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Senate Proceeding on Sep 27th, 2008 :: 2:31:13 to 2:58:51
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Jeff Sessions

2:31:13 to 2:31:27( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: balance of my time. mr. sessions: madam president? the presiding officer: the senator from alabama is recognized. mr. sessions: i thank the chairman of the and i thank senator demint for his principal

Jeff Sessions

2:31:13 to 2:58:51( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jeff Sessions

Jeff Sessions

2:31:27 to 2:31:43( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: leadership and his willingness to talk about some difficult issues. i want to talk about some today. and the question of energy i absolutely believe is a major contributing factor to the fundamental difficulties

Jeff Sessions

2:31:43 to 2:32:00( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: we're having in the economy today. we calculated on my staff that the average american two-carar family is paying $105 more per month today for gasoline than they were a year or so ago. this is, in

Jeff Sessions

2:32:00 to 2:32:12( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: effect, a gas tax and a particularly ominous event occurred. today i heard after the -- alabama had a little football game with the university of south carolina -- or clemson university and pulled

Jeff Sessions

2:32:12 to 2:32:29( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: off a victory, they were saying there wasn't enough gas for alabamans to go to atlanta -- to go to georgia and play the university of george george football team today. of course, they would have walked

Jeff Sessions

2:32:29 to 2:32:44( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: over there, if necessary. it was an exciting game. but there is a problem out there and this is unaddressed by this congress. so, mr. president, we're now in the closing days of the 110th congress,

Jeff Sessions

2:32:44 to 2:33:04( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: and although work -- some work has been completed, it appears that we are sn, a matter of hours, to adjourn. and i would note that today is september 27, 2008. the senate has been in session for

Jeff Sessions

2:33:04 to 2:33:22( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: just 148 days this year. there are 6 days left on the -- there are 96 days left on the calendar. but on september 30, the fiscal year ends. october 1 is a new fiscal year. and the fundamental responsibility

Jeff Sessions

2:33:22 to 2:33:37( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: of the congress and the united states senate is to authorize and appropriate the moneys necessary to run this government. and we're within days, just a couple or three days of that deadline arriving

Jeff Sessions

2:33:37 to 2:33:50( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: and we have yet to do it. so what we're going to be seeing here is a very, very unfortunate event where everything will be come piled -- compiled in a matter of a few hours. they're saying this

Jeff Sessions

2:33:50 to 2:34:05( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: is an election year, you know, and we all need to get out of washington and go home and campaign. now, i understand that and people do need to see their candidates and certainly campaigns are important to

Jeff Sessions

2:34:05 to 2:34:18( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: america. they -- they help the electorate be better, knowledgeable and slengt the best candidates. -- select the best candidates. but i want to be coleagues, the decision to adjourn this week is an

Jeff Sessions

2:34:18 to 2:34:36( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: arbitrary decision complete. it's nothing more than a date circled on a calendar. it would not set back the pace of democracy in america for congress to stay here and work and to actually cast votes and

Jeff Sessions

2:34:36 to 2:34:49( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: to be held accountable for what they do. and how much more time would it take? i don't think a lot but we certainly would not hurt the -- the republic doing that. in my opinion, the congress in this

Jeff Sessions

2:34:49 to 2:35:03( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: senate -- and this senate is failing the american people. senators and tseheir staff already are scurrying around the capitol trying to tie up the loose ends to justify departure. members will soon

Jeff Sessions

2:35:03 to 2:35:19( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: hit the trail, making the case for why the people should send them back here. it might be a tough case to make for some of us. i'm up this time and i'm certainly working and have been for some weeks

Jeff Sessions

2:35:19 to 2:35:36( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: to try to discuss with the people of my state the issues they think are important and -- and how i hope to address some of those. a recent fox news poll reports that only 17% of the american people

Jeff Sessions

2:35:36 to 2:35:52( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: approve of the way congress does business. that is a really distressing number, 17%. it may be the lowest we've ever had. it means that 8 out of every 10 americans are unhappy with the congress. and if

Jeff Sessions

2:35:52 to 2:36:01( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: the american people really knew how this great heritage of debate, amendments, and -- and discussion that this senate has, has been eroded, i think they perhaps might be even more unhappy with us.

