The Senate Is Not In Session - Next Session Tuesday, October 23 At 4:30 PM
Senate Session - November 13, 2012

*Back in on TUESDAY, NOV. 13 at 2pm . *After leader speeches, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S 3525 , the sportsmens bill, sponsored by Sen. Jon Tester, D-M

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  • 02:00:59 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    BLESS THE SENATORS WHO ARE PREPARING TO LEAVE AND THOSE WHO ARE COMING. AS…

    BLESS THE SENATORS WHO ARE PREPARING TO LEAVE AND THOSE WHO ARE COMING. AS WE TURN TO A NEW CHAPTER IN OUR NATION'S HISTORY, WE ASK FOR

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  • 02:01:07 PM

    THE CHAPLAIN

    A NEW CHAPTER IN OUR NATION'S HISTORY, WE ASK FOR YOUR GUIDANCE. WE NEED…

    A NEW CHAPTER IN OUR NATION'S HISTORY, WE ASK FOR YOUR GUIDANCE. WE NEED YOU TO GUIDE US THROUGH THE THROUGH THE LABYRINTHINE SEASONS OF HISTORY, FOR WE ARE WEAK BUT YOU ARE MIGHTY. LORD, GUIDE US WITH YOUR FAITHFUL HANDS, BECOMING FOR THIS GREAT LAND OUR STRENGTH AND SHIELD. STRENGTHEN OUR WEAKNESS, COMFORT US IN TROUBLE AND DISTRESS, AND EMPOWER US TO FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT OF FAITH. WE PRAY IN THE NAME OF HIM WHO IS THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE. AMEN.

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  • 02:02:42 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE CLERK WILL READ A COMMUNICATION TO THE SENATE.

  • 02:03:05 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    TEMPORE.

  • 02:03:08 PM

    THE CLERK

  • 02:03:32 PM

    MR. REID

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 02:04:11 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    OUR COMMON PURPOSE. WE ALL AGREE, I HOPE, THAT TODAY

  • 02:04:17 PM

    MR. REID

    THE REPUBLICAN LEADER. MR. COMUNS I WANT TO --

  • 02:09:54 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    YOUR ENERGY AND YOUR ENTHUSIASM. AND WE WISH YOU EVERY SCHEDULE IN YOUR…

    YOUR ENERGY AND YOUR ENTHUSIASM. AND WE WISH YOU EVERY SCHEDULE IN YOUR TIME HERE. MR.

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  • 02:10:02 PM

    MR. MCINNIS

    TO CONGRATULATE THE PRESIDENT AND THE VICE PRESIDENT ON THEIR HARD-FOUGHT…

    TO CONGRATULATE THE PRESIDENT AND THE VICE PRESIDENT ON THEIR HARD-FOUGHT VICTORY LAST WEEK, AND I'D LIKE TO SAY A BRIEF WORD OF THANKS TO OUR OWN NOMINEES AS WELL, GOVERNOR ROMNEY AND CONGRESSMAN RYAN. THEY MAY NOT HAVE WON THE RACE, BUT THEY EARNED OUR RESPECT AND ADMIRATION IN

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  • 02:10:22 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    UNDER THE PREVIOUS ORDER, THE LEADERSHIP TIME IS RESERVED.

  • 02:25:58 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    SINCE THE ELECTION. SEEMS LIKE A LOT LONGER. MAYBE IT'S BECAUSE THE…

    SINCE THE ELECTION. SEEMS LIKE A LOT LONGER. MAYBE IT'S BECAUSE THE ELECTION CAMPAIGN ITSELF FELT SO LONG. BUT SEVEN DAYS SINCE

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  • 02:26:05 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WENT OUT AND VOTED.

  • 02:26:07 PM

    MR. DURBIN

    AND VOTED. AND I HAVE TO SAY THIS, IT WAS NOT JUST BECAUSE

  • 02:26:09 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    AND I HAVE TO SAY THIS, IT WAS NOT JUST BECAUSE

  • 02:26:11 PM

    MR. DURBIN

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 02:33:56 PM

    MR. DURBIN

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 02:45:19 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE YEAR WAS 1911. I DON'T KNOW HOW MY GRANDMOTHER MANAGED

  • 02:45:24 PM

    MR. DURBIN

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE MOTION.

  • 02:56:39 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE COMMITTEE IS DISCHARGED AND THE SENATE WILL PROCEED…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE COMMITTEE IS DISCHARGED AND THE SENATE WILL PROCEED TO THE MEASURE.

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  • 02:56:47 PM

    THE CLERK

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 02:57:00 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    OF THE SENATE. IT HAS THE APPROVAL OF THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS. I…

    OF THE SENATE. IT HAS THE APPROVAL OF THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THIS REQUEST BE AGREED TO AND PRINTED IN THE RECORD. THE PRESIDING

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  • 02:57:05 PM

    MR. DURBIN

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. A SENATOR: MR. PRESIDENT?

  • 02:57:17 PM

    MR. DURBIN

    ARKANSAS.

