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    A picture of Senator Richard J. Durbin

    Senator Richard J. Durbin

    From: IL

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-09

    DURBIN. Each morning, the Senate opens with the customary prayer by our Chaplain and the Pledge of Allegiance. This is an opportunity for Members of the Senate to reflect on two important things: first,...



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    Senator Richard Blumenthal

    From: CT

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-09

    BLUMENTHAL. Madam President, yesterday the Veterans Affairs Administration announced it would furlough 7,000 Veterans Benefits Administration employees, and as a result activities and services in the...



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    Senator Pat Roberts

    From: KS

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-10-09

    ROBERTS. Madam President, I ask unanimous consent the order for the quorum call be rescinded. The ACTING PRESIDENT pro tempore. Without objection, it is so ordered. Mr. ROBERTS. I understand we are...



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    Senator Jeanne Shaheen

    From: NH

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-09

    SHAHEEN. Madam President, as my colleague from Kansas said, I also came to the floor today to talk about the unnecessary government shutdown that is continuing and is having widespread ramifications...



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    Senator Harry Reid

    From: NV

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-09

    REID. Mr. President, I move to instruct the Sergeant at Arms to request the presence of absent Senators, and I ask for the yeas and nays. The PRESIDENT pro tempore. Is there a sufficient second? ...



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    Senator Richard J. Durbin

    From: IL

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-09

    DURBIN. I announce that the Senator from Alaska (Mr. Begich), is necessarily absent. Mr. CORNYN. The following Senators are necessarily absent: the Senator from Oklahoma (Mr. Inhofe), the Senator from...



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    Senator John Cornyn

    From: TX

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-10-09

    CORNYN. The following Senators are necessarily absent: the Senator from Oklahoma (Mr. Inhofe), the Senator from Kentucky (Mr. Paul), and the Senator from Louisiana (Mr. Vitter). The PRESIDENT pro tempore....



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    Senator Patty Murray

    From: WA

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-09

    MURRAY. Mr. President, when a house is on fire, the reasonable thing to do is put it out and then figure out what happened to prevent the next one. When a ship is headed toward rocks, the reasonable...



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    Senator Jeff Sessions

    From: AL

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-10-09

    SESSIONS. Madam President, it is a good thing that Democrats for the first time in 4 years passed a budget--at least brought one to the floor and passed it on a strictly partisan basis. Before that,...



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    Senator Jeff Merkley

    From: OR

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-09

    MERKLEY. Madam President, I ask my colleague from Alabama, if he has a moment or two more, after I read an official consent request, if he might stay for a moment and answer a question about how that...



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    Senator Patrick J. Leahy

    From: VT

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-09

    LEAHY. Madam President, today is day 9 of the government shutdown. House Republicans piously blame everyone except themselves, but there is no mystery about what is happening. It is very simple: They...



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    Senator Jerry Moran

    From: KS

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-10-09

    MORAN. Madam President, I am pleased to be here on the Senate floor this afternoon. I am saddened by the circumstances we find ourselves in and look for a solid, responsible, and quick resolution to...



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    Senator Barbara Boxer

    From: CA

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-09

    BOXER. Madam President, would it be possible--because Senator Casey and I were each thinking we would get 10 minutes and we are willing to cut that to 15 minutes between the two of us--could we ask unanimous...



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    Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr.

    From: PA

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-09

    CASEY. Mr. President, thank you very much. I know our time is limited. I want to start on an issue that I think all of us are coming together on no matter what party we are in, and that is what has...



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    Senator Mitch McConnell

    From: KY

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-10-09

    McCONNELL. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the order for the quorum call be rescinded. The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered. Unanimous Consent Request--H....



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    Senator John Cornyn

    From: TX

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-10-09

    CORNYN. Mr. President, there are obviously differences in this Chamber over the fiscal direction of our country, but we should be united in our efforts to do right by our uniformed military and their...



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    Senator Harry Reid

    From: NV

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-09

    REID. Reserving the right to object, would my friend agree that we have just learned that the President said he would solve this in the next hour. Would my friend be willing to wait until 4 o'clock today...



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    Senator Michael B. Enzi

    From: WY

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-10-09

    ENZI. Mr. President, if businesses ran their operations the same way the government is running this shutdown, they would be bankrupt. Oh, that is right. That is kind of where we are, isn't it. Our...



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    Senator Chuck Grassley

    From: IA

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-10-09

    GRASSLEY. For the benefit of those on the other side of the aisle, I am not going to end my remarks with the issue of a unanimous consent, but I still have things I wish to say. No one supports a government...



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    Senator Daniel Coats

    From: IN

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-10-09

    COATS. There is an interesting debate going on without achieving any results. Let me take a crack at trying to make a more persuasive argument to see if my colleagues across the aisle would agree. ...



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    Senator Richard J. Durbin

    From: IL

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-09

    DURBIN. Reserving the right to object, I wish to commend my colleague from Indiana for noting the important role the Federal Government plays when it comes to natural disasters. There is not a Senator...



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    Senator Dianne Feinstein

    From: CA

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-09

    FEINSTEIN. As modified by the Senator from Indiana. Mr. DURBIN. Let me see if I can clarify. [[Page S7332]] Reserving the right to object, I understand the Senator from Indiana acknowledges that...



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    Senator John Hoeven

    From: ND

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-10-09

    HOEVEN. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the Senate proceed to the immediate consideration of Calendar No. 206, H.R. 3230, making continuing appropriations during a government shutdown to...



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    Senator Patty Murray

    From: WA

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-09

    MURRAY. Reserving the right to object, we are again seeing a request to fund a small part of our government. This request refers to our National Guard and Reserve. These are amazing members of our American...



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    Senator Marco Rubio

    From: FL

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-10-09

    RUBIO. Mr. President, despite all the noise going on, despite the fight we are having, I think one thing we can all agree is the most important thing for our country is to restore and save the American...



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    Senator Rand Paul

    From:

    Party:

    Date: 2013-10-09

    PAUL. Mr. President, let's be very clear here today. Republicans have come to the floor to reopen the government. We have offered request after request to reopen the government. We have offered to negotiate....



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    Senator Elizabeth Warren

    From: MA

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-09

    WARREN. Mr. President, the U.S. Treasury says that in exactly 8 days it will not have enough money to pay the government's bills. We are not in this position because the Secretary of the Treasury or...