Jeff Sessions

2:36:01 to 2:36:19( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: while it's typical that the last week of congress is rushed and a lot happens -- i understand that that -- i do not recall a time since i've been in the senate that we've rushed through so many

Jeff Sessions

2:36:19 to 2:36:38( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: important issues in such a very short time. over these closing hours, the senate will likely call up and vote on three major pieces of legislation, huge pieces of legislation. and these huge pieces of

Jeff Sessions

2:36:38 to 2:36:57( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: legislation will pass, i predict, with no opportunity for amendments and no real debate. first, we considered without debate a $56 billion new stimulus package. we did $150 billion earlier, sent out the

Jeff Sessions

2:36:57 to 2:37:10( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: checks and that sort of thing. i have to say, i did not support it. it certainty the hasn't gotten us out of the fix we're in. doubling -- almost doubling the projected deficit for this year. every penny

Jeff Sessions

2:37:10 to 2:37:29( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: of that stimulus package, emergency spending, on top of the debt, every penny increasing the debt. and this stimulus package, that goodness that was defeated, that was proposed by the democratic

Jeff Sessions

2:37:29 to 2:37:45( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: leadership and did not pass, would have added another $56 billion straight to the national debt. and it included a $7.5 billion bailout for automobile companies but it's been put back in the c.r., even

Jeff Sessions

2:37:45 to 2:38:00( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: though fails in that package and presumably will pass, as i'll discuss. second -- so second, we're considering a continuing resolution with an ominous -- an omnibus spending bill attached that will fund military

Jeff Sessions

2:38:00 to 2:38:13( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: projects in department of defense and homeland security. and, third, we will consider an unprecedented $700 billion financial industry, economy saving, they say, bailout. i think we do have a problem

Jeff Sessions

2:38:13 to 2:38:31( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: with the economy in this congress -- and this congress needs to act and we need to act quickly so certain normal processes have to be truncated and we've got some good people that are focused

Jeff Sessions

2:38:31 to 2:38:47( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: on that. but it's a closed-hole deal of a very few people meeting in private meetings, unavailable to theublic, writing the legislation that will dispense with $700 billion. and in truth, i -- i do believe

Jeff Sessions

2:38:47 to 2:38:59( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: and hope and pray that even though we are exposed for $700 billion, that we will not actually as a government take that big a hit. i think there will be a recoupment. i certainly hope and pray that

Jeff Sessions

2:38:59 to 2:39:13( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: it will. so these are three extraordinarily important pieces of legislation, each of which is being moved through congress in the closing hours of the session with virtually no public open debate.

Jeff Sessions

2:39:13 to 2:39:29( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: it raises questions, i suggest, about the historic purposes of the senate. none of the three bills have been subject to the traditional legislative process. we only received the continuing resolution

Jeff Sessions

2:39:29 to 2:39:43( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: from the house last night. it's 344 pages involving hundreds and hundreds of billions of dollars. how is it possible that we could fully understand its impacts before we vote today? and i have been

Jeff Sessions

2:39:43 to 2:39:54( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: a member of this senate 12 years. one thing that slowed down the train, do you know what it was? the sheriff, senator john mccain. he would come down here, this chair right here -- and i've seen

Jeff Sessions

2:39:54 to 2:40:09( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: him do it -- not last week for some political gimmick but because he was concerned about this process. he would demand and object to any u.c.'s until he had a chance to read the bill and he would

Jeff Sessions

2:40:09 to 2:40:24( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: come down and highlight what he considered bogus and wasteful spending in it. he even opposed some spending i put in the bill. but it was healthy. but they wanted to pass those bills, the powers that be,

Jeff Sessions

2:40:24 to 2:40:36( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: without any debate, without anybody reading them, just pass it. and that is not a healthy thing for t great senate of the united states of america to do. well, we hadn't seen a firm legislative

Jeff Sessions

2:40:36 to 2:40:57( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: proposal regarding the bailout yet, but we're going to vote on it today, tonight, tomorrow, monday? the senate has been calledle the world's greatest deliberative body. but if we're honest, we'll have

Jeff Sessions

2:40:57 to 2:41:13( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: to admit that we've fallen far from it. in fact, we're standing on the cusp of i think the greatest legislative failure of senate leadership in my tenure here, for sure. and the growing trend to

Jeff Sessions

2:41:13 to 2:41:27( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: procedurally, through manipulation and other efforts, to limit free and open debate, to block the ability to improve legislation by the technique of filling the tree, which the majority leader, democratic

Jeff Sessions

2:41:27 to 2:41:39( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: leader, harry reid, has done. it was done -- has been done by republicans in the past. it's reached a new that anybody would have to agree under senator reid. all of which is designed to avoid the committee

Jeff Sessions

2:41:39 to 2:41:55( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: process traditionally available in the senate to usete small groups of senators -- i've taken to t calling them masters of the universe -- to negotiate deals behind closed doors and deposit that bill

