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Senate Proceeding on Apr 14th, 2011 :: 3:04:25 to 3:14:45
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Benjamin L. Cardin

3:04:22 to 3:04:42( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: madam president, shortly we are going to be voting three votes. one vote will be on the budget for our current fiscal year, the year that began on october 1 and ends on september 30th of this year. that vote, think we've talked

Benjamin L. Cardin

3:04:25 to 3:14:45( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Benjamin L. Cardin

Benjamin L. Cardin

3:04:43 to 3:05:03( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: about it at some length. i took the floor yesterday and explained how the negotiated budget for this year is far better than the republican-passed budget in the house of representatives, the original h.r. 1. i pointed out how a budget represents the vision for our

Benjamin L. Cardin

3:05:04 to 3:05:25( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: future, that's it's a -- that it's a policy document. and i far prefer the agreement that was reached that preserves america's ability to have a competitive workforce. i pointed out yesterday and i'll repeat again today that the budget we will vote on will maintain most of the funding for

Benjamin L. Cardin

3:05:26 to 3:05:47( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: n.i.h. research, basic research which is critically important for information in america. that's the information used by our high-tech companies so america can outinnovate our competitors whereas the house-passed budget would have cut $1.4 billion from n.i.h. research. or how the agreed to budget will

Benjamin L. Cardin

3:05:48 to 3:06:08( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: provide for job traing and job corps pretty much at the current rates. whereas the republican-passed house budget would have eliminated most of the funds for job traing and 45% of the funds for job corps. or for our students and the pell grants we're maintaining the funding so that students can

Benjamin L. Cardin

3:06:09 to 3:06:31( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: continue to receive $5,550 maximum under pell grants. as i pointed out college education tuition is going up. the house-passed budget would have cut 15% off of that program. perhaps the one that i really points, i thirks the major difference between where the republicans are on the budget and where we ended up is the head start program. the head start program has

Benjamin L. Cardin

3:06:32 to 3:06:53( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: worked effectively in all of our states. children who participated in head start do much better in life. we know that. the house-passed budget would have cut the number of children in head start by 218,000, eliminating teachers and assistants from the head start program. i'm pleased that the agreement that was reached will maintain all services of head start so

Benjamin L. Cardin

3:06:54 to 3:07:14( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: all of our children can continue in that program. and i -- the list goes on and on about the compromises that were reached. but i want to make it clear, this was a true compromise. this is not what the democrats wanted or what the republicans wanted. it's going to be painful. there are a lot of things in here i would like to see done differently. i point out the g.s.a. budget is

Benjamin L. Cardin

3:07:15 to 3:07:35( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: going to be reduced by a billion dollars. in maryland at the white oak facility for the f.d.a. we're doing some critically important construction work to bring together the different participants for the safety of americans. well, that program's going to be severely slowed down as a result of the cut to the g.s.a. budget. i pointed out that on the

Benjamin L. Cardin

3:07:36 to 3:07:57( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: environmental front, the endangered species act that there's a provision in here that delists the gray wolf. that shouldn't be done through congressional action. that's a dangerous precedent for us to -- to go down. i pointed out that the community development block grants are cut. even though the e.p.a. budget which would have been cut by 30%

Benjamin L. Cardin

3:07:58 to 3:08:19( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: with the house-passed budget, we bring that down by 50% so it's only a 15% cut. but a 15% cut is too large of a cut for the enviromental protection agency. the good news is that we were able to remove those riders, those policy riders that would have prevented the enviromental protection agency from protecting the environment, protecting our public health.

Benjamin L. Cardin

3:08:20 to 3:08:40( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: those were relimb made but i really -- eliminated. but i really want to speak about the other two votes that will be taking place on the floor in a few moments. they're votes on what are called correcting resolutions. now, let me explain this. because i think it might surprise some of the people to learn we're not talking about the amount of dollars that are

Benjamin L. Cardin

3:08:41 to 3:09:02( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: gb to be appropriated in this -- going to be appropriated in this current year's budget. these are restrictions as to how money can be spent. so it really deals with a philosophical agenda, not a budget agenda. this isn't about reducing the deficit, this is about trying to impose a philosophical position on the budget for this year. so let me talk about the correcting resolutions.

Benjamin L. Cardin

3:09:03 to 3:09:23( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: and i'm going to urge my colleagues to vote against both much one would restrict funds going to planned parenthood. women's health care issues, which i call war on women. this deals with title 10 funding. now, title 10 funding is used for preventive health services, cervical cancer screenings,

Benjamin L. Cardin

3:09:24 to 3:09:45( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: breast cancer screenings, immunization, diabetes and hypertension testing, sexually transmitted testing an treatment, h.i.v. treatment, and referables. not one time of the money can be used for abortions. that's the current law, the current prohibition.

