The only possible role that I can see for reconciliation would be to make modest changes in the major package to improve affordability, to deal with what share of Medicaid expansion the federal government pays, those kinds of issues, which is the traditional role for reconciliation in health care.— Kent Conrad
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Access to computers and the Internet has become a basic need for education in our society.
It is vital that we provide North Dakota's children with nutritionally sound diets. That means ensuring that they are getting plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, and are developing good eating habits for their future.
We shouldn't just live for today; we should prepare for tomorrow.
We've got to have major health care reform because that is the 800-pound gorilla. That is the thing that can swamp the boat fiscally for the United States.
Anybody who has stood on the prairie in North Dakota has felt the force of the wind and knows that our state has an inexhaustible supply of wind power. The potential here to create jobs and draw millions of dollars in new investment to North Dakota is enormous.
Reconciliation cannot be used to pass comprehensive health care reform.
It won't work because it was never designed for that kind of significant legislation; it was designed for deficit reduction.
The President is not squaring with the American people as to the seriousness of our nation's fiscal condition. It is time for people to stand up and tell the truth.
I've had lengthy discussions with European farm leaders.
It is clear they have an agricultural strategy to support their producers and gain dominance in world agricultural trade. They're gaining markets the old-fashioned way - they're buying them.
Governments can inflate their way out of debt, but that has consequences, doesn't it?
Reducing our dependence on foreign energy - that is critically important to America's economic future. Excellence in education - if we're not the best educated, we're not going to be the most powerful for very long.
America was founded on majority rule, not supermajority rule.
Somehow, over the years, this has morphed into supermajority rule, and that changes things.
So I put that all together and I find it makes it hard to justify a filibuster.
The reality is no one knows how much it will cost us to wage war with Iraq.
Negotiating sugar trade in bilateral free trade agreements is a recipe for disaster for the U.S. sugar industry, and it is unnecessary.
I would do away with super PACs. I think it's a cancer.
Welfare reform happened with reconciliation;
half the Democrats voted for it. The Bush tax cuts happened with reconciliation; twelve Democratic Senators voted for it. You didn't have a real partisan issue on those times that it was used.
When Republicans used reconciliation in 2001 for the Bush tax cuts, they used it to increase the deficit. The whole purpose of reconciliation is for deficit reduction!
Certainly Social Security needs to be reformed.
Highway spending, which I think most everybody says is badly needed in this country, creates American jobs, and also makes America more competitive.