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Keith Ellison

1:36:30 to 2:23:30( Edit History Discussion )
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Keith Ellison

1:36:46 to 1:37:08( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: together here a litle bit. mr. ellison: my name is keith ellison and i'm representing the congressional progressive caucus, a body of members of congress dedicated to the very simple idea that we all do bett when we al do better. the progressive caucus, a caucus

Keith Ellison

1:37:09 to 1:37:30( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: made up of members of congress, men, women, whites, blacks, latinos, asians, people of various different backgrounds throughout the country, all unified under the simple idea that everybody cunts and everybody matters, that there is no one who doesn't deserve civil rights, that everyone did he

Keith Ellison

1:37:31 to 1:37:51( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: serves civil rights. that women should have a right to choose. if there is nobody who is outside the pale of our beloved community and that we stand together on economic justice, environmental justice, stand together on the idea of health care for all, stand together on

Keith Ellison

1:37:52 to 1:38:14( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: the idea of real consumer protection, stand together against the idea that wall street bankers and well-to-do should have everything going their way, we think the working men and women of america should have something going our way. we do all the work around here and we are the ones who should see america operating on behalf

Keith Ellison

1:38:15 to 1:38:35( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: for the american people. this is what the progressive caucus is all about. the progressive caucus is al about saying the consumer justice is important, health care reform is critical. war is usually the enemy of the poor and that we ned to find a way to seek diplomacy and

Keith Ellison

1:38:36 to 1:38:56( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: dialogue and find a better way out of the conflicts that our country finds itself in. that is what the progressive progress -- caucus is about. how could i talk tonight without talking about the health care summit.

Keith Ellison

1:38:57 to 1:39:17( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: a lot of people were watching it on television. i commend president obama for having an open and transparent process. the republicans, the other side of the aisle, say we should start all over. as you can see by watching the broadcast today, there was long

Keith Ellison

1:39:18 to 1:39:40( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: hours of discussion. we had many, many hearings here in congress on health care. we had conversation with the american people going on a year no thank you. they wish we would, but we won't. the fact is, we have had a

Keith Ellison

1:39:41 to 1:40:01( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: national dialogue focusing on what it's like to have no health care coverage. facing bankrupt as health care expenses skyrocket and you are unable to meet that reality, facing a situation where you have to put your expenses, your medical expenses on a credit

Keith Ellison

1:40:02 to 1:40:23( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: card, which may have gone up to 28%. these are the kind of things that concern us. and the fact is, i want to commend the president for having this discussion. i do wish, however that there was a member of the progressive caucus in a leadership in her official capacity there. it's true there were people from

Keith Ellison

1:40:24 to 1:40:44( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: the progressive caucus there. but our leadership is representative grijalva and lynn woolsey. and other members of the progressive caucus, but none authorized to speak and im not happy about that. but you know what, things are seldom perfect in life.

Keith Ellison

1:40:45 to 1:41:05( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: i wish we would have it that way, but it didn't. fethings that are clear, one is that idology still rules the day for americans that they continue to face health care nightmares on a daily basis and

Keith Ellison

1:41:06 to 1:41:26( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: that the urgency of change is as powful as ever and we have to move forward. there is no way that we as a congress can engage the public imagination around health care for a whole year and come up with nothing. we need to have a health care bill. this is the progressive caucus and i'm talking about health and i'm talking about health

Keith Ellison

1:41:27 to 1:41:47( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: care and the economy today. i also want to say hat as we talk about health care and the economy from the perspective of the progressive caucus that this is the progressive mesage for an hour. we come here every wek and we speak about the critical issues facing the american people from

Keith Ellison

1:41:48 to 1:42:08( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: a progressive standpoint. and that's why i want to talk about health care right now. let's start off the conversation -- l today, not only was the health care summit on and not only was the same old debate laid out,

Keith Ellison

1:42:09 to 1:42:30( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: democrats, progressives wanting health care reform, folks in the party oposite, not so big on reform want to keep the status quo, the fact is, the house demonstrated and signaled its urgent desire to se health care reform when we tok up the health insurance industry fair

Keith Ellison

1:42:31 to 1:42:51( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: competion act just this week. . ? this bill stripped away a protection that was granted to insurance companies and required them to now compete. they got their -- they got their exemption from antitrt

Keith Ellison

1:42:52 to 1:43:12( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: laws taken away, not enacted into law but it was passed in the house, on the house floor just this week because the idea is that health care companies don't need to be exempted from antitrust laws. they need to face those laws because we need competition when businesses compete,

Keith Ellison

1:43:13 to 1:43:33( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: consumers benefit, simple as that. when businesses compete, consumers benefit. from far too long, health care industry, insurance industry, has played by a different set ofules. since 1945, the mccarran-ferguson act exempted businesses of insurance from antitrust laws. that's not right.

