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To do that without holding a single hearing on what the implications would be for some of our most vulnerable citizens, for our rural hospitals, for our nursing homes is not an approach I can support.feedback
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NEW Jul 21 2017
We can learn a lot about a person if we know what types of things he or she talks about or comments on the most frequently. There are numerous topics with which Susan Collins is associated, including Bernardino, Orlando, and correctness. Most recently, Susan Collins has been quoted saying: “The president made very clear at lunch yesterday that he wants to see a bill passed. I'm unclear, having heard the president and read his tweets, exactly which bill he wants to pass, and whether he is for just repealing or repealing and replacing, whether he is for the Senate bill. There has been a bit of a lack of clarity, but there is no lack of clarity in his determination to have us pass a bill.” in the article Everyone is confused about the health-care vote - including Republican senators.
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Jul 16 2017

You can't take more than $700 billion out of the Medicaid program and not think that it's going to have some kind of effect.feedback

Jul 16 2017

I would respectfully disagree with the vice president's analysis. This bill would impose fundamental, sweeping changes in the Medicaid program, and those include very deep cuts. That would affect some of the most vulnerable people in our society, including disabled children, poor seniors. It would affect our rural hospitals and our nursing homes. And they would have a very difficult time even staying in existence.feedback

Jul 13 2017

At this point, unless I learn something new, I am a 'no' on [the] motion to proceed.feedback

Jul 12 2017

Unfortunately the president has not united people. And so that's made it a difficult time to serve, by far the most difficult of the 20 years that I've been here.feedback

Jul 12 2017

The emails certainly raise questions. But we're seeing only part of the picture, which is why I want to fill in all of the other pieces before reaching any kind of conclusions.feedback

Jul 11 2017

I cannot support a bill that is going to result in tens of millions of people losing their health insurance.feedback

Jul 10 2017

Our intelligence committee needs to interview him and others who attended the meeting.feedback

Jul 10 2017

I believe that we should not repeat the mistake that President Obama made in passing major legislation with no support from the other party.feedback

Jul 07 2017

In addition, if it were to close, the economic blow would be devastating because of the loss of so many good-paying jobs.feedback

Jul 07 2017

I talked with the marketing director of the small hospital in Greenville, Maine, yesterday at lunch. She told me that the hospital is the biggest employer in town, with 180 employees, and that it relies on Medicaid for 65 percent of its revenues. It is unlikely that this community hospital could survive the cuts that are in the Senate bill.feedback

Jul 07 2017

It could not be more different from the difficulty of raising the debt limit because it is policy that affects millions of Americans and health care is so personal.feedback

Jul 07 2017

I think it is so difficult for Mitch to thread the needle on this given the narrow majority in the Senate. I just don't see how he does it. But I don't ever underestimate his abilities.feedback

Jul 05 2017

I believe it would lead to adverse selection in the marketplace.feedback

Jul 04 2017 - Republican Party

If you have a health savings account that is federally funded, that equals the deductible, that can work, but it has to be designed right. I don't want to see insurance that's not really insurance.feedback

Jul 04 2017

Never before, in the 15 times that I've marched in this parade, have I had people so focused on a single issue. I think it's because health care is so personal.feedback

Jun 29 2017 - Trump Presidency

This has to stop – we all have a job – 3 branches of gov't and media. We don't have to get along, but we must show respect and civility.feedback

Jun 29 2017

We don't have to get along, but we must show respect and civility.feedback

Jun 29 2017 - Obamacare

I do not see a justification for doing away with the 3.8 percent tax.feedback

Jun 28 2017 - Affordable Care Act

It's certainly going to be difficult, but it's certainly worth a try. It is never good to pass major legislation without the input in both parties. That was the mistake President Obama made with the Affordable Care Act, and I don't think we should repeat that mistake.feedback

Jun 28 2017

I have so many fundamental problems with the bill that have been confirmed by the CBO report that it's difficult for me to see how any tinkering is going to satisfy my fundamental and deep concerns about the impact of the bill.feedback

Jun 27 2017 - Trump Presidency

This president is the first president in our history who has neither political nor military experience, and thus it has been a challenge to him to learn how to interact with Congress and learn how to push his agenda better.feedback

