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Senate Proceeding 06-14-11 on Jun 14th, 2011 :: 1:21:15 to 1:57:45
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Jeff Sessions

1:21:13 to 1:21:33( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: since the united states senate has found itself with a budget. we haven't passed a budget in 776 days. this is not responsible at a time in which we're having the largest deficits this country has ever seen. this year, it's projected our

Jeff Sessions

1:21:15 to 1:57:45( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jeff Sessions

Jeff Sessions

1:21:34 to 1:21:56( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: deficit as of september 30 when the fiscal year ends will have been $1.5 trillion. $1,500,000,000,000 deficit. so i think it's a big issue. last year, the budget committee moved a budget out to the floor

Jeff Sessions

1:21:57 to 1:22:17( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: of the senate and senator reid chose not to bring it up, the majority leader. this year, he declared that it would be foolish to bring up a budget to the floor, and even though he has a majority in the senate and you can pass a budget with a simple majority, it's a -- a priority item, he is

Jeff Sessions

1:22:18 to 1:22:40( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: asking apparently asked and the budget committee has not even had a markup. the budget act requires a markup to be begun by april 1 and a budget to be passed by april 15 so we can go about the business of funding next year's government. but when you do that, you need a budget. states have budgets, cities have

Jeff Sessions

1:22:41 to 1:23:01( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: budgets, counties have budgets. no city, county or state that i'm aware of is anything like close to borrowing 40 cents of every dollar we spend as this united states congress is doing. we're spending $3.7 trillion.

Jeff Sessions

1:23:02 to 1:23:24( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: we're taking that's a stunning number, and one reason we're so out of control is we don't have a budget. so i have been harping away at that, and i have been talking

Jeff Sessions

1:23:25 to 1:23:45( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: about the -- its impact on jobs. rogoff-rhine hard -- reinhart study makes it clear that when your debt reaches 90% of the economy, the entire economy of the country equal to that much debt, that your growth drops on average 1%. really, it's above that in median numbers, i believe.

Jeff Sessions

1:23:46 to 1:24:07( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: but at any rate, 1%. so we had 1.8% growth the first quarter. could we have had 2.8%? we're talking about more than 30% reduction in our growth and 1% in growth in our economy equals to the creation of one million jobs.

Jeff Sessions

1:24:08 to 1:24:29( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: so that is the kinds of things i have been talking about and going into some detail and have been unhappy and disappointed that my majority leader would have the gall to attack the house members -- let's i think i have a chart here. we don't want to forget this number.

Jeff Sessions

1:24:30 to 1:24:51( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: it's a pretty big number. i had planned to have that here, and my fabulous staff will give it to me. it's 776. that's how long it's been since we have had a budget. so i have complained about that, and i felt like my good friend, senator reid -- he's got the

Jeff Sessions

1:24:52 to 1:25:12( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: toughest job in washington. being majority leader in the senate, i don't know how you do it, but you have to lead. as my wife says to me, don't blame me. you asked for the job. well, he asked for the job, to be a leader. he announced that it was foolish for us to have a budget just a few weeks ago.

Jeff Sessions

1:25:13 to 1:25:33( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: when will we ever have one gruesomably? so just today, earlier this morning, i guess he got a little tired of my harping. he said -- quote -- "i heard my friend, our ranking member on the budget committee" -- that's

Jeff Sessions

1:25:34 to 1:25:54( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: me -- quote -- "come here and talk for hours and what he is talking about has no bearing on what i think is important to the country today, and that is we know that the republicans have put forward a budget that destroys medicare." well, the republicans didn't destroy medicare.

Jeff Sessions

1:25:55 to 1:26:15( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: give me a break. and that's not the only problem we have got facing the country. medicare's going broke and we need to do something about it to save it. that is true. but there are big issues here, and one of them is the surging debt that erskine bowles, appointed by president obama to head the fiscal commission

Jeff Sessions

1:26:16 to 1:26:36( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: testified before the budget committee just a few weeks ago and said we are facing the most predictable economic crisis in our nation's history. this has the potential to put us into another double-dip recession, the economy is not doing well. the things i have been talking

Jeff Sessions

1:26:37 to 1:26:57( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: about do have bearing on the future of our country, and i'm disappointed my good friend the democratic leader doesn't agree. housing prices continue to drop. they are expected to go down another 5% or 6% this year. we thought we had hit the bottom on housing. gasoline is still close to $4 a