Keith Ellison

1:43:34 to 1:43:55( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: we did something about it this week, at least on the house side, hoping that the body down the hall does something similar. this bill that we passed of the house floor amends the mccarran-ferguson act by repealing the antitrust exemption afforded to health insurance industries. this is something the american

Keith Ellison

1:43:56 to 1:44:16( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: people want and most people didn't understand why they had an antitrust exemption in the first place. but under the bill, health insurers will no longer be shielded from being held accountable for price fixing, dividing up territories among themselves, sabotaging their competitors in order to gain

Keith Ellison

1:44:17 to 1:44:39( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: monopoly power and other anti-competitive practices. if they do it and we can get it passed into law, they'll be held accountable. they'll be take ton court and that's what we need. removing the antitrust exemption not only enables appropriate enforcement but will give all health insurance companies healthy, competive

Keith Ellison

1:44:40 to 1:45:00( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: incentives to promote better affordability, improve quality, improve innovation and greater consumer choice as antitrust laws have done for the rest of the economy over the centuries. removing this antitrust exemption is key and it's supported by law enforcement group the national association of attorneys general, the national association of

Keith Ellison

1:45:01 to 1:45:21( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: attorneys generals has consistently opposed legislation for specific industries because there's no evidence that such exemptions promote competition or serve the public interest. they do not promote the public interest. they undermine the public interest. i just want to tell everybody

Keith Ellison

1:45:22 to 1:45:46( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: that this piece of legislation passed off the house floor signaling greater change as we are driving every day a little closer to rea health care reform. and so, the health insurance industry fair competition act passed off the house floor this week, just a piece of health care reform, but an important piece.

Keith Ellison

1:45:47 to 1:46:08( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: let me now turn to the larger issue of health care reform by addressing something called the public option. you know, you've heard me talking about the public option and i believe in the public option, all the public option is, is to say that, look, you know, we're gog to have this system in america of private insurance that's not going to be undermined.

Keith Ellison

1:46:09 to 1:46:30( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: i believe in universal single-payer health care but the president's format is to essentially reform the existing system of private health care insurance. no problem. and by the way, i'm always for private doctors. always for private health care providers. i just thi we should pay for it through single payer which would be much more affordable for everyone.

Keith Ellison

1:46:31 to 1:46:53( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: but the public option is simply a government-run program, and i don't shy away from calling it that, because medicare is government-run and the v.a. is government-run and there's nothing wrong with that. but it's an agency that could be set up by the government that would offer an insurance product for people to get health care coverage which

Keith Ellison

1:46:54 to 1:47:16( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: cod offer real competition to the private insurance market. now, the thing about the public option that you should know is that over 120 membs of the house of representatives has said in a letter that we want that and we would like to see it make it intoaw.

Keith Ellison

1:47:17 to 1:47:38( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: and not only that over 24 senators, or 24 senators have said that they want to vote on the public option as well. this is a very, very important developnt because the fact is, when you have 24 senators and 120 house members, that's a lot. and senator reid has said he favors the public option and

Keith Ellison

1:47:39 to 1:48:00( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: clearly the public option already passed through the house once already, and so this is a great idea. it's supported by the american people. 70% of the american public likes it. the public option should be in the final bill that eventually is signed by president obama, yet the public option was talked about at the health care

Keith Ellison

1:48:01 to 1:48:21( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: summit today, we're very glad about that. members of the progressive caucus went to the white house, handed out a document urging members at the summit to raise the issue about the public option. let me just say the facts about the public option. one is that poll after poll has shown at the vast majority of americans believe public option

Keith Ellison

1:48:22 to 1:48:42( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: should be included in health care insurance reform. 57% for a strong public option in a "washington post"/abc poll this winter. if the american people want it, if it's already passed through the house, if 24 senators say they want it and the majority

Keith Ellison

1:48:43 to 1:49:03( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: leaders say they want it, why can't we get a vote on it? i'm saying this is someing that's a pgressive idea, good for america, and i want to urge americans to say the public option is a good thing. congress and the president have answered the call of the american people by dealing with health care. but we've got to get a good health care bill.

