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Senate Proceeding on Feb 2nd, 2011 :: 5:24:45 to 5:39:35
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Jeff Sessions

5:24:42 to 5:25:03( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: that isn't happening today. mr. president, i yield the floor. the presiding officer: the senator from mr. sessions: mr. president, i rise in strong and vehement support of senator mcconnell's

Jeff Sessions

5:24:45 to 5:39:35( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jeff Sessions

Jeff Sessions

5:25:04 to 5:25:25( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: bill to repeal the health care reform law as now constituted and will support replacing it with reforms that truly provide americans with access quality, affordable health care, reduce skyrocketing health care costs and put our nations on a more sustainable fiscal path. these good goals can be

Jeff Sessions

5:25:26 to 5:25:46( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: achieved, but this current bill does not do it. i'm pleased to see my colleagues say they would accept some amendments, but the johanns amendment he made reference to was voted on twice last year, and when the significant majority in this body, they voted it down. after seven new members have

Jeff Sessions

5:25:47 to 5:26:07( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: been added, many of them elected on a promise to repeal this -- every one, virtually, on a promise to repeal this bill, we now have the agreement to change the 1099, which is about .01 of

Jeff Sessions

5:26:08 to 5:26:28( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: what's significant about this legislation. indeed, if senator scott brown had been elected a month or so sooner, the bill wouldn't have passed as it did on december 24, the day before christmas. the american people have never supported this bill. polling numbers shows they still do not support this bill.

Jeff Sessions

5:26:29 to 5:26:49( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: the democratic health care legislation was sold as a package that would reduce insurance premiums by $2,500 per family. we were told that repeatedly. it would trim the federal deficit, reduce the deficit and immediately create 400,000 new

Jeff Sessions

5:26:50 to 5:27:11( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: jobs. sadly, none of these promises have been met, they were all false. they were attacked on this floor by people who were sophisticated, and they pointed out how these matters were not going to be achieved and they have not. they were false then and they're false now. the new health care law will cause health care spending to

Jeff Sessions

5:27:12 to 5:27:32( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: rise over the next decade. americans will see dramatic increases in their premiums. that is a fact. the federal deficit will increase by an additional additional $700 billion. this bill does not reduce the deficit, and the law's expensive

Jeff Sessions

5:27:33 to 5:27:54( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: mandates, penalties and tax hikes will lead to job losses and layoffs that will damage our economy. the last thing we need to do now is to have employers lay off people because of surging health care costs, as is happening.

Jeff Sessions

5:27:55 to 5:28:17( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: talk to small businesses in your communities. as our nation's reckless fiscal policy and surging debt brings us ever closer to a tipping point, a debt crisis that could damage our country substantially as it has others around the world. respected economists have stressed the need for congress

Jeff Sessions

5:28:18 to 5:28:39( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: to reduce federal spending and contain mounting health care losses, but rather than tackle these problems that threaten the long-term stability of our nation, new -- nation's new health care law exacerbates a fiscal crisis by creating a new open-ended entitlement, a monumental new entitlement

Jeff Sessions

5:28:40 to 5:29:00( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: program. introducing $2.6 trillion in new spending. tell me how we can spend spend $2.6 trillion and not increase spending in our country. entitlements today are hammering our budget.

Jeff Sessions

5:29:01 to 5:29:25( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: they are surging our deficit. entitlements are dangerous things. the last thing we need to do is create a new entitlement that's not going to be contained in its spending. and according to the congressional budget office, our official analyst, the new health care law, our own group, the c.b.o., appointed by the democratic majority, says that

Jeff Sessions

5:29:26 to 5:29:47( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: the health care law will cause insurance premiums in the individual market to soar by 10-14%. for american families, translating it into a $2,100 increase in their costs for purchasing health care coverage by 2016.

Jeff Sessions

5:29:48 to 5:30:08( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: that's huge. another $2,100? that's a stunning development and is exactly opposite of the promises of the bill. c.b.o. scored that. total health care spending in the united states consumes already 17.3% of g.d.p. and we have felt that that was too high. it's the largest of any industrialized nation in the

Jeff Sessions

5:30:09 to 5:30:29( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: world. but under this new law, the national health care spending will approach 20% of g.d.p. by the end of this decade. this is the budget committee scoring chaired by the democratic majority in the -- in the congress. sadly, many supporters of the health care law continue to perpetuate the myth that repealing this law would

Jeff Sessions

5:30:30 to 5:30:51( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: increase the deficit. my friend, senator schumer said, repeal the law and the deficit will go up. a thorough examination of the law pulls back the curtain to expose the deceptive budget gimmicks on how that is stated and reveal the true cost.

Jeff Sessions

5:30:52 to 5:31:12( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: the double counted -- first, our democratic colleagues double counted $398 billion in medicare costs and taxes, $29 billion in social security taxes, $70 billion in new long-term health care premiums to pay for the new health care spending.

