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Senate Proceeding on Mar 12th, 2008 :: 5:57:46 to 6:34:22
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but i think we need to go further. we need to make sure that this budget resolution and the health care fund that was established in it focuses on electronic prescribing in particular. because while

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Jeff Sessions: there are a number of areas of health care information technology that have great potential, this is an area of health care i.t., electronic prescriptions whose time is now. in hundreds and thousands

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Speech By: Jeff Sessions

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Jeff Sessions: of places around the country, electronic prescribing systems are being used, being used effectively to save time, to save money to reduce unnecessary errors in the dispensing of medicine, ultimately

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Jeff Sessions: improving quality of care and reducing costs. and i think it's essential that this budget resolution focus on electronic prescribing and legislation to expand the use and access of electronic prescriptions,

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Jeff Sessions: because it's something we can get done this year. there's a lot of partisanship, a lot of difference of opinions in many different parts of this budget resolution. but in this particular area we

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Jeff Sessions: have a bipartisan a bpproach that's been introduced. senator kerry, senator ensign, senator stabenow and i have crafted electronic prescribing that will reduce all of these things and i think more. it reduces

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Jeff Sessions: the number of errors, increas the use of electronic prescriptions and in the end i think it significantly improves the medicare program for all of our seniors. it's legislation that's ready to go. it's

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Jeff Sessions: legislation that can be enacted today. it's legislation that has bipartisan support. and the way we make this difference, the way we improve the acceptance of electronic prescribing is, first and

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Jeff Sessions: foremost, by providing some incentives, some cost and funding to physicians to purchase this systems, to purchase the software, to purchase the hand-held units that are especially valuable in remote

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Jeff Sessions: locations or rural areas. so we have grants to make those systems available. second, we provide a bonus. medicare provides reimbursement to physicians for those physicians that areia using an lech electronic

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Jeff Sessions: prescription system, we give them a 1% bonus in their reimbursement rate and do this over a three-year period. at the end of that period of grants and incentives for those that haven't been able to, or

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Jeff Sessions: haven't been willing to use electronic prescription systems, we have a penalty. even with that penalty provision, we do allow the head of health and human services to make exceptions, because there

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Jeff Sessions: are some underserved parts of the country, rural parts of the country where such a system might not be as effective or as feasible. but in the vast majority of networks and provider systems and parts

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Jeff Sessions: of the country, this is a technology whose time has really come. there are, i think, over one million cases a year where a mistake is made, where there's an adverse reaction because of a mistake

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Jeff Sessions: in issuing a prescription. and if this legislation can even reduce a fraction of those errors, we will have done a great deal to improve the health care system under medicare for our seniors. because of

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Jeff Sessions: the impact of this legislation, it's actually been evaluated as saving medicare money in the near term, saving medicare between $1 billion and $3 billion a year in the long term. and there aren't

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Jeff Sessions: many pieces of legislation where you can say we're reducing the cost of the program for the taxpayers, but improving the quality of care and the options available to the beneficiaries, to the seniors

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Jeff Sessions: and retirees that depend on medicare every day. so this amendment would add to the language that establishes a health care technology fund to make clear that our priority within that fund needs to be

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Jeff Sessions: on legislation to improve access to electronic prescriptions, that such legislation should use financial incentives, should provide grants to purchase equipment, should include bonus payments and

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Jeff Sessions: in the long run should even consider changing the allocations of those that aren't willing to utilize this incredibly valuable technology that is available today. mr. president, i think this is an amendment

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Jeff Sessions: that makes the reserve fund for health information technology even stronger. it sets the priorities in the right way, and i urge my colleagues to support its adoption. thank you, mr. president. i

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Jeff Sessions: yield the floor. the presiding officer: who yields time? the senator from vermont. mr. sanders: mr. president? mrs. murray: mr. president, before my colleague sllpeaks, i know he wants to speak, i ask unanimous

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Jeff Sessions: consent -- the presiding officer: does the senator yield to the senator from washington? mrs. murray: mr. president, i send an amendment to the desk and ask for its immediate consideration -- the presiding

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Jeff Sessions: officer: without objection, the pending amendment is set aside in order to offer the amendment. without objection, the clerk will read the -- the clerk will report the amendment. the clerk: the

