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Senate Proceeding on Oct 22nd, 2009 :: 2:13:00 to 2:24:20
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Carl Levin

2:13:00 to 2:24:20( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Carl Levin

Carl Levin

2:13:01 to 2:13:23( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: yield the mr. levin: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from michigan. mr. levin: mr. president, how much time is left? the priding officer: 10 minutes. mr. levin: and how much on th the -- the presiding officer: the minority time has expired. mr. levin: i'm going to be very brief and i will not use the 10 minutes unless there's somebody else who wishes to speak in support of the motion to -- for cloture. but just very briefly, let me

Carl Levin

2:13:24 to 2:13:44( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: say that the senate has adopted yield myself,r. president, six minutes. the presiding officer: the senator is recognized. mr. levin: mr.resident, the senate has adopted hate crimes lodges a defense authorization bill -- legislation on a defense authorization bill i believe now three times. this is not the first time that we would do this. it's not the second time that we would do this.

Carl Levin

2:13:45 to 2:14:05( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: so it is not unique. it's not unusual. it's not unprecedented. it is important. -- it is important that we provide the same kind o protection for the additional groups that are being protected under this legislation, including groups that would be attacked physically based on sexual orientation. it would protect men and women in uniform for the first time

Carl Levin

2:14:06 to 2:14:27( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: from these kind of hate crimes. that's something that the armed services committee has a special interest in. the law has been written, ensure that it does not i first amendment rights. state and local law enforcement retain primary jurisdiction over investigations and prosecutions.

Carl Levin

2:14:28 to 2:14:48( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: it would punish violent acts only, n no federal prosecution could take place under the provision unless the justice department certifies that the state in which the hate crime occurred either does not have jurisdiction, has asked the federal government to assume jurisdiction or has failed to vindicate federal interest

Carl Levin

2:14:49 to 2:15:10( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: against against hate crime motivated -- against hate crime motivated violence or that a federal prosecution is necessary to secure substantial justice. senator kennedy was the champion of this provision. over and over again he attempted successfully in the senate to get this kind of language adopted.

Carl Levin

2:15:11 to 2:15:31( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: he pointed out, and i think with eloquence that -- that is unmatchable that thealues that men and women for are these kind of values. the values of diversity, the values of nondiscrimination. and to say that this has no place on this bill, it seems to me, is wrong for that reason as

Carl Levin

2:15:32 to 2:15:53( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: well as a number of other reasons. but we've had strong support for this provision from department of justice, from law enforcement groups across the country that want this kind of support. and the senate, again, has authorized this legislation on

Carl Levin

2:15:54 to 2:16:15( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: the defense authorization bill and has supported it twice before. this is at least the third time now that it is part of this bill. there are good reasons for it being part of the defense authorization in terms of many reasons, but one of which is the values -- the values that are reflecte women put the uniform of our

Carl Levin

2:16:16 to 2:16:37( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: country on, they fight to protect. this would be a real tribute to senator kennedy for this language to be included. i rember going over to urge the house to adopt this language a couple of years ago. the house did not do it then, although we in the senate did do it. but now the house has adopted.

Carl Levin

2:16:38 to 2:16:58( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: the senate voted on this language just a few weeks ago i believe 63 votes that we had to incorporate this language in the defense authorization bill. so we've already voted to do this. there's nothing unique or unprecedented about doing i

Carl Levin

2:16:59 to 2:17:19( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: again. mr. president, i hope that we will invoke cloture on this. the stakes here are huge. i -- when i spoke through some of the things that this bill will provide which are esseial.

Carl Levin

2:17:20 to 2:17:41( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: some of the things in this bill required appropriation. the appropriations committee has -- we haven't adopted the appropriations bill yet. those things are not going to be held up if we don't pass this bill today. there are a few things that will be held up.

Carl Levin

2:17:42 to 2:18:05( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: our veterans are going to have to pay more for prescriptions on co-pays if we don't act on this bill. and acting on this bill will prevent that increase in co-pa without an appropriation. we all about the importance of getting to

Carl Levin

2:18:06 to 2:18:26( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: that is in iraq. this bill has language which will permit that there's great disagreement, mr. president, as to what the right policy is in afganistan, but ther seems to be no disagreement that we ought to stngthen the afghan and one of the key ways to strengthen the afghan army is to ge

Carl Levin

2:18:27 to 2:18:47( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: currently in iraq, which if we don't pass this bill is going to have to be shipped back here. not only at great expense, but also denying to the afghan army that we are trying to build up the kind of equipment that will make it possible for them to assert greater control for the security of their own country.

Carl Levin

2:18:48 to 2:19:08( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: that equipment cannot be transferred until this bill passes. because that equipment. the moment this bill passes and is signed by the president, that equipment can be shipped to afganistan. that will protect our

Carl Levin

2:19:09 to 2:19:29( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: and to say that, pass another bill, have the house pass another bill, have another conference created if we can get one, have the conference go through the process of conferees is going to deny and delay an essential item going to afganistan. it will help protect our troops

Carl Levin

2:19:30 to 2:19:50( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: and our interest. we we do in afganistan what we did in iraq. why can't we have the sons of iraq be the sons of afganistan? why can't we put a policy in place which will attract young afghans o the payroll of

Carl Levin

2:19:51 to 2:20:11( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: the taliban, not because they believe in the extreme fanatic position of the taliban, but it is, more can put in their pocket. with the sons of iraq, we were able to wean away from the attackers, the people who hat us, 100,000 young iraqis because

Carl Levin

2:20:12 to 2:20:32( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: we had a program which would help to fund that. this bill contains the authorization for our commanders to use is up fundi use surp funding for that use. those funds can't be used until

Carl Levin

2:20:33 to 2:20:54( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: the president puts his name on this bill. delaying that jeopardizes our troops, jeopardizes our interest, and it's one of the many provisions in this bill which are essential, and until they become law, cannot be put into effect. but the moment it does become

Carl Levin

2:20:55 to 2:21:15( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: law, if and when it does, it can be placed in effect. so the stakes here on vote are great. if we delay ado by not adopting cloture, we are going to be taking a step backward in terms of the support of our troops and our interest in afganistan and iraq.

Carl Levin

2:21:16 to 2:21:30( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: the delay is unacceptable. i hope that our colleagues will vote for cloture. and i yield absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk

Carl Levin

2:21:46 to 2:21:51( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: will call the roll.

Carl Levin

2:22:57 to 2:23:17( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: quorum call: mr. levin: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from michigan. mr. levin: i consent that proceedings under the quorum call be dispensed with. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mr. levin: i yield back my time. will report the negotiation

Carl Levin

2:23:18 to 2:23:38( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: invoke cloture. the clerk: cloture motion: we, the undersigned senators, in accordance with the provisions of rule 22 of the standing rules of the senate, do hereby move to bring to a close debate on hereby move to bring a the gate on the report departme authorization act for 2010. the presiding officer: by

Carl Levin

2:23:39 to 2:23:59( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: mandatory consent the mandatory quorum call is waived. is it the sense of the senate that the debate on the conference report to accompany h.r. 2647, the national defense authorization act for fiscal year 2010 shall be brought to a close. yeas and nays are mandatory under the rule.

Carl Levin

2:24:12 to 2:24:17( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: the clerk will call

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