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Senate Proceeding 12-14-10 on Dec 14th, 2010 :: 2:28:00 to 2:31:00
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Roger F. Wicker

2:27:57 to 2:28:18( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: i yield the floor to my good friend, the senator from mississippi. mr. wicker: mr. president? i'm glad to join this bipartisan group. i see ten of us on the floor at this time. we have agreed to speak briefly about this because we want to make the case that over the next several months we mean business, and we intoned do what we can to

Roger F. Wicker

2:28:00 to 2:31:00( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Roger F. Wicker

Roger F. Wicker

2:28:19 to 2:28:40( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: actually make some tough choices. i join my colleague from georgia in commending the membership of the national committee on fiscal responsibility and reform and particularly the leaders of this group:er kin bowls and -- erskine bowles and alan simpson, great patriots. they've come forward with some recommendations.

Roger F. Wicker

2:28:41 to 2:29:02( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: in their preamble they make it clear none of us likes every element of the plan, but they put forward a plan that i think is a starting point for us. and we intend to use these next few months, frankly, we intend to use the run-up to the vote we will have to take on the debt

Roger F. Wicker

2:29:03 to 2:29:23( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: ceiling around april of 2011 to make real progress. let me subscribe to several of the statements made in the preamble. they say we cannot play games or put off hard choices any longer. i think the american people know that, and they expect leadership from their elected representatives in the house and senate in that regard.

Roger F. Wicker

2:29:24 to 2:29:44( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: the report in the preamble goes on to say the american people are counting on us to put politics aside. that's what we're trying to do on the floor today with a bipartisan representation. pull together and not pull apart and agree on a plan to live within our means and to make america strong for the long haul.

Roger F. Wicker

2:29:45 to 2:30:07( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: it's been pointed out that admiral mike mullen, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, said the most significant threat to national security today is our national debt. i agree with admiral mullen on that and i think americans agree also. picking the -- kick the can down the road is not going to suffice

Roger F. Wicker

2:30:08 to 2:30:28( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: any longer, to quote our colleague from oklahoma, snow --senator tom coburn. the preamble goes on to say, the contagion of debt that began in greece and continues to sweep through europe shows us clearly that no economy will be immune. no economy, not even the united states's economy.

Roger F. Wicker

2:30:29 to 2:30:49( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: if the u.s. does not put its house in order, the reckoning will be sure and the devastation severe. the title of the report of the commission, mr. president, is "the moment of truth." and i think we're here on the floor of the senate today on the 14-g9s of december, 2010, to say

Roger F. Wicker

2:30:50 to 2:31:00( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: that there is a bipartisan working group that believes we have arrived at a pivotal moment of truth, and we intend to get down to the business of rectifying the problem of

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