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Senate Proceeding on Apr 14th, 2011 :: 1:34:00 to 1:46:55
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David Vitter

1:33:48 to 1:34:08( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: quorum call: mr. vitter: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from louisiana is recognized. mr. vitter: thank you, mr. president. vitiate any quorum call. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mr. vitter: thank you, mr. president. mr. president, i rise today to explain why i'm voting "no" on the budget deal later this

David Vitter

1:34:00 to 1:46:55( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: David Vitter

David Vitter

1:34:09 to 1:34:29( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: afternoon. first a and foremost, i am voting "no" because i don't think this is a meaningful, substantial start to getting our hands around what is the biggest potential crisis we face as a nation: out-of-control spending and debt. $38 billion is, i suppose, more

David Vitter

1:34:30 to 1:34:50( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: of a cut but if you put it in any other context, any other context, it's very, very modest indeed. take a look at the eight days leading up to the announcement of this deal. in those eight days alone, barely more than a week, we as a

David Vitter

1:34:51 to 1:35:12( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: nation racked up $54 billion of brand-new debt, way more than the $38 billion of cuts in just eight days. that gives some perspective on exactly how modest and how limited in meaning this is. when you dig a little deeper to

David Vitter

1:35:13 to 1:35:34( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: look at details of the cuts, i'm afraid the picture gets even worse. a lot of these cuts are paper cuts only, only cuts on nairp don't have a -- 0 on paper that don't have a meaningful impact in the real world. there's been significant reporting about this. the justice department fund, other examples -- that probably

David Vitter

1:35:35 to 1:35:56( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: accounts for $12 billion or $13 billion of the cuts. in addition, just yesterday, the c.b.o. issued a report that said only 1% of those cuts -- $350 million or so -- would have an impact this fiscal year. all of the rest is pushed off well into the future.

David Vitter

1:35:57 to 1:36:17( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: so because of that, mr. chairman, i'm voting "no." i think we need a much stronger start to getting our fiscal house in order. in addition, mr. chairman, i'm very concerned about what this budget deal continues to fund in

David Vitter

1:36:18 to 1:36:38( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: terms of policy, in terms of impact on americans' lives, and the clearest example of that for me is the continuing funding of planned parenthood. i just believe it's morally wrong to end an innocent human life. and i also believe it's morally

David Vitter

1:36:39 to 1:36:59( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: reprehensible to take tax dollars of millions of pro-life americans in order to fund organizations that do just that. americans shouldn't be forced to subsidize abortions, much less fund our nation's largest abortion provider, and that's what planned parenthood is, pure and simple. now, opponents of defunding

David Vitter

1:37:00 to 1:37:20( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: planned parenthood had argued in the news and even on the senate floor that the organization provides many vital health care services 0 other than abortions, such as mammograms. well, we've seen recently that that is a big fiction. planned parenthood's c.e.o.

David Vitter

1:37:21 to 1:37:42( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: repeated this assertion recently. she claimed "if this bill ever becomes law" -- meaning the defunding of planned parenthood. -- "millions of women in this country are going to lose their health care access, not to abortion services, to basic family planning, you know, mammograms." well, as i said, in recent days,

David Vitter

1:37:43 to 1:38:04( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: this has been shown to be a huge fiction. live action, which is a pro-life group, recorded calls in the last several days to 30 planned parenthood clinics in 27 states. in each conversation, a woman calls in and asks if she can schedule an appointment for a

David Vitter

1:38:05 to 1:38:25( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: mammogram, and in each conversation, without exception, the planned parenthood representative tells her that they don't provide mammograms, period. one staffer admits, "we don't provide those services whatsoever." another explains, "we actually don't have a mammogram machine

David Vitter

1:38:26 to 1:38:47( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: at our clinics." the staffer at planned parenthood here in d.c., it was perhaps clearest. she said, "we do not provide mammograms. we don't deal with the health side of it so much. we're mostly a surgical facility." by the way, "surgery" means one

David Vitter

1:38:48 to 1:39:10( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: thing: abortion. this planned parenthood staffer is exactly right. 98% of their services to pregnant women constitute abortions, 98%. this chart clearly.

David Vitter

1:39:11 to 1:39:32( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: this pie chart represents 2009 planned parenthood services to pregnant women. the universe of services to pregnant women, abortions is in dark red, 98%. adoption referrals is in blue. i apologize if you can't see that. the sliver is that tiny.

David Vitter

1:39:33 to 1:39:54( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: you have to be up close. and all other prenatal care is in green, and that's the reality of planned parenthood. we've also seen a recent onslaught of ads that claims that planned parenthood is simply a leading provider of women's health services, but abortions count for roughly one

David Vitter

1:39:55 to 1:40:15( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: of this third of the $1 -- one-third of the $1 billion generated by its clinics. planned parenthood's own annual report acknowledges that it provides primary care to only 19,700 of its 3 million clients. so number of clients: 3 million.