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Jeff Sessions: senator from washington, mrs. murray, for mrs. lincoln, proposes amendment numbered 4194. mrs. murray: mr. president? thank you. the presiding officer: the senator from vermont. mr. sanders: thank

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Jeff Sessions: you, mr. president. my understanding, senator murray, is that my amendment will be called up later this afternoon. is that correct? mrs. murray: that is correct. we will be offerin wg your amendment

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Jeff Sessions: later. mr. sanders: thank you very much. mr. president, i find it interesting that almost every candidate for president today is talking about change, and it's not just the candidates for president,

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Jeff Sessions: candidates at every level all over this country. the mantra out there is "change, change, change." and the reason tt candidates at all levels are talking about change is they understand something,

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Jeff Sessions: and they understand from one end of our country to the other by vast majorities, the american people want to move america in a new direction. they want a new set of national priorities. the american

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Jeff Sessions: people are angry. they are frustrated with the status quo, with politics as usual, and they want action. not just talk, they want action from their elected officials. the american people are tired

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Jeff Sessions: of paying3.20 per gallon of gas when exxonmobil is enjoying record-breaking profits. the american people are tired of paying moryie and more for health care, and over eight million americans have lost their

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6:04:20 to 6:04:35( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: health insurance since president bush has been in office, while te,he insurance companies and the pharmaceutical industry continues to rip them off. the american people are tired of seeing their good-paying

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6:04:35 to 6:04:48( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: jobs go to china or other low-wage countr ies while they work 50 or 60 hours a week just to pay the bills. and when we talk about the economy today, let's not forget that the american people now

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6:04:48 to 6:05:02( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: work the longest hours of any people in the industrialized world. people are working incredibly long hours, two and three jobs just to pay the bills. mr. president, perhaps most importantly, the american

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Jeff Sessions: people are deeply worried that the american dream is disappearing, that no matter how hard they work, no matter how many hours they spend on the job, that for the first time in the modern history

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Jeff Sessions: ofof the united states, their kids will likely have a lower standard of living than they do. from a values perspective, i believe the american people are tired of the culture of greed which has been

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Jeff Sessions: so pervasive in recent years, a culture which says, yes, i am rich and i am powerful, and i've got billions, and i want billions more, and i really don't care about anybody else in our society. i've

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Jeff Sessions: got it, and i want more. that's the culture of greed which is just so pervasive in our society today. mr. president, the amendment that will be offered today, that i'm offering is cosponsored by

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Jeff Sessions: senators kennedy, durbin, clinton, harkin, schumer, brown, and mikulski. and i am quite confident that if this amendment is adopted, it will not be solving all of the problems facing our country. but on the

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Jeff Sessions: other hand, if this amendment is passed, it will begin to move -- begin to move -- america in a very different direction with a very different set of moral and enomic values. this amendment will tell

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Jeff Sessions: the american people that we understand that washington must adopt a new set of national priorities, thates we must be concerned not just with the wealthy and the powerful who have so much influence

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over whatr goes on in congress, but that the time is long overdue for congress to begin paying attention to the needs of the middle-class and low-income people who have been ignored and left behind year

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Jeff Sessions: after year after year. mr. president, i am very proud to tell you that my amendment has been b endorsed by over 50 groups representing tens of millions of americans. these groups include the afl-cio,

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Jeff Sessions: afsme, the national education association, the children's defense fund, the american federation of teachers, easter seals, the ywca, nationalio head start association, the seiu and natial organization

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Jeff Sessions: of women, among other groups. mr. president, the budget that president bush recently sent to congress was nothing less than a disaster. it gave much to those who didn't need any help while it took from

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Jeff Sessions: those who needed help, including those living in desperation. as i mentioned to the people in my home state of vermont, it was a robin hood proposal in reverse. it took from the poor and it gave

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Jeff Sessions: to the rich. as a member of the budgetud committee, i am happy to say that under chairman conrad's leadership and hard work, the budget that we passed out of committee was far, far superior to what the

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Jeff Sessions: president proposed and is quite a reasonableso document. but, mr. president, i think we can approve upon -- improve upon that document, we can improve upon that budget, and that is why i am offerin g

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Jeff Sessions: this amendment today with my colleagues who are cosponsoring it. mr. president, this amendment addressess three major trends in american society that we must deal with in the budget process. first, united

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Jeff Sessions: states has the most unequal distribution of wealth and income of any major nation in the industrialized world, and the gap between the very rich and everyon ae else is growing wider. secondly, it

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Jeff Sessions: is a national disgrace that here in the united states of america, this great nation that we are so proud of, that we have by far the highest rate of childhood poverty of any major country on earth.

