Manchin, Rubio, Cardin

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 6147)

Senator Manchin: (12:58 p.m.)

  • Spoke on healthcare reform.
    • "Madam President, I rise again to read letters from West Virginians about the fears and concerns they have about lawsuits being led by the 20 U.S. attorneys general including West Virginia's own attorney general that threatens to one again allow insurance companies to deny coverage to West Virginians with preexisting conditions. 800,000 West Virginians including 90,600 children have a preexisting condition. Let me go over things that qualify as preexisting conditions and that health insurance can rate you on. Organ transplant, anxiety, cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer's disease, Crohn's disease, Parkinson's disease, especially help circumstance anemia, depression, lupus, obsessive compulsive disorder, diabetes, kidney disease, sleep apnea, obesity, multiple sclerosis, bulimia, asthma, tuberculosis."


Senator Rubio: (1:08 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the Florida cigar industry.
    • "Every time that one of these things was changed, you'd have to redo the labels, redo the packaging, redo - everything would have to be completely redone which is simply cost prohibitive because these blends change constantly, especially as you bring new markets. Now, I've offered an amendment to the minibus that's before us that would exempt premium hand rolled cigars from the F.D.A. regulation, not just so the industry can survive but so it can thrive and also to free up the F.D.A. to go after what they intended to go after, what everybody thought this was about which is common tobacco products like cigarettes and some of the other things that we are aware of."


Senator Cardin: (2:08 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the free press.
    • "Too often reporters are harassed, jailed, and even killed simply because of the nature of their work which often exposes cronyism and corruption. From this floor I stood in solidarity with the Reuters reporter who was detained in Burma. I stood in solidarity with the Ethiopian journalists and bloggers routinely arrested for criticizing the Ethiopian government and exposing human rights abuses in that country. I talked frequently about China, a country that engages in routine censorship and online blocking, harassment, and detention of journalists and visa delays and denials for journalists."