Keith Ellison

1:49:04 to 1:49:25( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: if we're going to use reconciliation because we can't get republican cooperation why don't we get the best deal we can get. why don't question we get a bill get. incrementalism has its place but if we don't have to bother about getting 60 senators in order to get around the filibuster rules, why don't we just go wh a good bill that

Keith Ellison

1:49:26 to 1:49:47( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: would really help the american people that would lower costs, that would increase affordability, at would have an option for people. it's a good idea. the fact is, the fact is that democratic health care reform plan which passed through the house and included a public option is a bill that makes a

Keith Ellison

1:49:48 to 1:50:08( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: lot of sense, it covers pre-existing conditions, stops the practice of rescission, denying you health care when you need it most, stopping the bankrupting of our businesses and families when they get sick. but the public option in particular, part of the plan that passed through the house offers and introduces

Keith Ellison

1:50:09 to 1:50:29( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: competion, lower costs for consumers and brings higher quality health care to millions of americans. i think americans want to see the public option in the final product and i think it's something that people should let their government know that they want. the fact is, currently in 34 states, 75% of the insurance

Keith Ellison

1:50:30 to 1:50:52( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: market is controlled by five or fewer companies. many areas of the country are dominated by one or two priv organizations. a public option would offer choice to people living in these highly concentrated markets. this means the aition of a public option would provide quality and affordable choice. the public option offers competition.

Keith Ellison

1:50:53 to 1:51:14( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: again, in 34 states, 75% of the insurancearket is controlled by five or fewer companies. in alabama, almost 90% of the market is controlled by just one company. that's not fair. in addition, the public option would provide competion for ivate insurance companies to keep them honest. it would be completely up to individuals to decide whether

Keith Ellison

1:51:15 to 1:51:36( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: they want to access the public option. you don't have to use the public option. in fact, you could go to the private market if you feel there's a better deal there. but the public option will be there so that concentrated markets could not simply force you to buy their product. if the american congress, if the congress of the united states, is going to mandate that americans get health care

Keith Ellison

1:51:37 to 1:51:57( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: insurance, we should at least say that there'll be a public option so you don't have to -- we don't forc you into the arms of a monopolistic, highly concentrated market which will take advantage of you because of its advantages. i mean, it's market advantages. americans should be free to seek health care without having

Keith Ellison

1:51:58 to 1:52:18( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: the fear that they could not afford it or it would inkuertens of thousands of dollars in debt. the public option offers us an advantage on costs. we know that existing public options like medicare and medicaid consist -- consistently have lower administrative costs than their private insurance counterparts. of course they do.

Keith Ellison

1:52:19 to 1:52:39( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: according to the commonwealth fund, the net administrative costs for medicare and medicaid were 5% and 8% respectively. you can look at the top five private health insurance companies, their administrative cost were 17%. while the insurance market is controlled by fewer and fewer insurance companies in more and more states, there's little

Keith Ellison

1:52:40 to 1:53:00( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: incentive to lower costs why not? they're not in competion. but a public option would offer the competition all over the country and help americans aford health care. let me just say that we've been debating health care for a year new. -- a year now. people like me wanted a single payer health care system, i'm so proud of the over 60 members

Keith Ellison

1:53:01 to 1:53:21( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: of congress who signed on to john conyers bill for single payer health care. but we compromised when we said, ok, we're not going to get that, the single payer was not given a fair chance in the house of representatives, in my opinion, but you know be that as it is, we said, ok, we'll

Keith Ellison

1:53:22 to 1:53:43( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: compromise and do the public option. but now, the public option has been pushed to the side and as early as august of 2009, we were told the public option is off the table. off the table was what we were told. well the public option is such a gd idea, such a powerful concept, that it keeps putting itself back on the table.

Keith Ellison

1:53:44 to 1:54:05( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: so what it took -- when it looked like the public option was off the table again this winter, in winter we thought, ok the public option is of the table again, then we see a movement, first it was just four senators, senator bennett, senator joe brand, senator

Keith Ellison

1:54:06 to 1:54:29( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: brown, and these senators came together and they wrote a letter to harry reid and said we want to vote on the public option and we're going to ask you to put it up there. then it was five, then six, got up to 24. and then there's a number of senators who said they don't want to sign a letter, that's their choice, but they'd vote for it if it comes before them.

