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House Proceeding 02-06-07 on Feb 6th, 2007 :: 4:26:54 to 4:33:34
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4:26:43 to 4:26:54( Edit History Discussion )

this week continues the same policies, that help create the fiscal mess now facing our government. while the administration's budget claims to reach balance in 2012, unfortunately this budget is

David Scott

4:26:54 to 4:27:09( Edit History Discussion )

David Scott: in deficit eefer year under bush policy assumptions. the budget continues to make the wrong choices for the american people. it proposes substantial cuts to programs that benefit seniors,

David Scott

4:26:54 to 4:33:34( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: David Scott

David Scott

4:27:09 to 4:27:24( Edit History Discussion )

David Scott: working families and children, all the help pay-go for an extensive tax cut for folks earning over $400,000 a year. it's about priorities, mr. speaker. and the priorities found in this

David Scott

4:27:24 to 4:27:38( Edit History Discussion )

David Scott: budget, this budget as delivered this week by president bush are misplaced. i yield to the the gentleman from georgia, mr. scott. mr. scott: thank you, mr. ross. it's always a pleasure to be on

David Scott

4:27:38 to 4:27:57( Edit History Discussion )

David Scott: the floor with you. there's so much we need to cover. sometimes you wonder where to really begin. but i think today, we need to begin with what the president brought over here in his budget.

David Scott

4:27:57 to 4:28:15( Edit History Discussion )

David Scott: evidence a chance to look at it, to go through it, and i am just astounded. i truly am astounded at the recklessness of the president's budget, at the irresponsibleness of the president's budget. here

David Scott

4:28:15 to 4:28:31( Edit History Discussion )

David Scott: we are at a time when this country is crying out for very serious attention in health care , especially health care for those at the lower income and the middle class. and what do we get in the

David Scott

4:28:31 to 4:28:44( Edit History Discussion )

David Scott: president's budget, but a tax increase for the middle class and health care. what we get in this budget is a slash to medicare and to medicaid. i want to go through it just very quickly

David Scott

4:28:44 to 4:29:04( Edit History Discussion )

David Scott: so the american people and our colleagues, who might not have had a chance to really get into this budget, to see how surprisingly how irresponsible this budget is. the president's budget that

David Scott

4:29:04 to 4:29:24( Edit History Discussion )

David Scott: he just sent to us slashes medicare/medicaid by about $300 billion, when a time when medicare and medicaid are in greatest need. to slash those programs by $300 billion over the next 10 years,

David Scott

4:29:24 to 4:29:45( Edit History Discussion )

David Scott: with legislative and regulatory medicaid cuts totaling about $50 billion and medicare cuts totaling $252 billion. and rather than using these monies to reverse the growing number of uninsured

David Scott

4:29:45 to 4:30:01( Edit History Discussion )

David Scott: americans and indeed, listen to this startling statistic, since president bush took office in the last six years, added an additional 6.8 million uninsured americans. this is not a time

David Scott

4:30:01 to 4:30:23( Edit History Discussion )

David Scott: to cut the basic government safety net program for insuring americans when we're having more. this is why i say it's reckless. this is why i say it is irresponsible. and these monies are being

David Scott

4:30:23 to 4:30:39( Edit History Discussion )

David Scott: offset in his mind by tax cuts to millionaires. it's totally out of sync. the cuts include increases for beneficiaries and at the same time, the budget slashes medicare funding it protects

David Scott

4:30:39 to 4:30:55( Edit History Discussion )

David Scott: special interests. it leaves untouched massive overpayments by medicare to h.m.o.'s under the g.o.p. 2003 medicare modernization act and many of the medicare cuts will simply increase state

David Scott

4:30:55 to 4:31:09( Edit History Discussion )

David Scott: costs or lead to further restrictions in medicaid benefits. thus instead of assisting states to reduce, the number of uninsured under the bush budget will impede those efforts. in the area of

David Scott

4:31:09 to 4:31:25( Edit History Discussion )

David Scott: health care, and i mentioned at the outset that there would be in here this hidden tax increase for the middle class. here's where we find it. under the president's budget, employee health

David Scott

4:31:25 to 4:31:42( Edit History Discussion )

David Scott: benefits would, for the first time, be treated as income. and would be subject to income and payroll taxes, just like wages. this is new, for the first time. listen carefully. at the same

David Scott

4:31:42 to 4:31:59( Edit History Discussion )

David Scott: time, the president would create a tax deduction for health insurance of $15,000 for families and $7,500 for individuals. this proposal would fail to reduce the number of uninsured and it would also

David Scott

4:31:59 to 4:32:11( Edit History Discussion )

David Scott: mean a tax increase for millions of middle class families who have employers-sponsored health insurance worth more than insurance worth more than $15,000. you have to really look at the fine

David Scott

4:32:11 to 4:32:25( Edit History Discussion )

David Scott: print. and also because the new deduction would reduce taxable income, people's future social security benefits would be reduced as well. and as many health experts have pointed out, the

David Scott

4:32:25 to 4:32:40( Edit History Discussion )

David Scott: president's proposal would undermine employer-provided health insurance and would push people into the individual health insurance market, a market where insurers are able to refuse coverage

David Scott

4:32:40 to 4:32:59( Edit History Discussion )

David Scott: to workers based on their ell health. and karen davids pointed out about the president's proposal, she said, it's not solving the uninsured problem and it's not solving the cost problem.

David Scott

4:32:59 to 4:33:19( Edit History Discussion )

David Scott: so it's not really advancing what we need to have happen. here, at the most basic need, what government and people need the help, soaring high health care costs, this budget not only fails, but

David Scott

4:33:19 to 4:33:34( Edit History Discussion )

David Scott: to add insult to injury, adds a tax increase to the middle class in the process. i yield back my time. mr. ross: i thank the man from georgia, a very active member of the blue dog coalition,

Mike Ross

4:33:34 to 4:33:46( Edit History Discussion )

Mike Ross: mr. scott, and i hope you'll stay for the remainder of this hour. the president's budget for fiscal year 2008 as well as the blue dog coalition endorsed house resolution 97 to demand accountability

Mike Ross

4:33:34 to 4:38:34( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Mike Ross

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