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Senate Proceeding on Feb 14th, 2008 :: 6:56:39 to 6:59:39
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Christopher S. Bond

6:50:02 to 6:56:39( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Christopher S. Bond

Christopher S. Bond

6:56:17 to 6:56:39( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher S. Bond: so ordered. mr. dorgan: madam president? the pres iding officer: the senator north dakota. mr. dorgan: the senator north dakota is intending to debate and discuss -- the amendments 4036 and recorded

John Cornyn

6:56:39 to 6:56:50( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: votes. i understand he is prepared to initiat initiate that debate and what i'd like to suggest is whatever time needs to needs for that debate we could probably by consent, with the consent of senator

John Cornyn

6:56:39 to 6:59:39( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: John Cornyn

John Cornyn

6:56:50 to 6:57:01( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: murkowski murkowski, agree on a time for both of those votes. might i ask the senator how long he would like to debate both amendments? mr. coburn: probably ibu won't use more than 30 minutes and probably

John Cornyn

6:57:01 to 6:57:16( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: less. mr. dorgan: mr. president, would it be satisfactory to the senator from oklahoma and senator murkowski if we set two votes on 4032 on the one hand 40 4036 -- and 4036 no later than 40:20?

John Cornyn

6:57:16 to 6:57:31( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: mr. coburn: that's 30 minutes for me and none for -- mr. dorgan: make it 4:30. e presiding officer: is there objection? no objection heard. the senator from oklahoma. mr. co burn: madam president,

John Cornyn

6:57:31 to 6:57:42( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: amendment 403t6 is a real simple amendment. what it says is that we're going to priority prioritize the funds that going into the indian health care service. now, we've had debate all day on whether

John Cornyn

6:57:42 to 6:57:55( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: we're really improving indian health care when we add services but don't add money and we haven't done the structural reforms that need t to happe tn in the indian health care service and w e know

John Cornyn

6:57:55 to 6:58:09( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: that the indiania health care service is plagued by rationing on a life-and-limb basis. and the quality of care that we're offer ing in i.h.s. -- some places it's great but on ainchts a a less

John Cornyn

6:58:09 to 6:58:23( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: than -- but on average it's less than what wet offer other people. instead of fixing the basic medical services this bill includes new services and we're not funding the services that we do now and

John Cornyn

6:58:23 to 6:58:35( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: the services we are funding we are not at the level that we n eed to be in terms of their quality. this bill expands the burden of i.i.h.s. to fund things that in terms of priority are not as important,

John Cornyn

6:58:35 to 6:58:47( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: one; but more importantly, most have an eligibilityib avenue with which to get these services through some other government programsro. so, by saying -- supporting this amendment, you're not denying the

John Cornyn

6:58:47 to 6:59:03( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: four new s fervices, because they're already available, just not through the i.h.s. this amendment would require funding to go to what has already been promised the tribal members before we expand

John Cornyn

6:59:03 to 6:59:18( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: to new promises. in other words, before we add new services, let's make sure we're funding the services that we're offering now. and we're funding them at a level of quality that's acceptable. so we

John Cornyn

6:59:18 to 6:59:39( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: -- this would say, i.h.s. would have to prioritize basic medical services before paying for new prassments programs. we have a talked a lot on the history of this. we know where our problems are. the

6:59:39 to 6:59:57( Edit History Discussion )

chairman is trying to move in a direc tion to help solve some of the problems. i disagree thatt we are making the major steps. i think we have to totally re reform i.h.s. i've sai d that to the

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