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Department of Defense, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. McCONNELL. Before the Senator from Florida leaves the floor, I just wanted to commend him for his observations. I listened carefully to what the Senator from Florida had to say. It reminds me of the prediction many of us made when it was passed: It would be the single worst piece of legislation in modern times.

Everything the President predicted would happen has not happened. Premiums have gone up; jobs have been destroyed. The single biggest step in the direction of Europeanizing our country that we could possibly have taken we took with ObamaCare.

So I just wanted to commend the Senator from Florida for his comments. They are right on the mark.

I also want to thank Senator Cruz for offering this amendment. I offered it in the last Congress myself. There is no way to fix this thing, no way to fix it. It needs to be pulled out by its roots. The Senator from Florida pointed out it is also destroying jobs.

I was on a tele-townhall the other night. A restaurant manager called in and said exactly what the Senator from Florida just said, that they were moving to lower their employment and to have more part-time workers in order to try to deal with the impending ObamaCare explosion.

So I am sure the Senator from Florida is running into that in his State as well.

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Mr. McCONNELL. Well, the Senator from Florida may have mentioned that earlier in his remarks. But so far there are 20,000 new pages of regulations--so far--a stack this high.

This is absolutely indecipherable by very intelligent people, and they are just getting started.

I want to thank the Senator from Florida for his comments. I think they are right on the mark. This is a huge mistake for our country. Hopefully, someday, maybe even beginning with this amendment, we may begin to undo this massive mistake we made a few years ago.

Madam President, we have been saying for 3 years this bill will be too expensive; it won't do what it promised. Every day we are seeing further proof of that.

The Federal Reserve said it will cost jobs--the Federal Reserve not the RNC. We predicted that. Yesterday we had a glimpse of the application process for ObamaCare. It turns out applying for it will be as difficult as doing your taxes.

Today there is another AP story saying some folks will see their insurance bill double next year as a result of this law. As I indicated, so far there are 20,000 pages of regulations and many more are expected. This bill is an unmitigated disaster for our country, an absolute disaster.

I applaud Senator Cruz for offering this amendment. I strongly support his efforts. Not a single Member of my party in the House and the Senate voted for this bill in the first place. We need to get this bill off the books and straighten out our country. This would be a big step in the direction of achieving that.

I yield the floor.

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