Keith Ellison

1:54:30 to 1:54:51( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: of course we saw two dynamic freshman member of -- members of congress, chellie pingree and jared polis, dynamic, young congresspeople offered a letter that 120 of us joined. now we've got these two -- both houses have these movement moving forward that we didn't see the public option in the

Keith Ellison

1:54:52 to 1:55:12( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: president's proposal but both houses of congress are seeing movements toward it. i believe if we put that bill on the president's table with a public oopings on it, he'll sign it. he said he fivered -- favored the idea. here's his chance to prove it. the fact is, bureaucratic overhead costs coupled with

Keith Ellison

1:55:13 to 1:55:33( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: multimillion dollar c.e.o. salaries equate to high costs for america's working families and a lack of competition provides no sin sentiv to -- no incentive to lower costs. higher quality. competition always improves quality. therefore public option will

Keith Ellison

1:55:34 to 1:55:56( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: help consumers get better verage for the same amount of money as private insurers. now there are myths about the public option. i think people ought to know that. the idea of public option being a government takeover or even a government-run program is not really the truth. the idea that a mandated health insurance is a new tax on

Keith Ellison

1:55:57 to 1:56:18( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: people is also not true. what a public option really is, is that the government would help cover the high costs of insurance for americans while bringing those costs down to through -- down through competion. without health insurance reform, however, we can expect the problems that exist today will only get worse.

Keith Ellison

1:56:19 to 1:56:39( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: now the publicption is not a takeover of health care. that's ridiculous. it's not true. it would simply be one option among many. offered by the public. now, it would be administered by the government but so what. so is medicaid, more medicare and the v.a. and tricare and these are all

Keith Ellison

1:56:40 to 1:57:00( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: government health care programs that people really,really like. as a matter of fact, wh it comes to medicare, back in 1965, when we passed it, odge 22 republicans voted for it and now they act like they're the defenders of the program, which they're not. but the fact is, nobody's messing with it, medicare

Keith Ellison

1:57:01 to 1:57:21( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: nowadays, why? because it's a popular program even though only 2 republicans voted for it in 1965 when it first passed, it is now the way we live and nobody, nobody is going to allow it to be taken away. .

Keith Ellison

1:57:22 to 1:57:42( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: in 10 years the out of pocket costs ll increase by more than 35% anas many as 65.7 million americans wil be uninsured. that's intolerable in this great country. higher costs to taxpayers to cover hospital costs for the uninsured and taxpayers will

Keith Ellison

1:57:43 to 1:58:03( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: have to pay health insurance premiums, at least 60% higher than premiums today. there is support for the public option, not just the house or the senate, but also doctors are in support of the public option. and organizations strongly

Keith Ellison

1:58:04 to 1:58:25( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: support the public option, too. these are the american nurses association, the american cancer society, the american medical association and aarp. even hospitals, such as the national association of children's hospitals are supporting the principles of health care change and the public option.

Keith Ellison

1:58:26 to 1:58:46( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: when the american medical association says they are for the public option, theylet you know that the other people on the other side the aisle are saying, oh, the democratic congress wants to get betwen you and your doctors, isn't true. t's just not the case. you need to be aware of the myths that are out there.

Keith Ellison

1:58:47 to 1:59:08( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: as i said before, three courageous members of the progressive caucus went over to the white house today and offered a congressional progressive caucus' perspective and i was proud that they did that. the congressional progressive caucus did not receive an invitation but we showed up and we handed our idea to the

Keith Ellison

1:59:09 to 1:59:29( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: people who were invited and we are happy to see that both speaker pelosi and majority leader hoyer introduced the idea of the public option and we thank them for that. and so let me move into another area before we wrap it up tonight and what i want to talk about is the economy.

Keith Ellison

1:59:30 to 1:59:51( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: now, it's important as we discuss the economy to bear in mind that we have congresswoman quite a long way, quite a long way. in fact, when the republicans were in ofice, they literally drove -- not literally, but figuratively drove the economy

Keith Ellison

1:59:52 to 2:00:12( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: into a ditch, ran the economy into the ground. the economy shrank 5.4% in the fourth quarter of 208. barack obama was not the president then. this was under george bush when the economy shrank 5.4% in the fourth quarter of 2008.

