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Senate Proceeding on Dec 9th, 2010 :: 1:12:05 to 1:19:15
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Roger F. Wicker

1:12:01 to 1:12:22( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: in his own right. i -- i thank my friend for repeatedly coming to the floor and simply bringing the -- the facts to the attention of our membership and to the american people. this was an unpopular piece of legislation when we were considering it. we wasted most of a year when we

Roger F. Wicker

1:12:05 to 1:19:15( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Roger F. Wicker

Roger F. Wicker

1:12:23 to 1:12:45( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: should have been talking about job creation and the economy, talking about the over -- overhaul of our entire health care system with the obama care proposal. it was unpopular when it was enacted. it was unpopular when it was signed into law. we saw that in election after election.

Roger F. Wicker

1:12:46 to 1:13:06( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: the two elections in new jersey and virginia. we saw it in spades in the massachusetts election where it was the central issue. but this congress persisted against the will of the american people and because of the facts, as presented by dr. barrasso, and also the facts that coming to light and the people are

Roger F. Wicker

1:13:07 to 1:13:28( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: finding out in their own lives with their own insurance policies, this law is even more unpopular and more unsatisfactory than it was at the -- at the very beginning. it should be repealed lock, stock, and barrel. it should be defunded and -- and it should be replaced by something market driven and

Roger F. Wicker

1:13:29 to 1:13:50( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: something workable. now, in -- in -- an additional attempt to address this very wrongheaded piece of legislation, a few moments ago i introduced the tenth amendment regulatory reform act. now, to remind my colleagues the tenth amendment to the

Roger F. Wicker

1:13:51 to 1:14:11( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: constitution explicitly states and i quote -- "the powers not delegated to the united states by the constitution nor prohibited by it to the states are reserved to the states respectively or to the people." end of quote. this amendment -- this part of

Roger F. Wicker

1:14:12 to 1:14:33( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: the bill of rights expressly limits the powers of the federal government for important reasons. when we look back to the early days of the united states, it is clear that the founding fathers believed in a limited federal government having just defeated a monarchy with near absolute power our founders sought a different way of governing.

Roger F. Wicker

1:14:34 to 1:14:55( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: one based on controlled size and scope. our founding fathers repeatedly stated their opposition to a federal government with expansive powers. in federalist number 45, james madison wrote -- "the powers delegated by the proposed constitution to the federal government are few and defined."

Roger F. Wicker

1:14:56 to 1:15:16( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: when have we heard that lately? it goes on to say -- quote -- "those which remain in state governments are numerous and indefinite." this may come as a surprise to people who have viewed the congress of the united states in the past few years. madison wrote the phrase "few and defined." despite this fact, constitutional limits on the

Roger F. Wicker

1:15:17 to 1:15:37( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: federal government are rarely enforced today, and i hope to change this through my legislation. federal agencies routinely usurp the rights of states by promulgating regulations that are contrary to the spirit and the letter of the tenth amendment to the constitution.

Roger F. Wicker

1:15:38 to 1:15:59( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: the code of federal regulations now totals an expansive 163,333 pages. while some of the rules contained in it are necessary, many of them simply are not, adding burdens, headaches and costs for millions of americans and forcing unnecessary federal spending at a time when the u.s.

Roger F. Wicker

1:16:00 to 1:16:21( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: borrows 40 cents for each dollar we spend. these rules and regulations also take power from states and they take power from individual americans. this bill would allow states to challenge unconstitutional mandates before these mandates take effect. much of the new health care law

Roger F. Wicker

1:16:22 to 1:16:42( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: gives unelected bureaucrats the power to write rules and regulations required to implement obamacare. overall, the new health care law creates 159 bureaucracies according to a study by the joint economic council. countless federal regulations will have to be written to implement the law.

Roger F. Wicker

1:16:43 to 1:17:04( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: a requirement for americans to purchase government-approved health insurance, a central piece of obamacare, explicitly oversteps the tenth amendment. under no other circumstances do we force individuals to pay for something they may not want or cannot afford simply because they are americans, which is

Roger F. Wicker

1:17:05 to 1:17:27( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: what this law attempts to do. many rules and regulations will be required to implement this provision. according to one analysis, the internal revenue service will need to hire 16,000 new i.r.s. employees to enforce this individual mandate. each of these bureaucrats will be governed by agency rules

Roger F. Wicker

1:17:28 to 1:17:48( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: created in the coming months and years, and we read in the paper today it may even be decades before all of these rules will be created. once these regulations are written, it will again require costly and time-consuming court proceedings to overturn them. instead of -- instead of forcing

Roger F. Wicker

1:17:49 to 1:18:09( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: the american people to wait for a remedy, we should have agencies address these problems at the outset. and this bill would go a long way to doing that. it would provide special standing for designated state government officials to dispute regulations issued by administration agencies

Roger F. Wicker

1:18:10 to 1:18:31( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: attempting to implement new federal laws or presidential executive orders. under the legislation, any rule proposed by a federal agency would be subject to constitutional challenges if certain state officials determine the rule infringes on powers reserved to the states under the tenth amendment. states are already challenging

Roger F. Wicker

1:18:32 to 1:18:52( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: the massive federal takeover in court because of the mandates on both sides and individuals. i'm proud to say that 43 of the 50 states have either joined lawsuits or taken other official action to stop its constitutional provisions -- its unconstitutional provisions, i might say.

Roger F. Wicker

1:18:53 to 1:19:13( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: this bill would give state officials another tool at their disposal to challenge the unconstitutional overreach of the federal government. and so i urge my colleagues to join me in this legislation. it's late in this congress, but there is another one looming with reenforcements coming from

Roger F. Wicker

1:19:14 to 1:19:15( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: the people, and i appreciate my

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