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Senate Proceeding on Apr 14th, 2011 :: 2:14:10 to 2:26:00
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Jeff Sessions

2:14:06 to 2:14:28( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: the presiding officer: the senator from alabama is recognized. mr. sessions: mr. president, we, as a country, are in a very, very serious financial circumstance and we all know that we have to reduce spending. this year we will spen spend $3.7 trillion and --

Jeff Sessions

2:14:10 to 2:26:00( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jeff Sessions

Jeff Sessions

2:14:29 to 2:14:49( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: excuse me -- we will -- yes, spend $3.7 trillion but take in only $2.2 trillion, 40 cents of every dollar is borrowed. the president acknowledged a stunning development that under his budget that he submitted two months ago, something i've

Jeff Sessions

2:14:50 to 2:15:11( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: repeatedly talked about, in the tenth year, the amount of interest on our debt will be almost $1 trillion. this is fact. we are on an unsustainable course. as every witness has told us, you've got to do better. you cannot continue in this fashion any longer. the president's debt commission

Jeff Sessions

2:15:12 to 2:15:33( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: chairman, mr. erskine bowles and senator alan simpson, former senator simpson, they have told us that we are facing the most predictable debt crisis in our history if we don't change, and they didn't say it's for our children and grandchildren. they said it could happen in two years. senator -- mr. bowles said

Jeff Sessions

2:15:34 to 2:15:54( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: earlier than two years, a little later. senator simpson said i think we could have a debt crisis in one year. so i don't know, hopefully this won't happen, but we've got to get spending under control. there are two ways to do it. one is to work really hard, do what we are paid to do, identify a less productive, less defensible spending programs and

Jeff Sessions

2:15:55 to 2:16:16( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: eliminate them and try to protect as much as we can the programs that are more productive and doing better good for america. our other way to do it, just sort of take everything across the board, just eliminate everything on a same percentage basis and reduce spending that way. you could do either. i think most people would say we

Jeff Sessions

2:16:17 to 2:16:38( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: should eliminate the programs that are least defensible first before we have to reduce spending in programs that are more justified. and, of course, none of the proposals that have been made by congressman ryan in the house reduce spending for medicare, social security or medicaid.

Jeff Sessions

2:16:39 to 2:16:59( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: they reduce the growth in those spending programs, but they don't reduce spending for them. but regardless, how do we make the decision? i've heard the debate about planned parenthood and the moneys they get. i have not been particularly knowledgeable about it. i serve as ranking member of the

Jeff Sessions

2:17:00 to 2:17:20( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: budget committee, so i know something about the debt crisis we are in. so the question is is planned parenthood a program that is less defensible and ought to have its funding eliminated or reduced significantly so other programs that are more

Jeff Sessions

2:17:21 to 2:17:42( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: defensible don't have to be cut? i'm looking at the facts about the situation, and i find that planned parenthood has far more difficulty defending its legitimacy as a federal recipient of millions of dollars than other institutions.

Jeff Sessions

2:17:43 to 2:18:03( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: this is a private group that sets about to do all kinds of things. one of the largest things it does is provide abortions, and it's an advocacy group. they have very strong agendas that a lot of the american people do not agree with, and why should we fund it? there are lots of other

Jeff Sessions

2:18:04 to 2:18:28( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: organizations out here all over america that do what they think to be good things that aren't funded by the united states government. so let's just look at it a little bit. i was sort of surprised, actually. in 2009, the last year we have gotten the report, planned

Jeff Sessions

2:18:29 to 2:18:51( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: parenthood reported providing 332,278 abortions in the united states. i didn't know that. 332,000? this is the highest total ever recorded, and the 15th consecutive year that the number of abortions they have provided has increased. overall, though, abortions in

Jeff Sessions

2:18:52 to 2:19:13( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: the united states are going down. you see that sonogram and you see that unborn child and other things, whatever. the mood of the american people are getting a lot more uneasy about this idea of -- of life

Jeff Sessions

2:19:14 to 2:19:36( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: and taking of unborn life. so overall, abortions have decreased, decreased by almost 25% in the past two decades nationwide. voluntarily been reduced by individual decisions by americans, yet during that same time, planned parenthood

Jeff Sessions

2:19:37 to 2:20:00( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: abortions have doubled. and planned parenthood consistently claims that abortions account for only 3% of their services. 97% is on other projects, they say, but yet in that same fact sheet that they make that assertion, they state that 12% -- that's more than one in ten -- of their health care

Jeff Sessions

2:20:01 to 2:20:24( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: patients receive an abortion. whoo, that's a surprise to me. think about that. they state that 12% -- that's more than one in ten -- of their health care patients who come in to there receive an abortion. so what about the other solutions?