Keith Ellison

2:00:13 to 2:00:35( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: the fact is is that the economy lost 741,000 jobs in january of 2009 alone. rember barack obama was not the president until january 20. this is a bush failure and of course, a republican failure.

Keith Ellison

2:00:36 to 2:00:56( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: under the republicans, we erase $2.7 trillion in retirement savings. people trying to retire saw their retirement savings just shrink under the leadership of the republicans. very carey. not very nice to the seniors and more than doubling the debt in eight years. these folks shake their fingers

Keith Ellison

2:00:57 to 2:01:18( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: at us like we are big spenders. look, they doubled the debt in eight years when president clinton left office, we had a surplus. they took care of that because they cut taxes for the wealthiest americans and never paid for them, which created - and a couple of wars they didn't

Keith Ellison

2:01:19 to 2:01:39( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: pay for and put us in massive debt. the worst recesion since the great depression shuld be called the republican recession. now just to show you a litle bit more. you know, i was talking about is ida of public debt a moment ago and we should be

Keith Ellison

2:01:40 to 2:02:00( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: concerned about debt. as a progressive i'm woried about debt because interest on the debt can't be waived or put off. youave to pay it when it's due. it cuts into programs and expenditures that could help people, like helping people who are in need of medical

Keith Ellison

2:02:01 to 2:02:22( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: assistance, helping our schools, firefighters and police and teachers and public safety people and al these things get squeezed when you have to pay that high debt service. but republicans lack credibility on fiscal responsibility. th don't want to spend money that help regular folks.

Keith Ellison

2:02:23 to 2:02:43( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: but when it comes out to helping wealthy folks, i have a lot of friends who are doing wel, but they don't need folks looking out for them because they got the money. but the point is, republics lack credibility on fiscal responsibility. not that they don't spend -

Keith Ellison

2:02:44 to 2:03:06( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: they spend it on tax cuts for the very wealthy and wars. and so debt held by the public nearly doubled under the bush administration. can look here, the year 200, wsee the red ink going up and up and up and up al the way to

Keith Ellison

2:03:07 to 2:03:27( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: $.4 trillion. so the fact is when -- this is their debt. and now they want to lecture about debt and fiscal responsibility. but it rings hollow because of their history. let me show you this is3 let me show you this board. this is a good one.

Keith Ellison

2:03:28 to 2:03:49( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: democrats actually have a proven record of fiscal responsibility. democrats are good with the economy. we do a good job when we're char. when you look at this, you'll see -- what you'l see is that during - you'll se these

Keith Ellison

2:03:50 to 2:04:13( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: budget deficits and surpluses. this is when we se the budget surplus during the clinton years is going up, it goes above zero. so we have more money. but here, the amou of money that we have is less and less and seeing ourselves greater and greater in debt.

Keith Ellison

2:04:14 to 2:04:37( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: under the reagan-bush years, the debt is going up while our surplus is going down. and then you see the surplus going up on the blue line and then you see the dropof when it comes to -- we have no surplus here and negative surplus also

Keith Ellison

2:04:38 to 2:04:59( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: known as a deficit. democrats have responsibility. you are seeing the product of republican leadership and their fiscal irresponsibility. now, this is an important board,

Keith Ellison

2:05:00 to 2:05:20( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: because right now, it's all about jobs. we need health care because it's such a big chunk of a family budget. we need to cut that down and cover everybody so health care is economic justice for people. it's important to understand that people are seeing the job

Keith Ellison

2:05:21 to 2:05:41( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: losses because of the republican recession. democrats turn around. republicans have these job losses. now, look. we are losing jobs. all these red lines is unemployment. we're going down. monthly change. you see that. and we're going down, all the way down. just hitting it.

Keith Ellison

2:05:42 to 2:06:03( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: in january of 2009, you se democrats in control and we are adding to job loses here, it's worse and worse and worse and then you see the slow but steady improvement. now, we're still not creating jo. and this is a serious problem. you can see we're going in the right direction.

