28,945 S. No. 121 by USBills


									                                             March 28, 2007                                     CONGRESSIONAL RECORD — SENATE                                                                      S4019
                                             Cantwell          Hutchison          Obama               York City. There is absolutely no flexi-                Casey             Klobuchar     Pryor
                                             Cardin            Inouye             Pryor                                                                       Clinton           Kohl          Reed
                                             Casey             Isakson            Reed
                                                                                                      bility in scheduling the security in                    Cochran           Landrieu      Reid
                                             Chambliss         Kennedy            Reid                these cities. This month, the Director                  Coleman           Lautenberg    Rockefeller
                                             Clinton           Kerry              Roberts             of Homeland Security declared Min-                      Conrad            Leahy         Salazar
                                             Cochran           Klobuchar          Rockefeller         neapolis-St. Paul a National Special                    Dodd              Levin         Sanders
                                             Coleman           Kohl               Salazar                                                                     Domenici          Lieberman     Schumer
                                             Collins           Landrieu                               Security Event. Secret Service will be                  Dorgan            Lott          Specter
                                             Conrad            Lautenberg
                                                                                                      the lead agency for one part of it, the                 Durbin            McConnell     Stabenow
                                             Craig             Leahy                                  FBI will be the lead for another, and                   Feinstein         Menendez      Stevens
                                             Crapo             Levin                                                                                          Inouye            Mikulski      Webb
                                             Dodd              Lieberman          Snowe               FEMA for another part.                                  Kennedy           Murray        Whitehouse
                                             Domenici          Lincoln            Specter               I say to my conservative colleagues,                  Kerry             Nelson (FL)   Wyden
                                             Dorgan            Lott
                                                                                                      this is an unfunded mandate. These cit-                               NOT VOTING—4
                                             Durbin            McCaskill
                                             Feingold          Menendez           Tester              ies don’t have a choice. The Feds tell
                                                                                                                                                              Enzi              McCain
                                             Feinstein         Mikulski           Thune               them what they have to do. There is no                  Johnson           Nelson (NE)
                                             Grassley          Murkowski          Vitter              flexibility in scheduling. This money
                                             Hagel             Murray             Webb                needs to be put into place. We know                       The amendment (No. 648) was re-
                                             Harkin            Nelson (FL)        Whitehouse
                                                                                                      the uncertainty of the appropriations                   jected.
                                             Hatch             Nelson (NE)        Wyden                                                                         Mrs. MURRAY. I move to reconsider
                                                             NOT VOTING—3                                                                                     the vote, and I move to lay that mo-
                                                                                                        The PRESIDING OFFICER. The Sen-
                                             Enzi              Johnson            McCain                                                                      tion on the table.
                                                                                                      ator from Colorado is recognized.
                                                                                                                                                                The motion to lay on the table was
                                               The amendment (No. 657) was re-                          Mr. SALAZAR. In a March 5 letter
                                                                                                                                                              agreed to.
                                             jected.                                                  from Secretary Chertoff, he indicated
                                                                                                                                                                Mrs. MURRAY. I suggest the absence
                                               Mrs. MURRAY. I move to reconsider                      the Republican National Convention in
                                                                                                                                                              of a quorum.
                                             the vote and I move to lay that motion                   St. Paul, MN, will be designated a Na-
                                                                                                                                                                The PRESIDING OFFICER. The
                                             on the table.                                            tional Special Security Event. In a
                                                                                                                                                              clerk will call the roll.
                                               The motion to lay on the table was                     March 9 letter, Senators ALLARD, COLE-
                                                                                                                                                                The assistant legislative clerk pro-
                                             agreed to.                                               MAN, KLOBUCHAR, and myself asked for
                                                                                                                                                              ceeded to call the roll.
                                                              CHANGE OF VOTE                          this assistance in appropriations, and
                                                                                                                                                                Mrs. MURRAY. Madam President, I
                                                Ms. LANDRIEU. Mr. President, on                       it was included in there.
                                                                                                                                                              ask unanimous consent that the order
                                             the previous vote, vote No. 120, I voted                   We have to remember we are living in                  for the quorum call be rescinded.
                                             ‘‘yea.’’ I wish to change my vote to                     a post-9/11 world. We are going to have                   The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without
                                             ‘‘nay.’’ I ask unanimous consent that I                  100 Senators, 435 Members of Congress,                  objection, it is so ordered.
                                             be permitted to change my vote from                      the President of the United States, and                   Mrs. MURRAY. Madam President, I
                                             ‘‘yea’’ to ‘‘nay.’’                                      the Vice President all in this place at                 ask unanimous consent that the Sen-
                                                The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without                        that one time. It is important for us to                ator from Iowa be recognized for 10