Jun 27 2017 - Affordable Care Act

I want to work w/ my GOP & Dem colleagues to fix the flaws in ACA. CBO analysis shows Senate bill won't do it. I will vote no on mtp.feedback

Jun 27 2017 - Obamacare

Medicaid cuts hurt most vulnerable Americans.feedback

Jun 25 2017 - American politics

It's hard for me to see the bill passing this week.feedback

Jun 23 2017 - Republican Party

It isn't any one factor but it's all of those factors put together that will influence my decision.feedback

Jun 22 2017 - Republican Party

That inflater is critical, because it translates into billions of dollars over time.feedback

Jun 21 2017

The first concern is how many people will lose coverage and what do the demographics of that group look like.feedback

Jun 20 2017 - Obamacare

It's clear from the outline that I have seen of the Senate's – where there were a lot of question marks, so they'll be filled in – it's quite different from the House bill, and I think that's a good thing.feedback

Jun 20 2017

I always believe legislation is best crafted through the normal order. I think it's much better to have committee consideration of bills, public hearings and to have a full debate.feedback

Jun 20 2017

First, we haven't seen the bill. Second, it has yet to receive a score from the Congressional Budget Office. And third is the process we are using.feedback

Jun 15 2017 - Republican Party

You really would need to ask Sen. McConnell or his staff that.feedback

Jun 11 2017 - Trump Presidency

I don't understand why the president just doesn't clear this matter up once and for all.feedback

Jun 11 2017 - Russia

Whether it's illegal is a whole 'nother issue, and that's up to the independent counsel.feedback

Jun 11 2017 - Trump Presidency

I would be fine with issuing a subpoena. But that most likely would come from the special counsel's office.feedback

Jun 09 2017 - Trump Presidency

I found him to be credible, candid and thorough.feedback

Jun 09 2017 - Trump Presidency

I think it is possible that it may have been F.B.I. director Comey who gave the impression to President Trump that their conversations should always be one on one because in their very first meeting it was Comey who cleared the room to have a discussion.feedback

Jun 08 2017

I really want to know the truth no matter who is implicated, no matter where the evidence leads.feedback

Jun 06 2017 - Russia

Does Mr. Comey agree that that is what was said? Why would he tell the President that? What was the tone and the context of those discussions on three different occasions, if they in fact are accurately portrayed in this letter?feedback

Jun 04 2017 - Russia

The tone, the exact words that were spoken and the context are so important. And we can only get that by talking to those directly involved.feedback

Jun 04 2017 - Trump Presidency

Does Mr. Comey agree that that is what was said? Why would he tell the president that?feedback

Jun 04 2017

I really dislike that the law discourages work and pay raises.feedback

Jun 04 2017 - Affordable Care Act

There is no denying that the Affordable Care Act has made insurance available to millions of Americans and allowed people to leave corporate jobs and start businesses. We are disproportionately affected, which is one reason I've spent so much energy on this issue. One of the problems with the exchanges is that the pools are not large enough. It would cost $15 billion annually to expand nationally a patient stability fund like Maine did.feedback

May 30 2017

Those subsidies are not only important to stabilize the insurance markets, but they're absolutely vital to low-income individuals.feedback

May 29 2017

Everyone is very eager to maximize their profits and get a piece of the pie, and sorting it all out is complicated.feedback

May 26 2017 - Obamacare

The opioid issue definitely plays a role. A lot of the young population that is being insured under Medicaid has problems with substance abuse or mental illness.feedback

May 25 2017 - Obamacare

The goal of any [Obamacare] replacement should be to improve access to quality health care while providing consumers with more choices and restraining costs. Unfortunately, the CBO estimates that 23 million Americans would lose insurance coverage over the next decade, and the impact would disproportionately affect older, low-income Americans.feedback

May 24 2017 - Affordable Care Act

The goal of any ACA replacement should be to improve access to quality health care while providing consumers with more choices and restraining costs. Unfortunately, the CBO estimates that 23 million Americans would lose insurance coverage over the next decade, and the impact would disproportionately affect older, low-income Americans.feedback

