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  • September 2011

  • Mr. President, I introduce with my colleague Senator Johanns, the Healthy Housing Council Act. I thank Senators Boxer, Merkley, and Franken for joining us as original cosponsors of this bill.    Many factors impact health and wellness.... Read More
  • August 2011

  • Mr. President, these are challenging economic times and Republicans have taken us to the edge of the cliff. In the limited time left to prevent government default for the first time in our Nation's history, I think we can all agree on at least one... Read More
  • Mr. President, these are challenging economic times and Republicans have taken us to the edge of the cliff. In the limited time left to prevent government default for the first time in our Nation's history, I think we can all agree on at least one... Read More
  • July 2011

  • Mr. President, Senator Whitehouse and I have come to the floor today to pay tribute to Governor Bruce Sundlun. He passed away last Thursday. He was an extraordinary gentleman.    I think it is particularly appropriate that my colleague is... Read More
  • Mr. REED. Mr. President, these are challenging and daunting times. While we are coming out of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, with continued high unemployment, our economy remains fragile.    The fragility is not... Read More
  • Mr. President, today I pay tribute to an exceptional U.S. Sailor, HM2 Jacob Emmott, known as ``Doc Emmott'' to the marines with whom he serves. ``Doc'' was awarded the Silver Star medal on July 14, 2011, for his extraordinary bravery and... Read More
  • Mr. REED. Mr. President, I rise today to talk about the regrettable and avoidable looming debt crisis if we don't take appropriate and timely steps beginning today and continuing over the next few days. As we continue to work to get our economy out... Read More
  • Mr. President, today I am introducing bipartisan legislation to provide new support for environmental education in our Nation's classrooms. I thank Senators Kirk, Bingaman, Cardin, Durbin, Gillibrand, Kerry, Lautenberg, Mikulski, Murray, Sanders, and... Read More
  • Mr. President, today, along with my colleague Senator Whitehouse, I am introducing the Rhode Island Fishermen's Fairness Act of 2011.    For nearly a decade, I have worked to correct a serious flaw in our fisheries management system, which... Read More
  • Mr. President, I join my colleague Senator Whitehouse in welcoming Bishop Wolf to the Senate today. I commend Senator Whitehouse for his invitation. Bishop Wolf is not only a pastoral leader in our community, she is also a great community leader. She... Read More
  • Mr. President, today I am introducing the Layoff Prevention Act, legislation to strengthen and expand work sharing programs to keep Americans on the job and provide employers with a practical alternative to layoffs that is good for... Read More
  • Mr. President, today I introduce with my colleagues Senators Cochran, Murray, Rockefeller, and Whitehouse the Strengthening Kids' Interest in Learning and Libraries Act bill.    Our bipartisan legislation will reauthorize and strengthen the... Read More
  • MR. REED: Mr. President, the bills from a decade of ineffective tax cuts and unpaid wars and a recession fueled by lax regulation have come due.  I did not support the policies that generated these bills, but pretending these bills do not have... Read More
  • June 2011

  • Mr. President, I rise today to pay tribute to an exceptional officer in the U.S. Army. LTG Robert E. Durbin will retire on August 1 after more than 36 years of distinguished service to the Army and the Nation.    Throughout his career,... Read More
  • Mr. President, the bills from a decade of ineffective tax cuts and unpaid wars and a recession fueled by lax regulation have come due. I did not support the policies that generated these bills, but pretending these bills do not have to be paid is not... Read More
  • TRANSCRIPT GREGORY: We are back, joined now by two military veterans and members from the Senate Armed Services Committee, Democrat from Rhode Island, Senator Jack Reed and Democrat from Virginia, Senator Jim Webb. Welcome to both of you. WEBB: Thank... Read More
  • Mr. President, I rise today to express my strong support for the nomination of Leon Panetta as the next Secretary of Defense. Director Panetta comes to this job at an extraordinarily challenging time for the Department of Defense and for our Nation.... Read More
  • Mr. President, I am pleased to rise today along with my colleague, Senator Whitehouse, to help mark the 350th anniversary of the settlement of Block Island, RI.    Block Island sits 12 miles south of coastal Rhode Island, and for over three... Read More
  • Madam President, I thank the Senator from Montana for yielding and also for bringing this issue before the Senate. I am reluctantly opposing my dear friend but doing so on the principles that are inherent in what we have tried to accomplish in the... Read More
  • May 2011

  • Madam President, we have been engaged in a very important debate on our budget over the last few days, and this debate will continue over the next several weeks, indeed, for probably several months. It is not a new debate. Like past debates, at the... Read More