Keith Ellison

2:06:04 to 2:06:25( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: you can see with deocrats in there, we're doing better. so the last month bush was th president, we lost 741,000 jobs in a month. and the last month, it doesn't reflect the most recent data, we lost 2,00. we still lost and that's bad. but the fact is we are losing

Keith Ellison

2:06:26 to 2:06:46( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: fewer and fewer and fewer and in a few months, we'l be above the line and adding jobs, which is something that is very important to point out. you know whatthe toughest job in the circus is? cleaning up after the elephants. republicans are trying to clean

Keith Ellison

2:06:47 to 2:07:08( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: up and it's not an easy thing to do but in a short period of time, the democrats are getting it turned around. now, one of the things that helped turn things around is the recovery act. you heard these folks say, recovery act is bad. you would think that the

Keith Ellison

2:07:09 to 2:07:30( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: recovery act wasn't anything good. but look at this here. g.o.p., no hypocrisy in seking stimulus money. they say they are working on behalf of their constituents. the dcc, claim they are talking

Keith Ellison

2:07:31 to 2:07:52( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: out of both sides of their mouth. no one republicans voted for it. they were all against it, even though it clearly put americans backs to work and stopped the bleed of jobs. but that didn't stop them from going up at ribbon cuttings and

Keith Ellison

2:07:53 to 2:08:13( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: being there and just trying to show off and say, lok, i didn't vote for it, but i want to benefit from it. isn't that terrible? amid mounting criticism, democrats said it is not hypocritical to vote against it

Keith Ellison

2:08:14 to 2:08:34( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: and later sek money for their districts. in standing in opposition against th stimulus bill, many republicans have touted the benefits of that measure back in their districts according to a comprehensive list compiled by the democratic national campaign committee.

Keith Ellison

2:08:35 to 2:08:56( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: the dcc claims that 91 house republicans are taking - talking out of both sides of their mouth. former senator alan simpson and governor schwarzenegger have echoed the dcc claims. like my dad who is a republican,

Keith Ellison

2:08:57 to 2:09:17( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: there are honest republicans and schwarzenegger is telling the truth. but key house republicans argue that a vote against the stimulus bill should not prevent them from writing a leter seeking grants available from the $787 billion measure. some of them do say, however, that republicans should refrain from atending photo ops.

Keith Ellison

2:09:18 to 2:09:38( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: and it goes on. what's the point? the point is, they created a recession with their policies of tax cuts for the rich, wars they didn't pay for, tax cuts they didn't pay for, no regulation of wall street and leting things

Keith Ellison

2:09:39 to 2:10:01( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: run amuck, not regulating predatory regulating and then they create this situation where the economy tanks. then when we put measures in place to bring the economy back to life, they vote against it, but then they run to take advantage of it. that's bad. now, the recovery act.

Keith Ellison

2:10:02 to 2:10:23( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: c.b.o., the nonpartisan congressional budget office estimates that in the third quarter of calendar 209, an additional$600,000 to $-- 1.6 million people were employed in the united states. in the third quarter of the calendar year 2009 additional

Keith Ellison

2:10:24 to 2:10:45( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: 600,000 to 1.6 million people were employed. that's good. the congressional budget office projects that te recovery act will increase real g.d.p. during the first half of 2010 an 1.2 to 3.8%

Keith Ellison

2:10:46 to 2:11:06( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: that is good as wel. zandi who was a consultant for senator john mccain who was running for president, pretty conservative said i don't think it's an accident that the economy has goneut of recession and into recovery at the same time stimulus is providing its economic impact.

Keith Ellison

2:11:07 to 2:11:27( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: even a conservative economist is telling them that the stimulus is working and i just wish they would agree that democrats are better for the economy. i just wish the republicans would agree with the unbiased evidence that democrats are better for the economy retirement accounts recovering

Keith Ellison

2:11:28 to 2:11:51( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: under the obama administration. here, we se under the bush administration the value of retirement accounts is going down. value of retirement savings accounts -- you see them, they are going down, down, down, down, dropping. and a under the obama administration, retirement

Keith Ellison

2:11:52 to 2:12:14( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: accounts are up $1.8 trillion as we see them climb in the first quarter of 2009, steadilyback up. more evidence that democrats are better with the economy, which is the thing that helps you put food on the table, house and retirement money in your account.

