tv Key Capitol Hill Hearings CSPAN October 16, 2013 6:00pm-8:01pm EDT
come to this meeting today to hear a presentation by the bipartisan policy center on a bipartisan proposal to save over $500 billion to the u.s. treasury simply by reordering the rules of how we run medicare, not by trimming benefits, not by requiring more in taxes, simply by reordering the way that we pay for health care. it was a proposal backed by everyone from bill frist to tom daschle. and it suggests that there is so much room for agreement between republicans and democrats if we just decide to set policy for years rather than for months. so i know we walk away from this with a sense of both outrage and hopefulness that we can maybe figure out a way to come together. but, mr. president, although this is my first year in the senate, i've been in this place for six years between the house and this body, and th-fls like ground -- and this feels like groundhog day in the sense that
every time we find a way through one of these crises and say this is the last time and say isn't it great we found bipartisan agreement and we can use this momentum going forward to make sure we avoid this kind of crisis in the future. i've seen this play before, and yet it seems that within days or weeks we just fall back to our old habits of digging trenches and fighting each other more than we talk to each other, and again governing by crisis. i think this time is different just because the depth of the dysfunction was different than ever before. the cries from the american public were greater than ever before. but we should remember, as this report from the bipartisan policy center on deliver system reform tells us, that there is still enormous room for the two parties to set out goals that we agree on. and if we push aside the most strident extremist voices that largely come from the tea party
caucus in the house of representatives, there is so much that we can do. and as my european friends remind me on an almost daily basis, the only thing stopping the american economy from powering forward and becoming once again a giant of manufacturing, of global financial services, of innovation, the only thing stopping us from that leapfrog forward is figuring out that governance by crisis holds us back. we made the promise to each other before that when we get through one of these crises, it will be our last. and i commend our leaders. i commend leader reid and senator murray for setting up a process by which for the rest of this year we can try to come to some resolution on a budget that sets policy for years rather than for months. this time, mr. president, though, the promise that we have
made to each other has to stick. it's the only way forward for this place and it's the only way forward for an economy that is just waiting to be unshackled to conquer the world again. i yield the floor and note the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. quorum call:
a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from utah. mr. lee: i ask unanimous consent that the quorum call be suspended. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. lee: mr. president, here we are again, another unnecessary crisis, a proposal that maintains the status quo, very little time to read and evaluate the bill. in fact, we still don't have a final version of the text. no time to explain it to our constituents. this is washington at its worst. it's exactly the kind of thing the american people are fed up with. and exactly why several colleagues and i began this effort to delay and defund obamacare back in july. it appears that this particular
fight will end much the same way obamacare began, in a last-minute deal, negotiated in back rooms and forced on congress and on the american people. the washington establishment can't bring itself to believe that this is why congress' approval ratings are so low, because washington doesn't listen to the american people. it ignores them, and when the american people can no longer be ignored, the administration shuts down national parks, blocks veterans from going to their own memorials, uses the i.r.s. to target certain groups and holds hostage critical funding for cancer research, low-income women and children, veterans' health benefits, border security and our national guard. it's shameful how washington treats the american people, and the people are right to be upset about that.
