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Senate Proceeding on Nov 16th, 2007 :: 0:04:20 to 0:15:06
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Saxby Chambliss

0:00:03 to 0:04:20( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Saxby Chambliss

Saxby Chambliss

0:04:03 to 0:04:20( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: of legislation brought before them. it is not in our interest, nor in the interest of the american agriculture producer, to force this bill through the senate without the due consideration of the members

Tom Harkin

0:04:20 to 0:04:33( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: that so passionately represent them. let us not rush to the finish line simply to stumble on our final step. a deliberative process will serve america well and perhaps will allow the bipartisan spirit

Tom Harkin

0:04:20 to 0:15:06( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Tom Harkin

Tom Harkin

0:04:33 to 0:04:46( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: of our senate agriculture committee to infect and overwhelm the partisan rancor on the senate floor. and i humbly urge my colleagues to vote against the motion to ip voke cloture. and i yield the floor,

Tom Harkin

0:04:46 to 0:04:58( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: mr. president. the presiding officer: the senator from iowa. mr. harkin: let me first of all respond to my friend from georgia. for the benefit of all senators, to make it quite clear that if we have

Tom Harkin

0:04:58 to 0:05:10( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: voach clove on the farm bill this morning -- if we have cloture on the farm bill this morning, we will still be allowed up tohree full days of debate, 30 hours, untold numbers of amendments, every

Tom Harkin

0:05:10 to 0:05:22( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: amendment that is relevant and germane to agriculture and the farm bill will be allowed to be offered and voted on. i want to make that very clear. now, if the senator wants to vote on immigration,

Tom Harkin

0:05:22 to 0:05:34( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: well, then put it on some other bill. if he wants to vote on taxes, put it on some other bill. if they want to vote on schip or whatever else they might want to bring up, that's for something else. let's

Tom Harkin

0:05:34 to 0:05:53( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: do something for our farmers and our ranchers and get the farm bill passed and that's what this cloture vote will do this morning. now, you know, we've had, mr. president -- we have had a good, strong,

Tom Harkin

0:05:53 to 0:06:00( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: bipartisan bill here. we came out of committee without one dissenting vote, without one one. we spent a day and a half, a record short time, in getting a farm bill through the committee. mrs. hutchison:

Tom Harkin

0:06:00 to 0:06:10( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: would the senator yield far unanimous consent request? mr. harkin: without losing my right to the floor, of course, yes. mrs. hutchison: thank you. mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that the statement

Tom Harkin

0:06:10 to 0:06:22( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: of senator cochran be submitted for the record. the presiding officer: without objection. mrs. hutchison: and, mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that i be allowed to follow the senator from iowa for up

Tom Harkin

0:06:22 to 0:06:39( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: to two minutes. the presiding officer: the senator from illinois. mr. durbin: i would like to ask if this is additional time be asked for for the debate on this bill or is it urntdz the time allot

Tom Harkin

0:06:39 to 0:06:53( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: a -- or is itunder the time allotted? mrs. hutchison: it is under the time allotted. mr. harkin: i ask that the fee minutes preceded not count to my time? the presiding officer: they have not been.

Tom Harkin

0:06:53 to 0:07:06( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: mr. harkin: the farm bill was laid down days ago. we have been blocked from offering any amendments amendments in ten daisms the majority leader has filed a cloture motion in an effort to allow this body

Tom Harkin

0:07:06 to 0:07:20( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: to offer, debate, and vote on amendments pans amendments and pass this vital legislation without further delay. this cloture vote is pivotal, crucial as to whether we will have a new farm bill this

Tom Harkin

0:07:20 to 0:07:33( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: year or not. and everyone knows it. let me remind my colleagues of what's at stake here. why it's so critically important that we put an end to the delay and move ahead. the pending legislation,

Tom Harkin

0:07:33 to 0:07:47( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: the farm bill, stays within strict pay-as-you-go limits. yet we promote new economic opportunities for farm and ranch families, especially in the area of energy production. help to dairy farms

Tom Harkin

0:07:47 to 0:08:00( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: farmers and especially to specialty crop producers all over america. more in this bill for specialty crops than any farm bill ever passed in the history of this country. the bill boosts economic growth,

Tom Harkin

0:08:00 to 0:08:10( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: jobs, quality of life, we've got rural development money in there there, new investments in conservation of our natural re resources to increase water quality, restore wildlife habitate habitat. a

Tom Harkin

0:08:10 to 0:08:22( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: big part of this farm bill will allow low-income americans to put a little bit more food on the family table and to improve the diets not only of our families but of our kids in school. we have tremendous

Tom Harkin

0:08:22 to 0:08:35( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: initiatives in this bill to restore our national energy security by promoting biofuels and other renewable energy resources. these are just some of the highlights that are in this bill bill. there's

Tom Harkin

0:08:35 to 0:08:50( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: much in the farm bill to benefit rural america and all of our nation. we've come too far with this bill. we've aprh accomplished too much to let this vitally important bill languish and stall. in fact,

Tom Harkin

0:08:50 to 0:09:05( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: at this point, the fate of this bill is in jeopardy, in jeopardy. and that's why this cloture vote is so critical. we are at a procedural impasse. we simply cannot obtain the necessary coormtion from the

Tom Harkin

0:09:05 to 0:09:22( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: republican leadership -- necessary cooperation from the republican leader leadership. they will not agree to a reasonable plan so that we vote and debate on only germane amendments so we avoid become

Tom Harkin

0:09:22 to 0:09:38( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: ago chris mall free tree of -- a christmas tree of nongermane amendments. i tried, mr. president, i tried to obtain consent to allow the senate to debate on amendments that republicans themselves offered and

