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Senate Proceeding on Oct 31st, 2007 :: 0:14:28 to 0:35:50
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Mitch McConnell

0:11:24 to 0:14:28( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Mitch McConnell

Mitch McConnell

0:14:16 to 0:14:28( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: long that judge mukasey's nomination is the longest pending nomination in two decades. the longest pending nomination in two decades. now the good news is that the markup has been set. we need to get them

John Rockefeller

0:14:28 to 0:14:48( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: to the floor for an up-or-down vote as soon as possible. i think we've seen some unfortunate sort of flare-up of partisanship here. hopefully that will not continue and that we can get judge mukasey

John Rockefeller

0:14:28 to 0:35:50( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: John Rockefeller

John Rockefeller

0:14:48 to 0:14:57( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: to work down at the justice department, where we all agree his services are very greatly needed.~ mr. president, i suggest the absence of a quorum. i withhold. a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer:

John Rockefeller

0:14:57 to 0:15:09( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: under the previous order, the leadership time is reserved. also under the previous order, the senate will proceed to a period of morning business for 60 minutes with senators permitted to speak

John Rockefeller

0:15:09 to 0:15:23( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: for up to 10 minutes each with the first 30 minutes under the control of the majority and the final 30 minutes under the control of the republicans. mr. rockefeller: mr. president? the presiding officer:

John Rockefeller

0:15:23 to 0:15:46( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: the senator from west virginia. mr. rockefeller: mr. president, yesterday the president of all of the united states stood on the steps of the white house and had the audacity to lecture congress

John Rockefeller

0:15:46 to 0:16:07( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: about how to do our work. it is precisely a a lack of presidential leadership, and certainly an understanding of a lack of responsible governing that is getting in the way of solving our nation's problems.

John Rockefeller

0:16:07 to 0:16:34( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: the president. this congress inherited a growing deficit from mr. bush, his created deficit. not his father's. his. and has committed to live by a pay-as-you-go way of spending, which makes life very

John Rockefeller

0:16:34 to 0:16:49( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: tough. it is the absolute height of hypocrisy to have a president who effectively frittered away, gave away to his rich friends a $5.6 trillion surplus to have him lecturing the congress about skyrocketing

John Rockefeller

0:16:49 to 0:17:08( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: spending. now did all of that go to his rich stphrepbdz no. most of it did. some of it went to his brilliantly conceived war in iraq which has made america a much less safe place to live, while the

John Rockefeller

0:17:08 to 0:17:26( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: taliban and others grow stronger in afghanistan. america needed, when he took office and especially after 9/11, to make some substantial investments in our defense and intelligence infrastructure as well

John Rockefeller

0:17:26 to 0:17:39( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: as very new and very good homeland security initiatives to respond to the september 11 attacks and ongoing threats. that spending was required for our national security. generally speaking, around here

John Rockefeller

0:17:39 to 0:18:00( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: we take national security pretty seriously. we do on the intelligence committee. but that is not where the bulk of our taxpayers' dollars have gone under this administration. instead, we have given trillions

John Rockefeller

0:18:00 to 0:18:21( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: of dollars away in tax cuts to millionaires and to billionaires billionaires, and we're in year five of an astronomically expensive iraq war with a failed strategy that is, as i said, making america

John Rockefeller

0:18:21 to 0:18:46( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: less safe. i'm going to say to the president this is not a political speech. i do not often come to the floor of the senate to speak. i prefer to do my work in committees and in conferences. but i've

John Rockefeller

0:18:46 to 0:19:03( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: i'm just fed up, outraged at what has transpired from the white house. meanwhile on the home front, on our domestic priorities, like children, we meet a concrete wall of resistance. the veto of

John Rockefeller

0:19:03 to 0:19:19( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: the children's health insurance program rests with him, and it rests with him -- president bush -- alone. the democratic leader was talking about some of the false hoods that the president has used in arguing