May 23 2017 - U.S. National Security Adviser

I'm very respectful of their privilege not to incriminate themselves, and so I think we have to proceed carefully.feedback

May 18 2017 - Sanctions

We have two very different missions. The special counsel will focus on whether or not criminal charges are appropriate. We're focused on counterintelligence policy. And we can impose sanctions on Russia. The special counsel can't impose sanctions on Russia. So we still have an extremely important role to play.feedback

May 17 2017 - Russia

The idea that we would accept any evidence from President Putin is absurd.feedback

May 17 2017 - Israel

The disclosure of highly classified information has the potential to jeopardize sources and to discourage our allies from sharing future information vital to our security.feedback

May 17 2017 - Twitter

To serve this president is to be diminished.feedback

May 16 2017 - Trump Presidency

Can we have a crisis-free day? That's all I'm asking.feedback

May 16 2017 - Republican Party

I can tell you as a member of the Intelligence Committee, we had not been told that this had happened by this administration.feedback

May 16 2017 - Republican Party

Although the president has the legal authority to disclose classified information, it would be very troubling if he did share such sensitive reporting with the Russians.feedback

May 16 2017 - Trump Presidency

It would be very troubling if he did share such sensitive reporting with the Russians. The Senate Intelligence Committee should be briefed on this important issue immediately.feedback

May 14 2017 - Trump Presidency

It does seem like we have an upheaval, a crisis almost every day in Washington that changes the subject.feedback

May 09 2017 - Trump Presidency

Any suggestion that today's announcement is somehow an effort to stop the FBI's investigation of Russia's attempt to influence the election last fall is misplaced.feedback

May 07 2017

The Senate is starting from scratch. We're going to draft our bill, and I'm convinced we will take the time to do it right.feedback

May 07 2017

I would like to see us put together a bipartisan group to solve this problem, of Democrats who acknowledge there are problems with the current law, that it is not working well in several states, and Republicans who also want to make sure that we're not reducing coverage and we're giving flexibility.feedback

May 07 2017 - Affordable Care Act

First of all, the House bill is not going to come before us. The Senate is starting from scratch. We're going to draft our own bill. And I'm convinced that we're going to take the time to do it right. Speaker Ryan today said that he hoped that the Senate would improve the House bill. I think we will do so and that we will come up with a whole new fresh approach that solves the legitimate flaws that do exist with the ACA, where we have seen, in some markets, insurers fleeing so people won't be able to buy subsidized insurance. But it will keep some of the benefits of the ACA.feedback

May 07 2017 - Planned Parenthood

The House bill is not going to come before us.feedback

May 05 2017 - Obamacare

Although I will carefully review the legislation the House passed today, at this point, there seem to be more questions than answers about its consequences.feedback

Apr 18 2017

We have to stop talking past each other.feedback

Apr 08 2017

There is such a profound lack of trust between the two parties.feedback

Apr 07 2017 - SCOTUS

There's such a profound lack of trust, and that's what many of us are committed to trying to rebuild. We need to make very clear to the leaders on both sides that there's no support for curtailing our existing ability to filibuster legislation.feedback

Apr 06 2017

I'm hoping we can get back on track. I am worried that our attempts to negotiate a compromise failed, because there's such a profound lack of trust. And I think that's what many of us are trying to rebuild.feedback

Apr 06 2017

That's sort of typical of the distrust around here. That is exactly what my caucus thinks. Yes, and that's one reason it's so hard.feedback

Apr 05 2017

We just couldn't get there.feedback

Apr 03 2017 - SCOTUS

First of all I think it's important to recognize that there is absolutely no basis for filibustering such an eminently qualified nominee. And I am very troubled by the fact that the Democrats have put us in this situation. If it's necessary in order to get him confirmed I may have to vote that way, but I certainly don't want to. It's bad for the Senate as an institution and I think it is bad for the court as well.feedback

Mar 29 2017 - SCOTUS

That is in the past, and it is not fair to Judge Gorsuch to deny him a straight up-or-down vote based on what happened with Merrick Garland.feedback

Mar 28 2017

Following the House investigation is like following a mystery novel. You never know what is going to happen next.feedback

