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Senate Proceeding on Oct 7th, 2009 :: 6:57:05 to 6:59:55
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Max Baucus

6:57:01 to 6:57:24( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: to, and we're going to win some of those, and we're going to rejoice when that happens and he'll be right here with us. thank you. i yield the floor. and suggest the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. mr. baucus: madam president?

Max Baucus

6:57:05 to 6:59:55( Edit History Discussion )
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Max Baucus

6:57:25 to 6:57:46( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: the presiding distinguished the senator from montana. mr. baucus: madam president, the congressional budget office just issued its report on the finance committee legislation. that legislation was -- that bill was sent over to the congressional couple days ago.

Max Baucus

6:57:47 to 6:58:09( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: and the report, i think, is quite promising. the report is good news. our balanced approach in the finance committee reform i think has paid off once again. today the congressional budget office confirmed that america's healthy future the legislation in the finance committee -- remains fully paid for and reduces the fedal deficit.

Max Baucus

6:58:10 to 6:58:30( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: in fact, it reduces the deficit by $81 billion in the first ten years. and the c.b.o. also says in this report that the legislation continues to reduce the deficit in the second ten years. that is, it bends the cost curve for the second ten years as well. more importantly, it improves

Max Baucus

6:58:31 to 6:58:51( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: and expands health care coverage for tens of millions of american families. that is by raising the current coverage rate of 83% up to 94%. in fact, that might be a slight increase from what we earlier anticipated in the committee bill. this legislation, i believe, is a federal balance sheet. it's an even smarter investment

Max Baucus

6:58:52 to 6:59:14( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: for american families, businesses and our economy. health reform will modernize the health care system for america for the 21st century. by the time we got to that point, madam president,. the bill also reduces inefficiencies, focuses on equality. health reform should be fiscally

Max Baucus

6:59:15 to 6:59:37( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: responsible as it expands and improves coverage. c.b.o. confirms the finance committee legislation does just that. and i'm very pleased with that report. it will help us as we move to our next steps in merging the bill with bill. madam president, i yield the

Max Baucus

6:59:38 to 6:59:51( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: floor. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll.

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