Jeff Sessions

2:41:55 to 2:42:08( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: on the floor of the senate with the idea that it has to be passed. we're going to recess. we have no time to discuss and debate and vote. mr. president, i would ask that i be notified when 20 minutes

Jeff Sessions

2:42:08 to 2:42:26( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: has passed. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. sessions: i think this is bad for america. this is a bipartisan bad thing. it wasn't good when republicans were doing it. it's not good when

Jeff Sessions

2:42:26 to 2:42:36( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: the democrats have carried it even further. this congress is no longer serving in its traditional role of protecting and allowing the american people to see the issues before them, to be the sauce

Jeff Sessions

2:42:36 to 2:42:49( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: hear that allows the debating issues to be cooled and debated -- saucer that allows the debating issues to be cooled and debated. i worry about it. there was a time, when you look back in debates,

Jeff Sessions

2:42:49 to 2:43:03( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: according to the gentleman from harvard who studied this, that the debates focused on what was in the long-term interest of the country. and people debated that. and they said, well, if we give people

Jeff Sessions

2:43:03 to 2:43:21( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: money who invested recklessly or people who are lazy and won't go to work, won't we encourage reckless investment , won't we encourage people to stay home and draw a check? they ask these kind of questions

Jeff Sessions

2:43:21 to 2:43:32( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: and they discuss them. because what we do here has certain importance. i but it's asked too rarely today. the legislative process, i have to say, is broken. the congressional budget and spending process

Jeff Sessions

2:43:32 to 2:43:50( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: is broken. and the american people need to know what's happening and not happening here. so in the spirit to reach the finish line, i want to take a few moments to highlight some items i see as example

Jeff Sessions

2:43:50 to 2:44:03( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: of the process. there's no better scorecard for how a congress operates than the tally of appropriations bills that are actually debated. there are 12 bills that we pass each year. traditionally each one

Jeff Sessions

2:44:03 to 2:44:20( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: was brought up and voted on, and each one of those bills should have been passed -- should be passed before october 1. and they are fund -- they would fund certain parts of the government. as

Jeff Sessions

2:44:20 to 2:44:34( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: of this minute, this day, on the eve of our adjournment, this year's legislative score on the 12 bills is zero. none. not one. this is the first time it has happened in my 12 years in the senate that

Jeff Sessions

2:44:34 to 2:44:49( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: congress failed to pass a single standard alone appropriations bill on time. failed to moving individual bills is more and more common. republicans and democrats have been guilty of this -- both -- but

Jeff Sessions

2:44:49 to 2:45:06( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: this year i have to say i believe is the worst ever. in addition to all of that, we failed to do anything about energy which is a crisis in this country. so the congressional budget and spending

Jeff Sessions

2:45:06 to 2:45:24( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: process is broken. since 1980, only three times has congress enactd all its proangs prngs -- appropriations bills as it should by start of the fiscal year october 1. only three times in 28 years have

Jeff Sessions

2:45:24 to 2:45:43( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: we done our job on time. 138 continuing resolutions, however, have been needed to keep the government running. the reason for this is that the president, any government agency cannot expend a time

Jeff Sessions

2:45:43 to 2:45:57( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: that's not appropriated by congress. if they go out and we don't appropriate money for the next fiscal year going october 1st, they cannot pay payroll, they cannot pay the light bill or do the things

Jeff Sessions

2:45:57 to 2:46:14( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: necessary. it is crime to spend money not appropriated by congress and violates the constitution, for sure. so these stop-gap measures, these continuing resolutions have been used as a method to keep

Jeff Sessions

2:46:14 to 2:46:31( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: the government open. we can't agree on the appropriations bills so we just continue funding at the present level without any rea review and avoid priorities and it avoids discussion and debate.

Jeff Sessions

2:46:31 to 2:46:45( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: the american people should know a continuing resolution represents, in truth, a failure of congress to get its job done. also, over the past 13 budget cycles congress has passed ten big omnibus bills

Jeff Sessions

2:46:45 to 2:47:01( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: averaging seven or eight bills each. they are put in massive form as we're going to see here. hundreds of pages, oftentimes, with just a few hours to debate and very limited ability to file amendments.

