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Senate Proceeding on Sep 29th, 2008 :: 0:45:02 to 0:57:20
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Pete Domenici

0:44:45 to 0:45:02( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Domenici: mr. lieberman: thank you. mr. domenici: i yield the floor. mr. lieberman: i thank my friend. mr. president, i want to at this moment -- and i'll put statements in the record to offer thanks and best wishes

Joseph Lieberman

0:45:02 to 0:45:14( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: to our other colleagues who are leaving -- senator allard, senator hagel, and senator craig -- and i particularly want to say a word about the occupant of the chair, senator warner of virginia, senator

Joseph Lieberman

0:45:02 to 0:57:20( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Joseph Lieberman

Joseph Lieberman

0:45:14 to 0:45:27( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: webb, i know this afternoon there will be tributes to all colleagues not running again. and you were kind enough to ask me last week to join on a tribute to john warner. i want to say a few special

Joseph Lieberman

0:45:27 to 0:45:42( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: words about him because our careers and our lives have intersected so much in service here. if i may take the opportunity to do so now and i'd like to begin by quoting another great virginian, thomas

Joseph Lieberman

0:45:42 to 0:46:08( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: jefferson, who when he arrived in paris as the united states minister to france, what we would now call an ambassador, he friended himself to the -- he psented himself to the french minister of foreign affairs

Joseph Lieberman

0:46:08 to 0:46:24( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: who asked jefferson -- because he was replacing benjamin franklin, do you replace monsieur franklin, and jefferson replied "i suggest seed him; no one can replace him." and i wouldcy -- i would say

Joseph Lieberman

0:46:24 to 0:46:44( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: of another great virginian, john warner, that no one can replace john warner here. he is a senator's senator, a patriot's patriot, a true servant of our country and of his beloved state of virginia,

Joseph Lieberman

0:46:44 to 0:46:59( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: all of which will be forever grateful to his lifetime of service and dedication. senator warner began his service to our country at the able of 17 -- let me just say generally without revealing

Joseph Lieberman

0:46:59 to 0:47:12( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: his exact age, that would be more than 60 years ago. he enlisted in the united states navy during world war ii. in 1950, at the outbreak of the korean war, he interruptd his studies of law to return to

Joseph Lieberman

0:47:12 to 0:47:23( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: active military duty. hike -- like so many who served our country in that period of time and i meet them all the time in connecticut, particularly the world war ii veterans, the ones who, for instance,

Joseph Lieberman

0:47:23 to 0:47:36( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: will call or their families will call and say, you know, my dad or my grandparent thinks he may have been entitled to his medal for service in world war ii but he never got it because they rushed

Joseph Lieberman

0:47:36 to 0:47:48( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: back after the war just to return to their families and to their work. like all my colleagues, we check the records and in almost every case, in fact, these veterans of world war ii deserve medals

Joseph Lieberman

0:47:48 to 0:48:03( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: and almost every case when you give them to them, as i've had the honor to do on many occasions, the veterans of world war ii will say, you know, i didn't really want this for myself, i wanted it

Joseph Lieberman

0:48:03 to 0:48:20( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: for my grandchildren. and then they almost always say, i'm no hero, i'm just an ordinary american who was called to serve our country in a time of crisis. but the truth is that these veterans and those

Joseph Lieberman

0:48:20 to 0:48:36( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: who follow them in succeeding conflicts, including the distinguished occupant of the chair, may each think of themselves as ordinary members but, in fact, together they have protected america's security,

Joseph Lieberman

0:48:36 to 0:48:49( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: saved our freedom. those veterans of world war ii defeated the threats of fascism and nazism. think about what the world would have been liked if our enemies in world war ii had try upped and then -- triumphed

Joseph Lieberman

0:48:49 to 0:49:07( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: and think of the extraordinary period of progress and economic growth that followed after the successful conclusion of world war ii. john warner was part of that. and his service just continued. in 1969

Joseph Lieberman

0:49:07 to 0:49:20( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: he was appointed under secretary of the navy; from 1972 to 1974 he served as secretary of the navy. throughout the rest of his career, including his long and distinguished and productive service on the

Joseph Lieberman

0:49:20 to 0:49:34( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: senate armed services committee john warner has shown unwavering support for the men and women of the armed forces of america. of course, in a larger sense, unwavering support for the security

Joseph Lieberman

0:49:34 to 0:49:48( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: of america and the ideal of freedom which was the animating impulse and purpose that motivated jefferson and all of the other founders of our country, to create america, a country created on an ideal,

Joseph Lieberman

0:49:48 to 0:49:59( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: with a purpose, with a mission, with a destiny. john warner has always understood that and i think the fact that he is a virginian is part of that understanding. it has been my great honor to serve

Joseph Lieberman

0:49:59 to 0:50:19( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: with senator warner in the senate and particularly on the armed services committee where over the years i've come to work with him. senator warner, as we all know, is a great gentleman, a word that

Joseph Lieberman

0:50:19 to 0:50:32( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: can be used lightly but really belongs with senator warner, a person of personal grace, of civility, of honor, of good humor, someone who, in his service here, has always looked for the common ground.

