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tv   Senator Mc Cain on Health Care and Bipartisanship  CSPAN  July 25, 2017 10:00pm-10:17pm EDT

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and on twitter the president thanked senator mccain writing senator john mccain thank you for coming to d.c. for such a vital vote. congrats to you all republicans. we can now deliver great health care to all americans. after the vote senator mccain spoke about the bill saying despite his vote today he would vote for final passage without changes to the bill. his remarks are 15 minutes. >> the senior senator from you, arizona is recognized. >> thank you mr. speaker then. i have stood in his place many times that addressed this president and many presiding officers. i have been so address when i sat in that chair and it's as close as i will ever be to the presidency but anyway., [laughter] in truth presiding over the
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senate can be a nuisance, a bit of ceremonial boer and is usually relegated to the more junior members of the majority but i stand here today looking a little worse for wear i'm sure. i have a refreshed appreciation this body and for the other 99 privilege souls who have been elected to the senate. i have been a member of the united states senate or 30 years i had another, not as long, career before i arrived here and profoundly rewarding and of which i had experiences and friendships that i revere but make no mistake my service here is the most important job i hava had in my life and i'm so grateful, so grateful to the people of arizona for the privilege, for the honor of serving here and the opportunities it gives me to play a small role in the history of the country that i love.
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i have known and admired men and women in the senate to a place much more than a small role in our history, true statesman giants of american politics that come from both parties and from various backgrounds. their ambitions were frequently in conflict. they held different views on thf issues of the day and they often had serious disagreements about how best to serve the nationalht interest but they knew however sharp and hard about their disputes, however keen they are admissions they had to work collectively to make sure the senate just charges constitutional responsibilities effectively. the important, vitally important to the continuing success of our public. the arcane rules and customs are deliberately intended to require broad cooperation to function well at all.
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the most revered members of this institution accepted the necessity of compromise in order to make incremental progress on solving america's problems and defend her from our adversaries. the principle mindset in the service of our predecessors whot possessed a come to mind when i hear the senate referred to as the world's greatest deliberative body. i'm not sure we can claim that distinction with a straight facd today.ra i'm sure it wasn't always deserved in previous hearings either but i'm sure there have been times when it was and i was privileged to witness some of those occasions. our deliberations today, not just our debates but the exercise of all of our responsibilities authorizing government policies, appropriating the funds to implement them, exercising our princi
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interesting to they can be sincere and principled but they are more partisan more trifle more than at any time i can im remember. our deliberations can still be important and useful but i think we would all agree they haven't been overburdened by greatnesses lately in right now they are producing much for the american people. both sides it's happening. let's leave the history push oul verse to the dash i suspect they'll find a we all conspired deliberate actions or neglect. we have all played some role. certainly i have. sometimes about my passion rule my reasoning and sometimes i made it harder to find common ground because of something harsh i said to a colleague. of sometimes i wanted to win more for the sake of winning them to achieve a contested policy. incremental progress,
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compromises from each side muddl criticize but also except just plain muddling through chipping with problems and keeping your enemies from doing their worst isn't glamorous or exciting. it doesn't feel like a politican triumph but is usually the mostd interesting from our system of government operating in a country as diverse and free as ours. considering the injustice and cruelties inflicted by autocratic governments and how corruptible human nature can be the problem-solving in our system does make possible the progressive produces and the liberty and justice it preserves it's a magnificent achievement.t our system doesn't depend on our nobility. it accounts for imperfections and gives us an order to our individual strivings that is help to make ours the most powerful and prosperous society
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on earth. it is our responsibility to preserve that even when it requires us to do something less satisfying than winning, evened when we must give a little to get a little even when our efforts manage to -- what critics on both sides denounce us for our failure to triumph. i hope you can again rely on humility and their need to cooperate on our dependence on each other and learn how to trust each other again and by so doing better serve the people who elected us. stop listening to the bombastic loudmouth on the radio and television and the internet. to hell with them. [applause] they don't want anything done for the public good. our incapacity is their livelihood. let's trust each other. let's return to regular order.
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we have been spinning her wheels onto many important issues because we keep trying to find a way to win without help from across the aisle. that's an approach that it's been employed by those sites mandating legislation from the top down without any support from the other side with all tht parliamentary maneuvers that requires. we are getting nothing done, my friends. we are getting nothing done.r all we have really done this year is confirm neil gorsuch to the supreme court. w our health care insurance system is a mess. we all know it. those who support obamacare and those who oppose it, something has to be done. we republicans have looked for d way to replace it with something else without paying a terrible political price. we haven't found it yet and i'm not sure we will. all we have managed to do is make more popular policy that wasn't very popular when we started trying to get rid of it.
