3:13 PM EST
Barbara Boxer, D-CA

Mrs. BOXER. Mr. President, I thank the Senator.

I have been listening to this debate. It has been very interesting. It is very clear what this amendment does. It hurts the victims who, through no fault of their own, get hurt in a medical malpractice case by essentially making it very difficult for them to get the best attorneys. Some of these cases cry out for the best attorneys.

But let me tell you, I have been in Congress since the 1980s. When a House Member or a Senator gets into trouble, do you know the first person they call? An attorney--the best attorney--and they do not come on this floor and say: Oh, let's make sure those attorneys do not earn enough money. They are willing to pay whatever it takes with their campaign accounts. By the way, that is all legal.

But I find it amazing that Senators--who the first person they call when they are in trouble through their work is an attorney--would wind up going after victims the way they do. When they are a victim of a problem, as they see it, they get the best attorneys and they pay the high price. It is just not right.