Benjamin L. Cardin

3:09:46 to 3:10:07( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: currently there are approximately five million people who benefit from title 10 funding. over 4,500 clinics as across the nation. 91% of the people who take advantage of these clinics have no health insurance. less than 25% of title 10 funds go to planned parenthood. and planned parenthood spends

Benjamin L. Cardin

3:10:08 to 3:10:28( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: approximately 3% of its total budget on abortion services. not one dime of which is federal funds. not one dime of which is federal funds. so this is not about abortion. this is about whether we're going to be able to provide preventive care to our most vulnerable in america. and it's attack on women.

Benjamin L. Cardin

3:10:29 to 3:10:49( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: women are the basic beneficiaries of title 10 funds. it's going to cost us more money through the use of emergency room services. it makes no sense at all. it's certainly counter to what we all say we want, and that's gender equity in health care in america, and i would urge my colleagues to vote no on that correcting resolution.

Benjamin L. Cardin

3:10:50 to 3:11:10( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: the second correcting resolution is an attempt to repeal the affordable care act. they'll be -- celebrated its anniversary a few weeks ago. if you're a senior, you should be concerned about this vote because now you have a wellness exam annually under medicare that's reimbursed so you can take care of your own health

Benjamin L. Cardin

3:11:11 to 3:11:32( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: care needs. that would be put in jeopardy. if you're one of those 3.2 million americans who fall within the so-called doughnut hole, the coverage gap for prescription drug coverage, you should be concerned about the repeal. you got $250 last year, you got 50% of the cost of the brand

Benjamin L. Cardin

3:11:33 to 3:11:53( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: name prescription covered and by 20 we're going to close the doughnut hole all together. that would be eliminated if this correcting resolution were passed. we've been able to extend the solvency of the medicare program by 12 years. quite frankly, you should be worried about what efforts are

Benjamin L. Cardin

3:11:54 to 3:12:16( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: being made to privatize the medicare system. it starts with this vote later today where we can reject the efforts to turn back the clock on medicare. -- where seniors would have to pay. if you're a small business you should be pleased by the tax credits that are now available in which this correcting resolution would take away from you, making it more expensive

Benjamin L. Cardin

3:12:17 to 3:12:37( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: for you to provide health care for your employees. if you're a consumer and you're able to cover your child up to age 26, 1.2 million americans, the correcting resolution would turn the clock back on the progress we made on the abusive practices of private insurance companies. if you have a child with asthma,

Benjamin L. Cardin

3:12:38 to 3:12:59( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: now you can get full coverage. if we turn the clock back by approving the continuing resolution, you will be at the mercy of private insurance companies to provide you coverage, which very unlikely will happen. i can talk about emergency room visits where some insurance companies require preauthorization. i don't know how you get preauthorization when you go to emergency room.

Benjamin L. Cardin

3:13:00 to 3:13:20( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: we corrected that in the affordable care act. once again, the correcting resolution that -- that we're being asked to vote on will turn the clock back, putting you at the mercy of private insurance companies as to whether to cover your emergency room visit. if you're a taxpayer -- if you're a taxpayer, which is what we're talking about today with

Benjamin L. Cardin

3:13:21 to 3:13:41( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: the budget, you should be very much concerned about this correcting resolution because by turning back the clock on the affordable care act, it costs the taxpayers $1.5 trillion over the next 20 years so it's counter to your need. if you have pride as i do that america at long last has said

Benjamin L. Cardin

3:13:42 to 3:14:02( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: that health care is a right, not a privilege, and recognize that we need to do more to improve our health care system, you'll want us to move forward and talk about the health care issue and try to improve our health care system. you don't want us to turn the clock back. the large number of people who have no health insurance or who have restricted coverage because

Benjamin L. Cardin

3:14:03 to 3:14:23( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: of the abusive practices of private insurance companies or your inability to cover your children after they graduate from college, that's now been corrected. and we certainly don't believe that a correcting resolution would take that away from us. so, madam president, i take it for today we're going to have three votes and i just urge my

Benjamin L. Cardin

3:14:24 to 3:14:45( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: colleagues to vote against both of these correcting resolutions. they're attack on women's health care issues and they're an attack on quality health care for all americans. we need to pass the budget, but these correcting resolutions should be defeated. with that, i would yield the floor. the presiding officer: the senator from iowa.

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