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Senate Proceeding on Dec 21st, 2010 :: 8:26:50 to 8:29:05
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Benjamin L. Cardin

8:26:47 to 8:27:07( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: mr. kerry: i suggest the absence of a quorum -- i reserve that. the presiding officer: the senator from maryland. mr. cardin: i want to first thank the snow from idaho for bringing this up. i might tell you, i have a laundry list of issues i would like to deal with with russia.

Benjamin L. Cardin

8:26:50 to 8:29:05( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Benjamin L. Cardin

Benjamin L. Cardin

8:27:08 to 8:27:30( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: i have the honor of chairing the helsinki commission. we have a lot of human rights problems with russia. we raise them all the time as aggressively as we possibly can. i'm proud that the obama administration has raised these issues at the highest levels with the russian federation. so we're very sympathetic to the issue that you're bringing up. it's the wrong vehicle to deal with this issue. it's the wrong vehicle.

Benjamin L. Cardin

8:27:31 to 8:27:52( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: this treaty is important for the united states national security. that's why i support the ratification. that's why i urge my colleagues to support the ratification. it's appropriate in our advice and consent rule for us to take up issues that are relevant to the subject matter of the treaty. the problem is the issues that you're bringing up are not relevant to the subject matters of the treaty, and therefore it's the wrong vehicle to take

Benjamin L. Cardin

8:27:53 to 8:28:13( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: this issue up. so i don't want you to interpret my opposition to your amendment as -- as opposing what you're trying to do. i agree with what you're trying to do. it's the wrong vehicle to put it on, and i would urge you to work with senator shaheen and work with the helsinki commission on other issues, because the issue you're bringing up of return of

Benjamin L. Cardin

8:28:14 to 8:28:34( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: property is very important, very important to america. and we believe in many cases, the russian federation is not living up to their international commitments under international agreements, and we'll bring those up and we'll fight in those forums. but this treaty is in our interests, this treaty should deal in our actions to deal with the four corners of the

Benjamin L. Cardin

8:28:35 to 8:28:55( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: agreement, and in that respect, i would very much oppose your amendment. mr. risch: madam president, may i claim my 19 seconds? the presiding officer: the senator from idaho. mr. risch: madam president, with all due respect to my good friend from maryland, this is exactly the right vehicle to bring this up. this is a vehicle of trust and it is a vehicle that puts some

Benjamin L. Cardin

8:28:56 to 8:29:06( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: teeth in an otherwise toothless thing. as far as the human rights versus this stolen property, this objective, it's hard, you can see it.

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