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Senate Proceeding on Dec 15th, 2011 :: 0:00:00 to 0:20:00
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the expiring now live to the senate floor here on c-span2. o merciful god, creator of humanity, you are the father of all. equip our lawmakers for today's tasks. give them wisdom

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and understanding so that their priorities will reflect your purposes. give them patience and skill so that their words will have persuasive power.

Rear Adm. Barry Black

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Rear Adm. Barry Black: give them respect and civility so that your presence will be felt in this chamber. we thank you for your presence in our world and for the official cessation of hostilities in one area of our planet.

Rear Adm. Barry Black

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Rear Adm. Barry Black: guided by your presence, put into the hearts of our lawmakers your own concern for the lost, the lonely, and the least in our nation and world. we pray in your sacred name.

Rear Adm. Barry Black

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Rear Adm. Barry Black: amen. the presiding officer: please join me in reciting the pledge of allegiance to the flag. 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

Rear Adm. Barry Black

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Rear Adm. Barry Black: and justice for all. the presiding officer: the clerk will read a communication to the senate. the clerk: washington, d.c., december 15, 2011. to the senate: under the provisions of rule 1, paragraph 3, of the standing rules of the senate,

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i hereby appoint the honorable tom udall, a senator from the state of new mexico, to perform the duties of the chair. signed: daniel k. inouye, president pro tempore. the presiding of

Harry Reid

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Harry Reid: expwroarl is recognized. mr. reid: following leader marks we will be in a period of morning business for an hour, the republicans will control the first half, the majority the final half. following that morning business the senate will be in executive session as the order indicates last night to consider the nomination of morgan christen of alaska to be united states

Harry Reid

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Speech By: Harry Reid

Harry Reid

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Harry Reid: circuit judge for the ninth circuit. there will be 30 minutes of debate on that. at a time to be determined later today there will be a vote on confirmation of that nomination. we are almost certain that we're going to consider today the department of defense authorization conference report. the issue on that is how much time people need but i think we

Harry Reid

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Harry Reid: can work that out very quickly. we've done enough, mr. president, back and forth, the republican leader and me, staking out our positions and our positions are fairly clear to the american people. we're going to try to do during the next few hours is try to work toward resolving some of the outstanding issues.

Harry Reid

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Harry Reid: i just had a very comfortable conversation with senator inouye and his chief of staff, charlie hoy, along with my chief of staff, david crohn and i think we've made pretty clear the issues that relate to the omnibus and i think according to senator inouye those issues should be resolvable.

Harry Reid

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Harry Reid: there are a few issues still outstanding but they're really small in number and the house is suggesting moving forward on an individual bill, i think that would be a mistake. i think what we should do is the conference report and i think that's the direction we're headed today. there are a couple issues we have to still work out with the house but i'm in -- white house but i'm in touch with them also.

Harry Reid

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Harry Reid: on the prosecute, on the unemployment and the tax extenders and s.g.r. the republican leader and i have been in discussion on that. we hope that we can come up with something that would get us out of here at a reasonable time in the next few days. mr. mcconnell: ,mr. president, i mig

Harry Reid

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Harry Reid: echo the remarks of the majority leader. we've been in useful discussions

Mitch McConnell

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Mitch McConnell: about how to wrap the session up. he has covered t issues that remain. we hope to be able to pass a combination of appropriation bills and we are working hard to resolve the remaining differences on the payroll tax extension and the related issues

Mitch McConnell

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Speech By: Mitch McConnell

Mitch McConnell

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Mitch McConnell: that are important to both sides and we're confident and optimistic we'll be able to resolve both on a bipartisan basis. mr. reid: would the day. the presiding officer: under the previous order the leadership

Tom Udall

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Tom Udall: time is reserve under the previous order the senate will be in a period of morning business for one hour with senators permitted to speak therein for up to ten minutes each. with the time equally divided and controlled between the two leaders or their designees with the republicans controlling the first half and the majority

Tom Udall

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Speech By: Tom Udall

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controlling the final half. a senator: mr. president. the presiding officer: the senator from wyoming recognized. mr. barrasso: thank you, mr. president. is are we in a quorum call? the presiding officer: the senate is currently in session. mr. barrasso: thank you. i just about health care law was passed to

John Barrasso

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John Barrasso: give a doctor's second opinion about the health care law. i practiced in casper, wyoming as an orthopedic surgeon taking care of families across our state and i have significant concerns about the health care law, the way it was passed, what was included in the law so i come to the floor today because the american people continue to see one news story

John Barrasso

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Speech By: John Barrasso

John Barrasso

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John Barrasso: after another uncovering another error in the health care law, mistake in the health care law, glitch in the health care law. call it what you will, another of the health care's unintended consequences, something that those who voted for it didn't

