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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

WATCH/READ: Arizona Sen. McCain On Senate Floor: Go To Conference With House GOP To End Supershitstorm Congress

Arizona Senator John McCain (R-AZ) took to the Senate floor this morning to scold the President and House Democrats for bad-mouthing the emerging House GOP proposal to end the partial government shutdown and avoid breaching the debt limit.  McCain wants the House and Senate to each pass their proposals and to then slug it out in a conference committee.



This transcript is from the unedited closed captioning on C-Span.  There are a LOT of problems with it:


00:00:00THE LAST 24 HOURS A LOT HAS BEEN TAKING PLACE.
00:00:06A TENTATIVE AGREEMENT HAS BEEN REACHED BETWEEN BOTH REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRAT LEADER.
00:00:15THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE HAS COME FORWARD WITH WHAT WE BELIEVE IS A PLAN WHICH WOULD REOPEN THE GOVERNMENT, EXTEND THE DEBT LIMIT AND HAS SEVERAL OTHER PROVISIONS IN IT.
00:00:34AND THE REACTION TO THAT HAS BEEN CONDEMNATION, IMMEDIATE, AUTOMATIC CONDEMNATION BY THE MAJORITY LEADER, BY THE WHITE HOUSE, BY THE DEMOCRATS IN THE HOUSE, ABSOLUTELY REJECTING THIS PROPOSAL.
00:00:52I DON'T UNDERSTAND THAT.
00:00:55I DON'T UNDERSTAND THAT VISCERAL REACTION IN A MOST NEGATIVE FASHION.
00:01:01WHY DON'T WE SAY -- WHY DON'T WE TRY SOMETHING LIKE WE USED TO DO AROUND THIS PLACE?
00:01:06WHY DON'T WE SAY LOOK, YOU'VE GOT A PROPOSAL TO OPEN THE GOVERNMENT, WE'VE GOT A PROPOSAL TO OPEN THE GOVERNMENT, LET'S BOTH PASS, LET'S GO TO CONFERENCE, WHICH WE COULD DO IN 24 HOURS AND RESOLVE OUR DIFFERENCES.
00:01:20I UNDERSTAND WHAT THE POLLING DATA SAYS.
00:01:23THAT 74% OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DISPROVE -- DISAPPROVE OF THE REPUBLICAN HANDLING OF THIS ISSUE.
00:01:29AND I AGREE WITH THAT.
00:01:32SOME OF US AT THE BEGINNING THAT SAID WE'RE GOING ON A FOOL'S ERRAND TO BELIEVE THAT WE WILL BE ABLE TO DEFUND OBAMACARE.
00:01:40AND WE GOT OURSELVES IN A DITCH.
00:01:44AND WE GOT TO STOP DIGGING.
00:01:47THAT IS WELL UNDERSTOOD HERE BY CERTAINLY THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES.
00:01:52BUT FOR THE MAJORITY LEADER AND THE DEMOCRATS IN THE HOUSE AND THE WHITE HOUSE TO SAY ABSOLUTELY CATEGORICALLY NOT, WE WILL NOT CONSIDER WHAT THE REPUBLICANS IN THE THOUSANDS -- THE THE HOUSE ARE DOING, IN MY VIEW IS PILING ON.
00:02:09IT'S PILING ON AND IT'S NOT RIGHT.
00:02:12SO I URGE MY DEMOCRAT COLLEAGUES, LET'S SIT DOWN AND WORK THIS OUT.
00:02:17WIEWF GOT A PROPOSAL FROM THE HOUSE, WE HAVE A PROPOSAL -- WE HAVE A PROPOSAL BETWEEN THE TWO LEADERS AND LET'S GET THIS RESOLVED.
00:02:28TO CATEGORICALLY REJECT WHAT THE HOUSE AND THE SPEAKER IS DOING AND I THINK HE'S PRETTY COURAGEOUS IN WHAT HE'S DOING, IN MY VIEW IS NOT SERVING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.
00:02:38SO SEW LET'S TOPSTON THIS.
00:02:40LET'S STOP IT, SIT DOWN, CONSIDER THE SPEAKER'S PROPOSAL, GET OUR PROPOSAL DONE, AND THEN GET THIS RESOLVED, WHICH WE COULD DO IN THE NEXT 24 HOURS.
00:02:50I CAME TO THE FLOOR TO EXPRESS MY DISAPPOINTMENT IN THE CATEGORIC REJECT IN A FOOD-FAITH EFFORT BY THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE, WHICH DOESN'T CONTAIN ALL THE PROVISIONS THAT I WANT.
00:03:05I'M SURE THE AGREEMENT MADE BY THE MAJORITY AND REPUBLICAN LEADERS WILL NOT BE EVERYTHING I WANT.
00:03:13SO LET'S STOP THE CONDEMNATION.
00:03:16LET'S CONSIDER THE HOUSE, THE REPUBLICAN HOUSE PROPOSAL AS A SERIOUSLY PROPOSAL, AS A WAY TO END THIS GRIDLOCK, AND THEN LET'S SIT DOWN TOGETHER AND GET THIS THING DONE.
00:03:29I AGAIN URGE MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES, WE KNOW YOU HAVE THE UPPER HAND.
00:03:34ISN'T IT TIME THAT WE HELP FIND A WAY OUT OF THIS, WHICH IS WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT, RATHER THAN WHO WON AND WHO LOST?
00:03:42THE ONLY PEOPLE THAT ARE LOSING RIGHT NOW ARE THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY.
00:03:46AS I'VE MENTIONED A COUPLE OF TIMES BEFORE, AL QAEDA IS NOT IN SHUTDOWN.
00:03:52I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO RECONSIDER, ON THE DEMOCRAT SIDE AND THE WHITE HOUSE, TO RECONSIDER THEIR CATEGORIC REJECTION OF ANY PROPOSAL FROM THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.
00:04:05I YIELD THE POLICE OFFICER.
00:04:07THE PRESIDING OFFICER: MR.
00:04:08PRESIDENT? THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THE SENATOR FROM CONNECTICUT.
00:04:10MR.
00:04:11BLUMENTHAL: BEFORE I YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM FLORIDA JUST BRIEFLY, I HAVE TWO UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUESTS FOR COMMITTEES TO MEET DURING TODAY'S SESSION OF THE SENATE.
00:04:20THEY IS HAVE -- THEY HAVE THE APRIEWL OF THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS.
00:04:23I SCURKT THAT THESE REQUESTS BEING AGREED TO AND THAT THESE REQUESTS BE PRINTED IN THE RECORD.
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