Kirsten Gillibrand

  • Aired:  01/04/11
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Kirsten Gillibrand believes Americans should be proud of the 9/11 first responders bill and wants to reform Senate filibuster rules. (8:14)

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

MY GUEST TONIGHT SHE'S THE

JUNIOR U.S. SENATOR FROM THE

GREAT STATE OF NEW YORK.

PLEASE WELCOME TO THE PROGRAM

SENATOR KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

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KUDOS --

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

NICE TO SEE YOU.

>> NICE TO SEE YOU.

>> Jon: THANKS FOR JOINING US.

HOW LONG DID YOU HOW LONG HAVE

YOU BEEN IN THE SENATE?

>> JUST TWO YEARS.

>> Jon: TWO YEARS.

IF I MAY AND -- I DON'T MEAN TO

EMBARRASS YOU.

INSTRUMENTAL IN PASSING THE

REPEAL OF DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

INSTRUMENT --

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

INSTRUMENTAL IN PASSING THE 9/11

-S FIRST RESPONDERS BILL,

INSTRUMENTAL IN PASSING THE FOOD

SAFETY BILL, INSTRUMENTAL IN THE

BAN ON DROP-SIDE CRIBS THAT WERE

HURTING CHILDREN.

INSTRUMENTAL IN ILLEGAL DRUGS

FROM CROSSING THE CANADIAN

BORDER.

YOU'VE BEEN THERE TWO YEARS.

GILLIBRAND WHAT IS YOUR GAME?

YOUR GOAL IN THE SENATE IS TO

ENTRENCH YOURSELF AND STAY THERE

FOR 60 TO 70 YEARS MOVING AS

LITTLE AS POSSIBLE.

>> THAT'S TYPICALLY HOW IT'S

DONE.

[LAUGHTER]

>> Jon: SO DOES ANYONE SIT

WITH YOU IN THE CAFETERIA NOW OR

NO?

WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO PULL

GILLIBRAND?

>> THESE ARE IMPORTANT ISSUES.

IF YOU LOOK AT DON'T ASK, DON'T

TELL, HOW CAN YOU NOT FIGHT FOR

THE INTEGRITY OF THE ARMS

SERVICES, FOR THE MEN AND WOMEN

WHO HAVE DONE EVERYTHING GIVEN

THEIR LIVES.

>> Jon: SURE, IF YOU ARE

THINKING ABOUT IT.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

THE IDEA WAS KNEE JERK

REACTIONARY MOTIONS TO KEEP

POLITICAL POWER, NOT THE PASSING

OF THINGS TO IMPROVE PEOPLES'

LIVES.

YOU'VE GOT A LOT TO LEARN

GILLIBRAND.

YOU'VE DONE THIS VERY MUCH UNDER

THE RADAR OUT OF SPOTLIGHT.

IS THIS BECAUSE, AS THE JUNIOR

SENATOR FROM NEW YORK, CHUM

SCHUMER -- CHUCK SCHUMER IS MADE

OF SPOTLIGHT EATING BACTERIA?

>> CHUCK IS A GREAT PARTNER.

WE WORK REALLY WELL TOGETHER.d8

WE WORKED HARD TOGETHER ON THE

9/11 HEALTH BILL.

HE MADE A HUGE DIFFERENCE AT THE

CLOSING.

HE WAS THE CLOSER IN THE DEAL.

HE REALLY MADE A DIFFERENCE.

WE WORK WELL TOGETHER.

WE'RE A GOOD PARTNERSHIP.

>> Jon: THIS LAME DUCK SESSION

WAS SO PRODUCTIVE THIS LAST

WEEK -- TWO WEEKS WHERE HE GOT

ALL THIS DONE -- WHERE YOU GOT

ALL THIS DONE.

ARE YOU TEMPTED AS DEMOCRATS TO

THROW MORE ELECTIONS --

[LAUGHTER]

-- BECAUSE YOU ARE MORE

PRODUCTIVE AS -- AND AGAIN

PROBABLY NOT FRAMING THIS THE

RIGHT WAY.

IT'S LOSERS.

