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tv   U.S. Senate Debates Seema Verma Nomination  CSPAN  March 13, 2017 1:59pm-2:11pm EDT

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symbol for opportunity and this is opportunity. also remind them that 150 years ago we fought a civil war is in donety, hundreds of thousands poo died, killed, maimed, brother against brother, family against family. at the end of the war the president was assassinated and his successor was impeached. we got through all of that. and i think we can get through this. people who write our constitution are pretty smart guys and all the systems and balances and checks, three pranks of government. it's -- branches of government and has worked for 200 years and well help us here and keep in mind, the states, communicate, compromise, collaborate. keep those in mind. >> the u.s. senate continues to debate today on the nomination of healthcare consultant, verma and would be in charge of more
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than a trillion dollars in federal spending for the health care agencies as well as the children's health insurance program and the insurance market places created be 200 healthcare law. senators are expected to vote at 5:30 eastern. no thank you live coverage of the u.s. senate. here on c-span2. in the president pro tempore: the senate will come to order. the chaplain, dr. barry black , will lead the senate in prayer. the chaplain: let us pray. father in heaven, holy is your name. you brought light from darkness and order from chaos.
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you can bring order to our nation and world. use our lawmakers to fulfill your purposes. may they become your merciful hands to reduce the pain and discord in our world. use their daily experiences of joy and sorrow, pleasure and pain, victory and defeat for your glory. protect them with your shield of love, as you fill their hearts with your peace. may they not let evil talk past their lips, but strive to speak
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the truth in love. infuse them with a spirit of kindness, compassion, and forgiveness. we pray in your merciful name. amen. the president pro tempore: please join me in reciting the pledge of allegiance to our flag. i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
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mr. mcconnell: mr. president? the presiding officer: the majority leader. mr. mcconnell: mr. president, last year bill clinton called obamacare the craziest thing in the world, but over the weekend former obama health secretary kathleen sebelius said that president clinton had a point. well, of course, obamacare is crazy. premiums are spiking across the country by 25% nationwide and as much as 47% in kentucky for individuals. choices have fallen from coast to coast with about a third of counties nationwide and nearly half in kentucky having only a single insurer to choose from on the exchanges. and health care markets are teetering closer to the edge of collapse. the obamacare status quo is
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simply not an option. we have an obligation to the american people to repeal and replace obamacare. we have a thre three-throng pros to get there. the first is the legislation. house committees are currently considering. it's a specialized piece of legislation that allows us to repeal obamacare and implement some but not all of the important replacement reforms we want to make. another is an additional replacement reforms that go even further in making health care more affordable and accessible. the remaining prong is executive action. there's much the administration can do to help bring calm out of chaos out of obama's broken promises. health and human services tom price has already taken steps to do just that and the nominee before us seema verma has been comnatured to head the center --
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nominated to head the centers for medicare and medicaid services can take important steps as well. miss verma is extremely qualified with a health policy background and a record of success. she's committed to protecting medicare and modernizing medicaid so the programs deliver the best results for those who need it. she also understands the challenges that obamacare has created for families. remember, obamacare raided funds from medicare. remember, obamacare dramatically enlarged medicaid beyond its core focus without improving health outcomes in states like mine. now is the time for creative thinking, to increase access, and to lower costs. now is the time for a c.m.s. administrationor with the right experience as we repeal and replace obamacare. i know this nominee will strengthen the vital programs she's been tasked to lead
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because she has a history of doing just that. i look forward to confirming miss verma later today so she can get to work immediately developing solutions to the crisis of obamacare. now, mr. president, on a different matter, the endorsements for supreme court nominee judge neil gorsuch keep rolling in across the political spectrum. as i noted last thursday, more than 150 former columbia university classmates joined that extensionive list recently. those classmates represented a variety of background, home states, faith, and political views but they all agreed on one thing, that judge gorsuch is extremely well qualified to be our next supreme court justice. on thursday, i also noted that when we could expect -- that we could expect more supporters with sterling reviews of the judge in the near future. sure enough, that very evening the american bar association awarded judge gorsuch the highest possible rating
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unanimously well qualified. meaning no one on the reviewing panel found him anything other than well qualified, unanimously well qualified. the democratic leader and the former democratic chairman of the judiciary committee have called the a.b.a., quote, the gold standard by which judicial candidates are judged. so on the gold standard neil gorsuch got a unanimous, well qualified. there is no higher score. and today it's a group that believes judge gorsuch is well qualified to be a supreme court justice based on his integrity, professional competence, and judicial temperament. that's high claim from an organization that our colleagues on the left have long considered, as i said, the gold standard. it's the type of a claim we keep hearing from democrats and republicans in the legal community. judge gorsuch has an impressive resume and impressive credentials to match. he graduated phi beta kappa from
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columbia in three years, got his law degree from harvard, and he's an oxford scholar to boot. the senate confirmed him to his current position on the circuit court without a single vote in opposition. he's the right jurist for the job. as we move forward with his nomination later this month, we should give him the fair consideration, debate, and up-or-down vote that he deserves just like we did with the four supreme court nominees of presidents clinton and obama after they were first elected. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll.
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quorum call: the presiding officer: without objection. without objection. the senate stands in recess subject to the call of the
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n union that has lower unemployment for women and that is where the honorable member will recognize. >> order. questions to the prime minister. mrs. gerald murray. >> question number one. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i'm sure members across the whole house will wish to join me in marking national women's day as they celebrate the

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