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109th Congress (2005-2006)


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[TITLE I--SMALL BUSINESS HEALTH PLANS
[TITLE II--NEAR-TERM MARKET RELIEF
[TITLE III--HARMONIZATION OF HEALTH INSURANCE LAWS
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[``Part 8--Rules Governing Small Business Health Plans
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TITLE I--SMALL BUSINESS HEALTH PLANS
TITLE II--MARKET RELIEF
TITLE III--HARMONIZATION OF HEALTH INSURANCE STANDARDS
TITLE I--SMALL BUSINESS HEALTH PLANS
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``Part 8--Rules Governing Small Business Health Plans
TITLE II--MARKET RELIEF
``TITLE XXIX--HEALTH CARE INSURANCE MARKETPLACE MODERNIZATION
``Subtitle A--Market Relief
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TITLE III--HARMONIZATION OF HEALTH INSURANCE STANDARDS
``Subtitle B--Standards Harmonization
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Mr. FRIST. With the authorization of the majority of the HELP Committee...
TITLE I--SMALL BUSINESS HEALTH PLANS
TITLE II--MARKET RELIEF
TITLE III--HARMONIZATION OF HEALTH INSURANCE STANDARDS
TITLE I--SMALL BUSINESS HEALTH PLANS
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``Part 8--Rules Governing Small Business Health Plans
TITLE II--MARKET RELIEF
``TITLE XXIX--HEALTH CARE INSURANCE MARKETPLACE MODERNIZATION
``Subtitle A--Market Relief
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TITLE III--HARMONIZATION OF HEALTH INSURANCE STANDARDS
``Subtitle B--Standards Harmonization
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AMENDMENT NO. 3886
Mr. FRIST. I send a first-degree amendment to the desk and ask for its...
Mr. FRIST. I ask unanimous consent that reading of the amendment be with...
Mr. FRIST. I ask for the yeas and nays. [Page:...
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AMENDMENT NO. 3887 TO AMENDMENT NO. 3886
Mr. FRIST. I send a second-degree amendment to the desk.
Mr. FRIST. I ask unanimous consent that reading of the amendment be dispensed...
Mr. KENNEDY. Mr. President, I haven't had an opportunity to see the amendment....
Mr. KENNEDY. I have no objection to waiving the reading.
Mr. FRIST. Was that the second-degree amendment?
AMENDMENT NO. 3888 TO MOTION TO RECOMMIT
Mr. FRIST. I now move to recommit the bill to the HELP Committee, and I send...
TITLE I--SMALL BUSINESS HEALTH PLANS
TITLE II--MARKET RELIEF
TITLE III--HARMONIZATION OF HEALTH INSURANCE STANDARDS
TITLE I--SMALL BUSINESS HEALTH PLANS
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``Part 8--Rules Governing Small Business Health Plans
TITLE II--MARKET RELIEF
``TITLE XXIX--HEALTH CARE INSURANCE MARKETPLACE MODERNIZATION
``Subtitle A--Market Relief
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TITLE III--HARMONIZATION OF HEALTH INSURANCE STANDARDS
``Subtitle B--Standards Harmonization
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Mr. FRIST. I ask for the yeas and nays on the motion.
AMENDMENT NO. 3889
Mr. FRIST. I send a first-degree amendment to the desk.
Mr. FRIST. I ask unanimous consent that reading of the amendment be dispensed...
Mr. KENNEDY. Mr. President, until I have a chance to see the amendment, I will...
Mr. KENNEDY. I withdraw my objection.
Mr. FRIST. Mr. President, I ask for the yeas and nays.
AMENDMENT NO. 3890 TO AMENDMENT NO. 3889
Mr. FRIST. I now send a second-degree amendment to the desk.
Mr. FRIST. I ask unanimous consent that reading of amendment be dispensed with....
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Mr. FRIST. Mr. President, let me summarize or attempt to summarize where we are...
Mr. DURBIN. Will the majority leader yield for a question?
Mr. FRIST. Yes.
Mr. DURBIN. I ask the majority leader to clarify something in his remarks. He...
Mr. FRIST. Mr. President, the issue of stem cells is a very important issue. As...
Mr. KENNEDY. Well, Mr. President, I say with the greatest respect that it is...
Mr. ENZI. Mr. President, I wish to comment a little bit on that. I think there...
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Mr. DURBIN. Mr. President, let me say at the outset that I salute Senator...
