Up All Night

Earlier tonight, I stood on the floor of the Senate to show my support for our men and women in uniform by trying to bring them home.

As you know, the Senate held a rare all-night session because Republicans are filibustering our efforts to get an up or down vote on re-deploying our troops out of Iraq.

It's that simple.

In an extraordinary display of fealty to President Bush and his failed Iraq policy, Republicans are literally refusing to allow a vote on an amendment to bring home our soldiers and reduce the U.S. involvement in Iraq.

The American people deserve to know where every Senator stands on the most important issue facing Congress. We must not allow Republicans to block an up or down vote with procedural semantics.

I wanted to make sure my colleagues knew where Iowans stand on the issue. So earlier tonight, while on the floor, I read some letters that I have received from Iowans, including Iowa soldiers and their families.

I hope that this one sleepless night in the U.S. Senate will awaken Republicans to the reality that their loyalty belongs not to the President, but to the American people.

Tags: Levin-Reed, President Bush, Republican Obstructionism, Tom Harkin, WAR IN IRAQ (all tags)



Re: Up All Night

Thank you, Senator Harken, for your work for peace.

by littafi 2007-07-18 05:41AM | 0 recs
Re: Up All Night

At least spell his name correctly. And someone rated that a 3???

by lafinur 2007-07-18 08:05AM | 0 recs
Thank you for your

rude comment.  Are you the spelling police?

I bet you type and spell quite well.  So impressed.  

by littafi 2007-07-18 09:57AM | 0 recs
Re: Thank you for your

Don't be an idiot! If you don't even know to spell a Senator's name don't write him! End of story.

And YOU are the king of rude so go fly a kite jackie.

by lafinur 2007-07-18 10:00AM | 0 recs
What's your beef?

Why are so mad?

by lovingj 2007-07-18 10:09AM | 0 recs
Re: What's your beef?

I am not mad. But when someone can't even spell a Senator's name correctly and he is getting a "3" for that there is something wrong. If you direct a post to a highly respected senator like Tom Harkin the least you can do is get his name right. And if you get called on it then you say "You are right" and you suck it up. End of story.

by lafinur 2007-07-18 10:13AM | 0 recs
Good job senator.

by lovingj 2007-07-18 05:53AM | 0 recs
Re: Up All Night

Nice talk Senator. Now get Hillary to call for Dick Cheney's impeachment.

Maybe then the population will start to take the Dems more seriously.

by dantch 2007-07-18 06:45AM | 0 recs
Re: Up All Night

Thanks Senator to standing up and staying up for our troops.

by benny06 2007-07-18 07:03AM | 0 recs
Re: Up All Night

Thanks for the diary Sen. Harkin.

by robliberal 2007-07-18 07:39AM | 0 recs
Re: Up All Night

Good for you! Way to go. I have never been actually excited about Democrats in my life until today.

Awesome job.

by Pope Jeremy 2007-07-18 09:05AM | 0 recs
Floor speech

Sen Harkin, your speech was so well done. Moderate and full of good points. I'm happy too, that you spoke early in the event. Those who had to submit in written form probably regret not having had the opportunity to speak in person. I found the variety of these speeches to be very helpful in understanding the background of the senator.

by Books Alive 2007-07-19 07:20AM | 0 recs


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