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Jeff Sessions: and, third, year after year we have had record-breaking deficits, and our national debt is now approaching $10 trillion. a grossly unfair burden to leave to our kids and grandchildren,, and in fact

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Jeff Sessions: a staggering sum of money which is economically unsustainable. and this amendment addresses all three of those issues. the amendment that i'm offering today puts the needs of our children, working

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Jeff Sessions: families, seniors on fixed incomes, persons with disabilities and the middle class ahead of the needs of the wealthy few. it says to the wealthy, you don't need any more tax relief when the middle

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Jeff Sessions: class is shrinking, when poverty is increasing, and when you at the top 1 p-bg level hav -- top 1% level have never had it so good since the 1920's. and it says to my colleagues here in the senate,

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Jeff Sessions: let us get our priorities right. specifically, this amendment simply restores the top income tax bracket to 39.6% for households earning more than $1 million per year and uses that revenue to address the

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Jeff Sessions: most urgent unmet needs of our children for jobch creation and for deficit reduction.~ mr. president, 99.7% of americans would not be impacted by this tax t change. hathe only families that would

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Jeff Sessions: be impacted are those that are earning at least $1 million a year. that is the top .3% of the american people. what we are simply doing is asking that the upper tax rates go back to where they were

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Jeff Sessions: during the clinton administ ration where -- when, i can remind you, the economy was far stronger. according to the joint tax committee restoring the top income tax bracket for people making more than

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Jeff Sessions: $1 million to what it was in 2005 increased revenue by $32.5 billion including $10.8 billion in fiscal year 2009 alone. instead of giving $32.5 billion in tax breaks to the very wealthiest peopl e in our

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Jeff Sessions: society, including people who have billions and billions of dollars, people who really don't need any more tax breaks, this amendment would invest money in the following areas over the next three years:

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Jeff Sessions: it would put $10 billion into special education, into the individuals with disabilities education acted. mr. president, overid 30 years ago the federal government made a promise that it would fund 40%

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Jeff Sessions: of the cost of special education. unfortunately, the federal government, shock of all shocks, has not kept its promise. today, we only spend about 17% of the cost of special ed. what this means, i can tell

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Jeff Sessions: you in vermont and i am sure it means the same all over the country, is that schooloo districts are faced with growing costs regarding an influx of special ed kids. property taxes are going up to accommodate

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Jeff Sessions: the increased i costs and kids with special ed needs do not get the attention they deserve. this amendment begins to reverse that process, begins to tell school districts all over america that weer

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Jeff Sessions: are going to keep our promise, we are going to begin adequately spending special education. secondly, this amendment would also increase head start funding by $5 billion over the next three years.

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Jeff Sessions: the simple truth of the matter is, head start works. the goal is to make sure when low-income children get into nt kindergarten or the first grade they are not behind everybody else, so by the time

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Jeff Sessions: of the 4th or 5th grade they have given up and dropped owl out intellectually. head start works . many families want to take advantage of head start but communities do not have the resources to open the doors.

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Jeff Sessions: after adjusting for inflation, head start has been cut -- cut his cut -- by 11% compared to fiscal year 2002. that is the wrong direction. less than half of all eligible kids enrolled in head start, only

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Jeff Sessions: about 3% are enrolled in early head start. this amendment, again, will not solve all of those problems but $5 billion will help and open the doors to large numbers of kid whose desperately need head

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Jeff Sessions: start education. mr. president, this amendment would also provide $4 billion for -- an increase of $4 billion for child care development block grant. the issue of child care is one of those issues that

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Jeff Sessions: we have managed in congress to swoop under the sweepunder the rug. where you have mom and dad bothot working, where is that working family going to find the affordable, quality child care they desperately

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Jeff Sessions: need? we tell single moms, go out and work, but we forgot to tell them where they will fine the child care they need to take care of their kids. this amendment a begins to do that with a $4 billion

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Jeff Sessions: increase for child c are development block grant program. mr. president, this amendment would provide $3.5 billion more for the food stamp program. i don't have to tell you that in the united states of america,

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Jeff Sessions: shamef ully, disgracefully, we are seeing more and more of our citizens go hungry. i know in vermont, and i expect in communities all over this country, you are seeing working people -- not unemployed people

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Jeff Sessions: -- working people going to food shelves to get the food they need to take care of their families. that's not the way it should be. this $3.5 billion increase for food stamps is a step forward. mr.

