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  • November 2009

  • Mr. President, I come to the floor today, as so many of my colleagues have, to reflect on the extraordinary tragedy that took place at Fort Hood, TX, yesterday. It is almost inconceivable such an event could take place. As we sort through the motives... Read More
  • Mr. President, we all recognize the severity of this issue and the passion the Senator from South Carolina brings to the issue. But since 9/11, we have tried 195 terrorists in article III courts; we have tried 3 in military commissions. I think we... Read More
  • Mr. President, I again rise to urge my colleagues, particularly from the other side, to join us in passing the extension of unemployment insurance, without delaying action through more procedural votes. We are in the midst of a very complicated and... Read More
  • October 2009

  • Mr. President, I again rise to urge my colleagues, particularly from the other side, to join us in passing an extension of unemployment insurance, to stop blocking a program that is so necessary to every person in this country, not just those who are... Read More
  • MR. CHRIS MATTHEWS: The Afghan president has agreed to a runoff election after charges his election win was rigged. But how will this affect Barack Obama's way forward in Afghanistan? Senator Barbara Boxer of California is a member of the Foreign... Read More
  • Mr. President, I rise again to urge my colleagues, particularly my colleagues on the Republican side, to put aside their amendments so we can move immediately and pass an extension of unemployment insurance benefits. We are facing a crisis of... Read More
  • BOB SCHIEFFER, Host: All right, well Senator McConnell, thank you so much for being with us this morning. Lets get a different take on all this now from Democratic Senator Jack Reed. And I will say this before I ask you a question, Senator Reed. I... Read More
  • Madam President, I commend Leader Reid and Chairman Baucus for the work they have done to get this bill to the floor. I also commend Senator Shaheen for her valuable contribution to moving this forward. I am disappointed, to say the least, that we... Read More
  • Mr. President, today I recognize the 125th anniversary of the U.S. Naval War College. The Naval War College was established on October 6, 1884, in Newport, RI, to provide an advanced course of professional study for both military officers and... Read More
  • Mr. President, I rise in support of a swift extension of the unemployment insurance benefits to help jobless people throughout this country. Last week, we learned that the economy had shed 263,000 jobs in September and the unemployment rate increased... Read More
  • Mr. President, I commend Senator Merkley, Senator White house, and Senator Reid of Nevada for their eloquent and accurate description of the situation that faces several States. States such as Michigan, Oregon, Nevada, and Rhode Island, it is a... Read More
  • September 2009

  • Mr. President, today I introduce the Preserving Homes and Communities Act of 2009. I thank Senators Durbin, Whitehouse, and Merkley for joining me as original cosponsors of this bill. In the last year the Federal Government has taken decisive action... Read More
  • Mr. President, today I, along with Senator Leahy, introduce the Health Professions and Primary Care Reinvestment Act, which seeks to enhance the training and education of primary care providers and establish a new system for evaluating and analyzing... Read More
  • Mr. President, today I introduce the Comprehensive Derivatives Regulation Act of 2009, or the CDRA, which establishes for the first time a comprehensive regulatory framework to prevent derivatives trading activities from ever again contributing to... Read More
  • Mr. President, today I introduce, along with Senator Snowe and Senator Shaheen, the National Oilheat Research Alliance Reauthorization Act of 2009. Since its establishment in 2001, the National Oilheat Research Alliance, NORA, has been a helpful... Read More
  • AL HUNT, HOST, 'POLITICAL CAPITAL': Welcome to 'Political Capital.' I'm Al Hunt. The anniversary of September 11 yet the war in Afghanistan rages on. Will the U.S. send more troops? Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island recently visited Afghanistan. He's... Read More
  • 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.    This legislation would establish an... Read More
  • Mr. President, I rise along with my colleagues to pay tribute to an extraordinary American, probably the greatest Senator to serve in this body. I think time will confirm that as we go forward. I particularly want to express my deepest sympathy to... Read More
  • August 2009

  • QUESTION: We are in session live in the nation's capital, in Dirksen 366, the hearing room for the Senate's Energy and Natural Resources Committee. And, guys, I don't know, have you ever felt more vulnerable or more small in your life? QUESTION: I... Read More
  • MSNBC Live
    MR. CARLOS WATSON: Major developments today in the debate over torture and terrorism. Now, the Justice Department is about to release a long-awaited report on the CIA's harsh interrogation tactics. Among the abuses expected to be revealed were that... Read More