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harvard college, oxford, harvard law school cum laude. has had pa distinguished career in the federal government, having serving as assistant secretary of a state from 1998 to 2001. he has done exemplary work at yale. his father was the first korean lawyer to study in the united states. yesterday i spoke at some length about dean koh and inserted his extraordinary resume in the record. it took some eight pages to list all of his honorary degrees, all of his publications, and all of his awards. when we search for the best and the brightest to come to washington, dean koh is a perfect match for that description. and if his nomination is to be
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rejected, it certainly will be a signal to people who have an interest in public service that they're better off not treading in these waters because the politics is so thick that even individuals of such extraordinary credentials can be rejected by the united states senate. i strongly urge my colleagues to support this nomination. i've been in this body a while. i've never spoken with such enthusiasm or such determination for the confirmation of a nominee as i have for dean koh. i think he would do an outstanding job. certainly the points that have been raised by the distinguished senator from texas are worthy of consideration, but there's no showing -- the presiding officer: senator, your time has expired. mr. specter: any of those would be to the extreme.
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his qualifications would be a great asset to the united states of america and the state department. the presiding officer: under the previous order the clerk will report the motion to invoke cloture. the clerk: cloture motion: we, the undersigned senators, in accordance with the provisions of rule 22 of the standing rules of the senate, do hereby move to bring to a close debate on the nomination of harold koh of connecticut to be legal adviser of the department of state signed by 18 senators. the presiding officer: by unanimous consent, the mandatory quorum call has been waived. the question is: is it the sense of the that the senate debate on the nomination of harold koh of the connecticut to be legal adviser of the state department shall be brought to a close. the yeas and nays are mandatory under the rule. the clerk will call the roll.
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the presiding officer: any senator wanting to vote or change their vote? seeing or hearing none, on this vote the yeas are 65. the nays are 31. three-fifths of the senators duly chosen and sworn have voted in the affirmative. the motion is agreed to. no applause from the gallery is allowed. mr. chambliss: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from georgia. mr. chambliss: i ask unanimous consent that i be allowed to speak as if in morning business and that i be followed by my
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colleague, senator isakson. the presiding officer: is there objection? hearing no objection so ordered. khabg khabg i rise to dashes. mr. chambliss: i rise to pay tribute to dr. bruce gruby. he took the helm of southern university in statesburg, georgia. after ten years on the job he will leave georgia southern a bigger, better and considerably richer university both in terms of its endowment and in its academic achievements than when he started. his leadership has been robust. during dr. grubby's tenure as chairman of georgia southern, the school's enrollment has risen nearly 23%. now nearly 18,000 students are proud to call georgia southern their academic home. while freshmen s.a.t. scores were rising 13% on his watch, the university was being catapulted into national prominence. during dr. gruby's time as
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president skwrarpblg southern was featured in the "u.s. news and world report" best colleges guide and was named one of the nation's top 100 best values in education by kiplinger. he oversaw the creation of two new colleges, specializing in information technology and public health. presided over a veritable building boom on campus and brought georgia southern into the internet age with distance learning courses. of all his remarkable achievements, perhaps the most significant is that in the decade of dr. gruby's presidency, the amount of scholarships funded through the georgia southern foundation has doubled. in 1999 the foundation scholarships totaled $644,000. in 2007 the foundation was able to award $1.3 million to deserving scholars, many of whom may not have been able to start
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school or complete their degrees without that assistance. and dr. g r*u by led the way in doubling the university's endowment in nine years' time. in addition, he has overseen georgia southern's rise in the world of collegiate athletics. in the past decade the eagles volleyball, softball, baseball and golf teams reached their respective ncaa tournaments. its football team went to the s.c.s. national championships and its cheer leading squad captured the national title. georgia southern and the entire georgia university system will miss dr. gruby's visionary leadership. fortunately this political scientist who got his start in the classroom won't be going far. after a little time off, he'll return to georgia southern to teach in 2010. dr. gruby, we certainly wish you the best to you and your family. your professional dedication to better education has made
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georgia southern and georgia a better place in which to live. i'm proud to call you my good friend. with that, mr. president, i would yield to senator isakson. the presiding officer: the senator from georgia. mr. isakson: thank you, mr. president. i'm delighted to rise with my colleague, saxby chambliss and pay tribute to my friend dr. bruce gruby. a lot of times we stand on the floor and say my friend when it is a passing statement. it's not for me. i met dr. gruby in 1999 when he was named the 11th president of georgia southern university and i was with him at commencement last year. he is a great leader in education in our state, and he will be missed. but he is both remembered and revered. there are three reasons i'd like to talk about in his distinguished career. number one, he did what is most important for college presidents to do. he raised the endowment of the university in a decade. in fact,


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