These videos are from the 2004 Senate debate over jurisdiction of the Department of Homeland Security. In this video Senator Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, introduces the original plan, which gave the Governmental Affairs committee power over much of DHS.
Senator Max Baucus, a Democrat from Montana, offers an amendment that begins chipping away at the Governmental Affairs committee’s new turf.
Senator John McCain, an Arizona Republican, and Senator Ted Stevens, an Alaska Republican, argue over an element of the resolution. After leading a few unproductive meetings of high-powered senators like Ted Stevens and Dick Durbin, a Democrat from Illinois, Reid and McConnell retreated to produce a resolution on their own. Their offering handed jurisdiction over most of DHS to Collins and the re-named Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The Finance Committee kept revenue functions of the Customs Service, and the Commerce committee, which Stevens would lead in 2005, retained power over the Transportation Security Administration and the Coast Guard.