Jeff Sessions

1:26:58 to 1:27:20( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: gallon. unemployment just went up. we had a most meager increase in 54,000 jobs last month. you need to have about 200,000 to actually reduce unemployment. as a result, unemployment went up. it's the lowest and worst job numbers we have had in some

Jeff Sessions

1:27:21 to 1:27:42( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: time. so the debt, the economy, gasoline prices, jobs, those are matters that have no bearing on what is important to our country. i think they have a bearing on what's important. what does the majority leader believe? what does he think we should be doing? this bill that we have been

Jeff Sessions

1:27:43 to 1:28:04( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: fiddling with for weeks that have no monumental, significant ability to alter the debt trajectory that's taking us on a most predictable course to fiscal disaster, that's what we need to be addressing. it's the most important issue facing our country, of that i have no doubt. i don't think anybody has any doubt. listen to the news programs,

Jeff Sessions

1:28:05 to 1:28:28( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: listen to the business channels, read your newspaper. the debt that we're facing is -- is critical to our country. the instability of our entitlement programs like medicare are issues that we have got to talk about. we can't deny that. and so we have opposition here

Jeff Sessions

1:28:29 to 1:28:49( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: to doing things that make sense. like producing more oil and gas so we have a permitorium, a blocking of permits for oil and gas off our shore presumably so we can buy more oil and gas produced offshore in brazil or nigeria or venezuela but not off

Jeff Sessions

1:28:50 to 1:29:11( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: our shores. transferring our wealth abroad, it could be creating jobs and tax revenue for the united states government. but what about this medicare problem? let me just talk about it because it's a part, it's one of the difficulties we have got to deal with. certainly not the only one. the biggest problem we have is discretionary spending that's

Jeff Sessions

1:29:12 to 1:29:32( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: out of control, not medicare right now, not social security right now. in the last two years under president obama, nondefense -- not defense, nondefense discretionary spending, not social security, not medicare, went up 24%.

Jeff Sessions

1:29:33 to 1:29:55( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: at a time when the deficits have been $1.2 trillion, been $1.2 trillion, $1.3 trillio n, this year $1.5 trillion perhaps. we have never had deficits that large, and the problem is it's systemic, and we have never had this kind of challenge. and i know there was a big fight

Jeff Sessions

1:29:56 to 1:30:16( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: in the mid 1990's and government was shut down and newt gingrich and his team fought and said they wanted to balance the budget and they balanced the budget. the country didn't sink into the ocean as that little shutdown occurred, but they balanced the budget. but now we're in a much deeper hole. i'm telling you, i have looked at the numbers.

Jeff Sessions

1:30:17 to 1:30:37( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: i'm the ranking member of the budget committee. it's not easy for us to get out of this fix, not easy at all. it's going to take some real effort and leadership, and the president submits a budget that came before the congress and was voted 97-0 down. not a single member voted for

Jeff Sessions

1:30:38 to 1:31:00( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: his budget that would have doubled the debt over the next ten years, made it worse than the baseline we were already on, which was utterly unsustainable. so is medicare something that absolutely cannot be discussed because it's going into default?

Jeff Sessions

1:31:01 to 1:31:21( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: let me say to you what some of our democratic leaders have said about medicare. steny hoyer, he is the house whip, one of the top leaders in the house of representatives -- democratic leader in the house. he said this, "do i believe that there are other things we can do

Jeff Sessions

1:31:22 to 1:31:42( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: related to medicare? the answer is, i do. i'm not going to get into articulating each one, but my expectation is they will be under discussion by the biden group." they have a little secret group down there meeting in the bhows with some republicans and white house, and we're supposed to all relax now because they're going

Jeff Sessions

1:31:43 to 1:32:06( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: to solve our problems and put it on a silver platter for us, and we're just going to vote for it, and it will be good for the country. i'm a little dubious about it, but i'm anxious to hear what they're going to produce. the longer they wairkts the more critical our situation is. what about the house minority leader, former speaker, nancy pelosi?

