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Senate Proceeding 07-15-08 on Jul 15th, 2008 :: 1:39:29 to 1:49:56
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Jim Bunning

1:39:29 to 1:39:39( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: supply up and our demand down. and i think this is a crucial issue, not only in this re reelection but for the future of the country. and, mr.resident, i thank you for your courtesies. mr. bunning:

Jim Bunning

1:39:29 to 1:49:56( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jim Bunning

Jim Bunning

1:39:39 to 1:39:53( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from kentuckyto. mr. bunning: i have an amendment that i'd like to talk about and i'll be glad to offer it now, or i see the chairman on the floor,

Jim Bunning

1:39:53 to 1:40:11( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: if he wants to make a statement. that's fine. mr. biden: mr. president, i understand the senator's amendment is in order. we've sign ed on to it. but i'd ask unanimous consent that no second-degree amendments

Jim Bunning

1:40:11 to 1:40:21( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: be in order to the senator's amendment. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. bunning: then i do send -- i have an amendment at the desk, 5073, that i'd like to ask for its amendment consideration.

Jim Bunning

1:40:21 to 1:40:34( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: the presiding officer: without objection, the pending amendments are set aside. the clerk will report. mr. bunning: i ask that further reading of the amendment be dispensed with. the presiding of ficer:

Jim Bunning

1:40:34 to 1:40:53( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: without objection. mr. bunning: thankmr you, mr. president. i rise today in strong support of the president's emergency plan for raids relief -- for aid aids rel ief. however, the bill that is before

Jim Bunning

1:40:53 to 1:41:16( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: us today, the so-called pepfar reauthorization bill, is a far cry from our original proposal to combat aids in africa. pepfar is one of our most successful foreign assistance programs. since enactment

Jim Bunning

1:41:16 to 1:41:34( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: in 2003, it has provided lifesaving treatment to 10 million people afflicted by hiv-aids, including children orphaned by aids a. it has prevented 7 million new h.i.v. infections and is on track to

Jim Bunning

1:41:34 to 1:41:51( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: support treatment for an additional 2 million people. this is a successful program, and i am proud to have supported it. though pepfar -- excuse me, through pepfar, the united states continues

Jim Bunning

1:41:51 to 1:42:08( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: to be a leader in international assistance a. with our generosity, we have create ed strong partnerships p in countries where five years ago aids threatened to destroy entire generations. i would

Jim Bunning

1:42:08 to 1:42:26( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: like to see us remain a leader in this effort, and it is because of this i am concerned about the substantial changes made in the program in both the house and senate reauthorization bills. these

Jim Bunning

1:42:26 to 1:42:43( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: are not just small changes made to a program to increase authorization levels or the number of patients treated in a bill;; these are substantial changes that would jeopardize the success of the program as well

Jim Bunning

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

Jim Bunning: as compromise the integrity of america's foreign assistance. aside from tripling the current funding levels, which i will address in a minute, the focus of the bill seems to be less on prevention and

Jim Bunning

1:43:03 to 1:43:26( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: treatment of aids and more on development assistance. i am not opposed to development assistance, but i do not believe that an emergency global aids bill is the place to address issues such as water sanitation

Jim Bunning

1:43:26 to 1:43:44( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: and/or the inheritance rights of women. it detracts from the focus of the bill and shiftnds away funding from the core components of the program: treatment and prevention.~ they are what have made

Jim Bunning

1:43:44 to 1:43:59( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: pepfar successful. i oppose any efforts toff weaken them or to needlessly shift money away from them to other lower priority programs. this is why i was shocked and disappointed that both the house and

Jim Bunning

1:43:59 to 1:44:22( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: the senate committee-passed bills removes the -- removed the aids treatment and prevention mandates. why would you remove language in a global aids bill that would require the money to be spent on

Jim Bunning

1:44:22 to 1:44:41( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: the treatment and prevention of aids? is it -- is this not the purpose of the bill, to prevent and treat aids? two months ago, i had the opportunity to meet with several doctors and patients from uganda

Jim Bunning

1:44:41 to 1:45:02( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: uganda. through their firsthand account, i could see how pepfar dollars, when used wisely, can combat the spread of aids and be used to provide lifesaving treatment. one of the women i met with

Jim Bunning

1:45:02 to 1:45:19( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: told me how pepfar saved her life. through the program, she was able to treat this deadly disease in a way that enabled her to live a normal life. she now has a job and provides for her four children.

