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Senate Proceeding on Aug 2nd, 2007 :: 4:53:46 to 4:58:00
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David Vitter

4:47:51 to 4:53:46( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: David Vitter

David Vitter

4:53:33 to 4:53:46( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: promise with respect to the trust responsibility for health care on indian reservations to the american indians. and so i have determined we are going to pass this legislation this year. with the cooperation

Herb Kohl

4:53:46 to 4:53:59( Edit History Discussion )

Herb Kohl: of my colleague from montana, senator baucus, who indicated yesterday that the finance committee will mark up this bill on september 12. it's a very important commitment from someone who shares my passion

Herb Kohl

4:53:46 to 4:58:00( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Herb Kohl

Herb Kohl

4:53:59 to 4:54:09( Edit History Discussion )

Herb Kohl: about this and who is a very strong supporter of american indians and indian health care, and with a commitment from senator reid who similarly is a very strong supporter of these issues that he

Herb Kohl

4:54:09 to 4:54:19( Edit History Discussion )

Herb Kohl: will bring that bill to the floor of the united states senate in this session of the congress -- with those commitments we will now finally in the united states senate i believe pass the indian health

Herb Kohl

4:54:19 to 4:54:30( Edit History Discussion )

Herb Kohl: care improvement act at long, long last. with those commitments, i am confident that we are on the troad getting done what we need to get done to meet our responsibility. and because of that, i wl

Herb Kohl

4:54:30 to 4:54:40( Edit History Discussion )

Herb Kohl: withdraw my amendment to authorize the indian health care improvement act on this children's health insurance bill, and i ask consent to withdraw amendment 2934. the presiding officer: without objection,

Herb Kohl

4:54:40 to 4:54:52( Edit History Discussion )

Herb Kohl: so ordered. the senator from montana. mr. baucus: mr. president, i very much comiment the senator from north dakota. he is absolutely correct. this legislation is on a must-pass list. i've given my

Herb Kohl

4:54:52 to 4:55:06( Edit History Discussion )

Herb Kohl: commitment to mark markup september 12 in the finance committee, the bill. and the leader has indicated he'll give every asthiewrns try to get the legislation occupy -- assurance he will try to get

Herb Kohl

4:55:06 to 4:55:21( Edit History Discussion )

Herb Kohl: the legislation up on the senate oor. it's passed before. it got hung up in the last congress. but it's high time we get this legislation passed and i thank the senator for, a, pushing the issue so hard;

Herb Kohl

4:55:21 to 4:55:30( Edit History Discussion )

Herb Kohl: and, second, working with the -- with the senate to try to find an expeditious way to get this legislation passed. mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from montana. mr. baucus: mr.

Herb Kohl

4:55:30 to 4:55:41( Edit History Discussion )

Herb Kohl: president, i ask consent that after senator vitter be recognized, that senator kohl be recognized for five minutes and senator allard be recognized for ten minutes. the presiding officer: is there objection?

Herb Kohl

4:55:41 to 4:55:54( Edit History Discussion )

Herb Kohl: without objection. mr. vitter: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from louisiana. mr. vitter: thank you, mr. president. mr. president, i ask unanimous consent to set aside any pending

Herb Kohl

4:55:54 to 4:56:05( Edit History Discussion )

Herb Kohl: business so that amendment number 2596 may be called up. the presiding officer: is there objection? without objection. the clerk will report. mr. vitter: thank you, mr. president. now i send a technical modification

Herb Kohl

4:56:05 to 4:56:21( Edit History Discussion )

Herb Kohl: to that amendment to the desk. the presiding officer: the senator will suspend. the clerk will report. the clerk: the senator from louisiana, mr. vitter, proposes an amendment numbered 2596, as modified.

Herb Kohl

4:56:21 to 4:56:29( Edit History Discussion )

Herb Kohl: mr. vitter: mr. president, i ask unanimous consent to waive reading of the whole. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. vitter: thank you, mr. president. i also ask unanimous consent to add senator

Herb Kohl

4:56:29 to 4:56:46( Edit History Discussion )

Herb Kohl: demint as a cosponsor of the amendment. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. vitter: thank you, mr. president. mr. president, this is an important amendment in the context of what we're doing

Herb Kohl

4:56:46 to 4:57:00( Edit History Discussion )

Herb Kohl: with troord the schip program. it will ensure that families who are now covered by health insurance stay covered and aren't, in fact, perhaps unintentionally but nonetheless kicked off or encouraged

Herb Kohl

4:57:00 to 4:57:17( Edit History Discussion )

Herb Kohl: to leave their current health insurance for the schip program. it's an issue called crowding out. again, the goal of the amendment is very clear. children who are eligible for schip but currently have

Herb Kohl

4:57:17 to 4:57:35( Edit History Discussion )

Herb Kohl: access to employer coverage, we want to encourage to use that employer coverage. and if they have difficulty maintaining that because of costs, we want to give states the flexibility so that they can maintain

Herb Kohl

4:57:35 to 4:57:49( Edit History Discussion )

Herb Kohl: that coverage. what we don't want to do, certainly what i don't want to do, what senator demint doesn't want to do, i would hope what the huge majority of members of this body do not want to do

Herb Kohl

4:57:49 to 4:58:00( Edit History Discussion )

Herb Kohl: is create a mechanism to push people off good private insurance or to encourage them to leave good private insurance or to encourage employers to drop that coverage simply because we are reauthorizing

Wayne Allard

4:58:00 to 4:58:16( Edit History Discussion )

Wayne Allard: and perhaps expanding schip. no child, no family should be forced on to any government health insurance program if they're currently insured otherwise through the private sector, through the employer,

Wayne Allard

4:58:00 to 5:02:44( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Wayne Allard

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