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House Session - January 18, 2011

The House began debate on legislation titled “Repealing The Job-Killing Health Care Law Act” that would repeal the Affordable Care Act.

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  • 02:00:31 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A…

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION FROM THE SPEAKER.

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  • 02:00:41 PM

    THE CLERK

    ROOMS, WASHINGTON, D.C. JANUARY 18, 2011. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE…

    ROOMS, WASHINGTON, D.C. JANUARY 18, 2011. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE KAY MICHAEL CONAWAY TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, JOHN A. BOEHNER, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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  • 02:00:57 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY THE CHAPLAIN, FATHER COUGHLIN.

  • 02:01:58 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    CHAIR HAS EXAMINED THE JOURNAL OF THE LAST DAY'S PROCEEDINGS AND ANNOUNCES…

    CHAIR HAS EXAMINED THE JOURNAL OF THE LAST DAY'S PROCEEDINGS AND ANNOUNCES TO THE HOUSE HIS APPROVAL THEREOF. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 1, THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. THE PLEDGE WILL BE LED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS.

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  • 02:02:17 PM

    MR. WOMACK

    I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE…

    I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.

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  • 02:02:30 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

    THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS RISE?

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  • 02:02:39 PM

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    ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. REVISE AND EXTEND.

  • 02:02:43 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 02:02:49 PM

    MR. WOMACK

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY WITH A HEAVY HEART TO REMEMBER THE BRAVE SERVICE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY WITH A HEAVY HEART TO REMEMBER THE BRAVE SERVICE TO SERGEANT ETHAN C. HARDIN OF FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS, WHO DIED IN SERVICE TO THIS GREAT NATION ON JANUARY 7, 2011, IN AFGHANISTAN. HE SERVED WITH B COMPANY, SECOND BATTALION, 30TH INFANTRY REGIMENT OF THE 10TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION. AN ITALIAN AFFECTIONATELY BONE AS THE WILD BOARS. NICKNAMED EASY FOR HIS EASY GOING PERSONALITY, SERGEANT HARDIN WAS ALSO A VETERAN OF THE CONFLICT IN IRAQ. SERGEANT HARDIN WAS THE PRODUCT OF A LOVING CHRISTIAN FAMILY AND A 2004 GRADUATE OF FAYETTEVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL. HIS DEDICATION TO GOD AND COUNTRY DEFINED HIM AS BOTH MAN AND SOLDIER. WHILE WE MOURN WITH HIS PARENTS, TOM AND CEIL HARDIN, WE KNOW HE HAS ETERNAL LIFE OF THE GRACE AND GLORY OF ALMIGHTY GOD. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:03:51 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

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    PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 02:03:56 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 02:03:59 PM

    MR. KUCINICH

    KNOWS THAT INSURANCE COMPANIES MAKE MONEY NOT PROVIDING HEALTH CARE. AFTER…

    KNOWS THAT INSURANCE COMPANIES MAKE MONEY NOT PROVIDING HEALTH CARE. AFTER ALL, THEY ARE IN THE INSURANCE BUSINESS. THEY ARE NOT CHARITIES. BUT AS MANY AS 129 MILLION AMERICANS SUFFERING FROM PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS, INSURANCE COMPANIES WANT CONGRESS TO REPEAL HEALTH CARE REFORM. THE PROVISIONS WHICH REQUIRE COVERING PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS WOULD EVENTUALLY CUT INTO INSURANCE COMPANY PROFIT. REPEAL MEANS AMERICANS WILL CONTINUE TO PAY MORE FOR INSURANCE BUT GET LESS, THAT IS IF THEY CAN AFFORD HEALTH I SHURENS IN THE FIRST PLACE. THE VERY IDEA OF HEALTH CARE REFORM SOLELY WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF A FOR-PROFIT SYSTEM HAS BEEN MORE THAN PROBLEMATIC. TODAY 50 MILLION AMERICANS HAVE NO HEALTH INSURANCE. WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO FOR THEM? RATHER THAN WASTE TIME ON DEBATING HOW MUCH REFORM I SHURENS COMPANIES WILL PERMIT, IF ANY, IT'S TIME TO CHANGE THE DEBATE. IT'S TIME TO END THE FOR-PROFIT HEALTH CARE MODEL. IT'S TIME FOR A NOT-FOR-PROFIT HEALTH CARE SINGLE PAYER, UNIVERSAL MEDICARE FOR ALL WITH AN EMPHASIS ON WELLNESS AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY. MORE ABOUT THAT TOMORROW.

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  • 02:05:05 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA RISE? THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 02:05:13 PM

    MR. WILSON

    MR. SPEAKER, SOUTH CAROLINIANS ARE STILL CELEBRATING WEDNESDAY'S…

    MR. SPEAKER, SOUTH CAROLINIANS ARE STILL CELEBRATING WEDNESDAY'S INAUGURATION OF GOVERNOR NICKI HALEY OF LEXINGTON AS THE FIRST FEMALE GOVERNOR IN THE 341-YEAR HISTORY OF OUR STATE. SHE IS THE SECOND INDIAN AMERICAN GOVERNOR IN AMERICAN HISTORY. IN THE TRADITION OF LOUISIANA GOVERNOR BOBBY JINDAL, RECOGNIZING THE GROWING SIGNIFICANCE OF INDIAN AMERICANS IN AMERICAN SOCIETY. OUR FAMILY IS VERY GRATEFUL FOR THE SWEARING-IN OF MY OLDEST SON, ALAN WILSON, AS AMERICA'S YOUNGEST ATTORNEY GENERAL. HIS PROSECUTION EXPERIENCE WILL SERVE THE PEOPLE OF SOUTH CAROLINA WELL. THE INAUGURATION WAS ALSO HISTORIC FOR BEING THE FIRST ALL REPUBLICAN INAUGURATION IN OVER 130 YEARS. WITH LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR KEN ART, SECRETARY OF STATE MARK, SECRETARY OF TREASURY, COMPTROLLER GENERAL, THE SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION, AMERICA'S ONLY POPULARLY ELECTED AJEWANT GENERAL. IN CONCLUSION, GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS AND WE WILL NEVER FORGET SEPTEMBER 11 AND THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM.

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  • 02:06:20 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA RISE.

  • 02:06:23 PM

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    PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 02:06:25 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 02:06:27 PM

    MR. BUTTERFIELD

    MR. SPEAKER, TODAY WE BEGIN THE DEBATE ON THE REPUBLICANS' UNFORTUNATE…

    MR. SPEAKER, TODAY WE BEGIN THE DEBATE ON THE REPUBLICANS' UNFORTUNATE EFFORT TO REPEAL HEALTH CARE REFORM. I PRAY THAT THIS DEBATE TODAY IS CIVIL AND IT IS RESPECTFUL. AS YOU KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, AND MANY OF OUR COLLEAGUES KNOW, I SERVED AS THE JUDGE IN MY STATE FOR MANY YEARS AND I UNDERSTAND WHAT IT MEANS TO BE OBJECTIVE AND TO HAVE A FAIR DEBATE. AND I KNOW THAT THERE ARE USUALLY TWO SIDES TO EVERY ISSUE. BUT WHEN IT COMES TO REPEALING THE REFORM THE DEMOCRATS HAVE PASSED, I JUST CAN'T FIGURE IT OUT. WHY WOULD REPUBLICANS ADD $230 BILLION TO THE DEFICIT WHEN THEIR MANTRA HAS BEEN DEFICIT REDUCTION? WHY WOULD REPUBLICANS FORCE SMALL BUSINESSES TO PAY HIGHER TAXES AFTER FIGHTING FOR CUTS? WHY WOULD REPUBLICANS TAKE AWAY A PARENTS' RIGHT TO COVER THEIR ADULT CHILDREN? AND WHY IN THE WORLD WOULD REPUBLICANS MAKE SENIORS PAY MORE FOR THEIR PRESCRIPTION DRUGS? I JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND. IT APPEARS TO ME THAT THIS MAY BE PARTISAN POLITICS. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:07:28 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

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  • 02:07:33 PM

    MR. POE

    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 02:07:36 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 02:07:38 PM

    MR. POE

    SPEAKER, IT'S THE SHOOTER NOT THE GUN. NOT THE BULLET. NOT REJECTION BY…

    SPEAKER, IT'S THE SHOOTER NOT THE GUN. NOT THE BULLET. NOT REJECTION BY THE ARMY. NOT THE INTERNET. NOT RADIO TALK SHOWS. NOT THE POLITICAL CLIMATE. NOT PEOPLE ASSEMBLING TO PROTEST. NOT THE PRESS. AND NOT BOLD SPEECH THAT IS TO BLAME FOR THE CRIMES BY THE TERROR FROM TUCSON. HOLD THE ASSASSIN ACCOUNTABLE. HE AND HE ALONE SHOULD BE JUDGED. IN THIS FRENZY FURROW TO MAKE EXCUSES AND DEFINE OTHER CAUSES FOR THE CRIME, CONGRESS ITSELF WOULD DO WELL NOT TO DO VIOLENCE AGAINST OUR CONSTITUTION. THOSE ELITE, EVEN THOSE IN CONGRESS THAT THINK THEY AND THEY ALONE ARE NOW AUTHORIZED TO REGULATE SPEECH, PRESS, ASSEMBLY, AND THE RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS SHOULD UNDERSTAND THEY CANNOT USE THIS ASSAULT AND MURDER AS AN EXCUSE TO STEAL AWAY THE RIGHTS OF CITIZENS. ALL UNDER THE FALSE ILLUSION OF MAKING IT SAFE FROM KILLERS. THE CONSTITUTION SHOULD NOT BE IMPRISONED FOR IT IS THE TERROR OF TUCSON THAT SHOULD BE LOCKED IN CHAINS. THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS.

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  • 02:08:40 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS. THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS. THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINCHT.

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  • 02:08:48 PM

    MRS. CHRISTENSEN

    YOU. -- FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 02:08:52 PM

    MRS. CHRISTENSEN

    LET'S BE CLEAR THE AGENDA THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP SET FOR THIS WEEK'S…

    LET'S BE CLEAR THE AGENDA THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP SET FOR THIS WEEK'S FLOOR ACTIVITY AND THE COMMITTEE WORK THAT FOLLOWS IS NOTHING MORE THAN AN OPPORTUNITY TO FIELD THE MISINFORMATION ABOUT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WHICH IS A GOOD LAW THAT WILL HELP OVER 30 MILLION PEOPLE BE HEALTHIER, CREATE MILLIONS OF JOBS, AND REDUCE THE DEFICIT. AND SOME URGING ALL MY COLLEAGUES, ESPECIALLY THOSE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, IN THE NAME OF COLLEGIALITY AND HONESTY WITH THE PUBLIC RESERVE, TO DROP THE CHARADE AND LET US USE THE TIME THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY HAVE HIRED US FOR TO WORK TOGETHER TO CREATE MORE JOBS, TO MAKE -- MAKE SURE THE HEALTH CARE LAW IS IMPLEMENTED PROPERLY, TO SAVE THE HOMES OF FAMILIES, AND TO CREATE AN EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM THAT WILL ONCE AGAIN MAKE OUR CHILDREN THE FIRST IN THE WORLD. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:09:40 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. FREIGHT -- PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20,…

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. FREIGHT -- PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL POSTPONE FURTHER PROCEEDINGS TODAY ON MOTIONS TO SUSPEND THE RULES ON WHICH A RECORDED VOTE OR THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED OR ON WHICH THE VOTE INCURS OBJECTION UNDER CLAUSE SIX OF RULE 20. RECORD VOTES ON POSTPONED QUESTIONS WILL BE TAKEN AFTER 6:30 P.M. TODAY. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI RISE? SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 02:10:06 PM

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    RULES AND ADOPT SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 2.

  • 02:10:09 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

  • 02:10:12 PM

    THE CLERK

    SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 2, CONCURRENT RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE USE…

    SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 2, CONCURRENT RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE USE OF THE ROTUNDA OF THE CAPITOL FOR AN EVENT MARKING THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE INAUGURAL ADDRESS OF PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY.

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  • 02:10:24 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI, MR. HARPER, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI, MR. HARPER, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MRS. DAVIS, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI.

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  • 02:10:34 PM

    MR. HARPER

    I ASK THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND…

    I ASK THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS.

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  • 02:10:40 PM

    MR. HARPER

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

  • 02:10:44 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 02:10:46 PM

    MR. HARPER

    SUPPORT OF SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 2 AUTHORIZING THE USE OF THE…

    SUPPORT OF SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 2 AUTHORIZING THE USE OF THE ROTUNDA OF THE CAPITOL FOR AN EVENT ON JANUARY 20, MARKING THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE INAUGURAL ADDRESS OF PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY. MR. SPEAKER, PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURAL ADDRESSES ARE ALWAYS HISTORIC AND ARE OFTEN SOME OF THE MOST MEMORABLE EVENTS DURING DIFFERENT ERAS OF OUR COUNTRY'S HISTORY. WE CAN RECALL IDENTIFY BRA HAM LINCOLN'S INAUGURAL ADDRESS IN 1861. PRESIDENT FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT'S INAUGURAL ADDRESS IN 1933. AND OF COURSE PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN'S INAUGURAL ADDRESS IN 1981, AMONG MANY OTHERS AS ADDRESS THAT IS INSPIRED THIS NATION AT PARTICULAR MOMENTS OF IMPORTANCE TO OUR COUNTRY. IN 1961, PRESIDENT KENNEDY'S INAUGURAL ADDRESS RIGHTLY CHALLENGED US TO ASK WHAT WE CAN DO FOR OUR COUNTRY AND NOT WHAT OUR COUNTRY CAN DO FOR US. AS PEOPLE ACROSS THIS LAND DID 50 YEARS AGO, SO WE MUST CONTINUE TO DO SO NOW. MR. SPEAKER, I, TOO, BELIEVE WE SHOULD LOOK FOR INSPIRATION TO PRESIDENT KENNEDY'S ELOQUENT ADDRESS GIVEN 50 YEARS AGO. I SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE USE OF THE ROTUNDA AND URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:12:08 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MRS.…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MRS. DAVIS.

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  • 02:12:11 PM

    MRS. DAVIS

    THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

  • 02:12:14 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 02:12:16 PM

    MRS. DAVIS

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO SUPPORT THIS CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO ALLOW…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO SUPPORT THIS CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO ALLOW FOR THE USE OF THE ROTUNDA IN RECOGNITION OF THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF PRESIDENT KENNEDY'S INAUGURAL ADDRESS. YOU MAY HAVE READ THIS MORNING'S "WASHINGTON POST" FRONT PAGE STORY DECLARING THATTLE 2% OF AMERICANS THINK THE TONE OF OUR NATION'S POLITICAL DISCOURSE IS NEGATIVE. AT A TIME WHEN THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS HOLD OUR POLITICAL DISCOURSE IN SUCH LOW REGARD, THERE COULDN'T BE A MORE TIMELY OR NECESSARY OPPORTUNITY TO REVISIT THE INAUGURAL ADDRESS THAT INSPIRED OUR COUNTRY 50 YEARS AGO. THE SPEECH CALLS FOR UNITY, FOR RESPECT OF OPPOSING VIEWS, AND FOR COMMITMENT TO PUBLIC SERVICE. ALL AT A TIME OF GREAT CHANGE AND CHALLENGE FOR THE UNITED STATES. IT WAS A CALL FOR EVERYONE TO WORK TOGETHER. TO DO THEIR PART IN MAKING AMERICA AND THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE. THE WORDS THAT WERE SPOKEN ON JANUARY 20, 1961, STILL RING TRUE TO THIS DAY. IN THE WORDS OF PRESIDENT KENNEDY, AND I QUOTE, SO LET US BEGIN ANEW, REMEMBERING ON BOTH SIDES THAT CIVILITY IS NOT A SIGN OF WEAKNESS AND SINCERITY IS ALWAYS SUBJECT TO PROOF. LET US NEVER NEGOTIATE OUT OF FEAR BUT LET US NEVER FEAR TO NEGOTIATE. LET BOTH SIDES EXPLORE WHAT PROBLEMS UNITE US INSTEAD OF BELABORING THOSE PROBLEMS WHICH DIVIDE US. UNQUOTE. MR. SPEAKER, THE PRESIDENT'S INAUGURAL ADDRESS SOUGHT TO CHALLENGE OUR COUNTRY AND IT SET STANDARDS. IT SET STANDARDS THAT STILL MUST GUIDE OUR POLITICAL DISCOURSE AND OURSELVES PARTICULARLY WITH THIS CLOSING LINE, AND I QUOTE AGAIN, ASK OF US HERE THE SAME HIGH STANDARDS OF STRENGTH AND SACRIFICE WHICH WE ASK OF YOU, WITH A GOOD CONSCIENCE, OUR ONLY SURE REWARD IS HISTORY THE FINAL JUDGE OF OUR DEED, LET US GO FORTH TO LEAD THE LAND WE LOVE. UNQUOTE. I HOPE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES WILL CONTINUE TO WORK TOGETHER TO ANSWER PRESIDENT KENNEDY'S CALL AND I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:14:56 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI.

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  • 02:15:00 PM

    MR. HARPER

    MAY I INQUIRE FROM THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IF SHE HAS ANY OTHER…

    MAY I INQUIRE FROM THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IF SHE HAS ANY OTHER SPEAKERS ON THIS MATTER?

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  • 02:15:05 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM ANY OTHER SPEAKERS MRS. DAVIS: APPARENTLYLY NOT.…

    DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM ANY OTHER SPEAKERS MRS. DAVIS: APPARENTLYLY NOT. WE DID HAVE A FEW SPEAKERS BUT THEY MAY HAVE BEEN DELAYED.

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  • 02:15:15 PM

    MR. HARPER

    I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

  • 02:15:17 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

  • 02:15:19 PM

    MRS. DAVIS

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK AS WELL AND CERTAINLY URGE AN AYE VOTE.

  • 02:15:22 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO SENATE…

    THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 2, SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. . THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO, AND

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  • 02:15:44 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CURRENT MOTION IS AGREED TO AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THERES. LUTION --…

    THE CURRENT MOTION IS AGREED TO AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THERES. LUTION -- THE MOTION IS LAID UPON THE TABLE.

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  • 02:15:53 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    I MOVE TO --

  • 02:16:00 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    HOUSE RESOLUTION 292, TO STOP THE PRINTING OF ALL DOCUMENTS FOR --

  • 02:16:05 PM

    THE CLERK

    DOCUMENTS FOR --

  • 02:16:13 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI.

  • 02:16:16 PM

    MR. HARPER

    I ASK THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND…

    I ASK THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS.

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  • 02:16:22 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 02:16:24 PM

    MR. HARPER

    YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

  • 02:16:29 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

  • 02:16:32 PM

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    GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND FOR HIS ASSISTANCE IN BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE…

    GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND FOR HIS ASSISTANCE IN BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR. OUR NATIONAL DEBT JUST RECENTLY BROKE $14 TRILLION. IT'S WELL PAST TIME FOR WASHINGTON TO GET SERIOUS ABOUT CUTTING SPENDING AND THAT EFFORT START HERE'S IN OUR OWN HOUSE.

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  • 02:16:49 PM

    MR. LEE

    WITH THIS IN MIND, SPEAKER BOEHNER PROPOSED A MEASURE TO CUT EVERY…

    WITH THIS IN MIND, SPEAKER BOEHNER PROPOSED A MEASURE TO CUT EVERY MEMBER'S BUDGET BY 5% AND IN A 410-13 VOTE, THE MEASURE SAVED $45 MILLION AND EASILY PASSED. IT'S CALLED LEADING BY EXAMPLE. ANOTHER SIMPLE WAY TO CONTINUE THIS PROCESS IS PASSING LEGISLATION I BROUGHT UP IN THE LAST CONGRESS WHICH BECAME PART OF THE YOUCUT INITIATIVE. IT GIVES ALL TAXPAYERS THE ABILITY TO VOTE ON WHAT FEDERAL SPENDING THEY WANT CONGRESS TO CUT. WHEN A MEMBER OF CONGRESS INTRODUCES OR ORIGINALLY CO-SPONSORS A BILL, WE AUTOMATICALLY RECEIVE MULTIPLE PRINTED COPIES OF THE LEGISLATION REGARDLESS OF WHETHER WE ASKED FOR THEM. WHEN THE GOVERNMENT HEALTH CARE BILL WAS INTRODUCED, THE GOVERNMENT PROINTING -- PRINTING OFFICE PRINTED 100,000 PIECES OF PAPER. AT THE START OF THE CONGRESS, THE SMALL BUSINESS PAPERWORK MANDATE ACT WHICH REPEALS THE ONEROUS 1099 PROVISION OF THE HEALTH CARE WON THE SUPPORT OF 245 ORIGINAL CO-SPONSORS, ALL OF WHICH WILL AUTOMATICALLY RECEIVE MULTIPLE PRINTED COPY OF -- COPIES OF THE BILL. FOR EACH BILL INTRODUCED, THERE ARE BETWEEN 300 AND 475 COPIES PRINTED THIS OVERPRINTING OF BILLS IS WASTEFUL, INEFFICIENT, AT A TIME WHEN WE NEED TO BE TIGHTENING OUR BUDGETARY BELTS AND LOOKING FOR GREATER EFFICIENCIES. IN THE 111TH CONGRESS, NEARLY 14,000 BILLS WERE INTRODUCED, THAT'S A LOT OF UNNECESSARY AND COSTLY PRINTING. THAT'S WHY I INTRODUCED THE STOP THE OVERPRINTING ACT TO SAVE BOTH TIME AND MONEY. THIS BILL IS A NEAR MIRROR IMAGE OF THE LEGISLATION I INTRODUCED LAST YEAR IN H.R. 4640. KEEPING WITH THE INITIAL INTENT TO STRICTLY END THE WASTEFUL PRACTICE OF PRINTING COPIES OF LEGISLATION FOR MEMBERS. HOWEVER, NOTE THIS BILL WILL NOT HINDER THE DAILY OPERATION OF THE HOUSE, THE ARCHIVING PROCESS, OR AFFECT THE TRANSPARENCY THAT THIS CONGRESS HAS MADE A PRIORITY. THIS LEGISLATION WILL LEAD US TO SIGNIFICANT SAVINGS WHICH EACH AND EVERY YEAR, MONEY THAT CAN BE USED, FRANKLY, FOR BETTER USES. WITH TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCEMENTS, WE HAVE BECOME A PAPERLESS WORLD. IT IS A WASTE OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS TO AUTOMATICALLY PRINT AND SEND MULTIPLE, UNSOLICITED COPIES OF SOMETHING THAT IS READILY AVAILABLE ONLINE. SHOULD A MEMBER'S OFFICE TRULY NEED A PRINTED COPY, THEY WILL STILL BE AVAILABLE IN THE DOCUMENT ROOMS AND ALSO IN THE COMMITTEES. TOO MANY PEOPLE IN WASHINGTON DON'T --

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  • 02:19:45 PM

    MR. HARPER

    I YIELD AN ADDITIONAL FOUR MINUTES.

  • 02:19:48 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR AN ADDITIONAL FOUR MINUTES.

  • 02:19:52 PM

    MR. LEE

    TOO MANY PEOPLE IN WASHINGTON DON'T SEEM TO CARE ABOUT THE DOLLAR AMOUNT…

    TOO MANY PEOPLE IN WASHINGTON DON'T SEEM TO CARE ABOUT THE DOLLAR AMOUNT UNLESS IT HAS A B OR T AFTER IT. THAT'S THE TYPE OF MENTALITY THAT NEEDS TO CHANGE HERE IN WASHINGTON AND WHAT'S MANDATED IN THE NOVEMBER ELECTION. WE NEED TO BE LOOKING FOR COST SAVINGS AND TURNING OVER EVERY POSSIBLE ROCK. WITH OUR CURRENT DEFICIT, THERE SHOULD BE NO SUCH THING AS SPENDING CUTS JUST BEING A DROP IN THE BUCKET. EVERY DOLLAR AND EVERY CENT COUNT AND IN THE REAL WORLD, IT SHOULD -- EVERY DOLLAR AND EVERY CENT COUNTS IN THE REAL WORLD AND IT SHOULD HERE TOO. OUR MONEY IS NOT OURS, IT'S THE PEOPLE'S. HOUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE PROPOSED OVER $155 BILLION IN CUTS AND SAVINGS FOR TAXPAYERS IN THE 111TH CONGRESS THROUGH THE YOUCUT INITIATIVE ALONE. THROUGH THIS PROGRAM, AMERICANS ASK CONGRESS TO SUPPORT SPENDING CUTS ON A WIDE VARIETY OF ISSUES, INCLUDING THE END OF THE STIMULUS ADVERTISING ACT WHICH WOULD HAVE ELIMINATED THE UNNEEDED HIGHWAY SIGNS NOTIFYING THE PUBLIC OF STIMULUS-FUNDED PROJECTS. WITH NO REAL PURPOSE, TENS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS COULD HAVE BEEN SAVED. ALSO CONSIDERED WERE PROPOSALS REQUIRING FEDERAL EMPLOYEES TO PAY BACK TAXES, STOPPING THE CYCLE OF BAILOUTS AND PUTTING FANNIE MAE AND FREDDIE MAC BACK ON BUDGET. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN LOUDLY, WE MUST GET OUR FISCAL HOUSE IN ORDER. WHILE PREVIOUS EFFORTS TO CURB WASTEFUL SPENDING WERE NOT SUCCESSFUL, I'M HOPEFUL THAT UNDER OUR NEW LEADERSHIP, WE'LL HAVE FAR BETTER RESULTS. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE LEADERSHIP FOR THEIR SUPPORT IN WORKING TO IMPLEMENT LAWS THAT WILL REPORT -- REFORM FLAWED ASPECTS OF OUR GOVERNMENT AND SAVE TAXPAYER DOLLARS, BE IT $1, $1 MILLION, OR $1 BILLION. I'M ENCOURAGED BY THE FACT THAT THE NEW MAJORITY IS LISTENING TO THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE TO ELIMINATE INEFFICIENCY AND WASTE. PASSING THE STOP THE OVERPRINTING ACT TODAY IS AN IMPORTANT STEP IN THIS PROCESS. I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS COMMON SENSE BILL AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:22:04 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    MRS. DAVIS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WONDER IF YOU COULD PLEASE CLARIFY WHICH VERSION…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WONDER IF YOU COULD PLEASE CLARIFY WHICH VERSION OF THE BILL IS BEFORE THE HOUSE.

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  • 02:22:23 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI -- THE CHAIR UNDERSTANDS THE MOTION IS…

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI -- THE CHAIR UNDERSTANDS THE MOTION IS TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL AS AMENDED. IS THAT CORRECT?

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  • 02:22:31 PM

    MR. HARPER

    IS CORRECT. WE WOULD LIKE TO SUBSTITUTE THE TEXT FOR THIS H.R. 292 AS…

    IS CORRECT. WE WOULD LIKE TO SUBSTITUTE THE TEXT FOR THIS H.R. 292 AS AMENDED.

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  • 02:22:39 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WILL THE GENTLEMAN SUBMIT A COPY OF WHAT HE INTENDS TO CONSIDER?

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    MRS. DAVIS

    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MRS. DAVIS

    FORM IN THE -- THIS BILL IN THE FORM NOW BEFORE THE HOUSE. IT BOTHERS ME…

    FORM IN THE -- THIS BILL IN THE FORM NOW BEFORE THE HOUSE. IT BOTHERS ME TO SEE MULTIPLE COPIES OF BILLS IN OUR OFFICE'S RECYCLING BINS EVERY DAY TOO MANY COPIES WASTE TIME, TREES, AND TAXPAYERS DOLLARS. THE GENTLEMAN IS RIGHT TO EXAMINE THIS MATTER AND TRY TO EFFECT A REDUCTION IF APPROPRIATE THIS AMENDED BILL REPRESENTS A VAST IMPROVEMENT FROM THE ORIGINAL VERSION. CONCERNS WERE RAISED ABOUT THE ORIGINAL BILL'S POSSIBLE ADVERSE EFFECT ON THE CLERK'S STAFF AND OTHERS IN SUPPORT POSITIONS INSIDE THE HOUSE AND SENATE. I COMMEND THE GENTLEMAN FOR LISTENING TO CONCERNS AND MAKING SENSIBLE CHANGES. AS WE CONSIDER THIS BILL, WE MUST REMEMBER THAT OUR DEMOCRACY DOESN'T WORK WELL WITHOUT TRANSPARENCY IN GOVERNMENT. NOBODY WANTS TO DISRUPT THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS INADVERTENTLY OR TO MAKE IT HARDER FOR ANY AMERICANS TO READ THE BILL. ALTHOUGH WE CAN FORGET THAT WHILE MANY AMERICANS STILL DO NOT HAVE ADEQUATE ACCESS TO THE INTERNET, ALL CONGRESSIONAL OFFICES CERTAINLY HAVE THE ABILITY TO OBTAIN THEIR OWN BILL COPIES WHEN THEY NEED TO. SO THIS BILL RIGHTLY MAINTAINS PUBLIC ACCESS TO IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS WHILE SAVING THE PEOPLE'S MONEY. MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:24:28 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM

  • 02:24:31 PM

    MR. HARPER

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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  • 02:24:38 PM

    MR. HARPER

    RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 292, THE STOP ACT WHICH ENDS THE AUTOMATIC…

    RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 292, THE STOP ACT WHICH ENDS THE AUTOMATIC OVERPRINTING OF BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS BY THE GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE FOR DISTRIBUTION TO MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND SENATE. I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK RANKING MEMBER BRADY AND CHAIRMAN LUNGREN FOR THEIR SUPPORT ON THIS MATTER. MR. SPEAKER, LET ME EMPHASIZE THAT THIS BILL IS IN THE A CRITICISM OF THE G.P.O., NOR ITS HARDWORKING EMPLOYEES. THE G.P.O. DOES AND DOES WELL WHAT CONGRESS DIRECTS IT TO DO. WE'RE SIMPLY LOOKING FOR WAYS AND OPPORTUNITIES TO REDUCE THE COST OF GOVERNMENT. SINCE ITS ESTABLISHMENT IN 1860 THE G.P.O. HAS BEEN THE PRINT OVER RECORD FOR OUR CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, COMMITTEE REPORTS, THE WELL-RESPECTED CONSTITUTION ANNOTATED, THE FEDERAL REGISTER AND MANY OTHER HISTORIC AND NECESSARY DOCUMENTS THAT THIS INSTITUTION AND OUR GOVERNMENT NEED TO DO OUR COLLECTIVE WORK. BUT MR. SPEAKER, IN THIS 112TH CONGRESS, WELL INTO THE 21ST CENTURY, IN AN AGE OF IPADS AND KINDLES AND BLACKBERRIES AND IPHONES, IT IS SIMPLY NO LONGER NECESSARY TO REQUIRE EXCESS PRINTING AND THE DELIVERY TO OUR OFFICE OF THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF PAGES OF BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS WHICH SIMPLY END UP IN THE TRASH. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 292 IS ANOTHER STEP IN THIS MAJORITY'S CONTINUED COMMITMENT TO REDUCING UNNECESSARY GOVERNMENT SPENDING, ADDRESSING OUR DEFICIT AND DEBT, AND FINDING GREATER EFFICIENCIES WITHIN OUR GOVERNMENTAL OFFICES AND AGENCIES. WITH OVER 8,000 BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS INTRODUCED IN THE 111TH CONGRESS AND MULTIPLE COPIES OF EACH DISTRIBUTED TO MEMBERS, ELIMINATING THIS UNNECESSARY PRINTING AND WASTEFUL SPENDING IS A SMALL BUT PRODUCTIVE FIRST STEP AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO LOOK AT OTHER HOUSE OPERATIONS FOR WAYS IN WHICH WE MIGHT FURTHER REDUCE THE COST OF GOVERNMENT. MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL IS A COMMON SENSE MEASURE WHICH PRUDENTLY ADJUSTS OUR MECHANISMS OF GOVERNMENT TO THE TIMES IN WHICH WE LIVE. I MIGHT ALSO ADD, THERE WILL BE AN ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFIT AS WELL WITH REDUCED ENERGY AND PAPER NEEDS, THE G.P.O.'S DEMAND FOR PAPER AND OUR RESOURCES WILL BE REDUCED BY THIS ACT. HELPING US CONTINUE OUR COMMITMENT TO BE BETTER STEWARDS OF OUR ENVIRONMENT, OUR NATURAL RESOURCES AND OF COURSE OUR HOUSE OPERATIONS. AS WE PROMISED IN THE PLEDGE TO AMERICA, AND AS WE HAVE PROMISED HERE ON THE FLOOR DURING THESE INITIAL DAYS OF THE 112TH CONGRESS AND AS WE TANGIBLY VERIFIED BY OUR TRANSPARENCY-ENHANCED RULES PACKAGE, OUR BIPARTISAN VOTE TO TRIM CONGRESS' BUDGET AND NOW THROUGH THIS BILL, THIS REPUBLICAN MAJORITY IS COMMITTED TO FISCAL STEWARDSHIP TO HAVING A HAWKISH AND RELENTLESS EYE TOWARD WASTE AND INEFFICIENCY. AND A CONTINUED COMMITMENT THROUGHOUT THIS 112TH CONGRESS TO REDUCE SPENDING, CREATE PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS, AND CHALLENGE OURSELVES NOT JUST IN WORD AND RHETORIC, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY IN ACTION AND MEANINGFUL LEGISLATION. MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL INTRODUCED BY MY GOOD COLLEAGUE FROM NEW YORK SHOULD GARNER OVERWHELMING BIPARTISAN SUPPORT AND I THANK HIM FOR INTRODUCING IT AND FOR HIS COMMITMENT TO A MORE RESPONSIBLE AND EFFICIENT STEWARDSHIP OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS. I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS MATTER AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    MRS. DAVIS

    AYE VOTE AND YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI. MR.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY HAS YIELDED BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 292 AS…

    THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 292 AS AMENDED? THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED --

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  • 02:29:04 PM

    MR. HARPER

    ON THIS I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE…

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING RISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12A OF RULE 1, THE HUGHES WILL STAND IN

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  • 03:01:00 PM

    THE CLERK

    RECONCILIATION ACT OF 2010.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 26, THE AMENDMENT PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 26, THE AMENDMENT PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 112-2 IS ADOPTED AND THE AMENDMENT IS CONSIDERED AS READ. THE DEBATE SHALL BE LIMITED TO SEVEN HOURS EQUAL -- TO TWO HOURS EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED, 90 MINUTES EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE RANKING CHAIR ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE, 90 MINUTES EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS, 40 MINUTES EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON BUDGET, 40 MINUTES EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON SMALL BUSINESS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. CANTOR, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. PELOSI, WILL EACH CONTROL 15 MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. KLINE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MR. FULLER, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. CAMP, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. LEVIN, EACH WILL OL CONTROL 45 MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. RYAN, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. VAN HOLLEN, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. SMITH, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. CONYERS, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. GRAVES AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MS. VE LAZ QUEZZ EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. RYAN.

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  • 03:02:35 PM

    MR. RYAN

    MYSELF TWO MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. RYAN

    GOING TO BEGIN BY SAYING WHY WE'RE DOING THIS I WANT TO GET INTO THE…

    GOING TO BEGIN BY SAYING WHY WE'RE DOING THIS I WANT TO GET INTO THE ACCOUNTING OF ALL THIS LATER IN THE DEBATE BUT LET ME SAY WHY WE ARE HERE. WE ARE HERE BECAUSE WE HEARD THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN THE LAST ELECTION. WE ARE HERE BECAUSE WE BELIEVE IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT TO DO IN OFFICE WHAT YOU SAID YOU WOULD DO. WE SAID WE WOULD HAVE A STRAIGHT UP OR DOWN VOTE TO REPEAT -- TO REPEAL THIS HEALTH CARE LAW AND THAT'S PRECISELY WHAT WE ARE DOING HERE TODAY. MR. SPEAKER, WHY DO WE BELIEVE THIS? BECAUSE THIS HEALTH CARE LAW, IF LEFT IN PLACE, WILL ACCELERATE OUR COUNTRY'S PATH FOR BANKRUPTCY. THIS HEALTH CARE LAW, IF LEFT IN PLACE, WILL DO AS THE PRESIDENT'S OWN CHIEF ACT WEAR SAYS WILL DO, WILL INCREASE HEALTH CARE COSTS. WE'RE ALREADY SEEING PREMIUMS GO UP ACROSS THE BOARD. WE'RE ALREADY HEARING FROM THOUSANDS OF EMPLOYERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHO ARE TALKING ABOUT DROPPING THEIR EMPLOYER-SPONSORED HEALTH INSURANCE AND WE'RE ALREADY HEARING FROM THE LACK OF CHOICES THAT CONSUMERS WILL GET AS THIS NEW LAW IS PUT INTO PLACE. THIS NEW LAW IS A FISCAL HOUSE OF CARDS AND IT IS A HEALTH CARE HOUSE OF CARDS. IT DOES NOT MAKE OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM BETTER. I WOULD ARGUE IT MAKES IT WEAKER. THERE'S TWO WAYS TO ATTACK THIS PROBLEM. . WE AGREE THERE ARE SO MANY LEGITIMATE PROBLEMS IN HEALTH CARE THAT NEED TO BE FIXING. THE UNINSURED. PEOPLE WITH HIGH HEALTH CARE COSTS AND HIGH HEALTH CARE RISKS. THOSE NEED TO BE ADDRESS. BUT WE CAN FIX WHAT'S WORKING, WHAT'S NOT WORKING IN HEALTH CARE WITHOUT BREAKING WHAT'S WORKING IN HEALTH CARE. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD SIMPLY SAY THIS. . WE BELIEVE WE CAN GET TO THE MOMENT OF HAVING AFFORDABLE BEING HEALTH CARE FOR EVERY AMERICAN REGARDLESS OF PRE-EXISTING CONDITION WITHOUT HAVING THE GOVERNMENT TAKE IT OVER. WITHOUT $1 TRILLION OF A COMBINATION OF MEDICARE BENEFIT CUTS AND TAX INCREASES. . I YIELD MYSELF AN ADDITIONAL 20 SECONDS TO SIMPLY SAYS --

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    MR. RYAN

    WE BELIEVE THEALT CARE OUGHT TO BE INDIVIDUALLY BASED, OUGHT TO BE…

    WE BELIEVE THEALT CARE OUGHT TO BE INDIVIDUALLY BASED, OUGHT TO BE PATIENT-CENTERED. . THERE'S TWO WAYS TO GO. PUT THE GOVERNMENT IN CHARGE AND HAVE THE GOVERNMENT PUT IN PLACE THE RATIONING MECHANISMS TO TIGHTEN THE SCREWS AND TIGHTEN HEALTH CARE OR PUT THE CONSUMERS IN CHARGE AND HAVE THEM COMPETE FOUR US AS PATIENTS. THAT'S A SYSTEM WE WANT AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. VAN HOLLEN.

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  • 03:05:14 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF FOUR MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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  • 03:05:20 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HOPE THE TENURE AND SUBSTANCE OF THE DEBATE WE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HOPE THE TENURE AND SUBSTANCE OF THE DEBATE WE HAVE IN THIS HOUSE OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS WILL BE WORTHY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND REFLECT WELL ON THIS CONGRESS. MANY OF US BELIEVE WE SHOULD FOCUS OUR EFFORTS HERE TODAY ON MEASURES TO HELP PEOPLE PUT BACK TO WORK RATHER THAN ON A BILL THAT TAKES AWAY IMPORTANT PATIENT AND CONSUMER PROTECTIONS. AND WE DON'T THINK IT MAKES A WHOLE LOT OF SENSE TO DEBATE A BILL THAT THANKFULLY WILL GO NOWHERE IN THE SENATE AND WOULD CERTAINLY BE VETOED BY THE PRESIDENT. HOWEVER, THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY IS ENTITLED TO USE ITS TIME HERE AS IT CHOOSES AND WHILE WE BELIEVE WE SHOULD BE DOING THAT FOCUSED ON JOBS, PERHAPS THIS DEBATE WILL CLEAR UP MANY OF THE MYTHS AND MISINFORMATION ABOUT THE HEALTH CARE LAW THAT WAS SIGNED BY PRESIDENT OBAMA. I'M INTERESTED TO HEAR MY COLLEAGUES SAY THAT THEY CAN IDENTIFY WITH ALL THE PROBLEMS IN THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM BETWEEN THE YEAR 2000 AND 2006 PREMIUMS IN THIS COUNTRY DOUBLED, HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANY PROFITS QUADRUPLED AND THIS CONGRESS DID NOTHING. WHY NOT PUT YOUR PLAN ON THE TABLE FIRST SO EVERYBODY CAN SEE IT BEFORE YOU BEGIN TAKING AWAY THE IMPORTANT PATIENT PROTECTIONS IN THIS BILL, TAKING EFFECT JUST SINCE LAST MARCH? AND WITHIN THAT NINE-MONTH PERIOD THAT LAW HAS MADE AN IMPORTANT AND POSITIVE DIFFERENCE TO MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. IN FACT, WE WISHED OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES WOULD TAKE A FEW DAYS, MAYBE EVEN JUST A FEW HOURS TO HAVE CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGS, TO LISTEN TO THOSE INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES. THE NEW REPUBLICAN MAJORITY SAID IT WANTED TO LISTEN TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BUT IT HAS NOT INVITED A SINGLE AMERICAN OUTSIDE THIS CONGRESS TO A HEARING TO TESTIFY ON THE REPEAL BILL WE ARE DEBATING TODAY. AND AS A RESULT WE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE HAVE HAD TO SCHEDULE AN UNOFFICIAL HEARING. IT'S GOING ON RIGHT NOW. NOT 100 YARDS FROM WHERE WE DEBATE IN THE CAPITOL VISITOR CENTER. AND I ENCOURAGE ALL OF TO YOU DROP BY BECAUSE IF YOU DO YOU'RE GOING TO HEAR SOME STORIES, YOU'RE GOING TO HEAR STORIES FROM MOMS AND DADS OF YOUNG PEOPLE WHO TELL YOU HOW THEY'RE RELIEVINGED THAT THEIR SONS AND DAUGHTERS ARE NO LONGER KICKED OFF THEIR INSURANCE POLICIES WHEN THEY TURN AGE 22 OR GRADUATE FROM COLLEGE. AND CAN NOW STAY ON THEIR PARENTS' INSURANCE PLAN UNTIL THE AGE OF 26. AS A RESULT IF THEIR 20-YEAR-OLD CHILD GETS SICK OR HIT BY A CAR OR ANOTHER TERRIBLE ACCIDENT THEY CAN GET CARE WITHOUT THE FAMILIAR GOING BANKRUPT. YOU WILL HEAR FROM MOMS -- FAMILY GOING BANKRUPT. WILL YOU HEAR FROM MOMSES AND DADS WITH KIDS WHO HAVE CANCER OR DIABETES OR OTHER PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS, TELLING YOU THEY'RE RELIEVINGED THAT FINALLY INSURANCE COMPANIES CAN'T DENY THEIR CHILDREN COVERAGE BECAUSE OF PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. AND WILL YOU HEAR FROM SENIOR CITIZENS WHO WERE UNABLE TO PAY FOR THE HUGE PRESCRIPTION COSTS OF THEIR BILLS AND THEN AS OF JANUARY 1 OF THIS YEAR THEY'RE GETTING A 50% DISCOUNT AND THEY CAN AFFORD TO PAY FOR THE MEDICINES THEIR DOCTORS SAY THEY NEED. AND YOU'LL HEAR FROM SMALL BUSINESSES AND THE NUMBER OF SMALL BUSINESSES USING THE TAX CREDIT HAS EXCEEDED EVERYONE'S EXPECTATION. YOU'LL HEAR FROM THOSE SMALL BUSINESSES SAYING THEY CAN NOW AFFORD TO PURCHASE AFFORDABLE COVERAGE FOR THEIR EMPLOYEES AND AS A RESULT HIRE MORE PEOPLE. YOU WOULD HEAR ALL THAT AND MORE. AND THAT IS WHY IT IS SUCH A MISTAKE, IT'S A HISTORIC MISTAKE, TO TAKE AWAY THESE PATIENT PROTECTIONS AND THROW THESE INDIVIDUALS BACK OVER TO THE WHIMS AND THE MANY ABUSES OF THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY. THERE'S NO DOUBT THAT THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY WILL BE POPPING CHAMPAGNE BOTTLES IF THE HEALTH CARE LAW WAS EVER TO BE REPEALED. LET'S PUT THE INTERESTS OF OUR CONSTITUENTS, PATIENTS AND CONSUMERS FIRST IN THIS DEBATE. I YIELD MYSELF AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

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  • 03:09:32 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    AND LET'S MAKE SURE THAT AS WE DO THIS WE TACKLE THE DEFICIT AND THE DEBT.…

    AND LET'S MAKE SURE THAT AS WE DO THIS WE TACKLE THE DEFICIT AND THE DEBT. I LISTEN TO MY COLLEAGUE TALK ABOUT THE DEBTS BUT WE ALL KNOW THAT THE INDEPENDENT, NONPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE IN A LETTER TO SPEAKER BOEHNER DATED JANUARY 6, 2011, INDICATED THAT REPEALING THIS BILL WILL INCREASE THE DEFICIT BY OVER $200 BILLION OVER THE FIRST 10 YEARS AND BY ANOTHER $1.2 TRILLION OVER THE SECOND 10 YEARS. NOW OUR COLLEAGUES HAVE CRITICIZED THOSE FINDINGS BUT THEY'RE THE SAME PEOPLE WHO THEY APPLAUDED WHEN THE NUMBERS CAME BACK THEIR WAY. SO, MR. SPEAKER, I THANK YOU AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

  • 03:10:20 PM

    MR. RYAN

    AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO A NEW MEMBER BUT A SEEP YOR…

    AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO A NEW MEMBER BUT A SEEP YOR MEMBER OF CONGRESS, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. CALVERT.

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  • 03:10:29 PM

    MR. CALVERT

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2, A BILL THAT REPEAL THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2, A BILL THAT REPEAL THE DISASTROUS GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF HEALTH CARE. THE MORE WE LEARN ABOUT THE NEW HEALTH CARE LAW, THE MORE WE UNDERSTAND HOW DEVASTATING IT WILL BE TO OUR ECONOMY. ALREADY EMPLOYERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY HAVE SUFFERED INCREASES IN THEIR HEALTH PREMIUMS AS A RESULT OF THE HEALTH CARE LAW. YET WE WERE TOLD THAT THE BILL WOULD SEND OR BEND THE HEALTH CARE CURVE DOWNWARD. WE WERE TOLD THE BILL WOULD REDUCE THE DEFICIT BY $143 BILLION OVER 10 YEARS. HOWEVER WE KNOW THE FIGURES GIVEN TO THE C.B.O. DID NOT AC RADLY REFLECT THE LAW'S REAL COST. WHEN YOU ADD BACK THE $115 BILLION NEEDED TO IMPLEMENT THE LAW AND SUBTRACT THE BILL'S DOUBLE ACCOUNTING REVENUE AND OTHER BUDGETARY GIMMICKS, THE TRUE COST IS A STAGGERING $700 BILLION OVER 10 YEARS. WE WERE TOLD THE BILL WOULD PROTECT THE UNINSURED, YET ALL IT DOES IS ROLL THEM INTO MEDICAID, A LOW-PERFORMING PROGRAM THAT HAS RESULTED TO MORE PEOPLE TURNING TO THE E.R. FOR THEIR MEDICAL NEEDS. WE WERE TOLD THIS BILL WOULD HELP SENIORS, INSTEAD IT GUTS MEDICARE ADVANTAGE, LEAVING 50% OF BENEFICIARIES ON THE VERGE OF LOSING THEIR COURAGE COVERAGE. WHAT HAPPENED TO THE PROMISE THAT IF YOU LIKE YOUR HEALTH CARE PLAN, YOU CAN KEEP YOUR HEALTH CARE PLAN? IN ADDITION TO ALL THE FALSE PROMISES, THE HEALTH CARE BILL WILL IMPOSE $52 BILLION IN NEW TAXES ON BUSINESSES. OUR ECONOMY RELIES ON THE ABILITY OF BUSINESSES TO GROW, HIRE, INVEST AND SUCCEED. THE NEW TAXES WILL DEVASTATE OUR ECONOMY, TURN THE AMERICAN DREAM INTO A NIGHTMARE. THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT WE CANNOT AFFORD THIS NEW HEALTH CARE LAW NO MATTER HOW WELL INTENTIONED. WE MUST REPEAL OBAMACARE, REPLACE IT WITH LEGISLATION TO DECREASE HEALTH CARE COSTS, INCREASE COMPETITION IN THE MARKETPLACE, MAINTAIN THE SANCTITY OF DOCTOR-PATIENT RELATIONSHIPS AND TRULY HELPS THOSE WITHOUT INSURANCE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE IN FAVOR OF H.R. 2 AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    AT THIS TIME, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD 2 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM…

    AT THIS TIME, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD 2 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM PENNSYLVANIA,

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  • 03:12:36 PM

    MS. SCHWARTZ

    THANK YOU AND I RISE TO SPEAK VERY FORCEFULLY, I HOPE, ABOUT THE…

    THANK YOU AND I RISE TO SPEAK VERY FORCEFULLY, I HOPE, ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF PROCEEDING WITH THE HEALTH CARE BILL, THE HEALTH CARE LAW THAT WE HAVE IN PLACE AND THE INCREDIBLE PROTECTIONS THAT IT IS PROVIDING TO LITERALLY MILLIONS OF AMERICANS IN EACH AND EVERY ONE OF OUR DISTRICTS. EACH OF US HAVE HEARD FROM THEM. THE NEW HEALTH CARE LAW REDUCES THE DEFICIT. WE'RE HERE TALKING ABOUT THING BUDGET COMMITTEE IT IS GOING TO REDUCE THE DEFICIT WHILE PROMOTING MORE EFFICIENT AND HIGHER QUALITY CARE. REDUCING THE DEFICIT AND SLOWING THE GROWTH OF HEALTH CARE COSTS MEANS REAL SAVINGS TO AMERICAN FAMILIES, AMERICAN BUSINESSES AND TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. AND YET THEIR FIRST MAJOR ACT IN THE MAJORITY, CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS WANT TO REPEAL THIS LAW. REPEALING THE PROTECTIONS FOR AMERICANS WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS, WE JUST HEARD THIS MORNING "THE WASHINGTON POST" REPORTED ON A STUDY THAT SAYS THAT ONE HALF OF ALL AMERICANS UNDER THE AGE OF 65 HAVE A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION. THIS ISN'T JUST ABOUT A FEW OF US. IT'S ABOUT REALLY ALMOST ALL OF US. WE ALL KNOW SOMEONE, WE ALL MAY LOVE SOMEONE WHO HAS A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION. THIS -- THE REPUBLICANS GOT THEIR WAY AND THEY WILL PROBABLY IN THE HOUSE BUT FORTUNATELY NOT IN THE SENATE, THEY WOULD REPEAL THE PROTECTIONS FOR AMERICANS WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS, CHILDREN CAN ALREADY NOW BE COVERED. THEY WOULD REPEAL THE NEW LAW THAT SAYS ANNUAL LIMITS FOR COVERAGE, IF YOU HAVE CANCER, WILL BE REPEALED. IT WILL REPEAL THE PRESCRIPTION DRUG BENEFITS FOR OUR SENIORS. AND IT WILL REPEAL TAX CREDITS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES AND IN DOING SO THEY WILL ADD TO THE COSTS FOR AMERICAN TAXPAYERS. LET'S BE CLEAR ON THIS WHAT THIS MEANS. REPEAL INCREASES THE DEFICIT BY $252 BILLION OVER 10 YEARS AND $1.4 TRILLION OVER 20. REPEAL REVERSES PROGRESS IN GETTING HEALTH CARE COSTS UNDER CONTROL, CAUSING FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES AND THE GOVERNMENT TO FACE HIGHER HEALTH CARE COSTS. IT REPEALS THE BENEFITS FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS, IMPORTANT CONSUMERS PROTECTIONS AND ENSURES REFORM, SUCH AS MAKING SURE THAT CHILDREN WITH BRE EXISTING CONDITION HAVE COVERAGE. AND THE REPEAL MEANS STARTING OVER. WE'RE GOING TO HEAR IT OVER AND OVER AGAIN OVER THE NEXT SEVEN HOURS. WHAT'S START -- WHAT STARTING OVER MEANS IS NO CONSUMER PROTECTIONS AND MONTHS AND MAYBE YEARS OF JUST TALK. POSSIBLY NO ACTION WHILE THE COST GOES UP FOR AMERICAN BUSINESSES, GO UP FOR OUR FAMILIES AND GO UP FOR OUR NATION. CAN I HAVE ANOTHER HALF A MINUTE? MR. VAN

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZE.

