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Senate Proceeding on Mar 10th, 2010 :: 0:43:50 to 0:48:20
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Roger F. Wicker

0:43:46 to 0:44:06( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: offer some thoughts as to where this bill is headed in the bill. mr. wicker: well, i appreciate my colleague from nebraska getting into the weeds because it's important that we know the details of the numbers there. i think also there's sort of the big picture aspect of this.

Roger F. Wicker

0:43:50 to 0:48:20( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Roger F. Wicker

Roger F. Wicker

0:44:07 to 0:44:28( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: there are a lot of americans out there who may not have read the details that the senator from nebraska just outlined, but they instinctively know that you can't do all this to one-sixth of our economy and save money for the federal government at the same time. they just instinctively know

Roger F. Wicker

0:44:29 to 0:44:49( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: that this is going to turn out as big entitlement programs always do to be more expensive than has been estimated, and it's going to cost the american taxpayer and futureenerations in terms of the national debt. i'd like to pivot and talk about what this is going to do to

Roger F. Wicker

0:44:50 to 0:45:11( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: state governments, because that's -- that's an additional aspect over and above the gigantic numbers that the senator from nebraska mentioned. what -- really almost half of the additional coverage in this senate bill, which the house is

Roger F. Wicker

0:45:12 to 0:45:36( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: being asked to adopt lock, stock, and barrel without even changing so much as a semicolon -- half of the coverage is going to be under medicaid. now, we all know that medicaid requires a huge federal investment, but also medicaid also requires a state match. and under the provisions of this bill, if it's enacted, states

Roger F. Wicker

0:45:37 to 0:45:57( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: will be told the magnificent federal government has increased coverage, and now, mr. state legislator, mr. state governor, you figure out a way to pay your part of it. i know this: in my state of mississippi, our legislators and our governor

Roger F. Wicker

0:45:58 to 0:46:20( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: have had to stay up late two years in a row figuring out a way to pay for the medicaid match that they already are being asked to patience much less this new mandate -- to pay, much less this new mandate of additional persons that would be compedz under this senate -- covered under this senate language. there's no way that the state of

Roger F. Wicker

0:46:21 to 0:46:41( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: mississippi can stand this new medicaid coverage without an increase in our taxes at the state level. i don't think we can cut teachers enough, although teachers might have to be cut to pay this federal mandate. i don't think we can cut local law enforcement enough, although might have to be cut, too.

Roger F. Wicker

0:46:42 to 0:47:02( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: it is just a huge, unfund burden on the state. and, quite frankly, even if all of the promises that are being made on the senate side that we'll clean this up in reconciliation, even if all of those promises come true, which i frankly doubt that they

Roger F. Wicker

0:47:03 to 0:47:24( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: possibly can be, the states are going to be faced with this huge unfunded mandate, and you don't have to take our word for it on this side of the aisle. democratic governor after democratic governor have had press conferences, they've sent letters, they have sent

Roger F. Wicker

0:47:25 to 0:47:46( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: messages, they've been available for press availabilities. the governor of state of tennessee said this bill is the mother of all unfunded mandates and has urged even at this late date that we not go down this road, so i appreciate my friend from nebraska point out what this is going to go to -- pointing out what this is going

Roger F. Wicker

0:47:47 to 0:48:08( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: to do to the federal budget. and i would simply commend the bipartisan state officials who have been talking to anyone within the sound of their voices saying that state governments cannot afford this mandate at the state level, and itill inevitably result in an increase

Roger F. Wicker

0:48:09 to 0:48:21( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: in taxes at the state level, something that we certainly don't need and that we don't need at this time of economic hardship. so i would add that. perhaps senator brownback has some thoughts that he would like

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