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    Senator Benjamin L. Cardin

    From: MD

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-09

    CARDIN. Mr. President, I join my colleagues in taking the floor to stress the urgency of action. I agree with my colleague from Massachusetts and her comments about the devastating impact the failure...



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    Senator Jack Reed

    From: RI

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-09

    REED. Mr. President, I rise today to discuss the twin manufactured crises that are facing the country: A hobbled government and the threat of default. I have seen some describe this as a game, and...



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    Senator Christopher A. Coons

    From: DE

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-09

    COONS. Mr. President, I would like to start by reading a letter I received this week. So many of us in the Senate are operating with furloughed staff, and we are doing our best to read and respond to...



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    Senator Bill Nelson

    From: FL

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-09

    NELSON. Mr. President, I want to add my remarks now for the third time about this shutdown. I want to say this is not the way we ought to be running our government, and enough ought to be enough. For...



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    Senator Deb Fischer

    From: NE

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-10-09

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    Senator Deb Fischer

    From: NE

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-10-09

    FISCHER. Mr. President, I rise today to give voice to frustrated Nebraskans. I rise to testify to the simple truth that a government should not intentionally make life harder for its people. I rise to...



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    Senator Sherrod Brown

    From: OH

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-09

    BROWN. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the order for the quorum call be rescinded. The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered. Mr. BROWN. Mr. President, I am privileged...



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    Senator John Cornyn

    From: TX

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-10-09

    CORNYN. Mr. President, amid all the rhetoric and the blame games and, yes, even theatrics, I want to make sure the American people actually understand what President Obama and the majority leader are...



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    Senator Mazie K. Hirono

    From: HI

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-09

    HIRONO. Mr. President, our distinguished Republican whip referred to negotiations that occurred regarding welfare reform, tax reform, education reform, No Child Left Behind. These negotiations occurred,...



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    Senator Thomas R. Carper

    From: DE

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-09

    CARPER. May I ask unanimous consent that the doctor be afforded another 10 minutes. The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered. Mr. COBURN. I will spend some time tomorrow then going...



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    Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr.

    From: PA

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-09

    CASEY. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the order for the quorum call be rescinded. The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered. Mr. CASEY. Mr. President, pending before...



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    Senator Harry Reid

    From: NV

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-08

    REID. Mr. President, we are now entering the second week of a Republican government shutdown. The Speaker of the House of Representatives is still sitting on the one bill that can reopen the government....



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    Senator Patrick J. Leahy

    From: VT

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-08

    LEAHY. Mr. President, would the Senator yield for a question? Mr. REID. I would be happy to yield to my friend, the distinguished President pro tempore. Mr. LEAHY. Mr. President, I was there, and...



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    Senator Patrick J. Leahy

    From: VT

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-08

    LEAHY. Mr. President, I appreciate the remarks of our distinguished majority leader. He has probably the most frustrating job there is because he has continuously brought up and passed bills to get us...



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    Senator John Thune

    From: SD

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-10-08

    THUNE. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the order for [[Page S7278]] the quorum call be rescinded and I be allowed to speak for up to 12 minutes. The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection,...



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    Senator Charles E. Schumer

    From: NY

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-08

    SCHUMER. Madam President, I ask unanimous consent that the order for the quorum call be rescinded. The PRESIDING OFFICER (Ms. Heitkamp). Without objection, it is so ordered. ...



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    Senator Barbara A. Mikulski

    From: MD

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-08

    MIKULSKI. Madam President, I rise to speak as the chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, who would like to reopen government and have our committee get back to regular order to be able to move...



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    Senator Harry Reid

    From: NV

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-08

    REID. Mr. President, I note the absence of a quorum. The PRESIDENT pro tempore. The clerk will call the roll to ascertain the presence of a quorum. The legislative clerk proceeded to call the roll...



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    Senator Richard J. Durbin

    From: IL

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-08

    DURBIN. I announce that the Senator from New Mexico (Mr. Udall) is necessarily absent. Mr. CORNYN. The following Senator is necessarily absent: the Senator from Oklahoma (Mr. Inhofe). The result...



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    Senator John Cornyn

    From: TX

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-10-08

    CORNYN. The following Senator is necessarily absent: the Senator from Oklahoma (Mr. Inhofe). The result was announced--yeas 84, nays 14, as follows: [Rollcall Vote No. 214 Leg.] ...



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    Senator Mitch McConnell

    From: KY

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-10-08

    McCONNELL. Madam President, I appreciate the comments of my good friend, the majority leader. I might say, however, that as much as I appreciate his comments to all of us, the real challenge is his relationship...



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    Senator John McCain

    From: AZ

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-10-08

    McCAIN. I ask unanimous consent to return to the normal one side and then the other side as far as speakers are concerned. Mr. REID. That is fine. That is our plan. The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without...



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    Senator Charles E. Schumer

    From: NY

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-08

    SCHUMER. Mr. President, I rise because we are getting very close to a time of crisis, perhaps one of the greatest economic crises this country has known. I have many good friends on the other side of...



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    Senator Patty Murray

    From: WA

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-08

    MURRAY. Mr. President, my understanding is we were going to go [[Page S7287]] back and forth, and if the Senator from Texas wishes to go, I will yield to him. The PRESIDING OFFICER. The Senator from...



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    Senator Ted Cruz

    From: TX

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-10-08

    CRUZ. Mr. President, I thank the majority leader for his impassioned remarks today, and all of us weep for those service men and women who have lost their lives in defense of this great Nation. I would...



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    Senator Jeff Sessions

    From: AL

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-10-08

    SESSIONS. Mr. President, reserving the right to object, I think we should all note that this unanimous consent agreement essentially asks the Senate to direct the House on what to pass and to pass the...



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    Senator Susan M. Collins

    From: ME

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-10-08

    COLLINS. Mr. President, the government shutdown represents a failure to govern and must be brought to an end. Disabled veterans who have sacrificed so much for our country are waiting for their claims...



    A picture of Senator Barbara A. Mikulski

    Senator Barbara A. Mikulski

    From: MD

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-08

    MIKULSKI. Mr. President, I rise to respectfully say that we in the Senate and we in the Congress have to do what our constituents elected us to do and what the Constitution requires us to do: keep the...