  • 02:57:27 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    ON OUR BEHALF DAY IN AND DAY OUT SO WE CAN LIVE IN A SAFE ENVIRONMENT HERE…

    ON OUR BEHALF DAY IN AND DAY OUT SO WE CAN LIVE IN A SAFE ENVIRONMENT HERE AT HOME. OUR SERVICE MEMBERS ARE WELL AWARE OF THE

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  • 02:57:32 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    MEMBERS ARE WELL AWARE OF THE RISKS THAT THEY FACE AS THEY SERVE THIS…

    MEMBERS ARE WELL AWARE OF THE RISKS THAT THEY FACE AS THEY SERVE THIS NATION. AND IT IS OUR DUTY TO DO ALL THAT WE CAN TO HONOR THOSE WHO FIGHT AND PAY THE

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  • 02:57:39 PM

    MR. BOOZMAN

    THE SENATOR FROM KANSAS.

  • 02:59:47 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    SOLDIER AND MANY OTHERS WHO MADE SUCH A TREMENDOUS SACRIFICE AND HAVE…

    SOLDIER AND MANY OTHERS WHO MADE SUCH A TREMENDOUS SACRIFICE AND HAVE CREATED SUCH OPPORTUNITIES

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  • 02:59:52 PM

    MR. MORAN

    AND HAVE CREATED SUCH OPPORTUNITIES FOR US AS AMERICANS. MR. PRESIDENT,

  • 02:59:56 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    AMERICANS. MR. PRESIDENT, WE JUST HAVE COME THROUGH

  • 02:59:58 PM

    MR. MORAN

    THE CLERK WILL CALL THE ROLL. QUORUM CALL: QUORUM CALL:

  • 03:10:20 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    QUORUM CALL:

  • 03:10:39 PM

    Quorum Call

  • 03:54:26 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WE'VE COME BACK HERE FROM A FEW TURBULENT WEEKS AND NOT

  • 03:54:29 PM

    MR. LAUTENBERG

    FROM A FEW TURBULENT WEEKS AND NOT THE LEAST OF WHICH IS THE CONTINUATION…

    FROM A FEW TURBULENT WEEKS AND NOT THE LEAST OF WHICH IS THE CONTINUATION OF PRESIDENT OBAMA AND HIS --

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  • 03:54:32 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    LEAST OF WHICH IS THE CONTINUATION OF PRESIDENT OBAMA AND HIS --

  • 03:54:34 PM

    MR. LAUTENBERG

    IS THE CONTINUATION OF PRESIDENT OBAMA AND HIS --

  • 03:54:37 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR FROM FLORIDA.

  • 04:08:08 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    OUR LIFESTYLE FROM FLORIDA, BUT WHEN YOU COMBINE A HURRICANE

  • 04:08:11 PM

    MR. NELSON

    IF I MAY RESPOND, MR. PRESIDENT?

  • 04:11:02 PM

    MR. LAUTENBERG

    WHERE VOLCANOES CAN DESTROY AN ECONOMY. EARTHQUAKES,

  • 04:11:06 PM

    MR. LAUTENBERG

    ECONOMY. EARTHQUAKES, WHERE WE HAD THE KATRINA CATASTROPHE IN THE SOUTHERN…

    ECONOMY. EARTHQUAKES, WHERE WE HAD THE KATRINA CATASTROPHE IN THE SOUTHERN STATES. AND IT'S ABOUT TIME, WOULD THE SENATOR AGREE WITH ME, THAT WE LOOK AT WHAT IT IS THAT'S CREATING THE FREQUENCY AND FEROCITY OF THESE STORMS? THEY'RE ACCELERATED IN ALMOST GEOMETRIC TERMS. THIS IS A GOOD REMINDER, HEY, GET OFF THE STICK, GET ON THE JOB. AND I COMMEND THE SENATOR FROM FLORIDA FOR HIS SPLENDID VICTORY. WE KNEW YOU WERE COMING HOME. WE JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE YOU HAD A NICE RECEPTION.

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  • 04:12:10 PM

    MR. NELSON

    OF COURSE I WOULD YIELD.