1:45:19 to 1:45:39( Edit History Discussion )

in speaking with her. i was struck by not only her convictions for life but her insistent that i continued to work to strengthen the reauthorization of pepfar. like me, she knew that the changes made

1:45:39 to 1:45:54( Edit History Discussion )

to the program could severely weaken its effectiveness and jeopardize its future success. this woman is a living example of how pepfar can be successful if implemented as a program -- as the program

Jim Bunning

1:45:54 to 1:46:15( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: was originally intended. ndthrough her connection, i, along with several ofwi my colleagues on this side of the aisle, worked to fix this bill. we were able w to make some improvements, such as

Jim Bunning

1:46:15 to 1:46:29( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: restoring a treatment mandate that is still lower than the current program levels. but many problems still exist. when so many americans are facing economic problems at home, i have a hard time needlessly

Jim Bunning

1:46:29 to 1:46:51( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: sprip ling the funding for this -- needlessly tripling the funding for this program. this is not the level requested by the administration. this is not even the level that the congressional budget office

Jim Bunning

1:46:51 to 1:47:08( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: says can be spent down by pepfar organizations within five years. this is $15 billion more than that. put that in context. this is triple the amount of money needed to fund the reauthorization of

Jim Bunning

1:47:08 to 1:47:18( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: our domestic health care program for children children, which is called schip. i know many kentuckians would like to see this programam reauthorized. mr. president, this is a reckless -- reauthorized.

Jim Bunning

1:47:18 to 1:47:37( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: mr. president, this is a reckless spending plan, plain and simple. we owe it to the american taxpayer to be better stewards of their tax dollars. we should know where our taxpayers' dollars are going

Jim Bunning

1:47:37 to 1:47:59( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: g or not going. as in the case of senator s demint's amendment on abortion abortion. we should also prioritize our funding for global aids. we need to ensure that these funds reach the neediest countries

Jim Bunning

1:47:59 to 1:48:17( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: and not those that can afford their own space and nuclear programs, such as china and russia. at a time which china is tripling -- i say tripling -- their defense budget and manipulating their currency,

Jim Bunning

1:48:17 to 1:48:35( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: i have a hard timeti spending billions of dollars in china to provide funding for treatment that we should use at home for our own aids program. unfortunately, this is just another example of how the

Jim Bunning

1:48:35 to 1:48:58( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: so-called pepfar reauthorization bills have gone so far outside the original intent of the program. this is why i am offering my amendment. the bunning amendment simply reauthorizes the current

Jim Bunning

1:48:58 to 1:49:16( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: program for another five years while also continuing to fund the development of a malaria vaccine. it maintains our original commitment to support the global fight against hiv-aids. i urge my colleagues

Jim Bunning

1:49:16 to 1:49:29( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: today to join me in my support for the current pepfar program. i ask them to support my amendment so that we can ensure this progr am continues to be successful within the original scope of the program

Jim Bunning

1:49:29 to 1:49:38( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: as intended by congress and byhe president. thank you, mr. president.r. and i yield the floor and i -- i'm going to ask for the yeas and nays on the amendment. the presiding offithcer: is there a sufficient

Jim Bunning

1:49:38 to 1:49:56( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: second? there appears to be a sufficient second. the yeas and nays are ordered. mr. bunning: and i yield the floor. mr. biden: madam president? the ?presiding officer: the senator from delaware. mr.

Joseph Biden

1:49:56 to 1:50:16( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Biden: biden: let me start by b saying i respect theyi senator from kentucky and understand his position and -- and am -- am pleased to see his strong support for the -- the intention of the pepfar legislation.

Joseph Biden

1:49:56 to 1:57:57( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Joseph Biden

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