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Tuesdays with Tom 5-15-2012

May 15, 2012
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    WASHINGTON - On his weekly radio call today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall addressed the ongoing dysfunction and filibuster abuse in the Senate.

    Udall also criticized the House-version of the Violence Against Women Act, which excludes improvements to address the alarming rates of domestic violence and sexual assault in Native communities.

    Below are highlights from Udall's remarks:

    0:00 - Udall opens the call by discussing the Republican filibuster of legislation to prevent college loan interest rates from doubling on July 1st.

    0:30 - Udall comments on Majority Leader Reid's floor statement on filibuster reform. 

    1:01 - "We need to start passing bills to get people back to work, create jobs, and to focus on issues that matter to the country. Unfortunately, it looks like we're going to see more filibusters. But we're also going to see our movement to reform the rules around here get louder, stronger and bigger. I'm tired, Leader Reid is tired, and the American people are tired of waiting for us to act. I haven't given up on reforming our rules. And Leader Reid's comments last week are further proof of the need to do so."

    1:35 - Udall gives an update on the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act and the House effort to remove tribal provisions.

    2:48 - "I would urge my friends over in the House to do what's right for Native American families. Adopt the Senate bill."

    2:58 - Udall mentions Wednesday's Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on voluntary efforts of businesses to reduce environmental footprints.

    3:37 - Udall answers a question on Common Cause's lawsuit over filibuster reform.

    5:14 - Udall responds to a question about the "constitutional option."

    6:47 - Udall fields a question on the history of filibuster abuse.

    9:16 - Udall responds to the likelihood of Senate rules reform in the beginning of next Congress.

    13:17 - Udall stresses the significance of the grassroots movement to reform Senate rules.


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