  • 04:18:07 PM

    MR. NELSON

    SUPPRESSION. VERMONT, WE PRIDE OUR ABILITY TO VOTE. WE HAVE TOWN

  • 04:18:09 PM

    MR. LEAHY

    VOTE. WE HAVE TOWN MEETING DAY. WE HAVE -- I THINK WE HAD 65% OR 70%…

    VOTE. WE HAVE TOWN MEETING DAY. WE HAVE -- I THINK WE HAD 65% OR 70% TURNOUT THIS TIME. WE EXPECT PEOPLE TO BE ABLE TO VOTE. AND THE DISTINGUISHED SENATOR HAS REFERRED TO THE CIVIL RIGHTS ERA. DO WE REALLY IN THIS GREAT COUNTRY, A SIGNAL TO DEMOCRACY TO SO MUCH OF THE REST OF THE WORLD, WANT TO GO BACK THERE? I'M SURE THE DISTINGUISHED SENATOR HAS, LIKE I HAVE, HAD THE HONOR OF BEING AN OBSERVER OF ELECTIONS IN OTHER COUNTRIES WHERE FINALLY A COUNTRY THAT'S OVERCOME A DICTATORSHIP OR OVERCOME A CIVIL WAR, THEY FINALLY CAN VOTE, AND THE PEOPLE ARE LINING UP, SAYING THANK GOD WE HAVE A CHANCE TO VOTE AND IT'S OPEN FOR THE FIRST TIME AND THEY SAY YOU AMERICANS WOULD NEVER HAVE TO EXPERIENCE THIS. I DON'T WANT TO GO TO THESE COUNTRIES THAT WE ASK TO COME INTO THE FOLD OF DEMOCRACIES AND ASK THEM TO HAVE FREE AND OPEN VOTING AND HAVE THEM SAY THOSE WHO DON'T WANT FREE AND OPEN VOTING, SAY WELL WHAT ABOUT WHAT YOU HAVE DONE AND THEN NAMING SEVERAL STATES. THIS IS NOT A DEMOCRATIC OR A REPUBLICAN ISSUE. THIS IS AN AMERICAN ISSUE. WE FOUGHT A REVOLUTION. WE HAVE FOUGHT WORLD WARS. WE HAVE WORKED TO MAKE THIS COUNTRY OF OVER 300 MILLION PEOPLE GREAT BECAUSE EVERYBODY'S VOICE IS SUPPOSED TO BE HEARD. I THINK IT IS SHAMEFUL AND I THINK IT IS ILLEGAL, THOSE WHO TRY TO STOP IT. THEY SHOULD BE EXPOSED. THEY SHOULD BE PUNISHED. I DON'T CARE IF IT'S A REPUBLICAN OR A DEMOCRAT OR INDEPENDENT VOTING, THEY SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE. IF WE LOSE THAT RIGHT, WE LOSE OUR SOUL AS AMERICANS. SO I -- I THANK THE DISTINGUISHED SENATOR FOR BRINGING THIS UP.

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  • 04:20:31 PM

    MR. NELSON

    SUPREME COURT 5-4 DECISION, AND WE CAN STATUTORILY. WE ALMOST DID AND…

    SUPREME COURT 5-4 DECISION, AND WE CAN STATUTORILY. WE ALMOST DID AND LACKED ONE VOTE, BREAKING THE FILIBUSTER THREE YEARS AGO, BECAUSE IT WOULD REQUIRE THE DISCLOSURE OF THOSE CORPORATIONS GIVING THE MONEY, AND IF THE PUBLIC KNEW WHO WAS GIVING THE MONEY, THEN THEY ARE GOING TO BE VERY RELUCTANT, WHEREAS UNDER THE GUISE, THE MASK OF SECRECY, THEY CAN GIVE MONEY AND TRY TO INFLUENCE THE OUTCOME OF ELECTION LIKE THEY TRIED THIS YEAR. WELL, IT'S GONE OUT OF CONTROL, AND I KNOW THE CHAIRMAN IS GOING TO BE AT THE POINT OF THE SPEAR ON TRYING TO PASS THE DISCLOSE ACT.