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Jeff Sessions: president, this amendment would also increase funding for liheap by $4 billion. in my state of vermont and many other states, it gets very cold in the winter. we have seniors living on fixed incomes

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Jeff Sessions: who cannot pay the rapidly escalating costs of home heating oil. liheap is a successful program and it is underfunded. no one in america should go cold and we put $4 billion more in liheap. also

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Jeff Sessions: in this amendment we put $3 billion more for school construction. not only is it trbly terribly important our kids study in decent schools, which are energy efficient, but also, by putting money

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Jeff Sessions: into school construction we can create a whole lot of good-paying jobs. that is what that amendment does. last but not least, this amendment would reduce the deficit by $3 billion. in other words,

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Jeff Sessions: at a time when we are seeing record-breaking deficit, we are now closingn on a $10 trillion national debt, this amendment at least takes a small step forward in lowering this year's deficit. mr.

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Jeff Sessions: president, let me quote from a letter i received this support of this amendment from over 50 groups across the country including the afl-cio, the children's defense children, american federation

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Jeff Sessions: of teachers, easter seals, y.w.c.a., the scio, and the national organization for women -- among other organizes. here's what they say -- and i quote -- "the economic downturn is creating a crisis

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Jeff Sessions: for parents who work hard but struggle to afford nutritious meals as food prices escalate to pay for energy for their homes and fuel for their cars, to pay for child care so they can work and to assure

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Jeff Sessions: that the young children receive the building blocks of a solid education to prepare them for the future. programs that assist in meeting these needs have been cut significantly in recent years while tax

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Jeff Sessions: breaks for millionaires have soared. the amendment addresses these needs. we urge the senate to adopt your fiscally responsible amendment to address the pressing needs of working families while restoring

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Jeff Sessions: greater progressivity to the tax system." i thank these objections that represent tens and tens of millions of working americans. mr. president, the choice that we face is pretty simple. a lota of rhetoric

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Jeff Sessions: goes on around here. it is pretty warm in this chamber. it is not only from the heat but a lot of hot air from all of us. the time for talk is over and the time for action is now. this amendment

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Jeff Sessions: will not solve all the problems but its does say to the american people that the time is long overdue for us to move in a new direction. a very simple choice we have to make. the richest people in this

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Jeff Sessions: country have not had it so good since the 1920's. frankly, they do not need anymore tax breaks. they areth done just fine. what our children -- but ourre chip are not doing just fine. citizen

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Jeff Sessions: senior citizens on fixed incomes are not doing just fine. what this amendment begins to do -- begfns to begins to do is tell the people in this country that we w understand that working people are in

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Jeff Sessions: trouble, they need assistance and that the time is now to ask the wealth of the people in this t country to rejoin the united states of america and to help us address some of our major social needs.

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Jeff Sessions: mr. president, my understanding is that later this afternoon this amendment will be brought forth. i thank you and i would yield the floor. the presiding officer: the senator from new hampshire. mr.

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Jeff Sessions: gregg: t he game plan asn presently laid out is to go to senator alexander and then come back and go to senator spaws sanders' amendment and then we will have an amendment. i respect senator sanders because

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Jeff Sessions: he believes in his view of the way g work: keep making it better and keep raising taxes to accomplish that but i have to disagree with the basic philosophy that the present tax law isn't effectively

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Jeff Sessions: raising taxes for high income members. the simple fact is over the last four years, especially, we have seen a higher growth in revenues in this country than we have ever seen before and that growth in

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Jeff Sessions: revenues has come from wealthy high-income americans. today, under this tax law, we have a more progressive tax system than was in place under president clinton. the lowest 40% of wage earners who

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Jeff Sessions: dope pay income taxes- who don't pay income taxes for all intents and purposes. the majority do not, they are getting about twice as much back today under our tax laws than they got back under president

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Jeff Sessions: clinton's term. the highest percentage income earners, the top 20%, are paying more into the federal government than they were paying into the federal government under the clinton years. i think it

