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the clerk: the senator from nevada, mr. reid, proposes an amendment numbered 1350 to amendment numbered 1349. mr. reid: i send a cloture petition to the desk. does the chair have it? thank you. the presiding officer: the clerk will report the cloture motion. the clerk: cloture motion. we, the undersigned senators, in accordance with the provisions of rule 22 of the standing rules of the senate, do hereby move to bring to a close the debate on s. 1023, the travel promotion act of 2009. signed by 17 senators as follo follows -- mr. reid: i would ask further reading of the names be waived. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. reid: i now have a motion to recommit with instructions that are -- that motion is at the desk. the presiding officer: the clerk will report the motion. the clerk: the senator from nevada, mr. reid, news of recommit the bill to the committee on commerce, science, and transportation to report back forthwith with an amendment numbered 1351. mr. reid: i ask for the yeas and
nays on that motion. the presiding officer: is there a sufficient second? there is. the yeas and nays are ordered. mr. reid: i have a first-degree amendment to the instructions. that amendment is at the desk. the presiding officer: the clerk will report. the clerk: the senator from nevada, mr. reid, proposes an amendment numbered 1352 to amendment number 1351. mr. reid: i ask for the yeas and nays. the presiding officer: is there a sufficient second? it appears there is. there is. the yeas and nays are ordered. mr. reid: i have a second-degree amendment to the instructions at the desk. the presiding officer: the clerk will report. othe clerk: the senator from nevada, mr. reid, proposes an amendment numbered 1353 to amendment numbered 1352. mr. reid reid: i ask unanimous consent the mandatory quorum required under rule 22 be waived. the presiding officer: without objection. so ordered.
mr. reid: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senate majority leader. mr. reid: i ask unanimous consent the senate proceed to executive session to consider calendar numbers 187. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. reid: if the chair would withhold for just a minute, i have a number of numbers. 187, 189, 190, 191, 198, 199, 200, 201, 202, 210, 211, 212, 213, 216, 220, 221, 22220 to have and including 250. 222 to and including 250. 253, 254. and all nominations on the secretary's desk in the air force, army, coast guard, foreign service and navy, that the nominations be confirmed en bloc, the motion to reconsider
be laid on the table en bloc, that no further motions would be in order and that any statements relating to any of these matters appear at the appropriate place in the record as if read and that the president of the united states be immediately notified of the senate's action and the senate then resume legislative session. the presiding officer: is there an objection? without objection, swithout obj. mr. reid: i ask consent, mr. president, we now proceed to a period of morning business, senators allowed to speak therein for up to ten minutes each. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. reid: i now ask consent that the judiciary committee be discharged from further consideration of s. 814. the presiding officer: the clerk will report. the clerk: s. 81, 4 a bill to provide for -- s. 184, a bill to provide for a conveyance of a parcel of land held by the bureau of prisons of the department of justice of miami d da e county, florida, and so forth and for other purposes. the presiding officer: is there objection to proceeding to the measure?
without objection, the committee is discharged and the senate will proceed. mr. reid: i ask unanimous consent the bill be read a third time and passed, the motion to reconsider be laid on the table with to intervening action or debate, and that any statements relating to this bill be placed in the record at the appropriate place as if read. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. reid: i ask consent that we now proceed to calendar number 80, senate resolution 182. the presiding officer: the clerk will report. the clerk: calendar number 80, s. res. 182, recognizing the democratic accomplishments of the people of albania and so forth. the presiding officer: is there objection to proceeding to the measure? without objection so ordered. mr. reid: i ask the resolution be agreed to, the preamble be agreed to, the motion to reconsider be laid on the table, there be no intervening action or debate, and any statements relating to this matter be printed in the record at the appropriate place as if given. the presiding officer: without objection. approximate reid: i ask consent that we now proceed to the consideration of s. res. 193, which was submitted earlier today. the presiding officer: the clerk will report.