John Rockefeller

0:19:19 to 0:19:34( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: against publicly, constantly all the time against the children's health program, none of which are true, and all of those who not only created the program as i did along with john chafee and orrin

John Rockefeller

0:19:34 to 0:19:55( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: hatch, but those of us who are working on it now in an extraordinarily bipartisan way amongst ourselves and with the house trying to make it work. but overall there is this looming understanding that no

John Rockefeller

0:19:55 to 0:20:16( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: matter what we do the president's going to veto the bill. i'll get into that later. so now the president is threatening to veto and then veto again and then veto again appropriations bills aimed at

John Rockefeller

0:20:16 to 0:20:32( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: investing in other pressing domestic needs, while at the same time pushing to make tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires that i referred to before, permanent. while advocating little to nothing

John Rockefeller

0:20:32 to 0:20:46( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: for hard-working middle-class families. congress, mr. president, is keeping its promise to the working-class families in west virginia and around the nation. we try to put the best interests of our soldiers,

John Rockefeller

0:20:46 to 0:21:09( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: of our children, and our veterans and our families first. and we've done so. we're the the ones who have done that. if the president thinks that vetoing bill after bill after bill and the threatening

John Rockefeller

0:21:09 to 0:21:25( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: to do so, setting the tone to do so, if he thinks that somehow achieves his goals, it's going to make him even less relevant to the american people that he is now. let me comment a little bit more on his statement

John Rockefeller

0:21:25 to 0:21:41( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: regarding chip, the children's health insurance program, probably the best program that i -- certainly the best program since medicaid in terms of health care and one which is working, according to all

John Rockefeller

0:21:41 to 0:22:00( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: analysis, efficiently and effectively and humanely. as we all know, after months of intense negotiations between republicans and democrats, congress presented a bill to the white house that would continue

John Rockefeller

0:22:00 to 0:22:18( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: the health care coverage of the 6.6 million children currently covered and that we would add on approximately 4 million more. so that would give us 10 minnesota-plus children. -- 10 million-plus children.

John Rockefeller

0:22:18 to 0:22:38( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: children who have no health insurance, and we had to tend to that problem. it has been an entirely bipartisan process. chuck grassley, the honorable senior senator from iowa, max baucus, the honorable

John Rockefeller

0:22:38 to 0:22:57( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: senior senator from montana; jay rockefeller, the honorable junior senator from west virginia; and orrin hatch, the honorable senior senator from the state of utah, have worked for months, more importantly

John Rockefeller

0:22:57 to 0:23:09( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: our staffs on a bipartisan basis have worked for months seven da a week, through the night to try to make this bill work. the president wanted to put $5 billion into it which would have cut a lot of children

John Rockefeller

0:23:09 to 0:23:30( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: out of health insurance obviously. the democrats wanted to put $50 billion into it. the republicans wanted to put $22 billion into it. and what we did is the four of us, senators who were doing this,

John Rockefeller

0:23:30 to 0:23:45( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: we met every single afternoon for weeks, for weeks, for months from 5:00 to 7:00 to figure out a way, arguing, you know, walking out sometimes, negotiating, and finally coming to the figure of $35

John Rockefeller

0:23:45 to 0:24:08( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: billion. and we were all happy. we all shook hands with pride, because we knew we were doing something good for america's children. there was no politics there. it was just pure negotiation in the interest

John Rockefeller

0:24:08 to 0:24:25( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: of the people who don't start wars, who don't get our nation inrouble, and who don't have any health insurance. well, congress met its responsibility, mr. president. we did the right thing about our

John Rockefeller

0:24:25 to 0:24:46( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: children. the president perhaps didn't understand the policy involved; i don't know. as the leader indicated, he didn't want to talk about it. but he certainly deliberately told a lot of false hoods about

John Rockefeller

0:24:46 to 0:24:59( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: the program, and the leader also discussed that, never mentioning that # 1% of all -- that 91% of all children retrospectively and prospectively, the six plus six plus the four, were at 200% of poverty

