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July 22, 2009

I said the other night he was my friend, but friends have disagreements, and on this, on fiscal policy, we have had a significant disagreement. I have heard a lot of speakers on this floor talk about how this Bill doesn't get us to where we want to get. I have heard a lot of people talk about how we have four exceptions in this Bill. Most of the people have talked about the four exceptions in this Bill, have repeatedly talked over the last four, five years as to how this was current baseline spending and certainly we didn't have to pay for current baseline spending, i.e.

July 22, 2009

I want to say to Ed Lorenzen who worked with Charlie Stenholm on this proposition for over a decade, thank you for the work you have done. I want to say to my Blue Dog friends, thank you for your leadership. And I want to say to my progressive friends who understand the ramifications of spending deficits that adversely affect the most lnerable in our country, vote against this m.t.r., vote for this statutory pay-go, let us get back on the road to fiscal responsibility...

July 22, 2009

What people will continue to do is continue to work on this because a failure for the American people is not an option. We know that we need health care reform. As a matter of fact, as you know the issue in the last Presidential campaign is very much centered on health care reform. Senator McCain, Senator Obama, all of the Presidential candidates. It is no doubt that this was a huge issue for the American people, they wanted to accomplish the objective of bringing the costs down for families, businesses, and individuals.

July 22, 2009

We want to get it through the House by the time we leave for the August break. But that just means the House Bill. That does not mean getting it done. Obviously the Senate has to pass a Bill, we have to go to Congress. The Senate and the House have to agree on one version, and then we have to pass it again through both Houses. The conference sends it to the President. So October is really the target date in terms of a signature by the President. So getting it done would be they're getting it done initially in the House or getting it done finally...

July 20, 2009

House Democratic Leaders and Committee Chairs discuss the new healthcare reform bill...

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