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  • 04:21:52 PM

    MR. LEAHY

    PAST RECESS, I WAS IN JUST ABOUT EVERY PART OF VERMONT. I AM STOPPED TIME…

    PAST RECESS, I WAS IN JUST ABOUT EVERY PART OF VERMONT. I AM STOPPED TIME AND TIME AGAIN BY VERMONT FARMERS WHO ASK WHY CONGRESS LEFT TOWN WITHOUT PASSING A FARM BILL. THEY KNEW WE PASSED IT HERE IN THE SENATE BUT WHY HADN'T IT FINISHED? AND LIKE MY FELLOW VERMONTERS, I HAVE BEEN -- I HAVE BEEN FRUSTRATED BY THE REFUSAL OF THE LEADERSHIP OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO CONSIDER THE LEGISLATION SENT TO THEM BY THE SENATE TO EXTEND THE FARM BILL. IN FACT, THEY HAVE BLOCKED CONSIDERATION OF A BIPARTISAN FARM BILL, ONE THAT MIRRORS THE LEGISLATION PASSED IN THEIR OWN BODY BY THE HOUSE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE. NOW, MR. PRESIDENT, I HAVE BEEN HERE NEARLY 38 YEARS. I HAVE SERVED ON THE SENATE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE ALL THAT TIME. I HAVE NEVER SEEN A CASE WHERE THE HOUSE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE, WHETHER IT IS LED BY DEMOCRATS OR BY REPUBLICANS, I HAVE NEVER SEEN AN OCCASION WHERE THEY HAVE PASSED A BIPARTISAN FARM BILL ONLY TO SEE IT BLOCKED FROM A FINAL VOTE BY ITS OWN LEADERSHIP. THE SENATE HAS DONE ITS WOR BUT AS A RESULT OF THE HOUSE'S INACTION FOR THE FIRST TIME THAT ANYBODY AT ALL CAN REMEMBER, IN EITHER BODY, THE FARM BILL HAS EXPIRED. NOW, THIS IS DANGEROUS FOR DAIRY FARMERS IN VERMONT BUT ALSO ACROSS THE COUNTRY. IT ALSO DELAYS -- WITH THIS DELAY, IT THREATENS OUR RURAL COMMUNITIES. AND WE ALL HAVE RURAL COMMUNITIES IN OUR STATE. THE FARMERS WHO NOT ONLY NEED BUT ALSO DESERVE THE CERTAINTY THAT A FIVE-YEAR FARM BILL PROVIDES. WE PASS IT IN FIVE-YEAR SEGMENTS SO THAT FARMERS WILL HAVE TO PLAN WAY IN THE FUTURE KNOW HOW TO PLAN. AND YOU CAN'T SAY WELL, WAIT A MINUTE, PUT YOUR FARMING ON HOLD WHILE WE TRY TO GET OUR ACT TOGETHER HERE. DON'T MILK THOSE COWS FOR A FEW MONTHS WHILE WE FIGURE OUT WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO. OR DON'T PLANT THAT GROUND, DON'T HARVEST THAT CROP WHILE WE'RE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT TO DO. IT DOESN'T WORK THAT WAY. THE FARMERS ALREADY CONFRONT UNCERTAINTY ENOUGH IN RUNNING THEIR BUSINESS. IF YOU LET FARM PROGRAMS EXPIRE WITHOUT ENACTING A NEW FARM BILL, IT NEED NEEDLESSLY COMPOUNDS THAT UNCERTAINTY AND IT IS IRRESPONSIBLE. DECISIONS MUST BE MADE TODAY THAT DETERMINES WHAT IS GOING TO BE PLANTED NEXT SPRING, BUT NOW THEY HAVE TO MAKE THAT WITHOUT ANY GUIDANCE OF WHAT MIGHT BE IN THE FARM BILL. ESSENTIAL NUTRITION PROGRAMS OF THE FARM BILL PROVIDE HEALTHY FOOD FOR VULNERABLE POPULATIONS SUCH AS CHILDREN OR PREGNANT OR NURSING WOMEN. VERMONTERS ARE ALSO -- VERMONTERS AND ALSO TENS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY DEPEND PHENOMENA THESE PROGRAMS AND ARE STRUGGLING TO PUT ENOUGH FOOD ON THEIR TABLE DURING THESE VERY TOUGH ECONOMIC TIMES. SOME OF THESE PROGRAM BENEFITS WILL CONTINUE, BUT SUCH A TENUOUS POSITION, HOW DOES A STATE PLAN, HOW DOES A COMMUNITY PLAN, HOW DOES A CIVIL PROGRAM PLAN? SO WE NEED THE HOUSE LEADERSHIP TO ALLOW THE FARM BILL TO PROCEED SO WE CAN MOVE THIS COUNTRY FORWARD AND GIVE FARMERS A CERTAINTY AND VULNERABLE CITIZENS THE SECURITY THEY DESERVE. THE SENATE FARM BILL IS A GOOD BIPARTISAN BILL. MORE THAN THAT, IT'S A DEFICIT REDUCTION BILL. IT HAS $23 BILLION IN COST SAVINGS. IT HAS CRUCIAL POLICY AS IT RELATES TO DAIRY FARMERS SO THEY CAN FACE THE CHALLENGES OF THE 21st CENTURY. IT ALSO MAINTAINS A SAFETY NET FOR MILLIONS OF HUNGRY AMERICANS. WHEN THE WEALTHIEST, MOST POWERFUL NATION ON EARTH, PEOPLE GOING HUNGRY, THE NATION WILL SPEND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS ON BAD DIET PROGRAMS OR BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO DISPOSE OF WASTE FOOD. WE SHOULDN'T HAVE HUNGRY PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY. BUT I ALSO POINT OUT THAT THE FARM BILL HAS ALWAYS BEEN BIPARTISAN. I REMEMBER THE HARD WORK AND MUTUAL RESPECT, THE SPIRIT OF COOPERATION THAT SENATOR DICK LUGAR AND I SHARED WHEN WE WORKED TOGETHER AS AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER. WE PUT AMERICAN FARMERS AND