Jeff Sessions

1:32:07 to 1:32:27( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: she was on larry kudlow's cnbc business channel. mr. kudlow is very articulate moderator and he asked this question, "is medicare on the table? are entitlements on the table?" he said to the former speaker, pell low sivment answer, "yes, i

Jeff Sessions

1:32:28 to 1:32:49( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: think medicare son the table. "quhation about president obama and his health care summit on february 25? of last year. "almost all of the long-term deficit and debt that we face relating to the exploding cost of medicare and medicaid." close quote. that's his direct quote, the

Jeff Sessions

1:32:50 to 1:33:13( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: president of the united states. it goes on, "almost all of it -- that is the single biggest driver of our federal debt and if we don't get control over that, we can't get control of our federal budget." what about former president bill clinton?

Jeff Sessions

1:33:14 to 1:33:35( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: i guess maybe the spiritual head of the democratic party, one of the most respected democrats. quote, "i am afraid that the democrats will draw the conclusion that we shouldn't do anything. i completely disagree with that. the democrats may have to give up some short-term political

Jeff Sessions

1:33:36 to 1:33:57( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: gain by whipping up fear. if it is a reasonable social security program, if it is a reasonable medicare proposal, you cannot have health care devour our economy." close quote. well, that's the truth. of course we've got to talk about it, because it's -- it's on an unsustainable path. let me talk a little bit more about that because congressman

Jeff Sessions

1:33:58 to 1:34:18( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: ryan and i wrote a letter to the president today asking him to do his duty with regard to medicare on a matter that just came up. so on may 13, the medicare trustees issued their annual report on the financial status of the medicare program.

Jeff Sessions

1:34:19 to 1:34:39( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: medicare is a trust fund. they have trustees that are committed to preserving the program, trying to make sure they can pay the recipients what they've been promised in the years to come and to make sure the money is well-handled. okay? they do annual reports on this

Jeff Sessions

1:34:40 to 1:35:00( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: massive program. the medicare hospital trust fund -- that's the h.i., the medicare hospital trust fund -- ran an annual cash-flow deficit of $32.3 billion last year in 2010 and will continue to run

Jeff Sessions

1:35:01 to 1:35:21( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: deficits throughout the decade. that's what the trustees say about medicare. they went ton say this. "the medicare trust fund will become insolvent in 2024, five years earlier than last year's

Jeff Sessions

1:35:22 to 1:35:44( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: date of exhaustion." can you imagine that? they redid the numbers, and they have concluded that it's going to be in default, being insolvent five years sooner than they were predicting just last year. they went on to say, "if current law remains unchanged,

Jeff Sessions

1:35:45 to 1:36:07( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: medicare's unfunded obligation is $24.4 trillion over the next 75 years." in other words to put this on a sound basis, investing today, you'd need $24.4 trillion. like last year, the nonpartisan

Jeff Sessions

1:36:08 to 1:36:28( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: chief actuary for the medicare-medicaid services, richard foster, used his statement of actuarial opinion at the end of the report to warn -- quote -- "the financial projections shown in this report for medicare do not represent a reasonable expectation for

Jeff Sessions

1:36:29 to 1:36:50( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: actual program ormses in either the -- operations in either the short range as a result of the unsustainable reductions in physician payment rates or in the long range because of the strong likelihood that statutory reductions and price updates for most categories of medicare provider services will not be viable."

Jeff Sessions

1:36:51 to 1:37:12( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: close quote. on may 20, a week after the trustees' report was released, the chief actuary, mr. foster, h illustrative projections. those estimates indicate it is

Jeff Sessions

1:37:13 to 1:37:34( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: under a more likely scenario for future spending, medicare's unfunded obligations is $36 trillion over the next 75 years. a figure that's far larger than the official trustees' estimate of $24 trillion. mr. foster has been there a long time. he is a very serious man.

Jeff Sessions

1:37:35 to 1:37:56( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: he understands his responsibility to tell us the truth. he understands the responsibility to medicare recipients, and he's telling us we need to do something about medicare. it goes on. "the trustees projected that the total medicare spending will draw more than 45% of its

Jeff Sessions

1:37:57 to 1:38:19( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: funding out of the treasury's general fund in 2011." a lot of people think that medicare is funded by the medicare tax we pay on our paycheck, the withholding taxes that are paid. and that's a significant amount of money, no doubt about it. but the medicare trustees just