Keith Ellison

2:12:15 to 2:12:36( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: . these boards just moving right through these boards here, i want to show you folks, this is the -- this is what's produced by the economy in any given time. in the first quarter of 2008 we had negative g.d.p. growth, popped up for a minute, but it

Keith Ellison

2:12:37 to 2:12:57( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: kept going down, down, down, this is under bush. then g.d.p. growth going back up. these are projected increases. the fact is the economy, the g.d.p. is increasing, that means real goods and services produced, that means people working, that means pduction that means people providing services and it means food on the table, soup in the pot,

Keith Ellison

2:12:58 to 2:13:19( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: that's what it means. or chicken or whatever you ke. so let me say as i begin to wrap it up, the fact is, is that the economy is not back to health yet. it needs more things, i believe very strongly and the progressive caucus agrees, that

Keith Ellison

2:13:20 to 2:13:40( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: we need a direct job creation from the government like the w.p.a. where we put people back to work, painting public buildings, working in head starts, doing valuable work that needs to be done and that these jobs can be paid and they wouldn't be just special kind

Keith Ellison

2:13:41 to 2:14:01( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: of jobs, you would just -- they would be jobs that people can do and hopefully keep that job, if we can ignite the economy and keep the period of growth going. the economy is not out of the woods yet. we still have unemployment that is intol rahably high, particularly in -- intolerablely high, particularly in minority communities.

Keith Ellison

2:14:02 to 2:14:23( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: we have to do something about it, no doubt about that, but we're direction and we need to improve and keep the drive alive. keep the drive alive, not turn back. i want to say to folks out, across america, you know, the fact is, is that it takes more than a couple of years get things

Keith Ellison

2:14:24 to 2:14:46( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: so many years of difficulty. we need young people, new americans, communities of color, working people, labor, everyone to keep their level of enthusiasm up about what the prospects for america are. to not get discouraged just because things didn't pop back into shape as soon as george bush handed over the mantle of

Keith Ellison

2:14:47 to 2:15:07( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: the presidency. it's going to take a little bit of time, but things are going in the right direction. one year in, the evidence is clear that the recovery act is working to cushion the greatest economic crisis since the great depression and lay a newfoundation for economic growth according to the nonpartisan congressional budget office.

Keith Ellison

2:15:08 to 2:15:28( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: the recovery act is responsible for as many as 2.4 million jobs. the analysis of the council of economic advisors also found the recovery act is responsible for about two million jobs a figure in line with estimates from private forecasters around the -- in the economy. even the conservative american

Keith Ellison

2:15:29 to 2:15:49( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: enterprise institute is agreeing that the recovery act is helping create jobs. which no republican voted for in the stimulus package. very important to rember that. in recent -- we recently learned that our economy grew 5.7% in the fourth quarter.

Keith Ellison

2:15:50 to 2:16:11( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: the largest gain in six years and something many economists say is due to the recovery act. so again, negative g.d.p. growth, meaning we were losing, the economy was shrinking when bush was the president and now it's growing. very important for people to know that. the recovery act, by the way,

Keith Ellison

2:16:12 to 2:16:32( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: did cut taxes for 95% of working families. the republican, they love their tax cuts. but not for the regular working people. only for the very well-to-do. but the recovery act did cut taxes for about 95% of american families making work pay, which

Keith Ellison

2:16:33 to 2:16:53( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: is the -- the making work pay -- tax credit, for abt 110 working families in -- 110 million working families in 2009. the recovery act made small business loans through the recovery act, providing $20 billion in much-needed capital. the recovery act funded over

Keith Ellison

2:16:54 to 2:17:15( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: 12,500 transportation construction projects nationwide and when 40% of all construction works -- workers are on the bench, that work is very, very welcome. thes projects range from highway construction to airport improvement, of which more than 8,500 are already under way. it funded 51 sup fund sites from the national priority list

Keith Ellison

2:17:16 to 2:17:36( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: and of those, 34 have already had on-site construction. the recovery act which i was proud to vote for, has done a lot of good for america. so as we wrap it up today, it's important just to bear in mind that health care reform is a key component and a vital

Keith Ellison

2:17:37 to 2:17:58( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: component of restoring our country to economic health. we need health care reform, remember, the republicans have the house, the senate and the white house between 2000 and 2006 and they didn't do anything. -- anything to improve the health care situation for americans.