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    MS. SCHWARTZ

    THE NEW RULES ALLOW THE REPUBLICANS TO DO THIS, BUT IT'S GOING TO CAUSE…

    THE NEW RULES ALLOW THE REPUBLICANS TO DO THIS, BUT IT'S GOING TO CAUSE GREATER SUFFERING FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IT'S A WRONG COURSE OF ACTION, LET'S NOT REPEAL THIS BILL, IT WILL HURT AMERICAN, IT WILL HURT OUR ECONOMIC COMPETITIVENESS AND HURT THE FISCAL CONDITION OF THIS NATION. I ENCOURAGE A NO VOTE AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. RYAN

    YIELD MYSELF THREE MINUTE BUS FIRST, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL…

    YIELD MYSELF THREE MINUTE BUS FIRST, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON H.R. 2.

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    MR. RYAN

    I'D LIKE TO YIELD MYSELF THREE MINUTES TO ADDRESS SOME OF THE CHARGES I'VE…

    I'D LIKE TO YIELD MYSELF THREE MINUTES TO ADDRESS SOME OF THE CHARGES I'VE HEARD. NUMBER ONE, THEY'RE SAYINGS THAT JOBS BILL. HALF A TRILLION DOLLARS IN TAX INCREASES CREATES JOBS? MANDATES TAXES -- MANDATES FOR TAXES? THAT CREATES JOBS? OTHERS SAY, THE SENATE IS ISN'T GOING TO CONSIDER IT, THE PRESIDENT ISN'T GOING TO PASS IT, SO WHY BOTHER? IF THAT'S THE ATTITUDE, LET'S JUST GO HOME. LET ME SPEAK TO THE FISCAL HOUSE OF CARDS REPRESENTED BY THIS LAW. THE MINORITY IS SAYING, THIS REDUCES THE DEFICIT LOOK AT THE LETTER FROM C.B.O. TO SPEAKER BOEHNER, IT REDUCES THE DEFICIT BY $130 BILLION OVER EIGHT YEARS. IT DOES THAT IF YOU MANIPULATE THE C.B.O. I'VE HEARD CHARGES OF ENRON ACCOUNTING. THE ONLY ENRONT ACCOUNTING IS THE PREVIOUS MAJORITY GAVE THE C.B.O. A BILL FULL OF SMOKE AND MIRRORS AND MADE THEM SCORE THAT HERE'S WHAT THE C.B.O. SAYS IF YOU TAKE AWAY THE SMOKE AND MIRRORS, THE FACT THAT THERE'S $78 MILLION IN CLASS ACT PREMIUMS DOUBLE COUNTING, $A 53 BILLION IN SOCIAL SECURITY TAXES BEING DOUBLE COUNTED, $153 BILLION NEEDED TO HIRE NEW BUREAUCRACY THAT WASN'T COUNTED, CUTS IN MEDICARE THAT ARE BEING DOUBLE COUNTED AND LET'S NOT FORGET THE DOCTOR FIX, $208 BILLION, THAT WE JUST DISCOUNTED AND IGNORED. WHEN YOU TAKE AWAY THE SMOKE AND MIRRORS THIS HAS A $701 BILLION DEFICIT. IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE ME WHEN I SAY IT THAT WAY, HOW ABOUT THIS WAY. THE C.B.O. SAYS THIS RAISES THE DEBT. HOW IS THAT DIFFERENT, WHERE THEY SAY ON ONE HAND THE BILL LOWERS THIS EDEFICIT BUT ON THE OTHER HAND, IT RAISES THE DEBT? WHEN A C.B.O. LOOKS AT WHETHER OR NOT THEY RAISE THE DEBT, THEY LOOK AT EVERYTHING, THE INTERPLAY OF ALL FISCAL POLICIES TO LOOK AT ITS EFFECT ON THE DEBT. WHEN THEY SCORE A BILL ON ITS EFFECT ON THE DEFICIT THEY LOOK AT WHAT YOU PUT IN FRONT OF THEM, THE SMOKE AND MIRRORS, DOUBLE COUNTING, NONCOUNTING, AND ACCOUNT FOR THAT. IF THIS LOWERS THE DEFICIT, HOW DOES IT INCREASE THE DEBT? YOU HAVE TO PLAY A PHONY TRICK WITH DOUBLE COUNTING TO DO THAT. WHAT DOES THIS BILL ULTIMATELY DO? IT BLOWS A HOLE THROUGH THE DEFICIT. WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE FIRST 10 DWHREERKS BILL IS A $1.4 TRILLION INCREASE. THAT'S BECAUSE YOU HAVE 10 YEARS OF TAX INCREASES AND MEDICARE CUTS TO PAY FOR SIX YEARS OF SPENDING. WHEN YOU ACTUALLY LOOK AT THE FULL 10 YEARS OF IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS LAW, $2.6 TRILLION IN SPENDING, $2.6 TRILLION. NOW, MR. SPEAKER, LET ME SAY THAT, JOBS AND THE EFFECTS ON THIS HEALTH CARE BILL, I HAD AN ALARMING CONVERSATION WITH A LARGE EMPLOYER IN WISCONSIN NOT LONG AGO, A PRIVATELY HELD COMPANY WITH THOUSANDS OF EMPLOYEE, SHE TAKES GOOD CARE OF HER EMPLOYEES. I YIELD MYSELF AN ADDITIONAL 20 SECONDS TO SAY THIS

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    MR. RYAN

    TO ME I BELIEVE IT'S MY OBLIGATION TO OFFER HEALTH INSURANCE TO MY…

    TO ME I BELIEVE IT'S MY OBLIGATION TO OFFER HEALTH INSURANCE TO MY EMPLOYEES, BUT MY TWO PUBLICLY TRADED COMPETITORS SAID THEY'RE DUMPING THEIR EMPLOYEES. INSTEAD OF PAYING $17,000 A YEAR FOR EMPLOYEE HEALTH CARE, THEY'LL PAY A TCHRS 2,000 FINE. THAT'S A $15,000 DIFFERENCE HER COMPETITOR WILL HAVE AS A COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE AGAINST YOU. SHE SAID, I HAVE NO CHOICE, I'M GOING TO DUMP MY EMPLOYEES IN THIS EXCHANGE AND THOUSANDS OF EMPLOYERS ARE MAKING THE SAME DECISION. THIS SHOULD BE REPEALED AND WITH THAT, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    I YIELD MYSELF THREE MINUTES.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    IT IS INTERESTING TO HEAR THIS ATTACK ON THE C.B.O. NUMBERS THAT CAME OUT…

    IT IS INTERESTING TO HEAR THIS ATTACK ON THE C.B.O. NUMBERS THAT CAME OUT WHEN MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE JUST NINE MONTHS AGO, WHEN THE C.B.O. WASRY PORTING DEFICIT NUMBERS AND THE COST OF THE BILL, WERE SINGING C.B.O.'S HIGH PRAISES. NOW, LET'S LOOK AT SOME OF THE ITEMS JUST MENTIONED. LET'S LOOK AT THE DOCTORS FIX PAYMENT. LET'S LOOK AT THE S.G.R. ALL OF US KNOW THAT THAT'S BEEN AN ISSUE THAT'S BEEN WITH THIS HOUSE FOR YEARS AND YEARS AND YEARS AND IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE HEALTH INSURANCE REFORM BILL THAT WAS SIGNED BY THE PRESIDENT, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO DEAL WITH THAT ISSUE, WHETHER WE HAD HEALTH INSURANCE REFORM OR DIDN'T HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE REFORM. MR. SPEAKER, THEY KNOW THAT. WE'VE ALSO HEARD, I DO NOT NEELED AT THIS TIME. WE ALSO HEARD, MR. SPEAKER, THAT THEY SAID WE FRONT LOADED THE REVENUE IN THIS BILL AND ACTUALLY -- AND DISGUISED THE COSTS. IF THAT WERE THE CASE, HOW IS IT POSSIBLE THAT C.B.O. WOULD SAY THAT IT ACTUALLY REDUCES THE DEFICIT BY MORE IN THE SECOND 10 YEARS THAN IN THE FIRST 10 YEARS? THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS, THIS BILL WILL INCREASE SOCIAL SECURITY REVENUE AS EMPLOYERS PROVIDE MORE OF THEIR COMPENSATION IN THE FORM OF WAGES THAT ARE SUBJECT TO PAYROLL TAXES. DOUBLE COUNTING IS NOT THE ISSUE. THE FACT IS, IT REDUCES THE DEFICIT AND C.B.O. SAYS THAT. NOW C.B.O. IS THE INDEPENDENT REFEREE THAT WE USE IN THIS BODY. THEY'RE LIKE THE GUY ON THE FOOTBALL FIELD, THE REFEREE WHO CALLS THE PLAYS AND CALLS, YOU KNOW, WHEN THERE ARE PENALTIES AND NO PENALTIES. SOMETIMES WE LIKE THE CALLS, SOMETIMES WE DON'T. BUT IT IS AN UNPRECEDENTED, IT'S AN UNPRECEDENTED STEP TO SAY THAT WE'RE GOING TO TOTALLY IGNORE THE DECISIONS AND JUDGMENTS OF THE INDEPENDENT C.B.O. AND WE'RE GOING TO REPLACE THAT WITH OUR JUDGMENT FOR THE PURPOSES OF DEFICIT REDUCTION CALCULATIONS IN LEGISLATION THAT GOES TO REDUCING OUR DEBT. THAT IS A RECIPE FOR BUDGET ANARCHY. IT'S A RECIPE FOR FISCAL CHAOS. AND WE SHOULD NOT GO DOWN THAT ROAD. THE C.B.O. HAS BEEN VERY CLEAR THAT THE FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE THING TO DO IS TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THE LAW IN ITS PLACE. WE OBVIOUSLY CAN FIX THINGS AS THEY COME UP THAT NEED TO BE ADDRESSED, SPECIFIC ITEM, BUT TO REPEAL THIS WHOLESALE WILL, ACCORDING TO THE FOLKS THAT WE RELY ON, AS THE INDEPENDENT, NONPARTISAN JUDGES HERE, SAY THAT REPEALING THIS BILL, AS OUR COLLEAGUES ARE PROPOSING TO DO, WILL ADD $1.4 TRILLION TO THE DEFICIT OVER 20 YEARS. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. RYAN

    SHOULD BE CONSIDERED OUTSIDE, WHY DID THE DEMOCRATS HAVE IT IN THEIR BILLS…

    SHOULD BE CONSIDERED OUTSIDE, WHY DID THE DEMOCRATS HAVE IT IN THEIR BILLS IN THE BEGINNING. THE SECOND THING IS, EITHER WE'RE FINANCING THIS ENTITLEMENT AND RAIDING THE SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE FUNDS YOU CAN'T DO BOTH. WITH THAT, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO A NEW MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE DEPR MICHIGAN, MR. AMASH.

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    MR. AMASH

    THE FOUNDERS WERE CONCERNED WITH OUR FREEDOM. THE DEBATE WE'RE HAVING…

    THE FOUNDERS WERE CONCERNED WITH OUR FREEDOM. THE DEBATE WE'RE HAVING TODAY GOES BEYOND HEALTH CARE. ALTHOUGH THERE'S NO DOUBT THAT HEALTH CARE COVERAGE IS AN IMPORTANT AND DIFFICULT ISSUE. WHAT WE'RE DISCUSSING TODAY GOES TO THE CORE OF OUR CONSTITUTION'S DESIGN. IT ASKS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WHETHER WE TAKE CONSTITUTIONAL LIMITS TO OUR POWERS SERIOUSLY. WE HAVE ALL WITNESSED EVERY AMERICANS' RENEWED INTEREST IN THE CONSTITUTION AS THEY ASK TOUGH QUESTIONS ABOUT THE CONSTITUTIONALITY OF THE LAW. THE LAW'S PROPONENTS HAVE TRIED TO DRESS UP THEIR ANSWERS IN CONSTITUTIONAL LANGUAGE. THEY SAY CONGRESS' POWER TO TAX UPHOLDS THE LAW BUT WHEN THIS BILL WAS FIRST BEING CONSIDERED, THEY CLAIMED THE BILL CONTAINED NO NEW TAXES. THEY TRIED TO FIND SUPPORT IN CONGRESS' POWER OF INTERSTATE COMMERCE. IF FORCING AMERICANS TO START COMMERCE IS THE SAME AS REGULATING EXISTING COMMERCE, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN NEWS TO THE FOUNDERS. FINALLY, THEY CLAIM THAT CONGRESS CAN DO ANYTHING THAT IS IN THE GENERAL WELFARE OF THE COUNTRY. IF THIS LAW IS CONSTITUTIONAL IF CONGRESS HAS SUCH BROAD POWER, OUR LIMITED FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL BECOME LIMITLESS AND ALL WITHOUT CHANGING OUR CONSTITUTION OR THE APPROVAL OF THE AMERICANS WHOM IT PROTECTS. IT IS NOT JUST FOR THE COURTS, IT IS OUR DUTY AS A CONGRESS TO PAY ATTENTION TO THE CONSTITUTION AND ITS LIMITS ON ITS POWERS. I URGE THAT WE REPEAL THIS UNCONSTITUTIONAL LAW. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. CONNOLLY.

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    MR. CONNOLLY

    AS A MEMBER OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE TO OPPOSE THIS DEFICIT-BUST REGULAR…

    AS A MEMBER OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE TO OPPOSE THIS DEFICIT-BUST REGULAR PEEL. I WANT TO SPEAK ON BEHALF OF SUZANNE FROM VIENNA, VIRGINIA. HER DAUGHTER SUFFERS FROM A DEBILITATING DISEASE AND BEFORE THIS REFORM THEY COULD NOT GET COVERAGE FOR THEIR DAUGHTER BECAUSE SHE, THROUGH NO FAULT OF HER OWN, HAD A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION. WHILE OTHERS WAIT TO SEE IF THEIR INSURANCE COMPANY WOULD DENY THEM, SUZANNE KNEW. SHE WAS WILLING TO PAY EXTRA PREMIUMS BUT THE INSURANCE COMPANY SAID NO. SUZANNE HAD NO OPTION UNTIL WE CREATED HIGH RISK INSURANCE POOLS UNDER HEALTH INSURANCE REFORM. HER WORDS TO ME AFTER HEALTH INSURANCE REFORM PASSED WAS, NOW AT LEAST WE HAVE HOPE FOR THE FUTURE. THIS WILL TAKE AWAY THAT HOPE THROWING SUZANNE'S DAUGHTER OFF OF INSURANCE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO REMEMBER SUZANNE'S DAUGHTER AND 129 MILLION OTHER AMERICANS LIKE HER AND STOP THIS REPEAL.

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    MR. RYAN

    MINUTE TO

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    MR. MULVANEY

    TELL YOU HOW EXCITED I AM TO HEAR THE LANGUAGE COMING FROM THE OTHER SIDE…

    TELL YOU HOW EXCITED I AM TO HEAR THE LANGUAGE COMING FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE CHAMBER THIS EVENING. I'M HEARING ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF CUTTING DEFICITS AND KEEPING SPENDING IN LINE. IT MAKES ME WONDER WHAT'S BEEN HAPPENING HERE FOR THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS. I THINK WE'VE BEEN CONSISTENT WITH THAT MESSAGE OVER THE COURSE OF THIS DEBATE ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE. I DON'T KNOW WHERE THE OTHER SIDE WAS WHEN WE GOT THE INFORMATION THAT THIS BILL COST TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS. I DON'T KNOW WHERE THIS ATTITUDE ABOUT BEING FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE WAS WHEN WE GOT INFORMATION FROM THE CHIEF ACTUARY THAT MEDICARE AND MEDICAID WHO SAID THIS BILL WAS UNSUSTAINABLE IN ITS SPENDING. I DON'T KNOW WHERE THEY WERE WITH THIS ATTITUDE WHEN WE HEARD THAT THIS BILL RAISED THE COST OF HEALTH CARE VERSUS NOT PASSING THE BILL. BUT MR. SPEAKER, I'M EXTRAORDINARILY EXCITED TO HEAR THIS LEVEL OF DISCUSSION. AS A MEMBER OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, I LOOK FORWARD TO THIS LEVEL OF DEBATE CONTINUING BEYOND THIS BILL, BEYOND THE HEALTH CARE DISCUSSION, AND INTO THE UPCOMING DISCUSSION ON THE BUDGET. MY GUESS IS, IF WE HAVE THIS LEVEL OF DISCUSSION ON HEALTH CARE, THE BUDGET WILL BE AN EASY, EASY DEBATE THIS YEAR AND WE'LL BE ABLE TO MAKE DRA MALTIC INROADS.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. CUELLAR.

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    MR. CUELLAR

    IN THE LONG, RICH HISTORY OF CONGRESS, WHEN A PRIOR CONGRESS PASSES A…

    IN THE LONG, RICH HISTORY OF CONGRESS, WHEN A PRIOR CONGRESS PASSES A PIECE OF LEGISLATION, THE PRUDENT STEP IS TO LOOK AT THAT LEGISLATION AND AGREE ON MAKING CHANGES ON WHAT DOESN'T WORK. I THINK TO COME TODAY AND LOOK FOR REPEAL AND NOT HAVE A HEALTH CARE PLAN IN PLACE IS NOT THE PRUDENT APPROACH. WE HAVE TO SEE WHAT WORKS AND WHAT DOESN'T WORK. THAT WOULD BE THE PRUDENT STEP TO TAKE TODAY. WE HAVE TO FOCUS ON THE DEFICIT AND ON JOBS. DEFICIT IS IMPORTANT AND I THINK WE CAN COME TOGETHER AND WORK IN A BIPARTISAN APPROACH. THIS IS ONE THING WE NEED TO LOOK AT TODAY. JOBS, WE CERTAINLY HAVE TO LOOK AT COMING IN. BUT JUST TO COME IN AND SAY, THIS IS SOMETHING THAT KILLS JOBS IS NOT THE RIGHT STEP TO TAKE. IF YOU LOOK AT, FOR EXAMPLE, THE NFIB RESEARCH FOUNDATION WHEN THEY LOOKED AT THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION, THEY SAY THAT A NUMBER OF HEALTH CARE PROFESSION JOBS WILL BE CREATED BY THIS LEGISLATION. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE NEED TO LOOK AT. AGAIN THE PRUDENT STEP TO LOOK AT IS TO LOOK AT WHAT WORKS AND WHAT DOESN'T WORK. MR. SPEAKER, THAT'S WHAT WE NEED TO LOOK AT. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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    MR. RYAN

    YIELD 90 SECONDS TO A NEW MEMBER OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, MR. COLE OF…

    YIELD 90 SECONDS TO A NEW MEMBER OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, MR. COLE OF OKLAHOMA.

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  • 03:29:17 PM

    MR. COLE

    TO SUPPORT H.R. 2, THE REPEAL OF LAST YEAR'S SO-CALLED HEALTH BILL. THE…

    TO SUPPORT H.R. 2, THE REPEAL OF LAST YEAR'S SO-CALLED HEALTH BILL. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, QUITE FRANKLY HAVE NEVER LIKED THIS BILL AS THEY DEMONSTRATED LAST NOVEMBER. YOU CAN'T FIND A POLL WHERE IT'S EVER CRACKED 50% IN APPROVAL. AND THOSE WANTING TO REPEAL IT HAVE GENERALLY ALWAYS BEEN ABOVE THAT MARK. THE BILL ITSELF MAY BE UNCONSTITUTIONAL. OVER 20 STATES ARE NOW CHALLENGING IT IN FEDERAL COURT. IT'S CERTAINLY LIKELY TO BE UNWORKABLE. THE CREATION OF DOZENS OF BOARDS, AGENCIES AND COMMISSIONS WITH RULE MAKING AUTHORITY, THE FACT THAT HUNDREDS OF COMPANIES HAVE ALREADY ASKED FOR WAIVERS UNDER THE LEGISLATION SUGGEST IT'S GOING TO BE A BUREAUCRATIC NIGHTMARE. BUT FINALLY AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, THE BILL ITSELF IS FISCALLY IRRESPONSIBLE AND UNSUSTAINABLE. THE IDEA THAT WE WOULD TAKE HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OUT OF MEDICAID, SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE AT A TIME THE BABY BOOMER GENERAL RIGGS RATION IS BEGINNING TO RETIRE IS IR-- GENERATION IS BEGINNING TO RETIRE IS IRRESPONSIBLE. WE NEED SAVINGS TO SUSTAIN MEDICARE. SO I URGE THIS HOUSE TO TAKE THE FISCALRY -- FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE COURSE, REPEAL THIS BILL AND START OVER AND GIVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THE HEALTH CARE BILL THEY DESERVE AND THE HEALTH CARE BILL THEY CAN AFFORD. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD GOT MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA, MS.…

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD GOT MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA, MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ. WAS WAS MR. SPEAKER, RISE TO --

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  • 03:30:46 PM

    MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO OPPOSE THIS. REFORM HAS ALREADY MADE A DRAMATIC…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO OPPOSE THIS. REFORM HAS ALREADY MADE A DRAMATIC POSITIVE DIFFERENCE FOR MILLIONS OF OUR CONSTITUENTS AND SMALL BUSINESSES WHILE TACKLING OUR BALLOONING NATIONAL DEBT. WE IN CONGRESS MUST CONTINUE DOING ALL WE CAN TO SUPPORT AMERICAN FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES AS WE EMERGE FROM THIS RECESSION. DEMOCRATS HAVE PLEDGED TO MEASURE ALL LEGISLATION BY PROPOSALS SUCCESS AT CREATING JOBS. STRENGTHEN THE MIDDLE CLASS AND BRINGING DOWN THE DEFICIT. UNFORTUNATELY THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY'S ATTEMPTS TO REPEAL THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT FAILS ON ALL SUCH ACCOUNTS. REPEAL WOULD HURT SMALL BUSINESSES, CANCELING TAX CREDITS TO HELP EMPLOYS AFFORD COVERAGE. IT WOULD STALL MIDDLE CLASS JOB GROWTH AS 1/3 OF SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS TOLD THEY WERE MORE LIKELY TO HIRE NEW EMPLOYEES AS A RESULT OF REFORM AND OF COURSE REPEAL WOULD DEEPEN OUR ALREADY EXPLODING DEFICIT, INCREASING IT BY $230 BILLION IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS AND BY MORE THAN $1 TRILLION IN THE FOLLOWING DECADE. MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE HAVE REBUFFED THIS ANALYSIS FROM CONGRESS' OWN BUDGETARY REFEREE, THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE. BECAUSE IT DOESN'T FIT THE REPUBLICAN NARTIFIC OR CAMPAIGN PROMISE TO TACKLE THE DEFICIT. HOWEVER, WHILE THEY MAY BE ENTITLED TO THEIR OWN OPINIONS, THEY ARE NOT ENTITLED TO THEIR OWN FACTS. HEALTH CARE REPEAL IS THE EPITOME OF FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY AND ENCOUNTERS OUR MOST BASIC AMERICAN VALUES. WE LOSE LIFE WHEN INSURANCE COMPANIES CAN FREELY DROP THOSE WHO ARE SICK FROM COVERAGE. WE LOSE LIBERTY WHEN OUR SENIORS HAVE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN MEDICATIONS AND GROCERIES AND WE LOSE THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS IF WE RETURN TO THE DAYS WHEN ONLY JOB SECURITY GUARANTEED HEALTH SECURITY. OUR FISCAL DECISIONS, MR. SPEAKER, MUST BE A REFLECTION NOT ONLY OF OUR ECONOMIC FUTURE BUT A STATEMENT OF OUR MOST ESSENTIAL NATIONAL VALUES. BY ENSURING THAT AMERICANS HAVE VITAL COVERAGE, RATHER THAN CRUELLY DENYING IT TO THEM, WE CAN LIVE UP TO THE DREAMS OF LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    AT THIS TIME, MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD MAIN TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    AT THIS TIME, MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD MAIN TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS, MR. HUELSKAMP, A MEMBER OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE.

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  • 03:32:54 PM

    MR. HUELSKAMP

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS A RESULT OF THIS LAW, EMPLOYERS ACROSS AMERICA…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS A RESULT OF THIS LAW, EMPLOYERS ACROSS AMERICA HAVE LEARNED THAT ONEROUS REPORTING REQUIREMENTS WILL FORCE THEM TO FILE 10 9 FORMS FOR EVERY VENDOR WHICH THEY DODS 600 WORTH OF BUSINESS. I VISITED WITH AN ACCOUNT IN OUR BUSINESS THAT INDICATESED HE WOULD HAVE TO EXPAND HIS STAFF BY 25% TO ACCOMMODATE ALL THE EXTRA RED TAPE AND PAPERWORK. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS NOT THE TYPE OF JOB CREATION AMERICANS ENVISIONED. ADDITIONALLY, BUSINESS AND LABOR UNIONS ALIKE HAVE REALIZED OBAMA SCARE A BAD DEAL. AT LEAST 222 HAVE SOUGHT WAIVERS FROM HAVING TO COMPLY WITH THE LAW. H.H.S. SECRETARY KATH LINESY BILLIOUS HAS APPROVED WAIVERS. MORE TROUBLES IS THAT SECRETARIESY BILLOUS HAS BEEN TARTY IN --SY BILLOUS HAS BEEN TARTY. FORTUNATELY RATHER THAN SELECTIVE WAIVERS FOR THE POLITICALLY CONNECTED, WE HAVE A UNIVERSAL REMEDY, REPEAL THE LAW. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO HEED THE CALL VOTERS MADE LAST YEAR DURING THE DEBATE AND AT THE BALLOT BOX AND I YIELD BACK. THANK YOU.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD REMIND THE GENTLEMAN, THIS BODY VOTED ON A…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD REMIND THE GENTLEMAN, THIS BODY VOTED ON A MAJORITY BASIS TO REPEAL THE 1099 PROVISION. WITH THAT I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. DOGGETT.

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    MR. DOGGETT

    THANK YOU. THE CHOICE HERE IS WHETHER TO GIVE MORE MONEY TO INSURANCE…

    THANK YOU. THE CHOICE HERE IS WHETHER TO GIVE MORE MONEY TO INSURANCE MONOPOLIES OR LEAVE JUST A LITTLE BIT IN THE POCKETS OF MIDDLE CLASS AMERICANS. BUT FOR HOUSE REPUBLICANS, PUTTING INSURANCE COMPANIES FIRST, PUTTING THEM ALWAYS FIRST SEEMS TO BE A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION. THIS BILL ISN'T REPEAL AND REPLACE, IT'S REPEAL AND FORGET. FORGET THE HEALTH CARE NEEDS OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS, FORGET THE HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS THAT THEY WITH THIS REPEAL ADD TO OUR FEDERAL DEBT. WITHIN A YEAR ALISON, A 23-YEAR-OLD IN TEXAS WHO IS COMPLETING HER COLLEGE DEGREE AND CARING FOR HER MOTHER WHO FACES ANOTHER ROUND OF BREAST CANCER, ALISON WOULD LOSE HER HEALTH INSURANCE. EMILY FROM WOMEN BERL WHO IS BATTLING CANCER HERSELF WOULD NOW FACE LIFETIME LIMITS ON WHAT DOCTOR-RECOMMENDED CARE HER INSURER WILL PAY FOR. AND OF COURSE IF HER HUSBAND LOSES OR CHANGES HIS JOB, SHE SWRONET ANY INSURANCE AT ALL. AND CHARLOTTE, AN AUSTIN SENIOR, SHE WOULD HAVE TO PAY FOR MORE PRESCRIPTIONS AND FOR PREVENTATIVE HEALTH CARE WHILE THE REPUBLICANS REDUCED THE VOLUME SENTSY OF THE MEDICARE TRUST FUND BY OVER A DECADE. FAMILIAR BUDGETS WOULD BE CRUSHED BY THIS BILL AS HEALTH CARE COSTS REMAIN THE LEADING CAUSE OF CREDIT CARD DEBT AND BANKRUPTCY. AND THIS SAME DEVASTATING REPUBLICAN BILL WOULD ALSO HIKE THE FEDERAL DEBT. THAT'S WHY REPUBLICANS HAVE REJECTED PAY-AS-YOU-GO BUDGETING AND INSTEAD WILL BORROW FROM THE CHINESE TO PAY FOR TODAY'S ACTION. YES, REPEAL IS A PRIORITY FOR THE INSURANCE COMPANIES AND THEIR APOLOGISTS. BUT NEITHER OUR FAMILY BUDGET NOR OUR FEDERAL BUDGET CAN AFFORD IT. I BELIEVE THAT EVERY AMERICAN IS ENTITLED TO A FAMILY DOCTOR. NOT TO AN APPOINTMENT WITH A BANKRUPTCY JUDGE BECAUSE OF SOARING HEALTH CARE COSTS. AND I YIELD BACK.

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    TIME, MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD 90 SECONDS TO A MEMBER OF THE BUDGET…

    TIME, MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD 90 SECONDS TO A MEMBER OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA, MR. LANGFORD.

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    MR. LANGEVIN

    I VISITED WITH --

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    MR. LANKFORD

    I VISITED WITH AN EMPLOYER. WHEN ASKED ABOUT THAT, THE REASON THEY WERE…

    I VISITED WITH AN EMPLOYER. WHEN ASKED ABOUT THAT, THE REASON THEY WERE GIVE SEASON THE COST OF IMPLEMENTING THE NEW HEALTH CARE LAW. ANOTHER BUSINESS OWNER TOLD ME THEY WILL NOT HIRE NEW EMPLOYEES UNTIL THEY CAN FIGURE OUT WHAT THE COST OF HEALTH CARE IS GOING TO BE SO THEY WILL JUST STOP HIRING. WHILE SOME IN THIS CHAMBER TALK ABOUT UNIVERSAL COVERAGE AND COST CONTROLS, MANY PEOPLE IN MY DISTRICT ARE FRUSTRATED WITH SO THE CALLED SOLUTION. EVERY PERSON SHOULD CONTROL THEIR OWN HEALTH CARE OPTIONS AND OPPORTUNITIES. EVERY YOUNG STUDENT SHOULD HAVE THE MOTIVATION AND AS OUR POPULATION AGES, EVERY DOCTOR SHOULD HAVE GREATER SBINTIVE TO TAKE ON MEDICARE PATIENTS -- INCENTIVE TO TAKE ON MEDICARE PATIENTS. WE SHOULDN'T JUST MOVE THE COSTS TO THE STATES AND PUT PRICE CONTROLS ON DOCTORS AND HOSPITALS. SHARED PAIN IS NOT WHAT AMERICA WAS LOOKING FOR. AMERICA WAS LOOKING FOR SOLUTIONS. THE NEW HEALTH CARE LAW WILL CREATE LONG-TERM BUDGET ISSUES IN THE DAYS TO COME FROM A BUDGET PERSPECTIVE, YOU CAN COOK THE NUMBERS ALL YOU WANT BUT THIS BILL WILL DRAMATICALLY INCREASE OUR FEDERAL DEBT AGAIN. WE NEED ANSWERS. NOT BIGGER PROBLEMS. THIS IS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. INTELLECTUAL WE CAN DO BETTER THAN THIS. IT'S TIME TO REPEAL THIS LAW AND START THE HARD WORKING OF SOLVING COST CARE DELIVERY. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    MR. SPEAKER, IF I COULD INQUIRE AS TO HOW MUCH TIME REMAINS.

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    SPEAKER, I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY. MR.

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    MR. YARMUTH

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, TOMORROW WE WILL VOTE ON THE REPUBLICAN HEALTH…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, TOMORROW WE WILL VOTE ON THE REPUBLICAN HEALTH CARE BILL. THIS BILL IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF ACTIONS SPEAKING LOUDER THAN WORDS. MANY OF MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES HAVE SAID THEY SUPPORT CERTAIN HEALTH CARE REFORMS. A BAN ON PRE-EXISTING CONDITION DISCRIMINATION, ALLOWING YOUNG ADULTS TO STAY ON THEIR PARENTS' HEALTH CARE POLICIES, CLOSING THE PRESCRIPTION DOUGHNUT HOLE, THEY COULD HAVE CRAFTED THIS BILL ANY WAY THEY WANTED, THEY COULD HAVE GUARANTEED ANY OR ALL OF JUST THOSE IMPORTANT PROVISIONS, THOSE PROTECTIONS THEY CLAIM TO SUPPORT. BUT THEY DIDN'T. THEY COULD HAVE ENSURED THAT BY 2016 ANNUAL HEALTH CARE PREMIUMS FOR THE AVERAGE AMERICAN WOULDN'T BE $24,000. AND OVER THE NEXT DECADE, SMALL BUSINESSES WOULDN'T LOSE MORE THAN $52 BILLION IN PROFITS. THEY COULD HAVE CRAFTED THE BILL THAT THIS WAY BUT THEY DIDN'T. THEY CAN SAY WHATEVER THEY WANT BUT THE TRUTH IS THAT THE REPUBLICAN PLAN IS NO CARE, NO MATTER HOW DESPERATE OR HOW DIRE YOUR DIAGNOSIS, NO MATTER IF THE ALTERNATIVE SAVES MONEY, SAVES JOBS AND SAVES LIVES. I YIELD BACK.

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    TIME, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY,…

    TIME, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. GARRETT.

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    MR. GARRETT

    I THANK THE CHAIR VERY MUCH. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF REPEALING THIS…

    I THANK THE CHAIR VERY MUCH. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF REPEALING THIS SIMPLY JOB-DESTROYING HEALTH CARE BILL. AND REPLACE IT WITH A PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT ADDRESSES THREE MAIN TENANTS. ONE THAT WILL GROW OUR ECONOMY, ONE THAT WILL BRING DOWN COSTS AND ONE THAT IS BASICALLY CONSTITUTIONAL. IN THE AREA OF JOBS, YOU KNOW, I REMEMBER WHEN MINORITY LEADER PELOSI, THEN SPEAKER AT THE TIME, SAID, THIS BILL WOULD CREATE FOUR MILLION JONS -- JOBS. 400,000 OF THEM IMMEDIATELY. ALL THE SAME THE C.B.O. WAS SAYING, QUOTE, IT WAS LIKELY TO REDUCE EMPLOYMENT. SO INSTEAD OF ENCOURAGING AMERICAN JOBS, THIS TAKEOVER OF HEALTH CARE ON SMALL BUSINESSES WILL GIVE US MORE TAXES, MORE MANDATES AND HIGHER HEALTH CARE COSTS ON THOSE SMALL BUSINESSES. LOOK, WE NEED TO DO THIS AND WORK THIS TOGETHER WITH A BIPARTISAN MANNER WILL THANK WILL HELP OUR SMALL BUSINESSES. IN THE AREA OF COSTS, ADDITIONALLY, THIS HEALTH CARE BILL IS DEFICIENT IN THAT IT FAILS TO ADDRESS BRINGING DOWN COSTS. NOW, COMPANIES HAVE BEGUN TO DIGEST THIS HEALTH CARE BILL, COSTS HAVE ONLY RISEN. C.B.O. HAS FOUND THAT THIS WILL ACTUALLY INCREASE HEALTH CARE PREMIUMS BY AS MUCH AS 10% TO 13%. ONE OF THE AREAS THAT I LOOKED AT AND I'VE HEARD FROM A LOT OF PEOPLE IN THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY AND I'VE ASKED THEM, WHAT IS ONE MAJOR THING YOU'D HAVE LIKED US TO PUT IN THIS BILL AND THAT IS TORT REFORM. BUT IT'S MISSING IN THIS LEGISLATION. IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT ANY SERIOUS REFORM OF THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM TAKE A VERY HARD LOOK AT THE ISSUE OF MEDICAL LIABILITY REFORM. UNFORTUNATELY THIS BILL FAILS IN A THAT REGARD TOO. FINALLY IN THE AREA OF CONSTITUTIONALITY, WELL THE CONSTITUTION -- GRANTS CONGRESS THE AUTHORITY TO REL REGULATE COMMERCE AMONG THE SEVERAL STATES AND THE SUPREME COURT IS ALLOWED CONGRESS THE ABILITY TO REGULATE, PROHIBIT ALL SORTS OF ECONOMIC ACTIVITY THIS BILL GOES EVEN FURTHER BECAUSE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE HISTORY OF THE U.S. GOVERNMENT, WE ARE REGULATING INACTIVITY. FOR THE FIRST TIME CONGRESS HAS MANDATED THAT INDIVIDUALS PURCHASE A PRIVATE GOOD APPROVED BY THE GOVERNMENT AS THE PRICE OF CITIZENSHIP. IN THE FIRST DAY OF CONGRESS I INTRODUCED A BILL, H.R. 21, THE RECLAIMING INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY ACT, AND IT WOULD TAKE OUT THAT INDIVIDUAL MANDATE BECAUSE WHILE I BELIEVE IT'S --

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOTICE THE GENTLEMAN MENTIONED C.B.O. WHAT…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOTICE THE GENTLEMAN MENTIONED C.B.O. WHAT C.B.O. SAID IN THAT REGARD IS THAT BECAUSE OF THE EXCHANGES THERE WOULD BE SOME PEOPLE WHO WOULD NOT SEEK THEIR HEALTH CARE THROUGH EMPLOYMENT, THEY'D BE LIBERATED TO BE ABLE TO GET IT THROUGH THE EXCHANGE. I'M GLAD THAT THE GENTLEMAN CONFIRMS THE IMPORTANCE OF C.B.O. NUMBERS. WITH THAT I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MY COLLEAGUE, MR. RYAN OF OHIO.

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    MR. RYAN

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I WAS GOING OUT TO DINNER THE OTHER NIGHT AND AS I…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I WAS GOING OUT TO DINNER THE OTHER NIGHT AND AS I WAS WALKING IN ONE OF THE YOUNG FOLKS WHO WERE WORKING THERE WALKED UP TO ME AND SAID, SIR, YOU CAN TELL THE NEW LEADERS IN CONGRESS ABOUT MY STORY? AND STORY WAS THAT HE IS A 25-YEAR-OLD KID WHO IS WORK AT A RESTAURANT AND HAS -- WHO IS WORKING AT A RESTAURANT AND HAS SEIZURES AND COULD NOT GET ANY MEDICATION, COULD NOT GET ANY HEALTH CARE COVERAGE BUT BECAUSE OF THE LAW THAT WAS PASSED HERE LAST YEAR, THIS YOUNG PERSON NOW COULD GET THE MEDICATION, COULD STAY ON HIS PARENTS' HEALTH CARE, AND NOW IS A PRODUCTIVE MEMBER OF SOCIETY. AND KNOW MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE HAVE SAID THINGS LIKE, WELL, THIS EMPLOYER SAID THEIR INSURANCE WAS GOING UP 50%. THAT'S BEEN GOING ON FOR DECADES NOW. ESPECIALLY IN THE LAST DECADE. THIS IS GOING TO FIX THAT AND I KNOW MY NAMESAKE FROM WISCONSIN ALSO SAID, YOU KNOW, THERE ARE SOME EMPLOYERS WHO ARE GOING TO HAVE TO LET THEIR PEOPLE GO IN THE EXCHANGE BECAUSE THEIR COMPETITION IS GOING TO LET PEOPLE GO INTO THE EXCHANGE. THE BOTTOM LINE IS, PEOPLE WERE DUMPING WORKERS FOR A DECADE AND THERE WASN'T AN EXCHANGE. NOW THERE IS AN EXCHANGE THAT THESE PEOPLE WILL HAVE SOME REMEDY AND ABILITY TO GET HEALTH CARE.

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    AT THIS TIME I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR.…

    AT THIS TIME I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCCLINTOCK.

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    MR. MCCLINTOCK

    MR. SPEAKER, THE CENTRAL PROMISES -- PROMISES OF OBAMACARE WERE THAT IT…

    MR. SPEAKER, THE CENTRAL PROMISES -- PROMISES OF OBAMACARE WERE THAT IT WOULD BEND HEALTH COSTS DOWN AND WOULDN'T THREATEN EXISTING PLANS. WE NOW KNOW THAT BOTH OF THESE CLAIMS WERE FALSE. THE C.B.O. WARNS US THAT THE LAW LYNN CREASE AVERAGE PRIVATE PREMIUM IT'S BY $2100 WITHIN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS ABOVE WHAT THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN WITHOUT OBAMACARE. THE ADMINISTRATION'S OWN ACTUARY ADMITS THAT THE LAW BENDS THE COST CURVE NOT DOWN BUT UP BY $311 BILLION OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS. AND WE NOW KNOW THAT MANY EXISTING PLANS ARE INDEED JEOPARDIZED AND THAT SCORES OF COMPANIES WILL OFFERING THEIR -- THAT HAVE BEEN OFFERING THEIR EMPLOYEES BASIC PLANS HAVE EITHER DROPPED THEM OR ARE CONTINUING THEM ONLY WITH LABORS MET TO THE WHIM OF THE ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS. BUT THE MOST DANGEROUS PROVISION OF THIS LAW IS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S ASSERTION THAT IT NOW HAS THE POWER TO FORCE EVERY AMERICAN TO PURCHASE PRODUCTS THAT THE GOVERNMENT BELIEVES THEY SHOULD PURCHASE, WHETHER OR NOT THEY WANT THEM, NEED THEM OR CAN AFFORD THEM. IF THIS PRESIDENT PREVAILS, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL HAVE USURPED AUTHORITY OVER EVERY AS EXPECT OF INDIVIDUAL CHOICE -- OVER EVERY ASPECT OF INDIVIDUAL CHOICE. THE TRAGEDY IS THAT EVERYDAY WE CONTINUE DOWN THIS ROAD IS A DAY WE HAVE WALKED TO ADDRESS -- LOST THE ABILITY TO ADDRESS THE REAL PROBLEMS, THE LOSS OF THE FREEDOM TO SHOP ACROSS STATE LINES, THE LOSS OF FREEDOM TO TAYLOR PLAINS -- TAILOR PLANS TO THE NEEDS OF INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES AND THE ABSENCE OF THE TAX ADVANTAGES THAT FAMILIES NEED TO AFFORD AND CHOOSE THEIR OWN HEALTH PLANS ACCORDING TO THEIR OWN NEEDS. CHURCHILL SAID, ALL MEN MAKE MISTAKES BUT WISE MEN LEARN FROM THEM. MR. SPEAKER, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THAT OBAMACARE WAS A HUGE MISTAKE. LET US ACKNOWLEDGE THAT, LEARN FROM IT AND MOVE ON TO AN ACT -- TO ENACT REFORMS THAT WILL REDUCE HEALTH COSTS AND INCREASE HEALTH CHOICES FOR AMERICAN FAMILIES.

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    FROM MARYLAND. THIS PAST YEAR AROUND JUNE, I WAS SPEAKING TO A WOMAN WHO…

    FROM MARYLAND. THIS PAST YEAR AROUND JUNE, I WAS SPEAKING TO A WOMAN WHO IS A SINGLE MOTHER.

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    MS. SANCHEZ

    YOUNG CHILDREN. SHE'S A REAL ESTATE AGENT. IT'S BEEN ROUGH. BUT SHE…

    YOUNG CHILDREN. SHE'S A REAL ESTATE AGENT. IT'S BEEN ROUGH. BUT SHE MANAGED TO PAY THE PREMIUMS TO HAVE HEALTH CARE -- HEALTH INSURANCE FOR HERSELF AND HER TWO CHILDREN. IN JUNE, HER DAUGHTER HAD AN EPILEPTIC ATTACK FOR THE FIRST TIME. SHE WAS SCARED TO DEATH. SHE TOOK HER TO THE HOSPITAL. HER DAUGHTER GOT BETTER BUT SHE WOULD HAVE MORE OF THESE. A MONTH LATER SHE FOUND OUT HER DAUGHTER WOULDN'T BE COVERED BY THAT HEALTH CARE PLAN. SHE'S BEEN PAYING ABOUT $1,700 PER MONTH FOR HER DAUGHTER. I SAID THIS IS WHAT HEALTH CARE REFORM IS ABOUT. IT'S ABOUT TAKING CARE OF OUR CHILDREN AND OUR FAMILIES. I TOLD HER -- TOLD HER, HER DAUGHTER WOULD BE COVERED. IF THIS WAS YOUR DAUGHTER, YOU WOULD NOT REPEAL THIS HEALTH CARE REFORM. I YIELD BACK.

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    HOW MUCH TIME REMAINS?

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    MR. SPEAKER, ALL THE CHARTS IN THE WORLD CAN'T WISH AWAY THE C.B.O. LETTER…

    MR. SPEAKER, ALL THE CHARTS IN THE WORLD CAN'T WISH AWAY THE C.B.O. LETTER OF JANUARY 6 OF THIS YEAR WHICH SAYS THAT THE PREMIUMS WILL GO DOWN IN THE EMPLOYER MARKET THAT PEOPLE ON AVERAGE WILL PAY LESS IN THE INDIVIDUAL MARKET AND THAT THIS LEGISLATION WILL REDUCE THE DEFICIT AND THE DEBT OVER THE NEXT 20 YEARS. AGAIN, THAT IS THE CALL FROM THE NONPARTISAN EXPERTS WE HAVE, WE SHOULDN'T BE SUBSTITUTING OUR JUDGMENT FOR THEIRS.

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    I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. RYAN

    I THINK WE'VE ESTABLISHED THE FACT THAT WHEN YOU STRIP OFF THE BUDGET…

    I THINK WE'VE ESTABLISHED THE FACT THAT WHEN YOU STRIP OFF THE BUDGET GIMMICK, BECAUSE MACARE IS A BUDGET BUSTER. LET'S -- OBAMA CARE IS A BUDGET BUSTER. WE HAVE A CRISIS COMING IN AMERICA AND THE PRIMARY REASON WE HAVE THE MOUNTAIN OF DEBT IS BECAUSE OF OUR HEALTH CARE ENTITLEMENTS WHICH IS HAVE A HUGE LIABILITY. SO WHAT DID THE PREVIOUS MAJORITY DO? THEY PUT TWO UNFUNDED ENTITLEMENTS ON TOP. A LOT OF PEOPLE SAID, HEALTH CARE IS A RIGHT AND WE'RE GIVING IT TO THE PEOPLE. IF WE DECLARE SHUTCH THINGS AS A RIGHT FOR GOVERNMENT TO GIVE US, IT'S GOVERNMENT'S RIGHT TO RATION THESE THINGS AND TO PICK WINNERS AND LOSERS. HEALTH CARE IS TOO IMPORTANT FOR THAT. I WANT TO BE IN CONTROL OF MY AND MY FAMILY'S HEALTH CARE. I WANT INDIVIDUALS TO BE IN CONTROL OF THEIR HEALTH CARE AND THEIR DESTINY. WE HAVE TO ASK OURSELVES WHEN WE CREATE THESE NEW PROGRAMS, HOW MUCH OF CHILDREN'S FUTURE ORB OUR GRANDCHILDREN'S FUTURE ARE WE WILLING TO SACRIFICE TO GIVE THEM THIS MOUNTAIN OF DEBT THAT'S GETTING WORSE BY THE PASSAGE AND CREATION OF THIS LAW? THIS OF ALL REASONS IS WHY WE SHOULD VOTE TO REPEAL. I RESERVE THE -- I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. SMITH

    I SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION THAT REPEALS THE DEMOCRATS' JOB STIFLING, COST…

    I SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION THAT REPEALS THE DEMOCRATS' JOB STIFLING, COST INCREASING, FREEDOM LIMITING HEALTH CARE LAW. THIS BILL WOULD REPEAL A REQUIREMENT THAT EVERY INDIVIDUAL BUY A CERTAIN KIND OF HEALTH INSURANCE. THE CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE CONFIRMS THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS NEVER FORCED ALL AMERICANS TO BUY ANY GOOD OR SERVICE UNTIL NOW. THIS MANDATE VIOLATES CONGRESS' POWERS UNDER THE COMMERCE CLAUSE OF OUR CONSTITUTION OF LIMITED FEDERAL POWERS MEANS ANYTHING. IT'S A MAJOR REASON TO REPEAL THE HEALTH CARE BILL. ONE PARTICULARLY COSTLY PART OF OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IS THE PRACTICE OF SO-CALLED DEFENSIVE MEDICINE WHICH OCCURS WHEN DOCTORS MUST CONDUCT TESTS AND PRESCRIBE DRUGS THAT ARE NOT MEDICALLY REQUIRED BECAUSE OF THE THREAT OF LAWSUITS. TAXPAYERS PAY FOR THIS WASTEFUL, DEFENSIVE MEDICINE WHICH ADDS TO HEALTH CARE COSTS. THE DEMOCRATS' HEALTH CARE LAW GOES EXACTLY THE WRONG DIRECTION. INCREDIBLY, IT CONTAINS A PROVISION THAT PROHIBITS ANY NEW LIMITS ON LITIGATION FROM BEING ENFORCED BECAUSE IT ALLOWS LAWYERS TO OPT OUT OF ANY SYSTEM THAT LIMITS THEIR ABILITY TO SUE. THIS IS CONTRARY TO THE BEST INTEREST OF ALL AMERICANS EXCEPT TRIAL LAWYERS. THE HEALTH CARE BILL CAN ONLY BE READ AS AN INVITATION TO TRIAL LAWYERS TO SUE MEDICAL PERSONNEL. THAT'S ANOTHER REASON TO REPEAL THIS HEALTH CARE BILL. THE DEMOCRATS' HEALTH CARE LAW WILL PRODUCE MORE LITIGATION AND MORE COSTLY HEALTH CARE. THOSE ARE TWO GOOD REASONS WE SHOULD REPEAL IT. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF THREE MINUTES.

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    MR. CONYERS

    LADIES AND GENTLEMEN OF THE HOUSE, I AM VERY PLEASED TO DEFEND WHAT IS --…

    LADIES AND GENTLEMEN OF THE HOUSE, I AM VERY PLEASED TO DEFEND WHAT IS -- WHAT HAS BEEN NOT INTENDED AS A COMPLIMENT BUT TO DEFEND THE SO-CALLED OBAMACARE BILL. OBAMA IS GOING TO GO DOWN IN HISTORY FOR HAVING TAKEN 54 MILLION PEOPLE, ACCORDING TO C.B.O., OFF THE ROLLS AND GIVING THEM INSURANCE. AND I'VE BEEN LOOKING OVER MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OVER THE KING HOLIDAY AND TALKING TO A LOT OF PEOPLE ABOUT HEALTH CARE. I HAVEN'T FOUND ONE PARENT IN THE 14TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT THAT DIDN'T LIKE THE IDEA OF HAVING SOMEONE -- SOME ONE OF THEIR CHILDREN REMAIN ON THEIR HEALTH CARE POLICY UNTIL AGE 26. HAVE YOU FOUND ANYBODY THAT WOULD LIKE NOT TO HAVE THEIR CHILDREN EXTENDED UNTIL 26? PLEASE SEE ME AFTER THIS DEBATE BECAUSE WE'VE GOT SO MUCH TO BE PROUD OF. WHAT ARE WE TALKING ABOUT? PRE-EXISTING ILLNESSES NOT BEING A BASIS FOR BEING DENIED INSURANCE OR A REASON TO KICK ONE OUT OF A HEALTH INSURANCE POLICY. THESE ARE GOOD THINGS. I AM AMAZED BY THE FACT THAT PEOPLE SAY THIS BILL IS GOING TO COST JOBS. WELL, THE C.B.O. SAYS IT'S GOING TO COST US $30 BILLION TO REPEAL THE BILL. PLEASE, CAN WE BE A LITTLE MORE FISCALLY CONSERVATIVE IN THIS BODY AS WE RUSH TO REPEAL THIS BILL? AND THE QUESTION OF CONSTITUTIONALITY IS VERY INTERESTING ONE FOR THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE. A MATTER WE'RE GOING TO GO IN FURTHER. BUT WE FOUND A VERY GOOD SET OF ARGUMENTS ABOUT THE ABILITY OF THIS BILL TO BE TOTALLY WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF OUR CONSTITUTION. COME ON. WE ALREADY HAVE MEDICARE. WHO DO YOU THINK RUNS THAT? WE ALREADY HAVE MEDICAID. WHO DO YOU THINK -- WHAT ABOUT SOCIAL SECURITY?

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    SUBMIT THE REST OF MY STATEMENT.

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    TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. SENSENBRENNER, THE…

    TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. SENSENBRENNER, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CRIME SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE AND ALSO FORMER COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE ITSELF.