Jeff Sessions

1:38:20 to 1:38:42( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: reported to us that they will -- the total money that they spend of that amount 45% is funding directly out of the general funds, general tax revenues, not the payroll beholding. as a consequence for the sixth dpleer a row, they say -- 2006

Jeff Sessions

1:38:43 to 1:39:03( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: through 2011 -- the trustees made an "excess general revenue medicare funding determination." two consecutive "excess general revenue medicare funding determinations trigger a

Jeff Sessions

1:39:04 to 1:39:24( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: medicare funding warning." this medicare warning requires that the president submit a legislative proposal to address this crisis within 15 days of his next budget. so -- well, for six years we've

Jeff Sessions

1:39:25 to 1:39:45( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: been running that apparently. president bush submitted a proposal when he was president to deal with the shortfall in medicare, but the democratic majority in both houses, i guess, at the time, failed to act on it, do anything about it. but now we've gone further and deeper into debt.

Jeff Sessions

1:39:46 to 1:40:07( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: so the trustees issue add medicare funding warning for the fifth consecutive time in their report this year, 2007-2011. president obama has not responded. so who cares about the medicare?

Jeff Sessions

1:40:08 to 1:40:30( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: i think all of us do. but does anyone dispute that the trustees, the people that are statutorily required by law to superintend this fund don't care about it, aren't worried about the recipients? they have a lawful obligation to try to ensure that the program

Jeff Sessions

1:40:31 to 1:40:52( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: is on a sound basis. your honor the medicare prescription drug bill that was passed here in 1973, congress established the medicare trigger to call attention to the program's growing fiscal imbalance. if, in their rorkts the medicare trustees project that medicare will draw more than 45% of its funding out of the treasury's

Jeff Sessions

1:40:53 to 1:41:13( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: general fund within a seven-year period, the trustees must make and -- quote -- "excess general revenue medicare funding determination." by law-to-two consecutive excess revenue general funding determinations produce a medicare funding warning triggering action by the

Jeff Sessions

1:41:14 to 1:41:35( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: president. under public law, u.s. code, the president is required to submit legislation -- submit legislation -- to who? the congress, us. -- in response to a funding warning within 15 days of the next budget and the proposal

Jeff Sessions

1:41:36 to 1:41:56( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: would then receive expedited consideration in congress. so when we have this 45% level breached, the president is supposed to submit us a plan and we're supposed to give it expedited attention. why? because medicare is important. that's why.

Jeff Sessions

1:41:57 to 1:42:18( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: and when it's not on a sound financial basis, congress has the responsibility to do something about it, not do nothing. not criticize somebody like congressman ryan, who proposed a sound, well-thought-out long-term approach to medicare. if may not be the one that i would agree with or other members would agree with, but no

Jeff Sessions

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

Jeff Sessions: one can doubt, in my opinion, that it was a serious, thoughtful effort that would have put medicare on a sound footing. but if it's not plan we want, let's have another one. what's the president's plan? that's the one that's required

Jeff Sessions

1:42:43 to 1:43:06( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: by law-to-, to submit a plan. while medicare funding warning has been issued each year since he has taken office, president obama has failed to submit a single proposal to congress in visa sponse to the warnings. -- in r to the warnings.

Jeff Sessions

1:43:07 to 1:43:28( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: so i join today with congressman paul ryan, young chairman of the house budget committee -- nobody has worked harder, nobody is smarter, nobody loves his country more, nobody is prepared to stand before the american people, explain what he thinks is best for the country and be prepared to defend it with

Jeff Sessions

1:43:29 to 1:43:50( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: facts, with integrity, with responsibility; what a refreshing face and ability he is. i've come to have the greatest admiration for him. and so what happened to congressman ryan? he helped write this budget. and part of the budget, after

Jeff Sessions

1:43:51 to 1:44:12( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: ten years, he proposed some changes to medicare that would put it on a sound footing. well, when we came over to the senate, where is the senate budget? the house has produced a budget. it reduces spending in the short run and had a responsible approach to dealing with some of the long-term entitlement issues

Jeff Sessions

1:44:13 to 1:44:33( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: that threaten us in the long term. it was a sound program. -- it was a sound program that the congressman had. and i thought -- but we could disagree. so we're looking forward what would happen over here. well, the majority leader said we think it's foolish to have a budget. we're not having a budget.

