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Senate Proceeding on Apr 2nd, 2009 :: 1:39:55 to 1:42:29
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John Ensign

1:39:53 to 1:40:13( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: carefully about that. 33 1/2 hours. i stand corrected. senator ensign. mr. ensign: madam president? the presiding officer: the senator from nevada. mr. ensign: madam president, my amendment, which i'd offered in the past is a means testing of medicare part-d, the

John Ensign

1:39:55 to 1:42:29( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: John Ensign

John Ensign

1:40:14 to 1:40:35( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: prescription drug benefit. this congress under the leadership of president george w. bush offered seniors a brand-new benefit, prescription drug coverage. the problem with what this congress did is that in this brand-new benefit, we didn't

John Ensign

1:40:36 to 1:40:59( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: take into account wealthier seniors who were getting a benefit from a system that they never paid into. people pay medicare taxes for part-a of medicare, the hospital coverage. that's what part-a is for. we currently means test and require seniors who have more

John Ensign

1:41:00 to 1:41:21( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: means to pay part of the part-b premium, which is the part to cover doctors. well, part-d is to cover prescription drugs. and so what we are doing with this amendment is just to say to seniors instead of that school teacher firefighter or that police officer, those middle-income

John Ensign

1:41:22 to 1:41:43( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: folks out there, instead of their taxes having to be higher to pay for your prescription drugs, if you have the means to pay for them, then you should pay for them. that's all this and, by the way, it puts the money into deficit reduction. what have we all been talking

John Ensign

1:41:44 to 1:42:04( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: about here -- what hav we all been talking about here massive amount of debt that this budget puts on to our children and grandchildren. the chinese, who are a big buyer of our debt are questioning whether they want to continue to buy our debt. if

John Ensign

1:42:05 to 1:42:26( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: chinese, japanese, or other soarches around the -- sovereigns around the world quite buying our treasury bonds, we need to lower the debt and this amendment saves about $3 billion that used to be a lot of money aroun i realize it's small change now, but that used to be a lot of

John Ensign

1:42:27 to 1:42:29( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: money around here. $3 billion we should save

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