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Jeff Sessions: was 82% of federal revenues came from the top 20% of income taxpayers under president clinton. today, almost 85% -- 85% -- of revenues come from the top 20% of income arounders. that's a progressive

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Jeff Sessions: system. low-income people getting more back and high-income people paying more of the burden. we have created a fair and level playing field where people are willing to do taxable investment. somebody

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Jeff Sessions: who has income of significant levels has two options: they can take action to invest in a way which generates -- takes risk and generates jobs and also is taxable or they can take action which

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Jeff Sessions: takes risks, hopefully generates jobs, and probably isn't taxable because they use our tax laws in order to legally potion their money so they don't have to pay the tax burden. and it is only human nature

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Jeff Sessions: as has been proven over and over again, that if you get the tax rates up too high, higher income people start to use legal means to reduce their tax burden. but if you get the tax burden set correctly,

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Jeff Sessions: higher income people take the risk, create entrepreneurship, or pursue entrepreneurship and create jobs, all of which general income to the federal government and that is what is happening today. that's

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Jeff Sessions: exactly e what is happening today. mr. sand ers: will the senator yield? mr. gregg: after i finish making my comment. the point here is, what is the right tax burden were? if you have a progressive

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Jeff Sessions: system where 85% of the revenue is coming from one group, high-income people and the bottom income folks get much more back than they got historically back, you have a very progressive system. if you

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Jeff Sessions: generate more revenues to the federal government than you historically of generated over a four-year-period and are well above the average amount that the federal government receives, it sounds look you

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Jeff Sessions: have a pretty reasonable tax structure which is giving fair amount of revenue to the federal gernment. in fact, as a percent, we are well over the norm offer the last 20 years. so, i afg that the tax

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Jeff Sessions: structure -- i argue that the tax structure we pleptly have currently have in place is being spent aggressively by the other side of the aisle and the senator from vermont says, well, let's just raise

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Jeff Sessions: it some more; raise that tax some more and we will get more revenue. i argue when you start to jump those rates back up you will probably not get more revenue but will dampen economic activity so people

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Jeff Sessions: reduce your tax liability and you will reduce your revenues with that type of action. it is human nature and capitalist system tends to produce revenues when you have fair taxes it reduces rather than

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Jeff Sessions: within you have an overly burdened tax system. mr. sanders: i don't know if it is a characteristic that i share, wear are republic tish, we make the same points over and over and he is the ranking member

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Jeff Sessions: of the budget committee and i have heard that point and a he has heard myy point so let me make it again. my friend from new hampshire from the other side of the connecticut river says we have a progressive

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Jeff Sessions: tax -- my god those rich people are just paying a fortune. well, wealthy p eople do pay a lot? you know why? because the richest people in this country are earning far, far, far f more torhan they

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Jeff Sessions: used to while the middle class is shrinking and poverty is increasing. for example, according to "forbes" magazine, the collective net worth of the wealthiest 400 americans increased by $290 billion

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Jeff Sessions: last year; 400 families, $290 billion! the wealthiest 1% earn more income than the bottom 50%. yes, my friend from new hampshire, i know they pay more in taxes. the reason is they get all of the money.

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Jeff Sessions: every economist understands in recent years what has been going on is the middle class is russia rinking, real income is going down, poverty is increasing and rich are making out. yes they are paying

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Jeff Sessions: more in taxes bass they are making a huge amount. what that is about is the fact that we have the most unfair distribution of wealth and income of any major nation on earth and i ask my friend, don't

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Jeff Sessions: you agree with me? that's my question. of course you do.| mr. gregg: my answer is we get two things in new hampshire, bad weather and bad economics. at this point, i'll yield the floor and allow the

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Jeff Sessions: senator from tennessee to -- the presiding officer: the senator from tennessee is rised. mr. alexander: i wonder -- before the senator from new hampshire leaves, i wonder if i might ask him a question.

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Jeff Sessions: mr. president, i wonder if i might ask the senator from new hampshire a question before he leaves the floor? mr. gregg: if the senator has the time, i would be happy to try to respond to a question.