Jeff Sessions

1:44:34 to 1:44:54( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: don't let the budget committee commence its hearings. we haven't even begun a markup in budget committee. we don't have a budget. so we're having secret talks. a committee, you have to stand up before the world, offer amendments, debate the issues, express your views. you can't hide. it's on the record. they take down your words.

Jeff Sessions

1:44:55 to 1:45:16( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: you can meet in the white house and you can just talk over there and talk. so i don't know what's going to happen out of that. i'm nervous about it, frankly. i'd rather to us do it by the regular order. maybe something goodwill come out of it. i'm not going to prejudge it. if it's good, i'm going to celebrate. if it's not good, i'm going to oppose it.

Jeff Sessions

1:45:17 to 1:45:38( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: so we wrote the president today, and we called on him to show some leadership. we noted that the trustees have projected that revenues would be more than 45% for the sixth consecutive year.

Jeff Sessions

1:45:39 to 1:46:00( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: they've issued a funding warning that requires within -- the president to submit a legislative proposal. he knew this was coming. everybody -- the numbers have been there for several years. they knew it was coming. he's supposed to submit a legislative proposal to get medicare on the right track.

Jeff Sessions

1:46:01 to 1:46:22( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: you'll raise taxes, cut benefits, you're going to ration care, are you going to create a more competitive system that does the job with a little less money. what are you going to do? what's your plan?

Jeff Sessions

1:46:23 to 1:46:43( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: so, as chairman of the ranking member as house of the senate committees respectively, we are deeply disappointed that the administration continues to ignore this legal obligation in 2008 the previous administration submitted a proposal to congress that took steps to address medicare's fiscal imbalance.

Jeff Sessions

1:46:44 to 1:47:05( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: your administration has not provided a response to the medicare trigger, ignoring the law in each of the past three years. this year your budget did not even acknowledge the existence of the medicare funding warning. mr. president, i think i had

Jeff Sessions

1:47:06 to 1:47:26( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: here -- my staff did -- some papers from the medicare trustees. far from saying we shouldn't do anything about medicare, far from saying no changes are necessary in medicare, the trustees have pleaded with us in their reports.

Jeff Sessions

1:47:27 to 1:47:50( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: the trustees' chief actuary has noted that in his official reports to us, said do something, congress. this cannot continue. so, here we are, we're going down the road with debt the likes of which the nation has

Jeff Sessions

1:47:51 to 1:48:12( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: never seen before. the gross debt of our country is now 93%, 94%. by the end of the year it will be 100% of g.d.p. i mention when you get to that level of debt, your growth goes down.

Jeff Sessions

1:48:13 to 1:48:35( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: and growth means loss of jobs. you're not creating the jobs you should have. how serious is our debt situation? well, look at the chart for those around the world. greece is in this critical crisis, is above 100% there. 142%.

Jeff Sessions

1:48:36 to 1:48:59( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: their debt equals 142% of their kpheurbgs and -- of their economy and they are in a state of virtual collapse. experts say they're not going to be able to work their way out of it. i hope that's not true. what about ireland? ireland, the pigs as they call them, these countries that are

Jeff Sessions

1:49:00 to 1:49:23( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: also in debt, what's there? 96%, two or three percent higher than ours. they're second in the european union. portugal is next. you've heard about portugal being in financial trouble. their debt to g.d.p. 183%. spain, you've heard them talked about as being in trouble financially.

Jeff Sessions

1:49:24 to 1:49:47( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: their debt to g.d.p., gross debt is 60%. we're well above that. i'm worried about the country. what's critical now is we need a budget to contain spending now. we need to demonstrate a commitment to reform the unsustainable path of entitlement spending. and we need to do it in a way

Jeff Sessions

1:49:48 to 1:50:08( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: that focuses on creating economic growth and jobs in this country. growth and jobs. that's what our future should be focused on. i'm confident that this country is not -- has not seen its best days, but we are on a path of decline now.

Jeff Sessions

1:50:09 to 1:50:30( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: i truly believe it. i hate to say it, but our policies, if they are not changed, will lead inevitably to economic decline, as witness as witness has told us. how do we get out of it? we send a message to ourselves and the world. we got the message.

Jeff Sessions

1:50:31 to 1:50:51( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: we're reducing spending and putting us on a path to a balanced budget. we also know it's not just short term. it's long term. many of these unsustainable programs need to be changed and strengthened. the way to do that is to make the changes now. you will have massive impact in the years to come. modest changes now will be good.