Tom Harkin

0:09:38 to 0:09:50( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: filed and presumably want to debate and vote on. i asked unanimous consent to bring them up, get a time limit, vote on them. my request was rejected out of hand. mr. president, we caot even get consents

Tom Harkin

0:09:50 to 0:10:06( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: consent to adopt over 50 amendments that have been agreed upon on both sides sides in managers' amendment. 50 that have been agreed upon, we can't even get consent to adopt those. now, that shows

Tom Harkin

0:10:06 to 0:10:16( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: you how un unreasonable -- how unreasonable this has become. i certainly hope the situation is not a deliberate, orchestrate orchestrated attempt to stop the farm bill dead in its tracks, but i'm beginning

Tom Harkin

0:10:16 to 0:10:29( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: to wonder. there's enough rumors floating around this place. a lot of times you know there might be something coming behind it. what i'm hearing is that the white house has put out the order to stop

Tom Harkin

0:10:29 to 0:10:40( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: this farm bill. stop it. now, why is that i began to wonder? well, i started probe ago little port further. what i heard is the white house kind of put out a statement of policy that they were going

Tom Harkin

0:10:40 to 0:10:52( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: to veto the farm bill as passed by the harks they said they were going to veto the farm bill as passed by the senate. that means if we pass the bills, goss conference, we'll probably send the quhows

Tom Harkin

0:10:52 to 0:11:09( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: something they said they will veto. i think some of their political peel people have told me you can't veto a farm bill. you want to lose all of rural america for the republican party next year, you

Tom Harkin

0:11:09 to 0:11:26( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: can't visa veto that farm bism so what bill. so what the white house has says said is kill the bill heemplt i see the heavy hand of the white house behind what's going on heemplt i worked very

Tom Harkin

0:11:26 to 0:11:40( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: closely with senator chambliss. we have worked very hard to get a colugs of bipartisan coalition of bipartisan here. i detect something else going on heemplt i detect here. the majority leader has do

Tom Harkin

0:11:40 to 0:11:52( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: not appropriate thing by file ing cloture. now, let me again repeat, that doesn't cut off debate and it doesn't cut off any relevant, germane amendment to the farm bill. as i said, if we vote for cloture

Tom Harkin

0:11:52 to 0:12:03( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: this morni, we can have three days of debate, ten house hours a daivment we can have 20 amendments or more debate ed and vote ed on plus the 50 we have already agreed upon plus every amendment

Tom Harkin

0:12:03 to 0:12:15( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: that is relevant and germane is guarantee ed an up-and-down vote at the end of cloture. no one will be deny ied a vote on an amendment to the farm bill as long as it is relevant and germane. if they

Tom Harkin

0:12:15 to 0:12:28( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: want to add a christmas tree ornament dealing with immigration or foreign relations or the war in iraq or something, you're right, they're out after cloture. they won't be able to offer that. but

Tom Harkin

0:12:28 to 0:12:38( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: that comes down to the fact, do you want a farm bill or not? do you want a farm bill or not? it's too foreign allow a small -- it's too important to allow a small minority or the white house, maybe

Tom Harkin

0:12:38 to 0:12:50( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: people here bowing from pressure from the white house, to hold it up indevment we're falling behind. if we get cloture, we can move a ahead aggressively. we can come back after the thanksgiving rase

Tom Harkin

0:12:50 to 0:13:02( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: recess, spend about two or three days, three days on the farm bill and be over with it. we can send a bill to the white house. is it won't happen if we don't get cloture. if we don't get cloture, my

Tom Harkin

0:13:02 to 0:13:17( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: friends, there probably won't be any farm bill. now, who he's got a stake in this? i just got a bunch of letters here. i am disblg going to ask unanimous consent that they be put in the record.

Tom Harkin

0:13:17 to 0:13:35( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: the presiding officer: without objection. harass hear here is mr. harkin: mr. harkin: harass here is lair fleer objection.harass -- harass here is a letter from 11 groups. mr. harkin: here is a letter

Tom Harkin

0:13:35 to 0:13:49( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: from 11 groups. here are 185 antinutrition groups griewsms the food bank of north alabama, the food bank of albema albemarle, north carolina that realize they need this farm bill bill. the national

Tom Harkin

0:13:49 to 0:14:04( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: association of state departments of agriculture want this bill passed. the national farmers unions union shall the national milk producers federation and on and on. 185 groups asking for us to vote for cloture

Tom Harkin

0:14:04 to 0:14:17( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: this morning. another group, 61 groups, right to support expedite ed action. that's what cloture s expedite ed action. this is everything from the american farm bureau federation to the american soybean

Tom Harkin

0:14:17 to 0:14:29( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: a association, to the national association of wheat growers, the cotton council pheasants forever, school nutrition a association, wants expedite ed action. i ask that this letter also be included

Tom Harkin

0:14:29 to 0:14:42( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: in the record. the presiding officer: wogs. the senator's time db. mr. harkin: how much time do i have left? the presiding officer:es senator has consumed his ten minutes. mr. harkin: i urge 5u8 all

Tom Harkin

0:14:42 to 0:14:53( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: senators to vote for cloture. let's move ahead and get this critical farm bill done and put to bed, sent to the white house, get it signed before christmas. the presiding officer: theid senator from alabama.

Tom Harkin

0:14:53 to 0:15:06( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: mr. sessions: i ask unanimous consent that the remaining republican time be divided equally between senators graham, thune, and sessions, that i be a allowed to speak at this point. the presiding officer:

Jeff Sessions

0:15:06 to 0:15:20( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: without objection.ct mr. sessions: mr. president, we know what the deal is. the senator from iowa knows what the problem is. the democratic leadership is refusing to allow amendments on the farm bill and

Jeff Sessions

0:15:06 to 0:18:35( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jeff Sessions

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