the clerk: s. res. 193, expressing support for all iranian citizens who embrace the values of freedom, human rights, civil liberties, and rule of law and for other purposes. the presiding officer: is there objection to proceeding to the measure? without objection, the senate will proceed. mr. reid: i ask unanimous consent the resolution be agreed to, the preamble be agreed to, the motion to reconsider be laid on the table. the presiding officer: without objection. radio m reid: i ask consent that we now -- mr. reid: i now ask consent that we proceed so s. res. 196. the presiding officer: the clerk will report. the clerk: s. res. 196, expressing the sense of the senate on freedom of the press, freedom speech and freedom of expression in iran. the presiding officer: is there objection to proceeding to the measure? without objection, the senate will proceed. mr. reid: i ask unanimous consent the resolution be agreed to, the preamble be agreed to, the motion to reconsider be laid on the table there, be no
intervening action or debate and any statements relating to this matter be placed in the record at the appropriate place. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. reid: i ask consent we proceed to s. res. 197. the presiding officer: the clerk will report. the clerk: s. res. 197, congratulating the men and women of the national archives and records administration on the occasion of its 75th anniversary. the presiding officer: is there an objection to proceeding to the measure? without objection, the senate will proceed. mr. reid: i ask unanimous consent the resolution be agreed to, the preamble be agreed to, the motions to reconsider be laid on the table there are be no intervening action or debate, that any statements relating to this matter be placed in the record at the appropriate place as if read. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. reid: i ask we now proceed to s. res. 198. the presiding officer: the clerk will report. the clerk: s. res. 198, observing the historical significance of juneteenth, independence day. the presiding officer: is there
an objection to proceeding to the measure? without objectiowithout objectie will proceed. mr. reid: i ask unanimous consent the resolution be agreed to, the preamble be agreed to, the motions to reconsider be laid on the table, there be no intervening action or debate, and that any statements relating to this resolution be placed in the record at the appropriate place as if given. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. reid: i ask unanimous consent that when the cincinnati completes its business today, it adjourn until 2:00 p.m. on monday, june 22. that following the prayer and the pledge, the journal of proceedings be approved to date, the morning hour be deemed expired, and time for the two leaders be reserved for their use later in the day. that there then be a period of morning business for up to one hour, with the time equally divided and controlled between the two leaders or their designees, with senators permitted to speak for up to ten minutes each. following -- following morning business, the senate resume consideration of calendar number 71, s. 1023, the travel promotion act of 2009. further, i ask that the time between 4:30 and 5:30 be divided
and controlled between the two leaders their designees and that the cloture vote on the dorgan amendment occur at 5:30 p.m. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. reid: i finally ask that the filing deadline for first-degree amendments be 3:30 p.m. on monday. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. reid: mr. president, because we were unable to reach an agreement to begin the amendment process on the travel legislation, i filed cloture on the dorgan amendment, as i've just announced. the underlying bill, in order to move along the process. we hope to be able to reach an agreement on amendments prior to the cloture vote on monday. if there's no further -- well, mr. president, i just want to say this brief word. it's now approaching 4:00. the presiding officer has been in that chair since 12:00 noon. that's a long time. i have stlat for awhile but -- i have sat there for awhile but never as long as 3 hours and 40
minutes. i have commented in recent days about the senator from oregon's brilliance, the speech he gave on health care. there's been a lot of good speeches given here but no one has given a better speech, more informative than the senator from oregon and that's a lot of speeches. but i say that without any qualification. the people of oregon are very fortunate to have the senator from oregon, jeff merkley, here. he is a -- just a wonderful human being, i say to everyone in oregon, so well prepared. has extremely difficult committee assignments. he handles them with such confidence and with such grace. i appreciate very much the work you do for the state of oregon and our country. if there's no further business to come before the senate, i ask
district judge samuel b. kent on charges that he abused his power, lied to cover up sexual assaults on two female court employees. the house has not in piste a federal judge since the 1980's when three jurors were removed. a total of 13 judges have faced proceedings. the judge's case will next go before the senate. the house of representative it also voted 425-1 to condemn the iranian government crackdown on demonstrators and interference with communication and cellphone. foreign committee chairman said it is not for us to decide whom should run iran. indeed we must reaffirm our strong belief that the iranian people have the fundamental right to discuss their future
without intimidation. associated press reporting that illinois senator roland burris will not be charged perjury for statements he made before in the illinois house impeachment committee. state prosecutor there investigating the case said there is not enough evidence to support the charge. senator burris was appointed to president obama is vacant senate seat by former illinois governor rod blagojevich who was impeached due in part by allegations that he had attempted to sell obama's vacant senate seat.
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and then we will continuum. >> you mentioned that president obama will be here. how difficult is it to get the president to come to a dinner? >> i think it is a very -- is an honor to have the president come to your dinner. the amount of invitations and work that we have to do. i can tell you, it is not easy to get the president here. many letters, phone calls, invitations. there is also a lot of a crossing your fingers. so when i heard that he was coming, we are thrilled to have in your. >> rescheduled a couple times. was that in part to get that --
>> yes. the first time the president had a meeting in london with the prime minister brown. the meeting was announced. the next meeting. so more than happy. we have a wonderful convention center here. we picked up and moved it to a new day and are making it work. >> in the audience? >> our audience will be mostly journalists that cover capitol hill. we have congressman. quite a number of people
involved. you can see a lot of moms and dads on our guest list. >> chairman of the radio & tv correspondents association. thank you. >> thank you. >> c-span will be live with the dinner featuring president obama at 8:25 p.m. eastern. >> people don't want to think about roosevelt conservation as a policy as much as a passion. he put aside almost 240 million acres of wild america. now people are talking about environmentalism, green movements. residents of is becoming the key figure to ure to understand. the only politician of his day at has enlisted biology and birds migratory patterns and mating habits of a deer and elk and antelope and actually did something.
