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Senate Proceeding on Mar 4th, 2010 :: 0:32:10 to 0:37:55
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Roger F. Wicker

0:32:06 to 0:32:26( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: preambles be agreed to and the motions to reconsider be laid upon the table en bloc. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. baucus: madam president, i yield the floor. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. the se

Roger F. Wicker

0:32:10 to 0:37:55( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Roger F. Wicker

Roger F. Wicker

0:32:27 to 0:32:48( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: mr. wicker: i ask that further proceedings underhe the quorum call be dispensed with. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. wicker: i ask unanimous consent that senator barrasso and others and i be allowed to enter into a colloquy for the next 30 minutes. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. wicker: thank you, madam president. i come from a background of earlier having been in the state senate and after that the united states house of representatives, and sometimes when i was a state

Roger F. Wicker

0:32:49 to 0:33:10( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: legislator and it looked like we were making a hash of legislation on the senate side, someone would say well, let's pass the bill anyway, we'll clean it up in conference. it was always tempting to just send it on to conference and hope that cooler heads would prevail and we would get a better work product. sometimes that happened and worked out well, and sometimes it turned out that we didn't

Roger F. Wicker

0:33:11 to 0:33:31( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: clean it up in conference. and i'm reminded of that when i hear about what is being discussed and what now seems to be the clear plan for this democratic majority and president obama in moving forward with health care legislation. the house has passed a flawed bill, with one half trillion dollars in cuts to medicare,

Roger F. Wicker

0:33:32 to 0:33:54( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: with huge mandates to the states, with tax increases. the largest increase, really, in entitle, big government in my memory, and the senate has passed its flawed version. not only those flaws that i just mentioned with the house commercial, but also special deals, a special deal for

Roger F. Wicker

0:33:55 to 0:34:15( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: nebraska, a special deal for florida and louisiana and on and on and on. and that's where we are now. the plan now seems to be that that mistaken bill, that flawed bill that the senate has passed on christmas eve is now at the desk at the house of representatives and leadership

Roger F. Wicker

0:34:16 to 0:34:36( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: over there is tempted to take that flawed product, pass it without any changes whatsoever, and send it to the president for his signature. the plan there is not the old legislative trick of we'll clean it up in conference.

Roger F. Wicker

0:34:37 to 0:34:58( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: the plan is we'll clean it up in reconciliation. well, as i mentioned, madam president, sometimes that works and sometimes it doesn't. the problem with cleaning it up in reconciliation is that if this democratic scheme goes forward and we do that, we will have not only not just a bill in

Roger F. Wicker

0:34:59 to 0:35:20( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: conference to be worked out, where if a mistake is made we can vote against it in the end. we'll have a statute. the plan is for the president to sign this flawed senate product. with all the taxes, with all the mandates, with all the special deals and purchases.

Roger F. Wicker

0:35:21 to 0:35:43( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: sign it into law and then hope that the senate can correct all of those miss takes in reconciliation. if that scheme fails, we will be stuck with a very bad product, and it will be the law of the land and up to some future congress to deal with.

Roger F. Wicker

0:35:44 to 0:36:05( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: certainly, it will be the key, the top paramount election issue for the next several months. if the plan works, if the democratic scheme works, we'll still have this. maybe the louisiana purchase will be taken out, the

Roger F. Wicker

0:36:06 to 0:36:26( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: cornhusker kickback, the gatorade, -- the gator aid, all of the special deals. then we'll have the president's additional taxes, additional federal regulation that he has recently proposed. when it's all said and done, even at their best, most optimistic predictions, we'll have massive funding mandates to

Roger F. Wicker

0:36:27 to 0:36:49( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: the states. we'll have a one half trillion dollar cut to medicare, we'll have huge tax increases and a large new entitlement program. the people don't want this. i heard a democratic member of the house of representatives very articulately stating this on television just this morning.

Roger F. Wicker

0:36:50 to 0:37:12( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: he said the people must be out of their minds. this is wng, according to this member of the house of representatives, a democrat who says he has voted against it before and he's not going to be one of those that is willing to change his mind. so i -- i don't want to spend the rest of this year with this flawed legislation as the only campaign issue.

Roger F. Wicker

0:37:13 to 0:37:33( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: it may be our only choice, but i can assure everyone within the sound of my voice of this -- if this scheme goes through, if the flawed senate version is signed into law and we have this reconciliation debate, this will be the number one issue if not the only issue, and there will

Roger F. Wicker

0:37:34 to 0:37:55( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: be devastation for my friends on the other side of the aisle if they persist in thumbing their noses at the american people and defying the clear will of the american people in this issue. i'm glad to be joined by my friend, senator barrasso, a legislator in his own right with

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