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Senate Proceeding on Nov 15th, 2007 :: 1:52:07 to 2:00:20
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Tom Harkin

1:52:07 to 1:52:14( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. quorum call: ~ quorum call: is ~ quorum call: the presiding officer: the senator from iowa. mr. harkin: i ask proceedings under

Tom Harkin

1:52:07 to 2:00:20( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Tom Harkin

Tom Harkin

1:52:14 to 1:52:27( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: the quorum call be dispensed with. the presiding officer: worb is closed. without objection, so ordered. under the previous order, the senate will resume consideration of h.r. 2419, which the clerk

Tom Harkin

1:52:27 to 1:52:39( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: will report. the clerk: calendar number 339, h.r. 2419, a act to provide for the continuation of agricultural programs through fiscal year 2012, and for other purposes. mr. harkin: mr. president? the

Tom Harkin

1:52:39 to 1:52:54( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: presiding officer: the senator is recognized. mr. harkin: mr. president, now we're back on the farm bill, and to refresh memories, the -- we've now been on the farm bill ten days. this is our tenth day.

Tom Harkin

1:52:54 to 1:53:09( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: not one vote has occurred. we have tried, and time and time again to bring up amendments, and they have been objected to. and i will attempt to do that again this morning. i'll wait until my ranking

Tom Harkin

1:53:09 to 1:53:25( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: member is here. i see senator salazar is here to speak on the farm bill. but i wanted to make it very clear, mr. president, that tomorrow morning we will have a vote on cloture on the farm bill. i want

Tom Harkin

1:53:25 to 1:53:40( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: there to be no mistake in anyone's mind, tomorrow morning's vote will be a vote on whether we have a farm bill this year or not. if we get cloture, if we get cloture on the farm bill tomorrow,

Tom Harkin

1:53:40 to 1:53:56( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: we'll have a farm bill this year. we'll be able to pass one here. we'll go to conference, and we'll send for the president. if we don't get cloture tomorrow, that is like killing the farm bill.

Tom Harkin

1:53:56 to 1:54:11( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: a vote against cloture will be a vote to kill the farm bill. we run out of time, we'll out of here for thanksgiving for two weeks. we'll come back; we have all the appropriations bills to do. we've

Tom Harkin

1:54:11 to 1:54:23( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: got the iraq funding bill to work out. and we'll only have about three weeks before christmas. and so, therefore, if we don't get cloture, that's like saying we don't want a farm bill. so i hope

Tom Harkin

1:54:23 to 1:54:42( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: everyone understands mistakes here -- understands the stakes here, what the stakes are. i also hope no one has the mistaken impression that because we invoke cloture, they can't offer amendments. i got

Tom Harkin

1:54:42 to 1:54:53( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: that question from a press person this morning. and i had to inform them that, no, if we get cloture, we have 30 hours of debate, and people can offer amendments during that 30 hours. i just spoke with

Tom Harkin

1:54:53 to 1:55:04( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: our leader, and, you know, it would be the prerogative if we wanted to on the majority side, if we got cloture, we could lay down one amendment and take all 30 hours and debate it and block anybody.

Tom Harkin

1:55:04 to 1:55:18( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: now that's happened around here before, by the way, where you get cloture and then you block it and nobody gets to offer any amendments until the end. and then you get into this vote-a-rama where you

Tom Harkin

1:55:18 to 1:55:32( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: have a vote on amendments, but nobody gets to talk about it. we are not going to do that. if we get cloture, i will try to reach an agreement with my ranking member, senator chambliss, so that

Tom Harkin

1:55:32 to 1:55:45( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: we can have, say, at least a half-hour debate on every amendment and vote. that would give us a shot at having probably, probably pretty close to 20 amendments that could be debated and voted on.