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    MR. SENSENBRENNER

    AS EACH OF US HAVE TRAVELED BACK TO OUR DISTRICTS OVER THE -- OVER THE…

    AS EACH OF US HAVE TRAVELED BACK TO OUR DISTRICTS OVER THE -- OVER THE PAST SEVERAL MONTHS, WE HAVE HEARD FROM OUR CONSTITUENTS FROM SENIORS TO FAMILIES TO SMALL BUSINESSES SPEAK OUT CONVINCE GLISM THEY DEMANDED THIS NEW CONGRESS FOCUS ON LEGISLATION THAT PROMOTES JOB GROWTH, CUTS SPENDING. WHAT BETTER WAY TO START THAN BY REPEALING THE PRESIDENT'S TRILLION-DOLLAR HEALTH CARE LAW, A MASSIVE NEW GOVERNMENT INTRUSION INTO AMERICANS' HEALTH CARE WHICH PROMISES TO SKYROCKET COSTS EVEN FURTHER. OUR IMMEDIATE ACTION TODAY DEMONSTRATES THAT WE ARE LISTENING. THIS IS NOT TO SAY THAT REFORMS AREN'T NECESSARY. WE MUST IMPROVE OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. WE MUST ENACT SENSIBLE REFORMS THAT ADDRESS THE CORE PROBLEM. THE RISING COST OF HEALTH CARE WITHOUT INCREASING THE SIZE OF GOVERNMENT. WE MUST ENACT REAL MEDICAL LIABILITY REFORM. ALLOW AMERICANS TO PURCHASE HEALTH COVERAGE ACROSS STATE LINES. EMPOWER SMALL BUSINESSES WITH GREATER PURCHASING POWER. ENSURE ACCESS FOR THOSE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS AND CREATE NEW INCENTIVES TO SAVE FOR THE FUTURE HEALTH NEEDS. REPUBLICANS WANT HEALTH CARE REFORM. HOWEVER, WE MUST REFORM IT THE RIGHT WAY. TODAY WE TAKE A MUCH-NEEDED FIRST STEP. AMERICA DESERVES LEGISLATION THAT ADDRESSES OUR HEALTH CARE PROBLEMS AND HELPS OUR ECONOMY PROSPER. THIS BILL IS THE FIRST STEP TO DO THAT AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE IN FAVOR OF IT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE MY TIME.

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    I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE A SENIOR MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY, SHEILA JACKSON…

    I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE A SENIOR MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY, SHEILA JACKSON LEE, OF HOUSTON, TEXAS, FOR ONE AND A HALF MINUTES.

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    THEM ARE IN THE JAWS OF TERRIBLE DISEASE, REHABILITATION OR MAYBE SOME…

    THEM ARE IN THE JAWS OF TERRIBLE DISEASE, REHABILITATION OR MAYBE SOME HAVE ALREADY LOST THEIR LIVES. THIS REPEAL OF THIS BILL, JUST A COUPLE OF PAGES, WOULD RE-EMPHASIZE THAT THEY WOULD DIE. A BILL THAT TALKS ABOUT JOBS WHEN WE'RE TALKING ABOUT LIVES. SO I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE FOLLOW WHAT THE OPPONENTS OF THIS PROTECTION AND HEALTH CARE BILL DOES. CONSUMER PROTECTION. PATIENT PROTECTION. AND I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT FOR US TO BE ABLE TO HOLD THIS CONSTITUTION AND PROVE THAT IT IS CONSTITUTIONAL. WELL, I COULD SAY THAT THERE ARE 1.1 MILLION JOBS ALREADY CREATED, THAT THE DEFICIT WILL BLOW UP $143 BILLION, TRILLION OVER -- A TRILLION OVER 20 YEARS, BUT I WANT TO REFER TO THE 14TH AMENDMENT THAT ALLOWS AND GUARANTEES EQUAL PROTECTION UNDER THE LAW. IF THIS BILL IS REPEAL, ED BURKE A HEMOPHILIAC WILL PROBABLY BE QUESTIONABLE BECAUSE HE WOULD HAVE LIFETIME CAPS. OR MR. LAND WHO IS ON MY HEALTH CARE TELECONFERENCE, WHERE 18,000 PEOPLE IN HARRIS COUNTY WERE CONTACTED. MAYBE HE HAS A FAMILY OF SCHIZOPHRENICS AND PEOPLE WHO HAVE CHILDREN THAT HAVE SCHIZOPHRENIA, MAYBE HE WOULD NOT BE GUARANTEED EQUAL PROTECTION UNDER THE LAW. I SAY THE CONSTITUTION NEEDS TO BE PROTECT.

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    THANK YOU SO MUCH. MAYBE THEY WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO WITHSTAND THIS…

    THANK YOU SO MUCH. MAYBE THEY WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO WITHSTAND THIS ONSLAUGHT ON THEIR RIGHTS BECAUSE THE CONSTITUTION GUARANTEES THEM EQUAL PROTECTION AND SOME WHO HAVE INSURANCE AND SOME DO NOT ARE NOT TREATED EQUALLY. FINALLY, LET ME SAY THAT TEXAS, THE DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE HAS SAID THAT THIS BILL HELPS TEXAS. I HOPE MY COLLEAGUES FROM TEXAS WILL VOTE NOT TO REPEAL THIS BILL.

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    MR. SMITH

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA, MR. KING A SENIOR MEMBER…

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA, MR. KING A SENIOR MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE.

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    FROM TEXAS, THE CHAIR OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE. IT'S A PLEASURE TO SERVE…

    FROM TEXAS, THE CHAIR OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE. IT'S A PLEASURE TO SERVE ON THIS COMMITTEE AND SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF THE REPEAL OF OBAMACARE. IT'S SOMETHING I HAVE WORKED ON EVERY DAY INCE IT PASSED LAST MARCH, IT'S LEGISLATION I INTRODUCED, I ASKED FOR THE DRAFT THE SAME DAY IT PASSED. PEOPLE THOUGHT WE COULDN'T GET TO THIS POINT BUT WE ARE. THE BILL DIDN'T GO THROUGH JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, WE DIDN'T ADDRESS THE TORT REFORM THAT'S SO ESSENTIAL IF WE'RE GOING TO DO SOMETHING TO PUT HEALTH CARE BACK ON TRACK IN THIS COUNTRY AND WHEN I LOOK AT THIS, SERVING ON THE COMMRK I BELIEVE IT WAS 2005, WE PASSED LEGISLATION IN THE HOUSE THAT ADDRESSED THE LAWSUIT ABUSE THAT DRIVES UP THE COST OF OUR HEALTH CARE, IT DIDN'T GET TAKEN UP IN THE SENATE. HERE WE ARE WITH A HUGE OBAMACARE BILL, READY TO VOTE TO REPEAL IT AND PART OF THE DISCUSSION NEEDS TO BE, WHY DIDN'T IT HAVE TORT REFORM IN IT? WE ARE PREPARED TO TAKE A LOOK AT THIS AS WE GO FORWARD. WHEN I LOOK AT THE NUMBERS PRODUCED IN PART BY THE HEALTH INSURANCE UNDERWRITERS, THEY AND OTHERS WILL TELL ME THAT SOMEWHERE BETWEEN 3.5% AND 8.5% OF THE OVERALL COST OF OUR HEALTH CARE GOES BECAUSE OF LAWSUIT ABUSE AND THE DEFENSIVE MEDICINE THAT'S ASSOCIATED WITH IT. I HAVE A FRIEND WHO TELLS ME THAT 95% OF THE M.R.I.'S THAT HE ORDERS, HE KNOWS EXACTLY WHAT HE'S GOING TO SEE WHEN HE GETS INSIDE TO DO THE SURGERY BUT HE HAS TO DO THEM ANYWAY TO PROTECT HIMSELF FROM THAT 5% THAT MIAMI MIGHT END UP BEING IN LITIGATION -- FROM THAT 5% THAT MIGHT END UP BEING IN LATHE LITIGATION. THAT'S AN ADDITIONAL -- LITIGATION. THAT'S AN ADDITIONAL $1 MILLION A YEAR. WE MUST ADDRESS THAT IF WE'RE GOING TO HAVE MANAGED COSTS AND THEN THE OTHER COMPONENT THAT IS JUDICIARY COMMITTEE COMPONENT OF THIS OBAMACARE LEGISLATION THAT IS ABOUT TO HAVE A VOTE ON REPEAL HERE THAT WE'RE DEBATING IS THE COMPONENTS THAT RUN CONSTITUTIONAL. THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE AS THE MOST EGREGIOUS COMPONENT OF OBAMACARE THAT COMPELS AMERICANS TO BUY A POLICY PRODUCED OR APPROVED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, VOTE NO ON THE BILL. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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    MR. CONYERS

    YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, HANK JOHNSON, FOR 1 1/2 MINUTES, TO…

    YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, HANK JOHNSON, FOR 1 1/2 MINUTES, TO DEFEND THE OBAMACARE LEGISLATION.

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    MR. JOHNSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU, MR. RANKING MEMBER. I RISE IN…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU, MR. RANKING MEMBER. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE REPEAL OF HEALTH REFORM. REPEAL OF HEALTH CARE REFORM WOULD STRIP 32 MILLION AMERICANS OF HEALTH INSURANCE INCLUDING 139,000 RESIDENTS OF MY DISTRICT. REPEAL WILL ALLOW INSURERS TO DISCRIMINATE AGAINST PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS AND RE-OPEN THE DOUGHNUT HOLE WHICH WOULD DEVASTATE JOSEPH WILLIAMS, A FORMER CORRECTIONS OFFICER IN MY DISTRICT, WHO RELIES ON MEDICARE FOR HIS PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. I'LL BE VOTING AGAINST REPEAL AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE SAME. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. SMITH

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. COBLE, WHO…

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. COBLE, WHO IS ALSO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COURTS AND COMMERCIAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE LAW SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE.

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    MR. COBLE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. MR. SPEAKER WHEN WE DEBATED HEALTH CARE REFORM…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. MR. SPEAKER WHEN WE DEBATED HEALTH CARE REFORM DURING THE 111TH CONGRESS, I MADE THE STATEMENT THAT WE NEED TO FINE TUNE THE EDGE AND NOT OVERHAUL IT. I REITERATE THAT THEORY TODAY. PRESIDENT OBAMA IN MY OPINION ELEVATED HEALTH CARE TO THE NUMBER ONE ISSUE FACING AMERICA, MISTAKINGLY SO IN MY OPINION. I THINK THE NUMBER ONE ISSUE FACING AMERICA THEN AND NOW INVOLVES JOBS OR MORE PRECISELY LACK OF JOBS AND RECKLESS SPENDING. THERE IS AGREEMENT FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE THAT WE NEED TO IMPROVE OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. THESE IMPROVEMENTS MUST ENHANCE THE QUALITY AND ACCESSIBILITY OF CARE IN A FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE MANNER. THE LAW IMPLEMENTED LAST YEAR FAILED TO MEET THIS CRITERIA, PARTICULARLY THE ONEROUS 1099 TAX INCEDE ON SMALL BUSINESSES, THAT IS JUST ONE GLARING EXAMPLE. BY REPEALING OBAMACARE, WE WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE MORE PRUDENT APPROACH OF FINE TUNING OUR HEALTH CARE LAW TO ENSURE THAT IT ENCOMPASSES SOUND PRINCIPLES. MR. SPEAKER, THIS WILL LIKELY BE AN OBVIOUS PARTISAN VOTE. BUT IT ALSO SERVES A PURPOSE. IT SENDS MESSAGE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT WE ARE SERIOUS ABOUT FIXING OUR BROKEN HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. PHYSICIANS DO THIS DAILY. THEY MAKE A DIAGNOSIS AND FIX THE PROBLEM. I SUPPORT THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 4 BECAUSE CONGRESS SHOULD TAKE THE SAME APPROACH. FIX THE PROBLEM. MUCH ENERGY AND ATTENTION WAS DIRECTED TO THIS MATTER WHEN IT PROBABLY SHOULD HAVE BEEN DIRECTED TO JOBS AND RECKLESS SPENDING. TOO LATE FOR THAT NOW. BUT WE NEED TO ADDRESS IT AND I LOOK FORWARD TO THE VOTE I GUESS WILL BE TOMORROW AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. CONYERS

    I RECOGNIZE DR. JUDY CHU OF CALIFORNIA, A VERY VALUABLE MEMBER OF THE…

    I RECOGNIZE DR. JUDY CHU OF CALIFORNIA, A VERY VALUABLE MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MS. CHU

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. THE HEALTH CARE REPEAL ACT WILL HURT MANY PEOPLE BUT…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. THE HEALTH CARE REPEAL ACT WILL HURT MANY PEOPLE BUT ESPECIALLY SENIORS. IT RAISES COSTS FOR PRESCRIPTIONS AND PREVENTATIVE CARE, IT WEAKENS MEDICARE AND IT TAKES AWAY YOUR FREEDOM TO MAKE YOUR OWN DECISIONS, RETURNING YOUR HEALTH BACK TO THE HANDS OF INSURANCE COMPANIES. AT THE START OF THIS YEAR, SENIORS BEGAN RECEIVING FREE PREVENTATIVE SERVICES SUCH AS MAMMOGRAMS AND AN ANNUAL EXAMPLE. IF REPEAL SUCCEEDS, GOODBYE FREE CHECKUPS AND FREE LIFE-SAVING TESTS. TODAY SENIORS IN THE MEDICARE DOUGHNUT HOLE ARE GETTING HALF OFF MANY BRAND NAME DRUGS. BUT IF REPEAL PASSES, YOUR PRESCRIPTION DRUGS ARE GOING TO DOUBLE AND THOSE WHO GET A $250 CHECK TO HELP COVER HIGH DRUG COSTS MIGHT EVEN HAVE TO PAY IT BACK. THE ORIGINAL HEALTH REFORM BILL EXTENDED MEDICARE'S LIFE UNTIL 2029, BUT IF WE REPEAL IT, THE MEDICARE TRUST FUNDS BECOME INSOLVENT IN SIX SHORT YEARS. THE PATIENTS RIGHT TO REPEAL ACT HURTS SENIORS. IT'S DANGEROUS FOR AMERICA'S HEALTH.

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    MR. SMITH

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. POE, WHO IS ACTUALLY…

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. POE, WHO IS ACTUALLY A MEMBER OF THREE SUBCOMMITTEES OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE.

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    MR. POE

    NEVER BEFORE IN THE HISTORY OF OUR GREAT COUNTRY HAS THE TAX BEEN LEVIED…

    NEVER BEFORE IN THE HISTORY OF OUR GREAT COUNTRY HAS THE TAX BEEN LEVIED ON INDIVIDUAL AMERICANS BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WITH THE PURPOSE OF FORCING CITIZENS TO DO SOMETHING THE GOVERNMENT WANTS THEM TO DO. AND NEVER BEFORE HAS THE GOVERNMENT SELF-RIGHTEOUSLY ORDERED AMERICANS TO BUY A PRODUCT OR PAY A PUNITIVE FINE. IN MY OPINION THE CONSTITUTION DOES NOT GIVE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, EVEN WELL-INTENTIONED GOVERNMENT, THE AUTHORITY TO MAKE CITIZENS BUY ANY PRODUCT, WHETHER IT'S A CAR, WHETHER IT'S HEALTH INSURANCE OR EVEN WHETHER IT'S A BOX OF CHOCOLATES. THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE PROVISION OF THE HEALTH CARE BILL IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL. THE AUTHOR OF THE CONSTITUTION, JAMES MADISON, SAID, THE POWERS DELEGATED BY THE CONSTITUTION TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ARE FEW AND DEFINED. THOSE THAT REMAIN TO STATE GOVERNMENTS ARE NUMEROUS AND INDEFINITE. THE HEALTH CARE BILL IS A THEFT OF THE INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM TO CONTROL ONE'S HEALTH, TO HAVE IT NOW CONTROLLED BY GOVERNMENT. BIG GOVERNMENT DOESN'T MEAN BETTER SHUTIONS -- SOLUTIONS. IN FACT, AS SOMEONE HAS SAID, IT YOU THINK THE PROBLEM'S GOVERNMENT -- IF YOU THINK THE PROBLEMS GOVERNMENT CREATES ARE BAD, JUST WAIT UNTIL YOU SEE GOVERNMENT SOLUTIONS. GOVERNMENT IS PARTIALLY TO BLAME FOR THE HEALTH CARE YY SIS AND THE NATIONALIZED HEALTH CARE -- CRISIS AND THE NATIONALIZE HEALTH CARE GOVERNMENT SOLUTION IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL. IF YOU LIKE THE EFFICIENCY OF THE POST OFFICE, THE COMPETENCE OF FEMA AND THE COMPASSION OF THE I.R.S., WE WILL LOVE THE NATIONALIZED HEALTH CARE BILL. CERTAINLY WHAT WE DO HERE IN CONGRESS SHOULD BE CONSTITUTIONAL AND WE SHOULD REPEAL THE HEALTH CARE BILL AND COME UP WITH CONSTITUTIONAL SOLUTIONS FOR HEALTH PROBLEMS. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I YIELD BACK.

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    WANT TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO CONGRATULATE LAMAR SMITH ON BECOMING THE…

    WANT TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO CONGRATULATE LAMAR SMITH ON BECOMING THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE DURING THE 112TH SESSION OF CONGRESS. AND I TURN NOW TO THE FORMER CHAIRMAN OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL SUBCOMMITTEE, JERRY NADLER OF NEW YORK, AND I RECOGNIZE HIM FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. NADLER

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE REPUBLICAN EFFORT TO DENY 32 MILLION AMERICANS HEALTH CARE, TO DENY MILLIONS OF MIDDLE CLASS AMERICANS THE ABILITY TO GET HEALTH CARE INSURANCE IF THEY HAVE CAN PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS AND TO DRIVE UP OUR NATIONAL DEBT BY AN ADDITIONAL $1.4 TRILLION OVER THE NEXT 20 YEARS. THE AFFORDABLE CARE WAST ACT WITH A STAVE OFF THE 55% OF BANKRUPTCY CAUSED BY HEALTH CARE EMERGENCIES. BY BANNING RESCISSIONS, BANNING PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS, BANNING LIFETIME COVERAGE CAPS AND CAPPING ANNUAL OUT-OF-POCKET EXPENSES THIS LAW ENSURES NOBODY WILL GO BROKE IF THEY GET SICK. THIS WILL SAVE LIVES OF THE APPROXIMATELY 45,000 AMERICANS WHO DIE EVERY YEAR BECAUSE THEY LACK HEALTH INSURANCE. FOR AMERICAN SENIORS, THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT STRENGTHENS THE MEDICARE PROGRAM. SENIORS NO LONGER PAY OUT OF POCKET FOR PREVENTATIVE SERVICES AND THE DOUGH NULL HOLE WILL BE CLOSED. THE NOTICE TO SMALL BUSINESSES WILL GET BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN TAX CREDITS TO HELP THEM PROVIDE HEALTH COVERAGE TO THEIR EMPLOYEES, UNLESS OF COURSE THE REPUBLICANS ARE SUCCESSFUL IN ENACTING A MASSIVE TAX INCREASE ON SMALL BUSINESSES BY REPEALING THE LAW. WE DID ALL THIS AND MORE WHILE REDUCING THE DEFICIT BY WHAT C.B.O. NOW ESTIMATES WILL BE $230 BILLION IN THE FIRST 10 YEARS AND $1.2 TRILLION IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS. THE REPUBLICANS SAY THE BILL IS AN UNPRECEDENTED OR UNCONSTITUTIONAL EXPANSION OF CONGRESSIONAL POWER. THEY ARE WRONG. THERE'S NOTHING RADICAL, DANGEROUS OR UNCONSTITUTIONAL ABOUT THE ACT. WE HAVE THE POWER TO ENACT THIS COMPREHENSIVE PLAN INCLUDING ITS MINIMUM COVERAGE REQUIREMENT UNDER THE COMMERCE, NECESSARY AND PROPER GENERAL WELFARE CLAUSE OF ARTICLE 1, SECTION 8 OF THE CONSTITUTION. SIMILAR ATTACKS WERE LEVIED AGAINST THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT OF 1935 SAYING IT WAS UNCONSTITUTIONAL FOR THE SAME REASONS. THOSE ARGUMENTS WERE UNSOUNDED A REJECTED THEN AND WILL FAIR NO BETTER TODAY. INDEED, LEADING REPUBLICAN LAWMAKERS CHAMPIONED INDIVIDUAL MANDATES AS PART OF THEIR HEALTH EQUITY AND ACCESS REFORM TODAY ACT OF 1983. THE REQUIREMENT OF INDIVIDUAL PARTICIPATION WAS VALID THEN AND IT IS VALID NOW. FOR ALL OF THESE REASONS I STRONGLY ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON THIS MISGUIDED REPEAL BILL. I THANK YOU AND YIELD BACK.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR.…

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. LUNGREN SWHORKS A CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE.

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    MR. LUNGREN

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, IN THE SCOPE OF THE…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, IN THE SCOPE OF THE AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL SYSTEM OF GOVERNING, THE CONGRESS IS A BODY WHOSE POWER IS DEFINED WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF IMNUMERATED POWERS AND THIS IS MORE THAN A MATTER OF STRUCTURAL MECHANICS BECAUSE IT GOES TO THE HEART OF THE ISSUE OF GOVERNMENTAL POWER. OR OF IF ONE PREFERS THE SLIP SIDE OF THE COIN, PERSONAL FREEDOM AND RESPONSIBILITY. IF GOVERNMENT HAS THE POWER TO REQUIRE THAT YOU BUY ITEM A, IT MEANS THAT YOU ARE LESS ABLE TO BUY ITEM B, C, D OR ANYTHING ELSE. NOW ECONOMISTS WOULD CALL THIS THE OPPORTUNITY COSTS OR FOREGONE GOODS OR SERVICES. BUT THE FUNDAMENTAL QUESTION IS THE QUESTION OF FREEDOM TO CHOOSE HOW WE AS INDIVIDUALS WILL SPEND THE FRUITS OF OUR LABOR. CERTAINLY THE COMMERCE CLAUSE LAX THE ELASSITIESITY THAT WOULD ACCOMMODATE A REQUIREMENT THAT EVERY AMERICAN BUY HEALTH INSURANCE WHICH CONFORMS TO THE DICTATES OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WOULD CHANGE IT ON A YEARLY BASIS. SUCH AN INTERPRETATION WOULD RENDER THE NATION ARTICULATED BY JAMES MADISON AND FEDERALIST 45 THAT IS ONE OF LIMITED GOVERNMENT ANALITY. I KNOW WE HAVE SMART PEOPLE HERE. I KNOW WE HAVE THOSE IN THE ADMINISTRATION WHO BELIEVE THAT THIS IS TOTALLY CONSTITUTIONAL. BUT FRANKLY, MR. SPEAKER, MY BET GOES WITH JAMES MADISON. HE DID SAY THAT THE POWERS DELEGATED BY THE PROPOSED CONSTITUTION OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ARE FEW AND DEFINED. HE DID SAY THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL BE EXERCISING THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES PRINCIPALLY ON EXTERNAL OBJECTS AS WAR, PEACE NEGOTIATIONS AND FOREIGN COMMERCE AND THE STATES WOULD DO MUCH ELSE. THEN WE HAVE THE 10TH AMENDMENT, LATER ADOPTED. WHICH SAID AGAIN THAT THIS IS A GOVERNMENT OF LIMITED, IMNUMERATED POWERS. NOW EITHER THE 10TH AMENDMENT MEANS SOMETHING OR IT MEANS NOTHING AND EITHER JAMES MADISON KNOWS WHAT HE WAS TALKING ABOUT OR HE DOES NOT.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE AND CONGRATULATE THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE AND CONGRATULATE THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, THE RANKING MEMBER OF GOVERNMENT REFORM, ELIJAH CUMMINGS, FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. CUMMINGS

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE BEFORE YOU IN OPPOSITION TO THE…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE BEFORE YOU IN OPPOSITION TO THE BILL WE ARE CONSIDERING TODAY. I'VE HEARD FROM MANY OF MY CONSTITUENTS AND SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS WHO ARE GRATEFUL FOR THE BENEFITS OF THIS LAW. CHILDREN WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS ARE NO LONGER BEING DENIED ACCESS TO PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE. MAFRLEDE SMALL BUSINESSES OFFERING HEALTH INSURANCE TO THEIR EMPLOYEES ARE ELIGIBLE FOR A 35% TAX CREDIT. FURTHER RAVERPBINGING MEMBER OF COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT -- FURTHER, AS RANKING MEMBER OF COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT AND OVERSIGHT REFORM, I KNOW THAT THIS WOULD ELIMINATE THE PRIVATE HEALTH PLAN PROVIDING COVERAGE FOR MANY UNINSURED AMERICANS WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. I FIND IT REPUGNANT THAT REPUBLICANS WANT TO STRIP AMERICANS OF THIS LAW'S PROTECTIONS THAT WILL SAVE THE LIVES OF OUR FELLOW CITIZENS. I URGE A NO VOTE ON THIS BILL AND I YIELD BACK.

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    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GOHMERT.

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    MR. GOHMERT

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LESS WE FORGET, THIS IS THE DISASTER THAT WE'RE TOLD…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LESS WE FORGET, THIS IS THE DISASTER THAT WE'RE TOLD WOULD BE REPUGNANT IT STARTED OUT AS AN ACT TO AMEND THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE OF 1986, FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS' CREDIT OF THE U.S. ARMED FORCES. WE TOOK A BILL THAT WAS DESIGNED TO HELP VETERANS AND THE SENATE STRIPPED IT ALL OUT AND STUCK IN THIS DISASTER OF A HEALTH CARE BILL, JUST AS WE HEARD IN THE LATE 1990'S THAT YOU CAN'T PASS WELFARE REFORM, YOU'LL LEAVE WOMEN WITHOUT ANYTHING, YOU HEARTLESS, MEAN PEOPLE. IT WAS BECAUSE PEOPLE HERE HAD HEARTS AND WANTED TO SEE WOMEN WITH CHILDREN DOING BETTER THAT WELFARE REFORM HAD TO BE DONE. IT WAS SENT TO THE PRESIDENT AND WOULDN'T SIGN IT AND FINALLY HE SIGNED IT. AND FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE GREAT SOCIETY LEGISLATION CAME ABOUT, AFTER 30 YEARS OF FLATLINING WHEN ADJUSTED FOR INFLATION, SINGLE WOMEN WITH CHILDREN, AFTER WELFARE REFORM BEGAN TO HAVE INCREASES IN INCOME. WE HEARD ALL THE NAYSAYERS THEN AND WE ARE HEARING THEM NOW. IT'S BECAUSE WE WANT PEOPLE TO HAVE THE BEST HEALTH CARE. IT'S BECAUSE WE DON'T WANT WHAT THE PRESIDENT SAID WHEN HE TOLD THE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS BEFORE IT PASSED, GEE, YOU GO TO THE DOCTOR NOW AND HAVE FIVE TESTS, AFTER THIS BILL, YOU'LL GO AND GET ONE TEST. MY MOTHER HAD TO HAVE SIX DAYS TO FIND HER TUMOR. I WANT HEALTH CARE TO BE LEGISLATED THE WAY THE PRESIDENT PROMISED IT WOULD BE AND ONCE WE GET THIS DISASTER OUT OF THE WAY, NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES WE HAVE TO SEND IT, IT WILL BE TIME TO PASS A BILL THAT GETS REAL HEALTH CARE REFORM. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    MINUTES TO THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GOODLATTE.

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    I THANK THE CHAME FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS…

    I THANK THE CHAME FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION, WHICH REPEALS THE SWEEPING HEALTH CARE REFORM LAW RAMMED THROUGH CONGRESS LAST YEAR. THIS NEW LAW AMOUNTS TO A BIG GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, ONE THAT WILL LEAD TO FEWER CHOICES, HIGHER PRICES AND RATIONED CARE AND CREATES MORE THAN 150 NEW GOVERNMENT AGENCIES AND PROGRAMS AT A COST OF WELL OVER $1.2 TRILLION. IT INCLUDES OVER $560 BILLION INDEFINITE STATING NEW TAX INCREASES AND CUTS MEDICARE BY OVER $500 BILLION. AMERICANS ARE FRUSTRATED BY RISING HEALTH CARE COSTS. WE MUST REPEAL THE NEW HEALTH CARE LAW THAT KILLS JOBS, RAISES TAXES AND CAUSES SENIORS TO LOSE THE COVERAGE THEY HAVE AND INCREASES THE COSTS OF HEALTH CARE COVERAGE. WE MUST REPLACE IT WITH COMMONSENSE REFORMS THAT LOWER HEALTH CARE COSTS AND EMPOWER PATIENTS. FOR THOSE WHO ARGUE THAT SOMEHOW THIS IS GOING TO SAVE THE TAXPAYERS' MONEY, THINK OF THE MANDATES THAT ARE NOT COVERED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THINK OF THE FACT THAT IT IS NOT CREDIBLE AT A TIME WHEN SENIOR CITIZENS AND BABY BOOMERS ARE GOING TO RETIRE IN UNPRECEDENTED NUMBERS TO TAKES $500 BILLION OUT OF THE MEDICARE PROGRAM AND THINK OF THE JOBS BEING LOST BECAUSE THE TAXES ON THIS ARE ALREADY BEING PUT INTO PLACE. YET THE BENEFITS DON'T OCCUR FOR FOUR YEARS. THAT LEGISLATION WAS SMOKING MIRRORS. THIS LEGISLATION REPEALS IT. WE SHOULD SORT IT AND THEN START ANEW ON COMMONSENSE REFORMS AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. CONYERS

    RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA, MR. BRALEY, FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. BRALEY

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I WANT TO SHOW THE FACE OF THE REPEAL…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I WANT TO SHOW THE FACE OF THE REPEAL OF HEALTH CARE. THIS IS TUCKER WRIGHT FROM IOWA, HE IS FOUR YEARS OLD AND TWO YEARS AGO BEFORE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WAS PASSED, HE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH LIVER CANCER AND HAD 2/3 OF HIS LIVER REMOVED AND HE FACES A LONG AND UNCERTAIN MEDICAL FUTURE. BUT ON JANUARY 2 OF THIS YEAR, BECAUSE WE PASSED THE AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE ACT, TUCKER'S FATHER BRETT WAS ABLE TO CHANGE JOBS BECAUSE HE NO LONGER HAD TO WORRY ABOUT THE STIGMA OF PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. NOW, WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT REPEALING THIS BILL, I TELL YOU WHY IT'S NOT A GOOD DEAL FOR TUCKER WRIGHT, BECAUSE EVEN THOUGH OUR FRIENDS TALK ABOUT WANTING TO FIX SOME OF THE PROBLEMS THAT THEY NOW THINK ARE IMPORTANT, THE FIRST THING THAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN TO TUCKER WRIGHT AND HIS FAMILY AS SOON AS THIS BILL IS REPEALED IS HIS FAMILY WILL GET A RECISION LETTER FROM THE INSURANCE COMPANY BECAUSE THEY WILL NO LONGER BE ABLE TO PROVIDE INSURANCE TO THIS YOUNG BOY BECAUSE HE HAS PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. THAT'S WHY THIS BILL IS A BAD IDEA AND I URGE YOU TO VOTE NO AND THINK ABOUT TUCKER WRIGHT. I YIELD BACK.

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    SPEAKER, HOW MUCH TIME REMAINS.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS HAS 5 1/2 MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN HAS 8 1/2 MINUTES.

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    OF MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. WALZ

    MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO STATE MY STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE REPEALING…

    MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO STATE MY STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE REPEALING OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. IT WILL ELIMINATE CONSUMER PROTECTIONS, RAISE TAXES ON SMALL BUSINESSES, EXPLODE DEFICITS AND PUT INSURANCE C.E.O.'S BETWEEN AMERICANS AND THEIR DOCTOR. I REPRESENT MAYO CLINIC. THEY ARE A SYMBOL WHEN WE DELIVER THE WORLD'S HIGHEST QUALITY CARE AT THE MOST EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE COSTS. WHEN WE PASSED THIS LAW LAST YEAR, THEY SAID IT WAS A GOOD FIRST STEP AND I AGREE. NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO STEP BACKWARDS. FOLKS IN MY DISTRICT ARE SEEING THE BENEFITS OF THIS LAW. SENIORS HAVE HELP FOR GETTING PRESCRIPTION DRUGS AND SAVING MONEY AND JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO, I RECEIVED A LETTER FROM A DAD IN MY DISTRICT NAMED PAUL. HIS SON IS 21, WORKS PART-TIME AND HAS DIABETES. JOE COULDN'T GET THE INSURANCE HE NEEDED TO PAY FOR THE EXPENSIVE EQUIPMENT HE NEEDS TO STAY HEALTHY AND ALIVE. PAUL SAID THANK YOU FOR PASSING THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. BECAUSE OF THE LAW, JOE GOT BACK ON HIS PARENTS' INSURANCE. A VOTE TO REPEAL THIS LEGISLATION PULLS THAT CARD AWAY.

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    MR. SMITH

    ONE MINUTE TO THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. REED, NEW MEMBER OF THE…

    ONE MINUTE TO THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. REED, NEW MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE.

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    MR. REED

    TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE REPEAL OF THE JOB-KILLING OBAMACARE LEGISLATION.…

    TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE REPEAL OF THE JOB-KILLING OBAMACARE LEGISLATION. THIS BILL IS A WHOPPING 2,500 PAGES OF OF NEW SPENDING AND GOVERNMENT BUREAUCRACY. RUSHED TO APPROVAL AFTER ONLY 48 HOURS OF ARM TWISTING AND DEAL MAKING. UNFORTUNATELY, JUST AS REPUBLICANS PREDICTED, THIS LEGISLATION DID ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO ADDRESS THE REAL PROBLEM IN THE HEALTH CARE, ITS COSTS. REPUBLICANS HAVE ADVOCATED FOR TORT REFORM TO BE INCLUDED IN ANY LEGISLATION, FOR JUST AS LONG THOSE WHO HAVE WROTE THIS LEGISLATION HAVE IGNORED THE NEED FOR TORT REFORM. THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE ESTIMATES TORT REFORM INITIATIVES COULD SAVE $54 BILLION. I WILL SAY THAT THE OTHER SIDE ATTEMPTED TO REFORM TORT REFORM BY PROVIDING $50 MILLION FOR STATES TO CONSIDER THE CONCEPT OF TOFERT REFORM. HERE WE GO AGAIN, ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF WHAT'S WRONG WITH WASHINGTON, SPENDING $50 MILLION HOW TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO SAVE MONEY. REPUBLICANS HAVE A BETTER PLAN, WHICH ONE WHICH REDUCES HEALTH CARE COSTS.

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    MR. SMITH

    30 SECONDS. REED REED AMERICAN --

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    MR. REED

    LAWYERS AND BUREAUCRATS OUT OF OUR LAWYERS. LET'S REPEAL THE BILL AND…

    LAWYERS AND BUREAUCRATS OUT OF OUR LAWYERS. LET'S REPEAL THE BILL AND FOCUS ON BIPARTISAN INITIATIVES LIKE FIXING THE DOUGHNUT HOLE AND WITHOUT SPENDING AN ADDITIONAL $50 MILLION. UNTIL WE DO SO, JOBS WILL CONTINUE TO BE LOST. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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    MR. CONYERS

    FOR ONE MINUTE THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, RUST CARNAHAN.

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    MR. CARNAHAN

    IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL THAT WOULD HURT SMALL BUSINESSES IN…

    IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL THAT WOULD HURT SMALL BUSINESSES IN MISSOURI WHO ARE FINALLY IMAGINING ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE COVERAGE FOR THEIR EMPLOYEES. THE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE FOR SMALL FIRMS HAS INCREASED AT MORE THAN 12%. THOSE SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS WILL LOSE TAX CREDITS THAT ARE PROVIDING UP TO 50% OF THEIR HEALTH CARE COSTS AND WILL HAVE TO DROP THE VERY HEALTH INSURANCE THEY HAVE NOW BEEN ABLE TO PROVIDE EMPLOYEES AND THEIR FAMILIES. THESE ARE REAL PEOPLE. PEOPLE LIKE MICHELLE BARRON, WHO OWNS A BOOK STORE. SHE USED TO PROVIDE HEALTH CARE, BUT OVER THE YEARS, COULDN'T KEEP UP. SHE HAD TO DROP EMPLOYEES AND FINALLY DROP HER OWN COVERAGE BECAUSE OF PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. LAST YEAR WHEN THE HEALTH CARE BILL WAS SIGNED INTO LAW, NEW OPTIONS OPENED UP FOR ISSUE ELL AND OTHER BUSINESS OWNERS LIKE HER. IF WE REPEAL HEALTH CARE, IT WILL TURN BACK THE CLOCK FOR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS. INSURERS WILL GO BACK TO DENYING COVERAGE FOR PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS AND SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS WOULD LOSE TAX CREDITS TO MAKE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE AFFORDABLE. WE CAN'T GO BACK TO INSURANCE COMPANY CONTROL. THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO STEP BACKWARDS. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. SMITH

    YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. QUAYLE.

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    MR. QUAYLE

    SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 2. LAST YEAR, BEHIND CLOSED DOORS AND AGAINST…

    SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 2. LAST YEAR, BEHIND CLOSED DOORS AND AGAINST THE WILL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, THE DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY OF THE 111TH CONGRESS PASSED A BILL THAT FUNDAMENTALLY CHANGES THE DOCTOR-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP AND PASSED THE BILL THAT WILL INCREASE THE COST OF HEALTH CARE AND EXPLODE OUR NATIONAL DEBT. THEY PASSED THE BILL THAT EXPANDS THE SCOPE OF GOVERNMENT WELL BEYOND THE PARAMETERS SET FORTH IN THE CONSTITUTION. THE GENIUS OF OUR CONSTITUTION, THAT THIS WILL DOCUMENT DIDN'T SET FORTH WHAT THE GOVERNMENT MUST DO FOR US BUT RATHER THE GOVERNMENT CAN'T DO TO US. TO REQUIRE EVERY INDIVIDUAL TO ENTER WITHIN A COMMERCIAL CONTRACT FALLS WITHIN THAT CATEGORY. THE PEOPLE OF MY DISTRICT UNDERSTANDS THIS, JUST AS THEY UNDERSTAND OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM NEEDS REFORMS THAT WILL REDUCE COSTS AND INCREASE ACCESS. UNFORTUNATELY, THE HEALTH CARE BILL THAT WAS PASSED WILL INCREASE COSTS AND INCREASE OUR NATIONAL DEBT. THOSE WHO DRAFTED THE BILL WILL TRY TO CONCEAL THE TRUE COSTS FROM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, BUT IF YOU LOOK BEYOND, THAT BILL INCREASES OUR DEBT BY $701 BILLION. IT IS TIME TO GET OUR COUNTRY BACK ON THE RIGHT TRACK AND H.R. 2 IS THE NECESSARY STEP TO FULFILLING THAT MISSION.

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    MR. CONYERS

    WASSERMAN SCHULTZ FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

    YOU MADAM SPEAKER. IT'S IMPORTANT TO ADDRESS THE NOTION OF JOB KILLING…

    YOU MADAM SPEAKER. IT'S IMPORTANT TO ADDRESS THE NOTION OF JOB KILLING VERSUS JOB CREATING. WE HAVE HEARD A LOT OF TALK ABOUT THE TITLE OF THIS BILL AND THE JOBS THAT IT SUPPOSEDLY KILLS. LET'S LOOK AT THE FACTS HERE THOUGH, OF THE 1.1 MILLION PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS DOCUMENTED THAT WERE CREATED LAST YEAR, 200,000 OF THOSE WERE IN THE HEALTH CARE SECTOR OR 1/5. WE HAD AN AVERAGE OF 20,000 JOBS PER MONTH CREATED IN THE HEALTH CARE SECTOR ALONE OVER THE COURSE OF THE LAST TWO YEARS. THERE HAVE BEEN NO JOB LOSSES IN THE HEALTH CARE SECTOR, NONE. AND I CHALLENGE OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE OF THE AISLE WHO ARE ADVOCATING THE REPEAL OF HEALTH CARE REFORM ON THE PREMISE THAT IT IS A JOB KILLER, TO NAME ONE AREA OF HEALTH CARE, ONE, WHERE THERE HAD BEEN JOB LOSSES. I WOULD SUSPECT THAT WE WOULD HEAR CRICKETS CHIRPING BECAUSE THERE ARE NONE. THERE ISN'T A SINGLE AREA, NOT BEFORE AND NOT SINCE. AND ALSO, I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT TO ADDRESS THE COMMENTS FROM THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GOHMERT, WHO STATED PRESIDENT OBAMA TOLD THE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS THAT HEALTH CARE REFORM WOULD ALLOW US TO SHRINK FIVE TESTS PERFORMED ON A PATIENT TO ONE. THAT IS NOT TRUE. THAT NEVER HAPPENED. HE NEVER SAID THAT AND AT THE END OF THE DAY, WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE ARE ENTITLED TO OUR OPINIONS, BUT NOT TO OUR OWN FACTS. I SUSPECT THAT OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE ARE MAKING UP THEIR OWN FACTS, BECAUSE THEIR ARGUMENTS DON'T STAND ON THE STRENGTH OF THEIR IDEAS AND AREN'T STRONG ENOUGH TO STAND ON THEIR OWN. I THOUGHT IT WAS IMPORTANT TO CLEAR THAT UP, MR. SPEAKER. AND I YIELD BACK. .

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    MR. SMITH

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MR. GRIFFIN, MAYBE OF THE JUDICIARY…

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MR. GRIFFIN, MAYBE OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE.

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    MR. GRIFFITH

    I THANK --

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    MR. GRIFFIN

    WE NEED HEALTH CARE REFORM BADLY. BUT THE LAW WE GOT ISN'T WHAT WE NEED.…

    WE NEED HEALTH CARE REFORM BADLY. BUT THE LAW WE GOT ISN'T WHAT WE NEED. THIS IS WHY I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2, TO REPEAL THE CURRENT HEALTH CARE LAW. THE HEALTH CARE LAW PROVIDES FOR AN INCREASED GOVERNMENT ROLE AND WILL ULTIMATELY LEAD TO DECISIONS MADE BY THE GOVERNMENT INSTEAD OF DOCTORS AND PATIENTS. IT IGNORES THE ISSUE OF COST. IT WAS LOADED WITH GIMMICKS TO MAKE IT SEEM DEFICIT-NEUTRAL. BUT ONCE THOSE ARE ACCOUNTED FOR, WE FIND THAT IT ADDS OVER $700 BILLION TO THE DEFICIT IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS. THE HEALTH CARE LAW AND ESPECIALLY THE UNCONSTITUTIONAL MANDATE HANDICAPS OUR ABILITY TO GROW JOBS. SMALL BUSINESSES WILL BE HIT HARDEST BECAUSE THEY OPERATE ON THE TIGHTEST MARGINS AND WILL HAVE THE TOUGHEST TIME COMPLYING WITH THE ONEROUS REGULATIONS. MANY OF THE REGULATIONS ARE STILL NOT WRITTEN, CREATING UNCERTAINTY FOR EMPLOYERS. WE MUST REPEAL THE LAW AND REPLACE IT WITH ONE THAT LOWERS COSTS, PRESERVES THE DOCTOR-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP --

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    MR. SMITH

    I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

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    MR. GRIFFIN

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. LETS AMERICANS KEEP THE COVERAGE THEY HAVE, ALLOWS THE…

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. LETS AMERICANS KEEP THE COVERAGE THEY HAVE, ALLOWS THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO CREATE JOBS AND FOLLOWS THE CONSTITUTION. THANK YOU, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. CONYERS

    YIELD ROB ANDREWS OF NEW JERSEY ONE MINUTE.

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    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    MR. ANDREWS

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. ANDREWS

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, AS WE MEET THIS AFTERNOON THERE…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, AS WE MEET THIS AFTERNOON THERE ARE 15 MILLION UNEMPLOYED AMERICANS. AND NO MATTER WHERE YOU GO IN THIS COUNTRY, YOU HEAR THAT THE NUMBER ONE CONCERN OF OUR CONSTITUENTS IS CREATING AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE BUSINESSES AND ENTREPRENEURS CAN PUT PEOPLE BACK TO WORK. SO WHAT IS THE HOUSE DOING THIS WEEK? RELITIGATING, REGURGE DATING, REARGUING A POLITICAL DEBATE ABOUT HEALTH CARE AGAIN. I BELIEVE THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY WANT US TO WORK TOGETHER TO GET JOBS BACK IN THE AMERICAN ECONOMY. THE REPUBLICANS OFFER US A SLOGAN, A JOB-KILLING HEALTH CARE BILL. WHAT KILLS JOBS IS PARAL SIS IN CONGRESS -- PARALYSIS IN CONGRESS. WHAT KILLS JOBS IS IGNORING THE ECONOMIC PROBLEMS OF THIS COUNTRY. NO IT'S NOT SIMPLY THE RIGHT VOTE ON THE MERITS, IT'S THE RIGHT VOTE BECAUSE THIS IS THE WRONG BILL AT THE WRONG TIME. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. SMITH

    MADAM SPEAKER, WE ONLY HAVE ONE MORE SPEAKER ON THIS SIDE AND WE'RE…

    MADAM SPEAKER, WE ONLY HAVE ONE MORE SPEAKER ON THIS SIDE AND WE'RE PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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    MR. CONYERS

    HOW MUCH TIME HAVE WE REMAINING?

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN HAS 3 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN HAS 3 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS HAS 1 3/4. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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    MR. CONYERS

    A MINUTE.

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    MR. CONYERS

    LIKE -- BECAUSE THIS IS THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE AND SO LITTLE HAS BEEN…

    LIKE -- BECAUSE THIS IS THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE AND SO LITTLE HAS BEEN SAID ABOUT THE CONSTITUTIONALITY, I AM PLEASED TO QUOTE FROM THE DEAN OF THE LAW SCHOOL OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA WHO SAID THAT OPPOSING HEALTH CARE REFORM AND RELYING ON AN ARGUMENT THAT IT IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL IS AN INADEQUATE WAY TO PROCEED. SOMEBODY HERE MUST REMEMBER THAT THERE IS MEDICARE, MEDICAID, SOCIAL SECURITY. PLEASE, THIS IS NOT NEW THAT THE GOVERNMENT WOULD BE INTERVENING IN THIS WAY. MAYBE WE NEED TO REVISE AND REVISIT THE QUESTIONS OF CONSTITUTIONALITY.

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    MR. SMITH

    SPEAKER, WE CONTINUE TO BE READY TO CLOSE.

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    MR. CONYERS

    LEE OF TEXAS, A SENIOR MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE, FOR THE REMAINING TIME.…

    LEE OF TEXAS, A SENIOR MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE, FOR THE REMAINING TIME. WHICH IS ABOUT ONE MINUTE.

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    LEE: MR. CHAIRMAN, YOU'RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. THIS IS A CONSTITUTIONAL…

    LEE: MR. CHAIRMAN, YOU'RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. THIS IS A CONSTITUTIONAL QUESTION THAT HAS BEEN RAISED. AS I CAME TO THE FLOOR EARLIER, I MENTIONED MY PREDECESSOR, CONGRESSWOMAN JORDAN, WHO BELIEVED IN THIS CONSTITUTION WITHOUT QUESTION. I MENTIONED THE 14TH AMENDMENT. I NOW MENTION THE FIFTH AMENDMENT. FIRST OF ALL, THE COMMERCE CLAUSE COVERS THIS BILL BUT THE FIFTH AMENDMENT SPEAKS SPECIFICALLY TO DENYING SOMEONE THEIR LIFE AND LIBERTY WITHOUT DUE PROCESS. THAT IS WHAT H.R. 2 DOES. AND I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO IT. AND I RISE IN OPPOSITION BECAUSE IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE PRESERVE LIVES AND WE RECOGNIZE THAT 40 MILLION-PLUS ARE UNINSURED. IN MY OWN COUNTY, HARRIS COUNTY, THIS BILL WILL ALLOW SOME 800,000 UNINSURED MEMBERS OF HARRIS COUNTY, CITIZENS OF HARRIS COUNTY, TO BE INSURED IN TEXAS. IN ADDITION, THE TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE, AS MANY OTHER STATES, HAVE ALREADY BEGUN IMPLEMENTING THIS BILL, THE PATIENT PROTECTION BILL, GLADLY SO AND SAYING IT WILL HELP SAVE LIVES AND PROVIDE FOR THE FAMILIES OF THEIR STATES. CAN YOU TELL ME WHAT IS MORE UNCONSTITUTIONAL THAN TAKING AWAY FROM THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA THEIR FIFTH AMENDMENT RIGHTS, THEIR 14TH AMENDMENT RIGHTS AND THE RIGHT TO EQUAL PROTECTION UNDER THE LAW? I KNOW THAT MR. LAMB, WHO SUFFERS FROM SCHIZOPHRENIA, WITH HIS FAMILY, MRS. BETTY, WHEN HAD TO GO TO THE E.R. ROOM IN TEXAS BECAUSE NO INSURANCE, MR. SMITH WHO WAS ON DIALYSIS, OR MR. FIELDS WHOSE MOTHER COULDN'T GET DENTAL CARE, I KNOW THEY WOULD QUESTION WHY WE'RE TAKING AWAY THEIR RIGHTS. TODAY WE STAND BEFORE THIS BODY, WE BEG OF THEM TO ASK THEMSELVES WHETHER THIS IS ALL ABOUT POLITICS OR ABOUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I'M PREPARED TO STAND, EXTEND A HAND OF FRIENDSHIP. STANDING ON THE CONSTITUTION TO ENABLE US TO PROVIDE FOR ALL OF THE CITIZENS OF THIS COUNTRY. THIS BILL HAS BEEN VETTED, THIS BILL IS CONSTITUTIONAL AND IT PROTECTS THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS OF THOSE WHO ASK THE QUESTION, MUST I DIE, MUST MY CHINA CHILD DIE BECAUSE I AM NOW -- CHILD DIE BECAUSE I AM NOW DISALLOWED FROM GETTING INSURANCE? THIS IS ABOUT YOUR PRIMARY CARE DOCTOR. THIS IS ABOUT CLOSING THE DOUGHNUT HOLE THAT WILL ALLOW YOU TO BE ABLE TO GET DISCOUNTS ON YOUR PRESCRIPTION DRUGS THAT SOME OF YOU HAVE AVOIDED BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO PAY YOUR RENT AND YOU HAVE TO BUY YOUR FOOD. TEXAS, A BIG STATE, HAS ALREADY SAID THROUGH A GOVERNMENTAL AGENCY, WE NEED THIS BILL. AND WE HOPE THAT THOSE WHO COME FROM OUR STATE AND MANY OTHER STATES WILL NOT VOTE AGAINST THE PROTECTION OF PATIENTS, VOTE AGAINST H.R. 2 AND PROVIDE YOURSELF WITH THE PROTECTION OF THE CONSTITUTION. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    MR. SMITH

    MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. SMITH

    MADAM SPEAKER, THE DEMOCRATS' HEALTH CARE BILL SQUANDERS HEALTH CARE…

    MADAM SPEAKER, THE DEMOCRATS' HEALTH CARE BILL SQUANDERS HEALTH CARE RESOURCES AND TAXPAYER MONEY BY ENCOURAGING WASTEFUL, DEFENSIVE MEDICINE. IT EXPLICITLY PREVENTS STAGE FROM MAKING ANY -- STATES FROM MAKING LEGAL REFORMS UNDER ITS PROVISIONS AND EXPANDS OPPORTUNITIES FOR LAWYERS TO SUE DOCTORS WHO DID ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WRONG. AND IT LIMITS THE SUPPLY OF DOCTORS WHEN PATIENTS NEED THEM MOST. IN FACT, ONE PARTICULARLY COSTLY PART OF OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IS THE PRACTICE OF SO-CALLED DEFENSIVE MEDICINE WHICH OCCUR WHEN IS DOCTORS ARE FORCED BY THE THREAT OF LAWSUITS TO CONDUCT TESTS AND PRESCRIBE DRUGS THAT ARE NOT MEDICALLY REQUIRED. A SURVEY RELEASED LAST YEAR FOUND DEFENSIVE MEDICINE IS PRACTICED BY VIRTUALLY ALL PHYSICIANS. LAWSUIT ABUSE DOES MORE THAN MAKE MEDICAL CARE MUCH MORE EXPENSIVE, IT DRIVES DOCTORS OUT OF BUSINESS. DOCTORS WHO ESPECIALLYIZE IN INHERENTLY HIGH-RISK FIELDS ARE LEAVING THEIR PRACTICES AND HOSPITALS ARE SHUTTING DOWN BECAUSE THEIR HIGH EXPOSURE TO LIABILITY MAKES LAW SUIT -- LAWSUIT SHINE INSURANCE UNAFFORDABLE AND IT CAN HAVE DEADLY CONSEQUENCES. HUNDREDS AND THOUSANDS OF PATIENTS MAY DIE ANNUALLY FOR LACK OF DOCTORS. MADAM SPEAKER, THE DEMOCRATS' HEALTH CARE LAW WILL PRODUCE MORE LITIGATION AND LESS EFFECTIVE HEALTH CARE. THAT IS WHY IT SHOULD BE REPEALED. I'LL YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. GRAVES, AND THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK,…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. GRAVES, AND THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, MR. VELAZQUEZ, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI.

