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Senate Proceeding on Dec 9th, 2010 :: 0:54:40 to 1:04:40
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Ron Wyden

0:54:37 to 0:54:57( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: marched, and this is the finish line. help us get over it, ple i yield the floor. senator from new jersey. mr. menendez: madam president, i rise to speak on the two pending votes before the senate.

Ron Wyden

0:54:40 to 1:04:40( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Ron Wyden

Ron Wyden

0:54:58 to 0:55:18( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: i want to follow first my distinguished colleague from new york and the presiding officer who has made this one of her passions, picked it up when i first introduced the jim zadroga act and then took it when she came to the senate and has done a magnificent job and brought us

Ron Wyden

0:55:19 to 0:55:42( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: to this moment. james zadroga is a new jerseyan who spent 450 hours at the world trade center site, a new york city police officer, who simply had a paper mask on as his only protection. he and so many others who

Ron Wyden

0:55:43 to 0:56:04( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: answered on that fateful day did not question their personal security, did not give it a second thought, did not think about their health, did not think about the consequences that would flow -- the potential consequences that would flow from the exposure they were having. they thought only about

Ron Wyden

0:56:05 to 0:56:27( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: responding, saving lives and meeting the nation's need, the nation's need. not new york's need. the nation's need. and for jim zadroga and so many others, the consequence of that selflessness has been enormous. in many cases, they have died.

Ron Wyden

0:56:28 to 0:56:49( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: in other cases, they have serious life-threatening illnesses. in other cases, they have real disabilities as a result of those illnesses. now, i remember on that day after the attacks on september 11 how we came together on the capitol steps, how we declared our commitment of purpose, love of country and

Ron Wyden

0:56:50 to 0:57:11( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: commitment to those who died on that fateful day to their family and to those who responded. i remember the incredible words, glowing, soaring that were spoken about the bravery of those men and women who responded from all over the country. and those who are the victims of

Ron Wyden

0:57:12 to 0:57:33( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: the exposure that they received on the grounds of september 11 come from every state in the union. this is not simply a new york issue or a new jersey issue where so many of our first responders came to. these are individuals who came from across the country, who

Ron Wyden

0:57:34 to 0:57:56( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: come together as americans to respond on that fateful day. this requires each and every one of us in the senate to respond to all of those americans from every state who ultimately find themselves, through their selflessness, exposed to

Ron Wyden

0:57:57 to 0:58:19( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: life-threatening illnesses. a grateful nation not only joins together in commemoration on september 11 of each year, a grateful nation shows its gratitude to those who answered the call without concern for their well-being by how we take

Ron Wyden

0:58:20 to 0:58:41( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: care of their health care, how we take care of their disabilities and how we take care of the families of those who ultimately lost their lives in service to the country. this is no different than the men and women who wear the uniform of the united states and

Ron Wyden

0:58:42 to 0:59:04( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: go abroad to defend the nation. these men and women wore uniforms, too. some of them with the uniform of a police officer. some of them wear the uniform of a firefighter. some of them wear the uniform of an emergency management personnel. some of them wear ultimately first aid squads.

Ron Wyden

0:59:05 to 0:59:27( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: but all of them on those fateful days wore a uniform that served the nation. how can the nation forget them now? that's what this vote is all about. now, i cannot accept as a moral equivalent

Ron Wyden

0:59:28 to 0:59:49( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: vote on those who served the country, risked their lives cannot take place because of some vote on some tax issue. no one in the nation would believe that it is okay to say, well, i will not vote to give relief to the health of those individuals who sacrificed their

Ron Wyden

0:59:50 to 1:00:13( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: health on september 11th and the days after because i have to wait for some pending tax vote. go back to the men and women who served this country and look at them in their eyes and tell them that it is some vote that i'm waiting for on taxes that determines whether or not your

Ron Wyden

1:00:14 to 1:00:34( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: health will be responded to. shameless. i can't wait to see when one of us stands in one of those pictures on commemoration of september 11, and then makes comments about how heroic those individuals were, but cannot

Ron Wyden

1:00:35 to 1:00:56( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: pass a simple vote -- a simple vote. finally, i want to move to another topic, madam president. and that is on the question of the dream act. the dream act simply is -- and the house of representatives took a critical step yesterday in moving to the dreams and

Ron Wyden

1:00:57 to 1:01:17( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: hopes an aspirations of -- and aspirations of young people who know nothing but this country as their country. they've made no choices in their lives to come to the united states. those choices were made by their parents. all they know is that they stand up every day as young students and pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of

Ron Wyden

1:01:18 to 1:01:38( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: america. all all they know is the -- all they know is the national anthem of the united states, they have become valedictorians and have done everything that we expect of anyone of us, particularly of our children, to try to excel

Ron Wyden

1:01:39 to 1:01:59( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: and succeed. and overwhelmingly they have excelled and succeeded. and yet their dream of continuing to excel an succeed on behalf of the nation is blunted on the fact that they have an undocumented status in this country through no fault of their own. the dream act says if you are willing to wear and serve in the

Ron Wyden

1:02:00 to 1:02:20( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: armed forces of the united states and you serve honorably for two years, we will give you a pathway toward permanent residency. if you go to college, assuming that you ultimately qualify, that you are settlement, and that you do -- that you are accepted, and that you do well, we will give you a pathway to

Ron Wyden

1:02:21 to 1:02:41( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: permanent residence yism we will adjust your -- residence yism we will adjust your status and permit that dream to take place. this is not amnesty -- amnesty, which i heard some of my colleagues use, and they'll use it on anything that is immigration related, right now they throw out the word amnesty.

Ron Wyden

1:02:42 to 1:03:02( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: amnesty is when you get something for nothing. when you did something wrong and you have to pay no consequence. in this case i believe that wearing the uniform of the united states armed forces, risking your life for your country, maybe losing that life before you achieve your goal and your dream, is not amnesty.

Ron Wyden

1:03:03 to 1:03:24( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: i believe that working hard and being educated so you can help fuel the nation's prosperity and meet its economic challenge, that's not amnesty. that is paying your dues on behalf of the country. and for you to do all of that you still have to wait a decade before your status can be

Ron Wyden

1:03:25 to 1:03:45( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: adjusted to permanent residency. so you have to be an exemplary citizen. you have to do everything that's right. everything that we cherish in america. that's what the dream act is all about. and that's why the secretary of defense has come out in strong support of the dream act. that's why former collin powell

Ron Wyden

1:03:46 to 1:04:06( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: came out in support of the dream act. that's why the undersecretary for personnel and readiness during the bush administration, david chu, came out and said this is, in essence, the very effort that we would like to see. these young people will provide

Ron Wyden

1:04:07 to 1:04:27( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: the opportunity of serving the united states in uniform. moreover university professors, respected education association, leading fortune 500 businesses like microsoft support this. mike huckabee explained allowing

Ron Wyden

1:04:28 to 1:04:40( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: undocumented children to earn their way. to earn their way. let's not stop young men and women who only know this country as their country. who made no choices on their own. let's be family friendly.

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