John Rockefeller

0:24:59 to 0:25:18( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: or underneath. 91%, nine out of ten. i see them with my eyes in west virginia. i see them as a vista volunteer. i see them as a relatively senior, although still junior senator, because they're

John Rockefeller

0:25:18 to 0:25:33( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: people. and when their teeth aren't fixed, their lives are changed. when their baby teeth aren't fixed, don't worry about the adult teeth that follow. they're already compromised. and immunizations,

John Rockefeller

0:25:33 to 0:25:45( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: epsdt, all kinds of other things. so we did the right thing by our children. the president -- and it was the president who decided to veto this bill. it was the president who abdicated his moral

John Rockefeller

0:25:45 to 0:25:55( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: responsibility to our children in favor of tobacco and partisan politics or ideology. i mean it doesn't really matter, does it? he's going to veto the bill or whatever it is that we -- and i just

John Rockefeller

0:25:55 to 0:26:11( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: came from a meeting a half an hour ago where republicans and democrats were trying, from the house and the senate were trying to work out a compromise. but there was this looming sense that whatever we

John Rockefeller

0:26:11 to 0:26:29( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: do is going to get vetoed, so it doesn't make any difference. ten million children. this isn't some controversial dam or earmark. this is called uninsured children, or some of them had been previously

John Rockefeller

0:26:29 to 0:26:44( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: uninsured, now aren't, and four million more who are uninsured. they're children. you don't get a healthy start in life, everything is compromised. your health, your self-esteem, your prospects, your

John Rockefeller

0:26:44 to 0:27:04( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: future, your life. it starts with health care. it is the president who continues to tell these falsehoods about our bill to take attention away from the real issue. this is not about the cost of the bill.

John Rockefeller

0:27:04 to 0:27:24( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: this is not about uninsured adults. this is not about illegal immigrants. this is about not wanting to give poor and low-income children and children whose parents can't afford private insurance, access to

John Rockefeller

0:27:24 to 0:27:46( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: something monumental called health care. the president said so himself in his statement chick which i can barely get out of my mouth. he said to a cleveland audience on july 10 of this year, he said

John Rockefeller

0:27:46 to 0:28:04( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: -- quote -- "i mean, people have access to health care in america, after all. you just go to the emergency room." close quote. mr. president, you cannot understand health care. you cannot understand

John Rockefeller

0:28:04 to 0:28:27( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: any of its intricacies. you cannot understand any of its broad oversweeps, and ever, not even once in your life make a statement like that. the last time i was, as a united states senator was in a waiting

John Rockefeller

0:28:27 to 0:28:41( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: room, in an emergency room with a child was about a year or two ago. we waited nine hours. so that statement, which is hard for me to say, alone speaks volumes about his less than compassionate

John Rockefeller

0:28:41 to 0:29:01( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: intentions. yesterday the president accused democrats in congress of going it alone, without seeking input from republicans. there is absolutely nothing that could be further from the truth. we sought

John Rockefeller

0:29:01 to 0:29:13( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: input from him. we were turned down. we have done nothing but work with republicans. we were working with republicans 45 minutes ago in an hour-long meeting. hour-and-a-half long phaoefplgt i don't

John Rockefeller

0:29:13 to 0:29:35( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: know. i think we're meeting again this afternoon, from the house. we're trying to resolve this, all at the same time understanding that at the end of the day it's probably all going to get vetoed,

John Rockefeller

0:29:35 to 0:29:57( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: but we don't care because we do care about children.~ it's about children, mr. president. it's about children and their right to have health care and we're in a position to do it. i went to a high

John Rockefeller

0:29:57 to 0:30:13( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: building in new york at the invitation of somebody. and i walked in and i was greeted very coldly. i sat down. i was stared at very coldly. i became mildly unhappy. so i decided to start out the conversation,

John Rockefeller

0:30:13 to 0:30:36( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: which he had asked for. i said, "how much are you going to mak this year?" and he said $183 million. but he said, if you people on the finance committee would do something about deferred compensation,

