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Public Statements

Senate Leadership

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. COATS. Mr. President, Americans have endured 4 years of the worst recession in the last 70 years in this country. We have 23 million Americans either unemployed or underemployed, and millions more have simply given up finding a job. What is the President's response in the face of all this? Reject every plan presented by Republicans and, instead, spend $5 trillion of borrowed money leading--so-called leading--our country into decline and ultimately into bankruptcy.

What is the Democratically led Senate's response? Avoid all efforts to formulate a plan to address this problem and to vote and debate on that plan on one of the most critical--if not the most critical--issues facing this country in its history. The American public is desperate for new leadership, both from the White House and from the Senate--leadership that is absolutely necessary if we are to restore our Nation to growth and prosperity and get our people back to work.


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