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House Proceeding on Apr 22nd, 2009 :: 4:36:40 to 4:39:55
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Allyson Y. Schwartz

4:36:37 to 4:36:57( Edit History Discussion )

Allyson Y. Schwartz: so we can truly have a debate. that's why we are trying to do this. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from south carolina. mr. spratt: madam speak yield three minutes to the gentlewoman from pennsylvania, ms. schwartz. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for three minutes. ms. schwartz: thank you. i thank the chairman again for his extraordinary work as chair of the budget committee. let's be clear what we are talking about here.

Allyson Y. Schwartz

4:36:40 to 4:39:55( Edit History Discussion )
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Allyson Y. Schwartz

4:36:58 to 4:37:18( Edit History Discussion )

Allyson Y. Schwartz: a lot of this i think to those who might be listening don't quite understand what a motion to instruct is and what reconciliation language is. simply puthat we have before us is a decision. are we going to tackle health care reform, energy independence, and educated repaired work force in the next year?

Allyson Y. Schwartz

4:37:19 to 4:37:40( Edit History Discussion )

Allyson Y. Schwartz: we are going to make significant progress. the budget allows us to do that. there is no question that we would like to see i done in bipartisan way. the budget sets out language that says, let's work on this in a bipartisan way. it's out until september, gives us most of the time to do that. all we hear from the other side is, no, let's not do this.

Allyson Y. Schwartz

4:37:41 to 4:38:01( Edit History Discussion )

Allyson Y. Schwartz: let's not do anything about the high cost of health care for american families. the high cost of health care for our businesses. the fact that it effects our economy d job growth. we have all heard from businesses that say, i would hire another employee, a small businesswoman said to me, but i can't afford to pay for their health benefits.

Allyson Y. Schwartz

4:38:02 to 4:38:23( Edit History Discussion )

Allyson Y. Schwartz: families with story after story of families that can't pay for needed health care. we know it is time to find a truly american solution to containing costs, improving access to health care for all americans. it has long been a moral imperative. it is now an economic imperative as well for our nation's people and our nation's businesses.

Allyson Y. Schwartz

4:38:24 to 4:38:44( Edit History Discussion )

Allyson Y. Schwartz: let me say what we hear from the other side is just let's not do it. let's not do it. they would rather discuss process and instead of debating the issue which we could do, they are busy discussing process. we hear it over and over again. let's read the language in the reserve fund. it's revenue neutral. we'll find the money to do this. we'll debate this.

Allyson Y. Schwartz

4:38:45 to 4:39:05( Edit History Discussion )

Allyson Y. Schwartz: the committees are holding hearings. we are talking to our constituents. it is time for us to finally set out the path to do this. let's be clear. in the first eight weeks of this administration, we did more on health care than the prior eight years before. and i'm proud of what we have done. we had little cooperation from the other side to get it done. in spite of our president and

Allyson Y. Schwartz

4:39:06 to 4:39:27( Edit History Discussion )

Allyson Y. Schwartz: our leadership and many of us reaching out to the other side. what did we do? we made sure that 11 million children of working families whose parents simply cannot afford or have access to health care coverage have health care coverage for their children. 11illion american children. i think that's great. we should make sure that every child in this country has access to health care coverage.

Allyson Y. Schwartz

4:39:28 to 4:39:49( Edit History Discussion )

Allyson Y. Schwartz: and we can. we moved ahead on funding for n.i.h., for health information technology, to do stem cell research, to find the cures and treatments that all of us know family members need for the future. we made sure that those who have recently unemployed, who can't afford health care coverage, get a suxdier for the next -- subs

Allyson Y. Schwartz

4:39:50 to 4:39:55( Edit History Discussion )

Allyson Y. Schwartz: can i for -- subsidy for the next nine months. first time we have done that. it is clear we have before us a

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