Jeff Sessions

2:20:25 to 2:20:45( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: aren't there other solutions to pregnancies that -- other than abortion? in 2009, their report indicates that planned parenthood made one adoption referral for every $340

Jeff Sessions

2:20:46 to 2:21:10( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: abortions performed. they made a scant 977 adoption referrals compared to over 330,000 abortions. that's a decline of almost 60% from 2008. so this is a major change in what's going on at planned parenthood. in 2008, they did 60% more

Jeff Sessions

2:21:11 to 2:21:36( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: referrals when it made 2,400 adoption referrals. so i just say it appears that this is that's commited to one solution for people struggling with pregnancies, and i tell you, i've got a letter here -- i won't quote it, but i have a letter from a woman in alabama

Jeff Sessions

2:21:37 to 2:21:57( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: who had an abortion, who still feels pain about that and wrote me saying not to fund this. i just state that because my colleagues suggested only men

Jeff Sessions

2:21:58 to 2:22:20( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: would favor this kind of idea. and i tell you another thing that i did not know and was very surprised about, how much money this is. no wonder there's a big brouhaha here because this is a lot money. congress is providing providing $363 million a year to

Jeff Sessions

2:22:21 to 2:22:42( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: planned parenthood. that's a lot. over ten years as we have been scoring everything here over a ten-year budget, that's about about $4 trillion -- $4 billion and quite a lot of money. a lot of people in the country

Jeff Sessions

2:22:43 to 2:23:04( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: feel strongly that supreme court has ruled on this. they've said what the constitution says. abortions under some circumstances are -- are -- cannot be prohibited under the supreme court ruling, but they're saying the federal government doesn't have to pay for it, fund it, don't have to use my taxpayer money to do so,

Jeff Sessions

2:23:05 to 2:23:29( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: and so my colleagues say well, we agree with that principle and we're not funding abortions. we're giving the money to planned parenthood, but they're not able to use it for abortions, but if 12% of their patients are obtaining abortions and they are getting getting $300 million, i think that's a fact. so i just would say i think it's

Jeff Sessions

2:23:30 to 2:23:50( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: a fact that the federal funding furthers their ability to grow and expand their lead as the number-one abortion provider in the country. so, mr. president, i think all in all, we don't have enough money to do a lot of good things. we have some people foreget,

Jeff Sessions

2:23:51 to 2:24:12( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: rural health clinics and urban health clinics that are funded and organized by the united states congress. we don't have to use money in this fashion to this private entity that has an agenda. i don't believe it's radical to say that this is one place that we could save money out of -- and a lot more.

Jeff Sessions

2:24:13 to 2:24:34( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: i don't think it's extreme. that's my best judgment, that if we don't have enough money, 40% of what we spend is borrowed, i don't want to borrow borrow $363 million this year to fund a program that we don't have the money for, and this is

Jeff Sessions

2:24:35 to 2:24:55( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: one that i think we could legitimately say does not have to have taxpayers' money and should be -- have its funding terminated. i also would support the resolution concerning the health care bill.

Jeff Sessions

2:24:56 to 2:25:16( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: it clearly is a piece of legislation that costs the taxpayers large sums of money, and it is not a piece of legislation that adds money to the treasury, as has been suggested. the congressional budget office has written a letter to me that stated explicitly that the

Jeff Sessions

2:25:17 to 2:25:37( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: administration is doublecounting the money, and if they weren't doublecounting the money they took from medicare to fund this new program, that you would clearly have a -- the health care bill would be a clear drain on the economy. they have to use a gimmick of double accounting through an

Jeff Sessions

2:25:38 to 2:26:00( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: accounting process here to justify that, and it's not the right way to do it. it's the reason the country's going broke. so i would offer -- ask unanimous consent, mr. president, to revise and extend my remarks on both of these subjects and would -- the presiding officer: wit objection, so ordered. mr. sessions: and would yield the floor. the presiding officer: the

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