the media keeps asking was it worth it? my answer is that it's always worth it to do the right thing. fighting against an abusive government in defense of protecting the individual rights of the american people is always the right thing. some say we shouldn't have fought because we couldn't win, but this country wasn't built by fighting only when victory was absolutely certain. in fact, some of the most important victories in our history were the result of fighting battles against significant odds, and even if victory seemed difficult or seemed impossible, that wouldn't excuse me or anyone else from doing the right thing, avoiding difficult battles, after all, is how we end up in this kind of mess. a government with $17 trillion in debt that we add to at a rate close to $1 trillion a year, out-of-control spending, a
broken entitlement system, a tax code that no one understands, all because washington is willing to act only when there is guaranteed political gain. when the avoidance of political risk becomes our dominant motivation, only the washington establishment wins, and the american people lose. furthermore, in washington, victories are rarely immediate and very few end up being permanent. obamacare wasn't enacted overnight, and it won't be repealed overnight. we must remind the american people of the harmful effects of this law at every opportunity if we're ever going to see it repealed. we have repeatedly warned that the american people will be shocked when they realize the way that the president has misled the american people about obamacare. the embarrassing rollout of the exchanges doesn't even begin to
scratch the surface. every day brings a story of a new family whose deductible has doubled or a married couple that can't keep the plan they have or a business that can no longer provide health insurance for its employees or workers who are seeing their hours cut or losing their jobs altogether. the realization that the administration has either been dishonest or incompetent or perhaps a combination of both is just starting to dawn on the american people. even the president's friends in the media are watching this slow-rolling train wreck and are demanding the president do something to stop it. the "chicago tribune," the president own hometown newspaper, puts it this way -- quote -- "last spring, president barack obama said there will be, you know, glitches and bumps in the rollout of the new system, but what we're seeing now is no glitch or bump. there is a growing mountain of
evidence that obamacare has fundamental problems in design and implementation." the tribune "goes on to say we encouraged a one-year delay in the law. we recognize that's not going to happen. obamacare is here. it's time for the obama administration to level with americans about what's happening here. it's time to stop blaming republicans and start talking about what needs to change." close quote. so it's interesting to see that the "chicago tribune," the president's own hometown paper, is calling to a significant degree for exactly what i have been calling for since july. for a one-year halt, a one-year delay, a one-year time-out to protect the american people from the harmful effects of this law, a law that the president himself hasn't acknowledged is ready for
prime time, a law that the president himself has indicated he is not willing to follow as it was written. incidentally, this, again, was exactly what we were arguing for all the way back in july, and it now appears that the president's hometown paper was with us. almost everyone but the president seems to recognize that this law is going to be terrible for the american people. it's costing jobs, it's hurting families, it's making people's health care situation worse and it won't solve the problems in our broken health care system. and let me be clear. there will be very real consequences for people in both parties as a result of the implementation of this law. today washington has the upper hand, but the american people will always have the last word. this is not over. we have an obligation to fight for the american people, and i
the presiding officer: the senator from georgia. mr. chambliss: i ask the quorum call be dispensed with and i be allowed to speak as if in morning business. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. chambliss: in the words of yogi berra, it's deja vu all over again. it seems every several months
this administration manages to repeat the same pattern of treating captured foreign terrorists first and foremost as ordinary criminals. over the past 10 days we've watched it play out with the capture and all too brief interrogation of one of the alleged coconspirators behind the 1998 womb intoings of the embassies in kenya and tanzania that killed hundreds of innocent people including 1 americans. instead of sitting at a cell at guantanamo bay where he can be fully interrogated for all the intelligence he likely has from his decades-long association with al qaeda terrorists, including a long association with osama bin laden, he is, yesterday in the southern district of new york he had his initial appearance in federal
court where he entered a plea of not guilty and now has a court appointed lawyer at his disposal. from all indications any interrogation has ended at least for the time being. if past terrorist cases are any guide, it will take weeks or months of plea negotiations and bargaining with this terrorist before we can even think about once again conducting an intelligence interrogation, and we may never have that the country again with this now criminal defendant. we all remember the case of umar farouk ab u matalliif, the christmas day bomber, who tried to detonate a suicide bomb on an airplane over the skies of detroit. shortly after being taken into custody, he was read his miranda warnings and it took five long weeks of plea negotiations before we would again have the opportunity to interrogate him.