IS THAT HOW THIS IS?

[LAUGHTER]

>> NO, NO.

THESE WERE ISSUES WE'VE BEEN

WORKING ON FOR SO LONG.

THEY HAPPENED TO COME TOGETHER

AT THE END.

THE 9/11 HEALTH BILL WE'VE BEEN

WORKING ON IT FOR NINE YEARS.

>> Jon: BELIEVE ME, LISTEN,

I'M SOMEWHAT FAMILIAR WITH IT.

I WAS SO GLAD.

>> DID YOU DO A SHOW?

>> Jon: WE MAY HAVE DONE A FEW

HERE BUT THE IMPORTANT THING IS

THE PEOPLE WORKING ON IT --

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

-- AND HAD BEEN DOING IT

TIRELESSLY FOR NINE YEARS.

THAT'S THE AMAZING THING AND

THOSE PEOPLE DESERVE ALL THE

CREDIT IN THE WORLD.

THANK GOODNESS THE RIGHT THING

WAS DONE BY THEM.

I DON'T CARE WHAT THEY WANT,

HONESTLY.

IF THEY WANT US TO CARRY THEM

AROUND I'LL DO THAT I DON'T HAVE

A PROBLEM WITH THAT.

>> THESE MEN AND WOMEN HAVE BEEN

COMING TO THE CAPITOL WEEK AFTER

WEEK, MONTH AFTER MONTH YEAR

AFTER YEAR.

THEY WERE THERE FIRST LOOKING

FOR SURVIVORS AND REMAINS AND

THEY DID THE HARD WORK.

THE WORST THING IS THEY ARE

LITERALLY DYING BECAUSE OF THE

TOXICS THEY BREATHED IN WERE SO

AWFUL.

THESE ARE YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN.

>> Jon: SUCH GOOD PEOPLE.

WHY DID IT TAKE SO LONG FOR THIS

TO COALESCE?

WAS IT IN WASHINGTON WHERE

THINGS ARE USED FOR POLITICAL

SYMBOLISM BUT WHEN THE ACTUAL

REPRESENTATIVATION OF THAT, THE

PHYSICAL MANIFESTATION SHOWS UP

IN THE OFFICE YOU ARE LIKE I

DON'T KNOW WHO YOU ARE?

>> NO, IT NEVER SHOULD HAVE

TAKEN THIS LONG.

STARTED IN THE HOUSE.

THEY WORKED SO HARD.

WROTE A GOOD BILL.

21 HEARINGS.

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO THE

SENATE.

SOMETHING SENATOR SCHUMER AND I

WORKED ON SINCE LAST YEAR.

IT TOOK TIME TO CREATE THE

BIPARTISAN SUPPORT YOU NEEDED TO

PASS THIS KIND OF BILL.

IT TAKES TIME.

>> Jon: TALK ABOUT THE

BACKROOM STUFF LAST MINUTE.

TOM COBURN PUT A RED FLAG ON IT.

HE AND SENATOR ENZI.

IT'S YOU AND CHUCK SCHUMER AND

ENZI AND COBURN.

>> AND HARRY REID.

>> Jon: IS THIS IS AT HOGWARTS

OR WHERE DOES THIS DUEL -- WHERE

DID THIS TAKE PLACE?

>> A MEETING IN COBURN'S OFFICE.

WE TALKED THROUGH -- THIS IS THE

DAY WERE WERE GOING TO PASS THE

BILL.

WE TALKED THROUGH SOME OF THE

CHANGES HE THIS WERE HOPING TO

HAVE IN THE BILL.

WE REACHED A CONSENSUS.

IT BROUGHT PEOPLE TOGETHER.

WE WERE HOPING FOR THIS

CHRISTMAS MIRACLE WHEN PEOPLE OF

GOODWILL COULD COME TOGETHER,

COMPROMISE AND GET SOMETHING TO

STAND BEHIND THE FIRST

RESPONDERS.

THAT'S WHAT WE FINALLY DID.

IT WAS YEARS OF EFFORT AND SO

MANY PEOPLE AND EVERYTHING HAD

TO HAPPEN TO MICK IT HAPPEN.