David Vitter

1:40:16 to 1:40:36( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: those to whom it provided primary health care: 19,700. the provision to cut title 10 funding for health services sufficient as breast cancer screenings, h.i.v. testing, counseling, other valuable family planning services, would not block funding for those

David Vitter

1:40:37 to 1:40:57( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: services at nonabortion providers. it would simply block funds from subsidizing america's largest abortion provider, and abortion is almost everything planned parenthood does. furthermore, medicaid spends $1.4 billion on family planning

David Vitter

1:40:58 to 1:41:18( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: each year, not $1 of those funds would be affected by this resolution and this proposal. society question we face today is not if family planning and women's health services will be provided but if instead we're going to use that as an excuse to fund the biggest abortion provider in the count

David Vitter

1:41:19 to 1:41:42( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: does little else. though i personally don't believe abortion is a right guaranteed by the constitution, i recognize the sad reality that abortion-on-demand is right now legal in this country. but again, this debate isn't about that. it isn't about whether planned parenthood has the right to perform abortions, and it isn't

David Vitter

1:41:43 to 1:42:03( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: about funding true health care services. the real question before us is whether millions of pro-life taxpayers have to fund this entity. every year since 2000, the government has increased its funding of planned parenthood, on average $22.2 million a year.

David Vitter

1:42:04 to 1:42:27( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: as a direct reflection of that the number of abortions they perform has dramatically increased, even though the overall abortion rate, thank god, in the u.s. has declined until 2008. this chart lays out the situation clearly.

David Vitter

1:42:28 to 1:42:49( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: what is in green represents government grants and contracts to planned parenthood. iit has consistently gone up and up and up and up, a significant increase virtually every year. what is in red represents abortions by planned parenthood. very interesting.

David Vitter

1:42:50 to 1:43:11( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: virtually the same slope of an increase. while at the same time for this entire period until 2008, abortions nationwide were actually going down. now, i don't understand how anyone could look at this and say there's not a connection, say that we're not using

David Vitter

1:43:12 to 1:43:33( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: taxpayer dollars to promote and fund abortion. this notion that it's not used directly for abortion services is a convenient fiction because it's a shell game because it in fact funds planned parenthood and 98% of what they dough is about abortion. according to their latest annual

David Vitter

1:43:34 to 1:43:54( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: report, planned parenthood boasted more than $363 million in taxpayer funding, the same year it performed an unprecedent unprecedented 324,000 abortions. planned parenthood's abortion rate massively outpaces its adoption referrals in particular.

David Vitter

1:43:55 to 1:44:16( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: in 2008, a woman entering a planned parenthood clinic was 134 times more likely to have an an adoption. and in fact this final chart shows that as planned parenthood's abortion rate steadily increased to that

David Vitter

1:44:17 to 1:44:38( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: staggering number -- 332,000 in 2009 -- its adoption referrals actually decreased to just 977 that same year. so again, abortions are in deep red. adoption referrals are in blue. all other prenatal care is in green.

David Vitter

1:44:39 to 1:45:01( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: what's the reality? what's the history? what are the facts? abortions go up dramatically and planned parenthood, prenatal services go down. adoption services go down as abortions go planned parenthood has made a

David Vitter

1:45:02 to 1:45:23( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: profit every year since 1987, including a $63.4 million return in 2009. there is no justification for subsidizing planned parenthood's profitable venture with taxpayer dollars, particularly when roughly half or more of those taxpayers deeply, deeply

David Vitter

1:45:24 to 1:45:45( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: disagree with abortion. the sanctity of human life is a principle that congress should proclaim at every opportunity, and the time has come to respect the wishes of so many millions of americans who adamantly oppose using taxpayer dollars for abortions by denying all federal funding to this abortion machine.

David Vitter

1:45:46 to 1:46:07( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: this is a social issue, of course. it's also a fiscal issue. our federal budget is out of control. we're facing unsustainable debt. so given that in particular, isn't it time to stop funding an organization that millions of americans have fundamental problems with? our federal government -- if our

David Vitter

1:46:08 to 1:46:29( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: federal government has any hope of regaining fiscal restraint, we have to make significant cuts more significant than are being proposed in the deal put forth today. i refuse to believe that planned parenthood is the one sacred cow that should stand untouched and be untouchable.

David Vitter

1:46:30 to 1:46:50( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: the time has come to change this situation and to respect the wishes of the huge majority of americans who, whether they're pro-life or pro-choice think taxpayer dollars should not subsidize abortion, and that is clearly, clearly what is going on with planned parenthood. thank you, mr. chairman.

David Vitter

1:46:51 to 1:46:59( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: with that, i yield back the floor and suggest the absence of a quorum.

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