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i like to say that i believe that tsa is completely ineffectual it is protection of the flying public and i cite as an example the woman who borrowed her friends id card and traveled from pennsylvania to florida a couple of weeks ago. all of the yelling and screaming that the tsa agents do in the line don't protect me. it out like to see them be presented a kinder gentler days to the public. you don't need that -- i travel all over the world and this is the only place where i get screen back in the line when i try to get on my airplane. thank you. >> guest: certainly the part about the screening at the line that should not be the case. in fact, the entire workforce at tsa has been trained in the last year partly on that to say let's focus on finding people who are going to attack the aircraft and not getting into the role of the disciplinarian and home on a
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tear. in use your brains in your training and technology is, so i hope that as you travel more you will be seeing the quieter,,,, and tsa and less of the old. i think that this program by allowing them to know who is coming to the checkpoint and which ones are the people on the watch list will be able to help them be more flexible with people like yourself as you travel to the system. >> host: now that you travel as a private system, kip hawley, what do you notice? >> guest: i think it moves smoothly, the lines are not bad. nobody is in the mood to stop and chat with the tsa as they go through -- i do because i used to be there. but folks want to get through and they do and i think the best part about tsa is and that by efficiently moving the lines and having the data they are able to
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sit back and look for the signs of things that might indicate an attack whether the behavior or something you have on your body or something that you have in the bag. that makes it less intrusive on the big bulk traveling through it allows them to pick up on the few who do need -- retention. >> host: new mexico, good morning on our republican line. >> caller: good morning, i have a comment and an observation about the marshals better on the plains. i am a million miles plus traveler cannot work for the department of defense, and i am sort of in the habit of observing people and behavior. one of the things that have notice in many occasions is that the marshals preboard. we have these healthy young men or young women wearing hawaiian
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shirts or otherwise baggy clothes that actually board the plane into bands of the other passengers and not even handicapped or anything like that. it is kind of a clear indication and i have no idea if they want to keep a low price file why it is that you see the gate agents letting them on the head of time. many flights from washington and other parts of the world i see these guys or dowels who are, in fact, given in this special privilege and two anybody who is observant i imagine somebody who had, wanted to study the system very carefully, and the observant people with bad ideas could spot one of these people fairly easily because of that. >> host: we will get a response, thank you. >> guest: that is a very good question and answer is because there is more than one federal air marshal on the flight and
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sometimes it seems to have some money on the head of time and was other people's reaction to that individual, that there may be the occasional person you can identify but there will be other we will not be able to identify and i can tell you one time i flew some place and i ended up sitting next to an air marshal. i didn't know until we were getting off the plane this individual was an air marshal. not a hawaiian shirt, does somebody, they have formfitting close now that you just cannot tell that the individual is a lot and horsemen officer. the other thing to point out there are a lot of others who are not air marshals and sometimes they acquire them the courtesy of reporting so if you are an fbi agent or secret service and you are flying armed they will give them a little bit of special courtesy so you may be seeing fbi and the air marshal were as the air marshal in those cases were not able to
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identify. >> host: yellow springs, ohio, good morning on our democrats line. >> caller: yes, sir i have a question. a couple of years ago i travelled to florida. i was going to see my sick sister and after i went to security i was singled out, i was pulled and told to step aside, and but what was so humiliating about the experience is everyone is going by, they are looking at you thinking you did something wrong my only crime was that i bought a one-way ticket because my husband was going to come later at a later date to get me. my suggestion is, why couldn't you have somewhere where you can pull the person assigned like a low screen area and rather than
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have the whole world looking at you thinking you did something wrong and until this day i still have that humiliation. i really don't understand why you have to be gawked at for the whole world to think, what did she do? shea is carrying a bomb or something she is now supposed to do. >> guest: i am sorry you had that experience in every checkpoint does, in fact, have a private screening area so should that happen again you can ask to be screened privately and they are, they have places that are outside of public view. so the dignity of the passenger is really important and i think tsa is making a big ever to try to get passengers back on its side and to do that they know the half to two passengers with dignity and get them to quickly. hopefully that experience will be repeated. >> host: back to the program, kip hawley, in "the new york times" a spokesman for southwest
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said that names are going to be one of the big issues, spokesman for southwest aimed to start collecting secure flight data in october. tell us about how the airlines will deal with the nickname issue. >> guest: well, the nickname won't be a problem in there and in the form they say what is your first name and you put your real first name. and then you can be nicknamed and everything else, all you have to do is enter when putting your date of birth and gender your real name that is on your id. shouldn't change anything with freedom of pliers and anything to do with airport check-in is or anything like that -- it just has to do with allowing them to make the data match that says this is an individual here who is not the individual we have on our watch list and that is all there is to it so all you have to do is one time enter into your record which are full first name is. >> host: berglund howard on our independent line. >> caller: hi, will we ever be
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able to return to a day when a person with proper id will be able to escort your spouse or your child down to the gays, weight of the game with them before they fly off as in the old days and i'll get my answer offline. thank you. >> guest: i think the answer is, yes,. there is the opportunity to do that and a lot of reason not to have to do the congestion at the checkpoint and as that has become very manageable is a matter of screen those people the same as ordinary passengers and, yes, i think that is possible. as some point to get that changed and i don't see any reason why not -- there will get screen is the semi. >> host: former tsa administrator kip hawley joining us from mountain view, california. thank you for being with us. >> guest: a pleasure. >> host: you're calls and thoughts, the support a tax on your health care benefits. the morning to florida.