FAMILIES FIRST AND POLITICS LAST. MY GOOD FRIEND FROM INDIANA AND I WERE ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH AMAZING THINGS TOGETHER. OBVIOUSLY, WE HAD SOME DIFFERENCES OF OPINION AS MEMBERS OF DIFFERENT REGIONS AND DIFFERENT PARTIES DO, BUT WE KNEW WE HAD TO WORK TOGETHER, AND WE DID, AND AMERICA BENEFIT INTERESTED THAT. CERTAINLY OUR FARMERS DID. THE NEED TO WORK TOGETHER IS JUST AS TRUE TODAY, AND IT'S GOING TO TAKE REAL LEADERSHIP IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE TO PASS A FARM BILL. NOW, WE HAVE SEEN ON THE LEADERSHIP AND BIPARTISANSHIP HERE IN THE SENATE. HAVING SERVED AS FAIRM FOR EIGHT YEARS OF THE SENATE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE, I CAN SAY WITHOUT ANY DOUBT AT ALL THAT CHAIRWOMAN DEBBIE STABENOW HAS BEEN ONE OF THE FINEST CHAIRS WE HAVE HAD OF THAT COMMITTEE, AND I HAVE WATCHED HOW HARD SHE HAS WORKED, HOW HARD THE RANKING REPUBLICAN PAT ROBERTS HAS WORKED. HE HAS BROUGHT HIS TREMENDOUS EXPERIENCE AND KNOWLEDGE THROUGH HIS TIME AS CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE. IN FACT, MR. PRESIDENT, IN THE DEBATE OVER THAT, AND I COMMEND SENATOR STABENOW IN THIS, SITTING AROUND THAT TABLE, WE HAD SEVERAL PEOPLE AT THAT TABLE WHO HAD BEEN CHAIRMAN OR RANKING MEMBERS OF THE SENATE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE OR THE HOUSE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE. BOTH REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS. IN FACT, ONE WHO HAD BEEN THE REPUBLICAN SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE. AND WE ALL SAID, YOU KNOW, WE CAN PLAY GAMES, WE CAN TALK, WE CAN POSTURE, WE CAN SLOGANEER OR WE CAN SIT DOWN LIKE GROWN-UPS AND PUT TOGETHER A REAL FARM BILL. IT TOOK A NANOSECOND TO DECIDE WE'RE GOING TO BE GROWN-UPS AND PUT TOGETHER A REAL FARM BILL, AND REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS SAT DOWN. WE WROTE A DEFICIT-REDUCING, MEANINGFUL FARM BILL, AND IT PASSED IN A SENATE WHICH IS OFTEN DEADLOCKED, IT PASSED BY 64-35 MARGIN. I MEAN, IT WAS OVERWHELMING FROM ALL PARTS OF THE COUNTRY AND ACROSS THE POLITICAL SPECTRUM. I MENTION SENATOR JOHANNS WHO IS ON THE COMMITTEE. HE WAS A FORMER SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE DURING THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION. HE HELPED US WRITE IT INITIALLY, HOW BIPARTISAN THE APPROACH REAUTHORIZING THE FARM BILL WAS HERE IN THE SENATE. WE DID NOT LET POLITICAL LABELS GET IN THE WAY OF WHAT WAS BEST FOR THE COUNTRY. NOW, THE ELECTIONS ARE OVER. WE KNOW WHO HAS WON OR LOST. SO I WOULD HOPE THAT OUR FRIENDS IN THE OTHER BODY AND THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WOULD SET ASIDE THEIR OBSTRUCTIONISM AND PASS THIS BILL. I'M PLEASED BY THE FACT THAT OUR STATE'S OWN CONGRESSMAN, PETER WELCH, IS A MEMBER OF THAT COMMITTEE. HE HAS BEEN URGING BOTH REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS TO PASS THE BILL, AND I AGREE WITH HIM. BECAUSE THE BILL THAT DIRECTLY AFFECTS EVERY FARM FAMILY'S BUDGET, TELLS WHICH CROPS TO PLANT, WHERE TO SELL, HOW MUCH TO BORROW. IT ALLOWS FARMERS TO MAKE THOSE DECISIONS WHICH ARE HARD ENOUGH TO MAKE ANYWAY, BUT AT LEAST TO MAKE THEM WITH SOME KIND OF CERTAINTY OF WHAT THE LAW IS GOING TO BE AFTER THEY MAKE THEM. THE FARM BILL AFFECTS VERMONTERS AND AMERICANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHO ARE FOOD INSECURE AND FACE UNUNCERTAINTY IN THESE DIFFICULT TIMES. ONE OF THE THINGS PEOPLE LOSE SIGHT OF, MR. PRESIDENT, THAT THE FARM BILL IS ALSO A DISASTER RELIEF BILL. WE NEED THE NEW FARM BILL TO HELP FARMERS IN THE GARDEN STATE, AND ACROSS THE ENTIRE NATION TO RECOVER FROM THE NONSTOP FLOODS OF 2012. WE NEED IT TO HELP THOSE ACROSS THE NATION WHO ARE STRUCK ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE SPECTRUM OF WEATHER WITH DROUGHT. THAT'S ALL IN THIS BILL. BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT AS MUCH AS WE WISH THERE WOULD NEVER BE FLOODS, AS MUCH AS WE WISH THERE WOULD NEVER BE DROWDZ DROWTSZ, THEY -- DROUGHTS, THEY COMUR. WE'VE WRITTEN THAT INTO THIS BILL. WHY IN HEAVEN'S NAME WOULD ANYONE ANYBODY FROM ANY PART OF THE COUNTRY, WE'RE ALL VULNERABLE FROM AT ONE TIME OR ANOTHER, WHY WOULD YOU HOLD IT UP.

