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Senate Proceeding on Dec 3rd, 2010 :: 5:11:10 to 5:18:10
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Claire McCaskill

5:11:04 to 5:11:26( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: this point. mrs. mccaskill: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator mrs. mccaskill: mr. president, i rise today to -- the presiding officer: i'm sorry. the senate is in a quorum call. mrs. mccaskill: i ask the quorum call be set aside. the presiding officer: without objection.

Claire McCaskill

5:11:10 to 5:18:10( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Claire McCaskill

Claire McCaskill

5:11:27 to 5:11:51( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: the senator from missouri. mrs. mccaskill: back in july of this year, the subcommittee that i chair on contracting oversight held a hearing about heartbreaking incompetence at arlington national cemetery. because of a series of

Claire McCaskill

5:11:55 to 5:12:15( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: management errors, bungling, neglect, the contracts that were supposed to be executed to make sure that we were keeping track of america's heroes in our most

Claire McCaskill

5:12:16 to 5:12:36( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: sacred place in this country, we discovered that in fact the officials at arlington national cemetery weren't sure who was buried where. the reaction i have had to that hearing has been so reassuring

Claire McCaskill

5:12:37 to 5:12:58( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: because as i travel around missouri, person after person comes up to me, so many veterans, "thank you for getting on top of this disaster at arlington national cemetery." since that hearing, when it was very clear that there was no

Claire McCaskill

5:12:59 to 5:13:21( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: direct line of authority in terms of managing arlington national cemetery, that they had no problem issuing multiple contracts for millions of dollars and getting absolutely nothing for it, an acknowledgement that they didn't have a system that was adequately keeping track of the

Claire McCaskill

5:13:22 to 5:13:43( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: location of burial for potentially thousands of america's finest, we have continued to stay on top of this and have realized that more and more and more problems continue to arise. this morning it was reported nationally that now found a

Claire McCaskill

5:13:44 to 5:14:05( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: grave site that has eight different urns buried. eight different urns, cremated returns buried in one location with a tombstone that said "unknown." and, of course, they have been able to identify some of those remains. gratefully they have.

Claire McCaskill

5:14:06 to 5:14:29( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: and they are contacting those families. but as a result of the hearing, i filed legislation, along with spwrourpb, who is -- along with spwrourpb, who is with -- senator brown who is with me on that committee, togehe filed a bill, a number of cosponsors setting up basic oversight of arlington going forward.

Claire McCaskill

5:14:30 to 5:14:50( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: basic but very important, making sure that we have review of contract management, making sure that we have k compliance with an aerial directive, making sure that we have a report on the grave site discrepancies that have arisen assured that every family in

Claire McCaskill

5:14:51 to 5:15:13( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: america that looks upon arlington as the last resting place for their family members, so they can be assured when they go to visit their loved one, they're visiting their loved one. so, we filed this bill, senate bill 3860, and after we found out about these additional problems, i feel a sense of

Claire McCaskill

5:15:14 to 5:15:34( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: urgency about this. i know my colleagues on the or side said we're not doing any legislation except to make sure that we get a tax cut for millionaires. i'm hoping that they will make an exception to the rule. because if we do not provide adequate oversight right now, when will we? is there a subject more

Claire McCaskill

5:15:35 to 5:15:56( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: important for our oversight? than making sure that those we should honor the most are, in fact, being treated with the kind of dignity and respect they deserve rather than just being thrown in a grave site that says unknown? so i am going to make a motion tomorrow -- we'll be in session

Claire McCaskill

5:15:57 to 5:16:17( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: for unanimous consent to pass this legislation. and i know i'm being impatient here and we're supposed to let these things sit on the calendar for months and months and hope that nobody puts a secret hold on it and we're supposed to get frustrated on not knowing who's got a hold on it and why we have

Claire McCaskill

5:16:18 to 5:16:38( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: 38 members of judiciary who have been sitting on the calendar that came out of committee unanimously. but, no, we can't -- we can't take those up. we can't do anything until we do unpaid tax cuts for millionaires. i'm hoping that my republican colleagues will give the millionaires a rest tomorrow, get off the case of helping the millionaires and the

Claire McCaskill

5:16:39 to 5:17:00( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: billionaires and let's unanimously pass this bill that is the best we can do right now to make sure that our loved ones -- because they're all of our loved ones. we love the men and women who are buried at arlington national cemetery. from john f. kennedy to the soldier that none of us have

Claire McCaskill

5:17:01 to 5:17:22( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: never met. we love these americans and we need to do everything we can to make sure there's proper oversight of what's going on at arlington national cemetery. so tomorrow i'm hoping that we get an exception to the -- what we got from our friends on the republican side of the aisle.

Claire McCaskill

5:17:23 to 5:17:43( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: i'm hoping that they will allow this bill to go through by unanimous consent. i will tell you i'm not comfortable going home for my christmas holidays with my family until i'm sure we've done everything we can for the families that lost loved ones who reached a final resting place on this earth at arlington national cemetery.

Claire McCaskill

5:17:44 to 5:17:54( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: thank you, mr. president. the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk

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