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    MR. GRAVES

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. GRAVE GRAVE THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM…

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. GRAVE GRAVE THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2, LEGISLATION TO REPEAL THE JOB-DESTROYING HEALTH CARE LAW THAT WAS RUSHED THROUGH CONGRESS LAST YEAR. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE REPEATEDLY VOICED THEIR FRUSTRATION OVER THE WAY THE HEALTH CARE LAW PUT THE AMERICAN -- OR PUT THE GOVERNMENT BETWEEN PATIENTS AND THEIR DOCTORS. THEY HAVE PROTESTED THIS LAW, THEY HAVE DEMANDED THAT REFORM OF OUR NATION'S HEALTH CARE SYSTEM FOCUS NOT ON BIGGER GOVERNMENT, NOT ON MORE BUREAUCRAT, BUT ON TARGETING COMMONSENSE CHANGES THAT ENCOURAGE COMPETITION AND BETTER CHOICES. INSTEAD OF LISTENING TO THE PEOPLE, WASHINGTON GAVE THEM A LAW THAT PILES MORE THAN $500 BILLION IN TAX INCREASES ON FAMILIES AND SMALL BUSINESSES. THIS WILL FORCE AS MUCH AS 80% OF ALL SMALL BUSINESSES TO GIVE UP THEIR CURRENT COVERAGE AND COULD COST OUR ECONOMY $1.6 MILLION -- 1.6 MILLION JOBS, ONE MILLION OF WHICH COULD COME FROM SMALL BUSINESSES. ALL OF THESE NEW REGULATIONS AND RESTRICTIONS INCLUDED IN THE LAW WILL MAKE IT MORE DIFFICULT FOR SMALL BUSINESSES TO HIRE NEW WORKERS, EXPAND THEIR OPERATIONS AND OFFER COMPETITIVE WAGES. WITH UNEMPLOYMENT STILL HOVERING ABOVE 9%, FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES CANNOT AFFORD MORE REGULATIONS AND RED TAPE FROM WASHINGTON. IT'S GOING TO MAKE JOBS MORE SCARCE AND FURTHER SLOW OUR ECONOMIC RECOVERY. MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES AND I REPEATEDLY TRIED TO REACH ACROSS THE AISLE TO CRAFT A BETTER BILL WHEN THIS WAS PUSHED THROUGH. AND WAS DISAPPOINTED THAT RATHER THAN LISTENED TO THEIR COUNTERPARTS AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, THOSE IN CHARGE WHEN THIS WAS PUSHED THROUGH CHOSE TO PUT A COMPLETELY PARTISAN, WILDLY UNPOPULAR BILL THROUGH THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE. WE NOW HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE THE PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANT BY REPEALING THIS LAW AND REPLACING IT WITH MEANINGFUL REFORMS THAT WILL CUT COSTS AND INCREASE ACCESS WITHOUT CREATING BIG PROBLEMS FOR BUSINESSES OR PILING MORE UNSUSTAINABLE DEBT ON FUTURE GENERATIONS. I URGE FRIENDS AND MEMBERS TO VOTE IN SUPPORT OF THIS AND REPEAL THIS LEGISLATION AND JOIN ME IN IMPLEMENTING BETTER SOLUTIONS FOR IMPROVING OUR NATION'S HEALTH CARE STIM -- SYSTEM. I'LL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    MS. VELAZQUEZ

    SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MS. VELAZQUEZ

    MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE IN…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY. AS WE BEGIN THE 112TH CONGRESS, IT IS UNFORTUNATE THAT ONE OF THE FIRST BILLS BEFORE THIS BODY IS MORE ABOUT POLITICS THAN POIM. THIS BILL WILL NOT HELP A SINGLE SMALL BUSINESS SECURE A LOAN, OPEN A NEW MARKET FOR ITS PRODUCTS OR INVEST BACK NITS OPERATIONS. -- BACK IN ITS OPERATIONS. THE OTHER SIDE ACKNOWLEDGES THIS LEGISLATION IS GOING NOWHERE. IT IS IRONIC THIS GRANDSTANDING OCCURS WHEN HEALTH INSURANCE CONTINUES TO BE A TOP CHALLENGE FACING SMALL BUSINESSES. OVER THE LAST DECADE, SMALL EMPLOYERS HAVE SEEN THEIR PREMIUMS RISE BY OVER 114% WITH NO SIGN OF RELIEF. IT IS HARD TO IMAGINE HOW REPEAL WILL HELP SMALL BUSINESSES. IN FACT, IT COULD DO SIGNIFICANT HARM. THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY IMPOSES A $40 BILLION TAX INCREASE BY ELIMINATINGING CRITICAL SMALL BUSINESS TAX CREDITS. THESE HAVE ALREADY HELPED SECURE COSTS AND REDUCED AND INCREASED COVERAGE RATES BY NEARLY 12% IN THE PAST YEAR. REPEAL WILL ALSO ELIMINATE CHOICES FOR ENTREPRENEURS. CURRENTLY IN THE MAJORITY OF STATES THE TWO LARGEST INSURERS HAVE A COMBINED MARKET SHARE OF 70% OR MORE. BY DOING AWAY WITH REFORMS THAT ESTABLISH NEW HEALTH INSURANCE MARKETS, IT WILL LIMIT SMALL BUSINESSES' ABILITY TO SECURE COVERAGE. SMALL BUSINESSES ALREADY PAY 20% MORE THAN THEIR CORPORATE COUNTERPARTS AND THE LAWS OF NEW SAFEGUARDS WILL COMPOUND THIS PROBLEM. BECAUSE OF HEALTH REFORM, INSURERS ARE NO LONGER ABLE TO RAISE RATES ARBITRARILY WITHOUT EXPLAINING WHY. THEY CANNOT DENY COVERAGE BASED ON A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION OR BECAUSE AN EMPLOYEE GETS SICK. PASSAGE OF THIS BILL WILL ALSO STRIP NEW PROTECTIONS THAT PROVIDE SMALL BUSINESSES WE HAVE HEARD HOW IMPORTANT REFORMS WERE EXCLUDED FROM THE ORIGINAL LEGISLATION. THEY SAY FOR THIS REASON, THE HOUSE WILL START FROM SCRATCH AND ENACT A NEW HEALTH CARE LAW. HOWEVER, WHEN REPUBLICANS WERE IN CONTROL OF BOTH CHAMBERS AND HELD THE OTHER OFFICE, THEY TALK ABOUT THEIR SOLUTIONS FOR NEARLY A DECADE AND YET, NOTHING HAPPENED. IN THE MEANTIME, SMALL BUSINESSES SAW THEIR EMPLOYEES' PREMIUMS RISE BY AN AVERAGE OF $700 EVERY SINGLE YEAR. SMALL BUSINESSES PAY NEARLY $14,000 FOR A POLICY THAT COST $6,500 IN 2000. WHY SHOULD SMALL BUSINESSES BELIEVE THEY CAN DELIVER ON A PROMISE THIS TIME? WHILE OUR ECONOMY HAS ADDED NEARLY 400,000 JOBS OVER THE PAST THREE MONTHS, MORE MUST BE DONE. WE MUST CONTINUE TO CONFRONT THE PROBLEM OF HEALTH COVERAGE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES, BUT VOTING FOR TODAY'S BILL WILL NOT DO THAT. I URGE MEMBERS TO OPPOSE THE BILL AND I URGE THE NEW LEADERSHIP TO FIND MEANINGFUL WAYS TO ADDRESS THIS NATION'S ECONOMIC CHALLENGES. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI.

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    MINUTE TO THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA.

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    MR. MULVANEY

    OF H.R. 2 AND IT'S HARD TO KNOW WHERE TO BEGIN WHEN YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT…

    OF H.R. 2 AND IT'S HARD TO KNOW WHERE TO BEGIN WHEN YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT HOW BAD THE CURRENT HEALTH CARE LEGISLATION IS FOR SMALL BUSINESS. THE CURRENT HEALTH CARE BILL THAT THIS CONGRESS PASSED LAST YEAR HAS AN INP SENTTIVE FOR BUSINESSES TO GO FROM 50 TO 49. INCENTIVE TO GO FROM 25 EMPLOYEES TO FEWER AND DISINCENTIVE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES TO GO. A FINANCIAL INCENTIVE TO PAY YOUR EMPLOYEES LESS BECAUSE THE TAX CREDITS THAT WE TALKED ABOUT LAST YEAR GOES AWAY AS YOU PAY YOUR FOLKS MORE. IT'S ALMOST AS IF THE FOLKS WHO WROTE THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION LAST YEAR HAVE NO IDEA HOW SMALL BUSINESS WORKS OR DON'T CARE. EITHER WAY THE CURRENT HEALTH CARE LEGISLATION IS A COMPLETE DISASTER FOR SMALL BUSINESS AND NUMBER ONE PRIORITY FOR SMALL BUSINESS THIS YEAR SHOULD BE REPEALING THE EXISTING HEALTH CARE AND PASSING OF H.R. 2. AND I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    MS. VELAZQUEZ

    MUCH TIME AS NECESSARY. IN THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, AS A RESULT OF…

    MUCH TIME AS NECESSARY. IN THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, AS A RESULT OF THIS REPEAL LEGISLATION, SMALL BUSINESSES IN THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA WILL SEE A TAX INCREASE OF $540 MILLION. WITH THAT, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM, MR. CICILLINE.

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    MR. CICILLINE

    THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO H.R. 2. IF WE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO H.R. 2. IF WE REPEAL, THE FOLLOWING THINGS WILL HAPPEN, CHILDREN WITH PRE-EXISTING DISEASES WILL BE DENIED COVERAGE AND PEOPLE UNDER THE AGE OF 26 WILL BE DENIED. SENIORS WILL PAY MORE AND SMALL BUSINESSES WILL PAY 20% MORE THAN THEIR CORPORATE COUNTERPARTS FOR PROVIDING THE SAME HEALTH CARE COVERAGE. SMALL BUSINESSES WOULD LOSE THE INCENTIVE FOR PROVIDING COVERAGE TO THEIR EMPLOYEES AND UP TO 50% TAX CREDIT WHICH HAS INCREASED COVERAGE OF SMALL FIRMS BY MORE THAN 10% AND WOULD USE THAT TAX CREDIT TO HIRE ADDITIONAL EMPLOYEES. THIS LAW ESTABLISHES CONSUMER PROTECTIONS, INCENTIVIZES WELLNESS PROGRAMS AND ESTABLISHES COST CONTROLS AND COST-CUTTING EXCHANGES. FOR SMALL BUSINESSES, THAT MEANS DRIVING DOWN THE COST OF PROVIDING HEALTH INSURANCE AND PROVIDING ASSISTANCE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES THAT ARE STRUGGLING TO SKYROCKETING PREMIUMS. SMALL BUSINESSES PAY 18% MORE THAN THAN LARGE BUSINESSES FOR THE SAME COVERAGE AND HEALTH INSURANCE PREMIUMS HAVE GONE UP THREE TIMES FASTER THAN WAGES IN THE PAST 10 YEARS. I WOULD JUST -- I ASK FOR 15 SECONDS. SMALL BUSINESS TAX CREDITS ARE CRITICAL TO PROVIDING SMALL BUSINESSES THE OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE INSURANCE TO THEIR EMPLOYEES. WE MADE A PROMISE TO THOSE SMALL BUSINESSES TO MAKE IT YEES EASIER TO THRIVE AND THIS IS THE FIRST GOOD STEP AND I URGE TO VOTE AGAINST THIS REPEAL.

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    THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. FLEISCHMANN

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE REPEAL OF OBAMACARE. THIS IS MY FIRST SPEECH ON…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE REPEAL OF OBAMACARE. THIS IS MY FIRST SPEECH ON THE FLOOR AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS AND I THOUGHT IT ONLY APPROPRIATE THAT IT BE ON THIS TOPIC, A TOPIC I CAMPAIGNED HARD ON AND A TOPIC I BELIEVE STRONGLY IN. WE MUST REPEAL THIS HEALTH CARE LEGISLATION. AS A SMALL BUSINESS OWNER FOR THE PAST 24 YEARS, I KNOW FIRSTHAND THE KIND OF DAMAGE THIS LEGISLATION WOULD DO TO AMERICAN SMALL BUSINESS IF IT IS ALLOWED TO BE PUT IN PLACE. THE NATIONAL FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESS RESEARCH FOUNDATION CONDUCTED A STUDY THAT SHOWED THE EMPLOYER MANDATE FOUND IN OBAMACARE COULD LEAD TO A LOSS OF 1.6 MILLION JOBS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY AND 66% OF THOSE LOST JOBS WOULD COME FROM THE SMALL BUSINESS WORK FORCE. THAT SAME STUDY SHOWED THAT SMALL BUSINESSES WOULD LOSE ROUGHLY $113 BILLION IN OUTPUT. AS A MEMBER OF THE SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE, I PROMISE TO USE MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE TO FIGHT EVERY DAY FOR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS EVERYWHERE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    MR. FLEISCHMANN

    STARTING TONIGHT, WE MUST REPEAL OBAMACARE AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MS. VELAZQUEZ

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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    CAROLINA, WAS LOSING ONE WAVE OF JOBS AFTER ANOTHER IN OUR TRADITIONAL…

    CAROLINA, WAS LOSING ONE WAVE OF JOBS AFTER ANOTHER IN OUR TRADITIONAL INDUSTRIES AND WE HAVE NEEDED THE ENERGY AND JOB CREATION THAT COMES FROM SMALL BUSINESS, FROM PEOPLE LEAVING JOBS WHETHER JUMPED OR PUSHED AND STARTING THEIR OWN BUSINESS. HALF OF OUR ECONOMY IS GENERATED BY SMALL BUSINESS AND EVEN MORE IMPORTANT, SMALL BUSINESSES CREATE 75% OF NEW JOBS. BY PROVIDING ACCESS TO STATE HIGH RISK POOLS, THE HEALTH CARE REFORM BILL PASSED LAST YEAR WILL MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES TO START THEIR OWN BUSINESS WITHOUT WORRYING THEY ARE GOING TO LOSE HEALTH CARE FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES AND I KNOW WHAT IT'S LIKE TO BUY HEALTH INSURANCE FOR EMPLOYEES. ONE OF THE GREATEST FRUSTRATIONS, TRYING TO FIND SOMETHING AFFORDABLE AND TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT YOU BOUGHT AND YOU WON'T KNOW UNTIL ONE OF YOUR EMPLOYEES GETS SICK OR HURT. THE BILL PASSED LAST YEAR, THE LEGISLATION WILL MAKE IT AFFORDABLE. IT WILL PROVIDE TAX CREDITS TO 35% FOR SMALL BUSINESSES TO PROVIDE HEALTH INSURANCE AND WILL GO UP TO 50%. THAT WILL INCREASE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE AMONG SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS AND EVEN MORE IMPORTANT AND THEY WILL KNOW WHAT THEY GOT, INSURANCE THAT REALLY COVERS WHAT IT OUGHT TO COVER AND NOT FILLED WITH SMALL PRINT EXCEPTIONS OF ONE KIND OF CARE AFTER ANOTHER, ONE CONDITION AFTER ANOTHER. EMPLOYEES ARE GOING TO GET THE CARE THEY NEED. REFORM HAS FREED PEOPLE TO WANT TO START A BUSINESS, DO IT WITHOUT WORRYING ABOUT WHAT KIND OF SHAPE THAT'S GOING TO LEAVE THEM IN AND THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS IN AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE AGAINST THIS BILL, TO PUT THOSE SMALL BUSINESSES BACK IN THE UNCERTAIN LAND. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI.

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    TO ANOTHER MEMBER OF THE SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE, GENTLELADY FROM…

    TO ANOTHER MEMBER OF THE SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE, GENTLELADY FROM WASHINGTON.

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    MR. BUTTERFIELD

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS --

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    MS. HERRERA BEUTLER

    AND I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL. THIS YEAR, WE HAVE THE CHANCE TO…

    AND I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL. THIS YEAR, WE HAVE THE CHANCE TO CORRECT MISTAKES MADE BY BOTH PARTIES. THE OBAMACARE BILL PASSED BY THE OTHER PARTY LAST YEAR WAS THE WRONG APPROACH AND DOES NOTHING TO DECREASE THE INFLATIONARY CURVE OF HEALTH CARE. IT WAS THE WRONG APPROACH. AND NO PARTY IS PERFECT LAST TIME THE PARTY HAD THE MAJORITY, MANY ON OUR SIDE OF THE AISLE WORKED DILIGENTLY TO REFORM HEALTH CARE, THE JOB WAS LEFT UNDONE. GETTING THIS RIGHT IS ONE OF THE REASONS MY CONSTITUENTS SENT ME TO CONGRESS. SOLUTIONS EXIST THAT CAN FIX OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM AND BRING COSTS DOWN FOR MIDDLE-INCOME FAMILIES. TODAY, WE HIT RESET ON HEALTH CARE REFORM AND I INVITE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN ADVANCING SOLUTIONS, SOLUTIONS LIKE SMALL BUSINESS HEALTH PLANS, ENDING JUNK LAWSUITS THAT DRIVE UP THE COSTS OF EVERYONE'S COST AND HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS AND BUYING INSURANCE ACROSS STATE LINES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FROM NEW YORK.

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    MS. VELAZQUEZ

    TO INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME IS REMAINING. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: 12 1/4…

    TO INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME IS REMAINING. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: 12 1/4 MINUTES REMAINING AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    12 1/4 MINUTES REMAINING AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI HAS 15 MINUTES…

    12 1/4 MINUTES REMAINING AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI HAS 15 MINUTES REMAINING.

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    MR. TIPTON

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    MS. VELAZQUEZ

    1/2 MINUTES TO THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 2 1/2 MINUTES.

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    MS. ROYBAL-ALLARD

    MANY AMERICANS HAVE MORE FREEDOM TO CHOOSE. IN MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT,…

    MANY AMERICANS HAVE MORE FREEDOM TO CHOOSE. IN MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, 40% OF MY CONSTITUENTS WERE UNINSURED, THOUSANDS MORE WERE UNDERINSURED AND LIVING ON THE BRINK OF FINANCIAL DISASTER WHEN FACING AN ILLNESS OR ACCIDENT. WITH HEALTH REFORM POSITIVE CHANGE IS TAKING PLACE FOR THEM AND FOR INDIVIDUALS, FAMILIES AND SMALL BUSINESSES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. YOUNG ADULTS CAN REMAIN ON THEIR PARENTS' INSURANCE UNTIL 26. SENIORS NOT LIVING IN FEAR ARE THANKFUL FOR DISCOUNTS ON BRAND-NAMED DRUGS. FAMILIES OF PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS ARE COMFORTED BY THE NEW HIGH RISK INSURANCE POOL AND THOSE FACING SERIOUS ILLNESSES ARE RELIEVED THEIR INSURERS CAN NO LONGER DROP THEM. SMALL BUSINESSES WHICH ABOUND IN MY DISTRICT AND MAINSTAY IN THE MINORITY COMMUNITIES CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF TAX CREDITS TO OFFER HEALTH INSURANCE TO THEIR EMPLOYEES. A 2009 STUDY BY AN ECONOMIST FOUND THAT WITHOUT REFORM, OVER THE NEXT DECADE, EMPLOYERS WILL PAY TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN EMPLOYEE HEALTH COSTS, POTENTIALLY CUT 170,000 SMALL BUSINESS JOBS AND LOSE $51.2 BILLION IN PROFITS. THAT IS WHY THE FOUNDER AND C.E.O. OF THE SMALL BUSINESS MAJORITY SUPPORTS HEALTH CARE REFORM. MADAM SPEAKER, H.R. 2 WILL HURT SMALL BUSINESS AND WILL REPEAL THE FREEDOMS AND PROTECTIONS AMERICANS NOW HAVE AND IT WILL RETURN CONTROL OF THEIR HEALTH CARE TO THE INSURANCE COMPANIES. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI.

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    THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. LANDRY.

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    MR. LANDRY

    IT IS WITH GREAT ENTHUSIASM THAT I RISE TO ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO…

    IT IS WITH GREAT ENTHUSIASM THAT I RISE TO ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO STAND WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THE HARD-WORKING FAMILIES AND SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS ACROSS OUR COUNTRY AND VOTE FOR REPEALING THE JOB-KILLING HEALTH CARE LAW. IN MARCH, THEY PASSED A MASSIVE GOVERNMENT-RUN HEALTH CARE LAW THAT WILL KILL JOBS AND INCREASE THE SIZE OF OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THE BILL CALLS FOR TAX INCREASES ON AMERICAN FAMILIES, WASTEFUL SPENDING OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS AND NEW MANDATES ON SMALL BUSINESSES. THIS IS WRONG. VOTERS MADE IT CLEAR IN NOVEMBER THAT BUSINESS AS USUAL MUST END. I SUBMITTED THE NECESSARY PAPERWORK TO DECLINE THE HEALTH CARE PLAN OFFERED TO MEMBERS OF CONGRESS. I REJECTED ITS BENEFITS BECAUSE WASHINGTON MUST WORK JUST LIKE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE MUST WORK. WE ARE NOT ABOVE THEM. I HOPE MY ACTIONS I WILL ENERGIZE THE EFFORTS TO REPEAL THE GOVERNMENT-RUN HEALTH CARE LAW AND I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON THIS BILL AND PROMOTE COMMONSENSE SOLUTIONS OF PROMOTING HEALTH INSURANCE ACROSS STATE LINES, POOLING SMALL BUSINESSES TO LEVERAGE PURCHASING POWER. THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIRMAN. .

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM

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    MR. GRAVES

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. WALSH.

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    MR. WALSH

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    MS. VELAZQUEZ

    RESULT OF THIS REPEAL LEGISLATION, SMALL BUSINESSES IN THE STATE OF…

    RESULT OF THIS REPEAL LEGISLATION, SMALL BUSINESSES IN THE STATE OF ILLINOIS WILL SEE A TAX INCREASE OF $1.7 BILLION. WITH THAT, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT, MR. MURPHY.

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    MR. MURPHY

    VERY MUCH. MADAM SPEAKER, WHEN I TESTIFIED AGAINST THIS REPEAL BEFORE THE…

    VERY MUCH. MADAM SPEAKER, WHEN I TESTIFIED AGAINST THIS REPEAL BEFORE THE RULES COMMITTEE, I TOLD THE STORY OF A FAMILY IN MY DISTRICT, THE HUSBAND LOST HIS JOB AND THEREFORE HIS INSURANCE BECAUSE OF A DEBILITATING SNIR. HIS -- INJURY. THE FAMILY FACED A CHOICE, EITHER DIP INTO THEIR SAVINGS ACCOUNT, THEIR HIGH SCHOOL SON'S COLLEGE FUND, OR SELL THEIR HOUSE. THEY FIRST CHOSE TO SPEND DOWN THEIR SAVINGS. WHEN I TOLD THE STORY A REPUBLICAN SAID, WHEY THEY HAD MONEY THEY HAD ASSET, I DON'T GET IT, WHY SHOULD SOMEONE ELSE PAY THEIR BILLS? SHE DIDN'T GET IT. NO ONE SHOULD BE FORCED ON THE STREET BECAUSE ONE OF THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS GET SICK. THERE IS A MORAL IMTERTIVE TO BE OUR BROTHER'S KEEPER BUT THERE'S A FISCAL IMPERATIVE. WHEN THAT FAMILY'S SAVINGS IS DONE, THEY'RE OUT ON THE STREET, WE ALL PICK UP THE COST. SMALL BUSINESSES PICK UP THE COST. THAT'S WHY SMALL BUSINESSES ARE PAYING 18% MORE THAN BIG BUSINESSES. THAT'S WHY ABOUT $1,100 OF EVERY PREMIUM GOES TO COVER THE UNINSURE. THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF SMALL BUSINESSES IN CONNECTICUT ORGANIZED UNDER THE US A PISES OF A GROUP CALLED SMALL BUSINESSES FOR HEALTH CARE REFORM CALLING -- CRYING OUT FOR THIS REPEAL TO BE DEFEATED. THEY SEE THE $260 BILLION PRICE TAG THAT'S GOING TO LAND ON THEIR HEAD AS WELL AS THE CONTINUATION OF DISCRIMINATORY PRACTICES THAT ASK SMALL BUSINESSES TO PAY FOR THE UNINSURED LIKE THAT FAMILY THAT I TALKED ABOUT. THIS BILL ISN'T ANYTHING MORE THAN THAT POLITICAL STATEMENT. FAMILIES IN MY DISTRICT, SMALL BUSINESSES IN MY DISTRICT, NEED MORE THAN POLITICS. THEY NEED ANSWERS. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    MR. GRAVES

    AT THIS TIME, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA, MR. KING.

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    MR. KING

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING TIME. I LISTENED TO THIS DELIVERY AHEAD…

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING TIME. I LISTENED TO THIS DELIVERY AHEAD OF ME, I SPENT 28 1/2 YEARS IN BUSINESS, I MET PAYROLL OVER 1,400 CONSECUTIVE WEEKS. I NEVER SAW A REGULATION THAT MADE MY JOB EASIER OR ALLOWED ME TO MAKE MORE MONEY. THIS IS THOUSANDS OF PAGES OF REGULATION, IT'S OPPRESS TOIV SMALL BUSINESS, IT SHOULD BE CALLED THE ENTREPRENEURIAL EXTINCTION ACT, NOT THE HEALTH CARE PLAN. THIS IS OBAMACARE, IT MUST BE PULLED OUT COMPLETELY BY THE ROOTS. THE 34ER7B PEOPLE KNOW THIS. THAT'S WHY THERE ARE 87 FRESHMAN REPUBLICANS ON THIS SIDE, NINE FRESHMEN DEMOCRATS ON THIS SIDE. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN RESOUNDINGLY, IT IS OUR OBLIGATION TO GO DOWN THIS PATH. IT'S NOT SYMBOLIC. IT'S VERY IMPORTANT. WITHOUT THIS VOTE ON THIS FLOOR, WE CAN'T MOVE FORWARD WITH THE REST OF THE SCENARIO TO ELIMINATE OBAMACARE. THE LANGUAGE IN THE BILL IS SIMPLE. IT CONCLUDES WITH THIS LANGUAGE. ACT IS REPEALED AND THE PROVISIONS OF LAW AMENDED OR REPEALED BY SUCH LAW ARE RESTORED AS IF SUCH ACT HAD NEVER BEEN ENACTED, CLOSE QUOTE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK HAS EIGHT MINUTES REMAIN, THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK HAS EIGHT MINUTES REMAIN, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI HAS 11 MINUTES REMAINING.

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    MS. VELEZ KEZZ

    TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM --

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    MS. VELAZQUEZ

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW MEXICO.

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    JOB CREATION A TOP PRIORITY. THAT'S WHY I'M CONCERNED ABOUT THE IMPACT…

    JOB CREATION A TOP PRIORITY. THAT'S WHY I'M CONCERNED ABOUT THE IMPACT H.R. 2 WILL HAVE ON SMALL BUSINESSES. IT WILL REPEAL A TAX CREDIT FOR SMALL BUSINESSES THAT OFFERED HEALTH INSURANCE TO THEIR EMPLOYEES. IT WOULD ALLOW AN INSURER TO DENY BUSINESS COVERAGE IF THEIR EMPLOYEES HAVE PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS.

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    MR. LUJAN

    AS A RESULT OF REFORM, NEW MEXICANS NO LONGER FACE THIS. IF THIS IS…

    AS A RESULT OF REFORM, NEW MEXICANS NO LONGER FACE THIS. IF THIS IS REPEALED, HAVING CANCER, DIABETES OR BEING A VICTIM OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE WILL BE CAUSE FOR LOSING HEALTH CARE. PEOPLE LIKE YVONNE FROM SANTA FE WOULD HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT LOSING THEIR HEALTH CARE. YVONNE LOST HER JOB WHEN THE COMPANY SHE WORKED FOR WAS SHIPPED OVERSEAS. SHE WAS DIABETIC AND BECAUSE OF THE HIGH COST OF COBRA, SHE WAS FORED TO RATION HER MEDICINE. AS A RESULT, SHE BECAME GRAVELY ILL AND HAD TO VISIT THE EMERGENCY ROOM. HER DOCTORS NOTICED ANOTHER PROBLEM THAT REQUIRED FURTHER EXAMINATION YET BECAUSE YVONNE COULD NOT AFFORD COBRA AND BECAUSE PRIVATE INSURANCE COMPANIES WOULD NOT INSURE HER BECAUSE SHE HAD DIABETES, THE HOSPITAL RELEASED HER. THE ONLY OPTION YVONNE HAD WAS TO WAIT TWO MONTHS TO BE SEEN AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO HOSPITAL. SHE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH A FORM OF LUNG CANCER THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN CAUGHT EARLIER HAD SHE NOT BEEN KICKED OUT. SHE PASSED AWAY FROM COMPLICATIONS RESULTING FROM THE CANCER HAVING SUFFERED THROUGH A SYSTEM THAT DISCRIMINATED AGAINST HER WE CANNOT RETURN TO THE DAYS WHEN PEOPLE LIKE YVONNE ARE FORCED TO SUFFER BECAUSE OF INSURANCE COMPANIES' BAD PRACTICE. LET'S NOT TURN A BLIND EYE ON PEOPLE LIE E-- LIKE YVONNE.

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    MADAM SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM…

    MADAM SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA A NURSE AND THE NEW CHAIRWOMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON HEALTH CARE AND TECHNOLOGY,

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    MRS. ELLMERS

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT MY REMARKS BE REVISE AND EXTEND -- THAT I BE…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT MY REMARKS BE REVISE AND EXTEND -- THAT I BE ABLE TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    MRS. ELLMERS

    WHEN I RAN FOR CONGRESS, I VOWED TO END OBAMACARE. AND WITH MY FIRST VOTE…

    WHEN I RAN FOR CONGRESS, I VOWED TO END OBAMACARE. AND WITH MY FIRST VOTE IN THE 112TH CONGRESS, I WILL DO SO. AS A NURSE FOR 20 YEAR, CO-OWNER OF A WOUNDS CARE CLINIC AND IN PRACTICE WITH MY HUSBAND IN HIS GENERAL SURGERY PRACTICE, WE KNOW THE PROBLEMS THAT EXIST FOR AMERICANS IN HEALTH CARE. INSTEAD OF BEING A REMEDY TO THESE PROBLEMS, OMAW -- OBAMACARE HAS ALREADY DONE MORE HARM THAN GOOD TO BOTH THE QUALITY OF HEALTH CARE IN OUR COUNTRY AS WELL AS OUR ECONOMY. AS A NURSE, I LOOK FOR PATHWAYS TO SOLUTIONS, THIS IS A PROBLEMATIC PATHWAY, UNDOUBTEDLY. IN THE FACE OF RISING UNEMPLOYMENT, UNSUSTAINABLE FEDERAL DEFICITS AND OVERWHELMING PUBLIC OPPOSITION, IT TOOK MORE THAN A YEAR TO COBBLE TOGETHER AN UNPOPULAR GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF HEALTH CARE. SO RIDDLED WITH PROVISIONS THAT VIOLATE RIGHT-TO-LIFE PRINCIPLES AND SUPPORT GOVERNMENT RATIONING OF CARE THAT IT CANNOT SIMPLY BE PATCHED. OBAMACARE IS BAD FOR WORKERS, IT'S BAD FOR EMPLOYERS AND BAD FOR AMERICA. REPEALING IT ALLOWS US TO START -- THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. GRAVES

    I YIELD THE GENTLELADY 30 MORE SECONDS.

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    THIS BILL TO REPEAL THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. I CAN TELL YOU THAT ATHE…

    THIS BILL TO REPEAL THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. I CAN TELL YOU THAT ATHE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WILL TAKE CARE AWAY FROM PATIENTS. IT TRANSFERS POWER FROM CONSUMERS TO THE GOVERNMENT.

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    MS. HAYWORTH

    TO MAKE CRUCIAL DECISIONS THAT BELONG IN THE HANDS OF PATIENTS AND THEIR…

    TO MAKE CRUCIAL DECISIONS THAT BELONG IN THE HANDS OF PATIENTS AND THEIR DOCTORS. IT NEGLECTS TO DEAL EFFECTIVELY WITH REFORMS AND MEDICAL LIABILITY THAT ARE DESPERATELY NEEDED TO REDUCE THE UNCONSCIONABLE COST OF MEDICINE. OUR VOTE TO REPEAL IS NOT MERELY SYMBOLIC, IT REPRESENTS THE TRUE WILL OF THE AMERICAN PUBLIC AND WILL PAVE THE WAY TO REFORM OUR HEALTH CARE IN A WAY THAT WILL ALLOW OUR CITIZENS TO HAVE THE GOOD, COST-EFFECTIVE HEALTH CARE AND AFFORDABLE, PORTABLE HEALTH INSURANCE THEY NEED WHILE MAINTAINING THE QUALITY, CHOICE, AND INNOVATION THAT REPRESENTS THE BEST OF AMERICAN MEDICINE. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MS. VELAZQUEZ

    TO RESERVE.

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    MR. GRAVES

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. BOSSIER.

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    MR. GOSAR

    THE HEALTH CARE LAW PASSED LAST YEAR DID NOT FIX ANY PROBLEMS, IT ONLY…

    THE HEALTH CARE LAW PASSED LAST YEAR DID NOT FIX ANY PROBLEMS, IT ONLY MADE THINGS WORSE. SMALL BUSINESSES CAN BARELY MAKE ENDS MEET. NOW THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS IMPOSING MORE MANDATES, MORE TAXES AND MORE RED TAPE. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. AS A HEALTH CARE PROVIDER, SMALL BUSINESS OWNER AND FATHER, I KNOW THAT THE WAY TO PROVIDE MORE HEALTH CARE TO INDIVIDUALS AND CREATE MORE JOBS IS NOT THROUGH GOVERNMENT BUREAUCRACIES, DEFICIT SPENDING AND HIGHER TAXES. RATHER WE NEED TO EMPOWER BUSINESSES, BIG AND SMALL, TO BAND TOGETHER TO PURCHASE HEALTH INSURANCE. WE NEED TO IMPLEMENT REAL HEALTH CARE REFORM THAT WILL LOWER THE COST OF CARE AND OPEN UP ACCESS. TORT REFORM, RED TAPE REFORM, PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS REFORM. THESE ARE REFORMS THAT WILL WORK. REFORM THE CURRENT LAW FAILED TO ADEQUATELY ADDRESS OR IGNORED ALTOGETHER. IF WE ARE SERIOUS ABOUT PUTTING OUR NATION BACK TO WORK, WE CAN START BY REPEALING THIS ONEROUS HEALTH CARE LAW AND WORK HAND IN HAND WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO IMPLEMENT TRUE HEALTH CARE REFORM. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    TO RESERVE.

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    MR. GRAVES

    MADAM SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    MADAM SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. FITZPATRICK.

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    MR. FITZPATRICK

    IN SUPPORT OF THE REPEAL OF THE SO-CALL AID FORDABLE CARE ACT BECAUSE THE…

    IN SUPPORT OF THE REPEAL OF THE SO-CALL AID FORDABLE CARE ACT BECAUSE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT IS UNAFFORDABLE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES AND INDIVIDUALS. SINCE THE PASSAGE OF THE ACT, MY CONSTITUENTS HAVE SEEN DOUBLE DIGIT PREMIUM INCREASES. THE ACT IS UNAFFORDABLE FOR STATES ALREADY BILLIONS IN THE RED AND UNABLE TO SHOULDER BILLIONS MORE IN MEDICAID COSTS. IT IS UNAFFORDABLE FOR SENIORS WHO WILL SEE REDUCTIONS IN MEDICARE SPENDING. AND IT'S UNAFFORDABLE FOR THE AMERICAN TABBLINGS PAYER WHO WILL SEE A $700 BILLION INCREASE IN THE DEFICIT. WE MUST ENACT REAL HEALTH CARE REFORM, TORT REFORM FOR DOCTORS, PERMITTING INDIVIDUALS REAL COMPETITION TO PURCHASE ACROSS STATE LINES AND ENACTING AND ENHANCING HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS. THESE ARE THE CORNERSTONES OF REAL HEALTH CARE REFORM AND AFFORDABILITY TO MAKE HEALTH CARE AFFORDABLE AND ACCESSIBLE FOR SENIORS, STATES AND GENERATIONS OF TAXPAYERS TO COME. I YIELD BACK.

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    MS. VELAZQUEZ

    TIME DOES EACH SIDE HAVE REMAINING?

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    THE GENTLELADY HAS SIX MINUTES REMAIN, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI HAS SIX AND A HALF MINUTES REMAINING.

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    MS. VELAZQUEZ

    TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    MS. RICHARDSON

    URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO KEEP TRUE TO THE -- TO THE CALL FOR CIVILITY. THIS…

    URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO KEEP TRUE TO THE -- TO THE CALL FOR CIVILITY. THIS ISN'T OBAMACARE, IT'S CALLED THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. AT A TIME WHEN AMERICANS HAVE A CHANCE TO SEE A REGULAR DOCTOR, TO PREVENT SITTING IN HOSPITAL ROOMS IN EMERGENCY WAITING FOR DESPERATE CARE, WE HAVE A CHANCE. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO SMALL BUSINESSES IN CALIFORNIA AND MY OWN HOME TAUN, 15,100 SMALL BUSINESSES HAVE SEEN A 50% TAX CREDIT TO PROVIDE HEALTH CARE FOR THE FIRST TIME FOR THEIR EMPLOYEES. OVER 16,000 ADDITIONAL SMALL BUSINESSES WILL NOW BE ELIGIBLE FOR HEALTH CARE EXCHANGES THAT WILL MAKE INSURANCE AFFORDABLE. NOW ARE TALKING ABOUT CONSIDERING SOMETHING THAT WOULD PREVENT MEDICARE FOR 63,000 BENEFICIARIES, EXTENDING COVERAGE TO 88,000 RESIDENTS IN MY DISTRICT. THAT'S WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT AND WHEN YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT GUARANTEEING 17,000 RESIDENTS WHO HAD PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. I WILL VOTE NO ON H.R. 2 AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO CONSIDER NOT REVERSING, IT'S NOT TIME TO GO BACK, IT'S TIME TO STEP FORWARD. I YIELD BACK.

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    ONE MINUTE TO THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE…

    ONE MINUTE TO THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS

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    MR. STIVERS

    MADAM SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING TIME. I RISE IN SUPPORT…

    MADAM SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING TIME. I RISE IN SUPPORT BECAUSE DOING OTHERWISE WOULD BE SUPPORTING THE JOB-KILLING STATUS QUO AND THAT IS UNACCEPTABLE. WHETHER WE START OVER OR WORK TO FIX THE CURRENT LAW, WE MUST ACT. I'M COMMITTED TO WORK IN A BIPARTISAN TO SUPPORT REFORMS THAT WE AGREE ON, SUCH AS HELPING PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS GET ACCESS AND ALLOWING YOUNG ADULTS TO STAY ON THEIR PARENTS' PLAN BUT I WANT TO ELIMINATE THE MANDATES AND 1099 REQUIREMENT IN THE LEGISLATION. SMALL BUSINESS OWNER FROM MY DISTRICT CALLED THE OTHER DAY AND WANTED TO TALK TO ME ABOUT THE BURDENS OF THE 1099 PROVISION AND CALLED IT A NIGHTMARE AND WILL INCREASE HER BURDEN BY 12 TIMES. WE NEED TO LOWER HEALTH CARE COSTS FOR FAMILIES AND ALLOW A MORE PATIENT-CENTERED APPROACH AND NOT PLACING BURDENS ON THE BACKS OF SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. WOMACK

    THANK YOU FOR THE TIME. THROUGHOUT THIS DEBATE, THERE HAS BEEN TALK ABOUT…

    THANK YOU FOR THE TIME. THROUGHOUT THIS DEBATE, THERE HAS BEEN TALK ABOUT JOBS AND THERE SHOULD BE. THERE IS LITTLE DOUBT THAT THIS LAW IMPACTS AMERICAN WORKERS. TAKE FOR EXAMPLE, AN ELECTRIC COMPANY IN MY DISTRICT. IT HAS 6,000 EMPLOYEES ACROSS AMERICA AND THE IMPACT IS $2.9 MILLION. HOW DOES A COMPANY LIKE VALDOR ABSORB THAT COST BY AUTOMATING ITS PROCESSES AND THROUGH ATTRITION, ALLOWING 50 JOBS TO DISAPPEAR. ELIMINATING 50 JOBS IN THE FIRST YEAR OF THIS LAW FOR A COMPANY LIKE VALDOR NOT TO MENTION THOUSANDS OF COMPANIES ACROSS AMERICA SIMILARLY SITUATED IS NOT MY IDEA OF RESTORING ECONOMIC PROSPERITY FOR AMERICA. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 2 AND BEGIN THE PROCESS OF CRAFTING A MEANINGFUL, AFFORDABLE AND WORKABLE SOLUTION. THAT'S THE WAY FORWARD. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    MS. VELAZQUEZ

    1/2 MINUTES TO THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. WIENER.

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    MR. WEINER

    ANY OF THE MEMBERS WHO HAVE SPOKEN ABOUT THE IMPACT ON SMALL BUSINESS, ARE…

    ANY OF THE MEMBERS WHO HAVE SPOKEN ABOUT THE IMPACT ON SMALL BUSINESS, ARE ANY OF THEM IN FAVOR OF THE TAX INCENTIVE THAT IS PROVIDED ON SMALL BUSINESSES TO PROVIDE HEALTH CARE? OF COURSE THEY ARE. NOW, THEY MIGHT NOT KNOW IT'S IN THE BILL BECAUSE TO LISTEN TO THE RHETORIC, THEY JUST CAME OFF THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL, THEY SAID GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER, JOB KILLING, BUT I WOULD URGE YOU TO READ THE BILL. SMALL BUSINESSES GET 30% TO 50% TAX INCENTIVE TO PROVIDE HEALTH CARE. AND YOU KNOW WHAT REQUIREMENTS THEY HAVE TO GO ALONG WITH THAT? NONE. NO GAUDY REGULATION, NO GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER AND JUST A WORD, I KNOW YOU ARE CAUGHT UP IN THE RHETORIC OF THE CAMPAIGN, THIS IS TAX BREAKS THAT ARE GOING TO GO TO CITIZENS TO BUY PRIVATE INSURANCE POLICIES. WHERE IS THE GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER IN THAT? SOME OF US BELIEVE THAT MEDICARE WHICH YOU REFERRED TO AS A GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER IN HEALTH CARE, WHICH I'M SURE YOU ARE OPPOSED, SOME OF US BELIEVE THAT THE INSURANCE COMPANIES AREN'T PROVIDING VALUE ADDED HERE, BUT THEY ARE THE BENEFICIARIES. SMALL BUSINESSES TODAY, IF THE REPUBLICANS ARE SUCCESSFUL, WILL LOSE THAT TAX INCENTIVE. YOU THINK THAT WILL CREATE A LOT OF JOBS, GUYS? AND YOU THINK SMALL BUSINESSES BENEFIT WHEN THEY DON'T PROVIDE HEALTH INSURANCE? WHO DO YOU THINK PAYS THAT BILL, THE BILL FAIRY? YOUR TAXPAYERS. WHAT'S YOUR SOLUTION? THEY DON'T HAVE A SOLUTION. WE KNOW WHAT THEY ARE AGAINST AND AGAINST TORT REFORM AND DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY ARE FOR. WELCOME TO THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY.

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    MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO ADDRESS THEIR COMMENTS TO THE CHAIR. THE GENTLEMAN FROM

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  • 05:20:38 PM

    MR. GRAVES

    I WOULD YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. GIBSON.

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    MR. GIBSON

    REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I…

    REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I EXPRESS THE SENTIMENTS OF MY DISTRICT. WITH HEALTH CARE COSTS CONTINUING TO RISE SEVERAL TIMES THE RATE OF INFLATION YEAR AFTER YEAR, CLEARLY WE NEED REFORM. HEALTH CARE COSTS WERE 4.7% IN 1960, THEY ARE OVER 17% TODAY. THE BILL PASSED LAST YEAR IS NOT THE ANSWER. WE WILL END UP WITH HIGHER COSTS, HIGHER PREMIUMS, HIGHER TAXES AND BURDENSOME REGULATION AND MORE BIG GOVERNMENT AT A TIME WE SHOULD BE CONSOLIDATING. WE NEED TO START OVER AGAIN AND I BELIEVE WE CAN FIND SOLUTIONS THAT DRIVE DOWN COSTS AND EXPANDS ACCESS WITHOUT HURTING SMALL BUSINESSES AND STEPPING ON OUR FREEDOMS. THIS BILL PASSED LAST YEAR EXPANDS THE GOVERNMENT'S EXPANSION IN HEALTH CARE, WHICH IS SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASING IN MY DISTRICT. AT A TIME WHEN BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE BELIEVE WE SHOULD BE FOCUSING ON JOB CREATION, THIS IS NOT THE WAY FORWARD. THE NEW TAXES AND REGULATIONS WILL HURT OUR SMALL BUSINESSES, INCLUDING THE MEDICAL DEVICE INDUSTRY WHERE OUR REGION LEADS THE NATION. THE NEW LAW, IF NOT REPEALED, WILL HURT FAMILIES ACROSS MY DISTRICT AND ACROSS AMERICA. THE CHANGES TO THE MEDICAID PROGRAM WILL PUT BURDENS ON STATES ALREADY FACING DIFFICULT CHALLENGES. I PLAN TO VOTE FOR REPEAL. AND LATER THIS WEEK, I PLAN TO VOTE FOR HOUSE RESOLUTION 9 TO INSTRUCT COMMITTEES TO REPORT A REPLACEMENT BILL FOR WIDER OPTIONS AND CHOICES AND MEDICAL LIABILITY REFORM. WE SHOULD ENGAGE IN A CIVIL, BIPARTISAN DISCUSSION WITH OUR COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE. OUR REPLACEMENT BILL SHOULD INCLUDE COVERAGE FOR PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS AND ENSURE THAT COVERAGE CAN'T BE DROPPED WHEN YOU ARE SICK. THE FATE OF THIS REPEAL EFFORT WILL HINGE ON THE KEPT AND QUALITY OF THE REPLACEMENT BILL. IF WE BRING FORWARD IN THIS HOUSE A NEW PLAN THAT DRIVES DOWN COSTS AND INCREASES ACCESS AND PROTECTING CHOICES, I BELIEVE THE PEOPLE EVALUATING THE TWO PLANS WILL PRESSURE THE SENATE AND PRESIDENT TO REPEAL AND REPLACE BECAUSE WE NEED REFORM BUT THE BILL IS NOT THE ANSWER. WE NEED TO START OVER.

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  • 05:23:12 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    MS. VELAZQUEZ

    LIKE TO INQUIRE AS TO HOW MUCH TIME IS REMAINING.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK HAS THREE MINUTES REMAINING. THE…

    THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK HAS THREE MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI HAS 2 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING.

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  • 05:23:28 PM

    MS. VELAZQUEZ

    I WOULD LIKE TO INQUIRE THROUGH THE CHAIR HOW MANY SPEAKERS THE GENTLEMAN…

    I WOULD LIKE TO INQUIRE THROUGH THE CHAIR HOW MANY SPEAKERS THE GENTLEMAN HAS REMAINING.

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  • 05:23:34 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI.

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    MR. GRAVES

    I DON'T HAVE ANY MORE SPEAKERS AND I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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    MS. VELAZQUEZ

    TWO MINUTES TO THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. GARAMENDI. THE…

    TWO MINUTES TO THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. GARAMENDI. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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  • 05:23:50 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    MS. VELAZQUEZ

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    MR. GRAVES

    SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE CONTINUE TO ARGUE OR…

    SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE CONTINUE TO ARGUE OR CONTINUE TO CLAIM THAT THE HEALTH CARE LAW IS GOING TO BENEFIT SMALL BUSINESSES DESPITE THE MOUNT OF FACTS THAT ARE OUT THERE, SPECIFICALLY WHAT WAS ARGUED EARLIER IS THE HEALTH CARE TAX CREDIT IS GOING TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR EMPLOYERS TO OFFSET THE COSTS TO PROVIDE HEALTH INSURANCE. UNFORTUNATELY, THIS IS FAR FROM THE TRUTH, ANY POTENTIAL ASSISTANCE FROM THIS TAX CREDIT IS OUTWEIGHED BY THE PAPERWORK BURDENS THAT THIS LAW IS GOING TO PILE ON SMALL BUSINESSES. MADAM SPERGER, THE AMERICAN -- SPEAKER, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SPOKE LOUDLY AND MOVE AWAY THAT IMPOSES BURDENS ON ENTREPRENEURS. MADAM SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR H.R. 2 AND LET'S GET BACK ON TRACK. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 05:28:15 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. WOULD ALL MEMBERS…

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. WOULD ALL MEMBERS PLEASE REMOVE THEIR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR? THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. WILL ALL MEMBERS PLEASE REMOVE THEIR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR? THE CHAIR IS PREPARED TO ENTERTAIN ONE-MINUTE REQUESTS. WILL THE HOUSE BE IN ORDER? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK RISE? THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT. THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. WILL MEMBERS PLEASE TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR? THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. WILL MEMBERS PLEASE TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK RISE?

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, I WISH TO INFORM THIS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES…

    SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, I WISH TO INFORM THIS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THAT ON JANUARY 8, 2011, CENTRAL NEW YORK LOST A GREAT FRIEND IN THIS AGUST BODY LOST A FORMER MEMBER, WILLIAM FRANCIS WELCH.

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  • 06:56:09 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WILL THE GENTLEWOMAN SUSPEND. THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. THE GENTLEWOMAN…

    WILL THE GENTLEWOMAN SUSPEND. THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. THE GENTLEWOMAN DESERVES TO BE HEARD. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE GENTLELADY WILL SUSPEND. THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. THE GENTLEWOMAN…

    THE GENTLELADY WILL SUSPEND. THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 06:57:20 PM

    MS. BUERKLE

    SYRACUSE COMMUNITY. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ARE THERE FURTHER REQUESTS FOR ONE MINUTES? THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE…

    ARE THERE FURTHER REQUESTS FOR ONE MINUTES? THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    A ROCK, AMERICA WAS CREATED UPON THE SOLID FOUNDATION OF THE CONSTITUTION,…

    A ROCK, AMERICA WAS CREATED UPON THE SOLID FOUNDATION OF THE CONSTITUTION, WITH THE PASSAGE OF OBAMACARE, LIBERALS HAVE DRILLED HOLES IN THE ROCK AND FOUNDATION OF OUR NATION. MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO INTRODUCE A BILL, H.R. 2 9 THAT RESTORED OUR ECONOMIC FREEDOM, IT REPEALS THE BUREAUCRATIC BOONDOGGLE OF OBAMACARE AND REPLACES IT WITH COMMON SENSE SOLUTIONS, WHILE ALLOWING INDIVIDUALS TO SHOP HEALTH CARE ACROSS STATE LINES, THE COST OF HEALTH CARE IS REDUCED THROUGH BASIC FREE MARKET SOLUTIONS. .

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  • 07:00:34 PM

    MR. BROUN

    PEOPLE TO DEDUCT 100% OF THEIR HEALTH CARE EXPENSES. MY BILL ALSO CREATES…

    PEOPLE TO DEDUCT 100% OF THEIR HEALTH CARE EXPENSES. MY BILL ALSO CREATES HIGH-RISK POOLS AND ALLOWS HEALTH CARE ASSOCIATIONS TO FORM, EMPOWERING AMERICA TO GET COVERAGE THAT THEY NEED AT A MUCH LOWER COST. MADAM SPEAKER, RESIDENTS OF THE 10TH DISTRICT OF GEORGIA OVERWHELMINGLY OPPOSE OBAMACARE. I'M PROUD TO FULFILL MY COMMITMENT TO REPEAL IT AND REPLACE IT WITH SOME COMMONSENSE SOLUTIONS. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:01:03 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM -- FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM -- FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS RISE? WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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  • 07:01:18 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    SPEAKER, I'VE LISTENED FOR A COUPLE OF HOURS TO THE DEBATE ON HEALTH CARE…

    SPEAKER, I'VE LISTENED FOR A COUPLE OF HOURS TO THE DEBATE ON HEALTH CARE AND WE'LL HAVE ADDITIONAL HOURS GOING FORWARD TODAY. TOMORROW. I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT THAT EACH MEMBER LOOK CAREFULLY AT THEIR OWN CONGRESSIONAL AREA. AND AS WELL THEIR OWN STATE. I HOPE MAYBE I'LL BE ABLE TO CONVINCE A FEW MEMBERS OF THE REALITY OF THE STATE OF TEXAS AND BY THE WAY, I DON'T KNOW HOW FAR THIS LEGISLATION WILL GO, WE EXPECT A VICTORY ON THE REPEAL TOMORROW, I DON'T WANT AMERICANS TO BE FRIGHTENED WHO NEED THIS BILL. MR. PRESIDENT, BE PREPARED TO USE YOUR VETO PEN. BUT TEXAS IS THE NUMBER-ONE STATE WITH UNINSURED. IT HAS GROWN OVER FIVE TIMES -- OUR HEALTH CARE PREMIUMS HAVE GROWN FIVE TIMES FASTER THAN INCOME AND 500,000 MIDDLE CLASS WORKERS LOST THEIR PRIVATE INSURANCE. IN HARRIS COUNTY WHERE MANY OF US LIVE, MORE THAN 800,000 WILL BE PUT ON THE HEALTH CARE ROLLS IF THIS BILL CONTINUES TO GO FORWARD, MEANING THE PATIENT PROTECTION BILL. BUT IF THE REPEAL GOES, WE'LL THROW 800,000 PEOPLE TO THE WOLVES.

