up to the promise as americans. however tardy that pursuit may be, affirming that enduring commitment is what this effort is

Christopher Dodd

0:46:52 to 0:47:06( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: about today. and again i thank immensely the majority leader and others who have been a part of this effort. we thank jim talent, the senator from missouri, who originally authored this bill and

Christopher Dodd

0:47:06 to 0:47:16( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: idea and proud to have joined with him some three years ago. and proud to have picked up that mantle in this congress along with 13 other off our colleagues -- 13 other of our colleagues here that

Christopher Dodd

0:47:16 to 0:47:25( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: have produced this passage. i wish to thank allies and friends like john lewis, in the congress, the house of representatives, who made this possible, includg the many organizations who have helped us

Christopher Dodd

0:47:25 to 0:47:38( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: shepherd this legislation through the senate: the naacp, the southern law poverty center, the leadership conference on civil rights, and so many others. in addition, i want to thank the emmett till justice

Christopher Dodd

0:47:38 to 0:47:58( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: campaign and its president, alvin sykes. we heard senator coburn talk about this a few minutes ago, and i want to associate myself with his remarks, a remarkable individual. mr. sykes determination

Christopher Dodd

0:47:58 to 0:48:10( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: has helped the senate get to this historic moment. i want to phepbg simeon wright -- i want to mention meon wright. he is emmett till's cousin. he was sharing that bed with him that night 53 years ago

Christopher Dodd

0:48:10 to 0:48:21( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: when his cousin was ripped out of that bed and never to be seen again except his mutilated body. simeon wright is getting on in years now, but it was an honor to meet him and his wife and his

Christopher Dodd

0:48:21 to 0:48:31( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: determination and commitment on behalf of of his family that we arrive at this moment. to simeon wright and his family the moment has come and this bill will become law. it is vital we bring to

Christopher Dodd

0:48:31 to 0:48:49( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: justice those individuals who committed those heinous crimes. it is essential to their families we reaffirm this nation's commitment to the rule of law. i thank all of my colleagues for supporting

Christopher Dodd

0:48:49 to 0:49:03( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: the emmett till unsolved civil rights crime act. with that, mr. president, i yield the floor. a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from wyoming is recognized. a senator: mr.

John Barrasso

0:49:03 to 0:49:23( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrasso: president, this morning i'd like to speak about medical safety, about patient car, about the cost of that care and about how medicare is dealing with this. mr. barrasso: in 1999, the institute of medicine

John Barrasso

0:49:03 to 1:03:58( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: John Barrasso

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