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>> caller: i am surprised i am the first. i think that we need to relieve the pressure on the employer's to hire more people. we have the serious unemployment problem in this country and just adding more burden to the employer and nightmare for him in cost. this is going to have him and to his role. >> host: do get health care through your employer? >> caller: my wife and i did until about two months ago, we have coverage and they offered a renewal at 103% interest. we're paying $800 a month and they were asking for $1,600 a month. the company, i am a builder and my wife is a military, -- my wife is a realtor and they laid
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anybody off. it they probably had 100 people two years ago and they are down to a handle. >> host: here is a republican you from day to, ohio. melissa, hello. >> caller: i-safe enough with the taxes already, we are taxed on everything and even the air we breathe. enough with the taxes, leave the health care alone if the government messes with that they are going to ruin it. we are all going to hell in a handbasket. >> host: new york, independent. >> caller: good morning. well, i presented a plan to a couple of congress people wish to the taxes are not a good thing, but if you take a person's income and ago by their income, and take a percentage, they can pay for their either
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medicaid, medicare and even the seniors, they could use the medicaid as their supplement instead of an hmo which is very costly. >> host: you are saying added in the idea of a tax into the income tax, not too taxing benefits? >> caller: no, no talks at all. what you are doing is going by a person's paycheck, okay? i am talking about their income. not a tax. they would pay them souse a portion -- they would pay themselves a portion to medicaid, seniors would pay a portion to medicare and medicaid as a supplement. >> host: thanks for the call. front page of the los angeles times -- ahmadinejad. and pitcher of supporters of president ahmadinejad as we go
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to maryland and this is paul honor democrats line. >> caller: good morning. a couple of comments about health care. i am extremely disappointed in some of the cowardice demonstrated by the middle of the road democrats. it you know, they are just anxious to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, though they understand this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make some real changes. >> host: what kind of changes? cust. >> caller: i am for a single pair and a lot of the canards about the canadian system just totally based on inaccuracies, i don't know how they can not consider that. >> host: do you have some familiarity with the canadian system? >> caller: i do. my wife is from canada and all her relatives are there and, in fact, if you don't think we have rationing now, i have had some
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horrendous experiences with my government there and i am a government employee, in terms of gatekeepers and dodgers screening on the phone to these gatekeeper's try to get needed health care and i don't understand why health care is eventide to your employment. it doesn't make any sense. it is kind of the way it a ball to and in this time to take a look at the whole thing from the bottom up and start fresh. >> host: asking the first hour and there should be a tax on your employee benefits and employee health-care benefits as president obama has to chicago and a speech to the american medical association, here is a reuters our records, obama to lobby on health care reform and a right to cost about 2.5 trillion in elite believes 46 million americans uninsured. and little access to medical care despite the cost the u.s. system consistently ranks worst and other developed countries on many key measures. michigan is next, republican
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caller. make sure you turn down your television or radio, i can hear your feedback. >> caller: yes, sir. i am from michigan and i also support the single payer system of a medical. i think it is the only system that will work and i know is the only that all work. there is no other system that is going to work. as far as i'm concerned that the insurance companies have been given plenty of chances and all the have done have put the screws to us barrett if we have a lot of small businesses and people will start small businesses and be able to afford the two support themselves. it is just unbelievable all the positive benefits from compared to all the negative feedback we are getting from washington and of the special interest groups. >> host: maryland to honor independent line, what are your
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thoughts? >> caller: over the weekend on one of the shows on abc one of the commentators came on and broke down in percentages of the 46 million people that don't have insurance. >> we're going to leave us to take you live now to the u.s. capitol as the senate convenes the race by general topic speeches this afternoon with no roll-call votes plan until tomorrow when senators hold a procedural votes on increasing foreign travel to the u.s.. by the senate coverage here on c-span 2.