John Rockefeller

0:30:36 to 0:30:51( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: i could make more. now, this put me in a real kind of a quandary. i didn't want to be impolite. i did want to be impolite but i didn't want to show it. and so i said to him, how is it that i describe

John Rockefeller

0:30:51 to 0:31:03( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: something called the united states of america, how is it that i deal with income disparity, how is it that i come from your $18 3 mill plus whatever it is if we did on the -- $183 million plus

John Rockefeller

0:31:03 to 0:31:21( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: whatever it is if we did more on the finance committee, to the average working family that pays taxes and works and has children in west virginia, their income is $26,600 a year? how do i get from $26,000

John Rockefeller

0:31:21 to 0:31:41( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: a year to $183 million-plus a year and still call this the united states of america? which is trying to dissolve income disparity and treat people fairly? i couldn't do it. the conversation was

John Rockefeller

0:31:41 to 0:31:59( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: not pleasant, and i got up and walked out. i'm happy to say the gentleman was fired a week later. so we've tried to get attention from the white house. we've tried to engage the white house. we've

John Rockefeller

0:31:59 to 0:32:20( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: tried to do it not for the sake of just simply crafting a bill but because -- because we have a passionate belief that goes back to 1996, a passionate belief that we're speaking on behalf of millions

John Rockefeller

0:32:20 to 0:32:37( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: of american families who cannot afford something so basic as health care and we could fix it for them. for $35 million. that's over a period of years. but we were rebuffed. we were vetoed. and we've

John Rockefeller

0:32:37 to 0:32:51( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: actually been vetoed verbally five or six times since. mr. president, ""chip" mr. president, "chip" is a bipartisan program. it does have bipartisan support. there is it t does have republican support.

John Rockefeller

0:32:51 to 0:33:10( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: there were a lot of republicans in the house that voted for their version of the bill despite very obvious arm twisting by the white house. if there is any hope left of enacting a children's health

John Rockefeller

0:33:10 to 0:33:27( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: insurance bill this year, it is because there is still a bipartisan group of senators and congressmen who are working to keep it together. but if the president continues to mischaracterize our bill and engage

John Rockefeller

0:33:27 to 0:33:53( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: in disinformation, then i would say to my colleagues, enough is enough. enough is enough. either you're for giving kids a healthy start in life or you're not. it's that simple. money is not the

John Rockefeller

0:33:53 to 0:34:13( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: problem. pain is the problem. injustice is the problem. poverty is the problem. money is not. well, the president has made his choice. for him, children evidently don't really need health care. they

John Rockefeller

0:34:13 to 0:34:31( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: can just go to the emergency room. it's a really poignantly horrible statement for him to have made. i don't know if he's ever been to an emergency room. i have. he's entitled to his conscience, of course,

John Rockefeller

0:34:31 to 0:34:52( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: and he's entitled to his opinion. hes entitled to protecting tobacco over protecting children. that is his right. he is the president. he has the veto pen. he can sign it or veto. he chooses to veto.

John Rockefeller

0:34:52 to 0:35:16( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: but let's be very clear. he will have this as his legacy. as a nation, we've always done what's right by our most vulnerable populations. not sometimes as efficiently or as swiftly as we could but as we

John Rockefeller

0:35:16 to 0:35:40( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: could. our seniors and our children have always been at the top of that. now our veterans are sacred. veterans, when they go to serve our country, are soldiers for their entire lives. and we protect

John Rockefeller

0:35:40 to 0:35:50( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: them. if this president won't live up to that ideal, then it's time to get o who will. i thank the presiding officer, and i yield the floor. the presiding officer: the senator from arizona. mr. kyl:

Jon Kyl

0:35:50 to 0:36:00( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Kyl: might i just inquire now, would we beno beginning the republican time for morning business? the presiding officer: there's 9 1/2 minutes left on the democratic time. mr. kyl: i understand that

Jon Kyl

0:35:50 to 0:41:17( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jon Kyl

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