Joseph Lieberman

0:50:32 to 0:50:50( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: as anyone here will tell you on either side of the aisle when you make an agreement with john warner even on the most controversial circumstance, his word sticks. he keeps the agreement. no matter

Joseph Lieberman

0:50:50 to 0:51:09( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: how difficult the political cross currents may be. he has had an extraordinary record of productive service to america and to virginia. it has been my honor and one of the things i cherish in 1991 after

Joseph Lieberman

0:51:09 to 0:51:25( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: saddam hussein's invasion of kuwait i was asked to join with senator warner in january of 1991 to cosponsor the resolution which authorized the commander in chief to take litary action to push saddam hussein

Joseph Lieberman

0:51:25 to 0:51:39( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: and iraqi forces out of kuwait which they, of course, did successfully, heroically, with great affect on the stability and future of the middle east. it turned out that in 2003 when it came time again

Joseph Lieberman

0:51:39 to 0:51:54( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: for the senate to decide whether we were prepared to authorize yet another commander in chief to take military action to overthrow saddam hussein -- i don't need to talk about the causes for which

Joseph Lieberman

0:51:54 to 0:52:10( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: we argued for that case -- senator warner asked if i would join as a cosponsor and it was a great honor and it passed overwhelmingly with a bipartisan vote. but i will tell you that in a very special

Joseph Lieberman

0:52:10 to 0:52:28( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: way notwithstanding this kind of work and work that we did together, for instance, to establish the joint forces committee located in norfolk, virginia, to make real the promise of joint war fighting

Joseph Lieberman

0:52:28 to 0:52:44( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: inherent to the goldwater-nick also legislation but -- nickels legislation but was not quite realized. fresh in my mind and, i think, expressive of the range of john warner's interests here and of his commitment

Joseph Lieberman

0:52:44 to 0:53:01( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: to the greater public good was the fact that at the going of this session of congress he sought to become the ranking member of the subcommittee on climate change of the environment committee which

Joseph Lieberman

0:53:01 to 0:53:15( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: i was privileged to about to be chair of. we talked about it. we talked about the problem before. john didn't rush to the, as this issue, this challenge to mankind has taken shape, he did not rush

Joseph Lieberman

0:53:15 to 0:53:34( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: to the front of it. he was skeptical. he listened. he read. he studied. he concluded the planet is warming, that it represents a profound threat to the future of the american people, people all around the

Joseph Lieberman

0:53:34 to 0:53:51( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: globe and that it represented a threat to our national security which has been the animating, driving impulse of his public service. he said -- we talked and we decided to join together. we put in

Joseph Lieberman

0:53:51 to 0:54:02( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: the -- i call it the warner-lieberman security act and he called it the lieberman-warner climate security act which is a measure of the relationship we've had and his graciousness. without his

Joseph Lieberman

0:54:02 to 0:54:11( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: cosponsorship we would not have gotten it out of our subcommittee first time ever. we wouldn't have gotten it out of the environment and public works committee, first time ever reported favorably with

Joseph Lieberman

0:54:11 to 0:54:27( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: this important challenge to the senate floor and we wouldn't have been able to achieve the support of 54 members of the united states senate, first time a majority of the members of the senate said

Joseph Lieberman

0:54:27 to 0:54:38( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: we have got to do something about global warming, including, i want to stress, our colleague, senator mccain and senator obama which means the next president of the united states will be a proactive

Joseph Lieberman

0:54:38 to 0:54:56( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: leader and partner with congress in the effort to do something about climate change. it just wouldn't have happened without john warner's support, a final, extraordinary act of leadership by this great

Joseph Lieberman

0:54:56 to 0:55:15( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: man, great senator. he's got a lot of great years left in him. i hope we can find a way for him to continue to be part of the work that all of us have to do, want to keep our country secure and there's

Joseph Lieberman

0:55:15 to 0:55:28( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: no one with more expertise or more profound committedment to that and to get america assume its proper leadership role in the global effort to curb global warming. but, really, a dear friend, a great

Joseph Lieberman

0:55:28 to 0:55:40( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: man. just a wonderful honor to serve with him. i pray that he and his wife and all his family, beloved children and grandchildren, will be blessed by god with many, many more good years together.

Joseph Lieberman

0:55:40 to 0:55:49( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: mr. president, i want to just say very briefly, express my -- the presiding officer: the majority time is expired. mr. lieberman: very briefly i am simply going to say how pleased and relieved i

Joseph Lieberman

0:55:49 to 0:56:02( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: am -- may i ask for an additional moment -- unanimous consent. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mr. lieberman: mr. president, i want to say how pleased and relieved i am that

Joseph Lieberman

0:56:02 to 0:56:14( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: the negotiators have reached an agreement on the economic rescue plan for our country. i found as my colleagues probably did the last few weeks as people began to be terribly anxious, justifiably

Joseph Lieberman

0:56:14 to 0:56:28( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: around our country, about their life savings, about their businesses, about their jobs, i was getting two messages from the public. one was their fear we would not act to rescue our economy and them;

Joseph Lieberman

0:56:28 to 0:56:45( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: and the second, their fear about what we would do to rescue our economy and them. i think that the negotiators have both come up with a plan that will rescue our economy, will protect our taxpayers,

Joseph Lieberman

0:56:45 to 0:56:57( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: and in it i'm proud to say is a proposal somewhat similar to one that senator cantwell and i put forward for a 9/11-type commission to review our regulation of our financial institutions, to reform

Joseph Lieberman

0:56:57 to 0:57:08( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: them so that we learn from this crisis and to the best of our ability we make sure it never happens again. i thank the chair. i thank my colleague. and i yield the floor. the presiding officer: the

Joseph Lieberman

0:57:08 to 0:57:20( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: senator from south dakota. mr. thune: mr. president, wree are at a place in terms of the legislative calendar, where there are lots of things piled up, not much time to get things done and i'm reminded

John Thune

0:57:20 to 0:57:31( Edit History Discussion )

John Thune: of something someone once said that in a place like this in the legislative process you can't allow the perfect to become the enemy of the good in a place where you lucky if the adequate even survives.

John Thune

0:57:20 to 1:00:40( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: John Thune

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