King, Durbin, Burr, Tillis

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 6147)

Senator King: (12:15 p.m.)

  • Spoke on health care reform.
    • "There can be debate about exactly how many, but the reality is, and it's perfectly logical, if you have health insurance, you are more likely to be treated, you are more likely to be treated early and you are more likely to survive, particularly with regard to diseases like cancer where early detection and treatment is the best defense against this dread disease. I just don't understand why we cannot face the reality that health insurance or health coverage or access to health care is a fundamental right. It's a fundamental part of being a human. And the idea of rationing health care by wealth just doesn't make sense, particularly in a country committed, as we are, to equality and equal justice under law. "


Senator Durbin: (12:29 p.m.)

  • Spoke on prescription drugs.
    • "You know what I'm talking about? When they mumble as fast as they can at the end if you take this, you may die. Don't take it if you're allergic to. All those ads, all those names of all those drugs. It took about 20 times for me to watch the Xarelto to get to the point I could spell it. Why do the pharmaceutical companies spend so much money on television on advertising? What is this about? You can't buy most of these drugs over the counter. You need a doctor. Here's why they do it. They believe if they keep suggesting to you that this is a drug that might help you, that when you go to the doctor, you'll ask. Doctor, should I be taking Xarelto?"


Senator Burr: (12:38 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to C.D. Spangler.
    • "He did this by advocating for a return to the emphasis on teaching the basics, higher salaries for teachers, programs for training high school principals for for a very challenging job. The second act in the energies and personal contributions he made to it are what made Dick the remarkable man he was. During his time as president of the University of North Carolina system, a position he held for over a decade, Dick was laser focused on keeping North Carolina's public university system affordable and low cost for all seeking post-secondary education."


Senator Tillis: (12:46 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to C.D. Spangler.
    • "Oftentimes I would go there on a Monday before I'd go to the airport to come up here. Every Monday for about 30 years ago he had lunge for all of his employees. And he would be there. He would serve them lunch and they would spend time together, and I had the opportunity to do that hon a few occasions. And there were a couple of special times after we met in the conference room and he's coaching me on how I should present myself or issues that were important for education and any number of things. He was truly a mentor. He said, would you like to see my shop? Now, this office out on Moorehead Street, it is an unassuming office, just as humble as the off-the-rack suits that this man wore all of his life, or the old beat-up station wagon that he would drive to the office."