why does this matter? why do so many of my colleagues and i continually come to this senate floor to raise this issue? the answer is simple -- we have been down this road before of treating terrorists like criminals, sacrificing intelligence for the sake of criminal charges and miranda rights. the results on september 11, 2001, were predictable and disastrous. we lost numerous chances to gather intelligence that could have been used to neutralize future threats. we were in a reactive mode, reacting to but not preventing the 1993 world trade center bombing, the 2000 attack on the u.s.s. cole, and the 1998 embassy bombings, the same attack involving al al. al-libi. it took the reality of the 9/11 attacks to get this trend reversed. prevention became the norm as criminal and intelligence investigators came together to
use all lawful means, including criminal prosecution to counter the threat of international terrorism. no one is saying that criminal prosecution should not be one tool, but it seems as though now we either just kill terrorists by using drones or give them miranda warnings. dead terrorists don't talk. and terrorists with lawyers always want something in return if they are going to talk. we cannot defeat al qaeda and its growing affiliates if we don't first have good intelligence on their leadersh leadership, intent, networks and capabilities. as we have seen in benghazi and more recently in kenya, al qaeda and its affiliates continue to carry out terrorist attacks against the united states and its interests. suspected terrorists were captured in london over the weekend and we face growing threats in syria, libya, and
across the globe. al-libi is a long hoo longtime f al qaeda and a close ally of bin laden, undoubtedly has useful intelligence that could be used to foil future plots. to defeat terrorists and keep this country and our allies safe demands clear leadership and sound policies from the president. unfortunately, in this area, we have neither. in the five years since this administration summarily dismantled the c.i.a.'s detention and interrogation program and ordered the closure of guantanamo bay, we still cannot get vital intelligence interrogations prioritized over criminal prosecutions. since 2009, we have been asking basic questions of senior administration officials, such as, "if we captured a the al qaa leader, aman ayma n ayman al-zae
would he go?" the only firm answer is that guantanamo bay is off the table in. the capture of al-libi, it appears as though this administration has decided on a policy. in 2011, al-sabi was captured while returning from somalia from yemen where he was acting as a immediate year in -- immediatmdeiary for al qaeda. he was held on a u.s. navy vessel for two months and interrogated by the high-value detainee interrogation group, or the h.i.g. predictably he was then measure anodized and brought to federal court. those who thought that the smip theshipboard detention was just a one-time necessity have now been proven wrong. rather than hold detainees at
the first-rate facility at guantanamo bay that is run by dedicated military personnel who treat the detainees there very humanely, this administration has, with the detention of al-libi, made it clear that it prefers to use our naval warships as floating prisons. i can't imagine that this is what those who so strongly advocated for the closure of guantanamo had in mind as a replacement facility. now, over the past week or so, some people have raised the point that the restrictions on the fiscal year 2013 national defense authorization act on the administration's ability to transfer detainees from guantanamo bay to the united states for trial, justify the administration's unwillingness to place any new terrorists there. that argument simply does not with scrutiny in the case of al-libi. first, those restrictions applied most recently only to fiscal year 2013 and so are no
longer in place. second, as with warsami, abd u abdumatalliff, we cannot even say where they will be tried, either in a federal court or at guantanamo bay military court are because this administration will not even consider designating him as an enemy combatant for interrogation purposes. if the administration would be willing in just one case to allow a full intelligence interrogation at guantanamo bay of a high-value target without miranda and without rushing to criminal charges, i would welcome the opportunity to work with this administration to ensure that there are no statutory obstacles to the appropriate future prosecution of a terrorist. if this administration also wants to suggest a better nonfloating option to guantanamo bay outside the united states,
i'm happy to listen. but so far they have been unwilling to do that despite their public claims that all options are on the table when it comes to handling terrorists like al-libi. they have been unwilling to make it clear that intelligence collection is the first priority. that long-term detention for intelligence purposes is appropriate and necessary, and that all intelligence value of any suspected terrorist will be exhausted before any discussion of potential charges. instead, the short-lived on-ship interrogation of abu anas al-libi demonstrates that this administration has one against chosen to gamble with our national security for the sake of safeguarding a criminal prosecution. they are taking the gamble that plea negotiations will be quick and effective and that any intelligence could have been gained in the meantime will not be lost. this is a risk none of us should
be willing to take. it's time that we stop needlessly giving this advantage to terrorists. our intelligence professionals need realtime, actionable intelligence about al qaeda and its activities and the best place to get that is often from captured terrorists without miranda warnings, defense attorneys, or initial appearances in court. getting a conviction and lengthy sentence of an avowed terrorist can be a worthy goal, but ultimately that conviction will mean nothing if americans are harmed because we threw away the opportunity to get intelligence when we needed it most. it's time to end this dangerous pattern and put all lawful options for handling al qaeda terrorists back on the table. mr. president, i yield the floor.