Keith Ellison

2:17:59 to 2:18:19( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: the gentleman will have an hour to say whatever he wants. mr. king: will the gentleman yields to correct a fact? mr. ellison: i don't yield. no, i'm not yielding. you're going to say whatever you want later. let me keep on. 2000 to 2006the republicans had the white house, check the

Keith Ellison

2:18:20 to 2:18:42( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: facts, mr. speaker, they had the senate, and they had the house of representatives and they didn't do anything to help healthare. mr. king: will the gentleman yield? mr. ellison: i've answered that question. i will not yield. i don't have to yield, mr. speaker. mr. king: parliamentary inquiry. the speaker pro tempore: the

Keith Ellison

2:18:43 to 2:19:05( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: gentleman will state his inquiry. mr. king: is it normal to -- for a member to yield to a polite request. the speaker pro tempore: it is at the discretion of the person in control.

Keith Ellison

2:19:09 to 2:19:30( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: mr. king: when a member states an erroneous facts for the record, is it permissible for the -- for another member. the speaker pro tempore: does the gentleman have a point of order or some other cause? mr. king: i'd have a point of

Keith Ellison

2:19:31 to 2:19:51( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: order if we didn't have members in bed right now. i'll concede this and yield back. mr. ellison: let me say for the third time from 2000 to 2006, the republicans had the presidency, they had the house of representatives, and the senate and they didn't do anything to help americans improve the health care situation.

Keith Ellison

2:19:52 to 2:20:13( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: they didn't do a thing. they allowed premiums to increase, they allowed co-pays to increase, they loy uhed people to be denid doctor they allowed people to be denied for pre-existing conditions. they allowed the numbers of the uninsured to increase and they

Keith Ellison

2:20:14 to 2:20:34( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: allowed -- they allowed a very difficult, awful situation so now we've got upwards of 45 million people who don't have alth care and while republicans could have done something about it, they didn't -- they did not do anything about it. now in a few minutes, mr. speaker, i'm going to yield. in a few minute, i'm sure my friend from iowa will have plenty to say.

Keith Ellison

2:20:35 to 2:20:56( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: but i would like, mr. speaker, that anyone listening to the sound of my voice examine the facts i laid out. they are true. the republicans could have done something to help americans address their health care cris between 2000 and 2006 and they did not do anytng. since the democrats regained

Keith Ellison

2:20:57 to 2:21:19( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: the congress we passed schip, state children's health insurance program, which president bush vetoed, and we're trying to fix one mess they made with prescription drugs by filling the doughnut hole but all that program was was a boon to large pharmaceutical companies and we're trying to fix that debacle now.

Keith Ellison

2:21:20 to 2:21:41( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: the fact is, is that the republican caucus could have helped the american people and they declined the invitation to do so. and now, while we're -- while america is embroiled in a conversation around health care reform for a year they have come up with nothing constructive.

Keith Ellison

2:21:42 to 2:22:02( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: all they want to do is deprive americans of their right to civil redress under the law, their doctors sometimes make mistakes. they call it tort reform. what it really is is denying consumers the right to redress grievances. which is an american thing to do, to try to fix these problems. we're not saying that people

Keith Ellison

2:22:03 to 2:22:24( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: who abuse the legal system shouldn't have accountability, we are saying do not shut the doors when americans have a legitimate claim. which is what i think the republican caucus is in favor of. the fact is, mr.speaker, is that this hour, called the progressive caucus hour, is all about talking about progressive

Keith Ellison

2:22:25 to 2:22:46( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: measures that have made america great. i would offer to this, mr. speaker that every single thing that has made america the wonderful, beautiful, great country that it is has been a progressive proposal. breaking away from england was progressive. throwing off a dictator was progressive. freeinpeople from slavery was

Keith Ellison

2:22:47 to 2:23:07( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: a progressive thing to do. lowing unions to organize was a progressive step forward. civil rights was progress. women's rights was progressive. getting rid of the pohl tax was progressive -- of the poll tax was progressive. it's been conservatives every step of the way trying to block these things. america is a progressive country.

Keith Ellison

2:23:08 to 2:23:28( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: america believes everybody does better when everybody does better. america believes, deep in its heart, in religious tolerance, in economic justice we believe in equality for al people, but conservatives try to hold this country back and maintain the status quo and have beein the way all along. tonight, mr. speaker, i'll yid back the microphone

Keith Ellison

2:23:29 to 2:23:30( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: knowing full well that those following me will have plenty

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