Jeff Sessions

1:50:52 to 1:51:14( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: so those are the things that i think are important. those are the things i think should be talked about. those are the things i think my good friend, mr. reid apparently thinks is not important because he said -- he's come down here

Jeff Sessions

1:51:15 to 1:51:36( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: and talked for an hour, and he keeps talking about things that really have no bearing on what i sympathy important for our country today. i submit to my colleagues and the american people, are the things i'm talking about important? are they not? he wanted to talk about how the republicans have put forth a plan to destroy medicare. that's what the majority leader

Jeff Sessions

1:51:37 to 1:51:57( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: wants to talk about. change the subject. well, i wish it weren't so. i wish medicare was healthy. i wish it had the money to continue to honor the commitments that we made and want to continue to honor in the years to come. but it's not.

Jeff Sessions

1:51:58 to 1:52:18( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: it's just not. we don't have the money to continue it at this rate, and it's not impossible, though, to fix it. and it's even more possible to fix social security. medicare is a little harder than social security, but both of these can be fixed and made

Jeff Sessions

1:52:19 to 1:52:40( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: permanent and sound. we just need to talk to the medicare trustees. we need to be honest with one another and see how we can reinstruct or refigure -- reconstruct or refigure what we do here to make those plans solid. but that's just one part of the problem. in the immediate time we've got

Jeff Sessions

1:52:41 to 1:53:03( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: to reduce spending across the board and discretionary spending. i really think we have to. i wish it weren't so, but it is. governors are doing it. this congress has done nothing of the sort. indeed, as i mentioned, last two years discretionary spending,

Jeff Sessions

1:53:04 to 1:53:24( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: non-defense has gone up 24%. did defense went up -- defense went up, it was up 2% or 3% a year for the last few years. non-defense went up 24%. so, mr. president, i thank the chair for giving me the opportunity to share these remarks.

Jeff Sessions

1:53:25 to 1:53:45( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: i can't tell you how deeply i believe that our nation is on a perilous course that needs to change. i want to say again i have great affection for my friend,. mr. reid:, he's got a tough -- mr. sessions: i have great affection for my friend senator reid, but he asked for it.

Jeff Sessions

1:53:46 to 1:54:06( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: when the country is in financial crisis, we expect the majority leader of the united states senate to effectively lead and not to attack people who are trying to do the right thing and to bring this country on to a sound path. and to say it's foolish to have a budget, what he meant was it's

Jeff Sessions

1:54:07 to 1:54:29( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: foolish politically. he was saying it's foolish politically to have a budget. it's not foolish for america not to have a budget. it's foolish for america not to have one. certainly not foolish to attempt to have one. i just feel like we in this

Jeff Sessions

1:54:30 to 1:54:53( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: congress haven't quite assimilated the severity of the situation in which we find ourselves. we remain in denial about how seriously we are being impacted and what substantial changes are going to be necessary. we're going to have to do like the brits, who are turning their country around.

Jeff Sessions

1:54:54 to 1:55:15( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: we knife do like this did in estonian, to the estonian people, cabinet members took a 40% pay cut. i don't know whether that would happen around here if we talked about taking a 40% pay cut. their debt to g.d.p. is 7%, not 94%. they intend to keep it that way.

Jeff Sessions

1:55:16 to 1:55:37( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: and their growth succombing back already. they were telling us they had a 6% growth. our gross was 1.8%. if we do the right things, get this country on the right path, reduce our spending, watch every dollar we spend, make our

Jeff Sessions

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Jeff Sessions: country more productive, focus on creating jobs and growth, the natural capabilities, work ethic, integrity legal system of america will allow us to continue to be the most prosperous nation in the world. i thank the yield the floor and note the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the

Jeff Sessions

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Jeff Sessions: cl

Jeff Sessions

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Jeff Sessions: quorum call: the pres senator from alabama. mr. sessions: i would ask that the quorum call be dispensed with. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. sessions: mr. president, i would offer into the record the letter that congressman ryan and i have submitted to the president today dealing with the medicare warning and the need

Jeff Sessions

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Jeff Sessions: for a statutory response to that. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mr. sessions: mr. president, i note the absence -- i would yield the floor absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll.

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