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Jeff Sessions: mr. alexander: mr. president, i havei some vague memory in my mind that in the late 1960's or sometime in that time that a -- a millionaire's tax was proposed proposed. and i'm -- and i'm wondering if the senator

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Jeff Sessions: from new hampshire remembers that and remembers how many millionaires it was to apply to,ow many rich people was it -- whose money were they y going to get? mr. gregg: well, if the senator will yield

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-- it's on the senator's time. let me put it in the form of a expwe ask him back. it's my understanding, and i believe the senator would agree with this, that it was approximately -- at the time it was

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Jeff Sessions: supposed to be the top 1% of taxpayers. it turned out that it exploded over the years. it was supposed to apply to a million people. it's ended up applying to potentially 20 million people. mr. alexander:

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Jeff Sessions: yeah, the great danger with these conversations about let's get the rich is we got 115 of them i think with the so-called a.m.t. tax. and today it traps, according to the senator from new hampshire,

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Jeff Sessions: 20 million americans. that seems to be the way things go. so i thank him for his time and i'd like to move on to a different subject. we're talking really -- it's the same subject. we're t alking about

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Jeff Sessions: the federal budget and thousand affects the family budget -- and how it affects the family budget. and the senator from new hampshire has eloquently described how the democratic budget will wreck the

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Jeff Sessions: -- wreck the federal budget by higher taxes, which we just had a beautiful speech about the need for higher taxes, more debt and more spending. that's one view of how we move ahead in this country.

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Jeff Sessions: and the view on this side is that we would like to help balance the family budget. now, the subject i'd like to talk about has to do with where most families get their jobs, who balance the family

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Jeff Sessions: budget by lower energy prices, which we talked about earlier, by lower taxes. that's one way to do that. by helping every american have access to health insurance without the government picking their

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Jeff Sessions: doctor. another way is to make sure the small businesses of america have the opportunity to make a profit profit, to create jobs, to take some money home, and to avoid unnecessary costs on the small

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Jeff Sessions: businesses of america. i would like to speak for a moment about an amendment that i proposed to send to the desk in a moment that relates to keeping the family budget in balance by reducing the

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Jeff Sessions: costs of small businesses, and it has the even more important advantage of helping to unify our country. the subject is the same subject that's chiseled into stone there, e pluribus unum, the month the

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Jeff Sessions: to the of oh country -- what has been the -- the motto of our country -- what has been the motto of our country: one for many. and let me begin with this story. in march of 2007, the equal opportunity

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Jeff Sessions: employment opportunity commission sued the salvation army for allegedly allegedly discriminating against two of the salvation army's employees in a boston area thrift store. what had the some vaition army done

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Jeff Sessions: to earn this -- salvation army done to earn this lawsuit from the federal government? it had required its employees to speak english on the job. the english rule is clearly posted and the employees

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Jeff Sessions: were given a year to learn. but this lawsuit, in plain english, madam president, means that a shoe shop in tennessee or a small business in missouri or in washington state would have to hire a

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lawyer in order make sure that it has a clear business reason to require its employees to speak our common language on the job. so, madam president, i have an amendment to bring some commonsense to

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this subject. it would be to take $670,000 used by the equal employment opportunity commission, which it is using to bring actions against employers that require their employers to speak english and instead

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Jeff Sessions: use the money to help teach english to adults through the department of education's english literacy civics education state grant program, which is one of the principal ways we help american adults learn

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Jeff Sessions: our common language. so, mr. president, i send an amendment to the desk and ask foreits immediate k,. the presiding officer: k, -- for its immediate consideration. the presiding officer: without

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Jeff Sessions: objection, the clerk will report. the presiding officer: the senator from tennessee, mr. alexander, proposes an amendment numbered n 4222. mr. alexander: mr. president, i ask further reading of the

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Jeff Sessions: amendment be dispensed with. the presiding officer: without fi objection. mr. alexander: madam president, this is notis the first time i've offered this amendment. i offered it in the appropriations committee

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Jeff Sessions: of the united states senate in june of 2007. enough democrats as well as republicans voted for it to for -- for it, for it to be brought to the senate floor as a part of -- a part of the commerce,

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Jeff Sessions: justice, and science appropriations bill. on october 16 of 2007, the full senate voted 75-19 to approve that appropriations bill containing the language of the amendment that i have just sent to

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Jeff Sessions: the desk. on november 8 of 2007, the house of representatives, with the support of 36 democrats, voted 218-186 to instruct its appropriation conferees to recede to the senate position on eeoc. however, the