Jeff Sessions

5:31:13 to 5:31:33( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: double counted money. it's the largest accounting scheme i suppose in the history of the world. think i'm exaggerating? december 23, the night before this budget -- this health care bill was finally passed 60-40 -- 60 democrats, 40 republicans

Jeff Sessions

5:31:34 to 5:31:54( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: "no" -- i called the congressional budget office, mr. elmendorf, selected by our democratic colleagues to be the budget director, and this is what he said. "the key point is that savings to the h.i." -- that's the hospital insurance trust fund

Jeff Sessions

5:31:55 to 5:32:17( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: medicare under the health care bill "would be received by the government only once, so they cannot be set aside to pay for future medicare spending and at the same time pay for current spending on the other parts of the legislation or on other

Jeff Sessions

5:32:18 to 5:32:38( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: programs." this money it was cutting medicare benefits, raising medicare taxes, they didn't use the money to strengthen medicare, which was heading to insolvency, they took the money and spent it on a new program. actually, they borrowed the money from medicare and that's how they got it. it wasn't the treasury's money

Jeff Sessions

5:32:39 to 5:32:59( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: to spend on a new program. and the way they scored it, it double counted the money. that's how -- it's this money that they're counting to say that this bill is -- actually creates a surplus. without this money, t surplus. since medicare is going into

Jeff Sessions

5:33:00 to 5:33:21( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: deficit, they are going to call their debt instruments, their bonds from the treasury as they go into deficit. by the way, the u.s. treasury pays medicare interest on the money they borrowed from them to start this new program. and soon that money is going to be gone and we're going to have to borrow money on the open market to fund this new entitlement.

Jeff Sessions

5:33:22 to 5:33:45( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: and the new entitlement's going to cost far more than is currently estimated. over the ten-year budget window, the congressional budget office

Jeff Sessions

5:33:46 to 5:34:06( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: says the new law -- the congressional budget office reports point out how the law was doctored to start certain revenue enhancements, taxes and so forth now but only starting the expenditure programs in 2014 2014. why is that important?

Jeff Sessions

5:34:07 to 5:34:27( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: well, they looked at -- they got a score from c.b.o. of what it would cost over ten years. so you get income for ten and you get expenditures for six, it looks pretty -- might look pretty good. that, plus the double counting of the money and several other gimmicks. that's how they say this is creating a surplus. it is not a surplus.

Jeff Sessions

5:34:28 to 5:34:53( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: as the ranking member on the budget committee, i am stunned by how difficult and how challenging our current financial situation is we've got to do something about it. and lead. he's not doing so, so it looks like congress may be having to deal with it. but former director of the

Jeff Sessions

5:34:56 to 5:35:16( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: c.b.o., douglas hold douglas holtz-aiken, cowrote an article in the "wall street journal" in january that eliminates any confusion about the law's impact. i'm disappointed that members of our senate are still coming down here to success -- to suggest that repeal of this law is going to adversely impact our deficit. i'm stunned that that would

Jeff Sessions

5:35:17 to 5:35:37( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: continue to be said. this is what mr. holtz-aiken, a highly respected individual said, in the "wall street journal" in january. the article is entitled, "health care repeal won't add to the deficit." he says this -- quote -- "repeal is the logical first step toward restoring fiscal sanity."

Jeff Sessions

5:35:38 to 5:35:58( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: fiscal sanity. he goes on, how, then, does the affordable care -- he goes on, "how, then, does the affordable care act magically convert $1 trillion in new spending into painless deficit reduction? it's all about budget gimmicks, deceptive accounting, implausible assumptions used to

Jeff Sessions

5:35:59 to 5:36:21( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: create the false impression of fiscal discipline. repeal is not a budget buster. keeping the affordable care act is." closed quote, mr. holtz-aiken, former director of the congressional budget office. there's no question about that.

Jeff Sessions

5:36:22 to 5:36:42( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: holtand it's a stunning thing. a poll by the kaiser foundation and harvard university released last week revealed that the american people are seeing through these ploys. they've heard these talk about before. they're not buying it. 60% of the country believes the health care law will increase the deficit over the next ten

Jeff Sessions

5:36:43 to 5:37:07( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: years while only 11% think it will lower the deficit so colleagues, give us a break, would you? the american people are not going to buy this argument. i wish it would not be repeated but the president continues t say it himself. clearly, the american people once again showed that they are

Jeff Sessions

5:37:08 to 5:37:28( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: wiser than our -- than their government leaders in many instances. and the final point i'd like to make about the health care law is its debilitating impact on jobs, the expensive mandates and penalties included in the health care law coupled with rising costs of insurance facing families and businesses are

Jeff Sessions

5:37:29 to 5:37:49( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: costing us jobs right now. and they're doing -- will do so more in the future. i would just add, mr. president, i had meetings with small business groups in phoenix city, alabama, and jasper, alabama, 10 or 15 individuals. every one of them told me without question this health

Jeff Sessions

5:37:50 to 5:38:11( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: care law would cause them to reduce employment. we do not need to be reducing employment. we need to be increasing employment. this bill is a job killer. it's indisputable. over 6,000 pages of legislation

Jeff Sessions

5:38:12 to 5:38:32( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: and regulation regulations add to that. economic estimates indicate that repealing the law that threatens our economic 700,000 jobs. it's imperative that congress does repeal this law. yes, we need to start and continue to work on things we had already agreed on, like preexisting condition illness --

Jeff Sessions

5:38:33 to 5:38:56( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: preexisting illness, interstate competition of health premiums, a lot of things that we all agreed on and could agree on to make health care better. let's do on those things. let's not have a massive federal entitlement program funded by dubious gimmicks imposed on the american people against their

Jeff Sessions

5:38:57 to 5:39:17( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: will, damaging to the american economy. we cannot do that. and it will be repealed, in my view. the -- so, mr. president, i know my time is up. i w we had a new election. a lot of people took that issue

Jeff Sessions

5:39:18 to 5:39:35( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: to the american people. i think their voice was clear. they're not happy with congress who do not listen to them and passed the bill against their wishes, and they expect congress to reconsider it and change it and limb mate it and start over with legislation -- eliminate it and start over with legislation that will work. their message is clear and

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