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  • 04:31:39 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 04:33:44 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    A QUORUM CALL: QUORUM CALL:

  • 04:33:46 PM

    MR. LEAHY

    A QUORUM CALL: QUORUM CALL:

  • 04:33:48 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    A QUORUM CALL: QUORUM CALL:

  • 04:34:06 PM

    Quorum Call

  • 05:10:44 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    SPORTSMEN'S CAUCUS, I MAUDE IT MY GOAL TO DO SOMETHING SIGNIFICANT,…

    SPORTSMEN'S CAUCUS, I MAUDE IT MY GOAL TO DO SOMETHING SIGNIFICANT, SOMETHING HISTORIC, SOMETHING RESPONSIBLE

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  • 05:10:47 PM

    MR. TESTER

    SOMETHING HISTORIC, SOMETHING RESPONSIBLE THAT WILL HELP THIS COUNTRY'S…

    SOMETHING HISTORIC, SOMETHING RESPONSIBLE THAT WILL HELP THIS COUNTRY'S HUNTERS AND ANGLERS. MR.

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  • 05:10:51 PM

    MR. TESTER

    THE CLERK WILL CALL THE ROLL. QUORUM CALL: QUORUM CALL:

  • 05:16:03 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    QUORUM CALL:

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    Quorum Call

  • 05:30:41 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    SECOND? THERE APPEARS TO BE A SUFFICIENT SECOND. THE CLERK WILL CALL THE…

    SECOND? THERE APPEARS TO BE A SUFFICIENT SECOND. THE CLERK WILL CALL THE ROLL. VOTE: VOTE: 123450 VOTE: VOTE:

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  • 05:31:12 PM

    Senate Vote 201 - On the Motion to Proceed (Motion to Proceed to S3525)

    Sportsmen's Act of 2012

    Motion to Proceed Agreed to (92 - 5)
  • 06:07:20 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    COME TO ORDER. PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE WELL. MR.

  • 06:07:33 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE MAJORITY LEADER.

  • 06:07:36 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    SENATOR TESTER, I HAVE A SUBSTITUTE AMENDMENT WHICH IS AT THE DESK. MR.…

    SENATOR TESTER, I HAVE A SUBSTITUTE AMENDMENT WHICH IS AT THE DESK. MR. PRESIDENT?

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  • 06:07:56 PM

    MR. REID

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE MAJORITY LEADER.

  • 06:08:07 PM

    MR. REID

    MR. PRESIDENT, THE BILL HAS NOT BEEN REPORTED, IS THAT RIGHT?

  • 06:08:11 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    SENATOR IS CORRECT.

  • 06:08:25 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    NAYS. OH, I'M

  • 06:08:28 PM

    MR. REID

    NAYS. OH, I'M

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    NAYS. OH, I'M

  • 06:08:35 PM

    THE CLERK

    NAYS. OH, I'M SORRY, MR. PRESIDENT. I DIDN'T REALIZE THE BILL HADN'T BEEN…

    NAYS. OH, I'M SORRY, MR. PRESIDENT. I DIDN'T REALIZE THE BILL HADN'T BEEN RECORD. MR. PRESIDENT, ON BEHALF OF SENATOR TEST, I HAVE A SUBSTITUTE AMENDMENT WHICH IS AT THE DESK. THE PRESIDING

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  • 06:08:43 PM

    MR. REID

    REID: OKAY, NOW I WANT TO SAY SOMETHING. OKAY?

  • 06:09:06 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    I'M GOING TO GO AHEAD AND I'M GOING TO FILL THE TREE, AND I'M SURE

  • 06:09:09 PM

    MR. REID

    THE SENATOR FROM NEVADA, MR. REID, FOR MR. TESTER, PROPOSES AMENDMENT…

    THE SENATOR FROM NEVADA, MR. REID, FOR MR. TESTER, PROPOSES AMENDMENT NUMBERED 2875.

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  • 06:10:08 PM

    THE CLERK

    THE SENATOR FROM NEVADA, MR. REID, PROPOSES AMENDMENT NUMBERED 2876 TO…

    THE SENATOR FROM NEVADA, MR. REID, PROPOSES AMENDMENT NUMBERED 2876 TO AMENDMENT NUMBERED 2875.

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  • 06:10:15 PM

    MR. REID

    NUMBERED 2875.

  • 06:10:17 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    IS THERE A SUFFICIENT SECOND? THERE APPEARS TO BE. THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE…

    IS THERE A SUFFICIENT SECOND? THERE APPEARS TO BE. THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED.

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  • 06:10:26 PM

    MR. REID

    AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT.

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    THE CLERK

    MR. REID, PROPOSES AN AMENDMENT NUMBERED 2877 TO AMENDMENT NUMBERED 2876.

  • 06:10:37 PM

    MR. REID

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK TO THE LANGUAGE THAT IS PROPOSED TO BE…

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK TO THE LANGUAGE THAT IS PROPOSED TO BE STRICKEN.

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  • 06:10:39 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT.

  • 06:10:45 PM

    MR. REID

    REID, PROPOSES AMENDMENT NUMBERED 2878 TO THE LANGUAGE PROPOSED

  • 06:10:49 PM

    THE CLERK

    I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS ON THAT AMENDMENT.

  • 06:10:58 PM

    MR. REID

    BE. THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT.

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    THE CLERK

    THE SENATOR FROM NEVADA, MR. REID, PROPOSES AMENDMENT NUMBERED 2879 TO…

    THE SENATOR FROM NEVADA, MR. REID, PROPOSES AMENDMENT NUMBERED 2879 TO AMENDMENT NUMBERED 2878.

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  • 06:11:13 PM

    MR. REID

    BILL WITH INSTRUCTIONS.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    REPORT.

  • 06:11:21 PM

    MR. REID

    S.

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    THE CLERK

    S. 3525 TO THE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY WITH INSTRUCTIONS TO REPORT BACK THE…

    S. 3525 TO THE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY WITH INSTRUCTIONS TO REPORT BACK THE FOLLOWING AMENDMENT, NUMBER 2880.

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  • 06:11:32 PM

    MR. REID

    TO REPORT BACK THE FOLLOWING AMENDMENT, NUMBER 2880.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    AMENDMENT, NUMBER 2880.

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    THE CLERK

    I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS ON THAT MOTION.

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    MR. REID

    TO COMMIT S. 3525.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS ON THAT AMENDMENT.

