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Senate Proceeding on Dec 11th, 2009 :: 2:27:10 to 2:38:35
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Jim DeMint

2:27:07 to 2:27:29( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: mr. demint: i want enzi for not just what is saying today but throughout this whole debate for making very complex issues many simpler, so people can listen in to what is being said here and understand really what we're doing. it has been a frustrating process here dealing with this attempted government takeover of alth care while the has us here on the floor

Jim DeMint

2:27:10 to 2:38:35( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jim DeMint

Jim DeMint

2:27:30 to 2:27:51( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: debating us bill, they're behind a closed door over here creating a whole new bill and making periodic announcements about what might be in it. it's kind of like a magician, you know, who gets you looking at one han while hand is actually doing the magic with the other hand. and that's what we see happening

Jim DeMint

2:27:52 to 2:28:12( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: here today. the majority wants to force major piece of legislation through befor people aren't paying attention, and in the middle of this, they have decided to take a break to expand spending at really unprecedented levels.

Jim DeMint

2:28:13 to 2:28:34( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: i'm here right now to support senato of order that points out that the majority, the democrat majority has violated all of these so-called ethic and transparency improvements that they were bragging about only a year ago. we're not supposed to take bills

Jim DeMint

2:28:35 to 2:28:57( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: and in the secret of conferences add things that weren't in the house or the senate. that violates a specific rule, an ethics rule that the majority trumpeted not too long ago. and this bill contains out-of-control completely reverses congress' traditional position on many

Jim DeMint

2:28:58 to 2:29:19( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: values issues such as taxpayer-funded abortions and needle exchanges in the district of columbia. it ends the d.c. opportunity scholarship programs that has done so much to help a small number of disadvantaged mority students. it increases funding for planned parenthood, the nation's leading

Jim DeMint

2:29:20 to 2:29:41( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: provider of abortions, and it legalizes medical marijuana. yet, the overall funding levels of this bill are really unconscionable at a time where we're in recession, so many people out of work. we have got massive debt that threatens our nation's economic future and our very itself.

Jim DeMint

2:29:42 to 2:30:05( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: the bill represents a a $50 billion increase or 12.5% over last year's funding level. now, this is not mandated spending. this is discretionary spending. this is at a time that the president is saying we've got to get a handle on our debt, yet every bill that the democrat majority has pushed across this

Jim DeMint

2:30:06 to 2:30:27( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: floor has major increases in spending. it's actually nearly a a $90 billion increase over the year before. and, said he was against, which was earmarks, this bill has 5,224 earmarks in the bill, costing

Jim DeMint

2:30:28 to 2:30:49( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: nearly $4 billion in addition to th other spending. now, i can't read all of those but i think people across the country have learned what earmarks mean. here are a few examples. $3.8 million for an urban art trail in rochester, new york. probably a wonderful thing to

Jim DeMint

2:30:50 to 2:31:11( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: do, but at a time in recession, in debt, do we need it? $3 million for bicycle racks in washington, d.c. $1.5 million for streetscape project in detroit around a casino. $578,000 to fight homelessness in union, new york, a town that reportedly has

Jim DeMint

2:31:12 to 2:31:32( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: i could go on and on. it makes no sense to be doing this, but i think maybe one of the most egregious parts of the bill that i want to focus on for a few minutes really goes back to those values issues. you know, it's one thing to make abortions legal.

Jim DeMint

2:31:33 to 2:31:54( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: it's quite another thing to force americans who consider abortion immoral based on their moral beliefs, their religious beliefs. it's immoral to make them pay for it, to abortions. and everywhere you turn, this

Jim DeMint

2:31:55 to 2:32:16( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: adminiration is promoting any life initiatives and advancing policies that most americans find morally objectionable: namely, taxpayer-funded abortions. we've seen that throughout health care debate and we've seen now in the very set of bills that fund our government

Jim DeMint

2:32:17 to 2:32:39( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: that it is promoting and funding abortion. folks, this nat debate about whether we should even allow abortions to be legal legal, but we have been in general agreement as a nation and even here in the congress for years that we should not force taxpayers to pay for

Jim DeMint

2:32:40 to 2:33:00( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: abortion. that's a terrible use of the power of government. the omnibus bill reported by the house-senate conference allows taxpayer funds to be used to pay for electe abortions in the district of columbia because congress controls d.c.'s entire budget, including appropriating

