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Senate Proceeding on Oct 21st, 2009 :: 6:40:40 to 6:53:10
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Amy Klobuchar

6:40:39 to 6:41:00( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: unemployment benefits. thank you, mr. president. ms. klobuchar: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from minnesota is recognized. ms. klobuchar: mr. president, i rise today to speak about an issue that is very important to

Amy Klobuchar

6:40:40 to 6:53:10( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Amy Klobuchar

Amy Klobuchar

6:41:01 to 6:41:22( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: me for a long time when i was a prosecutor as well as a member of the judiciary committee with the senate and that is domestic violence. i'm introducing a resolution supporting the goals an ideals of national domestic violence awareness month. a nber of o cosponsoring the resolution.

Amy Klobuchar

6:41:23 to 6:41:44( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: i'm also here on behalf of pam kashik. the police in lionel lakes, minnesota, new pam, and they knew her husband allen. the police knew both of them because of the dozens of 911 calls that had been made about mr. allen over the last 15 years. he bullied his wife, their sons and so many people so many times

Amy Klobuchar

6:41:45 to 6:42:06( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: that local police set up a special tactical respons plan just toespond to calls at the tashic house. now, pam tashic was a juvenile probation officer. and so many pice i know in minnesota knew her. they worked with her.

Amy Klobuchar

6:42:07 to 6:42:27( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: she was a long-time probation officer and worked in the field for years and she was also a social worker. so it just goes to show you that anyone can be a victim of domestic violence. well, in january of 2008, pam ca that her husband -- and reported that her husband had threatened

Amy Klobuchar

6:42:28 to 6:42:51( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: to kill her, that allen tashik threatened to kill her. on august 25, of this year, allen bloodied her nose and split her lip, he was arrested, but posted bail and was released on october 1, 2009, the lnel police department received the last 911 call they would ever get about allen.

Amy Klobuchar

6:42:52 to 6:43:12( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: on that d allen called 911 himself to preemptively report a shooting at his house. and by the time the police arrived at his home, both he and pam tashik were dead of gun shot wounds. this just happened last month in our state. this looks like a murder-suicide, of course.

Amy Klobuchar

6:43:13 to 6:43:34( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: it looks like allen killed pam before finally turning the gun on himself. but we don't need to speculate about the final end in order to focus on this sad prelude to this story. so many previous 911 calls, so many earlier acts of violence. yet another victim of what some domestic violence advocates have called the war at home.

Amy Klobuchar

6:43:35 to 6:43:55( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: a war that affected pam, their children, and the community at-large. the most disturbing part of this story is that pam's death is not a tragic anomaly. pam is one of 200 minnesota women killed as a result of domestic violence since 2000. that's why i'm introducing a

Amy Klobuchar

6:43:56 to 6:44:18( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: resolution today to designate october national domestic violence areness month because pam and too many other women and children have to fight this war at home every day. in the past several decades, thanks to the work of many individuals and organizations, there's been a change in the way our society looks at the issue of domestic violence. police, the courts, and the public used to consider it just

Amy Klobuchar

6:44:19 to 6:44:40( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: a private family matter. not surprisingly domestic violence was the number one under reported crime in the country. today there is much more critical legislation on both the state and federal level to combat domestic violence. so there's been a lot of progress, but there's still a lot more to be done.

Amy Klobuchar

6:44:41 to 6:45:01( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: last year a survey down by the national network to end domestic violence found that in one day while more than 60,000 people received help from domestic violence programs, nearly 9,000 requests for help went unanswered because the resources weren't there. currently one in four women will

Amy Klobuchar

6:45:02 to 6:45:22( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: experience abuse. more than three women are killed every day by their husbands or boyfriends. millions of children witness domestic abuse every year. some studies say as many as 10 million children. i rember when i was county atrney for hennipen county. the cases we had when we looked at the records of someone who

Amy Klobuchar

6:45:23 to 6:45:43( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: was a domestic violence offender, you would find way back in their records that they lived in a home where there was domestic violence. in fact, the statistics show that a child who grows up in a home when there is domestic violence is 76 times more likely to commit an act of domestic violence. that's why we had a poeter -- a

Amy Klobuchar

6:45:44 to 6:46:04( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: poster framed in the hallway of our office. it was a picture of a woman with a band-aid on her nose, holding a litt baby. the words under the picture read "beat your wife and your son will go to jail." 76 times more likely. we almost recognize as well that it doesn't take a bruce or a broken bone for a child to be a victim of domesti violence. kids who witness this violence

Amy Klobuchar

6:46:05 to 6:46:26( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: are victims, too. witnessing violence between adults in the home, especially when it's repeated and ongoing, inflicts a real trauma on kids that can have damaging effects for the years to come. so in many respects, ending the cycle of violence in our communities begins by getting violence out of the home because a violent home is, in fact, a

Amy Klobuchar

6:46:27 to 6:46:47( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: factory for producing a new generation of violent offenders. when i was county attorney, i saw firsthand how domestic abuse harmed women and children, destroyed families, and challenged our local law enforcement agencies, our court system and our social service and health care providers. we actually had a recent shooting of a very well-respected and long-time police officer.