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i voted for the most to allow debate to continue and i will t. not vote for the bill as it is today. seychelle of the bill right nowe i have changes urged by my state's governor that will have to be included to earn myss see bill. many of you will have to see the bill change substantially before you support it.o we have tried to do this by coming up with a proposal behind closed doors in consultation with the administration and springing it on skeptical members trying to convince them that it's better than nothing, that it's better than nothing is asking us to swallow our doubts and pass the unified opposition. i don't think that's going to work in the end and probably shouldn't. the administration andem congressional democratsgh
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shouldn't have forced it through congress without any opposition support social and economic change as massive as obamacarewy and who what we shouldn't do the same with ours. why don't we try the old way of legislating in the senate, the way our rules and customs encourage us to act.ur if this process ends in failure which seems likely and less return to regular order. but the health education and labor and pensions committee ra under chairman alexander and ranking member murphy hold hearings and try to pull a bill out of committee with contributions from both sides. [applause] [applause] something that my dear friends on the other side of the aisle didn't allow to happen nine years ago. [applause]thing
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let's see if we can pass something that will be imperfect even though compromise is notha pleasing to either side but that might provide workable solutions to problems americans are t struggling with today. what have we to lose by trying to work together to find those solutions? we are not getting done much aud part. i don't think any of us feels very proud of our inc. capacity. merely preventing your political opponents from doing what they want isn't the most inspirings work. there's greater satisfaction in respecting our differences but not letting them prevent agreements that don't require abandonment of core principles, agreements made in good faith to help improve lives and protect the american people. the senate is capable of that. we know that. we have seen it before.
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i have seen it happen many times in the times when i was involved even in a modest way with working on a bipartisan response to a national threat are the proudest moments of my career and by far the most satisfying. this place is important. the work we do is important. our strange rules and seemingly eccentric practices the slow our proceedings, insist on our corporation are important.d our founders envisioned the senate as a more deliberative careful body that operates at a greater distance than the public passions of the hour. we are an important check on the powers of the executive. our consent is necessary. for the president to appoints jurists and powerful public officials in any respect whether or not you are the same party. we are not the president's subordinates. we are equal.
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as the responsibility is on us they play a vital role in shaping and directing the judiciary military cabinet and planning and supporting foreigno domestic policies. a our success in meeting all of these constitutional obligations depends upon cooperation among t ourselves. the success of the senate is important to the continued success of america. this country, this big oysters brawling temperate restless striving bearing beautiful bountiful great, good and magnificent country needs us to help it thrive. that responsibility is more important than any of our personal interests or politicala affiliation. we are the servants of a great nation, a nation conceived in liberty dedicated to the proposition that all men are
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created equal. liv people live free and prosperous lives here than in any other nation. we have required unprecedented wealth and power because of our government principles and because our government defends h those principles. america has made a greater contribution than any other nation in national order has the liberated more people from tyranny and poverty than ever before in history. we have been the greatest example, the greatest supporter and the greatest defender of that order. we aren't afraid. behind we don't hide behind walls. we preach them. we are a blessing to humanity. what greater cause do we hope te serve in helping keep america the strong aspiring inspirational beacon of liberty and the defender of dignity for all human beings and their right
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to freedom and equal justice. that is the cause that finds us so much more powerful and worthe than the smaller differences that divide us. what a great honor and extraordinary opportunity that is to serve in this body. to privilege to serve with all of you, i mean it. many of you have bridged out in last few days with your concerns and your prayers and it means a lot to me. it really does. so many people say so much nicee things about me recently that i think some of you must have me confused with someone else. [laughter] try i appreciate it though, every word of it even if much of it isn't deserved. i will be here for a few days. i help to manage the defense authorization bill which i am proud to say is the product of bipartisan cooperation and trust among the members of the senate
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armed services committee. after that i'm going home for a while to treat my illness. i have every intention of returning here and giving many of you pause to regret all the nice things he said about me and i hope to impress on you again that it is an honor to serve the american people in your company. thank you fellow senators. mr. president. [applause] [applause] [applause]
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democrats also came to the senate floor to discuss their opposition to proposed changes to the federal health care law. every democrat in the senate along with two independent and two republicans that are against advancing the bill. now three of those democrats durbin sherrod brown and brian schatz. this is 45 minutes. >> history was made on the flooy of the senate chamber today. i don't think it's ever happeneo before. think about this. 50 out of 100 senators came to the floor with the vice president of the united states and voted to begin debate on a bill they have never seen, a bill they have never seenhe because we don't know what the republicans are going to offer is the alternative to the affordable care act. there has been a lot of different versions. technically the one that is before us now is the version that passed the house of


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