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health care reform. can you catch is up to speed on what is the status of this and the prospects? >>guest: the finance committee, whether or not to have an employer mandate and what many people are referring to as of public plan option. looking at a variety of things that had some documents that suggested from the finance committee. it is an ongoing process. people having to pay a little bit more for their coverage than they had envisioned. subsidies, tax credits. individual mandate. as might be a bit lower. they are looking at what the cost is. they want to get it under a trillion dollars. the health education, labor, and pension committee has stuck to their mark up. extremely contentious. it has republicans offering tons
of amendments to the bill. chris dodd has been handling things. he is trying to get consensus, but that could go to the end of next week which is read before they head out for july 4th recess. the publicans' have come up with an outline of the bill that basically is a lot of private-sector solutions. they would not want an individual mandate. they might want to increase the use of health savings accounts. they will probably want people to purchase health insurance. we're going to hear more about this. today republicans are expected to unveil their bill which will be more generous than packages like that in the house. very robust government in the
public plan. >>host: talk about how they're going to pay for it? so even if you get consensus on how to do it and what the policy should be how you pay for its. one of the things i know it today, at times when they talk about comparing the plans. even one position. high fructose corn syrup. is it justified the chairman of the finance committee described it as being on life-support speech to a discussion, of course, about the trades. a call. an idea being floated in the house. payroll tax to help fund this. also the session, primarily, on
capping. right now they don't play any tax. and it's that is a lot of lost federal income. so the senate has been looking at that, but that brews coupled with union groups and democrats. would you picked relates to how much you can get, and it would be a big change on how employees get their health care. they could set the exclusion fairly high, but over time as health insurance costs increase the have to look at that. that is one of the most controversial elements. >>host: will congress be able to keep up with the time line? >>guest: you have covered capitol hill. max baucus said previously that the bill would come out this week. mark up would be next week. he said earlier in the week we will have them marked which they are ready. they can say how much that bill will cost. trying very, very hard to get the public to support that
panel. that bill could come out next week. you'll never know. but at the end of the day, at the end of the year if they get the bill done they get the bill done. so there have been all sorts of timeline that have come out. one that came out of a meeting with democrats. obviously the key curitiba's with the president of a few weeks ago. we heard earlier, on capitol hill when they passed the medicare prescription benefit. i think the president signed that into law. >>host: we are talking about health care reform. let's take our first call from mary on the democratic line from pennsylvania. >>caller: good morning. my concern is pharmaceutical company's advertising on television. i think it raises the cost of
the price of drugs. my doctor is the one who should be prescribing my medicine. i don't need it to be advertised on television, which would raise the price of the cost of drugs. what are in your thoughts on that? >>guest: at a key part of this debate. drives up the price. perhaps a generic would be a better choice. also some anecdote evidence stalking about patients coming into their offices. so as part of a bill that congress recently passed there is going to be of examination of these direct consumer ag's by the food and drug administration to make sure. so i think that this is definitely part of the debate. but consumers need to be aware of the advertising and have a conversation with their physicians. >> is this not one of the ways that they pay for imposing a
37 billion tax by denying deductions for advertising a dvertising prescription drugs? >>guest: we will see how it plays out. >>host: let's take our next call on the republican line from we cut taxes. >>caller: good morning. i have a ph.d. in chemistry. i will tell you that the obama administration is killing business in this country. they are coming after. in terms of the health-care we see that some odd million, about 11 million are illegal aliens. another 9 million are already eligible through medicaid. about another 11 billion or so make $5,000 or more a year.
now, what are we going to do when we have this government running our health care which is about 1/6 of our gdp? all we have to look at amtrak. deficit every year. you look at states like california. the $12 billion every year. what is going to happen if we go to 300 million people? this is going to be too much government. >>guest: i think the caller had hit on one of the classic debates. what will the role of government be? he talks about both sides saying they want to squeeze that out of the system. if you have 47 million people uninsured how'd you get them covered? he went over the groups. there is general consensus that
we all pay the cost. if you get the uninjured covered that should help lower health insurance cost for those who are covered. small business has been waning in. small business person calling in. large employers. i think we're trying to have of real struggle. already starting between the community. >>host: let's good to our next call. doris from chicago, illinois. >>caller: thank you. a statement about health care. it is interesting that the republicans have a problem with the government is standing between a person and their doctors except when it comes for a pregnant woman and her doctor. they want government to stand pit during them. but anyway there was a hearing, three of the largest