I HAVE TO -- MAKE IT HAPPEN.

I HAVE TO TELL YOU, JON, YOUR

SHOW MADE A DIFFERENCE.

IT REALLY MADE A DIFFERENCE.

>> Jon: YOUR VERY KIND TO SAY

IT.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> I KNOW YOU ARE SHY.

>> Jon: I --

>> I KNOW YOU ARE SHY.

I KNOW YOU ARE MODEST BUT IT

MADE A DIFFERENCE.

>> Jon: SURE.

>> LET ME TELL YOU IT PUT A

SPOTLIGHT ON THE THISH ISSUE.

IT AFTERNOONIFIED THE WORK --

AMPLIFIED THE WORK THE FIRST

RESPONDERS.

>> Jon: THE IDEA THAT

SOMETHINGS THAT BE ON TELEVISION

TO MEAN ANYTHING.

I'M PROUD OF THE STAFF HERE AND

EVERYBODY'S PASSION FOR IT AND

ANYTHING THAT WE DID BUT I FEEL

LIKE WE DROVE BY A BURNING CAR

ON THE HIGHWAY AND WENT SOMEONE

SHOULD CALL THAT IN.

THAT'S WHAThSSTANDING AROUND THE CAR SAY

THAT BUT WE HAD A PHONE.

>> IT MADE THE DIFFERENCE.

THAT'S WHAT DEMOCRACY IS ABOUT.

IT'S ABOUT PEOPLE USING THEIR

VOICE.

WHETHER YOU HAVE A SHOW

WORLDWIDE OR A ADVOCATE KNOCKING

ON EVERY DOOR IN THE HOUSE AND

SENATE.

THAT'S WHAT DEMOCRACY IS ABOUT.

IT'S ABOUT PEOPLE RISING UP,

DEMANDING ACTION.

YOU DID IT.

OUR GREAT NEWSPAPERS HERE IN NEW

YORK DID IT.

THE "DAILY NEWS" WAS COVERING

IT.

WE HAD ADVOCATES ALL OVER THE

COUNTRY.

THEY SAID THIS IS WHAT THE

AMERICAN PEOPLE DEMAND.

THE AMERICAN PEOPLE QhPROUD.

THIS IS AN INSTANT WHERE THE

PEOPLE STOOD BEHIND THE HEROS

AND MADE THE DIFFERENCE TO GET

IT TO THE FINISH LINE.

>> Jon: YOU DESERVE --

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

THANK YOU FOR THE KIND WORDS.

IT HONESTLY MEANS THE WORLD TO

US.

YOU WERE NICE ENOUGH TO GIVE US

ONE OF FLAGS.

I CAN'T TELL TELL YOU HOW MUCH

THAT MEANS TO US.

YOU ARE GOING TO CHANGE THE

FILIBUSTER NOW.

YOU ARE GOING TO DO THAT YOU ARE

THE WHO IN THE HOTEL.

YOU ARE WRECKING THE JOINT.

[LAUGHTER]

ARE YOU GOING TO CHANGE THE SNB.

>> WE'RE WORKING ON THAT RIGHT

NOW.

WE'RE TRYING TO CHANGE THE

RULES.

EVERYONE KNOWS WASHINGTON IS

BROKEN.

IT'S BEEN BROKEN FOR A LONG

TIME.

THE RULES OF THE SENATE HAVE

BEEN MISUSED.

THEY'VE BEEN MISUSED SO WE CAN'T

PROCEED TO DEBATE ON THE BILL TO

TALK ABOUT THE MERITS OF

LEGISLATION.

WE WANT TO REFORM THE BILLS.

>> Jon: DO YOU BELIEVE THAT

CAN OCCUR?

>> WILL SOMEONE FILIBUSTER.

>> WE WANT THEM TO STAND UP

UNTIL 4:00 IN THE MORNING AND

SAY YOU ARE FOR IT AND AGAINST

IT AND WHY.

>> Jon: TRANSPARENCY, HOSTEST

AT THIS AND ENTHUSIASM.

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