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    Senator Lisa Murkowski

    From: AK

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-10-08

    MURKOWSKI. Mr. President, from what I heard from those who have just spoken prior to me, it sounds as if we ought to be able to get something done. We listened to the chairman of the Appropriations Committee,...



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    Senator Mark R. Warner

    From: VA

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-08

    WARNER. Mr. President, I wish to follow up on the remarks of my colleagues and the Senators who have spoken before me. It seems as though we have accepted this new normal, that shutting down the operations...



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    Senator Ted Cruz

    From: TX

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-10-08

    CRUZ. Mr. President, I want to again thank the majority leader for bringing the attention of this body to the tragedy of those servicemen who lost their lives and the fact that, unfortunately, their...



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    Senator Harry Reid

    From: NV

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-08

    REID. Mr. President, reserving the right to object. The PRESIDING OFFICER. The majority leader. Mr. REID. Mr. President, the distinguished Senator from Texas has stated again what has already been...



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    Senator Richard J. Durbin

    From: IL

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-08

    DURBIN. Mr. President, will the Senator yield for a question? Mr. CRUZ. I would be happy to yield for a question. Mr. DURBIN. Would the Senator be willing to take care of the 560,000 veterans who...



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    Senator Debbie Stabenow

    From: MI

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-08

    STABENOW. Would the Senator yield for a question? Mr. CRUZ. I am happy to yield to my friend for a question. Ms. STABENOW. Through the Chair to the Senator from Texas, I am wondering if his motion...



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    Senator Benjamin L. Cardin

    From: MD

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-08

    CARDIN. I want to join with most of my colleagues who have talked about the urgency of us getting the government open. It is causing great harm to our country. Make no mistake about it, it is hurting...



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    Senator Mike Lee

    From: UT

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-10-08

    LEE. Mr. President, there can be no doubt that no one wants to be here. Not one Member of this body wants to be in shutdown. We all may have different reasons, different explanations as to why we are...



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    Senator Amy Klobuchar

    From: MN

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-08

    KLOBUCHAR. Madam President, we are now in day 8 of the government shutdown, and the pain has been felt by all across the country--by the cancer patients being denied access to new clinical trials at...



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    Senator Kelly Ayotte

    From: NH

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-10-08

    AYOTTE. Madam President, I ask unanimous consent that 10 minutes be divided between myself and the senior Senator from Texas, Mr. Cornyn. The PRESIDING OFFICER. Is there objection? Ms. STABENOW....



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    Senator John Cornyn

    From: TX

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-10-08

    CORNYN. Madam President, four times the House of Representatives has sent over continuing resolutions with various additions for consideration by the Senate. Each time Senator Reid and the majority party...



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    Senator Sheldon Whitehouse

    From: RI

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-08

    WHITEHOUSE. Madam President, I am glad to join this debate, which throughout the afternoon has been peppered with the assertion that either Majority Leader Reid or the President or Democrats in general...



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    Senator Michael F. Bennet

    From: CO

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-08

    BENNET. Madam President, before he leaves the floor, I want to thank the Senator from Oklahoma for his commitment to this issue, for his candor. We do not necessarily agree on every single thing, but...



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    Senator Harry Reid

    From: NV

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-07

    REID. Mr. President, yesterday the Speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner, on national TV claimed there are not enough votes to pass the bill and bring an end to the dangerous government...



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    Senator Mitch McConnell

    From: KY

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-10-07

    McCONNELL. We are now in the second week of a government shutdown that nobody claims to want. Democrats say it is unreasonable to ask for any changes or delays to ObamaCare. Republicans, we think the...



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    Senator Richard J. Durbin

    From: IL

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-07

    DURBIN. Mr. President, let me start off by acknowledging an article which appeared in today's New York Times attributed to the Senate Chaplain, Dr. Barry Black, who led us in prayer to open the Senate's...



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    Senator Johnny Isakson

    From: GA

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-10-07

    ISAKSON. Mr. President, I wish to thank the distinguished Senator [[Page S7249]] from Illinois, the distinguished majority whip, for bringing up Chaplain Barry Black's name and the article that appeared...



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    Senator Christopher Murphy

    From: CT

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-07

    MURPHY. Mr. President, I thank the Senator from Georgia for his call on this place to get back to regular order and to bridge our differences. I think it is an important one and a noble and hopefully...



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    Senator Richard Blumenthal

    From: CT

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-07

    BLUMENTHAL. Mr. President, I thank my colleague from Connecticut for those eloquent and very powerful remarks, and I will take advantage of his presence here to perhaps engage in a colloquy, if he agrees...



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    Senator Bernard Sanders

    From: VT

    Party: Independent

    Date: 2013-10-07

    SANDERS. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the order for the quorum call be rescinded. The ACTING PRESIDENT pro tempore. Without objection, it is so ordered. Mr. SANDERS. Mr. President,...



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    Senator Sherrod Brown

    From: OH

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-07

    BROWN. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the order for the quorum call be rescinded. The ACTING PRESIDENT pro tempore. Without objection, it is so ordered. Mr. BROWN. Mr. President, I rise...



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    Senator Bill Nelson

    From: FL

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-07

    NELSON. Mr. President, will the Senator yield for a question? Mr. BROWN. Mr. President, I would be glad to yield to the Senator from Florida. Mr. NELSON. What the Senator said about NASA is so true....



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    Senator John Cornyn

    From: TX

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-10-07

    CORNYN. Mr. President, I agree with our colleagues that a government shutdown is not the best way to do business around here. We should get together--the President, the House, and the Senate--and we...



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    Senator Ron Wyden

    From: OR

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-07

    WYDEN. Mr. President, before he leaves the floor, I want to thank the Senator from Illinois for his kind words, and I certainly support the appointments, and I am glad we were able to get that legislation...



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    Senator Jon Tester

    From: MT

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-07

    TESTER. Mr. President, we are in day number 7 of this government shutdown. As was pointed out by the Senator from Alaska and the Senator from Oregon, we started with a continuing resolution of $1.058...



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    Senator Barbara Boxer

    From: CA

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-07

    BOXER. Mr. President, I think we are all in a state of shock that we are entering the fourth day of a government shutdown with no movement in sight. I wanted to go home to California to see how the...



