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Senate Proceeding 12-22-09 on Dec 22nd, 2009 :: 2:07:20 to 2:11:30
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Max Baucus

2:07:17 to 2:07:38( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: been turned back several times mr. baucus: reclaiming my right to the floor. mr. the presiding officer: the senar from montana. mr. baucus: i'm reclaiming the floor because he doesn't want to deal in good faith with this issue. the second point -- second point point. it is disrespectful, it unseemly for senators in this body to invoke

Max Baucus

2:07:20 to 2:11:30( Edit History Discussion )
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Max Baucus

2:07:39 to 2:07:59( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: kennedy and jack kennedy in opposition to this bill. it is disrespectful and uns and i, frankly, am very much surprised that senatorsould go to that level and try and invoke the names of ted kennedy and jack kennedy in -- in opposition to this legislation. talk about profiles in courage.

Max Baucus

2:08:00 to 2:08:20( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: i hear senators on the oth side say where is the courage of one senator to stand up and vote against health care reform. that's what i keep hearing on that side, where's the courage, where's the courage of one senator on the democratic side to stand up and vote health care reform? mr. president, i'm going to turn that around. profiles in courage kennedy and also ted kennedy

Max Baucus

2:08:21 to 2:08:41( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: were senators who worked to try to find resolutions to agreements. they wanted to wanted to work together to just results. and i ask the senators: where is the senator on that side of the aisle who's got the courage to break from their leadership, break from the partisanship they're exercising on the other side of the aisle to work

Max Baucus

2:08:42 to 2:09:02( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: together to pass health care reform? i ask them: where is the -- where courage? where are the got courage on that side of the aisle to stand up and work together on a bipartisan basis to get health care reform passed? where? we on this side reached out our hands for bipartisan agreement on health care reform probably

Max Baucus

2:09:03 to 2:09:23( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: to a fault. and i say "fault," because for months and months and months, this senator anyway extended the hand to work with other senators in a bipartisan basis -- on bipartisan biases. i know the current occupant of the chair knows this. he watched this. he saw it happen in the finance committee. and senator grassley and i worked very hard to get senators on both sides of the aisle to

Max Baucus

2:09:24 to 2:09:44( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: work to pass health care reform. very hard. work towards another approach the group of six, three republicans, three democrats. we worked for days. we worked for months bipartisan basis to get health care reform passed. do you know what happened? i watched it happen. those senators there in the room

Max Baucus

2:09:45 to 2:10:06( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: who were acting in good faith. they were in good faith. they wanted to mutually work together to pass health care reform. they asked very good questions. senator enzi, for example, from wyoming, very good questions. senator snowe asked very good questions. senator grassley asked very good questions. we worked together on health but you know what happened? you know what happened mr. president? i could feel it happening.

Max Baucus

2:10:07 to 2:10:28( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: one by one by one they started to drift away. they wanted to pass health care reform, they wanted to act in bipartisan basis but they were pressured, pressured from the out -- from their political party not to do it, not to do why were they pressured not to do it? unfortunately they gave in to that pressure because their

Max Baucus

2:10:29 to 2:10:51( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: leadership wanted to political -- wanted to make a political statement. one senator on the said let's make this obama's waterloo, health care's waterloo. they did not to want work with us on that side ofhe aisle, they did not want to work with us because they thought it was better to make a political statement -- attack the bill, attack bill, attack the bill, in order

Max Baucus

2:10:52 to 2:11:12( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: to make points for the 2010 so i ask, mr. president, where's the courage? where's the courage? where's the republican senator that's going to stand up and say, boy, let's work together to pass health care reform? where is the senator that's going to stand up on that side of the aisle and say you bet, we want to work together to pass health care reform? this senator tried mightily to get bipartisan support. a senator: will the gentleman yield just briefly?

Max Baucus

2:11:13 to 2:11:31( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: mr. baucus: the senator from iowa, who i've been working with for a long, long time, and they just kept -- they were pulled away. senator grassley, i don't want to speak for him, but i know he wanted to get health care reform passed on a bipartisan basis. i know that's the case. but, frankly, he got pressured, pressured, pressured and he just couldn't do it. i have the highest respect and regard for him.

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