Jon Kyl

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Speech By: Jon Kyl

Jon Kyl

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Jon Kyl: foresee as happening. and

John Barrasso

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Speech By: John Barrasso

John Barrasso

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John Barrasso: tether also seeing -- and they are also seeing another one of the president's promises. i come to the american people as more and more of these things

Jon Kyl

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Speech By: Jon Kyl

Jon Kyl

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Jon Kyl: come forward because hardworking individuals, families across the nation realize this health care law was not passed for someone

John Barrasso

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Speech By: John Barrasso

John Barrasso

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John Barrasso: like them. what people asked for, the reason that we went through the discussion and the debate had to do with the fact that people wanted the care that they need from the doctor that they want at a cost they can afford. and when i say that people all across the country realize that the health care law wasn't passed for someone like them and

John Barrasso

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John Barrasso: it was passed for someone else is the reason i come to the floor today, to talk specifically about something called the early retiree reinsurance program which was part of the health care law. well, on friday, friday, december 9 -- a week ago tk-bs the department of health and human services announced its

John Barrasso

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John Barrasso: plan to shut down the early retiree reinsurance program at the end of this month. shut it down. now remember that president obama and washington democrats touted their early retiree program, they touted that as one of the health care law's early -- they called it an early

Jon Kyl

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Jon Kyl: deliverable, something that would be there immediately. the health care law supporters

Jon Kyl

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Speech By: Jon Kyl

John Barrasso

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John Barrasso: said that this early retiree program would act, they said, as a bridge. they said the program would help employers maintain health insurance coverage for retirees over the age of 55 but not yet eligible for medicare. they said that this program would help people keep their insurance plan until the new health insurance exchanges were

John Barrasso

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Speech By: John Barrasso

John Barrasso

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John Barrasso: up and running in 2014. it's only 2011 now, and they are trying to talk about a bridge to 2014. well, it quickly became clear that the program was really intended to be a bailout, a bailout for companies with a large number of union employees. on october 31 it have this

John Barrasso

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John Barrasso: year -- on october 31 of this year, halloween day, the ranking member of the senate health and education, labor and pensions committee, mike enzi, released a report. and in that halloween day report, the report is one that the senator asked for. it was a report he asked the

John Barrasso

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John Barrasso: government accountability office to conduct, specifically looking into the early retiree programs implementation. this is why the report is so scary. the g.a.o., the general accounting office, said that through the end of september 2011, the administration had already spent more than half of

John Barrasso

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John Barrasso: the $5 billion allocation. more than half already spent by september of 2011. let's fast forward to december 14, 2011. we're talking about yesterday. the house energy and commerce committee released updated information about the early

John Barrasso

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John Barrasso: retiree program's spending. as of last friday, december 9, 2011, the obama administration, the people in charge of this bill, the people who wanted it, passed it, said it would work, have said, oh, we've now spent over $4.5 billion of the $5 billion budget.

Jon Kyl

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Speech By: Jon Kyl

Jon Kyl

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Jon Kyl: 91% of the total early retiree program budget.

John Barrasso

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Speech By: John Barrasso

John Barrasso

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John Barrasso: supposed to last through 2014. 91% of it gone. a budget should have lasted 1,300 days. instead this administration drained the money, taxpayers' money, hard-earned dollars, in just 579 days. the early retiree program has run out of money so fast that

John Barrasso

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John Barrasso: it's going to be forceed to close two years early. the administration has said it's no longer go to pay out claims submitted after december 31 of this year. well, mr. president, the health care law supporters promised the early retiree program would stay in place through january 1 of 2014.

Jon Kyl

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Speech By: Jon Kyl

Jon Kyl

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Jon Kyl: what we have here is another broken promise. just a little over a month after

John Barrasso

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Speech By: John Barrasso

John Barrasso

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John Barrasso: the g.a.o. report was released, we are now finding out that this administration spent more than $4.5 billion of the total $5 billion allocation that was supposed to last until 2014. so how did this administration, one that has claimed to be fiscally responsible, one that claims to be accountable, one

John Barrasso

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John Barrasso: that claims to be open, how did this administration allow this program to run out of money years ahead of schedule? well, it went broke because certain corporations and union-affiliated organization rushed to grab a taxpayer bailout. it is astonishing that the health care law supporters forced the american taxpayers to

John Barrasso

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John Barrasso: foot the bill to keep private companies and unions health insurance benefit promises to their workers. most americans would be shocked and outraged to learn that the administration did not even require companies to disclose their earnings in order to get the early retiree program funded.

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