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  • 07:02:29 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    LEE: THERE IS A REASON TO SUPPORT THIS BILL, PARTICULARLY IN TEXAS, THAT…

    LEE: THERE IS A REASON TO SUPPORT THIS BILL, PARTICULARLY IN TEXAS, THAT HAS AN ENORMOUS NUMBER OF UNINSURED. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:02:37 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA RISE?

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    MR. AKIN

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE, REVISE AND…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE, REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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  • 07:02:44 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 07:02:46 PM

    MR. AKIN

    AN EXTRAORDINARY EVENT HAPPENED IN MY DISTRICT. A HIGH SCHOOL, AFTER BEING…

    AN EXTRAORDINARY EVENT HAPPENED IN MY DISTRICT. A HIGH SCHOOL, AFTER BEING IN EXISTENCE FOR ONLY FIVE YEARS, WON THE STATE 5-A HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP AND I JUST WANTED TO CONGRATULATE COACH RICK WIMMER AND HIS TIGERS FOR DOING SUCH AN OUTSTANDING JOB. YOU KNOW, MANY SCHOOLS THAT HAVE BEEN IN EXISTENCE FOR A LONG TIME DO GREAT THINGS. BUT TO DO IT IN ONLY FIVE YEARS IS REALLY EXTRAORDINARY. SO CONGRATULATIONS TO THIS GREAT SCHOOL.

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  • 07:03:19 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK RISE?

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    ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE, REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. TONG TONG THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN --

  • 07:03:32 PM

    MR. TONKO

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I AM COMMITTED TO WORKING WITH MY COLLEAGUES ON THE…

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I AM COMMITTED TO WORKING WITH MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE TO CREATE JOBS AND IMPROVE OUR NATION'S ECONOMY. WE NEED TO FOCUS ON JOBS RIGHT NOW, NOT REPEALING HEALTH CARE REFORM. IN FACT, LAST YEAR THE PRIVATE SECTOR CREATED SOME 1.1 MILLION JOBS. THAT IS MORE PRIVATE SECTOR J -- JOB GROWTH CREATED IN 2010 ALONE THAN DURING ALL OF THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION. FULLY 200,000 OF THOSE JOBS, ONE OUT OF EVERY FIVE, WERE IN THE HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY. IN THE CAPITOL REGION ALONE, REPEAL WOULD STRIP BENEFITS FROM SOME 439,000 INDIVIDUALS, WITH HEALTH INSURANCE AND 113,000 SENIORS ON MEDICARE. MY CONSTITUENTS WOULD LOSE GUARANTEED COVERAGE FOR THEIR PRE-EXISTING CONDITION, COVERAGE FOR YOUNG ADULTS, LOWER DRUG PRICES FOR SENIORS AND FREE PREVENTATIVE CARE. MADAM SPEAKER, REPEALING HEALTH CARE REFORM TO RETURN TO THE OLD STATUS QUO WHERE INSURANCE COMPANIES RUN AMOK AND PUT PROFITS OVER PEOPLE IS IRRESPONSIBLE AND RECKLESS FOR OUR NATION AND OUR ECONOMY AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:04:37 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA RISE?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    LANCE CORPORAL CROUSE IS SURVIVED BY HIS MOTHER AND STEP-FATHER OF FORT…

    LANCE CORPORAL CROUSE IS SURVIVED BY HIS MOTHER AND STEP-FATHER OF FORT WAYNE. HIS BROTHERS, NATHAN AND RYAN, AND HIS SISTERS. AFTER QUICKLY BEING PROMOTED TO LANCE CORPORAL, LANCE CORPORAL CROUSE SELFLESSLY GAVE HIS LIFE IN THE SERVICE TO DEFEND OUR COUNTRY'S FREEDOM IN SUPPORT OF OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. MY HEART GOES OUT TO HIS FAMILY AND I WANT TO EXPRESS MY DEEPEST GRATITUDE TO BOTH OF THEM, TO THEM BOTH FOR THE SACRIFICE THEY HAVE MADE FOR OUR NATION. AND I YIELD BACK MY TYPE. -- TIME.

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  • 07:05:43 PM

    MR. STUTZMAN

    MY TYPE. -- TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ARE THERE FURTHER ONE-MINUTE REQUESTS? THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE…

    ARE THERE FURTHER ONE-MINUTE REQUESTS? THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING PERSONAL REQUESTS.

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  • 07:06:26 PM

    THE CLERK

    LEAVES OF ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MR. HUNTER OF CALIFORNIA FOR TODAY, MR.…

    LEAVES OF ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MR. HUNTER OF CALIFORNIA FOR TODAY, MR. AUSTRIA OF OHIO FOR FRIDAY, JANUARY 7, AND MS. MCCOLLUM OF MINNESOTA FOR TODAY.

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  • 07:06:42 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE REQUESTS ARE GRANTED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE REQUESTS ARE GRANTED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA RISE?

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  • 07:06:50 PM

    MS. WOOLSEY

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT TODAY FOLLOWING LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS AND ANY…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT TODAY FOLLOWING LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS AND ANY SPECIAL ORDERS HERETOFORE ENTERED INTO THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS MAY BE PERMITTED TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR FIVE MINUTES, TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS, AND INCLUDE THEREIN EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL. MR. MCDERMOTT, WASHINGTON, MS. WOOLSEY, CALIFORNIA, MS. KAPTUR, OHIO, MR. BLUMENAUER, OREGON, MR. KEATING, MAINE, MRS. LOWY, NEW YORK.

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  • 07:07:19 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

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    MR. POE

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT TODAY FOLLOWING LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS AND ANY…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT TODAY FOLLOWING LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS AND ANY SPECIAL ORDERS HERETOFORE ENTERED INTO, THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS MAY BE PERMITTED TO ADDRESS THIS HOUSE, REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS, AND INCLUDE THEREIN EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL. MYSELF, MR. POE, FOR TODAY, JANUARY 19, 20, AND 24. MR. JONES FOR TODAY, JANUARY 19, 20 AND 24. MR. DOLE FOR TODAY, DR. PAUL FOR JANUARY 19 AND 20. MR. BURTON FOR TODAY, JANUARY 19 AND 20. MS. BUERKLE FOR TODAY, MR. FRELINGHUYSEN FOR TODAY. MR. PAULSON FOR TODAY, MS. ROS-LEHTINEN FOR TODAY AND JANUARY 19, DR. FLEMING FOR TODAY MR. DREIER FOR JANUARY 19 AND 20, AND MS. FOXX FOR JANUARY THE 19 AND FOR TODAY.

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  • 07:08:07 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 5,…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 5, 2011, AND UNDER A PREVIOUS ORDER OF THE HOUSE, THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS ARE RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES EACH. POE OF TEXAS, MCDERMOTT, WASHINGTON. POE OF TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 07:08:25 PM

    MR. POE

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I WANT TO TELL YOU ABOUT A GOOD WORK THAT'S…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I WANT TO TELL YOU ABOUT A GOOD WORK THAT'S GOING ON IN HOUSTON, TEXAS. IT'S A GOVERNMENT -- OR IT'S A PROGRAM THAT'S NOT SPONSORED BY THE GOVERNMENT. IN FACT THE GOVERNMENT IS NOT INVOLVED IN THIS PROJECT AT ALL. IT ALL STARTED 15 MONTHS AGO WHEN AMANDA GALE AND HER MOTHER LINDA GALE LEE DECIDED THEY WOULD START GOING FROM HUMBLE, TEXAS, MY HOMETOWN, TO DOWNTOWN HOUSTON, ABOUT 30 MILES AWAY, AND START FEEDING THE HOMELESS. AND SO THEY FIXED HOT MEALS FOR THE HOMELESS AND THEY GO OUT TO DOWNTOWN HOUSTON IN A REMOTE AREA THAT HAVE CITY AND THEY FEED THOSE PEOPLE EVERY NIGHT A HOT MEAL. AND THEY'VE DONE IT FOR 15 MONTHS. I CALL THIS AMANDA GALE'S KITCHEN. AND THEY'RE FEETING THE HOMELESS, NOT JUST THE HOMES, BUT I BELIEVE THESE ARE THE REJECTED HOMELESS. THESE ARE THE HOME THALS CAN'T GET INTO SHELTERS, THEY DON'T LIVE IN SHELTERS, THEY HAVE ALL KINDS OF PHYSICAL, EMOTIONAL AND MENTAL ISSUES AND THEY LIVE ON THE STREETS OF HOUSTON, TEXAS. AND EVERY NIGHT FOR 15 MONTHS THEY'VE FED ABOUT 100 OF THESE HOMELESS INDIVIDUALS WITH A HOT MEAL. A COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO THE HOUSTON POLICE DEPARTMENT CAME TO WHERE THEY WERE FEEDING AND TOLD THEM THEY NEEDED TO MOVE TO ANOTHER LOCATION. THE POLICE DEPARTMENT SUGGESTED THE LOCATION AND THEY MOVED DOWN THE STREET AND EVERY NIGHT THEY FEED THE HOMELESS. IN FACT NOW THEY BRING THEM BLANKETS AND SLEEPING BAGS BECAUSE OF THE WINTER. AMANDA GALE IS NOW MARRIED TO A PREACHER, TRAY HAIRING, AND HE HAS CONTINUED THIS NETWORK OF FEEDING THE HOMELESS AND CLOTHING THEM EVERY NIGHT. THEY HAVE NETWORKS ALL OVER THE HOUSTON AREA, SOME IN A DIFFERENT COUNTY, WHERE THIS HOT FOOD IS BROUGHT IN, COOKED IN KITCHENS AND THEY FEED THE INNER CITY. IT'S AN ORGANIZED EFFORT AND THEY ENJOY DOING IT AND IT'S SOMETHING THAT'S IMPORTANT. BUT ON DECEMBER 30, EVEN WINTER FOR HOUSTON, THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT CAME IN OF THE CITY OF HOUSTON AND SAID, YOU CAN'T DO THIS ANYMORE. BECAUSE YOU DON'T HAVE A PERMIT TO DISTRIBUTE FOOD. AND YOU ALSO COOK THIS FOOD IN A KITCHEN THAT IS NOT CERTIFIED BY THE CITY OF HOUSTON. THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT SAID THE POOR IS SUSCEPTIBLE TO DISEASE SO WE'RE GOING TO SHUT YOU DOWN. LIKE AMANDA GALE SAID, I GUESS THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT -- SHE SAID THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT WOULD RATHER THEY GO HUNGRY, EAT OUT OF DUMPSTERS THAN TO GET A HOT-COOKED MEAL FROM SOMEBODY THAT DOESN'T HAVE A CERTIFIED KITCHEN AND DOESN'T HAVE A PERMIT TO DISTRIBUTE FOOD. IN FACT, THE CITY OF HOUSTON CLEANUP CREWS HAVE GONE THROUGH THIS AREA AND TAKEN THE SLEEPING BAGS AND THE BLANKETS AWAY FROM THESE INDIVIDUALS AND OF COURSE AMANDA GALE AND HER KITCHEN FOLKS CONTINUE TO SUPPLY THEM WITH WHATEVER THEY NEED. YOU KNOW, THE AMANDA GALE AND TRAY HAIRING HAVE BOTH TRIED TO CONTACT THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT. THEY HAVE RECEIVED NO ANSWER ABOUT WHY THEY WERE SHUT DOWN AND HOW THEY CAN RE-OPEN. BECAUSE THEY WANT TO FOLLOW THE LAW THEM. WANT TO DO THE RIGHT THING. BUT THEY WANT TO HELP THESE PEOPLE THAT THEY FEED EVERY NIGHT A HOT MEAL THAT THEY DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO FROM SOME GOVERNMENT PROGRAM. THIS IS A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF THE PHRASE THAT NO GOOD DEED GOES UNPUNISHED. AND THEY ARE PUNISHED IN THIS -- PUNISHING THIS GOOD COUPLE FOR WHAT THEY'RE TRYING TO DO. I BELIEVE THAT THE CITY OF HOUSTON HAD BEEN AROUND WHEN THE GOOD LORD TRIED TO FEED THE 5,000 THEY WOULD HAVE TRIED TO PROHIBIT THAT GOOD WORK, SINCE HE HAD NO PERMIT TO DISTRIBUTE FOOD OR HAD COOKED THAT FISH AND FIVE LOAVES FROM A CERTIFIED KITCHEN. THEY'D HAVE CLOSED HIM DOWN, I'M SURE. BUT, YOU KNOW, GOVERNMENT IS THE PROBLEM HERE. AND GOVERNMENT SHOULD HELP THESE PEOPLE HELP PEOPLE. ALL THEY WANT TO DO IS FEED THE HUNGRY EVERY NIGHT. I'M NOT SURE THERE'S ANYBODY IN THE HOUSE THAT WOULD DO THIS. BUT THEY DO IT BECAUSE THEY WANT TO HELP PEOPLE THAT ARE IN NEED. SO, I HOPE THE CITY OF HOUSTON WILL FIGURE OUT A WAY TO LET TRAY AND AMANDA GALE AND THOSE OTHER PEOPLE AND AMANDA GALE'S KITCHEN FEED THE HUNGRY, CLOTHE THOSE THAT NEED TO BE CLOTHED AND TAKE CARE OF THOSE OUT THERE ON THE STREET THAT ARE THERE NOT BY CHOICE BUT BECAUSE OF CIRCUMSTANCES. AND THE CITY OF HOUSTON NEEDS TO FIGURE OUT A WAY THAT THE GOVERNMENT CAN -- THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS NOT THE PROBLEM BUT HELP THIS GOOD COUPLE DO THIS GOOD WORK AND LET THEM CONTINUE TO GATHER WITH THE CITY, MAKE SURE THAT CERTAIN PEOPLE IN OUR CITY AND HOUSTON, TEXAS, ARE TAKEN CARE OF EVERY NIGHT. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:12:58 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A PERSONAL…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A PERSONAL REQUEST.

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  • 07:13:03 PM

    THE CLERK

    ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MRS. CLARKE OF NEW YORK FOR -- MS. CLARKE OF NEW…

    ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MRS. CLARKE OF NEW YORK FOR -- MS. CLARKE OF NEW YORK FOR TODAY.

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  • 07:13:10 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REQUEST IS GRANTED. MR. MCDERMOTT OF WASHINGTON IS…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REQUEST IS GRANTED. MR. MCDERMOTT OF WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES. WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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  • 07:13:22 PM

    MR. MCDERMOTT

    SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO ENCOURAGE MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO START…

    SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO ENCOURAGE MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO START HAVING AN HONEST DEBATE ABOUT THE HEALTH CARE LAW WHICH THEY CALL A JOB-KILLING LAW, BECAUSE IT POLLS WELL BUT NOT BECAUSE IT'S TRUE. IT SEEMS PRETTY CLEAR, ESPECIALLY FROM LISTENING TO THE REPUBLICAN ATTACK ADS DURING THE LAST CAMPAIGN, THAT THE REPUBLICAN POLLSTERS HAVE FOUND THE KEY TO WINNING THE DEBATE AND OTHERS IS ABOUT BY SAYING JOB-KILLING AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE. IF A DEMOCRAT SAID THE SUN RISES IN THE EAST, THE REPUBLICANS WOULD SAY IT'S A JOB-KILLING SUNRISE. REPUBLICANS ENTITLE THE CURRENT BILL WE ARE DEBATING THE REPEALING THE JOB-KILLING HEALTH CARE LAW ACT. THE BASIS FOR THIS JOB-KILLING RHETORIC IS A REPORT THAT THEY RELEASED RECENTLY ENTITLED, OBAMACARE, A BUDGET-BUSTING, JOB-KILLING HEALTH CARE LAW. I'VE GOT A COPY OF IT HERE IF ANYBODY WANTS TO GET IT. ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS CONTACT THE REPUBLICANS. MR. SPEAKER, IN THE LAST CONGRESS WE TOOK UP THE CHALLENGE OF REFORMING HEALTH CARE IN THIS COUNTRY BECAUSE THE SYSTEM WAS BROKEN AND CREATING TREMENDOUS DAMAGE TO THE AMERICAN ECONOMY. THE FACT IS THE HEALTH CARE LAW WILL HELP THE ECONOMY, IT WILL RESULT IN MORE EFFICIENCY, MORE STABILITY OF CARE, HEALTHY AMERICANS AND A FAIR COST. THAT'S WHAT THE LAW WILL DO. NOW, REPUBLICANS HAVE REPEATEDLY MISUSED STATISTICS FROM THE C.B.O. TO SUPPORT THEIR ARGUMENT THAT THE LAW IS PRIMARILY A JOB KILLER. WE ARE TRULY IN A SITUATION OF REPUBLICAN CONCLUSIONS DESPERATELY IN SEARCH OF HONEST FACTS. LET'S LOOK AT THE TYPICAL EXAMPLE. THE REPUBLICANS ARE TWISTING THE VIEWS OF EXPERTS TO SUPPORT THEIR VIEW. ON THE VERY FIRST PAGE OF THE REPORT ENTITLED "BOOK CARE" REPUBLICANS STATE THAT ACCORDING TO A NONPARTISAN C.B.O. OFFICE REPORT FROM AUGUST OF 2010, THE LAW WILL RESULT IN A LOSS OF 650,000 JOBS. NOW, YOU CAN GET THAT FROM THE C.B.O. IT'S AVAILABLE FOR PEOPLE TO READ. BUT IF YOU ACTUALLY GO TO WHAT THEY CITE FROM THE C.B.O. REPORT, IT'S ON PAGE 48, THE REPORT REALLY SAYS THAT THE ECONOMY WILL USE LESS LABOR BECAUSE MANY PEOPLE WILL CHOOSE TO WORK LESS OR RETIRE EARLY AS A RESULT OF THE BENEFITS IN THE NEW LAW. LET ME READ THE EXACT QUOTE FROM THE REPUBLICAN REPORT. IT SAYS THE NONPARTISAN C.B.O. HAS DETERMINED THE LAW WILL REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF LABOR USED IN THE ECONOMY BY ROUGHLY HALF A PERCENT, AN ESTIMATE THAT ADDS UP TO ROUGHLY 650,000 JOBS. THE REPUBLICANS SIDE DELIBERATELY CHOPS OFF THE LAST PART OF THE C.B.O. SENTENCE TO SUBSTANTIATE THEIR CLAIM. HERE'S THE ENTIRE SENTENCE -- THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE ESTIMATES THAT LEGISLATION ON NET WILL REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF LABOR USED IN THE ECONOMY BY A SMALL AMOUNT, ROUGHLY HALF A PERCENT. PRIMARILY BY REDUCING THE AMOUNT OF LABOR THAT WORKERS CHOOSE TO SUPPLY. C.B.O. EXPLICITLY MAKES CLEAR JOBS WILL NOT BE LOST BUT INSTEAD THAT PEOPLE WILL CHOOSE TO WORK LESS IN ORDER TO HAVE A DECENT LIFE WITH THE NEW HEALTH CARE LAW. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WON'T BE DROWNING IN HEALTH CARE COSTS AND RISK TO THEIR COVERAGE. SOME EVENING, ON FRIDAY, FLY HOME TO SEATTLE WITH ME AND MEET THE FLIGHT ATTENDANTS FROM UNITE THE AIRLINES. WE HAVE THE OLDEST BASE IN THE COUNTRY. MOST OF THOSE WOMEN ARE WORKING SO THAT THEY CAN ADD HEALTH CARE BENEFITS FOR THEIR FAMILY BECAUSE THEIR HUSBAND HAS A JOB AND NO HEALTH CARE BENEFITS. THEY'RE NOT FLYING FOR THE PENSION, THEY'RE NOT FLYING FOR THE SALARY, THEY'RE FLYING TO KEEP THEIR HEALTH CARE BENEFITS UNTIL THEY CAN GET THEIR MEDICARE. THE REPUBLICANS WANT TO FOCUS ON THEIR MESSAGE NO MATTER WHAT THE FACTS ARE. THE REPUBLICANS SAY THAT HEALTH CARE REFORM IS BAD FOR AMERICAN BUSINESS. THE NATIONAL BUSINESS GROUP ON HEALTH, A COLLECTION OF NEARLY 300 LARGE EMPLOYERS, INCLUDING WAL-MART, LOCKHEED MARTIN AND OTHERS DISAGREE AND SAY REPEAL WILL BE BAD, BAD FOR BUSINESSES. I CLOSE BY QUOTING IN A SOMBER SPLASH OF HONESTY, THE ECONOMIC SENATOR OF "THE WALL STREET JOURNAL." ON JANUARY 6, TWO WEEKS AGO HE WROTE, TALKING ABOUT REPEAL OF THE HEALTH CARE LAW. REMEMBER, THIS IS "THE WALL STREET JOURNAL." TALKING ABOUT REPEAL OF THE HEALTH CARE LAW MAY BE A WINNING POLITICAL STRATEGY FOR REPUBLICANS, A RARE WAY TO PLEASE BOTH WORKERS AND BUSINESS EXECUTIVES. AND HERE'S WHAT THEY FINALLY END WITH, AS LONG AS THEY DON'T ACTUALLY SUCCEED IN DOING IT. THE HEALTH CARE LAW ISN'T A JOB KILLING BILL, IT'S GOOD FOR BUSINESS, IT'S GOOD FOR AMERICAN TAXPAYERS, IT'S GOOD FOR CONSUMERS, IT'S GOOD FOR EVERYBODY IN THIS SOCIETY. AND I URGE IN I COLLEAGUES TO RECOGNIZE THAT WORDS REALLY DO MATTER.

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    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    MR. MCDERMOTT

    STOP CONFUSING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES MR. JONES OF NORTH CAROLINA.

  • 07:19:01 PM

    MR. JONES

    MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I HAD THE HONOR AND PRIVILEGE OF VISITING…

    MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I HAD THE HONOR AND PRIVILEGE OF VISITING THE WOUNDED WARRIORS AT BETHESDA NAVAL HOSPITAL. EACH ONE OF THE YOUNG MEN I SAW, THE OLDEST BEING 23, IS VERY SPECIAL, AS ARE ALL OF OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM. THE MEDICAL STAFF AT BOTH BETHESDA AND WALTER REED IS TREELY AMAZING. THEY'VE DONE A WONDERFUL JOB REPAIRING THE BROKEN BODIES AND SPIRITS OF OUR YOUNG SERVICE MEMBERS. THE NUMBER OF WOUNDED WARRIORS RETURNING FROM WAR HAVE BECOME MORE PREVALENT WITH INCREASED USE OF I.U.D.'S BY THE ENEMY. MORE AND MORE OF OUR YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN ARE RETURNING WITHOUT THEIR ARMS AND LEGS. TONIGHT, MR. SPEAKER, AS A CONSTANT REMINDER THE PAIN OF WAR, I SHOW YOU THIS PICTURE OF A YOUNG TRIPLE AMPUTEE AND HIS WIFE. THIS MAN GAVE HIS BODY FOR THIS COUNTRY AND WILL STRUGGLE FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE. HOW MANY MORE WILL HAVE TO RETURN HOME IN THIS CONDITION? THIS YOUNG MAN AND HIS WIFE HAVE JUST RETURNED FROM THE HOSPITAL. HE IS IN A WHEELCHAIR. HE LOST AN ARM AND TWO LEGS AND HE'S LOOKING AT A BEAUTIFUL AMERICAN FLAG THAT WAS ON THE WALL THAT HAD BEEN DRAWN FOR HIM. IT IS TIME WE DECLARE A VICTORY AND GET OUR TROOPS OUT OF AFGHANISTAN. IT IS EVIDENT THAT PRESIDENT KARZAI DOES NOT APPRECIATE OUR COMMITMENT. IF HE DID HE WOULD NOT BE SO CORRUPT. IF HE DID HE WOULD NOT HAVE MADE THE COMMENTS HE NOW HAS THREE MAIN ENEMIES, THE TALIBAN, THE UNITED STATES, AND THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY, AS STATED IN THE "WASHINGTON POST" ON DECEMBER 13. HE SAID THAT HE IF HAD TO CHOOSE SIDES TODAY, HE WOULD CHOOSE THE TALIBAN. THE TALIBAN ARE KILLING AMERICAN SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN. MR. SPEAKER, I JOIN DENNIS KUCINICH AS WELL AS MEMBERS OF BOTH PARTIES IN THE HOPES THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA WILL KEEP HIS PROMISE TO START WITHDRAWING OUR TROOPS IN JULY OF THIS YEAR. IN CLOSING, I WOULD LIKE TO URGE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO GET ENGAGED IN THIS CAUSE AND TO LET THE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS KNOW HOW THEY FEEL. THEY MUST ENCOURAGE THE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO VOTE TO BRING OUR TROOPS HOME. THE PAIN MUST END AND WE CAN EASILY DECLARE A VICTORY AND BRING OUR BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN HOME. MR. SPEAKER, AS I DO ALL THE TIME ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE WHEN I SPEAK, I ASK GOD TO PLEASE BLESS OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM, TO BLESS THE FAMILIES OF OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM, TO ASK GOD IN HIS LOVING ARMS TO HOLD THEIR FAMILIES GIVING A CHILD FOR FREEDOM IN AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ. I ASK GOD TO PLEASE BLESS THE HOUSE AND SENATE THAT WE WILL DO WHAT IS RIGHT FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I ASK GOD TO GIVE STRENGTH, WISDOM AND COURAGE TO PRESIDENT OBAMA TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THREE TIMES I WILL ASK GOD, PLEASE, GOD, PLEASE CONTINUE TO BLESS AMERICA. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES MS. WOOLSEY OF CALIFORNIA.

  • 07:21:56 PM

    MS. WOOLSEY

    OUR NATION IS NOW IN ITS 10TH STRAIGHT YEAR OF WAR. THE MILITARY…

    OUR NATION IS NOW IN ITS 10TH STRAIGHT YEAR OF WAR. THE MILITARY OCCUPATION OF AFGHANISTAN IS LONGER THAN ANY WAR IN OUR NATION'S HISTORY. AN ENTIRE GENERATION OF YOUNG PEOPLE, INCLUDING MY THREE GRANDCHILDREN WHO CAME WITH ME TO VISIT WASHINGTON FOR THE SWEARING IN IS GROWING UP KNOWING NOTHING BUT A NATION AT WAR. THIS WAR IS NOT A JUST AND MORAL WAR. IT IS A MORAL ABOMINATION WITH DEVASTATING HUMAN COSTS. AND IT'S NOT JUST FISCALLY IRRESPONSIBLE AND UNSUSTAINABLE WITH A PRICE TAG OF ABOUT $370 BILLION. BUT IT IS ALL OF THAT. PERHAPS THE MOST TRAGIC IRONY OF THIS WAR IS FOR ALL THE SACRIFICE, IT'S NOT EVEN DOING WHAT IT WAS SUPPOSED TO DO, KEEPING US SAFE AND DEFEATING A TERRORIST THREAT. IF IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN HAVE PROVEN ANYTHING TO US, MR. SPEAKER, IT'S THAT WE NEED AN ENTIRELY NEW NATIONAL SECURITY MODEL, ONE THAT EMPHASIZES BRAINS OVER BRAWN AND ONE THAT USES SOFT POWER INSTEAD OF HARD AND ONE THAT PROTECTS AMERICA BY RELYING ON THE MOST HONORABLE AMERICAN VALUES, LOVE OF FREEDOM, DESIRE FOR PEACE, MORAL LEADERSHIP, AND COMPASSION FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE WORLD. WITH THESE VALUES IN MIND, THIS WEEK I ONCE AGAIN INTRODUCED A RESOLUTION CALLING FOR THE ADOPTION OF A SMART SECURITY PLATFORM. SMART SECURITY WOULD REDIRECT OUR ENERGY AND RESOURCES AWAY FROM WARFARE AND IT WOULD FOCUS INSTEAD ON NONPROLIFERATION, CONFLICT PREVENTION, INTERNATIONAL DIPLOMACY AND MULTILATERALISM. THAT MEANS, MR. SPEAKER, RENEWING OUR COMMITMENT TO COOPERATION WITH OTHER NATIONS, THE UNITED NATIONS AND OTHER INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTIONS. SMART SECURITY WOULD BUILD ON THE NEW START TREATY RATIFIED LAST MONTH AND MOVE US MORE AGGRESSIVELY TOWARDS THE GOAL OF ELIMINATING ALL NUCLEAR WEAPONS. IT WOULD REARRANGE OUR BUDGET PRIORITIES SO WE'RE NO LONGER THROWING BILLIONS OF DOLLARS AT WEAPONS SYSTEMS DESIGNED FOR A DIFFERENT ERA AND INSTEAD INVEST IN HUMAN CAPITAL AROUND THE WORLD. THAT MEANS ADDRESSING ROOT CAUSES OF INSTABILITY AND VIOLENT CONFLICT BY INCREASING DEVELOPMENT AID AND DEBT RELIEF TO POOR COUNTRIES. WE WOULD BE SUPPORTING PROGRAMS THAT PROMOTE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, THAT PROMOTE DEMOCRACY BUILDING, HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION, A STRONG CIVIL SOCIETY, GENERATE EQUALITY EDUCATION FOR WOMEN AND GIRLS AND MUCH, MUCH MORE. THE QUADRENNIAL OF DIPLOMACY AND DEVELOPMENT REVIEW RECENTLY COMPLETED AT THE STATE DEPARTMENT REAFFIRMS THE PRINCIPLES UNDERLYING SMART SECURITY, CALLING FOR CIVILIAN POWER TO LEAD THE WAY IN RESOLVING CONFLICT AND REDUCING THREATS AROUND THE WORLD. WITH DIPLOMACY AND DEVELOPMENT, MUTUALLY REINFORCING ONE ANOTHER. ALSO STRONGLY RECOMMENDING A RENEWED FOCUS ON THE RIGHTS AND INCONCLUSION OF WOMEN AND GIRLS. THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT MIGHT DOESN'T MAKE RIGHT. THE CONVENTIONAL WISDOM OF PEACE THROUGH STRENGTH DOES NOT WORK, ESPECIALLY IN AN ERA WITH THE GREATEST THREATS WE FACE BEING NONSTATE ACTORS. A NATIONAL SECURITY BASED ON OCCUPATION AND CONQUEST HAS BEEN GIVEN A CHANCE TO WORK OVER THE LAST SIX DECADES AND HAS FAILED MISERABLY. WHAT WE NEED IN AFGHANISTAN IS A CIVILIAN SURGE, NOT A MILITARY SURGE, FOR THE SECURITY OF THE AMERICAN AND THE AFGHAN PEOPLE, WE NEED TO BE HUMANITARIAN PARTNERS, NOT MILITARY OCCUPIERS. IT'S TIME, MR. SPEAKER, TO BRING OUR TROOPS HOME AND IMPLEMENT SMART SECURITY PRINCIPLES. AND IT'S TIME THAT WE DO IT NOW. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES MR. DOYLE OF ILLINOIS.…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES MR. DOYLE OF ILLINOIS. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN RICE?

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    NOT PRESENT I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO USE HIS TIME.

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    AS REQUESTED.

  • 07:26:40 PM

    MR. BURTON

    CONGRESSMAN BURTON OF INDIANA, IT'S NICE TO SEE YOU IN THE CHAIR.

  • 07:26:48 PM

    MR. BURTON

    OF CONGRESS WROTE TO THE PRESIDENT AND WE ASK THE PRESIDENT TO TAKE MORE…

    OF CONGRESS WROTE TO THE PRESIDENT AND WE ASK THE PRESIDENT TO TAKE MORE STEPS TO DEAL WITH THE PROBLEM ON THE TEXAS BORDER BECAUSE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED, BEATEN UP DOWN THERE, SHOTS HAVE BEEN FIRED ACROSS THE BORDER AND 80 MILES INTO THE COUNTRY, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WE HAVE SIGNS TELLING PEOPLE, WARNING PEOPLE NOT TO GO SOUTH OF THERE BECAUSE WE MIGHT BE IN DANGER OF MEXICAN DRUG CARTELS AND PEOPLE ACROSS THE BORDER SIDING WITH THE DRUG CARTELS. THERE'S A REAL PROBLEM. WE DIDN'T GET AN ANSWER BACK FROM THE PRESIDENT SO WE WROTE AGAIN IN NOVEMBER AND AGAIN WE DIDN'T GET A REPLY. AROUND THE END OF DECEMBER WE GOT A REPLY FROM THE HOMELAND SECURITY FROM A FELLA IN LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS AND HE WENT THROUGH THE SAME SONG AND DANCE THEY'VE GONE THROUGH A LONG TIME AND TALKING ABOUT HOW THEY'RE SOLVING THE PROBLEM ON THE BORDER. JUST RECENTLY IN THE LAST FEW WEEKS, FOUR ROADWORKERS WERE OUT THERE IN TEXAS AND THEY WERE WORKING ON THE ROADS TRYING TO FILL POTHOLES WITH GRAVEL AND DO OTHER THINGS THAT WAS A SHOVEL-READY PROJECT, INCIDENTALLY, AND WERE FIRED AT FROM ACROSS THE BORDER WHICH WAS A HALF MILE AWAY. NOW, THE BULLETS DIDN'T HIT ANY OF THEM BUT SURE SCARED THE DICKENS OUT OF THEM. MIKE DOYLE OF THE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT SAID A RANCHER SPOTTED A WHITE PICKUP TRUCK FLEEING THE AREA ON THE MEXICAN SIDE AFTER THE SHOTS WERE FIRED AND THINK THE DRUG CARTEL MAY HAVE BEEN FIRING THOSE SHOTS TO DIVERT ATTENTION AWAY FROM WHAT WAS GOING ON THERE IN ORDER TO GET DRUGS SMUGGLED ACROSS THE BORDER. THE REASON I BRING ALL THIS UP ONCE AGAIN IS BECAUSE WE SENT $17,000 NATIONAL GUARD TROOPS TO DEAL WITH THE OIL SPILL IN THE GULF AND IT WAS SOMETHING WE SHOULD HAVE DONE. WE SHOULD HAVE DEALT WITH THAT PROBLEM AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE TO MAKE SURE WE STOPPED ANY ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE THAT MIGHT ACCRUE FROM THAT AND HELP THE PEOPLE OF LOUISIANA WHO WERE SUFFERING AND THE OTHER BORDER STATES DOWN THERE. BUT WE HAVEN'T DONE ANYTHING BUT SEND ABOUT 1,400 NATIONAL GUARD TROOPS DOWN TO THE BORDER OR CLOSE TO THE BORDER AND MANY OF THEM HAVE BEEN WITHDRAWN AND WE'VE GOT TO DO SOMETHING TO PROTECT THAT 1,980 MILE BORDER BETWEEN US AND MEXICO. AMERICANS CAN'T GO WITHIN 50 MILES OF THE BORDER IN ARIZONA OR 80 MILES WITHIN THE BORDER -- CLOSE TO THE BORDER OF ARIZONA AND MEXICO BECAUSE THERE'S THE THREAT FOR THEIR SAFETY AND SECURITY. THAT IS SOMETHING THAT WE CANNOT TOLERATE AS A NATION. WE HAVE A WAR GOING ON, ON THE MEXICAN-AMERICAN BORDER AND WE HAVE TO DO WHATEVER IS NECESSARY TO PROTECT AMERICANS AND STOP THE DRUG TRAFFICKING COMING ACROSS THAT BORDER. WE DID IT IN COLOMBIA AND THAT'S NOT ON OUR BORDER, THAT'S DOWN SOUTH OF THE PANAMA CANAL. AND SO WE REALLY NEED TO ADDRESS THIS PROBLEM, SO IF I WERE TALKING TO THE PRESIDENT TONIGHT, MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD SAY, MR. PRESIDENT, COME ON, LET'S DO WHAT HAS TO BE DONE TO PROTECT OUR SOUTHERN BORDER. WE'RE DOING THE JOB OVER IN THE FAR EAST. WE'RE DOING THE JOB OVER IN THE MIDDLE EAST, AND THAT'S OK. BUT OUR BORDER, OUR FRONT YARD IS THREATENED EVERY SINGLE DAY BY THESE DRUG CARTELS AND TERRORISTS COMING ACROSS THE BORDERER -- BORDER AND AMERICAN RANCHERS AND BUSINESS PEOPLE CAN'T CONDUCT THEIR DAILY LIVES DOWN THERE BECAUSE THERE'S NO SECURITY. IF I WERE TALKING TO THE PRESIDENT, I WOULD SAY PLEASE ADDRESS THIS ISSUE, DON'T IGNORE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, FIVE MEMBERS WHO WROTE YOU ABOUT THIS ISSUE, DON'T IGNORE US, DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT AND DON'T SEND US ANYMORE OF THESE INANE LETTERS THAT DON'T SAY ANYTHING ABOUT SOLVING THE PROBLEM. IT'S A REAL PROBLEM ABOUT THE SECURITY OF THE COUNTRY AND PEOPLE THAT LIVE AND TRAVERSE THAT AREA. MR. PRESIDENT, LET'S GET ON WITH IT. .

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  • 07:30:39 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES MS. KAPTUR OF OHIO. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES MS. KAPTUR OF OHIO. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 07:31:03 PM

    MR. BLUMENAUER

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE'RE HAVING DEBATES ABOUT HEALTH CARE BECAUSE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE'RE HAVING DEBATES ABOUT HEALTH CARE BECAUSE AMERICANS ARE NERVOUS ABOUT CHANGING SOMETHING SO IMPORTANT TO THEIR FAMILIES AND THAT OF COURSE MAKES POLITICIANS NERVOUS ABOUT REFORM. THIS SKEPTICISM IS UNDERSTANDABLE. ATTEMPTING TO ADJUST POLICIES AND PROGRAMS THAT COMPRISE NOW 17% OF OUR ECONOMY, THE BIGGEST DRIVER OF THE FEDERAL DEFICIT, THAT LITERALLY TOUCHES EVERY AMERICAN FAMILY POSES DAUNTING CHALLENGES. BUT AS PEOPLE BEGIN THE ANALYSIS, THE APPROPRIATE COMPARISON IS NOT SOME IDEALIZED MAGICAL STATE, BUT COMPARISON TO THE PATH WE ARE ON WHICH EVERYBODY AGREES IS UNSUSTAINABLE. MEDICAL COSTS LEFT UNCHECKED WILL LITERALLY BANKRUPT THE COUNTRY. THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE WILL SPEND MORE ON HEALTH CARE THIS YEAR THAN CHINA USES TO RUN ITS ENTIRE MILITARY OPERATION FOR SEVEN MONTHS. EVERY OBJECTIVE INDEPENDENT EXPERT ACKNOWLEDGES AND LAMENTS THE FACT THAT THE UNITED STATES IS THE WORLD'S HEALTH CARE UNDERACHIEVER. WE PAY MORE FOR HEALTH CARE THAN OUR MAJOR ALLIES AND COMPETITORS IN EUROPE, JAPAN AND CANADA, BUT OUR PEOPLE GET SICK MORE OFTEN, THEY DIE SOONER AND UNLIKE ANY OTHER COUNTRY, PEOPLE ARE BANKRUPTED BY MEDICAL COSTS. ABOUT 2,000 PEOPLE PER DAY. ALL THE WHILE WE HAVE A RECORD NUMBER OF UNINSURED AMERICANS. NOW OVER 50 MILLION. SADLY WE'RE GETTING EXACTLY WHAT WE PAID FOR. MORE PROCEDURES, MULTIPLE PROVIDERS, EMPHASIS ON SPECIALTY CARE RATHER THAN SOMEONE WHO CAN HELP US WITH OUR OWN EFFORTS TO NEGOTIATE THIS COMPLEX, FRAGMENTED HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. AMERICA ACTUALLY SPENDS MORE ADMINISTERING OUR HEALTH INSURANCE SYSTEM AND FINDING WAYS TO DENY CARE THAN ANY OTHER COUNTRY IN THE WORLD SPENDS ON PROVIDING CARE. STARTING FROM SCRATCH WE COULD GIVE BETTER CARE FOR LESS MONEY, BUT WE'RE NOT STARTING FROM SCRATCH. WE'RE STARTING WITH AN ECONOMIC AND STRUCTURAL BEHEM OTH, ENCOMPASSING 17% OF THE ECONOMY. IT'S THE LARGEST EMPLOYER IN MOST COMMUNITIES AND IT'S EVOLVED OVER 2/3 OF A CENTURY OF PUBLIC AND PRIVATE INVESTMENT AND GOVERNMENT LEGISLATION. TODAY OUR HYBRID SYSTEM LARGELY ADMINISTERED THROUGH HUNDREDS OF AGENCIES, PROGRAMS AND LARGE PROVIDERS, WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PAYING HALF THE BILL DIRECTLY. THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT WE HAVE PROVEN THAT WE CAN GET BETTER RESULTS FOR LESS THAN WE ARE SPENDING AND THE HEALTH CARE REFORM LEGISLATION PROVIDES THIS FRAMEWORK. FIRST WE DON'T NEED MORE MONEY -- FIRST, WE DON'T NEED MORE MONEY. IN FACT, IF WE IMPLEMENT THE EXISTING LEGISLATION IT CAN BE A SOURCE OF SAVINGS IN THE FUTURE. THE GOOD NEWS IS WE DON'T HAVE TO DEAL WITH UNPROVEN TECHNIQUES OR TECHNOLOGIES. WE KNOW WHAT TO DO. WE DON'T EVEN HAVE TO LOOK AT FOREIGN MODELS THAT ARE MORE SUCCESSFUL THAN OURS. WE CAN LOOK RIGHT HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. MY COMMUNITY OF PORTLAND, OREGON, DELIVERS BETTER HEALTH CARE FOR MEDICARE, FOR INSTANCE, TO ITS RECIPIENTS THAN OTHER COMMUNITIES WHERE COSTS ARE TWICE AS HIGH. AND IT'S NOT JUST PORTLAND. THIS CAN BE FOUND IN AREAS IN THE WEST, THE UPPER MIDWEST, THERE ARE ALSO INNOVATIVE HEALTH CARE PRACTICES IN THE MAYO CLINIC, THE CLEVELAND CLINIC, GUNDERSON LUTHER. THE GOVERNMENT ITSELF HAS PROVEN HOW TO BE MORE FIBT. THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION -- EFFICIENT. THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION HAS A PRACTICED MODEL FOR OLDER CITIZENS WITH COMPLEX HEALTH PROBLEMS THAT FACE OUR VETERANS. THE V.A. HAS AUTOMATICED ITS MEDICAL RECORD SYSTEM. IT PAYS ITS DOCTORS FOR PERFORMANCE, NOT PROCEDURES. AND THEY FIGURED OUT A WAY TO GET BETTER PRESCRIPTION DRUG COST FOR MILLIONS OF OUR VETERANS. MANY OF THE TECHNIQUES FOR REDUCING THE NUMBER OF UNNECESSARY HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS, FOR BUNDLING SERVICES, FOR HAVING ACCOUNTABLE CARE ORGANIZATIONS ARE KNOWN AND ACTUALLY SUPPORTED BY MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS. THEY'VE BEEN EMBRACED BY REPUBLICAN GOVERNORS. THIS IS NOT FOREIGN TERRITORY. WE KNOW IT CAN WORK. THE PATH FORWARD IS CLEAR. IT'S IMPORTANT NOT TO LOSE TWO IMPORTANT YEARS IN REFORMING OUR MEDICAL SYSTEM, GIVING BETTER HEALTH CARE AND STARTING TO REDUCE THESE MASSIVE FUTURE DEFICITS. AFTER HAVING IDENTIFIED WEAK SPOTS IN IMPLEMENTATION, LET'S WORK TO HOLD PEOPLE ACCOUNTABLE. DON'T ATTACK THE C.B.O. FOR SCORING THE BILL AS WRITTEN. WHICH IS THEIR JOB. ATTACK EFFORTS TO UNDERMINE THE COST-SAVING ELEMENTS OF THE BILL. IF A STATE CAN MORE CREATIVELY PROVIDE HEALTH CARE ENVISIONED IN THE EXCHANGES, LETS THEM DO IT. GIVE THEM THE WAIVERS AND ENCOURAGE THEM TO EXPERIMENT AS LONG AS THEY NEED -- MEET MINIMUM NATIONAL STANDARDS.

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    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. MS. BUERKLE OF NEW YORK. FOR WHAT…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. MS. BUERKLE OF NEW YORK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RISE?

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    DECIDING WHICH MEDICINES WE CAN TAKE AND WHICH MEDICAL PROCEDURES WILL BE…

    DECIDING WHICH MEDICINES WE CAN TAKE AND WHICH MEDICAL PROCEDURES WILL BE AVAILABLE TO OUR FAMILIES. PUTTING 1/6 OF OUR ECONOMY UNDER GOVERNMENT CONTROL. LET ME BE CLEAR, I SUPPORT HEALTH CARE REFORM. HOWEVER I DO NOT SUPPORT THIS NEW HEALTH CARE LAW WHICH REPRESENTS TO A VERY GREAT EXTENT THE WASHINGTON TAKEOVER OF OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. THIS LAW IS CREATING OVER 150 NEW BOARDS, BUREAUS, COMMITTEES, COMMISSIONS, OFFICES, PILOT PROGRAMS, WORKING GROUPS AND AGENCIES WHICH WILL ISSUE ONEROUS REGULATIONS THAT WILL CHANGE OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM FOREVER. AND NOT FOR THE BETTER. REMEMBER, OVER 90% OF ALL AMERICANS HAVE HEALTH COVERAGE FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES. WHY DID THE LAST CONGRESS INSIST ON A VIRTUAL TAKEOVER OF THE OTHER 10%? THAT'S WHY I SUPPORT THE REPEAL, COUPLED WITH MAJOR CHANGES TO SAFETY THOSE WHO DO NOT HAVE COVERAGE WITHOUT HARMING THE PLANS OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHO DO. MY COLLEAGUES, WHY IS THIS REPEAL NECESSARY TODAY? BECAUSE THE NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF THIS NEW LAW ARE ALREADY BEING FELT AND THREATENING THE PRACTICE OF MEDICINE AS WE KNOW IT. THIS NEW LAW HAS ERODED YOUR RIGHT TO CHOOSE YOUR HEALTH CARE AND YOUR DOCTOR AND IS PUTTING BUREAUCRATS AND POLITICIANS IN CHARGE. DESPITE PREDICTIONS FROM THE WHITE HOUSE, INSURANCE PREMIUMS ARE NOT GOING DOWN. TO THE CONTRARY, PREMIUMS ARE RISING ACROSS THE NATION FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE INSURANCE AS INSURANCE COMPANIES STRUGGLE TO PAY THE COSTS OF A RATH OF NEW MANDATES IMPOSED BY WASHINGTON. EVEN AS WE SPEAK DOCTORS ARE CHANGING THEIR PRACTICES BECAUSE THIS NEW LAW DISCOURAGING THEIR ABILITY TO WORK -- DISCOURAGES THEIR ABILITY TO WORK AS SINGLE PRACTITIONERS OR GROUP PRACTICE. DOCTORS FACE MORE PAPER, WITH, MORE RED TAPE AND MORE RISK TO THEIR LICENSE TO PRACTICE. FURTHERMORE THE NEW LAW DOES NOTHING TO SOLVE OR DIMINISH THE WAVE OF JUNK MEDICAL LAWSUITS THAT FORCE DOCTORS, MEDICAL PROFESSIONS AND HOSPITALS TO PRACTICE EXPENSIVE DEFENSIVE MEDICINE. ALSO MISSING FROM THE LAW IS ANY PROGRAM TO PROMOTE AND SUPPORT MEDICAL EDUCATION IN AMERICA. THE NEXT GENERATION OF YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WE COUNT ON -- WHO WE COUNT ON US FOR CARE. FURTHERMORE HOSPITALS WILL FACE REDUCED MEDICAL REIMBURSEMENTS AND MORE RULES AND REGULATIONS, CAUSING MORE PHYSICIANS TO REFUSE TO TREAT SENIOR CITIZENS. AND WHAT ABOUT THE PROMISES? WE HEARD ABOUT THE BENEFIT IT'S OF THE NEW LAW. TO PROTECT AMERICANS FROM BEING DENIED COVERAGE DUE TO PRE-EXISTING OR OTHER CONDITIONS, 27 STATES HAVE CREATED THEIR OWN HIGH-RISK INSURANCE POOLS. OTHERS HAVE USED AN OPTION IN THE LAW TO LET THEIR RESIDENTS BUY COVERAGE THROUGH A NEW FEDERAL HEALTH PLAN. LAST SPRING MEDICARE'S CHIEF ACTUARY PREDICTED THE 375,000 PEOPLE WOULD SIGN UP FOR ONE OF THESE SPECIAL PLANS BY THE END OF 2010. IN FACT, THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES REPORTED LAST MONTH THAT JUST OVER 8,000 PEOPLE HAD ENROLLED. THIS DIFFERENCE OF 367,000 ENROLLEES RAISES REAL QUESTIONS ABOUT THE THEN MAJORITY'S DEMAND FOR THIS PROVISION. AND WHICH CLAIMS TO PROVIDE COVERAGE FOR ANOTHER 34 MILLION AMERICANS WE NEED TO BE REMINDED THAT 18 OF THESE NEWLY INSURED PEOPLE WILL GAIN COVERAGE THROUGH THE FINANCIALLY STRESSED MEDICAID PROGRAM WHICH IS ALMOST BROKE. MY COLLEAGUES, CURRENT MEDICAID ENROLLEES ARE ALREADY HAVING TROUBLE FINDING DOCTORS WHO WILL SEE THEM BECAUSE OF LOW REIMBURSEMENT RATES. THIS LAW PROPOSED TO ADD ANOTHER 18 MILLION PATIENTS TO A STRUGGLING AND ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY PROGRAM. IN ADDITION, OUR HOSPITALS ARE ALREADY REELING. PASSAGE OF THE NEW HEALTH CARE LAW HAS AC SEM RATE -- ACCELERATED THE LAWOFF OF -- LAYOFF OF HUNDREDS OF EMPLOYEES IN HOSPITALS IN MY DISTRICT. WHEN FURTHER MEDICARE CUTS TAKE HOLD, HOW ARE THESE INSTITUTIONS GOING TO MAINTAIN THEIR QUALITY OF CARE? THEY AREN'T. WHAT OF THE ADVERTISED BENEFITS OF THE NEW HEALTH CARE LAW? DOCTORS ACTUALLY CLAIM THE NEW LAW WOULD REDUCE THE FEDERAL DEFICIT. THIS CLAIM IS BASED ON DUBIOUS ECONOMIC ASSUMPTIONS, DOUBLE COUNTING AND OTHER BUDGET GIMMICKRY. IT'S ASTOUNDING THAT THIS LAW COUNTS 10 YEARS OF ANTICIPATED REVENUES TO OFFSET SIX YEARS OF NEW SPENDING. HERE'S A SIMPLE FACT. IF OBAMACARE IS FULLY IMPLEMENTED IT WILL NOT CUT THE DEFICIT. THE LAW WILL ADD MORE THAN $700 BILLION TO THE DEFICIT IN ITS FIRST 10 YEARS.