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    Senator Harry Reid

    From: NV

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-05

    REID. Madam President, Senator Schumer yesterday on the floor talked about what the House is doing, and he described it as ``Alice in Wonderland.'' I don't know if that is an apt description. Maybe it...



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    Senator Patrick J. Leahy

    From: VT

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-05

    LEAHY. Would the Senator yield for a question? Mr. REID. I would be happy to yield for a question from the senior Senator from Vermont. Mr. LEAHY. Madam President, the distinguished leader had the...



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    Senator Bill Nelson

    From: FL

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-05

    NELSON. Would the Senator yield for a quick comment? Mr. REID. I would be happy to yield to the senior Senator from the great State of Florida. Mr. NELSON. Madam President, since our leader is a former...



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    Senator Christopher Murphy

    From: CT

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-05

    MURPHY. Mr. President, let me thank my great friend from Louisiana for her remarks and for all the work she has done to stand up for her constituents, but also for small businesses. I think she makes...



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    Senator Jack Reed

    From: RI

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-05

    REED. I ask unanimous consent to speak up to 20 minutes. The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered. Mr. REED. Mr. President, we are 5 days into the government shutdown, but unfortunately...



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    Senator Harry Reid

    From: NV

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-05

    REID. Mr. President, I am grateful to the senior Senator from Rhode Island for his statement. I listened to every word of it from my office. He is such a great asset to the State of Rhode Island and...



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    Senator Harry Reid

    From: NV

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-04

    REID. I want to remind everyone listening that yesterday and today, the Capitol remains closed to most business. The Federal Government remains closed. In the newspaper today, it lists all of the layoffs....



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    Senator Patrick J. Leahy

    From: VT

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-04

    LEAHY. Would the leader yield for a question? Mr. REID. Of course. (Ms. HIRONO assumed the Chair.) Mr. LEAHY. Madam President, the leader has noted a number of times that a small group in the House...



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    Senator Charles E. Schumer

    From: NY

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-04

    SCHUMER. Mr. President, I rise to talk about an aspect of the tea party government shutdown that has not gotten the attention it deserves. Sadly, the effects of this tea party shutdown do not stop at...



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    Senator Jeff Sessions

    From: AL

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-10-04

    SESSIONS. Thank you, Madam President. I appreciate Senator Schumer's remarks about the Iran sanctions. They are very important. It is an action by the United States that I think has helped in a number...



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    Senator Jeff Flake

    From: AZ

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-10-04

    FLAKE. Madam President, I know this is not a town that has ever been known for having a long memory. In fact, the recent warning bells rung about our deficits and our debt have predictably faded into...



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    Senator Michael B. Enzi

    From: WY

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-10-04

    ENZI. Madam President, I wish to thank the Senator from Alabama for his comments. I too want to add my thanks and appreciation for law enforcement people all over the United States who are doing their...



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    Senator Debbie Stabenow

    From: MI

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-04

    STABENOW. Madam President, we are in day 4 of a tea party Republican shutdown. We need to be very clear as to how we got here. The Senate majority leader negotiated with the Speaker of the House, and...



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    Senator Joe Donnelly

    From: IN

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-04

    DONNELLY. First, I wish to thank the Capitol Hill police and the Secret Service for their bravery, their heroism, and their work, not only yesterday but every day, to keep this Capitol safe and to keep...



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    Senator Daniel Coats

    From: IN

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-10-04

    COATS. As did my colleague from Indiana, Senator Donnelly, I also wish to take a moment before I deliver my remarks here to thank the Capitol Police, all of law enforcement, and first responders who...



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    Senator Thomas R. Carper

    From: DE

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-04

    CARPER. I want to thank the Senator from Indiana for invoking the name of one of my favorite actors and directors. I would say to my friend, I didn't think our friend Clint Eastwood's appearance at the...



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    Senator Heidi Heitkamp

    From: ND

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-04

    HEITKAMP. Madam President, yesterday was a scary day on Capitol Hill. I was sitting in the Presiding Officer's chair and saw the bells ring, saw all the Capitol Police hustle our great pages in to protect...



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    Senator Sheldon Whitehouse

    From: RI

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-04

    WHITEHOUSE. Madam President, I join my former attorney general colleague, Senator Heitkamp, in expressing all of our appreciation for what the Capitol Police did. We all know when that event transpired,...



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    Senator Rob Portman

    From: OH

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-10-04

    PORTMAN. Madam chair, we find ourselves here in Washington with the government shutdown in place and a debt limit approaching, and I read this morning in the newspaper that a senior White House official...



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    Senator Roger F. Wicker

    From: MS

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-10-04

    WICKER. If the Senator would yield for a moment. I think the distinguished majority leader is going to make a procedural motion which will take only a moment, and then I have a question for my distinguished...



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    Senator Chuck Grassley

    From: IA

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-10-04

    GRASSLEY. Madam President, as my colleagues have done on several occasions, I come to the floor also to speak on the shutdown and the pending effort to find a compromise we can finally get to the President...



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    Senator Tom Udall

    From:

    Party:

    Date: 2013-10-04

    UDALL of New Mexico. Madam President, recently there was a disturbing poll in the Washington Post. It said that most Americans fear that the American dream is passing them by. Almost 65 percent worry...



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    Senator Harry Reid

    From: NV

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-04

    REID. I ask unanimous consent that the order for the quorum call be rescinded. The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered. Mr. REID. Madam President, it has been 7 days since we passed...



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    Senator Harry Reid

    From: NV

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-03

    REID. Mr. President, yesterday I made the Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner an offer I thought he could not refuse, but he did. House Republican leaders have demanded the Senate join...



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    Senator Mitch McConnell

    From: KY

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-10-03

    McCONNELL. Mr. President, I want to start this morning with a point that is obvious to me but I think bears repeating: Nobody wants the shutdown. Democrats say they do not want it; Republicans certainly...



    A picture of Senator Richard J. Durbin

    Senator Richard J. Durbin

    From: IL

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-03

    DURBIN. Mr. President, there are two sides to every story. Before he leaves the floor, I would like to say to my friend from Texas--and he is my friend--I was at the World War II Memorial yesterday with...