Amy Klobuchar

6:46:48 to 6:47:08( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: he was killed. he was respond to go a domestic abuse call. both the prevention and the prosecution of domestic violence were always among my top priorities when i was county attorney. we had one of the most landmark, cutting edge domestic abuse service centers in the country

Amy Klobuchar

6:47:09 to 6:47:30( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: and still do in hennipen county. sheila wellstone who we honored just this month for domestic violence awareness month would also point to work in the county violence center with a one-stop shop. it's hard enough for lawyers to get through the red tape of a courtroom but this is a place where a victim of domestic violence, man or woman, could come, get a protective order

Amy Klobuchar

6:47:31 to 6:47:52( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: signed, fill out a complaint, talk to a police officer for a play order for their children. this was unique to our center. there were representatives from domestic violee shelters there so they could also find a place to live. the other - the other challenge that i found that we had in these cases, of course, was working with the victims so the case could be prosecuted after

Amy Klobuchar

6:47:53 to 6:48:14( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: they filed the complaint, and that's why its so important that we re-authorize the violence against women act. it was landmark legislation when it was passed over 15 years ago. it has helped to train police so they do a better job when they are dealing with victims and children of domestic violence. it'slso given them the sense

Amy Klobuchar

6:48:15 to 6:48:35( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: that when the the kind of evidence they should look for, bause in fact many times the victims get scared and decide not to prosecute but we have had many cases where you can prosecute with a reticent victim simply because of the evidence that the police have been able to gather at the scene. the violence against women act trained and created a new culture for police officers,

Amy Klobuchar

6:48:36 to 6:48:58( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: judges, and those that work in the courthouse to treat this crime as a serious crime that it is. a very important tool, and it must be re-authorized. as a member of the judiciary committee and one of two women on the judiciary committee, i look forward to working hard to re-authorize the violence against women act in 2010.

Amy Klobuchar

6:48:59 to 6:49:19( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: during tou economic times, we need to be extra vigilant against domestic violence. millions of americans have already lost their jobs, their homes, or their retirement savings. some have lost all three. this kind of stress in the home and in the checkbook can lead to bstance abuse and acts of violence. we need to make sure law enforcement has the tools it needs to protect families.

Amy Klobuchar

6:49:20 to 6:49:41( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: that's why in the economic recovery act, we included included $225 million for violce against women programs and $100 million for programs that are part of the victims crime act. we also provided critical funding for law enforcement to keep cops on the street and support law enforcement programs and services through the byrne grant program.

Amy Klobuchar

6:49:42 to 6:50:03( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: there is so much at stake and there is so much each of us can still do to make a difference. for we have to remember that any act of domestic violence hurts not just the individual victim. it hurts their family and hurts our community at large. the one case that i will always remember that we prosecuted when i was hennipen county attorney was a case that brought home that point to me.

Amy Klobuchar

6:50:04 to 6:50:24( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: it was a very sad case of the victim was a russian immigrant and she was very isolated from the community. didn't have many friends. a victim of domestic violence, they later learned, over the years. her husband murdered her one day, and they had a little 4-year-old girl. i don't want to get into the gory details of what happened with her body, but he basically brought her body to another

Amy Klobuchar

6:50:25 to 6:50:46( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: state with the 4-year-old girl in the back seat. he later confessed to the crime, and there was a little service -- i say little because the only people at the funeral service were her parents that had come from russia and her identical twin sister, the victim's identical twin sister. and i was there and our victim witnes

Amy Klobuchar

6:50:47 to 6:51:07( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: was it at this woman's funeral. and the little 4-year-old girl, the mother told me, had been at the airport when the plane came in from russia to meet for the first time her grandmother and her now-deceased mother's identical twin sister. and when they got off the plane and came into the airport, this little 4-year-old girl ran across the airport and hugged

Amy Klobuchar

6:51:08 to 6:51:28( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: that identical twin sister and said "mommy, mommy, mommy," because she thought it was her mother that had come back. that moment and that story always reminds me that when we're talking about domestic violence, it's just not one victim. it's the children and it's our entire community. that's why it is so important we recognize domestic violence

Amy Klobuchar

6:51:29 to 6:51:51( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: month as well as re-authorize the violence against women act. i want to thank senators leahy, landrieu, stabenow, kaufman, durbin and brown. we will now add for the record senator burris, the presiding officer, for being co-sponsors of this resolution.

Amy Klobuchar

6:51:52 to 6:52:13( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: i invite all our other colleagues to join us. i'm proud to come from a state, mr. president, that has long been a leader in a nationwide effort to end domestic violence. we opened as i noted one of the first shelters in the country in 1974, and we started one of the first programs aimed at addressing batterers in the early 1980's. i would also note that the city

Amy Klobuchar

6:52:14 to 6:52:34( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: of duluth, minnesota, was the first city to mandate that its police officers make arrests in domestic abuse cases. the city of duluth up there in northern minnesota recognized before the rest of the country that violence is violence, whether it is perpetrated by someone you love or a on the street. i thank you, mr. president, for

Amy Klobuchar

6:52:35 to 6:52:55( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: this time, and we can never stop working on behalf of women, children, families, everywhere to end domestic violence. i yield t thank if i could add senator burris to this resolution when it' introduced? the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered.

Amy Klobuchar

6:52:56 to 6:53:08( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: ms. i note the the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll.

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