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    MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

    I SUPPORT H.R. 2 AND URGE CONGRESS TO PASS IT. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MR. KEATING OF MASSACHUSETTS FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. KEATING

    I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY'S…

    I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY'S INAUGURAL ADDRESS. IN SELL -- AND CELEBRATE THE MANY MONTHS OF ALTRUISM THAT HAVE EMERGED FROM THE SIMPLE WORDS, ASK NOT WHAT YOUR COUNTRY CAN DO FOR YOU, ASK WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR COUNTRY. IT IS THIS EX PREPARATION OF LOVE OF COUNTRY -- EXPRESSION OF LOVE OF COUNTRY THIS SPIRIT THAT PRESIDENT KENNEDY EADVOCATED IN AWFUL US THAT CAUSES ME TO RISE TODAY FOR MY MAIN SPEECH ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. EVEN 50 YEARS LATER, WE TAKE FROM HIS SPEECH THE REMINDER THAT WE STILL HAVE WORK TO DO TO IMPROVE OUR COUNTRY AND THAT WORK IS INCUMBENT UPON US TO FINISH. AS A YOUNG CHILD I REMEMBER WATCHING THE CEREMONY ON JANUARY 20, 1961. I REMEMBER THE POET ROBERT FROST RED A POEM FROM THE PODIUM AS HIS EYEGLASSES FOGGED UP. I REMEMBER PRESIDENT KENNEDY TAKING THE STAGE AND I COULD HAVE NEVER IMAGINED THE IMPACT HE WOULD HAVE ON MY GENERATION AND THE GENERATIONS TO COME. HERE IN WASHINGTON PRESIDENT KENNEDY IS NEVER FAR FROM MY MIND BECAUSE I HAVE THE DISTINCT HONOR OF COMING TO WORK IN THE SAME OFFICE THAT PRESIDENT KENNEDY HAD WHEN HE WAS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS. OUR SPACE IS AN HISTORIC TREASURE AND I'M SO FORTUNATE TO BE ENTRUSTED WITH THE SAFEKEEPING OF THIS MEMORIAL AND ALL THAT IT REPRESENTS TO THE PEOPLE OF MASSACHUSETTS AND EVERY AMERICAN WHO HAS BEEN INSPIRED BY PRESIDENT KENNEDY. MY FIRST DAYS AND WEEKS IN CONGRESS HAVE BEEN AN INCREDIBLE PRIVILEGE, SERVING MY COMMUNITY IN MASSACHUSETTS AND WORKING TO FIND SOLUTIONS FOR THE CHALLENGES THAT OUR COUNTRY FACES. PRESIDENT KENNEDY'S WORDS ARE TIMELESS AND WE CAN AND SHOULD LEARN FROM THEM TODAY. HE CALLED ON OUR COUNTRY TO REMEMBER THAT CIVILITY IS NOT A SIGN OF WEAKNESS. HIS WORDS SHOULD INFORM OUR NATIONAL CONVERSATION AS WE HOPEFULLY RENEW OUR COMMITMENT TO RESPECT AND GRACIOUSNESS. WHERE POLITICS MEANS MORE THAN STARK DIVISION AND GLARING PARTISANSHIPS. OUR COUNTRY NEEDS HEALING. AND KENNEDY WOULD BELIEVE THAT IT IS UP TO ALL OF US TO PARTICIPATE IN RESTORING THIS TYPE OF CIVILITY. 50 YEARS AGO, HE SAID, LET BOTH SIDES EXPLORE WHAT PROBLEMS UNITE US INSTEAD OF BELABORING THOSE PROBLEMS WHICH DIVIDE US. I WELCOME THIS CHALLENGE AND I'LL SPEND MY TIME IN CONGRESS LIVING UP TO THOSE WORDS. GOOD IDEAS ARE NOT RESTRICTED TO ONE POLITICAL PARTY OR THE OTHER. SO I LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM MY CONSTITUENTS OF ALL POLITICAL STRIFES. IF MY NEIGHBOR HAS AN IDEA TO CREATE JOBS, I WANT TO HEAR IT. IF A RESIDENT OF FLIMOTH HAS A PROPOSAL ON HOW WE CAN MOVE OUR COUNTRY FORWARD, I WANT TO HELP. IF A FELLOW CITIZEN IN -- HAS A PLAN TO MAKE OUR COUNTRY SAFER AND STRONGER, I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING TOGETHER. IN CLOSING, LET US REMEMBER THAT PRESIDENT KENNEDY HAD A LONG-TERM VISION FOR THIS COUNTRY. HE UNDERSTOOD THAT A CHANGE THIS DIRECTION TAKES TIME AND WE UNDERSTAND THAT A RETURN TO VALUES THAT HE KEPT WILL NOT BE IMMEDIATE. AS HE SAID, ALL OF THIS WILL NOT BE FINISHED IN THE FIRST 100 DAYS, NOR WILL IT BE FINISHED IN THE FIRST 1,000 DAYS, NOR IN THIS LIFE OF THIS ADMINISTRATION, NOR EVEN PERHAPS IN OUR LIFETIME IN THIS PLANET. BUT LET US BEGIN. SO AS WE CELEBRATE THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY'S INAUGURATION, LET US BEGIN ANEW. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MY TIME BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK.

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    VOTE ON THE PATIENTS REPEAL ACT. REPEAL WOULD ONLY RE-CREATE MANY PROBLEMS…

    VOTE ON THE PATIENTS REPEAL ACT. REPEAL WOULD ONLY RE-CREATE MANY PROBLEMS THAT LAST YEAR BILL'S SOLVED. INSTEAD OF IDENTIFYING SPECIFIC IMPROVEMENTS, REPUBLICANS HAVE PROPOSED TO REPEAL EVERY CONSUMER PROTECTION, PROTECTIONS THAT BENEFIT ALL OF OUR CONSTITUENTS. WE CANNOT ALLOW THIS IRRESPONSIBLE BILL TO BECOME LAW.

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  • 07:47:28 PM

    MRS. LOWEY

    DURING DEBATE OF HEALTH INSURANCE REFORM IN 2009, I RECEIVED COUNTLESS…

    DURING DEBATE OF HEALTH INSURANCE REFORM IN 2009, I RECEIVED COUNTLESS LETTERS FROM INDIVIDUALS THROUGHOUT MY DISTRICT WHO TESTIFIED TO THE DIRE NEED TO ADDRESS HIGH COSTS AND AN ADEQUACY IN SERVICE. FOR EXAMPLE, A CONSTITUENT FROM WHITE PLAINS TOLD ME ABOUT HER 27-YEAR-OLD SON WHO IS BATTLING CANCER AND CANNOT AFFORD SOME OF THE TREATMENT. SHE WROTE, QUOTE, FROM DISCRIMINATION BY INSURANCE COMPANIES AGAINST THE MILLIONS OF US WITH PREEXISTING CONDITIONS, END QUOTE, TO LACK OF AFFORDABLE CARE, WE'VE HAD ENOUGH, QUOTE. BY ENDING DENIALS OF COVERAGE BASED ON PREEXISTING CONDITIONS, 9,200 RESIDENTS OF MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT WITH PREEXISTING CONDITIONS WILL NOW HAVE ACCESS TO HEALTH INSURANCE. THAT IS JUST ONE BENEFIT OF REFORM THAT'S AT STAKE. IF THE REPEAL LAW WERE TO BECOME LAW, INSURERS COULD IMPOSE DEVASTATING, ANNUAL AND LIFETIME BENEFIT CAPS. YOUNG ADULTS WOULD LOSE COVERAGE ON THEIR PARENTS' PLAN. PREGNANT WOMEN WITH BREAST CANCER AND PROSTATE CANCER SURVIVORS COULD BE DENIED COVERAGE WHEN THEY MOST DEED IT. SENIORS WOULD PAY HIGHER PRESCRIPTION DRUG COSTS. CONSUMER PROTECTIONS FOR 445,000 CONSTITUENTS WHO HAVE PRIVATE INSURANCE WOULD BE RESCINDED, RESULTING IN HIGHER HEALTH CARE COSTS AND REDUCED COVERAGE. 22,100 BUSINESSES AND 91,000 FAMILIES IN MY DISTRICT WOULD NOT RECEIVE TAX CREDITS TO ACCESS BETTER AND MORE AFFORDABLE COVERAGE. LARGE INSURERS WOULD NO LONGER BE REQUIRED TO SPEND AT LEAST 85% OF PREMIUMS ON HEALTH BENEFITS AND JUSTIFY LARGE RATE INCREASES. AND REFORMS, THE COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION ESTIMATES, WILL LOWER -- LOWER THE RATE OF PREMIUM INCREASES BY $2,000 AND BY THE END OF THE DECADE WE'LL BE UNDONE. I AM VERY HAPPY TO WORK WITH ANYONE WHO GENUINELY WANTS TO IMPROVE HEALTH COVERAGES TO MAKE IT MORE AFFORDABLE. I AM DEEPLY CONCERNED THAT THIS VOTE TOMORROW IS ABOUT KEEPING CAMPAIGN PROMISES WITHOUT SERIOUS EXAMINATION OF THE IMPACT OF THIS REPEAL, ESPECIALLY ON AMERICANS LIKE MY 27-YEAR-OLD CONSTITUENT IN WHITE PLAINS WHO HAS CANCER. TO MY COLLEAGUES, IF YOU WANT TO HELP YOUR CONSTITUENTS WHO HAVE INSURANCE AND THE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHO DON'T, HE -- I URGE YOU TO VOTE NO ON REPEALING EVERY CONSUMER PROTECTION THAT BENEFITS THEM. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK MY TIME. IT THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLELADY'S TIME

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA.

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    ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MY DEAR FRIEND, ARLENE BUSH, ENTERING 25TH YEAR AS A MEMBER OF BLOOMINGTON…

    MY DEAR FRIEND, ARLENE BUSH, ENTERING 25TH YEAR AS A MEMBER OF BLOOMINGTON SCHOOL BOARD. SHE TURNS 80 LATER THIS YEAR AND FIRST JOINED THE SCHOOL BOARD IN 1981. WHILE TIMES HAVE CHANGED SINCE THEN, ARLENE'S DEDICATION TO BLOOMINGTON STUDENTS AND SCHOOLS THEY ATTEND HAS NOT. SHE STARTED HER OWN EDUCATIONAL JOURNEY IN A SMALL, TWO-ROOM SCHOOLHOUSE IN THE TINY TOWN OF ODEN, MINNESOTA AND LATER MOVED TO MINNEAPOLIS WHERE SHE GRADUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOL IN 1948. LATER AFTER THAT SHE GOT MARRIED AND SETTLED IN BLOOMINGTON, MINNESOTA, WHICH AT THAT TIME WAS A GROWING SUBURB OF MINNEAPOLIS WHERE SHE RAISED SIX DAUGHTERS BEFORE BEGINNING HER CAREER IN PUBLIC SERVICE. HER BIG HEART AND HUMBLE DEMEANOR ENDEARED HER TO GOOD FRIENDS AND MADE IT A POINT TO BE A COMMUNITY LEADER THROUGH THE DUTIES OF HER POSITION BY BEING PRESENT AT SPORTING EVENTS, PLAYS, PEP FESTS, MUSICALS, CONCERTS AND CEREMONIES CELEBRATING THE YOUNG PEOPLE OF BLOOMINGTON.

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    MR. PAULSEN

    ONLY ADVOCATES FOR BLOOMINGTON STUDENTS ON THE BOARD, SHE ENCOURAGES…

    ONLY ADVOCATES FOR BLOOMINGTON STUDENTS ON THE BOARD, SHE ENCOURAGES PERSONALLY EVERY CHANCE SHE GETS. SHE UNDERSTANDS THE CHILDREN NEED NOT ONLY FINANCIAL AND OPERATIONAL SUPPORT IN THEIR EDUCATION, SHE EXEMPLIFIES A LEADER WHO INVESTS IN THEIR INTERESTS, RECOGNIZES THEIR ACHIEVEMENTS AND COMFORTS THEM IN TIMES OF ADVERSITY. ARLENE'S MILESTONE ISN'T ONE THAT CAN BE MEASURED IN THE NUMBER OF HOURS LOGGED IN MEETINGS OR THE NUMBER OF TERMS THAT SHE SERVED BUT RATHER IN THE LIVES OF THE THOUSANDS, LITERALLY THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS THAT BENEFITED FROM HER COMMITMENT TO EDUCATION. OVER THE YEARS, THE NAME ARLENE BUSH HAS BECOME SYNONYMOUS WITH EDUCATION AMONG THE GENERATIONS OF BLOOMINGTON STUDENTS WHOSE LIVES HAVE BEEN ENRICHED THROUGH HER MANY LIVES OF SERVICE. SHE'S A PILLAR OF THE COMMUNITY WHOSE PRESENCE ON THE SCHOOL BOARD HAS ABSOLUTELY PROVIDED A STEADY HAND AS TIMES HAVE CHANGED. AS A FATHER WITH FOUR DAUGHTERS IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS MYSELF, IT IS REASSURING TO KNOW THERE ARE DEDICATED PUBLIC SERVANTS LIKE ARLENE OUT THERE WORKING TO GIVE OUR CHILDREN THE BEST EDUCATION POSSIBLE. AND LIKE ARLENE, THESE UNSUNG HEROES DON'T DO IT FOR THE GLORY OR ADMIRATION, THEY DO IT SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY SHARE A COMMON DESIRE TO BETTER OUR COMMUNITY. AND THESE KIND SOULS PROVED YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A CONGRESSMAN OR SENATOR TO CHANGE THE WORLD OR TOUCH SOMEONE'S LIFE. INSIDE ALL OF US IS THE ABILITY TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE PUBLIC GOOD AND TO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS. WHEN ASKED RECENTLY TO LOOK BACK ON OUR MANY YEARS OF SERVICE ON THE SCHOOL BOARD, ARLENE REPLIED IN A VERY TRUE MINNESOTA PASSION, SHE WASN'T BOASTFUL OR PROUD BUT RATHER HUMBLED, SHE SAID SHE WAS THANKFUL FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE. MR. SPEAKER, AS I CLOSE, I JUST WANT TO TAKE THE TIME TO LET ARLENE KNOW THAT WE, TOO, ARE THANKFUL, THANKFUL FOR HER ZURE TO DESERVE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. MS. ROS-LEHTINEN OF FLORIDA. MR.…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. MS. ROS-LEHTINEN OF FLORIDA. MR. FLEMING OF LOUISIANA. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE ORDERING OF THE FIVE-MINUTE SPECIAL ORDER IN FAVOR OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. DOLD, IS VACATED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 5, 2011, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. DOLD, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNATE KNEE OF THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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  • 07:54:05 PM

    MR. DOLD

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. DOLD

    IS WITH TREMENDOUS HONOR, EXCITEMENT AND HUMILITY I RISE TO THE FLOOR OF…

    IS WITH TREMENDOUS HONOR, EXCITEMENT AND HUMILITY I RISE TO THE FLOOR OF THIS GREAT CHAMBER TO REPRESENT THE ASPIRATIONS AND HARD-WORKING VALUES OF ILLINOIS' 10TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, CHICAGO'S NORTH AND NORTHWEST SUBURBS. LET ME BEGIN BY EXPRESSING OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS REMAIN WITH CONGRESSWOMAN GIFFORDS AS SHE UNDERGOES HER RECOVERY. MY HEART GOES OUT TO HER AND HER FAMILY, ALONG WITH THE OTHER FAMILIES WHOSE LIVES HAVE BEEN CHANGED BY THIS TRAGEDY IN TUCSON ON JANUARY 8. TONIGHT I AM HERE TO CONTINUE THE TRADITION OF THIS CONGRESSIONAL SEAT BY DELIVERING A SPEECH THAT LAYS OUT HOW I INTEND TO LEGISLATE AND EXPLAINS THE MANNER IN WHICH I WILL WORK WITH MY COLLEAGUES TO MOVE THIS COUNTRY FORWARD. OVER THE PAST 18 MONTHS, I HAVE TRAVELED ALL OVER OUR GREAT DISTRICT. TRYING TO ASK PEOPLE WHAT KEEPS THEM UP AT NIGHT. STRETCHING FROM WILMETTE TO WALK EGAN, LIBERTYVILLE TO GLENNVIEW, HIGHLAND PARK TO PALATINE. I REPRESENT A DIVERSE COMMUNITY THAT ASKS ITS LEADERS TO ATTACK A WIDE-RANGING, AMBITIOUS AGENDA AND FROM ALL CONVERSATIONS I HAD AT TRAIN STATIONS AND CENTERS, AT COUNTLESS SMALL BUSINESSES IN DINERS AND IN TOWN HALL MEETINGS, THERE'S ONE THING I KNOW, THE 112TH CONGRESS MUST FOCUS ON JOBS IN THE ECONOMY, ON REIGNING IN THE OUT OF CONTROL SPENDING IN WASHINGTON AND TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR COUNTRY REMAINS SAFE AND FREE. BEYOND TALKING WITH MEMBERS OF MY COMMUNITY, I ALSO TOOK THE TIME TO STUDY THE HERITAGE OF THE CONGRESSIONAL SEAT REPRESENTING THE PEOPLE OF NORTHERN COOK AND EASTERN LAKE COUNTIES, BEGINNING WITH OUR FIRST REPRESENTATIVE, JOHN MCLEAN, UPON ILLINOIS' FOUNDING STATEHOOD IN 1818, OURS IS AN AREA THAT'S ALWAYS DEMANDED A HIGH STANDARD OF LEADERSHIP, A COMMITMENT TO LOCAL ISSUES, AND YET AN EYE TOWARDS AMERICAN LEADERSHIP IN THE WORLD. OUR COMMUNITY IS BOUND BY DEEP-ROOTED CHARACTERISTICS. NAMELY, A DESIRE FOR PRAGMATIC, EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP. VIGOROUS INDEPENDENCE AND THE ABILITY TO WORK WITH THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE IN A CIVILIZED AND BIPARTISAN MANNER. THESE ARE THE VIRTUES THAT I PLEDGE TO CONTINUE IN CONGRESS AS I BEGIN MY SERVICE TO THE PEOPLE OF THE 10TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. IN LOOKING AT THE WORK OF MY PREDECESSORS, I HAVE COME ACROSS A NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS WHO SERVED OUR AREA IN THE HIGHEST TRADITION OF PUBLIC SERVICE, WITH A COMMITMENT TO THE GREATER GOOD. TONIGHT I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE A MOMENT TO SPEAK ABOUT A FEW OF THEM. THE FIRST WOMAN TO REPRESENT NORTHEASTERN ILLINOIS IN CONGRESS DID SO WITH REMARKABLE DISTINCTION, SKILL AND EFFECTIVENESS. MARGARET CHURCH TOOK TO CONGRESS IN 1949, SUCCEEDING HER LATE HUSBAND, CONGRESSMAN RALPH CHURCH. SHE SERVED UNTIL 1962, PROMOTING FISCAL RESTRAINT, EQUAL PAY FOR WOMEN AND CIVIL RIGHTS INITIATIVES. SHE HELD A HEALTHY DISDAIN FOR THE EXTRAVAGANT FEDERAL SPENDING, WHICH WE CAN ALL CERTAINLY APPRECIATE TODAY. AND FORESHADOWING THE MEN WHO WOULD FOLLOW HER, MARGARET CHURCH ENCOURAGED DEMOCRATIC REFORMS ABROAD FROM HER POSITION ON THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS. MRS. CHURCH RETIRED IN 1963 ONLY TO BE SUCCEEDED IN THE 88TH CONGRESS BY A MAN WHO ALSO TOOK TO CAUSES OF FISCAL CONSERVATISM AND AMERICAN LEADERSHIP IN THE WORLD, DONALD RUMSFELD. THE PEOPLE OF NORTHEASTERN ILLINOIS ELECTED SECRETARY RUMSFELD, A FELLOW GRADUATE TO CONGRESS AT THE YOUNG AGE OF 30. FROM 1963 TO 1969, HE SERVED OUR AREA WITH GREAT DISTINCTION. HE HELD A SEAT ON THE JOINT ECONOMIC COMMITTEE AND PERHAPS DURING THE MOST CRITICAL TIME IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF OUR SPACE PROGRAM, HE SAT ON THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON SCIENCE AND AERONAUTICS. AS MANY KNOW, HIS TENURE IN CONGRESS WAS JUST THE BEGINNING OF A LONG CAREER IN PUBLIC SERVICE. 10 YEARS LATER, HE SAW THE BEGINNING OF ANOTHER INCREDIBLE CAREER DEVOTED TO PUBLIC SERVICE. FOR 21 YEARS, JON PORTER SERVED THE PEOPLE OF THE 10TH DISTRICT. IN THAT TIME HE MADE HIS GREAT MARK ON BOTH AT HOME AND ABROAD. SERVING ON THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE AS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON LABOR, HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AND EDUCATION, JON PORTER ACHIEVED A RECORD OF TREMENDOUS LEGISLATIVE SUCCESS. REFLECTING ON THE VALUES OF HIS DISTRICT. HE ADVOCATED FOR SCIENTIFIC FUNDING AND ADVANCEMENTS IN HEALTH CARE RESEARCH, DISPLAYED A COMMITMENT TO THE ENVIRONMENT, CHAMPIONED A STRONG RESPECT FOR THE TAXPAYER AND SET A QUALITY FOR HIGH QUALITY CONSTITUENT SERVICE. JON PORTER ALSO RECORDED IMPRESSIVE ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN THE AREAS OF FOREIGN POLICY. AFTER A TRIP TO THE SOVIET UNION, HE FOUNDED THE CONGRESSIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS CAUCUS. THIS LED TO HIM HELP FREE RUSSIA, FIGHT FOR THE RIGHTS OF NORTH KOREAN REFUGEES AND WORK FOR THE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IN CHINA. I'M HONORED AND FORTUNATE TO HAVE CONGRESSMAN PORTER'S SUPPORT AND VALUABLE MENTORSHIP AS I BEGIN MY CAREER IN THIS BODY. FOR THE PAST DECADE AND FOLLOWING IN CONGRESSMAN PORTER'S FOOTSTEPS, THE PEOPLE OF THE 10TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT HAVE BEEN TREMENDOUSLY FORTUNATE TO ENJOY THE REPRESENTATION OF MARK KIRK. IN CONGRESS, MARK KIRK SET THE STANDARD FOR THOUGHTFUL, INDEPENDENT LEADERSHIP. AND HIS CENTRIST PRAGMATISM MIRRORED THE VALUES OF OUR DISTRICT. HIS SUCCESS IS NO SECRET TO ME OR ANYONE WHO FOLLOWED HIS CAREER. MARK KIRK WORKED TIRELESSLY IN ALLERS OF OUR DISTRICT. -- IN ALL AREAS OF OUR DISTRICT. THE 10TH DISTRICT IS A UNIQUE AREA THAT DEMANDS INDEPENDENT LEADERSHIP. . CONGRESSMAN KIRK KNEW THE PEOPLE AND THEIR CONCERNS AND HE KNEW HOW TO TRANSLATE THAT INTO ACTION AND LEGISLATIVE SUCCESSES. TO LOOK AT HIS RECORD OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN THE AREA OF FOREIGN POLICY, DEFENSE, ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, HUMAN RIGHTS, TRANSPORTATION AND ON THE ECONOMY IS TO SEE A REPRESENTATIVE WHO KNOWS WHAT HIS CONSTITUENTS VALUE MOST. HIS RECORD AS A FISCAL CONSERVE AND A SOCIAL MODERATE, -- CONSERVATIVE AND A SOCIAL MODERATE, TO SERVE ACROSS THE AISLE FOR THE BEST IDEAS, THESE ARE THE QUALITIES I HOPE TO CARRY FORWARD AS I BEGIN MY CAREER. I AM HONOR AND FORTUNATE TO CALL NOW SENATOR KIRK A CLOSE FRIEND, A VALUED MENTOR. WE ARE COMFORTED BY THE FACT THAT SENATOR KIRK CONTINUES TO REPRESENT THE STATE OF ILLINOIS AND ALL AMERICANS IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE. AND THE COMMUNITIES OF NORTHERN COOK AND EASTERN LAKE COUNTIES ARE PRIVILEGED TO SHARE HIS TALENTS WITH THE REST OF THE STATE AND THE COUNTRY. LIKE CONGRESSMAN PORTER AND CONGRESSMAN KIRK, I TOO WILL REPRESENT OUR INDEPENDENT-MINDED CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT BY WORKING IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION, BY LISTENING TO ALL PEOPLE FOR THE BEST IDEAS AND BY GOVERNING IN A PRAGMATIC, SENSIBLE MANNER. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DEMAND SOLUTIONS. AND I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT ALL OF US ARE HERE TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF ALL AMERICANS. WHILE WE CAN AND SHOULD DISAGREE AT TIMES, I AM COMMITTED TO THE PRINCIPLES OF OPEN DEBATE, THE FREE EXCHANGE OF IDEAS AND TO CHARITABLEY INTERPRETING AND CONSIDERING OTHER POSITIONS. ALL WITH A COMMON OBJECTIVE, IMPROVING THE LIVES OF AMERICA. TO THAT END I WILL BE A STRONG AND INDEPENDENT FISCAL CONSERVATIVE AND SOCIAL MODERATE. THAT I BELIEVE MATCHES OUR COMMUNITIES' VALUES AND SO ACCURATELY AND VALUEABLY REPRESENTED BEFORE ME BY CONGRESSMAN PORTER AND CONGRESSMAN KIRK. I RAN FOR CONGRESS BECAUSE I WANTED TO GET THIS NATION BACK TO WORK, TO ME THAT CENTERS ON THREE THINGS. JOBS AND JUMP STARTING THE ECONOMY, IRANIANING -- REINING IN THE OUT-OF-CONTROL SPENDING HERE IN WASHINGTON, AND MAKING SURE THAT OUR COUNTRY REMAINS SAFE AND FREE. OUR FIRST PRIORITY IN THIS CONGRESS MUST BE TO HELP ENSURE THAT THE BEST CONDITIONS EXIST TO CREATE GOOD JOBS, HIGH-PAYING AND SECURE JOBS FOR ALL PEOPLE ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. AND TO PRESERVE THOSE THAT ALREADY EXIST, IT'S JOBS FIRST AND FOREMOST. AS I'VE SO OFTEN BEEN REMINDED, THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE NATIONALLY IS 9.4%. IN ILLINOIS IT'S EVEN HIGHER. AND IN CERTAIN COMMUNITIES WITHIN THE 10TH DISTRICT, THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS HIGHER THAN 20% TO. ME THIS IS SIMPLY UNACCEPTABLE WHICH IS WHY -- 20%. TO ME THIS IS SIMPLY UNACCEPTABLE WHICH IS WHY I WILL SUPPORT THE INSTITUTIONS THAT PROVIDE TRAINING TO THE UNEMPLOYED. ON A MORE FUNDAMENTALLY LEVEL, HOWEVER, WE NEED LASER-LIKE FOCUS ON JOB CREATION. THIS MEANS ESTABLISHING CERTAINTY ACROSS AMERICA FOR EMPLOYERS, KEEPING TAXES LOW, MAINTAINING VIGOROUS OVERSIGHT ON FEDERAL REGULATIONS AND EXPANDING OPPORTUNITIES SO THAT BUSINESS MEN AND WOMEN CAN DO WHAT THEY WERE MEANT TO DO, TO INNOVATE, TO PROSPER, TO GROW, TO INVEST AND TO HIRE. WE NEED TO ENSURE THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS NOT MAKING IT MORE DIFFICULT AND MORE COSTLY FOR BUSINESSES TO PUT THE KEY IN THE DOOR AND OPEN UP THEIR BUSINESSES EACH AND EVERY DAY. AS A SMALL BUSINESS OWNER MYSELF, I'M HERE AS PART OF A WAVE OF PEOPLE WHO KNOW FIRSTHAND WHAT IT TAKES TO RUN A COMPANY, TO MEET A PAYROLL AND TO MEET A BUDGET AND TO CREATE JOBS. THIS IS NOT THEORY BUT RATHER THIS IS COMMONSENSE, PROVEN, PRACTICAL APPROACH WHICH WILL GUIDE MY PHILOSOPHIES IN THIS CONGRESS. THIS IS A GREAT AMERICAN PRIORITY. AND WE MUST GET IT RIGHT. NEXT WE MUST TACKLE FEDERAL SPENDING AND GET IT UNDER CONTROL. TO GET OUR FISCAL HOUSE IN ORDER . THERE CAN BE NO GREATER EXAMPLE AS TO THE URGENCY OF THIS MATTER THAN WHAT HAPPENED IN MY HOME STATE OF ILLINOIS THIS LAST WEEK. DURING THE FINAL HOURS OF THE STATE'S LEGISLATIVE SESSION LAST WEDNESDAY, ILLINOIS STATE LAWMAKERS PASSED A MASSIVE STATE INCOME TAX INCREASE TO MAKE UP FOR THE STATE'S RAMPANT, UNCHECKED SPENDING. WITH A 66% INCREASE IN PERSONAL INCOME TAX RATE AND CORPORATE INCOME TAX RATES ALSO RISING DRAMATICALLY, FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES IN ILLINOIS ARE BEING PUNISHED BECAUSE THE POLITICIANS CANNOT CONTROL THEMSELVES AND THE SPENDING. THIS ACTS AS A HUGE ADDITIONAL BURDEN WITH NO MEANINGFUL STATE COMMITMENT TO CUT SPENDING. THIS IS DEVASTATING FOR JOB CREATION IN A STATE THAT SO DESPERATELY NEEDS IT. WE NEED TO ENCOURAGE JOB CREATION AND THIS WILL ONLY INCREASE THE TREND OF EMPLOYERS NOT HIRING, LAYING OFF AND POTENTIALLY EVEN LEAVING THE STATE. I WILL WORK HARD TO MAKE SURE THAT THE 10TH DISTRICT, AMERICAN FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES ARE NOT PUT IN A SIMILAR POSITION, CRIPPLING THEMSELVES HERE AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL. AND THAT WORK BEGINS IMMEDIATELY. TOMORROW AFTERNOON THIS HOUSE WILL VOTE ON HEALTH CARE REFORM. AN AREA WHERE I THINK LAST YEAR WE MISSED A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY. LAST YEAR'S HEALTH CARE OVERHAUL ADDRESSED ACCESS TO INSURANCE BUT IT FAILED TO ADDRESS COST OR QUALITY OF HEALTH CARE. EARLIER TODAY I HELD AN EVENT IN MY DISTRICT IN VERNON HILLS TO HIGHLIGHT YET ONE SMALL VERY SMALL SECTION IN THIS LEGISLATION, ONE THAT WILL HAVE A DEVASTATING IMPACT ON BUSINESSES. THE NEW 1099 RULES. THIS PROVISION WILL UNFAIRLY BURDEN SMALL BUSINESSES WITH MOUNDS OF PAPERWORK AND COMPLIANCE FEES AND WILL CERTAINLY HINDER THE ECONOMY AT THE WORST POSSIBLE TIME. FORTUNATELY I BELIEVE THAT MOST IN THIS BODY SEE THE WISDOM IN CORRECTING THIS TERRIBLE LEGISLATIVE MISTAKE. I AM PROUD TO BE A CO-SPONSOR OF THIS BILL, TO REPEAL THESE UNWORKABLE AND UNNECESSARY AND UNPRODUCTIVE 1099 RULES. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH BOTH REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS TO KEEP THIS LEGISLATION SIMPLE AND TO PASS IT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. NOW WHEN WE LOOK AT HEALTH CARE THERE ARE CERTAINLY SOME GOOD AS EXPECTS OF THIS LAW. THE COVERAGE OF PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS, FOR ONE THAT SHOULD BE STRONGLY CONSIDERED. GOING FORWARD THERE IS ALSO KEEPING CHILDREN ON YOUR INSURANCE UNTIL THEY'RE 26. BUT THERE'S A LOT, PLENTY, THAT NEEDS TO BE CORRECTED. AND WE NEED TO PUT A BETTER SYSTEM IN PLACE. I FIRM PLI BELIEVE THAT AFFORDABLE AND -- I FIRMLY BELIEVE THAT AFFORDABLE AND ACCESSIBLE HEALTH CARE IS A VITAL ISSUE AND WE NEED TO MAKE SURE IT'S AVAILABLE TO ALL AMERICANS BUT WE NEED TO BE TAKING -- TALKING ABOUT MEANINGFUL MALPRACTICE REFORM, INTERSTATE COMPETITION, CONSUMER-DRIVEN CARE AND TAX BREAKS FOR INDIVIDUALS TO PURCHASE INSURANCE ON THEIR OWN, JUST LIKE BUSINESSES HAVE TODAY. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVED BETTER, THEY DESERVE HEALTH CARE REFORM THAT PASSES THE HOUSE WITH BROAD BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. ONE OF THE REASONS FOR THE MAJOR PLAWS -- FLAWS IN THIS HEALTH CARE LAW IS THAT BROAD, BIPARTISAN COOPERATION DID NOT HAPPEN. RATHER THAN THE -- RATHER THE LAW CAME OUT OF A PROCESS WHERE IDEAS WERE IGNORED. WE CANNOT AFFORD ANOTHER MISSED OPPORTUNITY. AS SUCH I INVITE ALL MEMBERS OF THIS CONGRESS, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS, TO REACH ACROSS PARTY LINES SO THAT WE CAN PRODUCE THE BEST BILL WITH THE BEST IDEAS FOR THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. IN THAT SPIRIT IN S MY INTENT TO INTRODUCE A PRACTICAL INTERN TO THE CURRENT HEAMENT CARE LAW. IT WILL REDUCE HEALTH CARE COSTS AND WILL GUARANTEE THAT THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT COME BETWEEN A DECISION YOU MAKE WITH YOUR DOCTOR. IT WILL ADDRESS MALPRACTICE REFORM AND ALLOW ANY INDIVIDUAL WHO FINDS A PLAN THAT BETTER SUITS THEM ANYWHERE IN OUR NATION TO BE ABLE TO PURCHASE IT. IT IS CRITICAL THAT WE MOVE FORWARD IN THIS -- IN THIS AREA OF HEALTH CARE REFORM SO WE CAN HAVE THE BEST SYSTEM POSSIBLE. ONE THAT WORKS FOR ALL AMERICANS. THIS IS A SENTIMENT THAT I HAVE CONSISTENTLY HEARD IN COMMUNITIES ALL ACROSS THE 10TH DISTRICT. ANOTHER CONCERN I HEAR ALL OVER OUR DISTRICT AND A MAJOR PRIORITY OF MINE IS TO KEEP OUR NATION'S -- OUR NATION SAFE AND FREE. THE 10TH DISTRICT IS FORTUNATE TO HAVE A TRADITION OF CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP ON NATIONAL DEFENSE AND FOREIGN AFFAIRS. AND I LOOK FORWARD TO STEPPING FORWARD IN THIS AREA. I WILL ALWAYS BE FOCUSED ON KEEPING OUR NATION STRONG AND FREE. AND IT WILL BE AN HONOR TO WORK TO SUPPORT THE INCREDIBLE MEN AND WOMEN WHO WEAR OUR NATION'S UNIFORM IN SERVICE. ON A MORE LOCAL LEVEL, I WILL BE AN ADVOCATE FOR OUR VETERANS AS THEY RETURN HOME AND BECOME ACQUAINTED WITH THE BEAUTIFUL CAPTAIN JAMES A. LEVEL HEALTH CENTER IN NORTH CHICAGO. THIS IS THE FIRST FULLY INTEGRATED FEDERAL HEALTH CENTER BETWEEN THE V.A. AND THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AND WE OWE A TREMENDOUS DEBT OF GRATITUDE TO SENATORS KIRK AND DURBIN, ALONG WITH MANY OTHERS, FOR BRINGING IT TO THE O'TO OUR COMMUNITY. THIS FACILITY SHOWS OUR COMMITMENT TO THOSE WHO SERVE BUT IT ALSO SHOWS AND SERVES AS A REMINDER OF THE SACRIFICE REQUIRED TO PROTECT AMERICAN FREEDOMS. CURRENTLY I BELIEVE IRAN'S PURSUIT OF A NUCLEAR WEAPON TO BE THE BIGGEST THREAT TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. AND TO OUR DEMOCRATIC ALLIES ABROAD. THE SANCTIONS THAT CONGRESS PASSED LAST YEAR ARE CLEARLY HAVING AN IMPACT ON THE IRANIAN REGIME BUT I BELIEVE THAT WE CANNOT REST UNTIL THE IRANIAN NUCLEAR THREAT IS AFFIRMATIVELY AND EFFECTIVELY DISMANTLED. I PLEDGE TO AGGRESSIVELY MONITOR DEVELOPMENTS IN THIS AREA AND SEARCH FOR WAYS WHICH I CAN HELP IN CONGRESS BECAUSE A NUCLEAR-ARMED IRAN IS SIMPLY UNACCEPTABLE. IN MY MIND, ONE OF THE BEST WAYS TO COMBAT THIS IRANIAN THREAT IS A STRONG U.S.-ISRAEL RELATIONSHIP. I TRAVELED TO ISRAEL THIS PAST YEAR IN ORDER TO SEE FIRSTHAND THE SECURITY CHALLENGES THE UNITED STATES AND ISRAEL CURRENTLY FACE TOGETHER IN THE MIDDLE EAST. AS SUCH I FULLY UNDERSTAND WHY A STRONG U.S.-ISRAEL RELATIONSHIP IS CRITICAL FOR THE UNITED STATES AND I LOOK FORWARD TO USING MY VOICE HERE IN CONGRESS TO CONTINUE TO ADVOCATE FOR ITS STRENGTHENING. FINALLY I'D LIKE TO TURN TO TWO AREAS THAT ARE PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT TO ME AND TO THE PEOPLE OF MY DISTRICT. EDUCATION AND THE ENVIRONMENT. I BELIEVE THAT EDUCATION IS A BUILDING BLOCK FOR A PROSPEROUS AMERICA OF TOMORROW. WE MUST ENCOURAGE SCHOOLS TO PREPARE OUR STUDENTS FOR SUCCESS IN THE JOBS OUR MODERN ECONOMY DEMANDS. AND I'M CONFIDENT IN THE ABILITY OF OUR LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS TO PREPARE OUR STUDENTS APPROPRIATELY. I DO BELIEVE A ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL MODEL SOMETIMIES INNOVATION AND -- STIMIES INNOVATION AND EDUCATION. WE MUST GIVE MORE AUTHORITY AND CONTROL TO LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS. HOWEVER WE MUST NOT ALLOW UNFUNDED FEDERAL MANDATES AND PROGRAMS TO GET IN THE WAY OF OUR LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS PROVIDING HIGH QUALITY EDUCATION. AS A SCOUT, A BOY SCOUT AND A SCOUT MASTER, I WAS TAUGHT BY MY SCOUT MASTERS, LEE, CHARLIE AND ARTIE, TO LOVE THE OUT OF DOORS AND NATURE. IN NORTHEASTERN ILLINOIS WE ARE FORTUNATE TO HAVE STEWARDS OF ONE OF THE GREATEST NATURAL RESOURCES IN THE WORLD. LAKE MICHIGAN. WITH 26 MILES OF LAKE MICHIGAN SHORELINE, THE 10TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT ENJOYS TREMENDOUS BENEFITS FROM ITS PRECIOUS RESOURCES. WE HAVE AN IMPORTANT OBLIGATION TO PRESERVE AND PROTECT THIS GREAT NATURAL RESOURCE THAT IS VITAL TO THE 10TH DISTRICT AND TO THE ENTIRE UNITED STATES FROM DRINKING WATER TO RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES I WILL WORK DILIGENTLY TO PROTECT THE LAKE, TO IMPROVE HER WATER QUALITY. I WILL ALSO WORK WITH LOCAL, STATE AND FEDERAL PARTIES TO CLEAN UP WAUKEGAN HARBOR AND DELIST THIS WONDERFUL RESOURCE AS AN AREA OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERN ONCE AND FOR ALL. FOCUSING ON JOBS IN THE ECONOMY, REINING IN FEDERAL SPENDING AND KEEPING OUR NATION SAFE AND FREE AND WORKING TO STRENGTHEN OUR NATION'S HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM AND OUR ENVIRONMENT, THESE ARE MAJOR LEGISLATIVE GOALS FOR THE 112TH CONGRESS AND IN THE TRADITION OF THOSE WHO WOULD SERVE THE PEOPLE OF CHICAGO'S NORTH AND NORTHWEST SUBURBS BEFORE ME, I LOOK TO BE A VOICE OF PRAGMATIC, CENTRIST IDEAS, SOMEONE WHO LISTENS TO ALL PEOPLE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE AND LOOKSES FOR -- LOOKS FOR WAYS THAT WE CAN WORK TOGETHER TO BEST SERVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AS A FISCAL CONSERVATIVE AND A SOCIAL MODERATE, I'M A FIRM BELIEVER IN SMALLER GOVERNMENT. THIS WILL GUIDE MY SERVICE IN THIS HOUSE. I HAVE SOME VERY LARGE SHOES TO FILL BUT IT IS MY PROMISE THAT I WILL REPRESENT THIS OFFICE WITH DIGNITY, DISTINCTION, HONOR AND ABOVE ALL INTEGRITY. I THANK THE PEOPLE OF THE 10TH DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE THEM, I WILL NEVER FORGET WHY I AM HERE OR WHO I AM HERE TO REPRESENT. THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 08:14:23 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 5, 2011, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. GARAMENDI, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MINORITY LEADER.

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  • 08:14:59 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    THIS OPPORTUNITY TO DISCUSS THIS EVENING HEALTH CARE. BUT BEFORE I GET TO…

    THIS OPPORTUNITY TO DISCUSS THIS EVENING HEALTH CARE. BUT BEFORE I GET TO HEALTH CARE, I WAS NOTIFIED EARLY THIS AFTERNOON THAT A VERY UNIQUE, ICONIC AMERICAN HAD DIED TODAY. SERGEANT SHRIVER IS NO LONGER WITH US. THIS INDIVIDUAL HAS HAD AN IMPACT ON AMERICA AND THE WORLD AROUND US THAT WILL LAST FOR CENTURIES. HE LITERALLY CREATED THE UNITED STATES PEACE CORPS. THE IDEA WAS DEVELOPED BY HE AND HIS BROTHER-IN-LAW, J.F.K., AND PUT INTO EFFECT IN THE FIRST YEAR OF THE JACK KENNEDY THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS HAVE JOINED THE PEACE CORPS IN THE ENSUING YEARS. FOR MY WIFE AND I, IT CHANGED OUR LIFE AND THE PATH UPON WHICH WE TRAVELED. WE WERE THE THIRD ITERATION OF THE PEACE CORPS. WE SERVED IN A VILLAGE OUT IN SOUTHWESTERN ETHIOPIA AND PUT IN PLACE IN OUR LIVES THE VISION THAT WE COULD AND SHOULD CONTINUE TO SERVE. WE'RE NOT ALONE. THOUSANDS AFFECTED BY PEACE CORPS HERE IN THIS NATION FOUND THAT SAME MISSION OF BEING ALIVE OF SERVICE. IN THE 1990'S, HE RETURNED ONCE AGAIN TO ASSIST THE PEACE CORPS AS THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION TOOK THE REBUILDING AND EXPANSION OF THE PEACE CORPS. MY WORK WAS WORKING AS THE SOCIETY DIRECTOR. THEY AND THE OTHER STAFF OPENED THE PEACE CORPS TO THE FORMER SOVIET UNION NATIONS, EASTERN EUROPE AND BEYOND AND ALSO TO SOUTH AFRICA. IT WAS A PERIOD OF GROWTH AND ONCE AGAIN IT WAS A PERIOD IN WHICH THE SHRIVER ENTHUSIASM AND DETERMINATION TO REACH OUT TO EVERYONE IN THIS WORLD SO THEY COULD HAVE A BETTER LIFE WAS CREATED -- THESE OPPORTUNITIES. WE MOURN HIS PASSAGE. OUR PRAYERS GO OUT TO HIS FAMILY AND TO REMIND ALL OF US THAT WE, TOO, AND IN ANY WAY POSSIBLE, SHOULD BE SERVING OUR FELLOW MAN. WE MISS YOU. AND WE KNOW THAT AMERICA AND MILLIONS OF PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD THAT WERE AFFECTED BY YOUR PROGRAMS WILL MISS YOU ALSO. LET ME NOW TURN TO ANOTHER ISSUE THAT AFFECTS EVERY AMERICAN, THERE WELL-BEING, THEIR LIVES, THEIR ABILITY TO GET THE CARE THAT THEY NEED WHEN THEY HAVE HEALTH CARE PROBLEMS. ON THIS FLOOR TODAY, WE BEGAN THE DEBATE OF THE REPEAL OF THE AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE ACT. AN EXTRAORDINARY LAW THAT WILL AFFECT EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US IN THIS NATION AND AS IT AFFECTS US, IT WILL AFFECT PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD BECAUSE IT WILL FINALLY JOIN THE OTHER INDUSTRIALIZED NATIONS IN THE WORLD AND PROVIDE HEALTH CARE TO ALL OF OUR PEOPLE, NOT JUST THOSE WHO ARE FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO BE EMPLOYED BY AN EMPLOYER WHO HAS FOUND IT USEFUL, WISE OR EVEN CORRECT TO PROVIDE HEALTH CARE FOR THEIR EMPLOYEES, BUT FOR THOSE INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE NOT SO FORTUNATE TO BE WITH AN EMPLOYER THAT DOES NOT PROVIDE HEALTH CARE AND FOR THOSE WHO ARE UNEMPLOYED. THIS IS AN EXTREMELY IMPORTANT DEBATE GOING ON HERE ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE. IT'S A DEBATE ABOUT ALL OF OUR LIVES. IT WAS ESTIMATED BEFORE THIS LAW, SOME 30,000 TO 40,000 AMERICANS EVERY YEAR LOST THEIR LIFE BECAUSE THEY DID NOT HAVE HEALTH CARE. IT WAS TOO LATE FOR THEM TO GET THEIR BLOOD PRESSURE UNDER CONTROL, IT WAS TOO LATE FOR THEM TO DEAL WITH A DIABETIC SITUATION OR THEIR CANCER HAD RUN ITS COURSE SO IT WAS NOT TREATABLE. 30,000 TO 40,000 AMERICANS EVERY YEAR. THAT'S NOT THE WAY AMERICA SHOULD BE. WE SHOULD BE PROVIDING INSURANCE TO ALL AMERICANS. ON THE FLOOR TODAY, THE DEBATE COMMENCED AND I WAS PLEASED AND A BIT CURIOUS TO HEAR MY COLLEAGUES ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE TALK ABOUT THE REPEAL AND REPLACE. AND AS THEY TALKED ABOUT WHAT THEY WOULD REPLACE, I BEGAN TO SAY, EXCUSE ME, WAIT A MINUTE, WHAT YOU'RE REPLACING IS ALREADY THE LAW IN AMERICA. THE HEALTH CARE BILL THAT BECAME LAW THIS YEAR DEALS WITH EVERY AMERICAN FROM BIRTH THROUGH THEIR SCHOOL YEARS, THROUGH THEIR YEARS AS BUILDING A FAMILY, IN THEIR EMPLOYMENT AND THROUGH THEIR RETIREMENT. IT DEALS WITH THE ENTIRE CYCLE OF LIFE BY PROVIDING THE OPPORTUNITY FOR HEALTH INSURANCE, IMPROVED HEALTH INSURANCE AT EVERY STAGE OF LIFE. LET ME SHOW YOU HOW IT WORKS. IT'S THE PATIENTS' BILL OF RIGHTS. WHICH HE APPARENTLY, OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES, WANT TO REPEAL. THE PATIENTS' BILL OF RIGHTS IS A FUNDAMENTAL REFORM OF THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY. I WAS INSURANCE COMMISSIONER FOR EIGHT YEARS IN CALIFORNIA AND I UNDERSTAND THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY VERY, VERY WELL, AND IT'S ABOUT PROFIT. ALL TOO OFTEN THE HEALTH INSURANCE INDUSTRY PUTS PEOPLE BEFORE PROFIT -- ACTUALLY THE WAY AROUND, PROFIT BEFORE PEOPLE. SO IN DOING SO, THEY DENY COVERAGE. THE PATIENTS' BILL OF RIGHTS GOES DIRECTLY TO THIS ISSUE OF INSURANCE COMPANIES PUTTING PROFIT BEFORE PEOPLE. LET ME SHOW YOU WHERE THIS WORKS. CHILDREN, MY VERY FIRST SPEECH ON THE FLOOR AS THE HEALTH CARE DEBATE CAME UP IN 2009, IN NOVEMBER OF 2009, I SPOKE TO AN INDIVIDUAL, A FRIEND OF OURS WHO LIVES HERE IN WASHINGTON, WHOSE CHILD WAS BORN WITH A VERY SERIOUS KIDNEY PROBLEM. THE MOTHER WAS COVERED BY INSURANCE THROUGH THE PREGNANCY, THROUGH THE DELIVERY. THE CHILD, THE MOMENT IT WAS DISCOVERED THAT THIS CHILD HAD THIS PRE-EXISTING KIDNEY AILMENT, THEY DROPPED THE COVERAGE ON THE CHILD. THE FAMILY STRUGGLED AND CONTINUES TO STRUGGLE TO PROVIDE CARE FOR THAT CHILD. LIMPING ALONG, TRYING TO GET THE MONEY TOGETHER FOR THE NEXT PROCEDURE TO PROVIDE THE SERVICES THAT ARE NECESSARY KS -- THE TRANSPLANT, ALL OF THOSE THINGS SHOULD HAVE BEEN COVERED BY INSURANCE. WITH THE INSURANCE COMPANY PUTTING PROFIT BEFORE COVERAGE, THEY DENIED COVERAGE. THE PATIENTS' BILL OF RIGHTS STOPS THAT AND SAYS EVERY CHILD HAS THE RIGHT TO COVERAGE, NO LONGER DISCRIMINATION THAT TOOK PLACE HERE WITH MY FRIEND'S FAMILY. YOUNG ADULTS, I HAPPEN TO HAVE SIX YOUNG ADULTS, ALL OF WHOM PASSED THE AGE OF 23 AND WHEN THEIR COVERAGE STOPPED WAS THE SCARY TIME FOR US AND IT IS FOR EVERY FAMILY. AT THE AGE OF 23, INSURANCE COMPANIES WERE ALLOWED TO DROP PATIENTS' COVERAGE. AND IF YOU ARE A 23-YEAR-OLD AND YOU HAVE ANY KIND OF A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION, YOU'RE OUT OF LUCK. THE PATIENTS' BILL OF RIGHTS GUARANTEES THAT THAT YOUNG MAN OR WOMAN WILL GET COVERAGE UNTIL THE AGE OF 26 AND IF THEY HAVE A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION, THAT CAN NO LONGER BE A REASON TO DENY COVERAGE. PATIENTS' BILL OF RIGHTS WOULD BE REPEALED BY THE PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT WILL BE BROUGHT TO THIS FLOOR TOMORROW. IF YOU ARE A WOMAN, YOU HAVE A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION. IT'S CALLED BEING A FEMALE. AND ROUTINELY AND I HAVE SEEN THIS DURING MY TENURE AS INSURANCE COMMISSIONER, ROUTINELY, THEY WOULD DENY COVERAGE BECAUSE YOU ARE A WOMAN AND MIGHT GET PREGNANT OR ANY NUMBER OF CONDITIONS. THAT WILL NO LONGER BE THE CASE. IF YOU HAPPEN TO HAVE CANCER, YOU CANNOT BE DENIED COVERAGE. THE PATIENTS' BILL OF RIGHTS PROTECTS EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN WHEN IT COMES TO GETTING INSURANCE AND KEEPING INSURANCE. MANY OTHER PROVISIONS ARE IN THIS BILL. AND I FIND IT ASTOUNDING THAT OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE WOULD REPEAL THE PATIENTS' BILL OF RIGHTS AND LITERALLY OPEN EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN UP TO THE GROSS DISCRIMINATION THAT THE INSURANCE COMPANIES HAVE HOISTED UPON AMERICANS FOR DECADES, PUTTING PROFITS BEFORE PEOPLE. THERE ARE MANY OTHER PARTS TO THE PATIENTS' BILL OF RIGHTS, BUT I WANT TO TAKE A MOMENT AND INVITE TO THIS CONVERSATION MY COLLEAGUE FROM THE GREAT STATE OF NEW JERSEY, FRANK PALLONE, WHO HAS BEEN FIGHTING THIS FIGHT FOR DECADES, BOTH AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS AND AS A CONCERNED CITIZEN. MR. PALLONE, IF YOU COULD SHARE WITH US YOUR THOUGHTS AND EXPERIENCES AND WE'LL CONTINUE ON WITH THIS DISCUSSION.

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  • 08:24:41 PM

    MR. PALLONE

    CRUSH JOBS.