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    MR. REID

    THERE APPEARS TO BE. THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    I HAVE A SECOND-DEGREE AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CLERK

    THE SENATOR FROM NEVADA, MR. REID, PROPOSES AMENDMENT NUMBERED 2882 TO…

    THE SENATOR FROM NEVADA, MR. REID, PROPOSES AMENDMENT NUMBERED 2882 TO AMENDMENT NUMBERED 2881.

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  • 06:12:24 PM

    MR. REID

    AT THE DESK.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT.

  • 06:12:31 PM

    MR. REID

    THE PROVISIONS OF RULE 22 OF THE STANDING RULES OF THE SENATE, HEREBY MOVE…

    THE PROVISIONS OF RULE 22 OF THE STANDING RULES OF THE SENATE, HEREBY MOVE TO BRING TO

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  • 06:12:33 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    HEREBY MOVE TO BRING TO A CLOSE, THE DEBATE ON S.

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    THE CLERK

    A CLOSE, THE DEBATE ON S. 3525, A BILL TO PROTECT AND ENHANCE…

    A CLOSE, THE DEBATE ON S. 3525, A BILL TO PROTECT AND ENHANCE OPPORTUNITIES FOR RECREATIONAL HUNTING, FISHING AND SHOOTING AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 06:12:42 PM

    MR. REID

    SHOOTING AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. SIGNED BY 17 SENATORS AS FOLLOWED: REID…

    SHOOTING AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. SIGNED BY 17 SENATORS AS FOLLOWED: REID OF NEVADA, TESTER,

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  • 06:12:46 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    FOLLOWED: REID OF NEVADA, TESTER, CONRAD, MANSION, BINGAMAN, ROCKEFELLER,…

    FOLLOWED: REID OF NEVADA, TESTER, CONRAD, MANSION, BINGAMAN, ROCKEFELLER, CARDIN, NELSON

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  • 06:12:48 PM

    THE CLERK

    I ASK CONSENT THAT THE MANDATORY QUORUM REQUIRE UNDER RULE 22 BE WAIVED.

  • 06:13:26 PM

    MR. REID

    APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2013 FOR MILITARY ACTIVITIES OF THE…

    APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2013 FOR MILITARY ACTIVITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, FOR MILITARY

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  • 06:13:31 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    DEFENSE, FOR MILITARY CONSTRUCTION AND FOR DEFENSE ACTIVITIES OF THE…

    DEFENSE, FOR MILITARY CONSTRUCTION AND FOR DEFENSE ACTIVITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT

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  • 06:13:34 PM

    MR. REID

    OF ENERGY TO PROSCRIBE MILITARY PERSONNEL STRENGTHS FOR SUCH FISCAL YEAR…

    OF ENERGY TO PROSCRIBE MILITARY PERSONNEL STRENGTHS FOR SUCH FISCAL YEAR AND FOR OTHER

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  • 06:13:36 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    TO PROSCRIBE MILITARY PERSONNEL STRENGTHS FOR SUCH FISCAL YEAR AND FOR…

    TO PROSCRIBE MILITARY PERSONNEL STRENGTHS FOR SUCH FISCAL YEAR AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 06:13:40 PM

    THE CLERK

    MR. PRESIDENT?

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    VOTE FOR THAT BILL, EITHER FOR OR AGAINST IT.

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    MR. REID

    THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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    MR. REID

    AGO. ABC NEWS THEY BELIEVE -- THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES BELIEVES…

    AGO. ABC NEWS THEY BELIEVE -- THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES BELIEVES THE CYBERSECURITY BILL IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS FACING THIS COUNTRY NOW -- NOT NEXT CONGRESS, NOW. I A SAID ON A NUMBER OF OCCASIONS, THE PENTAGON, THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY BELIEVE THAT THIS LEGISLATION IS VITALLY TO THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF OUR COUNTRY. SO BEFORE THANKSGIVING, WE'RE GOING TO FINISH THE SPORTS MEN'S BILL, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE -- THE REPUBLICANS NEED TO KILL THE CYBERSECURITY BILL. THEY'VE BEEN FOLLOWING THE LEAD OF THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, WHICH IS AN ARM OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY ANYMORE. IT IS JUST A FRONT FOR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. THEY SPEND HUGE AMOUNTS OF MONEY THAT THEY GET FROM UNKNOWN SOURCES TO DEFEAT DEMOCRATS. THEY WASTED THEIR MONEY THIS TIME, BUT THAT'S THE WAY IT IS. THEY ARE OPPOSING THIS BILL FOR NOT ANY LOGICAL REASON. THEN WE -- SENATOR LEVIN AND McCAIN HAVE ASKED TO GO TO DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION. I THINK IF THIS BILL IS AS IMPORTANT AS THEY SAY IT IS -- AND THEY SAY IT IS IMPORTANT; I KNOW HOW SENATOR LEVIN AND SENATOR McCAIN FEEL ABOUT IT -- LOOKS LIKE THEY WOULD CLEAR AWAY SOME OF THIS STUFF THAT'S GETTING IN THE WAY. BUT THAT'S WHERE WE ARE. I THINK IT IS RELIGIONLY A BRIDGE TOO FAR TO COMPLETE THE DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL BEFORE WE LEAVE BUT WE NEED TO GET ON THIS BILL. WE'RE NOT GOING TO STALL AROUND ON THIS AND SPEND WEEKS ON THE DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL. I HAVE TOLD THE TWO MANAGERS OF THAT BILL, SENATOR McCAIN AND LEVIN, THAT THAT'S THE CASE. SO HAVING SAID THAT, THAT'S WHAT WE HAVE TO DO BEFORE THANKSGIVING. I WOULD LIKE TO BE ABLE TO GET OUT OF HERE SO WE COULD GO HOME TO OUR STATES, TO OUR FAMILIES FOR THANKSGIVING EARLY, BUT IF WE HAVE TO STAY HERE UNTIL THE DAY BEFORE THANKSGIVING, WE'RE GOING TO DO T IT.