Mar 20 2017 - Republican Party

Under the House bill, 14 million Americans would lose coverage next year. That rises to 24 million over the next decade.feedback

Mar 19 2017 - Wiretapping

I don't know the basis for President Trump's assertion.feedback

Mar 17 2017

This is not a bill I could support in its current form.feedback

Mar 14 2017

The CBO estimate that millions of Americans could lose their health insurance coverage if the House bill were to become law is cause for alarm. It should prompt the House to slow down and reconsider certain provisions of the bill.feedback

Mar 14 2017

These kinds of estimates are going to cause revisions in the bill, almost certainly. I don't think that the bill that is being considered now is the bill that ultimately will be the one that we vote on in the Senate.feedback

Mar 09 2017

He does not fight his battles on the front page of the newspaper. He works quietly, but extremely effectively, and he's persistent and he's unafraid. Also, he has nothing to lose. He was prepared to retire. They need him.feedback

Mar 08 2017

I want us to slow down to take more time to be sure we get this right.feedback

Mar 08 2017

What we need is not really from the White House – it's the CBO on the cost estimates. That'd be most helpful.feedback

Mar 06 2017

There is not a consensus at this point.feedback

Mar 05 2017

It would be more helpful if he turned over to the Intelligence Committee any evidence that he has.feedback

Mar 05 2017

Once low-income people are receiving good health care for the first time, it becomes very difficult for a member of Congress to take that assistance away from them.feedback

Feb 27 2017

For the public to have confidence in our findings, it is important that the Committee work in a completely bipartisan fashion and that we avoid any actions that might be perceived as compromising the integrity of our work. It is also important that the Committee ultimately issue a public report on our findings.feedback

Feb 22 2017

If it's necessary to get to the answers then I suspect we would. All of us are determined to get the answers. In some ways, this is a counterintelligence cooperation – in many ways – and that's what our committee specializes in.feedback

Feb 14 2017

I've had two conversations with Mr. Puzder. I think there are outstanding questions that I'm sure will be delved into at his hearing.feedback

Feb 07 2017

I don't really understand the point of their tactics. It's not going to have an influence on the final vote.feedback

Feb 01 2017

Mrs. DeVos is the product of her experience. She appears to view education through the lens of her experience promoting alternatives to public education in Detroit and other cities.feedback

Jan 30 2017 - Iraq

The worldwide refugee ban set forth in the executive order is overly broad and implementing it will be immediately problematic.feedback

Jan 28 2017

What you can do is pair those higher deductible plans with a subsidized health savings account and that can be used to help pay for the deductible.feedback

Jan 27 2017

It's obvious we have an awful lot of work to be done.feedback

Jan 23 2017

We really don't know yet what the impact will be.feedback

Jan 13 2017

It suggests to me that Donald Trump wants advisers who will bring him different views. That would be very healthy. Or it could lead to confused messages both to our allies and our adversaries.feedback

Jan 05 2017 - Planned Parenthood

There's a group of House Republicans led by (Rep.) Charlie Dent (R-PA) who are opposed to the defunding of Planned Parenthood in the bill, and I hope they'll be successful in separating the two issues or knocking it out all together.feedback

Jan 05 2017

That's of concern to me as well, but I don't want to prejudge what's in the ... bill.feedback

Dec 15 2016

Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, many related to misuse or abuse of prescription opioids.feedback

Sep 13 2016

We have concerns about the impact this activity has had on our nation's senior population, especially those who do not conduct their financial business on the Internet.feedback

Aug 09 2016

With the passage of time, I have become increasingly dismayed by his constant stream of cruel comments and his inability to admit error or apologize". She supports neither party's nominee, though previously she's said she's open to voting for Hillary Clinton.feedback

Jun 21 2016

We believe that if you are too dangerous to fly on an airplane you are too dangerous to buy a gun.feedback

Jun 21 2016

I remain encouraged.feedback

Jun 17 2016 - Wiretapping

That would allow the FBI to put the individual under surveillance or take other appropriate action it deems necessary.feedback

May 11 2016

I think he has to show what kind of president that he would be. But I believe he can do that, so I am not one who has foreclosed the possibility of eventually supporting him. But I need to see more from him.feedback

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