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Senate Proceeding on Dec 12th, 2007 :: 2:20:42 to 2:28:25
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John Cornyn

2:18:24 to 2:20:42( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: John Cornyn

John Cornyn

2:20:23 to 2:20:42( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: and the situation is not good. yes, we do have too much partisanship in this body, and we need to move beyond it. but i would like to ask a couple of questions, and i think we might as well talk about

Jeff Sessions

2:20:42 to 2:20:58( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: it directly and hob honestly. has this congress performed well this year? i say we have not. we passed only one appropriations bill, and it's almost christmas. they all should have been passed

Jeff Sessions

2:20:42 to 2:28:25( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jeff Sessions

Jeff Sessions

2:20:58 to 2:21:16( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: before the end of the fiscal year, on september 30. not but one has been passed. no wonder the polling data shows congress is at the lowest respect in the public in our history. and i know that

Jeff Sessions

2:21:16 to 2:21:30( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: in this last election, my colleagues on the other side of the aisle who are -- campaign strenuously. elect us, and we'll do better. elect us, and we'll balance the budget and we'll be fiscally responsible.

Jeff Sessions

2:21:30 to 2:21:47( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: the republicans aren't fiscally responsible. and we'll do things in a better way, and we'll run this senate in a better way. and with the majority, i would have to say that it's incontrovertible

Jeff Sessions

2:21:47 to 2:22:05( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: that that's not occurred. and in fact, we are about to vote perhaps -- although who knows what may happen in the last hours. but the momentum is in place and the goal is to bring forward an omnibus

Jeff Sessions

2:22:05 to 2:22:26( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: bill that has all but one appropriations bill in it. no telling how much else legislation in it. it's going to be hundreds, perhaps 1,000-plus pages. it's going to be dropped here. it's going to make

Jeff Sessions

2:22:26 to 2:22:39( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: this ag bill thing look like a dime novel. and they're going to say vote for it, and it's going to be overbudget and it's going to try to put constraints on our military commanders in iraq, telling

Jeff Sessions

2:22:39 to 2:22:55( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: them how to deploy our troops. and that's not going to be accepted by the president. it's not going to be accepted by the american people. so we are in a big deal. we're heading to a real collision

Jeff Sessions

2:22:55 to 2:23:15( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: course, and you can -- colleagues on the other side are trying to blame people on this side for it. and i don't think that's legitimate. i really don't. senator cornyn has shown at great length just how

Jeff Sessions

2:23:15 to 2:23:25( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: little has been done this last month. we've only had ten votes. is that right, senator cornyn? in the last 31 days, 10 votes. why is that? is this hard to do? it's not hard to have votes. you can

Jeff Sessions

2:23:25 to 2:23:39( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: have 10 votes a day. we've had days where we've had 40 votes or more a day. we're not having votes because the majority party, led by the majority leader, senator reid, who is a good friend, a person

Jeff Sessions

2:23:39 to 2:23:51( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: i really like and respect, but he's got a group of people there, and they don't want to vote because, see, votes define you. you can talk all kind of platitudes, but when a vote comes up, are

Jeff Sessions

2:23:51 to 2:24:06( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: you going to vote for money for our soldiers or not? are you going to vote to tell general petraeus how to deploy his troops or not? are you going to vote to fund the fence? are you going to vote to

Jeff Sessions

2:24:06 to 2:24:21( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: crack down on illegal immigration or not? so they don't want to vote. that puts them on record. and so they're trying to move all this pork, all these funding, all these appropriations bills in

Jeff Sessions

2:24:21 to 2:24:34( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: one colossal package, and they want to have the absolute minimum number of votes to avoid being on record on important issues, issues that americans care about, issues that are important to america.

Jeff Sessions

2:24:34 to 2:24:57( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: but i tell you the big deal. the big deal in this -- and we might as well be honest about it -- is what are we going to do about our troops who are right there on the eve of christmas serving us in

Jeff Sessions

2:24:57 to 2:25:10( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: harm's way. let me just read an e-mail that was given to me by a father-in-law from a soldier in iraq. it was sent in october, and he says these things. you know, we've had tremendous reduction in

Jeff Sessions

2:25:10 to 2:25:26( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: violence in the hra ft several months -- in the last several months. things have gone better than i would have thought possible in june. i really, really believe that general petraeu strategy is working

Jeff Sessions

2:25:26 to 2:25:39( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: in a way that i didn't think would be so positive. there's a long way to go, though, and this indicates it's still tough. our soldiers are right now. he talks about our staff sergeant, a man of the highest

Jeff Sessions

2:25:39 to 2:25:53( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: character, was killed by a sniper. the loss affected us all significantly. he was a ranger and a jump master that constantly led his men from the front. the men performed heroically and magnificently. after

Jeff Sessions

2:25:53 to 2:26:14( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: he was hit, myself and our medic were attending to him within seconds. we were receiving fire from multiple locations and the boys were hitting them back hard. we did get the sniper, and he is no longer

Jeff Sessions

2:26:14 to 2:26:28( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: a threat to any of our forces. still more there, unfortunately. four days later we had another one of our leaders hit by i.e.d. he goes on to say this: i've been reading in the news and trying

Jeff Sessions

2:26:28 to 2:26:43( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: to figure out why some political powers are openly encouraging the enemy to embolden themselves and display the disdain to attack us daily. if all these presidential candidates would admit to the public

Jeff Sessions

2:26:43 to 2:26:57( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: what they already know, this would be easier. they voted for us to be here. they authorized the president to use force. why don't -- and so forth. he goes on to talk more about that. i just want

Jeff Sessions

2:26:57 to 2:27:11( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: to say our men and women are there. they're serving us. we've seen tremendous progress, and we don't need to tell general petraeus, who is doing a fabulous job, how to deploy h troops. and the president

Jeff Sessions

2:27:11 to 2:27:24( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: cannot and will not accept that. we need to fund them. he promised, general petraeus did, that in march he would be back before this congress and hopefully he implied to announce further reductions

Jeff Sessions

2:27:24 to 2:27:40( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: in our troops. let's do this. let's don't have this gimmick in which all the appropriations appropriations bills are put into one. the supplemental for our troops is put into it. and try to put the president

Jeff Sessions

2:27:40 to 2:28:00( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: in a position where he's forced to veto legislation that ought not to be. we ought to take care of our soldiers first, get that done, and we can fight over these other matters at some time. mr. president,

Jeff Sessions

2:28:00 to 2:28:12( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: i have other people here that would like to speak. i would just offer this u.c., unanimous consent request for s. 2400. i ask unanimous consent that the committee on armed services be discharged from

Jeff Sessions

2:28:12 to 2:28:25( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: further consideration of s. 2400, the wounded warrior bonus equity act, and that the senate proceed to its immediate consideration. i ask unanimous consent that the bill be read a third time and passed

Debbie Stabenow

2:28:25 to 2:28:36( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: and that the motion to reconsider be laid on the table. the presiding officer: is there objection? ms. stabenow: mr. president, reserving the right to object. i would simply indicate the wounded warriors

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