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Jeff Sessions: speaker of the house, madam president, canceled the conference of the commerce-justice-science appropriions committees over this issue, even though the senate and the house both voted that a federal agency

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Jeff Sessions: shouldn't be suing businesses who asked their employees to speak english on the job. the speaker of the house for some reason thought it was so important that she canceled the entire appropriations

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Jeff Sessions: bill rather than accept this language. so it must be a matter of great significance. and so i hope the senate, having already passed this legislation before in the appropriations bill, as i said, by

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Jeff Sessions: a vote of 75-19, will do it again when the opportunity comes tomorrow. madam president, there are thousands of small businesses across america. they may be a japanese restaurant who -- and the owner

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Jeff Sessions: may say, i would like for my employees all to speak japanese. that's fine. they might be an irish pub and he or she might say, i'd like for them all to speak with an irish lilt. or it might be a chinese

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Jeff Sessions: restaurant and for a whole variety of reasons, the owner of the restaurant might say, we'd like for all our employees to speak chinese. that's fine. but in america, if -- if the owner of a business wants

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Jeff Sessions: to ask his or her employees to speak english on the job, that ought not to be an issue. that ought to not be an issue. you shouldn't haveul to go ask a lawyer to come up with a business reason why

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Jeff Sessions: you can tell some federal agency why you ask your employees to speak english on the job. there are practical reasons for it. there are safety reasons for it. there are communications reasons for it.

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Jeff Sessions: there may be customer reason for it. but it's a bigger picture than that. we have in this country valued english as our common language for a long time, and let me go back to the reasons y. our

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Jeff Sessions: country's greatest -- reasons why. our country's greatest -- one of our country's greatest characteristics is its diversity. but, madam president, diversity is not our greatest characteristic. our

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Jeff Sessions: greatest accomplishment as a country may be that we've taken all that diversity and molded it into one common country. it is a source of our great strength. no other country's been able to do it as

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Jeff Sessions: well. we see many european and asian countries who wish they had our practice in inviting people from all over the world to come to their country and becoming one country. how do we do it? because

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Jeff Sessions: we say at the beginning in our constitution that we don't make any distinctions based on race or gender or where your grandparents came from. and we say to anyone who wants to become a citizen here,

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Jeff Sessions: you must become an american. you have to raise your right hand, you have to say essentially the same oath that george washington and his officers said at valley forge, and you basically renounce

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Jeff Sessions: where you came from. you prove you're of good character. you wait for five years. you learn our history. you must learnur common language. and then we are all americans. we're proud of where we came from,

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Jeff Sessions: but we're prouder to be americans. and we've made that a great part of our tradition. the late albert schanker, the head of the american teachers for many years, felt passionately about helping american

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Jeff Sessions: children and new americans learn what it means to be an american. once he was asked the rationale for a public school. he said the rationale of a public school is to help children learn english,

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Jeff Sessions: learn the three r's, and what it means to be an american with the hope they'll go home and teach their parents. since 1906, we have required every new citizen to learn english. federal law requires

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Jeff Sessions: that allt children learn english public school. we have programsro to help adults learn english, the one i would ld like to help put the eeoc's lawsuit in to that program. we have a no child left behind

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Jeff Sessions: passed not long ago by this congress, programs to help to intensify our help to help children learn english, and we insist they learn this as one of two subjects that we test in every school in america

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Jeff Sessions: that's subject to no child left behind. when the senate debated immigration last year, it passed two amendments that i offered to to -- or three amendments acally that i offered or cosponsored to

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Jeff Sessions: help value our common language. one was that by 64-33, we declared english as our national language. another was to say that if a new citizen or an applicant for citizenship learned english to a proficient

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Jeff Sessions: level, that that person would be able to wait only four years instead of five years to become a citizen, a way of valuing our common language. and we even said that we'll give a $500 scholarship to any applicant

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Jeff Sessions: for citizenship who wishes to learn english, helping them -- helping them learn english. so in many, many ways through the last century, we have asserted the importance of our common language. last year

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Jeff Sessions: -- i'm sure many of us in the senate, many americans saw ken burns' epic series on world war ii. my wife and i went to see a preview of that series last fall, and we were struck by how magnificent

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Kent Conrad: it was. ken burns said that he felt, after doing years of work on world war ii, that the war was the period of the greatest unity in our country's history. and quoting a book by the late arthur

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