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  • 06:17:41 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR FROM COLORADO.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    AND I WAS GLAD TO SEE IT CLEAR ANOTHER PROCEDURAL HURDLE JUST A SHORT TIME…

    AND I WAS GLAD TO SEE IT CLEAR ANOTHER PROCEDURAL HURDLE JUST A SHORT TIME AGO, AND AS THE MAJORITY LEADER DID, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO GIVE IT FINAL APPROVAL JUST

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  • 06:18:19 PM

    MR. UDALL

    SHORT TIME AGO, AND AS THE MAJORITY LEADER DID, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO…

    SHORT TIME AGO, AND AS THE MAJORITY LEADER DID, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO GIVE IT FINAL APPROVAL JUST

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  • 06:18:21 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    MAJORITY LEADER DID, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO GIVE IT FINAL APPROVAL JUST

  • 06:18:25 PM

    MR. UDALL

    THE CLERK WILL CALL THE ROLL. QUORUM CALL: QUORUM CALL:

  • 06:22:15 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    QUORUM CALL:

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    Quorum Call

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    >>

    THE SENATOR FROM COLORADO.

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    Quorum Call

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    BEFORE THE SENATE A MESSAGE FROM THE HOUSE WITH RESPECT TO S.

  • 06:53:08 PM

    MR. UDALL

    RESPECT TO S. 743.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT.

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    MR. UDALL

    WILL REPORT.

  • 06:53:16 PM

    MR. UDALL

    SENATE, S. 743, ENTITLED AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 43 OF TITLE 25 UNITED…

    SENATE, S. 743, ENTITLED AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 43 OF TITLE 25 UNITED STATES CODE DO PASS WITH AN AMENDMENT.

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  • 06:53:23 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    AN AMENDMENT.

  • 06:53:25 PM

    MR. UDALL

    AMENDMENT.

  • 06:53:31 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITH NO INTERVENING ACTION OR DEBATE AND ANY STATEMENTS RELATING TO THE…

    WITH NO INTERVENING ACTION OR DEBATE AND ANY STATEMENTS RELATING TO THE MATTER BE PLACED IN THE RECORD AS IF READ.

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  • 06:53:34 PM

    THE CLERK

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 06:53:46 PM

    MR. UDALL

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT.

  • 06:53:57 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE SENATE WILL PROCEED TO THE MEASURE.

  • 06:54:01 PM

    MR. UDALL

    PRESIDING OFFICER: WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE SENATE WILL PROCEED TO THE…

    PRESIDING OFFICER: WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE SENATE WILL PROCEED TO THE MEASURE.

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  • 06:54:08 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 06:54:12 PM

    THE CLERK

    OBJECTION.

  • 06:54:21 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER NOVEMBER 14, 2012. THAT FOLLOWING THE PRAYER AND…

    WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER NOVEMBER 14, 2012. THAT FOLLOWING THE PRAYER AND PLEDGE, THE JOURNAL

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  • 06:54:24 PM

    MR. UDALL

    THE PRAYER AND PLEDGE, THE JOURNAL OF PROCEEDINGS BE APPROVED TO DATE, THE…

    THE PRAYER AND PLEDGE, THE JOURNAL OF PROCEEDINGS BE APPROVED TO DATE, THE MORNING BUSINESS BE DEEMED EXPIRED AND THE TIME FOR THE TWO LEADERS BE RESERVED FOR THEIR USE LATER

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  • 06:54:31 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THEIR USE LATER IN THE DAY. THAT THE MAJORITY MAJORITY LEADER BE…

    THEIR USE LATER IN THE DAY. THAT THE MAJORITY MAJORITY LEADER BE RECOGNIZED,

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  • 06:54:35 PM

    MR. UDALL

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 06:55:16 PM

    MR. UDALL

    TOMORROW.

  • 06:55:28 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK. THE HOUSE PASSED THAT VETERANS' BILL IN EARLY…

    TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK. THE HOUSE PASSED THAT VETERANS' BILL IN EARLY JULY. THE CHAMBER VOTED 92 #-5 TO MOVE FORWARD ON A BILL TO EXPAND HUNTING AND FISHING ON FEDERAL LANDS. SENATE MAJORITY LEADER REID PLANS TO FINISH WORK ON THE SPORTSMAN'S BILL

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  • 06:55:42 PM

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    TO FINISH WORK ON THE SPORTSMAN'S BILL BEFORE THANKSGIVING. OFF THE FLOOR…

    TO FINISH WORK ON THE SPORTSMAN'S BILL BEFORE THANKSGIVING. OFF THE FLOOR THIS WEEK, SENATORS

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