a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from texas. mr. cruz: mr. president, i rise today in opposition to the deal that the senate is getting ready to vote on. this is a terrible deal. this deal embodies everything about the washington establishment that frustrates the american people. this deal kicks the can down the road. it allows yet more debt, more deficit, more spending and it does absolutely nothing to provide relief for the millions of americans who are hurting because of obamacare. to all the young people right now coming out of school who can't find a job because of obamacare, this deal does
nothing for them. to all of the single moms who are struggling and being forced into part-time work, trying to feed their kids on 29 hours a week because of obamacare, this deal does nothing for them. to all of the hardworking families who are right now getting massive premium increases from their health insurance companies and trying to figure out how they're going to make ends meet with health insurance going up100%, 200%, 300% because of obamacare, this deal does nothing for them. and to all of the seniors, to all of the people with disabilities who are right now getting in the mail notifications that they're losing their health insurance because of obamacare, this deal does nothing for them. mr. president, this fight was always about the american people
who are hurting because of obamacare, and unfortunately today the united states senate is saying, you don't have a voice in washington. you don't have a voice in washington. this is a terrible deal. and i urge my colleagues here to oppose it. now, none of us should be surprised that when the senate votes, this deal's going to pass and it's going to pass by a big margin. none of us should be surprised, but, mr. president, the outcome could have been different. i would ask you, mr. president, to imagine a different world. we saw in the last two months millions of americans rise up, sign a national petition, light up the phones to the capitol and speak up against the enormous harms obamacare is visiting upon them. we saw the house of
representatives stand with courage and listen to the american people. mr. president, i ask you to imagine a world in which senate republicans united to support house republicans. imagine that one piece being different from what we saw. imagine after the house republicans stood together with the american people, if all 46 senate republicans had stood together and said, we are united against the train wreck that is obamacare, we are united with the american people that if president obama is going to give an exemption for big business, for members of congress, that the american people deserve that very same exemption. i want you to imagine, mr. president, if senate republicans had stood together and simply supported house republicans and the american people. mr. president, i want you to imagine what would have happened
if all 46 senate republicans had united and gone together and said, the house of representatives has passed a bill funding the v.a. we should fund the v.a., mr. president. the senate -- the majority leader of the senate refused to allow the senate even to vote to fund the v.a. i want you to imagine, mr. president, all 46 senate republicans, if we had stood together and simply supported the house republicans in saying, the house of representatives has voted to reopen our national parks, to reopen our war memorials, and the majority leader of the senate refuses to allow the senate even to vote. mr. president, i want you to imagine simply that senate republicans had stood together and said, we support the house republicans in standing with the american people. mr. president, if that had happened, this result, i believe, would have been very,
very different. it is heartbreaking to the american people that senate republicans, divided as they did and decided to direct their criticism, direct their attention, direct their cannon fire at house republicans and at those standing with the american people. but yet, at the same time, mr. president, to the millions of americans who rose up in the last couple of months, i want to give a word of encouragement, a word of encouragement about the path forward. a couple of months ago the washington establishment scoffed at the notion that the american people might rise up. that was viewed as silly, parochial, couldn't happen. a couple of months ago, the washington establishment scoffed at the notion that the house of representatives would stand strong saying, we should fund
every bit of the federal government, but we shouldn't fund obamacare. and yet, mr. president, what we've seen in the last two months has been extraordinary. millions of americans speaking up in overwhelming numbers saying, obamacare isn't working. mr. president, the unions are jumping ship. democratic members of the senate and the house went to the president and said, we want to be exempted from obamacare. this law isn't working. and it is worth reflecting on how extraordinary it is to see the american people rise up in such incredible numbers and to see the house of representatives engage in what i consider to be a profile in courage, standing with the american people. now, a path forward -- the way we are going to stop obamacare, the way we are going to stop the suffering, the harms that are being visited on millions of
americans, is the path we have seen these past couple of months, is the american people rising up. the answers are not going to come from washington. washington is broken. but the answers are going to come from the american people. and so, mr. president, i am today encouraged. i am encouraged by the millions of americans who want to get back to our free market principles, get back to the constitution, and stop this train wreck of a law that is the biggest job killer in this country, that is hurting people all across the country. mr. president, it is sad that today the united states senate is telling people all across this country who are struggling, who are trying to provide for their kids and who are getting notifications in the mail "your health care has been dropped." now, maybe you have an elderly parent and that health care policy is providing for that you
are family. maybe you have children facing debilitating diseases, and yet you are gate ago note if iification -- and yet you're getting a notification in the mail saying, your health care has been dropped because of obamacare. mr. president, it is sad that the u.s. senate says we will do nothing to answer your plight. we created your plight, but we will do nothing. mr. president, it is sad that when you have james who have farks the president of the -- when you have james hoffa, the president of the teamster, saying that obamacare is destroying the health care of millions of working men and women in this country and the families that depend upon them, that the u.s. senate says we're closed for business, the washington establishment has exempted itself, so the problems, the suffering of working americans is not the concern of the washington establishment. that is sad but, at the same time, i am optimistic, i am inspired by the millions of americans who have risen up.
