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Senate Proceeding on Dec 23rd, 2009 :: 1:15:45 to 1:25:15
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Bob Corker

1:15:32 to 1:15:52( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: seconds. mr. conrad: perfect. merry mr. corker: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from tennessee. mr. corker: mr. president, i would like to inquire as to how much time is allotted for me? the priding officer: the minority has 60 minutes. mr. corker: i have ten minutes i think. i wonder i

Bob Corker

1:15:45 to 1:25:15( Edit History Discussion )
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Bob Corker

1:15:53 to 1:16:13( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: let me know when i have two minutes left? the presiding officer: the chair will do so. mr. corker: okay. mr. president, i thank you. i -- i have watched this body over the last period of time as we discussed health care, and

Bob Corker

1:16:14 to 1:16:36( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: the body itself has been -- the integrity has been challenged of this body. i have watched as individuals have challenged each other's integrity as it relates to this bill. mr. president, i choose not to do that today, and i want to state as i state constantly back home in my state that i am -- i consider it a privilege to wake

Bob Corker

1:16:37 to 1:16:58( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: up each day and come to work in this body. obviously, things don't always go as one might expect, b i do consider it a privilege, and i thank -- i thank the folks back home for this body and to deal with these important issues. mr. president, i don't think i will ever quite understand why

Bob Corker

1:16:59 to 1:17:20( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: this bill is -- was put together the way that it was, and i certainly understand there are differences of opinion and differences of interest, but i -- i don't think i will ever understand why medicare moneys of an insolvent program are used to fund a new entitlement. finally, c.b.o. has come out

Bob Corker

1:17:21 to 1:17:41( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: this morning very clearly and stated what we have been saying for over six months in this body, that the fact is that taking medicare savings and using it to create another entitlement does not work. it takes away from the solvency of medicare itself. it's kind of late. i'm glad that c.b.o. has

Bob Corker

1:17:42 to 1:18:02( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: actually come out and said today finally after months of debate what we have been saying from day one, that you could not take medicare savings and use it to create a new entitlement without challenging the solvency of medicare itself. i will never understand, mr. president, why that building

Bob Corker

1:18:03 to 1:18:25( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: block, a flawed building block, was used to create this bill. and i think that everybody knows that it was that use of inappropriate funding that really began this whole partisan divide. my guess is we might -- my guess is we might have ended up with a bill that would stand the test

Bob Corker

1:18:26 to 1:18:48( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: of time had we not utilized that basic flawed building block in this bill. there has been another one, though, mr. president, that i have found equally problematic, and that is the whole issue of creating an unfunded mandates for the state -- an unfunded mandate for the state of tennese and all across the country. as a matter of fact, i think the

Bob Corker

1:18:49 to 1:19:09( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: challenges to people's personal integrity has been centered more around this issue than anything else, as various senators trying to protect their states from an unfunded mandate have been challenged in that regard. many of the people who serve in this body used to be mayors. they used to be governors. they used to be people who had to deal with budgets and their

Bob Corker

1:19:10 to 1:19:31( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: own states, and so years ago in a bipartisan effort, a bill was passed to ensure that we here in washington didn't pass laws that increased costs for cities. i was a mayor of a city. for states. i was commissioner of finance for a and there was nothing, nothing that was more offensive than for the federal government to pass a

Bob Corker

1:19:32 to 1:19:52( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: law and to send down a mandate to a city or a state that costs money and yet not send the money that went with it. there was nothing more infuriating because we had to actually balance our budgets. we didn't have the ability to borrow money from qoafers -- from overseas and to continue to operate in the red.

Bob Corker

1:19:53 to 1:20:14( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: so, mr. president, back in 1995, a law was passed, a law was passed called the unfunded mandates reform act, and it was done to do away with the arrogance that existed up until that time and unfortunately continues to exist where the federal government would create laws that would increase costs on cities and

Bob Corker

1:20:15 to 1:20:36( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: it was way. as a matter of fact, 15 members from the other side of the aisle supporte this law, voted for this law, and put this law in place. as a matter of fact, many of the people who made this bill, crted this bill participated. the chairman of our finance committee voted for this law.

Bob Corker

1:20:37 to 1:20:59( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: the majority leader voted for this law. the distinguished chairman of the budget committee who just spoke voted the chairman of the "help" committee, the health, education, labor and pension committee that drafted a big part of this bill voted for this law, and what this law said was that we could not pass

Bob Corker

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

Bob Corker: legislation out of this out of congress that placed an unfunded mandate on states, on cities, and calls them to have to do things that raised expenses by laws that we created without sending the money themselves. our governor, the governor of the state of tennessee, is a democrat. he is on the other side of the aisle. we have worked closely on

Bob Corker

1:21:22 to 1:21:43( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: numbers of economic development issues. i have talked with him all the way through this process. he actually had hoped to work with this administration on health care and on health care legislation. he has been involved in health care all of his life. he has managed our state well. he has dealt with many challenging health care issues

Bob Corker

1:21:44 to 1:22:04( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: in the state of tennessee. much has been documented about the travails that our state has had as it relates to medicaid and our ability- our desire to try to fix that. mr. president, he this bill, which appears to be readying to pass this body, he

Bob Corker

1:22:05 to 1:22:28( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: has called this bill to be the mother of unfunded mandates. he has talked about the the $750 million in costs that this bill is going to state of tennessee, to deal with at a time, by the way, when they are hoping that their state's revenues will be at 2008 levels by the year 2014.

Bob Corker

1:22:29 to 1:22:50( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: so, mr. president,gain, i'll never understand why we have raided an insolvent entitlement to create a new entitlement weakening medicare. i'll never understand why we have done that to create this bill. and, mr. president, i will never understand why this body chose

Bob Corker

1:22:51 to 1:23:16( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: to create such a large unfunded mandate for states around this country through the provisions that we put in place as it relates to medicaid, telling states that they have to the levels citizens across their state from 100% to 133%. mr. president, there is no

Bob Corker

1:23:18 to 1:23:38( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: question that this bill violates violates -- okay. ay. mr. president, there is no question that the law that was put in place in 1995. mr. -- the presiding officer: the senator has two minutes remaing. mr. corker: two minutes left. i thank you. that's perfect timing, mr. president. and for that reason,

Bob Corker

1:23:39 to 1:24:00( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: mr. president -- and again, i talk about the fact that it is a privilege, a privilege to serve in this body. i think generally speaking people try to live up to the standards that this body has set for all of us and that our citize expect us to live up to. for that reason, mr. president,

Bob Corker

1:24:01 to 1:24:21( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: i am going to raise a budget poured because there is no question per what c.b.o. has said. the fact is that this bill is going to cause cities and states to pay more for the health insurance of their employees. c.b.o. has stated that clearly, and there is no question that this bill is going to cause stat to have to utilize dollars that otherwise might be

Bob Corker

1:24:22 to 1:24:43( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: used for tuition. so for that reason, mr. president, i raise a budget poured -- point of order for section 425-a-2 of congressional budget act 1974, makes it out of order to consider any legislation that contains an unfunded intergovernmental mandate in

Bob Corker

1:24:44 to 1:25:04( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: excess of the statutory limit unless the bill provides new direct spending authority or includes an authorization for appropriations in the amount equal to or exceeding the direct cost of such mandate in the senate. the pending bill includes an unfunded intergovernmental mandate in excess of the annual statutory limit of $69 million

Bob Corker

1:25:05 to 1:25:15( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: within the next five years. therefore, i raise a point of order against the bill pursuant to section 425-a-2 of the congressional budget act of

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