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Mr. ENZI. Mr. President, I would like a chance to answer the 45 minutes of...
Mr. KERRY. Not that long, maybe 15 minutes, something like that. Hard to say...
Mr. ENZI. I almost hate to break the continuity of the debate when we are...
Mr. KERRY. I welcome it. It is not often a debate breaks out in the Senate...
Mr. ENZI. Probably about as long as it took Senator Durbin to cover...
Mr. KERRY. I appreciate that. Maybe that will work because I will just add to...
Mr. KERRY. I thank the Chair, and I thank my colleague from Wyoming.
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Mr. ENZI. That went a little longer than I anticipated. I have now listened for...
Mr. ENZI. I have an office that is kind of interesting. It is Phil Gramm's old...
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Mr. BURNS. Mr. President, I thank my friend from Wyoming, a man who lives south...
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Mr. CORNYN addressed the Chair.
Mr. ENZI. Mr. President, I thank the Senator from Montana. I thank him for all...
Mr. CORNYN. Mr. President, I wish to express my wholehearted support for the...
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Mr. ENZI. Mr. President, I do have several things I need to cover. I think I...
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Mr. ENZI. I would like to have you see the small business organizations that...
Mr. ENZI. The experts on S. 2510, the Durbin bill, from the National...
Mr. ENZI. Again, it is a much more extensive letter. I hope people will take...
Mr. McCONNELL. Mr. President, I thank my colleague from Wyoming. I...
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Mr. ENZI. Mr. President, I thank Senator McConnell. I appreciate all...
Mr. McCONNELL. Mr. President, if the Senator will yield for one...
Mr. ENZI. Mr. President, I don't have any idea. I spent a lot of hours and my...
Mr. McCONNELL. Mr. President, I say to the chairman that this has been...
Mr. ENZI. I thank the Senator.
Mr. CARPER. Mr. President, while he is still on the floor, I say to my...
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Mr. ENSIGN. Mr. President, I will not be very long. I will be very brief. I ...
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Mr. COBURN. Mr. President, first of all, thank you for taking my stead in the...
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Mr. BURR. I ask unanimous consent that the order for the quorum call be...
Mr. BURR. Mr. President, as you spoke on this bill, you inspired me to come...
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Mr. HARKIN. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the order for the...
Mr. HARKIN. Mr. President, something is wrong when 45 million Americans, 8 out...
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Mr. ENZI. Mr. President, one of the difficulties around here is the process we...
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Mr. HARKIN. Mr. President, will the Senator yield?
Mr. ENZI. Yes.
Mr. HARKIN. He is a gentleman, and a good friend. I know he is serious about...
Mr. ENZI. Not quite.
Mr. HARKIN. Inform me.
Mr. ENZI. Even during the course of today and any other debate we have on this...
Mr. HARKIN. That is the problem with this whole cloture process. Why didn't we...
Mr. ENZI. No, I wasn't suggesting that S. 2510 would pass. I was saying that a...
Mr. HARKIN. I say to my friend, I think if agreements were made with this side...
Mr. ENZI. The Senator certainly is not the only one. I would love to have a lot...
Mr. HARKIN. I ask my friend, what was the vote on the motion to proceed?
Mr. ENZI. It was 98 to 2.
Mr. HARKIN. Then there was no problem with that. [Page:...
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Mr. ENZI. If there was no problem with it, why did we have to wait 3 days to...
Mr. HARKIN. We didn't have to wait 3 days to get the vote.
Mr. ENZI. I am talking about time limits and that sort of thing. Those requests...
Mr. HARKIN. It is beyond my pay grade, too. I wasn't involved in that.
Mr. ENZI. There were a lot negotiations to try to stick to small business and...
Mr. HARKIN. That is a shame.
Mr. ENZI. If we get cloture, we could have a lot of debate on the small...
Mr. HARKIN. If we get cloture, we have 30 hours. Every Senator gets one 1 to...
Mr. ENZI. I am with the Senator.
Mr. FEINGOLD. Mr. President, I wish to speak today about the Medicare...
Mr. OBAMA. Mr. President, over the past year and a half, I have spent a few...
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Mr. LEAHY. Mr. President, for all of the recent talk from the majority about...
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Mr. KENNEDY. Mr. President, the Senate is currently considering legislation...
CLOTURE MOTION
Mr. FRIST. Mr. President, I send a cloture motion to the desk.
Cloture Motion
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