and if the american people it into rise up -- and if the american people continue to rise up, i am confident that in time the u.s. senate will follow the lead of the house of representatives and listen to the american people. that is our job. that is our responsibility. this is a terrible deal today. but it is a terrible deal for the american people. but, at the same time, the path forward, if the american people continue to rise up, we're going to turn this around. we're going to real estate store jobs, we're going to re-- we're going to restore jobs, we're going to restore economic growth, we're going to restore the ability of people struggling to climb the ladder and achieve the american dream and we're going to stop the number-one job killer in this country that is obamacare. mr. president, i rise in opposition to this deal that does not serve the best interest of the men and women each of us represent. i yield the floor.
mr. schumer: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from new york. mr. schumer: i know the hour is getting late. the passage of this bill is nigh, and so i will be brief. but did i want to make a few points. first, mr. president, this is hardly a day of exultation and happiness. the sad truth is, we've ended up just where we started. when we began several weeks ago, our goal was simple: open the government, pay our bills, and then let's negotiate. the proposal that will be before us shortly does just that and no more. we open the government, we pay our bills, and then we can sit down and negotiate. but along the way, many, many
people have been hurt. millions of people didn't get paychecks. the economy has been dented. and the civility of washington, whatever was left of it, evaporated. so to say that this is a good day because one party might be doing better than another, no. it's a day that is, in a certain sense, grim. we have finally achieved our goal: the same place where we started but at a cost. and it never should have been this way. second, i'd like to salute two of our leaders here. i'd like to i salute our democratic leader and my dear friend, harry reid. from the beginning, he was stalwart. he led with his strength. he said, we cannot govern in a
way that says, unless we get our way -- if any faction says, unless we get our way, we will hurt the american people by closing down the government, by letting us default. he said, we cannot stand for that any longer. we've had enough of that in washington, and we are not going to bend to that type of awful politics. he stood firm, he stood strong, he didn't waiver, and tonight we are passing the bill that he sought and we sought three weeks ago. i would also like to salute the republican leader, senator mcconnell. we all know he has a difficult political situation. we all know it would have been easier for him to duck, and we all know that when it became clear that the house of
representatives was so tied in a knot that it couldn't function, it couldn't pass any bill, leader mcconnell stepped up for the good of the nation and showed courage. he deserves our thanks as well. finally, i'd make one more point, mr. president. if there is a silver lining out of that -- that can come out -- if there is a silver lining that can come out of this gray cloud, it is this: that perhaps moving forward the politics of brinksmanship, of confrontation, has reached its peak in this body and in this country. we have seen that those -- that a small faction, in either house, when it says, my way or no way, when it says, i am going
to do such hurt to innocent people that you will have to succumb to me, we saw they failed, hopefully with large, bipartisan votes, certainly in this chamber and perhaps in the other. and we have seen that many on both sides of the aisle have come together and said, we are not going to go along with this type of politics wherever it comes from. perhaps, mr. president, when december -- january 15 and february 7 come about, we will not see a repeat of what we have seen the last few weeks, because it has been repudiated by the vast majority in this body, in the other body, and certainly by the american people -- a very small percentage of which supported the politics of
brinksmanship, the reckless, irresponsible politics of brinksmanship that some have exercised over the last few weeks. so that would be the silver lining in this cloud; that we can go back to the old way of legislating where we sit down, we talk over our differences, we negotiate, and we come to a conclusion for the good of america, the way the founding fathers envisioned it. they did not envision what happened here in the last three weeks, and it was not america's finest moment. but out of this great darkness can come some light: the desire on both sides of the aisle, of the majority of both parties, to say, enough brinksmanship. let us down, let us negotiate, and let us move forward so this great country will be led by its government instead of pulled down by its government.