                                             objection, it is so ordered.                             make sure we are providing the kinds                    minutes; that immediately following
                                                (The foregoing tally has been                         of security they need.                                  the Senator from Iowa, the Senator
                                             changed to reflect the above order.)                       I urge my colleagues to vote no on                    from South Carolina be recognized for 5
                                                             AMENDMENT NO. 648                        this amendment.                                         minutes, and then we immediately re-
                                               The PRESIDING OFFICER. There                             The PRESIDING OFFICER (Mrs.                           turn to regular order.
                                             will now be 2 minutes of debate equally                  MCCASKILL). All time has expired.                         The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without
                                             divided on amendment No. 648.                              Mrs. MURRAY. Madam President, I                       objection, it is so ordered.
                                               The Senator from Oklahoma is recog-                    ask for the yeas and nays.                                Mr. GRASSLEY. Madam President,
                                             nized.                                                     The PRESIDING OFFICER. Is there a                     the Durbin amendment is a perfect ex-
                                               Mr. COBURN. This is simple. It is not                  sufficient second? There is a sufficient                ample of why authorizing on an appro-
                                             an emergency. Eighteen months from                       second.                                                 priations bill ought to be discouraged.
                                             now we are going to have the Presi-                        The question is on agreeing to the                    I know many Members are under ex-
                                             dential nominating conventions. In At-                   amendment.                                              treme pressure from their hospitals to
                                             lanta, during the Olympics, for a                          The clerk will call the roll.                         support the Durbin amendment, but I
                                             month the entire security was $10 mil-                     Mr. DURBIN. I announce that the                       would encourage you to read the actual
                                             lion. If we triple that amount for a                     Senator from South Dakota (Mr. JOHN-                    language and consider the con-
                                             month, you have $30 million. This bill                   SON) and the Senator from Nebraska                      sequences of what this amendment ac-
                                             allows $100 million for conventions and                  (Mr. NELSON) are necessarily absent.                    tually does.
                                             for decisions that are already going to                    Mr. LOTT. The following Senators                        This amendment will lead to anarchy
                                             be made prior to that so that the polit-                 are necessarily absent: the Senator                     in the Medicaid financial arrange-
                                             ical parties can have a good time. Yet                   from Wyoming (Mr. ENZI) and the Sen-                    ments. As a result of the amendment,
                                             we are going to ask our children to pay                  ator from Arizona (Mr. MCCAIN).                         CMS will be prohibited from banning
                                             for it. You are going to vote to ask                       The result was announced—yeas 45,                     bad-actor States from reinstating the
                                             your grandchildren to pay for a party                    nays 51, as follows:                                    questionable schemes Congress has
                                             you aren’t having now, when the Presi-                               [Rollcall Vote No. 121 Leg.]                been trying to root out since 1991. This
                                             dent already has $15 million in his                                           YEAS—45                            is because the Durbin amendment
                                             budget for Secret Service for both of                    Alexander         Ensign                McCaskill       broadly—very broadly—prevents CMS
                                             these conventions, which they feel is                    Bayh              Feingold              Murkowski       from taking any action relating to this
                                             adequate at this time.                                   Bingaman          Graham                Obama           rule or any rule that would affect Med-
                                                                                                      Brownback         Grassley              Roberts
                                               The question is not whether we                         Bunning           Gregg                 Sessions
                                                                                                                                                              icaid or SCHIP in a similar manner.
                                             should do it. If we are going to do it,                  Burr              Hagel                 Shelby            For years, Medicaid was plagued by
                                             we should do it inside the confines of                   Chambliss         Harkin                Smith           financial gamesmanship. States used
                                             the budget. Two, it is not an emer-                      Coburn            Hatch                 Snowe           so-called intergovernmental transfers
                                                                                                      Collins           Hutchison             Sununu
                                             gency. We have 18 months. We have                        Corker            Inhofe                Tester          to create scams that milked taxpayers
                                             plenty of appropriations bills to pay for                Cornyn            Isakson               Thomas          out of millions, even billions of dollars.
                                             this.                                                    Craig             Kyl                   Thune           An example: A State bills the Federal
                                                                                                      Crapo             Lincoln               Vitter
                                               Mrs. MURRAY. I yield a minute to                       DeMint            Lugar                 Voinovich
                                                                                                                                                              Government for a $100 hospital charge.
mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with SENATE

                                             the Senator from Minnesota and then a                    Dole              Martinez              Warner          The hospital gets the $100 payment,
                                             minute to the Senator from Colorado.                                                                             and then the State would require the
                                               Mr. COLEMAN. Mr. President, the                                                                                hospital to give $25 of it back to the
                                             world has changed since Atlanta. Since                   Akaka             Biden                 Byrd            State. In my view, that is a scam.
                                                                                                      Allard            Bond                  Cantwell
                                             9/11, this type of funding was available                 Baucus            Boxer                 Cardin          What happens, then, to the $25? In the
                                             to Boston and it was available to New                    Bennett           Brown                 Carper          days before Congress and CMS cracked

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