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    MR. PALLONE

    CRUSH JOBS. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THAT THE BILL ACTUALLY DECREASES THE…

    CRUSH JOBS. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THAT THE BILL ACTUALLY DECREASES THE DEFICIT BY $230 BILLION SO YOU WOULD BE INCREASING THE DEFICIT IF YOU REPEALED THE BILL. AND WITH REGARD TO JOBS, I MEAN, LOOK, IF YOU THINK ABOUT WHAT'S IN THE BILL, BECAUSE EVERYBODY GETS COVERAGE, YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE A LOT MORE HEALTH PROFESSIONALS AND THAT CREATES JOBS. BECAUSE PREMIUMS WILL STABILIZE, EMPLOYERS WON'T HAVE THE DOUBLE-DIGIT INFLATION THAT COMES AND MAKES IT HARDER FOR THEM TO HIRE PEOPLE. THE FACT THAT YOUR PREMIUMS STABILIZE MAKES IT EASIER. AND WE HAVE ALL KINDS OF FUNDING FOR RESEARCH AT LABS AND HOSPITALS AND INSTITUTIONS AROUND THE COUNTRY. SO IT CREATES JOBS IS THE BOTTOM LINE. BUT I WOULD LIKE TO GO BACK TO WHERE I STARTED FROM AND THEN I'LL YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN AND THAT IS, MOST PEOPLE SAY TO ME, WHY ARE THE REPUBLICANS DOING THIS? LET THIS BILL KICK IN. LET US GET TO THE POINT WHERE EVERYONE IS COVERED AND SEE HOW IT WORKS. WE KNOW THE SENATE ISN'T GOING TO PASS THE REPEAL AND THE PRESIDENT ISN'T GOING TO SIGN THE REPEAL. RATHER THAN TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WAYS TO CREATE JOBS, WE JUST DEBATE THIS FOR ANOTHER WEEK, FOR NO PURPOSE OTHER THAN A WASTE OF TIME. I

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  • 08:30:38 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    IF IT'S ABOUT JOBS THEN WHY ARE WE DOING ALL OF THIS? IT'S INTERESTING TO…

    IF IT'S ABOUT JOBS THEN WHY ARE WE DOING ALL OF THIS? IT'S INTERESTING TO NOTE, AND I HEARD THIS DEBATE EARLIER ON THE FLOOR HERE, THAT THIS IS A JOB CRUSHER, TO BE POLITICALLY CORRECT NOW. AND THAT BUSINESSES ARE GOING TO LOSE JOBS. WHEN IN FACT SINCE THE BILL BECAME LAW, OVER 932,000 PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS HAVE BEEN CREATED. SO THERE'S NO EVIDENCE IN THE LARGE JOB MARKET THAT THIS LEGISLATION, THE HEALTH CARE REFORM, HAS HARMED JOBS, CRUSHED JOBS. HASN'T HAPPENED. IN FACT, NEARLY A MILLION NEW JOBS HAVE BEEN CREATED, 932,000. IN ADDITION TO THAT, THIS IS AN EXTREMELY IMPORTANT BILL FOR SMALL BUSINESSES. THIS BILL, AS YOU SAID, ACTUALLY SUBSIDIZES THE COST OF HEALTH CARE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES. IF YOU HAVE LESS THAN 50 EMPLOYEES YOU CAN GET A SUBSIDY UP TO 35% FOR BUYING HEALTH CARE FOR YOUR EMPLOYEES. AND IF YOU DON'T WANT TO BUY HEALTH CARE, YOU DON'T HAVE TO IF YOU HAVE LESS THAN 50 EMPLOYEES. SO I'M GOING, I DON'T UNDERSTAND THIS DEBATE ABOUT SMALL BUSINESSES BEING HARMED. IN FACT, THE KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION HAS SHOWN THAT IN THE LAST YEAR, PROBABLY AS A RESULT OF THIS BILL, THAT'S THEIR CONCLUSION, THE NUMBER OF SMALL BUSINESSES PROVIDING HEALTH INSURANCE HAS GROWN FROM 46% TO 59%.

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  • 08:32:21 PM

    MR. PALLONE

    IF THE GENTLEMAN WOULD YIELD. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I WANTED TO POINT OUT…

    IF THE GENTLEMAN WOULD YIELD. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I WANTED TO POINT OUT AND I'M GOING TO CERTAINLY TALK ABOUT, I'LL TALK ABOUT IT MORE A LITTLE TONIGHT, MY COMMITTEE, THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, TODAY PUT OUT A REPORT ESSENTIALLY THAT TALKS ABOUT THE IMPACT OF REPEALING THE HEALTH CARE REFORM LAW IN EACH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. DISTRICT BY DISTRICT. AND I HAVE THE INFORMATION ON MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, THE SIXTH OF NEW JERSEY, THAT TALKS ABOUT THE TAX CREDITS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES AND IT SAYS IN THIS REPORT THAT THE HEALTH REFORM LAW PROVIDES TAX CREDITS TO SMALL BUSINESSES WORTH UP TO 35% OF THE COSTS OF PROVIDING HEALTH INSURANCE. THERE ARE UP TO 18,200 SMALL BUSINESSES IN MY DISTRICT ALONE THAT ARE ELIGIBLE FOR THE TAX CREDIT. AND OF COURSE REPEAL WOULD FORCE THESE SMALL BUSINESSES TO DROP COVERAGE OR BARE THE FULL COST OF COVERAGE THEMSELVES -- BEAR THE FULL COST OF COVERAGE THEMSELVES. EVERY SMALL BUSINESS I KNOW WANTS TO PROVIDE COVERAGE, IT'S JUST A QUESTION OF WHETHER THEY CAN AFFORD TO DO IT. 18,200 SMALL BUSINESSES IN MY DISTRICT ALONE WOULD BENEFIT FROM IT AND WOULD LOSE THAT IF WE REPEALED THE BILL.

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  • 08:33:31 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    IF THE GENTLEMAN WOULD YIELD BACK. THAT IS SIMILAR IN EVERY DISTRICT,…

    IF THE GENTLEMAN WOULD YIELD BACK. THAT IS SIMILAR IN EVERY DISTRICT, REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT, ACROSS THE NATION. THE NUMBER OF SMALL BUSINESSES MAY VARY DISTRICT FROM DISTRICT BUT THE POINT IS EVERY SMALL BUSINESS HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO REDUCE BY MORE THAN 1/3 THE COST OF HEALTH CARE BY SIMPLY PROVIDING HEALTH CARE. AND THAT WILL GROW TO 50% IN JUST THREE YEARS. IT CLIMBS UP 35% AND THEN 50% IN 2014. AND IN 2014 EVERY STATE WILL HAVE AN EXCHANGE, AN INSURANCE MARKETPLACE WHERE SMALL BUSINESSES, INDIVIDUALS, CAN BUY HEALTH INSURANCE ON A MARKETPLACE THAT TALKS ABOUT THE QUALITY AND THE COST SO THERE'S COMPETITION. ONCE AGAIN, WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO REPEAL THAT? WHERE INDIVIDUALS CAN'T SHOP FOR HEALTH INSURANCE IN A COMPETITIVE MARKET? WE TALK ABOUT COMPETITION HERE, WELL, LET'S LET IT HAPPEN. RIGHT NOW IT DOESN'T REALLY OCCUR BECAUSE MANY INSURANCE COMPANIES DON'T COMPETE. THERE ARE MANY, MANY ASPECTS OF THIS, I NOTICE THAT OUR FRIEND FROM TENNESSEE, THE GREAT STATE OF TENNESSEE, HAS JOINED US, MR. COHEN, IF YOU'LL -- WHAT'S GOING ON IN TENNESSEE? DO THEY WANT TO REPEAL THIS? DO THEY REALLY WANT TO DO AWAY WITH THE PATIENTS' BILL OF RIGHTS, THE PREVENTATIVE CARE THAT SENIORS ARE ABLE TO GET UNDER THIS BILL, THE CLOSING OF THE DOUGHNUT HOLE, IS THAT WHAT THE TENNESSEE FOLKS WANT?

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  • 08:34:52 PM

    MR. COHEN

    YOU, SIR. I DON'T THINK SO. AND THE TIDE HAS BEEN TURNING. THE NATIONAL…

    YOU, SIR. I DON'T THINK SO. AND THE TIDE HAS BEEN TURNING. THE NATIONAL POLLS WHICH I THINK ARE REFLECTIVE OF TENNESSEE AT LEAST IN PERCENTAGE BASIS HAVE SHOWN THAT IT'S GONE FROM 10 POINTS UP ON PEOPLE THAT WANT TO REPEAL THIS BILL TO WHERE IT'S EVEN. THERE'S MANY PEOPLE -- AS MANY PEOPLE FOR IT AS AGAINST IT IN THIS COUNTRY. THERE'S BEEN A 10-POINT SWITCH IN THE LAST TWO WEEKS AS PEOPLE HAVE LOOKED AT THE POSSIBILITIES OF THE REPEAL OF THE LAW AND SEEN THE BENEFITS. WHAT I THOUGHT ABOUT, MR. GARAMENDI, I WAS IN NEW YORK, NEW YORK CITY ABOUT TWO WEEKS AGO, AND I WENT IN THE TIME WARNER BUILDING AND THEY HAD AN EXHIBIT THERE OF SALVADOR DALI, SURREAL. THINGS LOOKING OUT OF SPACE. STRANGE, STRANGE PICTURES AND THOUGHTS. AND IT'S HARD TO THINK OF THIS CONGRESS AND THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY THAT'S COME IN TRYING TO REPEAL A BILL THAT'S GOING TO BECOME AS POPULAR ONCE IT GETS IMPLEMENTED AS SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICAID AND MEDICARE HAVE OVER THE YEARS THAT THEY ARE SO OUT OF TOUCH WITH AMERICA TODAY AND ITS NEEDS AND THE FUTURE BECAUSE WHILE THIS MAY SEEM TO BE IMPORTANT TO THE MINORITY, THE TAIL WAGGING THE DOG IN THAT PARTY, THE TEA PARTY, THAT'S WAGGING THE DOG SAYING, REPEAL HEALTH CARE, THE FACT IS DOWN THE LINE PEOPLE ARE GOING TO EMBRACE THIS BILL LIKE THEY EMBRACED THE GREAT SOCIETY'S MEDICAID AND MEDICARE. AND THE NEW DEAL'S SOCIAL SECURITY. AND IT'S GOING TO BE A SHORT-TERM POSSIBLE VICTORY BUT A LONG-TERM DEFEAT AND THE MY OPENIA OF THE OTHER SIDE, LET ALONE THE HYPOCRISY OF SOME OF ITS MEMBERS, IS HARD TO FATHOM. BUT YOU CAN ONLY SEE IT THROUGH THE EYES OF SALVADOR DALI, BECAUSE OBVIOUSLY THEY ARE SALVADOR DALI AND THEY'RE SAYING THINGS IN A SURREAL WAY. THE NONPARTISAN, BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE SAYS IT'S GOING TO COST US $230 BILLION THE FIRST DECADE AND $1.2 TRILLION THEREAFTER AND THEY SAY, WELL THEY CAN HAVE THEIR OPINION. THOSE ARE FACTS. THOSE ARE NONPARTISAN FACTS THAT PEOPLE WE HIRE TO GIVE US THE TRUTH AND THEY DON'T LIKE THE TRUTH SO THEY SUM MARLE DISMISS IT. THEY SAY IT'S A GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF HEALTH CARE, A BIG LIE, JUST LIKE GOBALS. YOU SAY IT ENOUGH, YOU REPEAL THE LIE, YOU REPEAT THE LIE AND EVENTUALLY PEOPLE BELIEVE IT. LIKE BLOOD LIABLE. THAT'S THE SAME KIND OF THING -- BLOOD LIBEL. THAT'S THE SAME KIND OF THING. THE GERMANS SAID ENOUGH ABOUT THE JEWS AND PEOPLE BELIEVE ITED -- BELIEVED IT AND YOU HAD THE HOLOCAUST. WE HEARD ON THIS FLOOR, GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF HEALTH CARE. THE BIGGEST LIE OF 2010 WAS GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF HEALTH CARE BECAUSE THERE IS NO GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER. IT'S INSURANCE. I LOOK AT MY FACEBOOK REGULARLY AND I'VE GOT SOME PEOPLE I COMMUNICATE WITH ON IT, ON DIFFERENT ISSUES ON FACEBOOK. I RESPOND TO THEM, WHETHER THEY TAKE MY SIDE OR NOT, OBVIOUSLY, AND ONE LADY HAS BEEN CONSTANTLY TALKING NEGATIVELY ABOUT HEALTH CARE AND I'LL RESPOND AND SHE KEEPS GOING ON WITH THE LINE THAT OBVIOUSLY SHE HEARS THAT SHE'S TAKEN AS HER MANTRA AND THAT IS THAT THIS IS A GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF HEALTH CARE. WELL, SHE'S DRUNKEN THE COOL AID AND THAT'S JUST NOT TRUE. WE HEARD IN AUGUST OF 2009 THAT THERE WERE DEATH PANELS AND KILLING GRANDMOTHER. EVERYBODY AGREES NOW THAT IS A BIG LIE. JUST LIKE GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF HEALTH SCARE A BIG LIE. -- CARE IS A BIG LIE. AND IT'S AMAZING THE LIES DENYING THE EFFECT ON THE DEFICIT. CLAIMING IT'S A GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER. CLAIMING THERE WERE DEATH PANELS. THIS LADY ON MY FACEBOOK PAGE TALKED ABOUT THE FACT THAT IT WAS GOING TO TAKE INSURANCE COMPANIES OUT AND THERE WAS A PUBLIC OPTION. WELL, THERE IS NO PUBLIC OPTION. AND EXCHANGES AREN'T A PUBLIC OPTION BUT THE EXCHANGES ARE PRIVATE INSURANCE WHERE PEOPLE CAN COME TOGETHER AND GET BETTER RATES THAT THEY COULDN'T GET IF THEY WERE DEALING AS INDIVIDUALS ON THE OPEN MARKET. PEOPLE DON'T UNDERSTAND AND IF YOU READ PAUL CLUBMAN TODAY AND YESTERDAY, TODAY IN MEMPHIS, WE GET IT A DAY LATE, BUT YESTERDAY IN "THE NEW YORK TIMES," HE TALKED ABOUT THE ERRORS IN ARITHMETIC, BASICALLY THE LIES THAT ARE BEING PUT OUT ABOUT HOW IT WILL EFFECT THE BUDGET. AND HE WHO IS ONLY A NOBEL PRIZE WINNER SAYS IT'S JUST NOT TRUE. WHAT IT COMES DOWN TO THE BOTTOM LINE IS THERE IS A GROUP IN MARC THAT DON'T FEEL LIKE THEY HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY, A SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, A MORAL RESPONSIBILITY, TO THOSE 32 MILLION AMERICANS WHO CAN'T AFFORD HEALTH CARE AND RIGHT NOW ARE SEEING DEATH PANELS, THE DEATH PANELS THAT SAY YOU WON'T HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE AND YOU WON'T HAVE HEALTH CARE. AS WE ARE JUST ONE DAY BEYOND DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING'S HOLIDAY, AMERICA'S HOLIDAY, CELEBRATING DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING. DR. KING WAS FOR NOT ONLY SOCIAL JUSTICE, WHICH EVERYBODY EMBRACES TODAY, AND TALKS ABOUT CONSUME ABOUT AIA AND INTEGRATION, BUT IT WAS -- KUMBAYA AND INTEGRATION, BUT IT WAS ALSO ECONOMIC JUSTICE AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE INVOLVES HEALTH CARE AND GIVING EVERYBODY AN OPPORTUNITY TO STAY ALIVE, TO GET EDUCATED AND TO GET A JOB. AND THE FIRST PRIORITY I HAVE ALWAYS BELIEVED OF GOVERNMENT IS TO KEEP PEOPLE ALIVE. IT'S HEALTH CARE. THE SECOND IS TO GET THEM EDUCATED AND THE THIRD IS TO GET THEM A JOB. NOW THIS RHETORIC ON THE OTHER SIDE ABOUT WHATEVER THEY WANT TO CALL IT IS NOT ONLY FALSE, READ THE NOBEL PRIZE WINNER, BUT IT'S A THIRD PRIORITY AND THE FIRST THING IS KEEPING PEOPLE ALIVE. AND YOU OUGHT TO TELL THOSE 32 MILLION AMERICANS, WE DON'T WANT YOU TO HAVE INSURANCE, WE DON'T CARE ABOUT YOU, THAT'S WRONG. DR. KING WOULDN'T APPROVE OF IT, I DON'T APPROVE OF IT, AMERICA WON'T APPROVE OF IT AND IT IS AS I STARTED WITH, SURREAL TO THINK THAT THE FIRST THING THIS REPUBLICAN CONGRESS IS DOING IS TRYING TO REPEAL WHAT WILL BE KNOWN DOWN THE YEARS AS ONE OF THE GREAT ACTS EVER PASSED BY THIS UNITED STATES CONGRESS. IT WILL BE TO THE FORTUNATE OF THE DEMOCRATS BECAUSE LIKE SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE AND MEDICAID AND VOTING RIGHTS AND CIVIL RIGHTS, THEY ARE DEMOCRATIC INITIATIVES THAT BROUGHT AMERICA FORWARD, PROGRESSIVE INITIATIVES THAT HAVE BEEN BROUGHT FORTH BY THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE. AND THE MYOPIA OF THE OTHER SIDE IS POLITICALLY WELCOME, IF NOT POLICYWISE SAD. THANK YOU.

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  • 08:41:41 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    MR. COHEN, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. YOU POINTED OUT THE NATURE OF THE DEBATE…

    MR. COHEN, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. YOU POINTED OUT THE NATURE OF THE DEBATE TAKING PLACE ON THE FLOOR. AND I LISTENED TO MUCH OF THE DEBATE THIS AFTERNOON AS IT WAS GOING ON AND TOMORROW IT'S PROBABLY GOING TO BE THE SAME. AND LIKE YOU, I WAS SURPRISED AND IN MANY CASES DISAPPOINTED WITH THE RHETORIC THAT I HEARD. IT SIMPLY WASN'T BASED ON FACT. THEY TALKED ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF HEALTH CARE. YOU USED THE WORD BIG LIE. WELL IN FACT IT IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. THIS IS NOT THE GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF HEALTH CARE. THERE ARE MANY WHO SAID WE SIMPLY SHOULD TAKE MEDICARE AND EXPAND IT TO ALL. NOW THAT'S A PROGRAM THAT SP GOVERNMENT COLLECTION OF THE MONEY, BUT THE SERVICES ARE PROVIDED BY INDIVIDUAL DOCTORS, HOSPITALS AND OTHER PROVIDER GROUPS. IT'S NOT A GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER, IT'S A GOVERNMENT FINANCE PROGRAM. YOU MENTIONED THE UNINSURED, 42 MILLION UNINSURED IN AMERICA. THEY GET SICK, WHO PAYS FOR THEM WHEN THEY GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM? THEY DON'T HAVE AN INSURANCE POLICY. THEY CERTAINLY ARE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO AFFORD THE COST OF EMERGENCY ROOM AND ANY PROCEDURE. THOSE PEOPLE THAT ARE UNINSURED DO GET SICK, THEY DO GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM, THEY DO GET MEDICAL CARE AND GUESS WHO PAYS? THE TAXPAYER.

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  • 08:43:10 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    IN TENNESSEE PROPERTY TAXES, IN CALIFORNIA THE GENERAL TAX BASE AND THE…

    IN TENNESSEE PROPERTY TAXES, IN CALIFORNIA THE GENERAL TAX BASE AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND HERE'S THE CLINCHER. EVERY INSURANCE HEALTH INSURANCE POLICY IN THE NATION PAYS FOR THE UNINSURED. SO WE HAVE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE. IN FACT, THIS LAW REQUIRES THAT THE THREE OF US AND ALL 435 MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND 100 MEMBERS OF THE SENATE WILL GET THE EXACT SAME KIND OF INSURANCE THAT EVERY AMERICAN GETS. THEY DON'T GET A SPECIAL -- WE DON'T GET A SPECIAL DEAL. IN FACT WE GET TO PAY FOR PART OF IT OURSELVES. THAT IS A FACT. SO WHAT ABOUT THOSE PEOPLE THAT ARE OUT THERE UNINSURED THAT GET SICK? WE GET TO PAY FOR IT THROUGH OUR HEALTH INSURANCE POLICIES BECAUSE THAT COST IS SHIFTED OVER TO US OR THE TAXPAYER. THERE'S NO FREE LUNCH HERE. THE QUESTION WE HAVE IS, SHOULD EVERYBODY PARTICIPATE IN THIS INSURANCE POOL? I THINK IT'S ONLY FAIR TO SAY THAT WE ALL PARTICIPATE. I DON'T KNOW WHAT I SAID, MR. PALLONE, THAT MADE YOU COME TO YOUR FEET, BUT PLEASE.

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  • 08:44:12 PM

    MR. PALLONE

    I WANTED TO POINT OUT, EVERYTHING YOU SAID IS ABSOLUTELY TRUE, I MEAN, I…

    I WANTED TO POINT OUT, EVERYTHING YOU SAID IS ABSOLUTELY TRUE, I MEAN, I KNOW THAT IN MY STATE, WE ESTIMATE THAT EVERY INSURANCE POLICY, FOR THOSE WHO HAVE INSURANCE AND ARE PAYING THEIR PREMIUMS, THERE'S BUILT INTO IS SOMETHING LIKE 1,000 -- $1 NOW TO $1,500 PER YEAR IN YOUR PREMIUM THAT PAYS FOR UNCOMPENSATED CARE FOR OTHERS. AND I ACTUALLY HAVE AISTIC IN THAT ENERGY AND COMMERCE STUD YI MENTIONED BEFORE THAT SAID THAT IN MY DISTRICT ALONE, REPEAL WOULD INCREASE THE COST OF UNCOMPENSATED CARE BY $54 MILLION ANNUALLY FOR HOSPITALS IN MY DISTRICT. BUT WHAT I WANTED TO POINT OUT IS THAT YOU CAN ACTUALLY ELIMINATE A LOT OF THESE -- OF THIS UNCOMPENSATED CARE BECAUSE WHAT HAPPENS? PEOPLE DON'T HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE AND SO THEY DON'T SEE A DOCTOR OR PRIMARY CARE DB DOCTOR ON A REGULAR BASIS AND THEY GET SICKER AND THEN THEY'RE ONLY RECOURSE IS TO GO TO AN EMERGENCY ROOM. I TRIED TO GET THE C.B.O., YOU MENTIONED C.B.O., TO BUILD INTO IN THE SAVE THAGS WILL COME ABOUT BECAUSE OF PREVENTATIVE CARE. IN OTHER WORDS, THE FACT THAT ALL THESE WHO ARE UNINSURED, GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM, DON'T SEE A DOCTOR, NOW THEY SEE A DOCTOR, THEY STAY WELL BECAUSE THEY TAKE PREVENTATIVE CARE OF THEMSELVES AND THEY DO WELL AND THEN TCHE DON'T END UP GETTING SICK AND GOING TO THE HOSPITAL. BUT THAT WAS NEVER BUILT INTO THE IS SYSTEM. THE C.B.O. WON'T SCORE PREVENTION, SO TO SPEAK. BUT I WOULD MAINTAIN THAT THERE'S HUGE SAVINGS. WE TALKED ABOUT, WHAT, A $230 BILLION SAVINGS, YOU KNOW, FROM THE DEFICIT, BUT I WOULD SAY, IN MY OPINION IT'S TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS BECAUSE NOT BUILT INTO THIS IS THE FACT THAT ALL THESE PEOPLE THAT DON'T HAVE PRIMARY CARE AND END UP IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM NOW WILL GET A DOCTOR, THEY WON'T GET SICK AND YOU WON'T HAVE TO PAY FOR ALL THAT CARE. SO THE SYSTEM AS A WHOLE SAVES TREMENDOUS AMOUNTS OF MONEY WHICH IS NOT REALLY CALCULATED HERE IN MY OPINION. THAT'S WHAT YOU MADE ME

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  • 08:46:11 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    SIMPLE THINGS THAT ALL AMERICANS UNDERSTAND. BLOOD PRESSURE, HIGH BLOOD…

    SIMPLE THINGS THAT ALL AMERICANS UNDERSTAND. BLOOD PRESSURE, HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, THE SILENT KILLER, PEOPLE DON'T KNOW THEY HAVE IT UNTIL THEY GET THE STROKE AND THEN IF THEY SURVIVE, THEY VERY WELL MAY BE PARALYZED THE REST OF THEIR LIFE AND TAKE AN ENORMOUS EXPENDITURE, CARING FOR THEM IN A NURSING HOME OR EXTENDED-CARE SITUATION. THAT IS A VERY SIMPLE THING TO UNDERSTAND. AND THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION PROVIDES PRE-PREVENTATIVE CARE FOR SENIORS. IS THAT WHAT THEY REALLY WANT TO REPEAL, THAT FREE PRE-- PREVENTATIVE CARE? WE SAVE MONEY.

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  • 08:47:07 PM

    MR. PALLONE

    GENTLEMAN WOULD YIELD. ON JANUARY 1, THERE WERE A WHOLE NEW SET OF PATIENT…

    GENTLEMAN WOULD YIELD. ON JANUARY 1, THERE WERE A WHOLE NEW SET OF PATIENT PROTECTIONS THAT WENT INTO EFFECT AND ONE OF THEM WAS ELIMINATION OF THE 20% CO-PAY FOR SENIORS. THEY GET A ONE YEAR WELLNESS EXAM, WHICH THEY DON'T HAVE A CO-PAY, MAMMOGRAMS, ALL KINDS OF TESTS THEY WOULD PAY 20% CO-PAY AND ALL OF THAT IS OUT NOW. THE REASON IT WAS DONE IS EXACTLY WHAT YOU SAID. A LOT OF SENIORS WOULD NOT GO AND HAVE THOSE TESTS DONE BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T WANT TO PUT UP THE 20%. AND NOW THEY GET IT FREE, AND THE REPUBLICANS WILL SAY, WILL THAT COSTS MONEY. IT DOESN'T. IT MAY COST MONEY UP FRONT, BUT IN THE LONG RUN BECAUSE THEY GET THE WELLNESS CHECK AND HAVE THE MAMMOGRAM, THEY DON'T GET SICKER. WE ACTUALLY RECOUP THE MONEY BECAUSE THEY DON'T GET SICK. THAT IS AN IMPORTANT POINT THAT YOU ARE MAKING.

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  • 08:48:08 PM

    MR. COHEN

    YOU LEADING US. YOU ARE AN OUTSTANDING MEMBER. YOUR FIRST VOTE WAS ON THIS…

    YOU LEADING US. YOU ARE AN OUTSTANDING MEMBER. YOUR FIRST VOTE WAS ON THIS BILL. YOU WERE COMMISSIONER OF INSURANCE, IF I'M CORRECT, OF THE LARGEST STATE IN THE COUNTRY NOW, CALIFORNIA. SO YOU HAVE KNOWLEDGE HERE. MR. PALLONE WORKED HARD ON THIS BILL, BUT MR. PALLONE WAS IN A SENIOR POSITION. AS I THINK BACK UPON THE PASSAGE OF THIS BILL, I REMEMBER BACK OF THE CRITICISM AND THE OTHER SIDE SAID WE DIDN'T TAKE ENOUGH TIME TO PASS THE BILL. WE TOOK A YEAR, A YEAR AND-A-HALF TO PASS THE BILL. AND THEY'RE GOING TO TAKE TWO DAYS TO REPEAL IT. TAKE ENOUGH TIME. WHERE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO THINK WE SHOULD TAKE ENOUGH TIME FOR THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS TO WORK? TO HAVE HEARINGS, TO HAVE THOUGHTFUL DISCUSSION, TO HAVE ANALYSIS OF EXPERT OPINION TODAY ? TWO DAYS. IT'S GOING TO BE VOTED ON, THAT'S IT. AND THE OLD MANTRA WE HEARD FROM SO MANY PEOPLE, READ THE PEOPLE. AND SO MANY PEOPLE THINK IT'S THE GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF HEALTH CARE, I SAY TO THEM, READ THE BILL. AND PEOPLE WHO SAY CONGRESS PEOPLE ARE GOING TO GET SOMETHING SPECIAL, WE GET THE SAME THING AS EVERYBODY ELSE. READ THE BILL.

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  • 08:49:31 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    IF YOU WOULD YIELD FOR A MOMENT, THERE IS A PLACE WHERE THE BILL CAN BE…

    IF YOU WOULD YIELD FOR A MOMENT, THERE IS A PLACE WHERE THE BILL CAN BE READ, WEB SITE. WWW.HEALTHCARE.GOV. IT GIVES THE BILL AND GIVES A DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF EVERY ITEM IN THE BILL AND WE HAVE ONLY TALKED ABOUT MAYBE ONE-THIRD OF THE BILL HERE TODAY AND GO INTO THE OTHER PARTS. IT TALKS ABOUT THE TIME LINE OF THE VARIOUS ELEMENTS GOING INTO EFFECT, FOR EXAMPLE, THE SENIOR POPULATION. THE DOUGHNUT HOLE BEGINS TO CLOSE LAST YEAR, $250 REBATE CHECK TO THOSE SENIORS WHO ARE IN THE DOUGHNUT HOLE. AND THEN IN THE NEXT EIGHT YEARS, THAT DOUGHNUT HOLE IS SQUEEZED SHUT. AND AS MR. PALLONE SAID EARLIER, SENIORS WOULD THEN HAVE ALL OF THEIR PRESCRIPTIONS COVERED. IT ALSO SHRINKS THE COST OF PRESCRIPTION ZRUGS. THAT WASN'T TALKED ABOUT -- DRUGS. THAT WASN'T TALKED ABOUT EARLIER. THEY CAN TALK ABOUT THE COVERAGE OPTIONS IN EVERY PART OF AMERICA, IN CALIFORNIA, TENNESSEE, NEW JERSEY, WHEREVER. AND SPECIFIC DETAIL ABOUT SENIORS, ABOUT WOMEN, THOSE KINDS OF PIECES OF INFORMATION. WWW DTH HEALTHCARE.GOV. YOU WANT TO READ THE BILL AND UNDERSTAND IT, I WOULD SUGGEST OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE, THE REPUBLICANS TAKE A LOOK AT THE BILL ITSELF AND WHAT IT DOES. PLEASE CONTINUE, MR. COHEN.

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  • 08:51:04 PM

    MR. COHEN

    THE FLOOR, MS. SLAUGHTER, ONE OF THE SENIOR MEMBERS OF THIS CONGRESS,…

    THE FLOOR, MS. SLAUGHTER, ONE OF THE SENIOR MEMBERS OF THIS CONGRESS, OUTSTANDING MEMBER AND FORMER MEMBER OF THE RULES COMMITTEE, TOLD ME OF A MEMBER ON THE OTHER SIDE, MEMBER IN THEIR FOURTH TERM WHO I GUESS IT WAS IN RULES COMMITTEE, BUT MIGHT HAVE BEEN ON THE FLOOR, EXPRESSED FOR THE FIRST TIME ASTONISHMENT, AMAZEMENT, THAT HER INSURANCE PROVIDED FOR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WITH SUBSIDIES BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. SHE HAD NO IDEA IT WAS SUBSIDIZED. SHE HASN'T READ THE BILL. SHE DOESN'T EVEN KNOW WHAT HER POLICY IS OR HER BENEFITS. AND THE FACT IS, PEOPLE SHOULD WANT FOR OTHERS WHAT THEY WANT FOR THEMSELVES. AND EVERYBODY IN THIS CONGRESS -- I DON'T HAVE FEDERAL CONGRESSIONAL INSURANCE. I DON'T HAVE IT. BUT NEARLY EVERYBODY ELSE IN THIS CHAMBER DOES. AND YET, THEY DON'T WANT THEIR CONSTITUENTS TO HAVE IT. AND THAT'S HYPOCRISY.

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  • 08:52:08 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    WOULD YIELD FOR A MOMENT, LAST WEEK ON THIS FLOOR, MANY OF US TRIED TO PUT…

    WOULD YIELD FOR A MOMENT, LAST WEEK ON THIS FLOOR, MANY OF US TRIED TO PUT AN AMENDMENT ON THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT WOULD SAY IF THE REPEAL OCCURS, THEN EVERY MEMBER OF CONGRESS WOULD LOSE THEIR HEALTH CARE. KEEPING IN MIND THAT 31 MILLION AMERICANS WILL NOT HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE IF THE REPEAL TAKES PLACE. AND SO, 435 OF US, THE BILL IS REPEALED, WE SHOULD JOIN THE 31 MILLION AMERICANS THAT WILL NOT HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE IF THE BILL IS REPEALED. SEEMS TO BE THE LEAST WE CAN DO IF WE WANT TO HARM 31 MILLION AMERICANS, IF WE WANT TO TAKE AWAY THE INSURANCE FROM 31 MILLION AMERICANS. AND SURELY, 435 OF US SHOULD BE WILLING TO GO WITHOUT INSURANCE ALSO. TURNS OUT THAT NOT ONE REPUBLICAN VOTED FOR THAT AMENDMENT. I WONDER WHY. SOMETHING THEY ARE GOING TO DENY THE 31 MILLION AMERICANS.

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  • 08:53:18 PM

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    MR. PALLONE

    I WAS GOING TO ASK YOU TO GO OVER THAT CHART FOR STABILITY FOR AMERICAN…

    I WAS GOING TO ASK YOU TO GO OVER THAT CHART FOR STABILITY FOR AMERICAN SENIORS, BECAUSE FRANKLY, AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE WAS POINTING OUT, THERE IS A LOT OF MISINFORMATION THAT THE REPUBLICANS GIVE OUT IN TERMS OF MEDICARE AND THE BENEFITS OF THIS PROGRAM. I MEAN, THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT ALL THAT WE HAVE DONE WITH MEDICARE IS EXTEND BENEFITS AND A LOT OF SENIORS THINK THAT SOMEHOW MEDICARE IS GOING TO BE NEGATIVELY IMPACTED, WHICH IS SIMPLY NOT TRUE. IF YOU COULD GO THROUGH THAT, I WOULD APPRECIATE IT.

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  • 08:54:27 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    DO MY BEST OR IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO JOIN IN, WOY APPRECIATE IT. HEALTH CARE…

    DO MY BEST OR IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO JOIN IN, WOY APPRECIATE IT. HEALTH CARE REFORM MEANS SECURITY AND STABILITY FOR AMERICA'S SENIORS. FIRST OF ALL, DESPITE ALL THE RHETORIC ON THE FLOOR, THIS LEGISLATION ACTUALLY IMPROVES THE FINANCIAL STATUS OF MEDICARE, EXTENDS THE SOLVENCY OF MEDICARE --

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  • 08:54:52 PM

    MR. PALLONE

    IF THE GENTLEMAN WOULD YIELD. ON THE FIRST POINT THAT YOU HAVE THERE, I…

    IF THE GENTLEMAN WOULD YIELD. ON THE FIRST POINT THAT YOU HAVE THERE, I ACTUALLY WENT BEFORE RULES TWO WEEKS, BECAUSE LAST WEEK WE HAD THE TRAGEDY WITH OUR COLLEAGUE FROM ARIZONA, BUT TWO WEEKS AGO I WENT BEFORE THE RULES COMMITTEE, AND I HAD AN AMENDMENT THAT ACTUALLY SAID THAT THE REPEAL WOULD NOT GO INTO EFFECT IF IT ACTUALLY NEGATIVELY IMPACT SOLVENCY AND IT ACTUALLY IS 12 YEARS. IN OTHER WORDS, THE BILL, THE HEALTH CARE REFORM, 12 YEARS OF SOLVENCY TO THE MEDICARE TRUST FUND. IN OTHER WORDS, WITH THE REPEAL, SOLVENCY WOULD BEGIN -- I SHOULD SAY INSOLVENCY WOULD BEGIN IN 2017. SO THAT PUSHES THAT DAY OF RECKONEDING BACK.

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  • 08:55:48 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    TO 2023.

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    MR. PALLONE

    EXACTLY. THAT IS AN IMPORTANT POINT. AND AGAIN, EVERYTHING WE DO SHORES UP…

    EXACTLY. THAT IS AN IMPORTANT POINT. AND AGAIN, EVERYTHING WE DO SHORES UP MEDICAID, PROVIDES MORE MEDICAID, PROVIDES MORE MEDICAID BENEFITS.

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  • 08:56:04 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. IT'S NOT ONLY THE DOUGHNUT HOLE,…

    WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. IT'S NOT ONLY THE DOUGHNUT HOLE, BUT THERE ARE CERTAIN KINDS OF GENERIC PRESCRIPTION DRUGS THAT WOULD ALSO BENEFIT AS A RESULT OF THIS LEGISLATION. AND OF COURSE, THE DOUGHNUT HOLE ISSUE, WHICH WE HAVE DISCUSSED IN SOME DETAIL. THE DOUGHNUT HOLE IS SQUEEZED SHUT AND $250. I DON'T IMAGINE THE REPEAL WOULD FORCE THE SENIORS TO REFUND THE $250 CHECK THEY HAD, BUT NONETHELESS, THE DOUGHNUT HOLE WOULD REMAIN OPEN IF THE REPEAL WERE TO TAKE PLACE. WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT THE IMPROVEMENT OF THE QUALITY OF SENIOR CARE AND BOTH MY COLLEAGUES HAVE SPOKEN TO THIS VERY CORRECTLY. PREVENTATIVE CARE. NOW, WE TALKED A MOMENT AGO ABOUT HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE. CLEARLY, THE SILENT KILLER AND MAJOR PROBLEM FOR SENIORS. OK. YOU ARE GOING TO GET FREE OF CHARGE ANNUALLY A BLOOD PRESSURE TEST. AND THAT'S A VERY SIMPLE, VERY CHEAP AND THE DRUGS TO TREAT BLOOD PRESSURE ARE CHEAPLES -- CHEAP ALSO, BUT THE COST OF TREATING IT IS EXTRAORDINARY. AND ANOTHER DISEASE IS DIABETES. THIS IS AN ENORMOUS COST AND CAN BE TREATED AND CAN BE TAKEN CARE OF, BUT IF YOU IGNORE IT, YOU ARE IN FOR A WORLD OF HARM AND VERY, VERY GREAT EXPENSE TO ALL THE PEOPLE AND INCLUDING THE TAXPAYERS. THIS IS AN INTERESTING ONE, PRIMARY CARE DOCTORS, NOBODY HAS TALKED ABOUT THIS MUCH ON THE FLOOR, BUT IN THE LEGISLATION, THERE IS A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN MEDICAL EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES. NOT ONLY FOR DOCTORS, BUT ALSO FOR OTHER PRIMARY CARE NURSE PRACTITIONERS, PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS AND NURSES, ENORMOUS INCREASE. THIS ONE HAPPENS TO BE REALLY, REALLY IMPORTANT TO ME. OUR DAUGHTER GRADUATED FROM MEDICAL SCHOOL JUST THREE DAYS AGO, AND WE GO, YES, AND SHE SAYS, I WANT TO DO PRIMARY CARE. AND I'M GOING TERRIFIC, HOW ABOUT GERIATRIC CARE AND WE ARE LOOKING TO THE FUTURE HERE. AND THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT. AND SHE HAS AN OPPORTUNITY UNDER THE LEGISLATION AS PRIMARY CARE DOCTORS WHO CHOOSE TO SERVE IN UNDERSERVED AREAS AND SHE MAY WELL DECIDE TO DO THAT, TO HAVE THEIR MEDICAL LOANS REDUCED AS THEY PROVIDE SERVICE IN SOME OF THOSE UNDERSERVED AREAS AND SOME OF THOSE IN OUR URBAN AREAS.

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  • 08:58:49 PM

    MR. COHEN

    REPRESENT AN URBAN DISTRICT IN MEMPHIS AND WE HAVE A LACK OF HEALTH CARE…

    REPRESENT AN URBAN DISTRICT IN MEMPHIS AND WE HAVE A LACK OF HEALTH CARE IN THE URBAN AREAS AND WE NEED MORE PRIMARY CARE DOCTORS AND NEED MORE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS AND THAT'S SOMETHING ELSE THE BILL IS GOING TO PROVIDE FOR, MORE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS. THERE ARE LARGE AREAS THAT THERE ARE VERY FEW DOCTORS THAT ARE AVAILABLE AND NOT COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS. NOT JUST THE PRIMARY CARE DOCTORS AND WE HAVE SOME OF THE GREATEST IN MEMPHIS, BUT IT'S DIFFICULT FOR THEM.

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  • 08:59:20 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    WOULD YIELD FOR A MOMENT, THAT'S NOT BEEN DISCUSSED, BUT IN EVERY PART OF…

    WOULD YIELD FOR A MOMENT, THAT'S NOT BEEN DISCUSSED, BUT IN EVERY PART OF AMERICA, PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE ENORMOUS INCREASE IN THE COMMUNITY CLINICS THAT WILL BE AVAILABLE. THAT IS IN THE LEGISLATION. IT COSTS MONEY, BUT IT SAVES MONEY, BECAUSE ONCE AGAIN, PEOPLE WILL GET CARE EARLY.

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  • 08:59:48 PM

    MR. PALLONE

    THE HEALTH REFORM THAT THERE'S A LOT MORE MONEY FOR COMMUNITY-BASED HEALTH…

    THE HEALTH REFORM THAT THERE'S A LOT MORE MONEY FOR COMMUNITY-BASED HEALTH CARE CLINICS, BUT WE ALSO HAVE THAT IN THE STIMULUS, THE RECOVERY ACT. AND ACTUALLY, I HAD TWO CLINICS THAT WERE FUNDED UNDER THE RECOVERY ACT THAT HAD NOT RECEIVED FEDERAL FUNDS BEFORE. AND JUST TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF WHAT THEY DID, ONE OF THEM IS IN MY HOMETOWN OF LONG BRANCH AND COORDINATED WITH THE LOCAL EMERGENCY ROOM, SO THAT EVERY TIME SOMEONE COMES TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM WHO'S ELIGIBLE FOR THE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER BECAUSE MANY OF THEM ARE UNCOMPENSATED, HAVE NO INSURANCE, NOW THEY GO BACK AND COORDINATE SO THAT THAT PERSON DOESN'T COME BACK TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM AGAIN, WHICH, OF COURSE, IS A TREMENDOUS EXPENSE, AND INSTEAD GOES TO THE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER WHERE THEY GET PRIMARY CARE. THAT IS AN EXAMPLE OF FEDERAL DOLLARS GOING TO COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS ARE BEING USED TO MAKE IT SO PEOPLE DON'T HAVE TO GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM BECAUSE THEY ARE GETTING THE PRIMARY CARE IN THE CLINIC FOR MAYBE 1/100 OF THE COST. YOU TALKED ABOUT PROVIDING CONTINUITY OF CARE AND YOU CAN GET THAT INFORMATION ACROSS FROM ONE TO ANOTHER. YOU TALKED TO ME ABOUT THIS SOME TIME AGO AND YOU HAD SOME PRETTY GOOD NOTIONS OF WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IN TENNESSEE.

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  • 09:01:40 PM

    MR. COHEN

    OF HAVING THE MEDICAL RECORDS ON COMPUTERS RATHER THAN HAVING THEM ON THE…

    OF HAVING THE MEDICAL RECORDS ON COMPUTERS RATHER THAN HAVING THEM ON THE NOTES, MY FATHER WAS A DOCTOR. I INHERITED HIS PENMANSHIP. I GOT A C IN PENMANSHIP. THE TEACHER WAS KIND TO ME. DOCTORS DON'T WRITE REAL WELL. IF YOU HAVE TO GO FROM WRITTEN RECORDS, IT'S DIFFICULT AND DON'T GET TRANSPOSED WELL. IF YOU HAVE THEM ON COMPUTERS, IT'S EASY TO SEE WHAT SHOTS AND TREATMENTS A PERSON HAD IN THE PAST AND MAKES IT EASIER TO RENDER A DIAGNOSIS AND NOT TO REPEAT TESTS UNNECESSARY AND COSTLY. AND IT'S SO IMPORTANT AND THAT'S PART OF THE BILL IS TO SEE TO IT THE RECORDS ARE PUT ON ELECTRONIC DEVICES SO THEY'RE AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT THE WORLDWIDE WEB AND EVERYWHERE AND THAT SAVES MEDICAL COSTS IN THE LONG RUN.

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  • 09:02:25 PM

    MR. COHEN

    OF THIS, IF I MIGHT FOR A MOMENT, SIR, ALREADY EXISTS.

  • 09:02:33 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    BEEN WITH KAISER FOR THREE DECADES AND THEY'VE PUT MY RECORDS AND MILLIONS…

    BEEN WITH KAISER FOR THREE DECADES AND THEY'VE PUT MY RECORDS AND MILLIONS OF PATIENTS ON THE ELECTRONIC INFORMATION SYSTEM. I COULD PRESENT MYSELF AT ANY KAISER FACILITY ACROSS THIS NATION AND IN AN EMERGENCY SITUATION AND THEY'LL TAKE MY NUMBER AND IMMEDIATELY CALL UP MY ENTIRE HISTORY SO WE DON'T HAVE TO START AT THE BEGINNING WITH BLOOD TESTS AND ALL OF THE OTHER PROCEDURES THAT ARE COMMON IN TODAY'S EMERGENCY ROOM SIMPLY TO KNOW ABOUT THE INDIVIDUAL'S HEALTH CIRCUMSTANCES. BUT ALL THEY NEED TO DO IS ENTER THAT NUMBER, BINGO, THEY'VE GOT MY INFORMATION. THAT'S WHERE THE ELECTRONIC MEDICAL RECORDS WOULD BE FOUND. AND IT'S INTERESTING THAT MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES WANT TO REPEAL THAT? I DON'T THINK SO. FINALLY, AT LAST -- MS. JACKSON

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  • 09:03:31 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR COMING.

  • 09:03:34 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    YOU KNOW, WE WORKED SO HARD ON THIS LEGISLATION THAT WE PROBABLY HAVE…

    YOU KNOW, WE WORKED SO HARD ON THIS LEGISLATION THAT WE PROBABLY HAVE FORGOTTEN TO ARTICULATE ALL THE NUANCES OF THIS BILL. IT IS UNBELIEVABLE. AND I HESITATED TO USE THE TERM "FRIVOLOUS" TODAY BUT FRANKLY, I'M SADDENED BY THE FACT THAT WE HAD TO ENGAGE IN A FRIVOLOUS DEBATE. SO I JUST WANTED TO SAY TO THE GENTLEMAN, SOME YEARS AGO UNDER THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION I TOOK NOTE OF THE FACT WE DID NOT HAVE ENOUGH COMMUNITY HEALTH CLINICS. AND I'M SO GLAD OUR COLLECTIVE RESEARCH CAUSED US TO PUT THAT LEGISLATION IN THE BILL. AND LAST MONDAY I CONVENED, MY COMMUNITY HEALTH CLINICS, IT WAS AMAZING THE EXPANDED WORK THEY DO BECAUSE SOME OF THEM RECEIVE STIMULUS DOLLARS AND ONE OF MY CLINICS WAS ABLE TO OPEN UP 21 LEGACY AND MY COMMUNITY HEALTH CLINICS WAS ABLE TO OPEN UP 21 NEW PATIENT ROOMS BECAUSE OF STIMULUS DOLLARS. BUT WHAT I WANT TO SAY ON THAT POINT IS THREE THINGS, COMMUNITY HEALTH CLINICS HELP SENIORS AND FAMILIES. AND TO SENIORS, THIS GIVES YOU, IN ADDITION TO THE COMFORT OF BEING NEARBY YOUR HOME, BUT YOU GET IN ADDITION A PRIMARY HOME OR A MEDICAL HOME, YOU CAN USE THAT CLINIC, THAT DOCTOR TO BE PART OF YOUR MEDICAL HOME. THE COMMUNITY HEALTH CLINICS CAN THEN MULTIPLY THEMSELVES OR IMPROVE THEMSELVES BY HAVING ELECTRONIC RECORDS WHERE AS A SENIOR WHO HAS EXTENDED MEDICAL RECORDS, CAN YOU IMAGINE IN THE FUTURE WHAT HAPPENS WITH SENIORS WHEN THEY CAN PUT ALL THE DATA INTO ELECTRONIC RECORDS, TO BE ABLE TO TRACK SENIORS AND ENSURE THEIR GOOD HEALTH? CONTRARY TO FRIGHTENING SENIORS AND TALKING ABOUT DEATH PANELS, THIS BILL PROVIDES COMMUNITY CLINICS, A MEDICAL HOME IN THE CLINIC RECORDS, AND THE INEVITABLE CLOSING OF THE DOUGHNUT HOLE SO THAT SENIORS DON'T HAVE TO PAY -- CHOOSE BETWEEN PAYING RENT AND BUYING FOOD AND GETTING THEIR BRAND DRUGS THAT ARE NEEDED. I JUST WANTED TO SAY, THERE'S SO MUCH, AND THEN YOU MENTION YOUR DAUGHTER IN THE TRAINING, THAT'S CREATING JOBS. HOW DO THEY TALK ABOUT LOSING JOBS, WHICH I THINK, BY THE WAY, AGAIN IS FRIVOLOUS BECAUSE WE CREATED 1.1 MILLION JOBS AND FRANKLY, I WILL JUST SAY TO YOU THIS IS ABOUT SAVING LIVES. JOBS ARE VERY IMPORTANT. WE CREATED JOBS. BUT EVEN THE TITLE OF THEIR LEGISLATION, H.R. 2, JOB KILLING? THIS IS KILLING AMERICANS IF WE TAKE THIS BILL AWAY, IF WE REPEAL THIS BILL. I WOULD ARGUE MAYBE MY GOOD FRIENDS, SOME OF THEM ARE NEW AND I APPRECIATE THEIR NEWNESS AND APPRECIATE THEIR DESIRE TO KEEP A COMMITMENT TO CONSTITUENTS. BUT WHEN YOU COME TO THE CONGRESS, YOU HAVE TO GOVERN. YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT THE WHOLE OF AMERICA AND THEREFORE IN LOOKING AT THE WHOLE OF AMERICA, YOU NEED TO LOOK AT THE CRUX AND THE CRUX IS SAVING LIVES. SO I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR BRINGING US TO THIS POINT AND I KNOW WE'LL BE GETTING ANOTHER HOUR THAT I HOPE MAYBE I'LL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE SOME THOUGHTS WITH BUT AGAIN, I'LL YIELD BACK MY TIME AND SAY THIS IS ABOUT SAVING LIVES. MR. GARAMENDI, I THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FOR HER INSIDE AND THE WAY THE BILL EFFECTS HER HOME AND COMMUNITY. THAT'S WHAT ALL THIS IS ABOUT IS ABOUT THE COMMUNITY. MR. PALLONE, IF YOU'D LIKE TO TAKE A FEW MOMENTS AND WRAP AND I'LL PROVIDE THE FINAL WRAP AS WE CLOSE DOWN THIS ONE-HOUR DISCUSSION.