Jim DeMint

2:33:01 to 2:33:22( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: the city's local revenues. if this omnibus bill passes, congress will be allowing u.s. taxpayer dollars to fund abortion-on-demand, where it was previously probed. this iprohibited. this is a major shift in policy. we must step back and see where our priorities are as a nation. the values of our country are at

Jim DeMint

2:33:23 to 2:33:44( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: stake in this legislation. and as we look at this, i hope no american is think that if they pass this government takeover of health care, that no matter what we put in the legislation, they will eventually fund elective abortions in this country. it shows everywhere they pass a

Jim DeMint

2:33:45 to 2:34:05( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: piece of legislation trying to promote abortion in this country. a vote for the omnibus is a vote for taxpayer a vote against senator mccain ace point of order is a vote for taxpayer-funded abortion.

Jim DeMint

2:34:06 to 2:34:26( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: it's simple, it's clear. congress is responsible for the budget in t spent. if we don't think should create an incentive for taking unborn lives, then we should not allow it in the legislation before us today. in addition to this revolution, the bill contains

Jim DeMint

2:34:27 to 2:34:48( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: many other egregious reversals of long-standing policy contrast -- or contradicting traditional american values. the underlying bill legalizes medical marijuana and uses federal funds to exchange a needle exchange program in washington, d.c.

Jim DeMint

2:34:49 to 2:35:10( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: both encourage the use of drugs. and this is another glimpse of what's going to happen with government-run health care. if this congress is promoting the use of needle exchange programs, abortion in this funding does anyone really believe that that won't be a part of a government-run health care

Jim DeMint

2:35:11 to 2:35:33( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: system? of course not. additionally, this bill eliminates the successful d.c. scholarship opportunity program which aids low-income children by giving them scholarships to attend private schools in washington, d.c. this affects only about 1,500 children, and i've had a chance to meet with some of them who

Jim DeMint

2:35:34 to 2:35:55( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: are in schools that just aren't working. and this small program allow disadvantaged, primarily minority students here in washington, d.c. private school of their choice. and remarkably, in just a few years, the students who moved from the government schools to the private schools were two

Jim DeMint

2:35:56 to 2:36:16( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: years ahead of their peers it's the example of something that's working, that's helping disadvantaged students, and it's a good example of an administration that is more interested in paying off union interests -- in this case, the teachers' union, than doing what's good for our children in our country. to eliminate this program, this

Jim DeMint

2:36:17 to 2:36:38( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: small, inexpensive program, is absurd. but it reveals to you -- no, i won't -- it reveals to you the true motives of the majority. and if we look at this bill and if we look at this eventual health care bill, if we ever have time to see it before they try to pass it, we're beginning

Jim DeMint

2:36:39 to 2:36:59( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: to see a real glimpse, a true picture of where this democrat majority is going. and finally, this bill increases the funding for title 10 family planning services of which planned parenthood is the largest recipient. folks, planned parenthood is the nation's largest provider of

Jim DeMint

2:37:00 to 2:37:23( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: abortions. and increasingly, they are what we call directed abortions. when people come to planned parenthood and look for advice on family planning, they're more often than not encouraged and pushed towards abortion. so all around this bill you see

Jim DeMint

2:37:24 to 2:37:45( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: what's change in policy not to make abortion available but to make americans pay for it and to promote it. i along with 34 of my colleagues here in the senate signed and sent a letter to the majority leader regarding the troubling anti-life policies omnibus bill. collectively, we vow to speak out to protect the long-standing

Jim DeMint

2:37:46 to 2:38:07( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: federal funding limitations on abortion, a belief that has enjoyed broad bipartisan support for many yea. for this reason as well as a number of other values issues that are irresponsibly addressed in this legislation, i support senator mccain, who raised a point of order against the omnibus under rule 28 of the

Jim DeMint

2:38:08 to 2:38:29( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: standing rules of the senate. and i urge my colleagues to do the same. i remind my against the mccain point of order is a vote to force american taxpayers to promote and pay for abortion. it's plain and simple. i'm sure there will be a lot of smoke and mirrors after my talk that will try to convince you

Jim DeMint

2:38:30 to 2:38:35( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: that's not true but it's in the legislation and it will happen, and we need to stop it.

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