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But if I had committed a breach of privilege, it was the privilege of the Senate, and not of this House, which was violated. I was answerable there and not here.
One of the reasons that the Senate was structured and founded the way it is, as opposed to the House, it was designed for gridlock. It was designed to stop massive new laws being passed and voted on daily. It was designed to stop the growth of government.
The U.S. Senate already has one Arlen Specter too many.
I'm blessed to represent Florida in the United States Senate.
My job in the Senate is not just to give speeches and do interviews, it's to solve problems.
We have a lot of thoughtful people in the U.S. Senate.
I was elected to the Senate in 2010 by people worried about our country, worried about our kids and their future.
It is illegal for the CIA to spy on Americans and an affront to our Republic to spy on the Senate.
I'm not serving in office because I desperately needed 99 new friends in the U.S. Senate.
In the Senate, there is a wide spectrum of views on foreign policy.
The single biggest surprise about arriving to the Senate is the defeatist attitude here.
Obviously the Senate is a federal office, but to get California's economy moving again we need to do some things in the federal arena.
Comedy to the Senate? Well, there certainly hasn't been a satirist or a political satirist who's done that. So, that really was uncharted territory during the campaign. But I think it's a good thing. Some people thought that it was an odd career arc, but to me it made absolute sense.
I grew up in a family that nearly lost everything, but I ended up in the United States Senate because I grew up in an America that invested in kids like me and built a real future for us.
We've seen filibusters of bills and nominations that ultimately passed with 90 or more votes. Why filibuster something that has that kind of support? Just to slow down the process and keep the Senate from working.
But ours was intended to be a citizen government. It is what of, by and for the people means. And when our most important issue in California is the creation of jobs, I think it's quite helpful to have someone in the U.S. Senate or in the governor's seat who actually knows where jobs come from.
The Senate Majority Leader has the unilateral ability to stand up and say, 'If you defy Congress, if you defy the Constitution, if you defy the American people, none of your nominees will be confirmed.'
What I think is at stake in 2012, is whether the five or six strong conservatives elected to the Senate in 2010 become 10 or 12. And if that happens, it will fundamentally shift the character of the Senate. It will shift the balance.
The Republicans in the House and Senate took the district that I firmly represent, 22 in south Florida, from a D plus one to a D plus five almost a D plus six district, which means you are given a five to six percent registration advantage to Democrats. They drew in more Democrats into the district I represent.
Twenty-five years ago, I created the Taxpayer Protection Pledge at the federal level. Then I brought it to the state and local level. About 97 percent of the Republicans in the House and 85 percent in the Senate have signed on, and the number of candidates who have taken the pledge is even higher. It's become a party position.
Well, first, if I am fortunate enough to be elected to the U.S. Senate, it won't be a party that will have elected me. It will be the people of California.
There are conspiracies all over the Senate floor on any day!
Imagine Texas as a blue state: how hard it would be to carry the presidency or gain control of the Senate.
We must return conservatives to the majority in the U.S. Senate.
Clinton passed his first budget without a single Republican vote in either the House or the Senate. Before it led to the longest economic expansion in U.S. history, it led to a Democratic defeat in the 1994 midterms.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
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