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  • 09:07:04 PM

    MR. PALLONE

    I WANTED TO MENTION BEFORE, I MENTIONED HOW THE MONEY THAT WAS GOING TO…

    I WANTED TO MENTION BEFORE, I MENTIONED HOW THE MONEY THAT WAS GOING TO THE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER IN LONG BRANCH IN MY HOMETOWN WAS BEING USED TO COORDINATE WITH MONMOUTH MEDICAL CENTER SO PEOPLE DIDN'T HAVE TO GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM OR WHEN THEY CAME ONCE, THEY WERE PUT INTO A COMPUTER AND EXACTLY -- IT WAS EXACTLY FOR THE ELECTRONIC SYSTEM YOU TALKED ABOUT. I WENT TO MONMOUTH MEDICAL CENTER ONE DAY BECAUSE THEY EXPANDED THEIR EMERGENCY ROOM BECAUSE THEY HAD SO MANY PEOPLE FLOODING THE EMERGENCY ROOM, PARTICULARLY IN THESE TOUGH ECONOMIC TIMES AND A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE, MORE AND MORE PEOPLE. SO THEY HAD ACTUALLY DOUBLED, I THINK, THE CAPACITY OF THEIR EMERGENCY ROOM, BUT THEY COORDINATED ELECTRONICALLY WITH THE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER WITH THIS MONEY THAT CAME IN, AND SO THEY SHOWED ME HOW A PERSON WOULD COME IN AND THEN THEY WOULD BE PUT INTO THE SYSTEM ELECTRONICALLY WITH THE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER AND THEY WOULDN'T COME BACK TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM. AND YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE BIG ISSUES NOW ACROSS THE COUNTRY, IN FACT I JUST DID A OPINION PIECE ABOUT IT IN MY LOCAL NEWSPAPER, "THE ASBURY PARK PRESS" HOW EMERGENCY ROOMS ARE BEING FLOODED WITH MORE AND MORE PATIENTS BECAUSE MORE AND MORE PEOPLE DON'T HAVE INSURANCE. SO WE HAVE TO FIGURE OUT A WAY TO DEAL WITH THAT AND OBVIOUSLY THE HEALTH CARE REFORM DOES THAT BECAUSE ONCE EVERYBODY GETS HEALTH INSURANCE AND SEES THE DOCTOR AND GETS PRIMARY CARE YOU WON'T HAVE THE NEED FOR AS MANY PEOPLE TO GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM. WHEN YOU EXPAND AN EMERGENCY ROOM AND ADD THIS ADDITIONAL CAPACITY, IT'S MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. AND THAT MONEY ISN'T NECESSARY IF PEOPLE SEE A PRIMARY CARE DOCTOR. EMERGENCY ROOMS SHOULD JUST BE FOR AN EMERGENCY WHEN PEOPLE ARE TRAUMA OR SOMETHING ELSE THAT HAPPENS. IT SHOULDN'T BE A PLACE WHERE PEOPLE HAVE TO GO BECAUSE THEY CAN'T GET A DOCTOR. SO I YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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  • 09:08:57 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    JUST THAT. I THINK I'LL WRAP WITH WHERE I STARTED. THE HEALTH CARE REFORM,…

    JUST THAT. I THINK I'LL WRAP WITH WHERE I STARTED. THE HEALTH CARE REFORM, THE AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE ACT IS REALLY ABOUT MAKING LIFE BETTER FOR EVERY AMERICAN FROM THE MOMENT THEY'RE BORN. THAT YOUNG BABY, THAT NEWBORN BABY CANNOT BE DENIED INSURANCE, FROM THE MOMENT THEY'RE BORN, WHATEVER THEIR CIRCUMSTANCE IS, THAT'S PART OF THE PATIENTS BILL OF RIGHTS AND STARTS RIGHT AT BIRTHDAY. THIS IS WHERE A STUDENT, WHEN YOU GRADUATE FROM COLLEGE, YOU'RE NOT ONLY GETTING A DIPLOMA, YOU'RE LIKELY TO BE LOSING YOUR HEALTH CARE BENEFIT YOUR PARENTS COVERED YOU. SO IT EXTENDS COVERAGE TO THE AGE OF 26. AND INTO A MARRIAGE, INTO A FAMILY WHEN YOU'RE BUILDING A FAMILY, YOU KNOW YOU'LL BE ABLE TO GET INSURANCE. 31 MILLION AMERICANS ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO GET HEALTH CARE INSURANCE AS A RESULT OF THIS LEGISLATION. AND IN THE WORKPLACE. A LOT OF TALK ABOUT THIS BEING A JOB CRUSHER WHEN IN FACT IT ACTUALLY CREATES JOBS. AND FOR SMALL BUSINESSES THIS IS AN ENORMOUS BENEFIT BECAUSE THEY'LL GET A SUBSIDY REDUCING THE COST IF THEY CHOOSE TO PROVIDE INSURANCE, IF THEY HAVE 50 EMPLOYEES OR LESS THEY DON'T HAVE TO BUY INSURANCE. THEN LATER THEY'LL BE ABLE TO GET INSURANCE THROUGH AN EXCHANGE IN 2014. CALIFORNIA IS PROBABLY GOING TO SET ONE UP NEXT YEAR. AND FOR SENIORS, I'VE NEVER HEARD SO MANY INACCURATE, INACCURATE STATEMENTS AS CONCERNS MEDICARE AND THE WAY IN WHICH THIS BILL ACTUALLY WORKS. IT EXTENDS MEDICARE. AS YOU SAID, MR. PALLONE, FOR 12 YEARS THE FINANCIAL SOLVENCY EXTENDED FOR 12 YEARS OR OTHERWISE IT WOULD BE JUST SEVEN YEARS AND BE IN FINANCIAL TROUBLE. SO THIS REALLY HELPS. AND FOR INDIVIDUAL SENIORS, THEY'LL BE ABLE TO GET PREVENTATIVE CARE. THEIR DRUG COSTS ARE GOING TO BE REDUCED. IT IS A VERY, VERY IMPORTANT PART. SO FOR THE CIRCLE OF LIFE, AND ALL OF US WOULD WANT TO GO THROUGH THAT CIRCLE OF LIFE, THIS HEALTH CARE REFORM PROVIDES A BENEFIT AT EVERY STAGE. AND I'LL POINT OUT THIS FINAL THING. THIS IS AN ESTIMATE THAT WAS MADE IN THE LAST YEAR. SOME 30 TO 40,000 AMERICANS EVERY YEAR DIE BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE. WHAT IS THAT? A STAIN UPON AMERICA. EVERY OTHER INDUSTRIALIZED COUNTRY IN THE WORLD WOULD DO IT. OUR REPUBLICAN FRIENDS TALK ABOUT REPEAL AND REPLACE. EVERYTHING I'VE HEARD ON THIS FLOOR ABOUT REPLACEMENT IS ALREADY THE LAW IN AMERICA. IT'S ALREADY THE LAW. THEY TALK ABOUT LIFETIME CAPS. THEY TALK ABOUT PUTTING IN NO RECISIONS, THEY TALK ABOUT NO PREEXISTING CONDITIONS. THAT'S THE LAW, FOLKS. OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES, READ THE BILL. GO TO HEALTHCARE.GOV. READ THE BILL. THAT IS ALREADY THE LAW. WHY WOULD YOU REPEAL WHAT IS ALREADY THE LAW AND PUT THIS WHOLE THING BACK AT RISK? DON'T FORGET, AMERICANS THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY, THE HEALTH INSURANCE INDUSTRY IS DOMINATED AMERICAN HEALTH CARE FOR DECADES. AND YOU THINK FOR A MOMENT THEY'RE GOING TO LET THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY WRITE A BILL THAT IS NOT IN THEIR INTEREST THAT WILL FORCE THEM TO PROVIDE CARE, THAT WILL FORCE THEM TO PAY THE BILLS? THAT WILL FORCE THE INSURANCE COMPANIES TO KNOW LONGER BE THE DEATH PANEL? IN FACT, THAT'S WHERE THE DEATH PANEL IS, AND THIS I KNOW, I WAS THE INSURANCE COMMISSIONER. I FOUGHT THE INSURANCE COMPANIES FOR EIGHT YEARS OF MY LIFE WHEN THEY DENIED COVERAGE, WHEN THEY SAID YOU HAVE RUN OUT OF BENEFITS, WHEN THEY SAID YOUR POLICY IS GOING TO BE RESCINDED. I FOUGHT THEM AND I KNOW THE RESULT WHEN THEY WON THAT FIGHT. PEOPLE DIED. WE NEED THE PATIENTS'S BILL OF RIGHTS. IT SHOULD NOT BE REPEALED. TOMORROW OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES IN H.R. 2 WITHOUT ONE COMMITTEE HEARING, WITH ONLY TWO DAYS OF DEBATE ON THIS FLOOR AND NO COMMITTEE HEARINGS AT ALL PUT AMERICANS AT RISK. 31 MILLION AMERICANS WILL NOT GET COVERAGE. THAT'S WHAT THIS IS ABOUT. I YIELD BACK MY REMAINING TIME AND LOOK FORWARD TO TOMORROW'S DEBATE AND WE'LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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  • 09:13:20 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. MR. BRALEY. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. MR. BRALEY. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 5, 2011, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA, MR. BRALEY, FOR 23 MINUTES.

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  • 09:14:09 PM

    MR. BRAILLEY

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR.

  • 09:14:14 PM

    MR. BRALEY

    MR. SPEAKER. ONE OF THE THINGS WE HEARD TODAY IS TALK ABOUT POLICY BUT I…

    MR. SPEAKER. ONE OF THE THINGS WE HEARD TODAY IS TALK ABOUT POLICY BUT I WANT TO SPEND TIME TONIGHT TALKING ABOUT THE FACE OF THE EFFORTS TO REPEAL THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND THE FACE COULD NOT BE ANY CLEARER THAN THIS YOUNG MAN TO MY RIGHT. THIS IS TUCKER WRIGHT, A 4-YEAR-OLD BOY WHO LIVES IN MALCOLM, IOWA. AND JANUARY 2 OF THIS YEAR WAS AN IMPORTANT DAY FOR TUCKER AND HIS FAMILY. BECAUSE TWO YEARS AGO, THIS YOUNG BOY WAS DIAGNOSED WITH LIVER CANCER BEFORE HE REACHED HIS SECOND BIRTHDAY. AND SOME AMAZING DOCTORS AND NURSES TOOK CARE OF HIM AFTER THEY REMOVED 2/3 OF HIS LIVER AND MIRACULOUSLY HE IS ALIVE TODAY AND HIS PARENTS HAD DONE EVERYTHING THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO DO. THEY BOTH HAD FULL-TIME JOBS. THEY HAD THE BEST HEALTH CARE COVERAGE YOU COULD GET IN THE STATE OF IOWA AT THAT TIME. AND THIS YOUNG BOY FACES AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE FILLED WITH CT SCANS, TESTS, MEDICAL PROCEDURES OVER HIS LIFETIME AND JUST GETTING STARTED IN HIS LIFE. BEFORE JANUARY 1 OF THIS YEAR, HIS FATHER AND MOTHER COULDN'T CHANGE THEIR JOBS BECAUSE IF THEY HAD, THEIR COVERAGE WOULD HAVE BEEN DENIED BECAUSE OF A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION, HIS LIVER CANCER. BECAUSE OF THE AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE CARE ACT SIGNED INTO LAW LAST YEAR, AS OF JANUARY 2, HIS PARENTS WERE NO LONGER BOUND TO THEIR JOBS BECAUSE THEY HAD THE FREEDOM TO GET A DIFFERENT JOB AND NOT WORRY ABOUT HAVING HIS HEALTH CARE BENEFITS EXCLUDED UNDER A POLICY CALLED PRE-EXISTING CONDITION. WHAT OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE DON'T WANT YOU TO KNOW ABOUT TUCKER IS THAT IF THEY GET WHAT THEY WANT AND REPEAL THIS HEALTH CARE BILL, THE VERY FIRST THING THAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN, HIS INSURANCE COMPANY IS GOING TO SEND HIS PARENTS A NOTICE OF RECISION THAT HIS COVERAGE IS TERMINATED BECAUSE HE HAS A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION THAT WOULD THEN BE SUBJECT TO EXCLUDING HIS COVERAGE. THEY COULD DO THAT BECAUSE WE BANNED THE PRACTICE OF PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS AND WE BANNED THE PRACTICE OF RECISION IN THE AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE ACT AFTER HEARING TESTIMONIES FROM WITNESSES WHO EXPERIENCED THOSE EXPERIENCES FIRSTHAND AND TALKED ABOUT THE DEVASTATING IMPACT IT HAD ON THEIR LIVES. SO WHEN WE'RE ON THE FLOOR TOMORROW TALKING ABOUT REPEALING THE AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE ACT, I WANT YOU TO THINK ABOUT TUCKER WRIGHT AND WHAT THAT MEANS TO HIM. AND THE MILLIONS OF OTHER AMERICAN CHILDREN WHO WOULD BE DISCRIMINATED AGAINST BY INSURANCE COMPANIES BECAUSE OF A DISEASE THEY HAVE NO CONTROL OVER. AND OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE ARE TELLING US, DON'T WORRY, WE ARE GOING TO REPEAL THIS BILL AND THEN COME BACK AND FIX THESE PROBLEMS. REALLY? YOU KNOW, I CAME HERE IN 2006, MR. SPEAKER, AND I WAS PROUD TO BE PART OF THAT CLASS OF 2006. BUT WHEN I GOT HERE, THE REPUBLICANS HAD BEEN IN POWER FOR SIX YEARS. THEY HAD GEORGE BUSH IN THE WHITE HOUSE. THEY HAD A MAJORITY IN THE HOUSE AND A MAJORITY IN THE SENATE. AND WHAT DID THEY DO DURING THAT PERIOD TO BAN THE PRACTICE OF PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS? WHAT DO THEY DO TO BAN THE PRACTICE OF RECISIONS? NOTHING. NOT ONE THING, DESPITE MULTIPLE HEALTH CARE BILLS THAT WERE PRESENTED, NONE OF IT CONCERNS ABOUT THEIR COMMITTING TO FIXING NOW WERE ADDRESSED BY THEM. YOU HEAR A LOT OF TALK ABOUT THIS UNFAIR, UNCONSTITUTIONAL BURDEN OF AN EMPLOYER MANDATE. WELL, FOLKS, IF YOU GO BACK TO 1993, YOU'LL SEE THAT REPUBLICANS, INCLUDING MY REPUBLICAN SENATOR FROM IOWA, CHUCK GRASSLEY, OFFERED LEGISLATION IN CONGRESS TO HAVE AN INDIVIDUAL MANDATE BECAUSE THEY KNEW THE ONLY WAY WE WERE GOING TO GET COSTS UNDER CONTROL, WAS BY BRINGING MORE PEOPLE INTO INSURED PLANS, SPREADING THE RISKS AND MAKING HEALTH CARE MORE AFFORDABLE FOR ALL AMERICANS. SO WHY DO WE FIND OURSELVES WHERE WE ARE NOW? WELL, WE FIND OURSELVES HERE BECAUSE OF AN UNWILLINGNESS TO FACE THE REALITY THAT DEMOCRATS IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE AND PRESIDENT OBAMA FACED A PROBLEM THAT HAD BEEN FACING THIS NATION FOR DECADES. MILLIONS UPON MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WITHOUT ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE, QUALITY HEALTH CARE, AND THAT WAS A STAIN ON OUR NATIONAL REPUTATION AND WE DECIDED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT AND WE DIDN'T MAKE ANY BONES ABOUT THE FACT THIS WAS GOING TO BE A PRIORITY. SOME OF THESE COLLEAGUES, AND I RAN ON THIS ISSUE IN 2006, BECAUSE OF THE PROBLEM OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WITHOUT ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE COVERAGE. WE HEAR COMPLAINTS ABOUT THE BURDENS ON SMALL BUSINESSES. I WAS A SMALL BUSINESS OWNER IN IOWA FOR 20 YEARS AND AT THE END OF MY CAREER EVERY YEAR, WE WOULD FILL OUT FIVE TO SEVEN APPLICATIONS FOR EVERY ONE OF OUR EMPLOYEES TRYING TO FIND INSURANCE COVERAGE THAT WAS AFFORDABLE THAT WOULD TAKE CARE OF THEIR MEDICAL NEEDS. SMALL BUSINESSES WERE BEING PRICED OUT OF THE INSURANCE MARKET, AND NOTHING WAS BEING DONE ABOUT IT. THAT'S WHY I'M PROUD OF THE FACT THAT DEMOCRATS TOOK THIS CHALLENGE HEAD ON. WE WERE SERIOUS ABOUT THE PROBLEM. WE LISTENED TO DAYS AND DAYS OF TESTIMONY FROM PEOPLE ALL ACROSS THE HEALTH CARE SPECTRUM, ALL ACROSS THE HEALTH CARE ECONOMIC SPECTRUM AND HELD DAYS OF BIPARTISAN MARKUPS TO GIVE PEOPLE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE THE OPPORTUNITY TO OFFER AMENDMENTS AND IMPROVE THIS BILL. AND CONTRARY TO WHAT YOU ARE HEARING, WE ACCEPTED AMENDMENTS FROM OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES. THEY WERE INCLUDED IN THE BILL. THEY MADE IT A BETTER BILL WHEN WE BROUGHT IT TO THE FLOOR AND VOTED UPON IT. AND YET NOW, IT'S LIKE WE WANT TO GO BACK AND ELIMINATE EVERYTHING GOOD THAT HAPPENED DURING THAT PERIOD OF TIME. IT'S LIKE THE MOVIE "MEN IN BLACK YT, WHERE THEY HAD THAT PEN LIKE DEVICE THEY HELD IT IN FRONT OF YOUR HEAD AND ONCE IT FLASHED, YOU WOULD FORGET EVERYTHING YOU JUST HEARD. WE CANNOT AFFORD TO LET THAT HAPPEN. TOO MANY PEOPLE LIKE TUCKER WRIGHT'S LIVES ARE DEPENDING ON WHAT WE DO HERE. AND THAT'S WHY WHEN WE TALK ABOUT THESE IMPORTANT ISSUES, REMEMBER THE FACES OF THE PEOPLE WHOSE LIVES ARE BENEFITING FROM THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE DON'T HEAR MUCH TALK ABOUT IS THE ENORMOUS POSITIVE IMPACT THIS BILL HAS ON THE LIVES OF YOUNG PEOPLE. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT HAS CHANGED DRAMATICALLY WHEN I GRADUATED FROM COLLEGE MANY YEARS AGO IS THAT NOW, MANY YOUNG COLLEGE GRADUATES ARE REQUIRED TO PERFORM AN UNPAID INTERNSHIP IN ORDER TO GET A JOB. IT MAY BE AN ENTRY-LEVEL REQUIREMENT BEFORE THEY CAN TAKE A CERTIFICATION TEST OR ONLY WAY FOR THEM TO GET ACCESS TO THAT EMPLOYMENT MARKET. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN PRACTICALLY? IT MEANS ONCE THOSE STUDENTS GRADUATE FROM COLLEGE IF THEY ARE OLDER THAN 22, THEY GET KICKED OFF THEIR PARENTS' INSURANCE POLICIES. OK, WELL, IN THE PAST, PEOPLE WOULD FIND WORK AND USUALLY THAT WORK HAD INSURANCE COVERAGE WITH IT. NOT ANYMORE. WE HAVE GENERATIONS OF YOUNG PEOPLE OUT THERE LOOKING FOR WORK WITH NO HEALTH INSURANCE AND WHEN THEY GET SICK AND NEED MEDICAL CARE, IF THEY DON'T HAVE INSURANCE, THEY STILL GET THE CARE, BUT SOMEBODY PAYS FOR IT, AND THAT SOMEBODY IS US, THE U.S. TAXPAYERS AND PEOPLE WHO BUY PRIVATE INSURANCE WHO HAVE THEIR PREMIUMS INCREASE OR TAXES INCREASE TO TAKE CARE OF PEOPLE WHO DON'T HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE. THIS BILL DOES AMAZING THINGS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE. IT PROHIBITS DISCRIMINATION FROM YOUNG PEOPLE LIKE TUCKER WRIGHT AND ALLOWS SENIORS ACCESS TO CARE SO THAT THEY KNOW THEY ARE GETTING THE WELLNESS AND PREVENTATIVE CHECKUPS THEY NEED TO GET THE BEST CARE THAT THEY CAN. THERE IS A LOT OF TALK ON THE FLOOR IN SUPPORT OF REPEALING THIS BILL ABOUT THE IMPOSITION THAT THIS BILL HAS ON HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS AND THE BARRIERS THAT ERECTS BETWEEN THEM AND THEIR PATIENTS. NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH. IN FACT, WHAT THIS BILL DOES, IS IT PROMOTES AN ATMOSPHERE BETWEEN PHYSICIANS, HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS AND PATIENTS THAT STRENGTHENS THAT BOND, THAT RELATIONSHIP, THAT DEPENDENCY BY GIVING PATIENTS MORE ACCESS TO THEIR DOCTOR AND THEIR HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS AT THAT TIME THEY NEED IT MOST, WHEN THEY'RE MAKING DECISIONS ABOUT CHRONIC CARE, WHICH IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST COST DRIVERS IN HEALTH CARE TODAY, MANAGING THEIR DISEASES AND LOWERING THE COST OF HEALTH CARE FOR ALL OF US AND YET, YOU WON'T HEAR ONE WORD ABOUT THAT AS A CRITICAL BENEFIT OF THIS BILL. AND THAT'S WHY, AS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, MR. SPEAKER, LISTEN TO THE DEBATE TOMORROW LEADING UP TO THIS IMPORTANT VOTE, THEY NEED TO ASK THEMSELVES WHAT'S THIS ALL ABOUT AND WHOSE LIVES ARE GOING TO BE IMPACTED IF WE REPEAL HEALTH CARE. IT'S TIME TO TALK REALITY. IT'S TIME TO TALK ABOUT THE TUCKER WRIGHTS OF THIS WORLD AND WHAT THIS WILL DO TO THEM, BECAUSE RATHER THAN SEEING THIS AS A PATIENTS' BILL OF RIGHTS THAT FINALLY PRESERVES PROTECTION BETWEEN PATIENTS AND THEIR INSURANCE COMPANIES, WE ARE TALKING ABOUT GOING BACK TO THE BATTLE DAYS WHEN THOSE PROTECTIONS DIDN'T EXIST, WHEN PATIENTS WERE PLAYING AGAINST A STACKED DECK AND WERE CUT OUT OF THE ADDITION-MAKING PROCESS. THE RISK IS TOO GREAT. WE NEED TO THINK OF WHO IS GOING TO BENEFIT FROM THIS BILL AND WHO WILL BE HARMED IF IT IS REPEALED. AND I CALL UPON ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SEARCH IN THEIR HEART AND THEIR SOULS FOR THE REAL IMPACT THAT THIS BILL IS GOING TO HAVE IF IT'S REPEALED. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 09:26:04 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

  • 09:26:52 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 5, 2011, THE CHAIR…

    UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 5, 2011, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FROM VIRGIN ISLANDS, MS. CHRISTENSEN FOR 34 MINUTES. CHRIS: IT'S AN --

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  • 09:27:09 PM

    MRS. CHRISTENSEN

    AN HONOR TO TALK TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF THE…

    AN HONOR TO TALK TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF THE PROVISIONS OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. FOR AFRICAN AMERICANS AND PEOPLE OF COLOR AND RURAL AMERICANS WHO MAKE UP MORE THAN HATCH OF THE UNINSURED, WE CANNOT ALLOW THE LAW TO BE REPEALED, NOT JUST WHEN WE HAVE JUST GOTTEN ONE FOOT IN THE HEALTH CARE DOOR. SOME OF US FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME. FOR AFRICAN AMERICANS WHO HAVE HIGHER DEATH RATES, THE PREVENTATIVE SERVICES, THE STRENGTHENING OF THE HEALTH WORK FORCE, THE EXPANDED HEALTH WORK FORCE, THE COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS, COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS, OFFICES OF MINORITY HEALTH, THOSE EQUITY PROVISIONS CANNOT BE REPEALED. IT'S A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH FOR US. THE LEADERSHIP CALLING FOR REPEAL WON'T SAY THEY WANT TO TAKE AWAY THOSE BENEFITS OF THE LAW TO MAKE SURE THAT SICK SHIRN CAN BE ENSURED, AND PEOPLE WHO CAN'T GET JOBS RIGHT AWAY AND MAKE SURE THAT YOUR INSURANCE WILL BE THERE WHEN YOU NEED IT MOST WHEN YOU GET SICK. THEY WON'T TELL YOU THEY WANT TO TAKE IT AWAY BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF THEY UNRAVEL THIS VERY CAREFULLY PROTECTED LAW. EVERY PERSON IN THIS COUNTRY, TWO OF THE VERY FIRST ACTS OF THIS CONGRESS HAVE BEEN TAKEN TO TAKE AWAY RIGHTS, BENEFITS. THEY TOOK AWAY IN THE VOTE FROM THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE FROM REPRESENTATIVES SENT HERE BY OVER FIVE MILLION AMERICANS AND THE LEADERSHIP IS TRYING TO TAKE AWAY SERVICES AND BENEFITS THAT WOULD TAKE AWAY THE RIGHT OF EVERYONE, THE RIGHT TO HEALTH CARE. WHATEVER THE LEADERSHIP TRIES TO TAKE AWAY NEXT, PEOPLE MUST STAND AND SPEAK TO PREVENT THEM AS WE MUST NOT LET THEM REPEAL THE LAW NOW. DR. KING, WHO WE REMEMBERED YESTERDAY, SPOKE ABOUT THE SILENCE OF GOOD PEOPLE. MY FELLOW AMERICANS, WE CANNOT BE SILENT. AND I KNOW IT MUST BE DIFFICULT FOR YOUR CONSTITUENTS AND EMPLOYERS TO KNOW WHAT THE AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE ACT DOES AND WHAT IT DOESN'T DO, BECAUSE THERE IS SO MUCH DISTORTION OF THE FACTS. TO EXPLAIN WHAT THE LAW DOES AND HOW DEVASTATING THE REPEAL WOULD BE, I WANT TO YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUES AND I BEGIN BY YIELDING FIVE MINUTES TO THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. JOHNSON.

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  • 09:29:51 PM

    MR. JOHNSON

    MY COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING TO ME. AND I MUST ADMIT THAT I FEEL GSH GOSH, IT…

    MY COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING TO ME. AND I MUST ADMIT THAT I FEEL GSH GOSH, IT SEEMS LIKE ONLY YESTERDAY THAT THE REPUBLICANS WERE ACCUSING US OF NOT TAKING CARE OF WHAT WAS THE BUSINESS AT HAND, WHICH WAS JOB CREATION AND WHAT THEY CALL RECKLESS SPENDING. THEY ACCUSED US OF WASTING OUR TIME IN THE 111TH CONGRESS WHERE WE SHOULD HAVE BEEN DEALING WITH JOBS AND SPENDING. AND THEY'RE DOING THE SAME THING. THEY ARE WASTING THEIR TIME FIRST MONTH OF THE 112TH CONGRESS -- THEY ARE WASTING THEIR TIME TRYING TO REPEAL HEALTH CARE FOR AMERICANS, THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. IT'S MIND WOGGLING -- IT'S MIND-BOGGLING TO ME IN THE FIRST MONTH WE DEALT WITH JOBS. AND THERE AFTER WE WENT THROUGH A LONG PROCESS OF PUTTING IN PLACE A MEASURE THAT WILL CREATE FOUR MILLION NEW JOBS IN THIS ECONOMY THAT THEY RAN INTO THE GROUND. WE PULLED A CAR OUT OF THE DITCH, GOT THE CAR RUNNING, READY TO CREATE FOUR MILLION NEW JOBS, HEALTH CARE, FOUR MILLION NEW JOBS TO ACCOMMODATE THE 32 MILLION MORE AMERICANS WHO WOULD HAVE ACCESS TO THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IN THIS COUNTRY AS A RESULT OF OUR PASSAGE OF THAT ACT AND THE REPUBLICANS, THE FIRST THING THEY DO IS WANT TO KILL A JOB-CREATING ACT THAT WILL ENABLE THEIR CONSTITUENTS AND MINE TO HAVE AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE. IT BOGGLES THE MIND WE'D WANT TO TURN THE CLOCK BACK OR WALK IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION, TAKING AWAY BENEFITS THAT HAVE ALREADY GONE INTO EFFECT UNDER THE HEALTH CARE ACT THAT WE PASSED. THEY WANT TO HURT SMALL BUSINESSES WHICH ARE ABLE TO RECEIVE A 35% TAX CREDIT WHEN THEY SPEND MONEY INSURING THEIR EMPLOYEES. I SAW A REPORT EARLIER TODAY INDICATING THAT HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF NEW POLICIES HAVE BEEN ISSUED BY INSURANCE COMPANIES BASED ON THESE SMALL BUSINESSES OF HIS THAN 50 PEOPLE THAT ARE CHOOSING TO OFFER HEALTH CARE INSURANCE TO THEIR EMPLOYEES. THAT IS SIGNIFICANT, THE HEALTH INSURANCE INDUSTRY IS MAKING A PROFIT BY OFFERING FAIR COVERAGE TO AMERICANS, PREEXISTING CONDITIONS WERE SOMETHING THAT YOUNG PEOPLE, CHILDREN WERE DENIED INSURANCE FOR UNDER THE OLD REGIME OF INSURANCE REGULATION. UNDER OUR ACT THAT THE DEMOCRATS PASS, NO MORE CAN YOU BAN CHILDREN FROM GETTING INSURANCE BASED ON PREEXISTING CONDITIONS. AND THAT IS SOMETHING THAT IS GOOD. MY COLLEAGUE FROM IOWA WAS JUST TALKING ABOUT A YOUNG CHILD IN HIS DISTRICT WHO WOULD BE DENIED COVERAGE FOR PREEXISTING CONDITION IF HIS PARENTS HAD TO GO BACK INTO THE MARKET TO PURCHASE INSURANCE DUE TO LOSS OF A JOB OR WHATEVER, MOVE, WHATEVER THE CASE MIGHT BE. SO THIS IS QUITE SIGNIFICANT. WE DON'T WANT TO TAKE THAT HEALTH CARE COVERAGE AWAY FROM THE CHILDREN WHO HAVE RECEIVED IT EVEN THOUGH THEY HAVE PREEXISTING CONDITIONS. THE $250 REBATE FOR SENIORS WHO HAD REACHED THE DREADED DOUGHNUT HOLE. SENIORS GOT A $250 CHECK IN THE MAIL IN 2010 TO HELP THEM WITH THAT AND IN 2011, THEY WILL GET A 50% DISCOUNT ON ALL BRAND NAME, ALL BRAND NAME AND GENERIC DRUGS, 50%. THAT IS GOING TO HELP SO MANY AMERICANS WITH THEIR DRUG BILLS. AND THIS IS WHAT THEY WANT TO REPEAL. THEY WANT TO COST YOU AS A CONSUMER MORE MONEY FOR PRESCRIPTION DRUGS, AND I'M HAPPY TO STAND ON THE SIDE OF THOSE WHO SAY NO TO A REPEAL OF THE HEALTH CARE LEGISLATION THAT WE PASSED. THEY WANT TO BE ABLE TO REPEAL PROVISIONS IN THE LAW THAT PREVENT AND PROHIBIT INSURANCE COMPANIES FROM CANCELING YOUR INSURANCE WHEN YOU GET SICK. THAT'S A COMMON SENSE REGULATION TO PROTECT AMERICAN CONSUMERS. AND MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WOULD -- AT THE BEHEST OF THOSE IN THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY WHO SPENT ABOUT $100 MILLION TO DEFEAT HEALTH CARE LEGISLATION, AND THAT WAS UNSUCCESSFUL, SO THEY WENT OUT AND SPENT HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS MORE TO DEFEAT THE DEMOCRATS WHO VOTED FOR IT, AND SO NOW WE'RE AT THE POINT WHERE THEY WANT TO RECIPROCATE TO THOSE WHO ELECTED THEM AT THE EXPENSE OF THE VERY AMERICAN PEOPLE WHO VOTED FOR THEM. IT DOESN'T MAKE A WHOLE LOT OF SENSE TO ME, MR. CHAIRMAN, MR. SPEAKER, IT REALLY DOES NOT. LIFETIME CAPS ON COVERAGE. ALREADY IN EFFECT. THEY WOULD REPEAL THAT. THEY WOULD ALLOW THE SALE OF INSURANCE POLICIES THAT WOULD HAVE A CAP ON THEM, A LIFETIME CAP. SO YOU WOULD PAY EVER-INCREASING PREMIUMS WITH AN EVER-LESSENING AMOUNT OF LIFETIME INSURANCE COVERAGE, WHERE WE'VE TAKEN THAT CAP OFF, WE'VE TAKEN THE UNFAIRNESS OUT OF THAT EQUATION BY MANDATING THAT THOSE CLAUSES IN INSURANCE CONTRACTS ARE VOID AND UNENFORCEABLE. SO NO MORE LIFETIME CAPS ON INSURANCE. THESE ARE SOME OF THE THINGS THAT ENABLE THE INSURANCE COMPANIES AND THEIR CORPORATE BOSSES, OFFICERS, SHAREHOLDERS, AND THE LIKE TO ATTAIN MILLIONS AND MILLIONS AND BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF PROFITS EVERY YEAR, GOING UP EVERY YEAR , AND YOUR PREMIUMS GOING UP, ALSO. JUST RECKLESS, NO REGULATORY IMPACT, NO CARE ABOUT WHAT THAT'S DOING TO AMERICA. IT'S ACTUALLY COSTING THE TAXPAYERS A LOT OF MONEY, MR. SPEAKER, BECAUSE IF PEOPLE DON'T HAVE INSURANCE, THAT IS NOT IMMUNIZE THEM FROM GETTING SICK. WE'RE ALL GOING TO GET SICK ONE DAY. WE'RE ALL GOING TO NEED MEDICAL CARE. WE'RE ALL GOING TO AT SOME POINT NEED THE CARE OF A DOCTOR OR A NURSE, AND IT COSTS MONEY. AND IF WE DON'T HAVE INSURANCE, IT CAN'T BE PAID FOR. SO PEOPLE WITHOUT INSURANCE DON'T GET ACCESS TO THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM UNTIL THEY GET SO ILL THAT THEY HAVE TO GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM AND AT THAT POINT TAXPAYERS HAVE TO SUBSIDIZE THAT COST. AND SO IT STANDS TO REASON THAT WITH 17% OF OUR GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT BEING SPENT FOR MEDICAL CARE IN THIS COUNTRY, AND THE FACT THAT THAT HAS AN IMPACT ON OUR INTERSTATE COMMERCE, IT MEANS THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CERTAINLY HAS A ROLE TO PLAY IN REGULATING THE HEALTH INSURANCE INDUSTRY. AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT WE DID. AND I WANT TO NOW RECOGNIZE OR FLIP IT, IF YOU WILL, BACK TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS.

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  • 09:40:46 PM

    MRS. CHRISTENSEN

    I WANT TO THANK YOU, MR. JOHNSON, FOR HELPING TO CLARIFY SOME OF THE…

    I WANT TO THANK YOU, MR. JOHNSON, FOR HELPING TO CLARIFY SOME OF THE IMPORTANT AREAS THAT WERE -- THAT ARE PROVIDED FOR IN THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. YOU KNOW, EVERYONE IS ENTITLED TO THEIR OWN OPINIONS BUT NOT EVERYONE IS ENTITLED TO CREATING THEIR OWN FACTS. I THINK WHAT WE'RE HEARING TONIGHT ARE THE FACTS. I'D LIKE TO YIELD NOW FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, CONGRESSWOMAN SHEILA JACKSON LEE.

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  • 09:41:12 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY. IT'S A PLEASURE TO BE ABLE TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES…

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY. IT'S A PLEASURE TO BE ABLE TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES ON THE FLOOR AND INCLUDING CONGRESSMAN GREGORY MEEKS OF NEW YORK, WHO WE'LL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR FROM AND I THANK DR. CHRISTENSEN FOR YOUR CONTINUED LEADERSHIP AND MY COLLEAGUE ON THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE DEBATE TODAY. THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE HAS AT ITS JURISDICTION THE CONSTITUTION AND OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE KEEP TALKING ABOUT THIS IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL. IT BAFFLES ME. AND ALMOST FRUSTRATINGS ME -- FRUSTRATES ME BECAUSE I'M TRYING TO GRAB HOLD OF THE ARGUMENT, PARTICULARLY SINCE WE'VE HAD MEDICARE BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SINCE 1965 AND HAS WITHSTOOD ANY CONSTITUTIONAL CHALLENGE AND THAT WAS IMPLEMENTED UNDER THE COMMERCE ACT. BUT FRANKLY, IF WE HAVE AN ARGUMENT TO MAKE ON THE CONSTITUTION, I WILL SHARE WITH YOU WHY THIS IS CLEARLY A CONSTITUTIONAL BILL BECAUSE WE ARE ACTUALLY DENYING PEOPLE BOTH DUE PROCESS AND EQUAL PROTECTION UNDER THE LAW UNDER THE PRESENT SYSTEM BECAUSE WE HAVE A NATION THAT IS DIVIDED BETWEEN THE HAVES AND HAVE-NOTS. 44 MILLION PLUS, NOW I HEAR 32 MILLION PERSONS WERE UNINSURED AND THAT'S WHAT GRBED -- GRABBED OUR ATTENTION. THOSE PEOPLE DID NOT HAVE ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE. CLEARLY, IF YOU LOOK AT THE CONSTITUTION THAT SAYS THE 14TH AMENDMENT SAYS EQUAL PROTECTION UNDER THE LAW, OR ALL PEOPLE TREATED EQUALLY AND THE FIFTH AMENDMENT SAYS CAN'T DEPRIVE SOMEONE OF LIFE OR LIBERTY WITHOUT DUE PROCESS. WELL, I CAN TELL YOU, OVER THE TIME WE DEBATED THIS BILL, WE SAW THE NUMBERS OF PEOPLE WHO ACTUALLY DIED BECAUSE THEY COULD NOT GET ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE. WE'RE REMINDED OF OUR GOOD COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN CUMMINGS, WHO TOLD THE STORY OVER AND OVER AGAIN OF A YOUNG TEEN ABLER, 12 OR 13-YEAR-OLD BOY, AFRICAN-AMERICAN BOY, WHO HAD AN ABSCESS, A TOOTH ABSCESS, AND CLEARLY COULD HAVE BEEN SAVED, HIS LIFE IS BEFORE HIM. BUT HE DIED BECAUSE HIS MOTHER DID NOT HAVE INSURANCE AND REALLY DID NOT HAVE ACCESS TO GO ANYWHERE TO HAVE THIS PARTICULAR HEALTH MATTER TAKEN CARE OF. IT BECAME A CRISIS AND HE DIED. SO I WANT TO SAY TO MY FRIENDS, THESE ARE THE BASIC POINTS THAT I WANT TO RAISE TODAY WHILE I DISCUSS THIS QUESTION OF THE 14TH AMENDMENT AND THE FIFTH AMENDMENT. FIRST OF ALL, YOU HEAR THE QUESTION OF HOW OFFENDED PEOPLE ARE, I DON'T WANT TO BE TOLD TO BUY INSURANCE. WHY SHOULD I HAVE TO BE FORCED TO BUY INSURANCE? WELL, AS EVERYONE KNOWS, THERE IS A 10TH AMENDMENT THAT SAYS, WHAT IS NOT LEFT TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS GIVEN TO THE STATES. STATES REQUIRE YOU TO HAVE AUTO INSURANCE. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE IT, YOU ARE FINED. YOU GET A TICKET. BECAUSE THEY HAVE CALCULATED THAT THE BURDEN OF NOT HAVING HEALTH INSURANCE IS TOO GREAT TO BEAR. AND SO WHEN WE THINK OF PEOPLE NOT HAVING HEALTH INSURANCE BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE ACCESS, WE ARE DETERMINED THAT THE BURDEN IS TOO GREAT TO BEAR, 14 -- $143 BILLION IF THIS BILL IS REPEALED RIGHT AWAY AND $1 TRILLION OVER 20 YEARS THAT WE WILL LOSE OR THE DEFICIT WILL BE BUILT. I IMAGINE IT WILL BE MORE IF YOU DETERMINE THE PEOPLE WHO ARE UNINSURED THAT WILL GO INTO THE COUNTY SYSTEM. DOES EVERYBODY KNOW IN THESE DISTRICTS AROUND THE NATION WHO ARE COMPLAINING ABOUT THIS BILL THAT YOUR HOSPITALS, YOUR COUNTY HOSPITALS THAT ARE BURDENING YOUR LOCAL TAXPAYERS WILL BE ACTUALLY COMPENSATED FOR UNCOMPENSATED CARE? I DON'T KNOW ABOUT ANYONE HERE, BUT I CAN TELL YOU MY HOSPITALS ARE JUMPING FOR JOY. SO I JUST WANT TO POINT THIS OUT, CHILDREN WITH PREEXISTING CONDITIONS ARE DENIED COVERAGE, THAT IS A SICKLE CELL CHILD, THE INDIVIDUAL WITH HEART DISEASE. WE DETERMINED IN OUR DEMOCRATIC POLICY AND STEERING COMMITTEE THAT CHILDREN ARE THE GREATEST WHO HAVE THE POSSIBILITY OF DYING BECAUSE OF LACK OF COVERAGE. SO ALL OF THESE, ASTHMA, PARENTS WHO HAVE CHILDREN WITH ASTHMA, THEY'RE BORN AND THEY ARE BABIES WITH ASTHMA. DO YOU REALIZE THEY CANNOT OR COULD NOT GET INSURANCE EVEN ON THEIR PARENTS' INSURANCE? ASTHMA. HOW MANY CHILDREN HAVE DIED WITH ASTHMA, PARTICULARLY IN THE MINORITY COMMUNITY WHERE WE HAVE BEEN SUBJECTED TO POOR QUALITY LIVING CONDITIONS, MAYBE THE AIR QUALITY BECAUSE OF WHERE WE LIVE, INDUSTRIAL WASTE OR MAYBE IT IS BECAUSE OF THE QUALITY OF THE HOUSE THAT YOU'RE IN, ASBESTOS, OTHER AILMENTS THAT CREATE CONDITIONS THAT CAUSE RESPIRATORY ILLNESSES IN CHILDREN. A MAN SAID HE HAS BEEN WORKING HARD AND GRADUATED FROM COLLEGE, BUT UNFORTUNATELY THE JOB HE HAD OFFERED TO HIM HAS BEEN PUSHED BACK BECAUSE OF THE ECONOMY. HE IS WORKING TO GET MORE EXPERIENCE AS AN INTERN WITH NO COMPENSATION. HIS FAMILY CAN'T AFFORD TO KEEP HIM ON INSURANCE AT THIS POINT, BUT HE IS CONSTRUCTIVE AND HE CAN BE CONSTRUCTIVE BECAUSE HE CAN BE ON HIS PARENTS' INSURANCE. PREGNANT WOMEN AND BREAST AND CANCER PATIENTS, PARTICULARLY MINORITY WOMEN, HAVE A DEVASTATING FORM OF BREAST CANCER. MY FATHER HAD PROSTATE CANCER AND THE AGE THAT HE WAS IN AND MEDICAL ACCESS HE HAD AT THAT TIME, HE DIDN'T TELL THE FAMILY AND WE WERE UNINFORMED ABOUT PROSTATE CANCER AND DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT IT UNTIL IT HAD SPREAD AND HE HAD BRAIN CANCER AND LUNG CANCER. AFRICAN AMERICANS MALE OVER 65 THAT DIDN'T HAVE PROPER ACCESS TO HEALTH INSURANCE TO CATCH HIS PROSTATE CANCER. THIS BILL WILL PROVIDE FOR PREVENTATIVE CARE. SO MEMBERS, NO MATTER WHAT STATUS YOU ARE IN, YOU HAVE THE ABILITY TO ACCESS HEALTH CARE, MEANING YOU CAN GO TO A COMMUNITY HEALTH CLINIC OR COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS OR YOU MAY BE ABLE TO BUY YOUR OWN HEALTH INSURANCE AT THE RATE AND AMOUNT YOU CAN. THERE IS A COMPLAINT HERE AS I SAID ABOUT LACKING THE ABILITY OR NOT WANTING TO BUY HEALTH INSURANCE. WELL, I WOULD ARGUE TO THAT PERSON, THE ARGUMENT I MADE ABOUT THE 10TH AMENDMENT AND AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE, BUT I ALSO ARGUE, WOULD YOU RATHER HAVE THESE INDIVIDUALS DIE OR BURDEN THE MASSIVE PUBLIC HEALTH SYSTEM OR WOULD YOU RATHER HAVE THEM ACCESS TO BE HEALTHY AS OPPOSED TO BE SICK? THEN SOMETHING HAS BEEN SAID, JOB-KILLING BILL AND ONE OF THE POINTS THAT THE REPUBLICANS MAKE IS 650,000 JOBS LOST. THEY ARE NOT TELLING THE ACCURATE STORY. THE 650,000 JOBS LOST ARE PEOPLE DECIDING NOT TO WORK OR TO WORK LESS BECAUSE THEY NOW HAVE THE ABILITY TO GET THEIR OWN INSURANCE THAT IS NOT TIED TO A JOB THROUGH THE EXCHANGE. THAT'S THE ACCURACY OF IT. IT'S VOLUNTARY. VOLUNTARY SEPARATION FROM A JOB BECAUSE I AM INDEPENDENT NOW TO BE ABLE TO GO INTO BUSINESS, TO BE A SOLE ENTREPRENEUR, SOLE APPROPRIATOR AND HAVE MY INSURANCE. THEY WOULD BE THROWN OFF BECAUSE PREGNANT WOMEN, PRE-EXISTING DISEASE, PROSTATE CANCER AND YOU KNOW WHAT ELSE, HEART DISEASE, WHICH KILLS OR HAS 43 MILLION WOMEN TODAY LIVING WITH HEART DISEASE, SOME OF WHOM DO NOT KNOW IT BECAUSE THEY DO NOT HAVE PREVENTIVE CARE. SENIORS, LET ME SAY TO YOU, THERE WILL BE LIVING PANELS, BECAUSE YOU WILL GET A 50% DISCOUNT ON YOUR DOUGHNUT HOLE PROCESS AND BRAND NAME PRESCRIPTION DRUGS, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, A PRIMARY CARE DOCTOR, COMMUNITY HEALTH CLINICS, MEDICAL HOME SO YOU WON'T HAVE TO BE WORRYING ABOUT WHO IS MY DOCTOR, A CONSISTENT DOCK STORE, ELECTRONIC RECORDS, SENIORS IN RURAL AREAS, WHERE HOSPITALS ARE NOT EVEN, BUT IF THEY COULD GO TO A COMMUNITY HEALTH CLINIC SO THEY DON'T HAVE TO GO TO AN E.R. OR BE HILL COP TERED TO A CITY AND THERE IS A WHOLE QUESTION OF THE DEFICIT, BUT THIS IDEA OF SMALL BUSINESSES, LET ME TELL YOU THAT SMALL BUSINESSES ARE JUMPING FOR JOY. A DOCTOR SAID THAT SHE IS GLAD HER BUSINESS WILL GET TAX CREDITS FOR HER EMPLOYEES TO PROVIDE HEALTH CARE AND ADD ANOTHER NURSE PRACTITIONER JUST BECAUSE THIS BILL PROVIDES FOR SMALL BUSINESSES. I CAN ONLY SAY THAT THIS WHOLE QUESTION OF JOB LOSS IS SHAKY, THE WHOLE QUESTION OF THE CONSTITUTION IS SHAKE YEAR. AND I CONCLUDE BY SAYING THIS AND I WILL BE ON THE FLOOR TOMORROW, THE CONSTITUTION HAS BEEN MISUSED IN THIS DEBATE. I BEG THE PEOPLE TO GET THE CONSTITUTION. IT IS QUITE THE OPPOSITE. H.R. 2 IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL BECAUSE IT CREATES AN UNEQUAL SYSTEM IN AMERICA, A SYSTEM OF JON EQUALNESS AS IT RELATES TO HEALTH CARE. WE LIVE THAT WAY BUT NOT BEEN ABLE TO TAKE THIS CASE ALL THE WAY UP TO THE SUPREME COURT. WHY DOES MY NEIGHBOR HAVE INSURANCE AND I DON'T HAVE IT. WE ARE EQUALIZING WITH THE EQUAL PROTECTION AND AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND GIVING YOU EQUAL PROTECTION TO THE 14TH AMENDMENT AND 5TH AMENDMENT OF DUE PROCESS AND EQUAL PROTECTION AND THERE ISN'T A BETTER WAY TO VALUE AMERICA THAT ALL OF US DESERVES THE DIGNITY OF OUR FLAG AND OUR CONSTITUTION. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR HER LEADERSHIP, DR. CHRISTENSEN AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:51:19 PM

    MRS. CHRISTENSEN

    YOU, CONGRESSWOMAN. AND THANK YOU FOR SHOWING US THE CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES…

    YOU, CONGRESSWOMAN. AND THANK YOU FOR SHOWING US THE CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES BECAUSE WE WILL BE ASKED TO PROVIDE CONSTITUTIONAL REMPSES. THERE WILL BE LEGISLATION THAT WE INTRODUCE AND THE CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUE HAS BEEN RAISED OVER AND OVER AGAIN AND I THANK YOU FOR ADDRESSING THAT IN YOUR REMARKS. AND I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, CONGRESSMAN MEEKS. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS AND THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS ON THE CONSTITUTION ON THE 14TH AND 5TH AMENDMENT. ON THIS NIGHT WHEN I DON'T HAVE MUCH OF A VOICE, IT IS IMPORTANT TO TALK ABOUT WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON HERE. WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT THE CONSTITUTION, YOU KNOW, THE FIRST THING WE WERE DOING WHEN WE CAME BACK IN THE 112TH WAS THE READING OF THE CONSTITUTION. THE CONSTITUTION WAS REALLY PUT IN PLACE TO HELP AND PROTECT AMERICANS. IT'S ONE THING TO READ THE CONSTITUTION, IT'S ANOTHER THING TO LIVE THE CONSTITUTION. I THINK THE GENTLELADY PUT OUT THE FACTS CLEARLY THAT UNDER THE 14TH AND 5TH AMENDMENT IT IS CONSTITUTION. I THINK IT IS ALSO CLEARLY WHAT THE CONSTITUTION AND WHAT THE INDIVIDUALS WHO WROTE WAS THE COMMITTEE AT THE FEDERAL CONVENTION THAT IT SHOULD REMIND US THAT THE TEXT EMPLOYS AND EMPOWERS US TO PROVIDE FOR AND PROTECT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WHAT IS THE MOST PRECIOUS THING THAT ONE HAS? IS IT MONEY? WHAT IS THE MOST PRECIOUS THING? IT'S CALLED LIFE. WITHOUT LIFE, WHAT DO WE HAVE? AND WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN LIVING A GOOD LIFE. IT'S HEALTH. SO WOULDN'T IT SEEM THAT WHAT WOULD BE THE MOST APPROPRIATE THING TO DO IS THAT WE PROVIDE HEALTH CARE FOR AMERICANS? WELL, IT'S WITHOUT QUESTION I THINK WE CAN AGREE WHETHER DEMOCRATS OR REPUBLICANS, WE BELIEVE THAT WE HAVE THE BEST COUNTRY ON THE PLANET IN THE HISTORY OF THE PLANET. BUT LOOK AT THE BLEMISH THAT HISTORY WILL RECORD ON OUR GREAT NATION IF WE DO NOT PROVIDE OR GIVE ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE FOR ALL AMERICANS. THIS IS A STRUGGLE THAT WE HAVE HAD FOR DEBATE AFTER DEBATE AFTER DEBATE FROM PRESIDENT BEFORE PRESIDENT BEFORE PRESIDENT. AND FINALLY THIS CONGRESS HAD COME TOGETHER IN THE 111TH CONGRESS AND SAID WE ARE GOING TO PROVIDE HEALTH CARE TO 95% OF ALL AMERICANS. NO, WE'RE NOT PERFECT. FACT OF THE MATTER IS, I DON'T KNOW OF ANY BILL THAT HAS BEEN PASSED IN ANY LEGISLATIVE BODY THAT IS PERFECT. WE HAVE TO WORK AND IN FACT WE TALK ABOUT OUR UNION TO MAKE IT A MORE BETTER UNION. THE HEALTH CARE REFORM BILL CLEARLY DOES THAT. NOW, THE LOGIC TO COME AND TO REPEAL ALL THIS CONFUSES ME, FOR EVEN THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WAS NOT A PERFECT DOCUMENT. CLEARLY THOSE OF US WHO HAPPEN TO BE AFRICAN AMERICAS WHEN THE FOUNDERS WROTE IT, WE WERE 3/5 OF HUMAN BEINGS AND THE DOCUMENT ITSELF AND IT WAS INITIALLY WRITTEN, WAS FLAWED, BUT WE AS A NATION DIDN'T SAY COME AND STRIKE THE ENTIRE THE CONSTITUTION, REPEAL THE CONSTITUTION. THAT'S NOT WHAT WAS DONE. WHAT WE DID WAS SAY, LET'S FIX IT. LET'S LOOK AND SEE WHAT WE CAN AGREE UPON TO AMEND IT. IN FACT, THERE WAS A SMALL DEBATE ON THE FLOOR WHICH CONSTITUTION WOULD BE READ, WOULD IT BE THE AMENDED VERSION, AND THAT'S WHAT WE TALKED ABOUT, THE AMENDED VERSION OF THE CONSTITUTION, THAT'S WHAT WAS READ HERE. WHERE IS THE LOGIC NOW WHERE WE HAVE THE LAW OF THE LAND TO COME AND SAY, GET RID OF IT ALL? YOU CLEARLY HEARD FROM THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA AND THE OTHERS WHO HAVE SPOKEN THIS EVENING ABOUT MAKING SURE THAT THERE IS NO INDIVIDUAL WHO'S DENIED HEALTH CARE BECAUSE OF A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION. THIS BILL ASSURES US THAT. IF YOU HAVE A CHILD UNDER 26 YEARS OF AGE, NOT WORKING, THEY CAN STAY ON THEIR PARENTS' HEALTH CARE. SENIORS WITH A DOUGHNUT HOLE, WE FIXED THAT. SO IF YOU HAVE A SERIOUS PROBLEM THAT YOU BANT TO NEGOTIATE AND TALK ABOUT THAT'S IN THIS BILL THAT NEEDS TO BE AMENDED, I THINK AS A BODY, WE CAN SIT DOWN AND WORK TOGETHER TO GET THAT DONE. AND SO, I SAY WHEN I LOOK AT WHERE WE ARE OR -- I ASKED MY STAFF IN MY LITTLE DISTRICT IN NEW YORK, 6TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT -- LET ME END BY SAYING THIS, LET'S MAKE SURE THAT HEALTH CARE IS A -- NOT A PRIVILEGE FOR A FEW, BUT A RIGHT FOR THE MANY. LET US MAKE SURE THAT WE DO NOT DESTROY THIS GREAT HEALTH CARE REFORM BILL THAT'S NOW LAW.

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  • 09:57:42 PM

    MRS. CHRISTENSEN

    MR. SPEAKER, MAY I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INCERTIFICATE INTO THE RECORD…

    MR. SPEAKER, MAY I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INCERTIFICATE INTO THE RECORD THIS STATEMENT OF CONGRESSWOMAN JOHNSON AND UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO EXTEND AND REVISE OUR REMARKS THIS EVENING?

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  • 09:57:56 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN'S REQUEST WILL BE COVERED BY GENERAL LEAVE. FOR WHAT…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN'S REQUEST WILL BE COVERED BY GENERAL LEAVE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS BE REMOVED AS CO-SPONSORS OF…

    UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS BE REMOVED AS CO-SPONSORS OF H.R. 61, MR. BILBRAY, MR. COLE, MR. JEFF DUNCAN, MR. FRANKS, MR. GIBBS, MR. TOM GRAVES, MR. KLEIN, MR. LAMBORN, MS. LOAM IS AND MR. MCHENRY.

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  • 09:58:29 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

  • 09:59:07 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM VIRGIN ISLANDS SEEK RECOGNITION.

  • 09:59:12 PM

    MRS. CHRISTENSEN

    ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO…

    ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND ADD ANY EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE SUBJECT UNDER CONSIDERATION THIS EVENING.

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  • 09:59:24 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 09:59:28 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA FOR A MOTION.

  • 09:59:32 PM

    MR. SCALISE

    THAT THE HOUSE DO NOW ADJOURN.

  • 09:59:35 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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