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And lastly, we must take into account the special circumstances of families in rural areas with few jobs, elderly grandparents caring for their grandchildren, and families with barriers to employment such as lack of work experience.
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Another significant challenge facing Congress is providing prescription drug coverage that treats rural seniors fairly.
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Any successful nominee should possess both the temperament to interpret the law and the wisdom to do so fairly. The next Supreme Court Justice should have a record of protecting individual rights and a strong willingness to put aside any political agenda.
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As sure as the day is long, rural America will be dramatically affected by two key aspects of Medicare reform legislation this year. increasing Medicare reimbursement rates for rural health care providers and extending a prescription drug benefit to seniors.
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As the war on Iraq proceeds, our soldiers should rest assured that the Congress and the American people stand 100% behind them.
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Democrats continue to support common sense measures that will increase security on trains and buses for millions of Americans and will continue to fight for bipartisan solutions that will protect America from terrorism.
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Even President Bush has cited the need to outlaw the practice of corporations making loans to their officers. Strangely enough, when the President was a corporate officer, he took out several loans from the company.
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Everything I get smacks of racism, so we will probably be filing a bill along with some other people making that illegal. Sort of like an insurance company charging one price for property insurance - you know, one company just paid out a big settlement for doing that same thing.
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Families are now hampered in their efforts to become self-sufficient because there are not only few good jobs, but there is a shortage of safe, affordable child care and a lack of access to reliable transportation to meet essential demands.
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History suggests that attempts to privatize Medicare by relying on private companies to offer Medicare benefits in rural America simply will not work.
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I am committed to doing what I can to provide a promising future for our children by helping working families afford good childcare that enables them to work and help their children grow and learn.
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I am convinced that we can prevent that from happening because there is an economic as well as a racial identification associated with that, so we are going to pursue that.
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I believe that if corporate America expects consumer confidence to be restored, they must first be honest with us.
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I do not fly the Mississippi flag in my office. It is absolutely void. Before I came to Washington I was one of those folks that sued the State of Mississippi to try to do away with the flag because of what it symbolized.
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If you talk to the Whites in Mississippi they will tell you, 'You can go to any school you want to; we don't see race.' Biggest lie ever told.
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In rural states like Arkansas, North Dakota and Mississippi, our hospitals have long been subjected to unfair payments from Medicare, based on the false assumption that it is significantly cheaper to provide health care in a rural setting.
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In the 1990's, many companies felt pressure to put on the best face possible so that people would buy their stock. They boosted revenue projections and hid expenses.
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In the coming weeks and months, I will be working to enact legislation that protects hard-working families. Like many hard working Mississippians, I know that many families place a high value on their savings and investments, no matter how small the investment.
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In the future, whatever public assistance, or welfare to work legislation Congress debates the needs of our children must be the main priority.
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It happens because we have a country that differentiates between the haves and the have nots. It is a class struggle and it's a racial structure because the majority of those families without running water are Black. But an even greater majority of them are poor.
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It is essential that we provide benefits to low-income working families to help improve their standard of living.
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It is tough individually to pursue any single issue here without the help of the Caucus Democrats and some of the Republicans - the notion being that as the minority party in Congress it is tough because the Republicans are in charge.
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It may be sometime until Congress takes up meaningful welfare and other child care issues. In the meantime I have made several individual efforts to try and help low-income families.
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It seems that adolescents have been affected the worst. In many cases, there has been a direct correlation between parents that went to work and increased instances of substance abuse and school behavioral problems among their children, resulting in school expulsion and even jail time.
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Just ask anyone who ever had or recently tried to buy a Medicare + Choice policy. They don't exist in rural America, in general, because the private companies pulled out when they realized they couldn't make any money.
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Legislatively, as you know, we've been dealing with relief for the Black farmers. That has been a continuous effort as it related to the discrimination they suffered at the hands of the Department of Agriculture.
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Low and moderate income families in Mississippi pay substantial state and local taxes. The Bush proposal to double the child tax credit wouldn't do anything to relieve these families.
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Many of the things that Democrats and Blacks have a deep and abiding commitment to the Republicans could care less. affirmative action, equal opportunity, health benefits for all.
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Medicare debates in Congress should result in better Medicare benefits for all our nation's seniors. We're not asking for special treatment for rural America, just a fair deal.
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Medicare provided guaranteed equal coverage, something that the private sector could not.
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Medicare reform legislation will also seek to include a new prescription drug benefit, another long overdue improvement.
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Medicare was created in 1965 partly because private insurance companies would not insure older, sicker Americans - especially in rural areas.
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Nationwide, about 12 million families will not benefit. In Mississippi 74% of the excluded families include at least one person who goes to work every day.