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    Senator Patty Murray

    From: WA

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-03

    MURRAY. Mr. President, I thank the Senator from Illinois for reminding all of us of the many people and communities and the economy in this country that are being hurt today because of the tea party's...



    A picture of Senator Barbara A. Mikulski

    Senator Barbara A. Mikulski

    From: MD

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-03

    MIKULSKI. Mr. President, I rise to speak in morning business. How much time remains? The ACTING PRESIDENT pro tempore. Nineteen minutes. Ms. MIKULSKI. Mr. President, I rise today in a twofold role....



    A picture of Senator Jack Reed

    Senator Jack Reed

    From: RI

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-03

    REED. Mr. President, first let me commend the chairwoman for her extraordinary leadership in so many different ways, including her articulate explanation of the crisis we face at the moment and her compelling...



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    Senator Richard Blumenthal

    From: CT

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-03

    BLUMENTHAL. Madam President, let me second the very powerful and eloquent remarks just made by my colleague from Rhode Island: that we must vote, we need to have a vote in the House of Representatives...



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    Senator Elizabeth Warren

    From: MA

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-03

    WARREN. Mr. President, we are now 3 days into a completely unnecessary, completely avoidable Republican shutdown, and there is more talk than ever about the inability of our leaders to find common ground...



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    Senator Bob Corker

    From: TN

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-10-03

    CORKER. Madam President, I ask unanimous consent that the order for the quorum call be rescinded. The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered. Mr. CORKER. Madam President, I did not...



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    Senator John McCain

    From: AZ

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-10-03

    McCAIN. Madam President, will my friend from Tennessee yield for a question? Mr. CORKER. I would be tremendously honored to take a question from the distinguished Senator. Mr. McCAIN. Has the Senator...



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    Senator Harry Reid

    From: NV

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-02

    REID. Madam President, it is obvious when you check the press that the Republicans have had a very, very bad week. On the same day that Democrats in Congress delivered quality affordable health insurance...



    A picture of Senator Mitch McConnell

    Senator Mitch McConnell

    From: KY

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-10-02

    McCONNELL. Madam President, if it was not clear earlier this week why Republicans were asking to delay ObamaCare, it should be pretty clear to everybody this morning. The rollout of this thing made a...



    A picture of Senator Richard J. Durbin

    Senator Richard J. Durbin

    From: IL

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-02

    DURBIN. Madam President, there were two headlines in most of the major newspapers across the United States this morning. I saw it in Financial Times as well as the Wall Street Journal. The headlines...



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    Senator John Cornyn

    From: TX

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-10-02

    CORNYN. Madam President, I listened with great interest to the comments of the distinguished deputy Democratic majority leader. I was reminded of a radio commentator, who perhaps is not remembered as...



    A picture of Senator Charles E. Schumer

    Senator Charles E. Schumer

    From: NY

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-02

    SCHUMER. My good friend, whom I saw in the gym this morning, sometimes stretches credulity. Who shut down the government? Was it Harry Reid? No. He kept passing messages to keep the government going....



    A picture of Senator Patty Murray

    Senator Patty Murray

    From: WA

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-02

    MURRAY. Madam President, I woke up this morning feeling like I think most Americans feel today--pretty disappointed in the antics of Washington, DC. As my colleague from New York just pointed out,...



    A picture of Senator Barbara A. Mikulski

    Senator Barbara A. Mikulski

    From: MD

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-02

    MIKULSKI. Madam President, I wish to speak as if in morning business and consume as much time as is necessary. The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered. Ms. MIKULSKI. Wow, I think...



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    Senator Michael B. Enzi

    From: WY

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-10-02

    ENZI. Mr. President, I wish to thank the chairman of the Appropriations Committee for her comments and all of the effort she has made and the bipartisan cooperation there has been to get bills to the...



    A picture of Senator Harry Reid

    Senator Harry Reid

    From: NV

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-02

    REID. Mr. President, I have great affection for my friend from Wyoming. He is a fine man. I enjoy working with him. I am not going to nitpick what he said, but I am going to direct my attention to one...



    A picture of Senator Patty Murray

    Senator Patty Murray

    From: WA

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-02

    MURRAY. Mr. President, Democrats and Republicans have some serious differences when it comes to our policies and our values and our priorities. But one thing we should be able to agree on--the bare minimum...



    A picture of Senator Patrick J. Toomey

    Senator Patrick J. Toomey

    From: PA

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-10-02

    TOOMEY. Reserving the right to object, I would point out a couple of things I didn't hear in the discussion of the Senator from Washington. One is the fact that the House has passed three different...



    A picture of Senator Charles E. Schumer

    Senator Charles E. Schumer

    From: NY

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-02

    SCHUMER. Would the Senator yield for a clarification? Mr. TOOMEY. I yield to the Senator. Mr. SCHUMER. Your request that we go to conference would be while the government is shut down. It doesn't...



    A picture of Senator Richard J. Durbin

    Senator Richard J. Durbin

    From: IL

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-02

    DURBIN. Mr. President, the unanimous consent request made by the Senator from the State of Washington is eminently sensible. It basically says: Why hold 800,000 Federal employees hostage while we go...



    A picture of Senator Mark R. Warner

    Senator Mark R. Warner

    From: VA

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-02

    WARNER. Mr. President, I want to thank my colleague, the Senator from Illinois for his comments on this issue. I will comment as well, but I also want to thank the chair of the Budget Committee for asking...



    A picture of Senator Kelly Ayotte

    Senator Kelly Ayotte

    From: NH

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-10-02

    AYOTTE. Mr. President, if the Senator from Iowa needs a couple of minutes to wrap up, I don't think I will take my whole 10 minutes so I would be happy to cede to him a couple of minutes. Mr. HARKIN....



    A picture of Senator Patrick J. Leahy

    Senator Patrick J. Leahy

    From: VT

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-02

    LEAHY. On Tuesday at midnight, the Federal Government shut its doors, closed for all but the most essential business concerning national security and the safety of the American people. Mr. President,...



    A picture of Senator Daniel Coats

    Senator Daniel Coats

    From: IN

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-10-02

    COATS. Mr. President, today is day 2 of the ongoing government shutdown, and negotiations to find a resolution to our differences remain at a stalemate. Actually, I don't think we can use the word ``negotiations''...



