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Senate Proceeding on Mar 12th, 2008 :: 8:46:42 to 8:54:18
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John Ensign

8:42:20 to 8:46:42( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: John Ensign

John Ensign

8:46:29 to 8:46:42( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: long line of amendments in the queue and i think it would be better -- i think the ranking member would probably agree that if we would permit members to speak tonight but they would have to sequence

Saxby Chambliss

8:46:42 to 8:46:54( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: their amendments tomorrow because we already have a long line of amendments in the queue. i think that would provide better discipline for the process tomorrow. mr. reid: i would say to my friend, if

Saxby Chambliss

8:46:42 to 8:54:18( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Saxby Chambliss

Saxby Chambliss

8:46:54 to 8:47:08( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: that -- the two managers of the bill agree to that, i'm sure that seniority mcconnell and i would agree to -- senator mcconnell and i would agree with that. so unless we hear from the republican leader

Saxby Chambliss

8:47:08 to 8:47:23( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: to the contrary. so i would say based on that, to my friends, that there would be no votes tonight and that we'll proceed along the lines -- the staff will draw up a consent agreement that the two

Saxby Chambliss

8:47:23 to 8:47:33( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: of you can take a look at and make sure it's in order. mr. gregg: mr. president, i take it then that the senator from -- the presiding officer: the senator from new hampshire is recognized. mr. gregg

Saxby Chambliss

8:47:33 to 8:47:45( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: -- north dakota is suggest thatt -- mr. gregg: -- north dakota is suggesting that we will continue tonight in debate only unless the chairman and the ranking member of the committee agree to put an

Saxby Chambliss

8:47:45 to 8:47:56( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: amendment in order? mr. conrad: i think that would be the best way to proceed, don't you, to maintain some discipline for what's to come tomorrow? mr. gregg: i agree. i just wanted to make a clarification.

Saxby Chambliss

8:47:56 to 8:48:09( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: mr. reid: i would ask consent that be the order 789. th89e presiding officer: without of objection. that be the order. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. gregg: i also understand that senator

Saxby Chambliss

8:48:09 to 8:48:21( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: dodd wishes to speak for 20 minutes. at the end of senator dodd's presentation, i would ask that senator ensign be recognized. the presid ing officer: is there objection? without objection. mr. conrad:

Saxby Chambliss

8:48:21 to 8:48:34( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: reserving the right to object. i won't object. if senator ensign could just give us an idea for the knowledge of our other colleagues who might to want come afterwards, just an proximation? mr. ensign:

Saxby Chambliss

8:48:34 to 8:48:46( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: about 20 minutes would be adequate. mr. conrad: that's very helpful to our colleagues who might be listening or their staffs who might be listening to understand how much time it would take. the presiding

Saxby Chambliss

8:48:46 to 8:48:57( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: officer: so the order will b e the senator from connecticut for 20 minutes, the senator from nevada for 20 minutes. mr. conrad: that is correct. the presiding officer: without objection. the senator

Saxby Chambliss

8:48:57 to 8:49:13( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: from connecticut is recognized. mr. dodd: dd dodd: dodd: mr. president, thank you very much. and let me -- i want to talk about a couple of amendments we'll be off ering. let me just inquire, if i can,

Saxby Chambliss

8:49:13 to 8:49:33( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: of the chairman of the budget committee. would it b e appropriate for to us submit our amendments this evening understanding that the sequencing would be left to the committee? i'm just not sure

Saxby Chambliss

8:49:33 to 8:49:45( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: whether i ought to be submitting an amendment or not or whether or o not we can do that tomorrow. whatever -- mr. gregg: mr. president, if the senator would yield? the presiding officer: the senator from

Saxby Chambliss

8:49:45 to 8:50:03( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: new hampshire. mr. gregg: i think you can file them but they can't be called up up. mr. conrad: that's correct.or mr. dodd: i understand that. that's the point. mr. president, what i will do, i would like