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Nearly 200,000 families in Mississippi won't see a dime of tax relief under the Bush plan. Why their incomes are too low. These families represent 45% of Mississippi's children.
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Now, we are seeing many of these same companies face the truth about their financial standing. Congress is faced with the challenge of reforming our accounting industry and holding corporate executives responsible for their actions.
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Obviously we're not able to get the full airing simply because Republicans are in charge. They are the ones who defended the Council of Conservative Citizens, as well as any other issue that involves race.
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Our dramatically smaller, spread out population is not appealing to private insurers when they can operate more profitably in densely populated urban areas. Our small markets fail to draw in the business.
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Our view on extending prescription drug coverage to seniors is simple. all beneficiaries, regardless of whether they live in rural or urban areas, should be provided equal, reliable coverage.
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Parents have been forced to take jobs that often pay lower wages and offer no benefits. As a result, families are forced to choose among food, health care, and shelter - leaving their children without basic necessities.
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Rather than squander the surplus on tax breaks for the rich, we should add a prescription drug benefit to the Medicare program, shore up Social Security, fortify our defense, provide a quality public education and offer economic assistance to rural areas.
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Rural states often have a larger than average senior population, so Medicare payments account for more than half of our hospitals' bottom lines.
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Sending our young men and women into battle is perhaps the most serious course of action a Nation can undertake.
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Simply stated, WorldCom lied to the public by reporting a bill as an investment. That is the same as a household counting the electricity bill as savings!
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The Bush tax plan would leave 42% of all families in Mississippi behind while the coffers of the rich are running over.
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The good news is our message is being heard.
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The government assumes responsibility for the education and says 'As long as you want to go and you meet the requirements, bam, you're there.'
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The majority of young people who get an education in my congressional district, Black and White, leave because of the lack of opportunity. That outward migration and the continued brain drain my district suffers, even in the new millennium.
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The notion is that, even in America, with all this wealth, plenty and surplus, there is still a number of people who are living below an acceptable standard in terms of quality of life.
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The notion is we trade with China; we trade with other countries that are not democracies. We don't put those kind of restrictions on them.
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The poorest folks are paying the highest price, and the richest people are paying the lowest price. We're pursuing why that happens.
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The President just announced today another person being nominated to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
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The Republicans are just being consistent. They had no real interest in lifting the embargo with Cuba. All they can see is Castro.
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The shortcomings of our childcare policies are troubling and, given the uncertainty of our economy, families relying on childcare assistance need help more than ever with their childcare bills.
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These corrections are long overdue and we are pleased that we appear to be making progress. We will hold their feet to the fire on behalf of rural America.
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This country needs a Supreme Court Justice who will render decisions based on the law, not based on their personal feelings.
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This month, key members of both the House and Senate have signaled their intention to include significant rural relief in any Medicare reform package, and President Bush has expressed his support.
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This situation is now exacerbated by the fact that this country is in the midst of an economic downturn where jobs, especially in rural America, are scarce.
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Under the Family Energy Protection Act, the choice for most families won't be between paying the mortgage and paying the gas bill. Gas companies must be held to a just and reasonable standard.
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Unfortunately, WorldCom is not the only company caught up in this kind of accounting scandal. The impact this will have on the general public is yet to be seen.
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We also found out that somebody we were opposing for the Fifth Circuit won't be put forth. We struggle day by day.
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We are talking to Black employees at the Department of Agriculture who feel like they're being discriminated against. It is not just the farmers being discriminated against; it is the employees.
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We believe the way for Medicare, including prescription drug coverage, to work in rural America is for the federal government to improve and reform the program, not rely on a private mechanism that has already been proved ineffective.
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We have accepted the challenge and moved forward with it. Every now and then you win one, and you feel good about it. But once you look at the burden, you know it is a big hill to climb.
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We know that the stock market is down. But what does that mean for the average Mississippian? It means that many of our retirement and pension plans, which are invested in corporate stock, are losing value. FAST!
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We must start measuring success based on a realistic standard for self-sufficiency rather than the poverty line.
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We support changes and improvements that will keep rural seniors and health care providers on a level playing field with the rest of the country.
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We will now have the sole distinction of having a confederate battle symbol on a flag that can only further divide a diverse population.
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We're talking about the floor; not the ceiling. That's the policy dilemma that we have here that I think will be with us always.
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We're talking to Black college presidents about getting more money for their college.
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While many have disagreed over the course that got us here, unity in time of war is essential to defeating the tyrannical regime of Saddam Hussein.
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Yesterday's horrific and senseless terrorist attacks in London once again focuses Americans on transit security. As its first order of business next week, Congress must address transit security.
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