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Senate Proceeding on Apr 5th, 2011 :: 0:05:00 to 0:11:20
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Mitch McConnell

0:04:56 to 0:05:17( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: committee, congressman paul ryan, is releasing a serious detailed plan for getting our nation's fiscal house in order. congressman ryan's plan would put us on a path to reducing the national debt. it would strengthen the social safety net so that we can keep the promises we've made to america's seniors. it will propose a way for washington to start living

Mitch McConnell

0:05:00 to 0:11:20( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Mitch McConnell

Mitch McConnell

0:05:18 to 0:05:38( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: within its means. and it will repeal last year's health care law which raised health care costs, lead to fewer jobs and which americans have rejected. congressman ryan is presenting a plan, in other words, to address our most pressing problems head on at a moment when the president and other democratic

Mitch McConnell

0:05:39 to 0:05:59( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: leaders simply refuse to do so themselves. he's doing what his constituents have sent him here to do. anybody can say that our nation's problems need to be addressed, but history will show that chairman ryan is one of those who actually stepped up to do it. and he should be applauded for that by people of goodwill on

Mitch McConnell

0:06:00 to 0:06:20( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: both sides. unfortunately, we already know how many democrats intend to respond to this plan. we've heard the spin already. in the absence of any solutions of their own to a looming entitlement fiasco and the testimony of countless experts on the fiscal peril we face,

Mitch McConnell

0:06:21 to 0:06:41( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: democrats intend to use congressman ryan's plan against anyone who supports it, despite the facts. they'll try to scare the public by claiming it says things that it doesn't. they'll squander the golden opportunity we have right now to tackle the biggest problems we face in a bipartisan way, the way our predecessors did when

Mitch McConnell

0:06:42 to 0:07:02( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: the two parties shared power in washington, all in the name of having an edge -- an edge -- in the next election. frankly, it's shameful. americans would like their president and senators and congressmen to lead. they don't expect to us agree on everything but they expect us to work together when a problem

Mitch McConnell

0:07:03 to 0:07:23( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: becomes so pressing that cooperation across party lines is required. now is such a moment. the debt is at crisis levels, posing a threat not just to businesses and families planning for the future, but to our national security. since the president has taken office, nearly three million americans have lost their jobs.

Mitch McConnell

0:07:24 to 0:07:45( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: as a result of the ongoing housing crisis, millions of homeowners are currently under water on their mortgages. the only industry that seems to be growing is government, and the only city that seems to be isolated from problems most americans face right now is washington. all at taxpayers' expense. the budget debate we've been

Mitch McConnell

0:07:46 to 0:08:06( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: engaged in in the past several weeks is a direct result of the fact that democrats in congress failed to pass one of their own for the current fiscal year. republicans had to step in and do it for them. and now six months into the current fiscal year, the president and democratic leaders in congress still have yet to produce a plan of their own.

Mitch McConnell

0:08:07 to 0:08:27( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: house republicans have produced multiple plans, including one that they'll offer today which funds our troops through the end of the year, keeps the government running and gets us one step closer to the level of spending cuts that even the senior senator from new york has described as reasonable. unfortunately, democrats would rather take pot shots at these proposals from the sidelines

Mitch McConnell

0:08:28 to 0:08:48( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: hoping that they become unpopular with the public so they can benefit politically. they have completely and totally advocated their -- abdicated their responsibility. so i'd like to applaud congressman ryan not only for the energy and creativity and seriousness which he's brought to these issues, but also for his courage and doing so at a

Mitch McConnell

0:08:49 to 0:09:10( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: time when democrats in washington would rather sit on their hands. by stepping forward, he's forced a much-needed debate about the many crises of the moment. it's my hope that our friends on the other side recognize this effort for what it is: a serious goodwill effort to do something good and necessary for the

Mitch McConnell

0:09:11 to 0:09:31( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: future of our nation. and that for the good of the nation they'll join in in this effort at some point before it's too late. now, madam president, on another matter, as i've traveled across kentucky over the past year,

Mitch McConnell

0:09:32 to 0:09:53( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: i've heard from countless small business owners who told me how burdensome the so-called 1099 provision in the democrats' health care bill would be to implement and how it could hamper their ability to create good private-sector jobs. i hope they're tuning in to the senate floor today so they can watch the vote on its repeal.

Mitch McConnell

0:09:54 to 0:10:14( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: this has been a hard-fought effort, and all of the credit should go to the junior senator from nebraska, my good friend, senator mike johanns. he has led this fight on behalf of the countless entrepreneurs and small business owners across the country who raised the alarm on this issue. so this is a big win for small business.

Mitch McConnell

0:10:15 to 0:10:35( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: importantly, it's also the first of what i hope are many successful repeal votes related to the disastrous health spending bill the democrats passed last year. the more americans learn about this bill the less they like it. we hope we can respond to their concerns with many repeal votes like the one we're going to have this morning right here in congress.

Mitch McConnell

0:10:36 to 0:10:56( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: then we will replace it with the kind of commonsense reforms that will actually lower costs and encourage job creation. once again i want to thank senator johanns for his leadership and hard work on repealing this onerous provision. this is a classic example of a senator who list topbd his

Mitch McConnell

0:10:57 to 0:11:17( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: constituents -- listened to his constituents, developed a solution, won the support of his colleagues and doggedly pursued a course of action that led to today's vote. america's spweugss can thank -- america's small businesses can thank senator johanns for pushing this initiative across the finish line and i call on the president to law.

Mitch McConnell

0:11:18 to 0:11:22( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: madam president, i yield the floor. a senator: madam president? the presiding officer: under

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