Jeff Sessions

2:47:01 to 2:47:12( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: they are rammed through the last hours of the session. the masters of the universe say if we bring the bill up people might offer amendments and they might ask us to change the tax code. somebody might want

Jeff Sessions

2:47:12 to 2:47:25( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: to raise, somebody else may want to lower the capital gains rate and we would have to vote on that and you would be put on record of having to vote. you don't want to go back home with a voting

Jeff Sessions

2:47:25 to 2:47:43( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: record so we will see if we can bring it up at the last of the session. don't think this is by c chance. this is by design. to bring it up at the last of the session so there's little time for debat and

Jeff Sessions

2:47:43 to 2:47:59( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: discussion. nobody can deny that. we know that. those of us who have been here. so this year we're going to have both. we'll have an omnibus bill where actual appropriations are put together and

Jeff Sessions

2:47:59 to 2:48:14( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: we'll have a continuing resolution. we'll vote on the department of defense bill representing $487 billion, pretty good chunk of money; not $700 billion but a lot of money. and we won't have amendments

Jeff Sessions

2:48:14 to 2:48:44( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: on that. i'm not happy with some of the things that happen that moved some money around since it left the armed services committee of which i'm a member and i've look at it hard as a practical matter,

Jeff Sessions

2:48:44 to 2:48:57( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: there's no way i'm told i can get a vote from this bed to try to correct it. we either take the bill as the group of people who put it together approved it, or not. well, i'm just -- i will move along

Jeff Sessions

2:48:57 to 2:49:11( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: and share this thought with my colleagues, i think it's something we have to do. i offer this as a bipartisan solution that i think can make a big difference. there is no single cure for what we're

Jeff Sessions

2:49:11 to 2:49:30( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: doing. it really takes a determination by each of us in the senate that we want to do a better job of affirming and defending and validating the historical prerogatives and responsibilities of the united states

Jeff Sessions

2:49:30 to 2:49:48( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: senate. but let me suggest a biennial two year budget process would be a tremendous step in the right direction. it is a good government reform. biennial two year budgeting has been supported by the last

Jeff Sessions

2:49:48 to 2:50:01( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: four presidents. it has been supported by the last four presidents of the united states -- democrats and republicans. and it has strong bipartisan support in this congress. now, some people know that

Jeff Sessions

2:50:01 to 2:50:19( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: every time a bill passes and they are skilled at it they can stick something on it and they feel like if the bill isn't passing but once every two years they might have less opportunity to stick some

Jeff Sessions

2:50:19 to 2:50:37( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: special-interest pork project on it. well, whatever. we would be doing two-year budgets and a change from that would have many benefits. by limiting the budget decision to every other year, congress would

Jeff Sessions

2:50:37 to 2:50:51( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: have considerably more time to spend passi critical legislation like this bailout package. actually giving it thought. two-year budgets would allow more time for considering things like the energy

Jeff Sessions

2:50:51 to 2:51:03( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: crisis, for heavens sakes that's critical. it would allow much better oversight of existing wasteful programs that are not achieving what they're supposed to achieve. so two-year budgeting would provide

Jeff Sessions

2:51:03 to 2:51:19( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: federal agencies such as the department of defense more time two complete their core mission. they're over here all the team, every year, trying to work through congressional arguments and fusses

Jeff Sessions

2:51:19 to 2:51:33( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: over what this d.o.d. -- is that 20 minutes? i think i am approved for 30 minutes? the presiding officer: the senator is correct. mr. sessions: i will try to move forward. process does drive policy.

Jeff Sessions

2:51:33 to 2:51:49( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: the current budget process, the current appropriations process is not working. it is an embarrassment to the heritage of the senate. two-year budgeting will not solve all our spending problems but

Jeff Sessions

2:51:49 to 2:52:13( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: it would be a positive step. this is a matter that i believe would strengthen the congress' traditional role, improve the way we do business and make our government better. mr. president, there are

Jeff Sessions

2:52:13 to 2:52:29( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: a lot of matters that, to me, are significant and i would point out that have been put together in the c.r. or the appropriations bill that points out the need for more oversight, more serious congressional

Jeff Sessions

2:52:29 to 2:52:53( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: actions including over $16 billion of earmarks in the bill that were not really brought forward in a way that somebody could pass them or reject them based on whether or not they are legitimate

Jeff Sessions

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

Jeff Sessions: or not. senator demint mentioned some of those earlier today. i would just mention one: the liheap legislation elgibility was changed from 60% to 75% of a states' median income for you to be eligible.