    A picture of Senator Johnny Isakson

    Senator Johnny Isakson

    From: GA

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-10-02

    ISAKSON. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that immediately [[Page S7134]] following my remarks, the Senator from Vermont, Mr. Sanders, be recognized. The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection,...



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    Senator Bernard Sanders

    From: VT

    Party: Independent

    Date: 2013-10-02

    SANDERS. Mr. President, in Vermont and all across this country there is huge frustration with what is going on in Washington. It is clear to me that with the middle class of this country disappearing,...



    A picture of Senator Christopher A. Coons

    Senator Christopher A. Coons

    From: DE

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-02

    COONS. Mr. President, I come to the floor today to repeat a point that I think is worth repeating, which is that on this second day of the shutdown of our Federal Government, we need to focus more on...



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    Senator Mitch McConnell

    From: KY

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-10-01

    McCONNELL. Well, Mr. President, Democratic leaders in Congress [[Page S7066]] finally have their prize--a government shutdown that no one seems to want but them. House Republicans worked late into the...



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    Senator Harry Reid

    From: NV

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-01

    REID. Mr. President, my friend the Republican leader spoke as if George Orwell wrote his speech. This is ``1984,'' where up is down, down is up, east is west. All one needs to do is look at the press....



    A picture of Senator Barbara Boxer

    Senator Barbara Boxer

    From: CA

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-01

    BOXER. I won't be long, I say to my colleagues. I wish to thank our Leader Reid for bringing back a sense of history, for putting this fight over the new health care law into context. I did some research...



    A picture of Senator John Cornyn

    Senator John Cornyn

    From: TX

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-10-01

    CORNYN. Mr. President, if we need evidence that there is a parallel universe in America today, on one hand is Washington, DC, and the bubble that seems to occur around this place, and then the rest of...



    A picture of Senator Roy Blunt

    Senator Roy Blunt

    From: MO

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-10-01

    BLUNT. Mr. President, I am disappointed that the process has failed us in the last week for my friends in the House and in the Senate who, as I did, when we ran for these jobs, said we would do everything...



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    Senator John Barrasso

    From: WY

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-10-01

    BARRASSO. Mr. President, as my colleague from Missouri said, as we are here on the floor today, much of the Federal Government has been shut down. It is shut down because of the Democrats' unwillingness...



    A picture of Senator Mike Lee

    Senator Mike Lee

    From: UT

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-10-01

    LEE. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the order for the quorum call be rescinded. The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered. Mr. LEE. Mr. President, yesterday when the...



    A picture of Senator Richard Blumenthal

    Senator Richard Blumenthal

    From: CT

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-01

    BLUMENTHAL. I ask unanimous consent that the order for the quorum call be rescinded. The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered. Mr. BLUMENTHAL. Mr. President, today is a day of enormous...



    A picture of Senator John Thune

    Senator John Thune

    From: SD

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-10-01

    THUNE. Madam President, I think the American public overwhelmingly opposes ObamaCare. Every survey shows that, and all of us traveling back and forth to our States hear it. But they also support keeping...



    A picture of Senator Lamar Alexander

    Senator Lamar Alexander

    From: TN

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-10-01

    ALEXANDER. I ask unanimous consent to speak as in morning business. The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered. Mr. ALEXANDER. Madam President, this government shutdown is disappointing...



    A picture of Senator Benjamin L. Cardin

    Senator Benjamin L. Cardin

    From: MD

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-01

    CARDIN. I ask unanimous consent to be able to speak as in morning business for up to 10 minutes. The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered. Mr. CARDIN. I yield first to the majority...



    A picture of Senator Benjamin L. Cardin

    Senator Benjamin L. Cardin

    From: MD

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-01

    CARDIN. Madam President, I see my colleague from Tennessee just left the floor, and I was listening to his comments. I know he is having a hard time--as many of our Senate colleagues are--understanding...



    A picture of Senator Barbara A. Mikulski

    Senator Barbara A. Mikulski

    From: MD

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-01

    MIKULSKI. Madam President, I rise to continue the discussion on the situation in which we find ourselves, which is that the entire Government of the United States of America has been shut down, and those...



    A picture of Senator Orrin G. Hatch

    Senator Orrin G. Hatch

    From: UT

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-10-01

    HATCH. Madam President, I would like to quickly begin by saying that last night at the stroke of midnight the government faced its first partial shutdown since 1996. There has been a lot of partisan...



    A picture of Senator Dianne Feinstein

    Senator Dianne Feinstein

    From: CA

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-01

    FEINSTEIN. I ask unanimous consent that the order for the quorum call be rescinded. The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered. Mrs. FEINSTEIN. I come to the floor this afternoon as...



    A picture of Senator David Vitter

    Senator David Vitter

    From: LA

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-10-01

    VITTER. Mr. President, I come back to the Chamber to urge the following. I hope as we try to resolve this important spending bill that a key part of that resolution is to live by existing law under ObamaCare...



    A picture of Senator Edward J. Markey

    Senator Edward J. Markey

    From: MA

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-01

    MARKEY. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent the order for the quorum call be rescinded. The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered. Mr. MARKEY. Mr. President, I ask to be recognized...



    A picture of Senator Bill Nelson

    Senator Bill Nelson

    From: FL

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-01

    NELSON. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the order for the quorum call be rescinded. The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered. Mr. NELSON. Mr. President, I would like...



    A picture of Senator Harry Reid

    Senator Harry Reid

    From: NV

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-01

    REID. Would my friend, the distinguished Senator from Florida, yield for a unanimous consent request? Mr. NELSON. Of course I will. I wish to thank the majority leader for his leadership and for standing...



    A picture of Senator Bill Nelson

    Senator Bill Nelson

    From: FL

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-01

    NELSON. As I understand what the majority leader has just done, the Senate has appointed conferees on the farm bill. That is an example that when there is a political will, we can get together and get...



    A picture of Senator Amy Klobuchar

    Senator Amy Klobuchar

    From: MN

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-01

    KLOBUCHAR. Mr. President, I come to the floor today to call for an end to the senseless government shutdown and urge Members of the House to set aside political games for the betterment of the country. ...



