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Senate Proceeding on Oct 1st, 2009 :: 5:48:30 to 5:52:40
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Mary Landrieu

5:48:27 to 5:48:47( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: i would ask that at the conclusion of her remarks, that the senator from georgia be recognized and that i can be recognized after him. the presiding officer: is there objection? without objection, so ordered. the senator from louisiana. mr. president. i understand there are several colleagues wishing to speak on the underlying bill. i'm going to speak for a minute on an event

Mary Landrieu

5:48:30 to 5:52:40( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Mary Landrieu

Mary Landrieu

5:48:48 to 5:49:08( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: night to honor many of our constituents that were here in washington for a special event. but before i dond before the senator from minnesota leaves the floor, i want to thank him for he just brought to the bill and to ask that my name be added as a cosponsor. i sincerely appreciate the work and effort -- the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered.

Mary Landrieu

5:49:09 to 5:49:29( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: ms. landrieu: thank you. the work that has gone in to bringing that amendment and hope that it will see a significant vote here on the senate flo and will help not only the individual that he spoke of but perhaps hundreds if not thousands of other people that might find themselves in s situations. madam president, i see my good

Mary Landrieu

5:49:30 to 5:49:50( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: friend, senator floor today, and he and i are -- have the privilege and honor of cochairing the adoption caucus and i wanted to speak just briefly to thank the 43 senators that participated in this annual event byonoring individuals in their states -- and, madam president, you

Mary Landrieu

5:49:51 to 5:50:12( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: participated as well -- for something special that they had done on behalf of adoption or foster care here in the united states or abroad. this event is i its 11th year. collectively, the members of congress, democrats and republicans, have honored over

Mary Landrieu

5:50:13 to 5:50:34( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: 1,500 americans some social workers, parents, advocates, lawyers in the system system -- that are helping to find permanent homes for orphans here in america and around the world. we have approximately 500,000 children in foster care. it's a large number.

Mary Landrieu

5:50:35 to 5:50:56( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: but actually if you think about all the children in our country, about a hundred million, this represents less than one but these children are in the custody of the government. governments don't by their nature love children. human beings do, and parents particularly. so our job as senators and co

Mary Landrieu

5:50:57 to 5:51:19( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: down barriers, legal and otherwise, so that we can find these orphans permanent homes. in the last 20 minutes that i -- 20 seconds that i have, i want to submit to the record the names of the 43 senators and their a variety of states in the union union. i want to acknowledge the three

Mary Landrieu

5:51:20 to 5:51:42( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: national angels, who are michael nash of california, nominated by the senators from that state and from all of us, who started national adoption day where judges like judge nash took the liberty to hold adoptions on saturdays so that we could move a backlog of children. and because of his action, 350 communities now hold adoptions

Mary Landrieu

5:51:43 to 5:52:03( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: on saturday. al roeker, who greets most americans in the morning, an adoptism father and is now using his position of power to advocate on behalf and sean and leanne touey, who were adopted at 16 years old. a young man. they were a couple, had raised

Mary Landrieu

5:52:04 to 5:52:24( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: two biological children, adopted a young man who was going nowhere, on a dead-end street. because of their love and because of now is choice and is now going to play for the baltimore ravens, a young man with a great deal of potential. just simply didn't have any parents that believed in him. --

Mary Landrieu

5:52:25 to 5:52:40( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: now he does. that's the work that we do. let me submit these names for the record. we honor all of these angels that were here for many d understanding they're not alone in this fight to find homes for orphans. and the opportunity to just speak

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