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the presiding officer: the senate will come to order. the chaplain, dr. barry black, will lead the senate in prayer. the chaplain: let us pray. creator and upholder of our lives, we can't escape from your presence or control, nor do we desire to do so. we stand in awe of your power, mercy, and majesty. our thoughts of your goodness banish our fears. today, give to the members of the senate a high sense of the common purpose that unites them. deliver them from that stubborn
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pride that imputes to itself infallibility and that pits partisanship against national interest. father of all, guide our lawmakers through discussion, debate, and confrontation to the solutions so desperately needed in our land. we pray in your great name. amen. the presiding officer: please join me in reciting the pledge of allegiance to the 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
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justice for all. the presiding officer: the clerk will read a communication to the senate. the clerk: washington, d.c, june 15, 2009. to the senate: under the provisions of rule 1, paragraph 3, of the standing rules of the senate, i hereby appoint the honorable mark warner, a senator from the commonwealth of virginia, to perform the duties of the chair. signed: robert c. byrd, president pro tempore. mr. reid: mr. president? the presiding officer: the majority leader. mr. reid: following morning business, the senate will be in a period of morning business for up to 10 minutes each. tomorrow senators should expect a cloture vote prior to our weekly caucus luncheons. this week we're going to do the best we can to complete the travel promotion act and the supplemental appropriations bill. we should be able to do that and hopefully get some nominations done and inequity week we have some other things we need to do
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including the homeland security appropriations bill. i've spoken to the minority leader on a number of occasions to do that. to get to this next week we need a consent agreement because the house will not act on it until probably probably wednesday next week or something like that. and that doesn't give us enough time. we need to start on it a little earlier. we'll see what we can come up with. we have announced before that five weeks after we get back after we get back from the 4th of july will be very busy with a lot of work. i have -- the "help" committee, the finance committee are going to have their bills reported out of their committees before we leave here a week from friday. so that we can start working on the health care legislation here in the senate. so the next work period will be very heavily, although we've done -- i can't compline, we've been ail to complete a tremendous amount of legislation. mr. president, i was told over the weekend that the work that we've been able to do to this
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point is as much as any president has ever accomplished and congress has accomplished with the president during the first four or five months -- five months of a legislative session but for the first term under roosevelt. we've passed some major legislation. we should all feel good about that, but there's so much more to do. and we have to roll up our sleeves and work even harder with health care and energy not far down the road. i note the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. mr. reid: mr. president, i'll withdraw that. i think there is an announcement that you want to make prior to me suggesting the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: under the previous order, the leader time is reserved and there will be a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak up to 10 minutes each. mr. reid: i note the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. quorum call:
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mr. warner: mr. president? the presiding officer: the jorn senator from virginia. mr. warner: i ask that the quorum be rescinded. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. warner: i rise to help introduce legislation to help seniors navigate through a complicated and often overwhelming health care delivery system. because of the fragmented nature of our health care system, we often fail to provide patients, their families, and caregivers with the necessary tools, information, and support to both age well and with dignity in their setting of their preference, oftentimes their homes. i believe that if we provide
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patients with better information about advanced care planning, in noncrisis situations, they will make decisions for themselves and their families that result in better care and a better quality of life. so today i am introducing the senior navigation and planning act of 2009 to help seniors and their families navigate through a complex system and to help them make informed medical decisions. my legislation would provide access to advanced illness care management benefit. that kind of benefit that is not existent currently in our health care delivery system. mmy as well would increase the awareness of advanced care planning through a national education campaign and clearinghouse. it would also reduce legal hurdles to the enforcement of advanced directives. it would create incentives for hospitals and physicians to get accredited and certified in
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palliative care. it would increase compliance with discharge instructions. too often a patient may leave a hospital and not do the appropriate actions afterwards, not follow the discharge information and oftentimes then ending up being readmitted into the hospital or ending up with their health care provider not having the appropriate follow-up. we've got to make sure we put an end to that. my legislation as well would educate entities, including faith-based organizations, on advanced care planning issues. oftentimes an individual or a family, when they're dealing with end-of-life issues, will turn to their medical -- not only to their medical earn he will but oftentimes to their priest or rabbi or minister, and we want to make sure folks in the faith-based community understand the challenges and opportunities that people have in advanced planning directives. my legislation as well would
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increase integration and coordination between the medicare and medicaid programs. to often these programs that both deal with seniors, their health care issues and aging issues, do not talk, cooperate, or collaborate. collectively, these initiatives will create a more accessible environment for seniors to receive the care they need when they need it and the setting they prefer. let me be clear, this legislation does not deny or withhold services. however, it does recognize that overall health reform should include a thoughtful process that informs patients, their families, and caregivers on how to navigate and think through difficult decisions about when and how to pursue treatments at end of life. by enacting these reforms, we will begin to develop a culture in which all of us will have the ability to age well, with dignity and, again, in a setting of our choosing.
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i ask unanimous consent that my full statement and letters of support from the following organizations -- the aarp, the alzheimer's organizations, the duke university divinity school, institute on care at the end of life, the national hospice and palliative care organization, united health care, aetna and others -- appear in the record immediately following my statement. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mr. warner: thank you, mr. president. and i note the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. quorum call:
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quorum call: mr. mcconnell: mr. president? the presiding officer: the republican leader.


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