Saxby Chambliss

8:50:03 to 8:50:14( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: to file two amendments. i send them to the desk, is that the appropriate way to file? if it is, then i would send these amendments to the desk and ask they be appropriately filed. okay? the presiding officer:

Saxby Chambliss

8:50:14 to 8:50:28( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: without objection. mr. dodd: mr. president, let me discuss if i can these two amendments and then i want to say -- reserve about five or six minutes at the end of these comments to talk about the

Saxby Chambliss

8:50:28 to 8:50:42( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: present housing issue, which is of critical importance to all of us here as well. but i'd like to at least take a few minutes here, far merore than i'm probably going to get tomorrow, with the one

Saxby Chambliss

8:50:42 to 8:51:05( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: minute allocated to talk about these amendments, this evening that are important in a number of aspects. i want to thank senator orrin hatch of utah, senator schumer, the presiding officer, senator durbin

Saxby Chambliss

8:51:05 to 8:51:17( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: for joining me in my -- in the first amendment i'll be offering to increase funding for maternalchild health block grant. this a mendment is supported by a large coalition of organizations which

Saxby Chambliss

8:51:17 to 8:51:25( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: i'd ask unanimous consent, mr. president, be submitted at this point in the record listing a number of these organizations supporting the effort that i'm calling up. the presiding officer: without objection.

Saxby Chambliss

8:51:25 to 8:51:39( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: mr. dodd: dodd: dodd: this amendment also -- and among those associations and organizations are the association of paternal health, the american academy of pediatrics, the march of dimes m and many others. in

Saxby Chambliss

8:51:39 to 8:51:59( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: a minute, i will speak to the second amendment i'm offering relating to autism funding. under thede president's budget, the maternal and health -- mental health -- maternal and child health, rather,

Saxby Chambliss

8:51:59 to 8:52:21( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: block grant will be funded, mr. president, at $666 million for the second consecutive year. this amount represents a cut of $65 million from five years ago, when funding peaked at $731 million. these

Saxby Chambliss

8:52:21 to 8:52:35( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: persistent cuts in funding have a real impact on the services that states are able to offer to nearly $35 million women and children and youth affected by maternal and child health care programs. the

Saxby Chambliss

8:52:35 to 8:52:50( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: maternal and child health programs include direct health care for children with special needs, preventive and primary care for children and youth, integration of health care with other child and family

Saxby Chambliss

8:52:50 to 8:53:02( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: services, newborn screening for genetic disorders, lead poisoning prevention, injury prevention, and public education. we must ensure that the states are able to continue to offer these services to

Saxby Chambliss

8:53:02 to 8:53:15( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: those in need. that is why i'm offering this amendment, which will increase the funding of this block grant by $184 million to the authorized level of $850 million $850 million. and again, i want

Saxby Chambliss

8:53:15 to 8:53:31( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: to thank senator hatch, senator schumer, senator durbin for supporting this effort in a bipartisan effort. the maternal and child health block grant services act as a critical source of care for many of

Saxby Chambliss

8:53:31 to 8:53:46( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: our nation's underinsured children to more than 23 million children receiving services in 2006. 6.8%, or nearly 1.6 million, children had no -- no known source of health insurance at all. and more than

Saxby Chambliss

8:53:46 to 8:54:02( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: one-third of the maternal and child health block lo grant fundsan are used to provide primary and preventive health care services to children. including immunization clinics, outreach to enroll

Saxby Chambliss

8:54:02 to 8:54:18( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: eligible children, and medicaid and state children's health insuranceea programs, the schip program. and funding and technical assistance to school-based health centers that serve adolescents. in other

Daniel Akaka

8:54:18 to 8:54:32( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Akaka: wds, mr. president, maternal and child health block grant funds are used to ensure that mothe rs and children in traditionally underserved populations receive absolutely necessary care, yet despite this

Daniel Akaka

8:54:18 to 9:04:17( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Daniel Akaka

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