    A picture of Senator Christopher A. Coons

    Senator Christopher A. Coons

    From: DE

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-01

    COONS. Mr. President, today is October 1. Today is the day that has long been known as the day when the Affordable Care Act will first come into force and exchanges across the country will begin to be...



    A picture of Senator Harry Reid

    Senator Harry Reid

    From: NV

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-01

    REID. Mr. President, it appears the Republicans understand finally that the government is shut down, but now they are focusing on trying to cherry-pick some of the few parts of government they like....



    A picture of Senator Charles E. Schumer

    Senator Charles E. Schumer

    From: NY

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-01

    SCHUMER. Mr. President, the latest Republican proposal is a cynical one that pits important priorities against each other. People should not have to choose between health for our veterans and cancer...



    A picture of Senator Richard J. Durbin

    Senator Richard J. Durbin

    From: IL

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-01

    DURBIN. Mr. President, we were notified just after lunch of the new strategy that is coming out of the Cruz control that we are facing on Capitol Hill. It turns out that Senator Cruz is going to pick...



    A picture of Senator Thad Cochran

    Senator Thad Cochran

    From: MS

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-10-01

    COCHRAN. Mr. President, I regret also we are now experiencing a partial shutdown of our Federal Government. Through no fault of their own, some citizens who are visiting Washington are also being denied...



    A picture of Senator Sheldon Whitehouse

    Senator Sheldon Whitehouse

    From: RI

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-01

    WHITEHOUSE. Mr. President, let me thank the distinguished Senator from Mississippi for his remarks about these Honor Flight veterans. We just had a group come down from Rhode Island, including one gentleman...



    A picture of Senator Sherrod Brown

    Senator Sherrod Brown

    From: OH

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-01

    BROWN. Madam President, I think the Senator from Rhode Island had it exactly right calling it a tea party shutdown. It is unnecessary, it inflicts pain on far too many Rhode Islanders and people from...



    A picture of Senator Jeanne Shaheen

    Senator Jeanne Shaheen

    From: NH

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-10-01

    SHAHEEN. Madam President, I came to join my colleagues on the floor this afternoon to talk about and to call on our colleagues in the House--those Republicans who have been taking this irresponsible...



    A picture of Senator Bernard Sanders

    Senator Bernard Sanders

    From: VT

    Party: Independent

    Date: 2013-10-01

    SANDERS. Madam President, let me concur with much of what my colleague Senator Shaheen has just said. But let me begin by doing something we do not do enough and that is to say thank you to the 2 million...



    A picture of Senator Barbara A. Mikulski

    Senator Barbara A. Mikulski

    From: MD

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-09-30

    MIKULSKI. Mr. President, we are at the brink. We are only hours away from a possible government shutdown. All over my State and all over the Nation there are very devoted Federal employees who are waiting...



    A picture of Senator Claire McCaskill

    Senator Claire McCaskill

    From: MO

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-09-30

    McCASKILL. Mr. President, I find the position we are in right now beyond frustrating, and I can imagine what the American people must be thinking right now. It is very hard from a distance to figure...



    A picture of Senator Jeff Merkley

    Senator Jeff Merkley

    From: OR

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-09-30

    MERKLEY. Mr. President, I want to make a few comments about the crisis that is unfolding before us. Right now some colleagues in the Senate and others over on the House side are holding the entire American...



    A picture of Senator Edward J. Markey

    Senator Edward J. Markey

    From: MA

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-09-30

    MARKEY. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent to speak for 5 minutes as in morning business. The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered. Mr. MARKEY. Mr. President, we are just hours...



    A picture of Senator Richard J. Durbin

    Senator Richard J. Durbin

    From: IL

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-09-30

    DURBIN. Mr. President, in less than 9 hours, unless there is an intervening effort that is successful, the government will shut down. I know people across America are scratching their heads and saying:...



    A picture of Senator Christopher Murphy

    Senator Christopher Murphy

    From: CT

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-09-30

    MURPHY. Mr. President, I ask to speak in morning business for 10 minutes. The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered. Mr. MURPHY. Mr. President, after 5 years of being a parent, I...



    A picture of Senator Harry Reid

    Senator Harry Reid

    From: NV

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-09-30

    ...



    A picture of Senator Elizabeth Warren

    Senator Elizabeth Warren

    From: MA

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-09-30

    WARREN. Madam President, I come to the floor today in a state of disbelief. With millions of people out of work, with an economic recovery still far too fragile, with students and families being crushed...



    A picture of Senator Sherrod Brown

    Senator Sherrod Brown

    From: OH

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-09-30

    BROWN. Madam President, I ask unanimous consent that the order for the quorum call be rescinded. The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered. Mr. BROWN. Madam President, I urge leadership...



    A picture of Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr.

    Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr.

    From: PA

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-09-30

    CASEY. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the order for the quorum call be rescinded. The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered. Mr. CASEY. Mr. President, I ask unanimous...



    A picture of Senator Richard Blumenthal

    Senator Richard Blumenthal

    From: CT

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-09-30

    BLUMENTHAL. Madam President, I ask unanimous consent that the order for the quorum call be rescinded. The PRESIDING OFFICER (Ms. Warren). Without objection, it is so ordered. Mr. BLUMENTHAL. Madam...



    A picture of Senator Debbie Stabenow

    Senator Debbie Stabenow

    From: MI

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-09-30

    ...



    A picture of Senator Debbie Stabenow

    Senator Debbie Stabenow

    From: MI

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-09-30

    STABENOW. Madam President, let me speak for a moment about what we have happening. There is no reason for this happening, and there is absolutely no reason why, first of all, we could not have worked...



    A picture of Senator Patty Murray

    Senator Patty Murray

    From: WA

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-09-30

    MURRAY. I know many of our colleagues on both sides of the aisle are deeply frustrated this evening. Once again, with only a few hours left on the clock, House Republican brinkmanship has us struggling...



    A picture of Senator Barbara A. Mikulski

    Senator Barbara A. Mikulski

    From: MD

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-09-30

    MIKULSKI. I ask unanimous consent that the order for the quorum call be rescinded. The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered. Ms. MIKULSKI. I rise to once again speak about where...



    A picture of Senator Harry Reid

    Senator Harry Reid

    From: NV

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-09-30

    REID. Madam President, when defining insanity, Albert Einstein said: It is doing the same thing over and over and thinking you are going to get a different result. Einstein was a genius, but it doesn't...



