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Senate Proceeding on Dec 15th, 2010 :: 5:37:50 to 5:46:45
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Mark Pryor

5:37:46 to 5:38:06( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: floor. the presiding officer: the senator from arkansas. mr. pryor: mr. president, let me mention a very abbreviated list of blanche lincoln's accomplishments. first woman to chair the senate agriculture committee.

Mark Pryor

5:37:50 to 5:46:45( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Mark Pryor

Mark Pryor

5:38:07 to 5:38:27( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: first woman to chair the finance subcommittee on social security, pensions and family policy. in fact, the first woman to ever chair a finance subcommittee. chairman of the rural outreach for the democratic -- for the senate democratic caucus. chairman of the senate hunger caucus. co-founder, cochair of the third way.

Mark Pryor

5:38:28 to 5:38:49( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: creator of the delta regional authority. author of the 2010 child nutrition bill. a key writer of the 2008 farm bill. author of the refundable child tax credit. mr. president, i could go on and

Mark Pryor

5:38:50 to 5:39:11( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: on, but most of her accomplishments, most of her contributions cannot be measured. as she worked on the agriculture committee, the finance committee, the aging committee and energy committee, she on a countless number of occasions,

Mark Pryor

5:39:12 to 5:39:32( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: on amendments and bills, became the senator who was the key to passage or defeat. a couple of years ago, i watched a bill that was making its way through the senate finance committee, and there were lots and lots of people outside this chamber who had a vital interest in the outcome of that legislation, and everywhere i would go, i would be stopped and

Mark Pryor

5:39:33 to 5:39:53( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: i would be asked is this bill going to pass? will it come out of the committee? will it get through the floor? and when i told them all the folks who asked back then, what i told them turned out to be true. as blanche goes, so goes the finance committee because she was that way on all of her committees. she was the swing vote, the key

Mark Pryor

5:39:54 to 5:40:16( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: vote to getting things done here in the united states senate. you know, blanche is a role model for many, many people, especially young women who are interested in government. i remember sitting d of my good friends earlier this year and his teenaged daughter,

Mark Pryor

5:40:17 to 5:40:37( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: and we talked about the senate and politics and history and arkansas, and as we were winding up the conversation, my friend asked his teenaged daughter, he said who is your favorite politician? and of course i sat there and kind of straightened my tie and sat up straight because i knew what the answer was going to be, and she said blanche lincoln.

Mark Pryor

5:40:38 to 5:40:58( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: and i know why. because blanche really represents the best in arkansas -- excuse me. she represents the best in arkansas and the best in politics and in government. she is a workhorse, not a show horse. blanche gets things done. the other night with my teenaged daughter, i watched some of "the

Mark Pryor

5:40:59 to 5:41:21( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: wizard of oz." as i was watching it, i was struck that the scarecrow, the tin man and the lion were looking for three things that blanche has and every senator needs in large quantities -- a brain, a heart and courage. and one of senator lincoln's

Mark Pryor

5:41:22 to 5:41:42( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: role models that she refers to often is hattie caraway. now, hattie caraway is not exactly a household name in american politics, but her portrait hangs just outside this chamber in the corner opposite the ohio clock. hattie caraway of arkansas was the first woman ever elected to

Mark Pryor

5:41:43 to 5:42:04( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: the u.s. senate. there is much to admire about hattie caraway, the senator and the person, but the one thing that blanche inherited from hattie is the pioneer spirit. even in the first decade of the 21st century, blanche is the

Mark Pryor

5:42:05 to 5:42:26( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: owner of many firsts, and even though we don't like to admit it, we're reluctant to talk about it, there is a double standard in politics for women. there just is. now, i'm proud to serve with the largest number of women that the senate has ever seen, but -- and i'll say that goes double for my

Mark Pryor

5:42:27 to 5:42:47( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: eight years with senator blanche lincoln. let me say just a brief word about her family. her husband steve is an old friend of mine. we trace our roots back to little rock central high school and the university of arkansas. the lord has blessed blanche and

Mark Pryor

5:42:48 to 5:43:08( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: steve with two bright, energetic, athletic and even sometimes well-behaved sons -- they are, they're great -- that are currently freshmen at yorktown high school in arlington, and they bring their parents much joy, but they also are extremely proud of their mother.

Mark Pryor

5:43:09 to 5:43:30( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: i've seen firsthand what a wonderful mother she has been and is, and i stand in awe. in fact, blanche is not only a good senator and a good mother and a good wife, she is much more. she is a good daughter to her mother, who basically runs phillips county, arkansas.

Mark Pryor

5:43:31 to 5:43:52( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: she is a good sister in her very large family. she is a good member of her community, helping friends, neighbors and those in need. blanche is very faithful in -- and her relationship with god has given her strength and kept her grounded in good times and in bad. she follows the golden rule and

Mark Pryor

5:43:53 to 5:44:14( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: puts her faith in action every single day. simply put, she is a good person. lastly, she is a good boss. she has drawn to her a very talented and hard-working staff in washington, d.c., and in arkansas. i know that they will always be proud to tell people that they worked for senator blanche lincoln.

Mark Pryor

5:44:15 to 5:44:36( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: before i get carried away, there is one minor matter that i feel i need to address. on occasion, rarely, just every so often but it does happen, blanche runs a little late. i know many of you are shocked to hear this, but let me just

Mark Pryor

5:44:37 to 5:44:58( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: tell you why that is. because people love blanche and blanche loves people, and she's never too busy to stop, to notice, to listen. she's never too busy to talk to the capitol police or to the janitor here or to that family from idaho who can't figure out

Mark Pryor

5:44:59 to 5:45:19( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: the dirksen building. she takes time for people, and that's one of the things that makes her so special. because those people are as important to her as the most powerful members of the congress. and that's what makes blanche special. it is hard to find one word to

Mark Pryor

5:45:20 to 5:45:40( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: describe senator lincoln. kind, smart, fearless, persistent, knowledgeable, no-nonsense. i could go on. but the one word i would like to focus on today is friend. there are 99 senators today who consider her a friend. they like her, they like working

Mark Pryor

5:45:41 to 5:46:01( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: with her, and they respect her. i have had many, many republicans and democrats say how much they hate to see her leave, because she makes this place better. there's a passage in the bible that says "well done good and faithful servant." this applies to blanche, but not

Mark Pryor

5:46:02 to 5:46:22( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: only to the job she's done here in the senate, it applies to her as a person. there's a lot more to blanche than just being a united states senator. in january she starts a new chapter, and as much as she will be missed and here, we all have confidence that there are many more g

Mark Pryor

5:46:23 to 5:46:44( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: thank you, mr. president. the presiding officer: under the previous order, there will be a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak for up to 15 minutes each. a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from indiana. mr. lugar: mr. president, i rise today to speak in support of the new start treaty. we undertake this debate at a

Mark Pryor

5:46:45 to 5:46:46( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: time when almost 100,000

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