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Senate Proceeding on Nov 15th, 2007 :: 8:50:34 to 8:56:31
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Norm Coleman

8:39:53 to 8:50:34( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Norm Coleman

Norm Coleman

8:50:14 to 8:50:34( Edit History Discussion )

Norm Coleman: have once again come together to provide resources, guidance and encouragement to the city's planning events this november. in the end, we all have a responsibility to make sure the world goes on

Mary Landrieu

8:50:34 to 8:50:47( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: and we do that every time we give a child access to the love that every child needs. mr. president, i yield the floor. ms. landrieu: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from louisiana.

Mary Landrieu

8:50:34 to 8:56:31( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Mary Landrieu

Mary Landrieu

8:50:47 to 8:50:53( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: ms. landrieu: i know there are other colleagues to speak but i'd just like to conclude our presentation with just a few wrap-up remarks. i want to say before my colleague leaves the floor that orphans

Mary Landrieu

8:50:53 to 8:51:05( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: everywhere have found a bold and brave and articulate champion on their behalf, and i am so pleased that senator coleman has joined me as the cochair of the adoption caucus and leads that effort.

Mary Landrieu

8:51:05 to 8:51:19( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: senator larry craig gave so many wonderful years to this purpose and was also very articulate -- a very articulate spokesperson and we're very proud of the work that he did. and now to have senator

Mary Landrieu

8:51:19 to 8:51:34( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: coleman step up and help lead 216 members of congress. and as the senator pointed out, it seems to be around this place the only thing that we can all agree on and work so well together and it really

Mary Landrieu

8:51:34 to 8:51:49( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: is -- i don't know if it's a tribute to us or a tribute to the children that bring us together in a very special way. so i want to thank him and only say for the record to point out the states of arizona,

Mary Landrieu

8:51:49 to 8:52:02( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: the states of hawaii, iowa, kentucky, north carolina, oklahoma, and wyoming who have more than quadrupled the number of adoptions in their state. and it takes a lot of effort, not only on what we

Mary Landrieu

8:52:02 to 8:52:13( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: do here in congress but for governors, for legislators, for caseworkers, for social workers, for judges. and i wanted to call those states out today to thank them for their extraordinary work. and all states

Mary Landrieu

8:52:13 to 8:52:27( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: are making progress. we're happy the statistics will show, but those particularly are making special progress. secondly, i want to say that an initiative, although we don't have it completely firmed

Mary Landrieu

8:52:27 to 8:52:39( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: up, we want to be sensitive in our movement, if you will, to the role of birth parents and to honor choices that birth parents, birth moms make to the process of making a good decision and good outcomes.

Mary Landrieu

8:52:39 to 8:52:51( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: and sometimes i think we focus a lot of attention on the adopted child, a great deal of attention on the adoptive family. but senator, i'm not sure we spend enough time really honoring the role that

Mary Landrieu

8:52:51 to 8:53:02( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: birth parents that make this very brave and generous choice. so i'd like our gross be sensitive -- so i'd like our congress to be sensitive this coming year to what we can do to honor and highlight

Mary Landrieu

8:53:02 to 8:53:16( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: pirt parents who also are part of -- birth parents who also are part of that great triangle of adoption. and finally, i want to urge our state department -- i know that they're preoccupied with

Mary Landrieu

8:53:16 to 8:53:30( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: many, many important and significant and grave issues, from international diplomacy tocy conducting wars, very important, very consequential actions. but it's been seven years that our state department has

Mary Landrieu

8:53:30 to 8:53:43( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: taken to implement rules that this congress passed relative to international adoption. and every day and every week and every month that these rules are delayed, there are literally thousands of children that

Mary Landrieu

8:53:43 to 8:53:58( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: die. because without these rules, we can't keep open the avenues of international adoption. and i'll say this to our critics. there aren't many but there are a few. every time -- and the senator from

Mary Landrieu

8:53:58 to 8:54:12( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: minnesota knows this -- every time there's a bad story about someone -- maybe an agency, maybe a lawyer, maybe a disreputable person, and you know there are many disreputable people in the world, unfortunately

Mary Landrieu

8:54:12 to 8:54:25( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: -- but sometimes they'll do something wrong and they won't find -- fill out the document correctly or they will not go through the regular procedures of a court. and so there's a big scandal in international

Mary Landrieu

8:54:25 to 8:54:43( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: adoption. and the whole system then is shut down under the guise of trying to get the ethics right. look, nobody is more committed to ethics in adoption than the two of us and we work every day to

Mary Landrieu

8:54:43 to 8:54:54( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: make it transparent, to make it relatively easy to reduce the challenges associated with it and to have it meet every law, every dot -- dotted, every t crossed. but, mr. president, every time a bank is robbed

Mary Landrieu

8:54:54 to 8:55:07( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: in this country, we don't shut down the banking system. we go after the bank robber and we find them and we put them in jail. and the banking system stays open. and every day people cash checks and

Mary Landrieu

8:55:07 to 8:55:20( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: deposit money and take money out and make loans and keep this economy going. every time we shut down adoption adoption, millions of children die. that is the consequence of our action. so i want the state

Mary Landrieu

8:55:20 to 8:55:33( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: department department -- and i hope they're listening -- to understand that those of us in congress understand about ethics, we understand about laws, and we want things to be, you know, as appropriate and

Mary Landrieu

8:55:33 to 8:55:44( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: legal as possible. but when mistakes are made, the answer is not to shut down countries on our side, because when we do, not only do we break the hearts of thousands of our constituents waiting

Mary Landrieu

8:55:44 to 8:55:55( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: to receive these children who believe this they are doing god's will by taking in orphans that would die otherwise, have no one to care for them. our state department very callously sometimes

Mary Landrieu

8:55:55 to 8:56:08( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: brushes that aside. well, they're going to hear from us this year. we need to get these rules adopted. we've already passed our laws. we've got to get the state department's attention, and i intend

Mary Landrieu

8:56:08 to 8:56:18( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: to work with my colleagues to do that. i'll submit the rest of my remarks to the record. i thank the senator from minnesota. he will be traveling i think to guatemala over the holidays actually in

Mary Landrieu

8:56:18 to 8:56:31( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: a great testament to his leadership to help us do the right thing by the children in guatemala and we pledge to this congress to give the best leadership we can on an issue that we really can come together

Robert Menendez

8:56:31 to 8:56:44( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Menendez: on. and it's really quite refreshing. and i yield the time. a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from new jersey. mr. menendez: mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that the senate

Robert Menendez

8:56:31 to 9:09:10( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Robert Menendez

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