    A picture of Senator Richard J. Durbin

    Senator Richard J. Durbin

    From: IL

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-09-30

    DURBIN. Madam President, I thank the majority leader for the statement he just made. It is hard to believe that we are a little over 3 hours away from shutting down the government of the United States...



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    Senator Barbara A. Mikulski

    From: MD

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-09-30

    MIKULSKI. Madam President, as you know, we are only 2 hours now from a shutdown. I am sure those who are mesmerized by our behavior saw a group of Senators on the floor who looked like they were smiling...



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    Senator Lisa Murkowski

    From: AK

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-09-30

    MURKOWSKI. Madam President, I wish to follow the comments from the chairman of the Appropriations Committee. This has been a tough week. It has been a tough weekend. It has been a tough day. I think...



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    Senator Jeanne Shaheen

    From: NH

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-09-30

    SHAHEEN. I wish to thank my colleague from Alaska Ms. Murkowski and also the chair of the Appropriations Committee Senator Mikulski for their comments because I think, as Senator Mikulski said, the majority...



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    Senator Jeff Sessions

    From: AL

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-09-30

    SESSIONS. Madam President, we have a number of serious difficulties in our country. The most serious is a lack of jobs and a lack of economic growth. The Affordable Care Act is devastating to that situation,...



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    Senator Harry Reid

    From: NV

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-09-30

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    Senator Harry Reid

    From: NV

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-09-30

    REID. Madam President, this is a very serious time in the history of the country. It is hard to comprehend, with millions of people being affected tomorrow--in 65 minutes, actually--Republicans are still...



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    Senator Charles E. Schumer

    From: NY

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-09-30

    SCHUMER. Madam President, I sort of feel sorry for Speaker Boehner. He has this hard-right tea party group that is adamant about shutting the government down. Many of them talked about shutting the government...



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    Senator Richard J. Durbin

    From: IL

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-09-30

    DURBIN. The statement made earlier by the majority leader is worthy of note. In less than an hour the government will close. That means agencies all across the United States will start notifying government...



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    Senator Patty Murray

    From: WA

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-09-30

    MURRAY. Madam President, I find it extremely ironic that we are here right now hearing that the House of Representatives is going to shut down the government and then send us a bill saying they want...



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    Senator Barbara A. Mikulski

    From: MD

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-09-30

    MIKULSKI. Madam President, I chair the Senate Appropriations Committee. It is a great honor. I am the one that would go to conference. Hey, I'm ready. However, a motion to tell us to meet in conference...



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    Senator Bernard Sanders

    From: VT

    Party: Independent

    Date: 2013-09-30

    SANDERS. Madam President, I wish to say a few words to try to reflect what I think tens of millions of Americans are feeling at 11:25 tonight with the threat of a government shutdown in 35 minutes. ...



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    Senator Jeff Merkley

    From: OR

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-09-30

    MERKLEY. Madam President, do I need to request a specific amount of time in which to speak? Are we under any rules? The PRESIDING OFFICER. Senators are permitted to speak for up to 10 minutes each. ...



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    Senator Robert Menendez

    From: NJ

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-09-30

    MENENDEZ. Madam President, I ask unanimous consent that the order for the quorum call be rescinded. The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered. Mr. MENENDEZ. Madam President, we are...



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    Senator Harry Reid

    From: NV

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-09-30

    REID. Madam President, through you to my dear friend from New Jersey, who does such a wonderful job in everything he does, especially running the Foreign Relations Committee, I thank him for yielding...



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    Senator Robert Menendez

    From: NJ

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-09-30

    MENENDEZ. Madam President, I had hoped we would not get to this point. I believe that where I was headed is to embody why we have come to this moment today. It just did not happen. I was referring to...



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    Senator Charles E. Schumer

    From: NY

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-09-30

    SCHUMER. We are in, as has been said by Leader Reid and my good friend from New Jersey, an unfortunate moment. There are millions of people who are innocent. They wake up in the morning, work hard, and...



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    Senator Barbara A. Mikulski

    From: MD

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-03-12

    MIKULSKI. Mr. President, I am rising to speak on the continuing resolution to keep government funded for the rest of the year. I chair the full committee of the Appropriations Committee. My very able...



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    Senator Richard C. Shelby

    From: AL

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-03-12

    SHELBY. Mr. President, first of all this morning I would like to thank Chairwoman Mikulski for her willingness to work together in good faith and to introduce the bill that keeps the government running...



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    Senator Barbara A. Mikulski

    From: MD

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-03-12

    MIKULSKI. Madam President, shortly we will go to our respective party caucuses. I understand that we are going to be joined by the President of the United States so he may share with us his insights...



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    Senator Lindsey Graham

    From: SC

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-03-12

    GRAHAM. I have no objection but---- Ms. MIKULSKI. Oh, I am sorry. I didn't realize---- Mr. GRAHAM. No objection, I just need about 7 or 8 minutes. Ms. MIKULSKI. Let me just finish this, if I might....



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    Senator Harry Reid

    From: NV

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-03-12

    REID. Madam President, I hope the record is very clear that I do not criticize Senator Shelby. He has done his best. He was a tremendous advocate for what he thought should be in this bill. But we are...



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    Senator Barbara A. Mikulski

    From: MD

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-03-12

    MIKULSKI. Madam President, a question for the majority leader. The PRESIDING OFFICER. The Senator from Maryland. Ms. MIKULSKI. This is tough, but the leader has to govern the Senate and move the bill....



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    Senator Richard C. Shelby

    From: AL

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-03-12

    SHELBY. Madam President, had we been able to move to this bill, we could have probably debated already and voted on a number of amendments because this is very essential legislation. There is a lot in...



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    Senator Jeanne Shaheen

    From: NH

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-03-12

    SHAHEEN. Madam President, I came to the floor to speak on an entirely different issue, but before I do that, I would like to commend Appropriations Chair Mikulski--and I do like saying that, Appropriations...



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    Senator Harry Reid

    From: NV

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-03-11

    REID. Mr. President, we are going to take up legislation this week to fund the government through the end of the fiscal year. I applaud the committee work done by Chairman Mikulski and Ranking Member...