Tom Harkin

1:55:45 to 1:56:01( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: at the end of the cloture period, at the end of the 30 hours, of course any amendment still pending have a right to have a vote, and there would be an amendment on each side to explain those amendments,

Tom Harkin

1:56:01 to 1:56:17( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: and we vote on it. i want to make it clear that voting for cloture does not cut off amendments. yes, it may cut off nongermane amendments, you know, dealing with whether or not we're going to go to the moon

Tom Harkin

1:56:17 to 1:56:29( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: or mars or whether we're going to do some whacky stuff like that. sure, it cuts that stuff out. but any amendment that is germane to the farm bill can be offered and will be voted on even if we

Tom Harkin

1:56:29 to 1:56:49( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: get -- even after cloture. i want to make that very clear. if we don't get cloture, that's it, folks. that's the end of the ball game, and i don't know when we can ever come back to the farm bill

Tom Harkin

1:56:49 to 1:57:03( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: after that. certainly not thi year. it's getting late out there. farmers already want to -- crops are in in most parts of the country. crops are in and now they're beginning to think about next year.

Tom Harkin

1:57:03 to 1:57:16( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: bankers want to know, farmers need to know what the program's going to be for next year. will it be this one or will it be what we've come up with in our farm bill, worked out with the house? so it's

Tom Harkin

1:57:16 to 1:57:31( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: getting very late, and we need to get this done. so i encourage all senators. now, we're open for business now. we can take amendments now. we can debate amendments. we can vote on amendments all day

Tom Harkin

1:57:31 to 1:57:44( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: today. and shortly i will be asking consent to bring up amendments. i'm going to ask consent to bring up republican amendments that are filed. i've got a lugar amendment. i've got a roberts amendment,

Tom Harkin

1:57:44 to 1:57:55( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: an alexander amendment, a lott amendment. i'm going to be asking consent to bring those up. if there's no objection, we'll bring them up, we'll have debate. and we can have votes on a lot of amendments

Tom Harkin

1:57:55 to 1:58:09( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: this afternoon. i want to make it very clear again, this side is not holding up the process. we want to vote. we want a debate, just like i did yesterday. i wanted to bring up five amendments yesterday

Tom Harkin

1:58:09 to 1:58:20( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: and have limited time and vote on them. but it was objected to. so, i will try that again today. hopefully, maybe we can make some movement and we can have some votes today on some amendments. so

Tom Harkin

1:58:20 to 1:58:33( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: i will be doing that shortly. but i see the senator from colorado is here on the floor, and i know he wants to -- he's been a great member of our agriculture committee, and no one's worked harder

Tom Harkin

1:58:33 to 1:58:45( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: than senator salazar in getting us to the point where we had a farm bill that came out of our committee without one negative vote. i say to my friend from colorado colorado, someone this morning on

Tom Harkin

1:58:45 to 1:58:56( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: a press call asked me if you don't get cloture, if you don't get this bill or if the president vetoes it and you've got to go back, what are you going to do differently? i said i don't know how much

Tom Harkin

1:58:56 to 1:59:11( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: we can do differently to get more of a positive vote out of our committee than a unanimous vote. what do you do that's different than that? it's not like we had a split vote on the committee and

Tom Harkin

1:59:11 to 1:59:26( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: you've got to work it out still. we didn't have one dissenting vote. so i'm not certain how you get much better than that. and i thank my friend from colorado for all of his hard work on this. he was

Tom Harkin

1:59:26 to 1:59:43( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: instrumental in a number of issues before the committee, especially on energy, on conservation. the senator from colorado was instrumental in working out the agreements and making sure we had a bill that

Tom Harkin

1:59:43 to 1:59:58( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: got a unanimous vote out of our committee. i want to thank him for that. he's been a champion of ranchers and farmers, a real champion of moving us ahead in energy and renewable energy, farm-based energy,

Tom Harkin

1:59:58 to 2:00:08( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: bio-based energy, which will get us off the mideast oil pipeline that we've been on for far too long. so, again, i thank my friend from colorado for all of his hard work.~ i hope we can get cloture

Tom Harkin

2:00:08 to 2:00:20( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: on this bill tomorrow, move ahead, go to conference and get a bill we can send to the president. again, i thank my friend from colorado for all of his help in getting this farm bill here. with that, mr.

Ken Salazar

2:00:20 to 2:00:32( Edit History Discussion )

Ken Salazar: president. i yield the floor. mr. salazar: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from colorado is recognized. mr. salazar: mr. president, i come here again some ten days after we brought the

Ken Salazar

2:00:20 to 2:21:56( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Ken Salazar

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