mr. president, that is my fervent wish. these last three weeks, we're ending up where we started, unfortunately. people have been hurt as that happened. but perhaps -- perhaps -- the lessons of the last three weeks will sink in amongst us all and we will not see a repeat of what has happened here. mr. president, i yield the floor. ms. collins: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from maine. ms. collins: i suggest the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. quorum call:
a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from washington. mrs. murray: mr. president, i ask unanimous consent the quorum call -- the presiding officer: the senate is in a quorum call. mrs. murray: i ask unanimous consent the quorum call be lifted. the presiding officer: without objection. mrs. murray: mr. president, i am really pleased we have reached a agreement that will reopen the government, allow us to pay our bills and provide a path forward now for bipartisan budget negotiations. as part of this bipartisan deal, i will once again tonight ask unanimous consent to begin a bipartisan budget conference. the budget that passed the senate and house six months ago aren't very different. nobody thinks it will be easy to get to a deal but i have fought so hard for so long to begin bipartisan negotiations if i didn't think we could find common ground and work something
out. i don't think there is anyone in congress who wants po tut putt the -- who wants to put the country through the last few weeks again -- the presiding officer: the senate will be in order. mrs. murray: mr. president, i'm hopeful we can work together in a budget conference to end these constant crises and work towards a balanced and bipartisan deal that the american people expect and deserve. so i tonight ask unanimous consent that if the senate passes h.r. 2775 as amended the senate then proceed to the consideration of calendar number 33, h. con. res. 35, that the amendment at the desk which is the text of s. con res. 8, the budget resolution passed by the senate be agreed to and the motion to reconsider be considered made and laid on the table, that h. con. res. 25 as amended be agreed to, the motion to reconsider be considered made and laid on the table, that the motion for the senate to insist on its amendment be agreed to, the senate request a conference with the house on the
disagreeing votes of the two houses and authorize the chair to appoint conferees on the part of the senate with a ratio of 12 democrats and 10 republicans, that the conferees be instructed to report back a conference report by december 13, 2013, that if the senate receives from the house a request to go to conference on s. con res. 8 this request be modified so the senate agree to the request to go to conference on s. con res. 8 with the remaining provisions related to the conference remaining in effect. further, that it not be in order for the senate to consider a conference report with respect to s. con. res. 25 or s. con. res. 8 if it includes reconciliation instructions to raise the debt limit and that all the above occur with no intervening action or debate, and finally that s. con. res. 25 be held at the desk until a message is received from the house relative to h.r. 2775, and if the house fails to concur in
the senate amendment to h.r. 2775, this agreement be vitiated. the presiding officer: is there objection? without objection, so ordered. mrs. murray: thank you, mr. president. mr. reid: mr. president? the presiding officer: the majority leader. mr. reid: i ask unanimous consent the senate proceed to calendar number 1993, the substitute amendment which is at the desk, be agreed to, and that a cloture motion on the hill -- i'm sorry, the bill as amended which is at the desk be read, that the mandatory quorum under rule 22 be waived, no other amendments, points of order or motions be in order to the bill, the senate then proceed to vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the bill as amended. if cloture is invoked, all postcloture time be yielded back. the bill as amended be read a third time and the senate proceed to vote on passage of the bill as amended. if the bill as amended is passed, the title which is at the desk be agreed to. finally, if cloture is not invoked action with respect to the above amendment be vitiated and the bill will be returned to the calendar. the presiding officer: is there
objection? without objection. so ordered. under the previous order, the senate will proceed to the consideration of h.r. 2775, which the clerk will report. the clerk: calendar number 193, h.r. 2775, an act to condition the provision of premiums and cost-sharing subsidies under the patient protection and affordable care act, and so forth and for other purposes. the presiding officer: under the previous order, amendment number 2004 is agreed to. under the previous order, the clerk will report the motion to invoke cloture. the clerk: we the undersigned senators in accordance with provisions of rule 22 of the standing rules of the senate hereby move to bring to a close debate on h.r. 2775 as amended, signed by 16 senators as follows -- reid of nevada, durbin, murray, boxer, leahy, whitehouse, stabenow, bennet, rockefeller, tester, reed of rhode island, warner, kaine,
cardin, schumer and coons. the president pro tempore: by unanimous consent, the mandatory quorum call has been waived. the question is is it the sense of the senate the debate on h.r. 2775 as amended shall be brought to a close. the yeas and nays are mandatory. under the rule, the clerk will call the roll. vote:
the president pro tempore: there will be order, please. on this vote the yeas are 83, the nays are 16. three-fifths of the senators duly chosen and sworn having voted in the affirmative, the motion is agreed to. under the previous order, -- under the previous order, cloture having been invoked, all time is yielded back, the clerk will read the title of the bill for the third time. the clerk: calendar number 193, h.r. 2775, an act to condition the provision of premium and