Jeff Sessions

2:53:08 to 2:53:23( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: that means more people would be elgible to have the government pay if their heating oil. it has been said that, oh, this program would be able to be accessed by people who have high electricity bills

Jeff Sessions

2:53:23 to 2:53:42( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: and heating bills -- maybe arizona, louisiana and alabama. but we looked at the $2.8 billion senator landrieu designated as "emergency" and almost all of this will be earmarked in a way that always goes

Jeff Sessions

2:53:42 to 2:54:03( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: to the northeast so it is not fair, number one; and, number two, i'm not sure why people's gas bills are not going to be paid. why do we pick on that? and i would add won more thing about that. i

Jeff Sessions

2:54:03 to 2:54:25( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: think it's particularly odd that members of the northeast who opposed consistently drilling off our shores, who oppose consistently natural gas pipelines, who oppose nuclear power oftentimes, that they are

Jeff Sessions

2:54:25 to 2:54:41( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: now demanding that the united states taxpayers give them a subsidy so they can buy at below market price heating oil to keep their homes with. why don't -- we hear we need to use more solar, geothermal

Jeff Sessions

2:54:41 to 2:54:56( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: and wind, maybe we ought to give money for that if it's so wonderful but this is an increase of $2.8 billion emergency expenditure for liheap and i just want to say, i think it's bad policy. in this

Jeff Sessions

2:54:56 to 2:55:09( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: crisis of time in overspending and deficits we're in, i don't believe another new 2.8 billion in emergency spending is good policy. i don't believe it's good for america. sure, it's great if you got

Jeff Sessions

2:55:09 to 2:55:27( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: a collect forco heating oil, you would say, thank you, uncle sam, but somebody paid for that check, if not the taxpayers, then our grandchildren. and i would note, by the way, i would note since

Jeff Sessions

2:55:27 to 2:55:41( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: we are already in deficit -- and this is an emergency spending -- every single dollar of that $2.8 billion increases the debt of the united states. there is no money, nada, to pay for it. and there

Jeff Sessions

2:55:41 to 2:55:59( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: is lots of that in there. i will not use the rest of my time to go through these kind of matters but i will note that the automobile bailout that i thought we had defeated with the second emergency

Jeff Sessions

2:55:59 to 2:56:13( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: supplemental is now back in the bill. it's going to pass -- $7.5 billion to guarantee $25 billion in loans. for automobile vehicles. we've got to be careful about this. we have criticized the europeans

Jeff Sessions

2:56:13 to 2:56:32( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: for subsidizing loans for their industries and now we're in this hogwild. it's going to be a problem, and may be in violation of the w.t.o. agreements that we have made. so, mr. president, there

Jeff Sessions

2:56:32 to 2:56:48( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: is -- the heritage of the senate is, indeed, a great heritage. we've been slipping in years, in recent years away from full and open debate. i see the republican whip here, senator kyl. he remembers

Jeff Sessions

2:56:48 to 2:57:02( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: many of the three-week debates on issues of importance in the day and that has gotten less and less as time has gone by and more and more power is asserted by fewer and fewer people to move huge pieces

Jeff Sessions

2:57:02 to 2:57:13( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: of legislation without debate. it's in the good. i urge my colleagues to consider what we can do about it. this year, the train is on the track. i assume it's going to be able to move forward and carry

Jeff Sessions

2:57:13 to 2:57:30( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: these bills through. that's what i'm hearing. that's what i hear the votes are. but i do think we need to change this. we need to return to the great heritage. if it means we have to -- of the senate.

Jeff Sessions

2:57:30 to 2:57:49( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: and if we have to stay here for a week, stay into the night so people can come in and engage on how to fix the energy crisis, or how to create more liquidity in our markets or what to do about the fundamental

Jeff Sessions

2:57:49 to 2:58:03( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: problems this country faces as "usa today" said the other things: we are an economy founded on excess of personal debt; excessive government debt; and a massive trade deficit. now, we can move around

Jeff Sessions

2:58:03 to 2:58:11( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: with a lot of things we do to try to help the financial markets not be bottlenecked but i am really worried if we don't deal with those things, like energy independence, things of that nature, the

Jeff Sessions

2:58:11 to 2:58:23( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: country, the economy, is not likely to improve. mr. president, i thank the chair and would yield the floor. the presiding officer: the senator from arizona. mr. kyl: mr. president, while the senator

Jeff Sessions

2:58:23 to 2:58:35( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: from alabama is still on the floor i want to say that it is with no great pleasure that any of us oppose a continuing resolution but i associate myself with his remarks. at some point you have

Jeff Sessions

2:58:35 to 2:58:51( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: to say "enough is enough." and unless people object to the process, it's not going to change and i note that when i have tried to explain to my constituents, well, that's the way business is done in washington,

John Thune

2:58:51 to 2:59:07( Edit History Discussion )

John Thune: they say, well, then, try to stop it. and, so, mr. president, while it is with great reluctance that we oppose a continuing resolution i don't know of any other way to make the point that this "business

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