Senate Passes Resolution Opposing Russian Offer to Question U.S. Officials, 98-0
Senate Session - June 27, 2013

The Senate passed the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill, S. 744, on a vote of 68 to 32.

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    YOU'RE WELCOME.

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    U.S. SENATE ABOUT TO CONVENE ON THIS THURSDAY MORNING. THE SENATE MAY BE…

    U.S. SENATE ABOUT TO CONVENE ON THIS THURSDAY MORNING. THE SENATE MAY BE MOVING TOWARDS THE END OF DEBATE OF THE IMMIGRATION BILL TODAY. WHEN SENATORS VOTE AT 11:30 EASTERN WHETHER TO CLOSE OFF DEBATE TOMORROW AT THE LATEST. SENATORS WILL ALSO VOTE ON THE NOMINATION OF CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA, MAYOR ANTHONY FOX FOR TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY. HE'S NOMINATED TO REPLACE REPUBLICAN RAY LaHOOD WHO'S STEPPING DOWN CAN. SENATE'S WRAPPING UP WEEKS OF WORK ON THE IMMIGRATION BILL CREATING A PATH TO CITIZENSHIP FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS ALLOWING ADDITIONAL HIGH AND LOW-SKILLED WORKERS. NOW TO THE FLOOR OF THE U.S. SENATE. THE CHAPLAIN DR. BARRY BLACK WILL LEAD THE SENATE IN PRAYER.

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  • 09:30:19 AM

    THE CHAPLAIN

    WILL LEAD THE SENATE IN PRAYER.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    PLEASE JOIN ME IN RECITING THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG. I PLEDGE…

    PLEASE JOIN ME IN RECITING THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG. I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.

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  • 09:31:55 AM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.

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    THE CLERK

    THE CLERK WILL READ A COMMUNICATION TO THE SENATE.

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    MR. REID

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

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    MR. REID

    MR. PRESIDENT?

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WE CAN DO THAT. MY FRIEND, THE REPUBLICAN LEADER, IS NOT HERE, SO I WOULD…

    WE CAN DO THAT. MY FRIEND, THE REPUBLICAN LEADER, IS NOT HERE, SO I WOULD ASK THE CHAIR TO ANNOUNCE THE BUSINESS OF THE DAY.

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  • 09:35:53 AM

    THE CLERK

    PREVIOUS ORDER, THE LEADERSHIP TIME IS RESERVED. UNDER THE PREVIOUS ORDER,…

    PREVIOUS ORDER, THE LEADERSHIP TIME IS RESERVED. UNDER THE PREVIOUS ORDER, THE SENATE WILL RESUME CONSIDERATION OF S. 744, WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT.

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  • 09:36:00 AM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    CALENDAR NUMBER 80, S. 744, A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR COMPREHENSIVE…

    CALENDAR NUMBER 80, S. 744, A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 09:37:40 AM

    MR. McCONNELL

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    EACH.

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    MR. McCONNELL

    EACH.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    EACH.

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    MR. McCONNELL

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR FROM RHODE ISLAND.

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    MR. REED

    THE SENATOR FROM RHODE ISLAND.

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    MR. SESSIONS

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

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    MR. SESSIONS

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

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    MR. SESSIONS

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. CORKER

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

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    MR. CORKER

    WOULD YIELD THE FLOOR.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    FLOOR.

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    MR. CORKER

    MR. PRESIDENT?

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATE --

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    MR. WICKER

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    MR. CORKER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 10:18:51 AM

    MRS. HAGAN

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    APPRECIATE THOSE INVOLVED IN ALLOWING ALLOWING TO HELP WITH THAT PROCESS

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    MRS. HAGAN

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    MEET DURING TODAY'S SESSION OF THE SENATE. THEY HAVE THE APPROVAL OF THE…

    MEET DURING TODAY'S SESSION OF THE SENATE. THEY HAVE THE APPROVAL OF THE MAJORITY

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  • 10:19:08 AM

    MRS. HAGAN

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

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    MRS. HAGAN

    AND, MR. PRESIDENT, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL QUORUM CALLS PRIOR TO…

    AND, MR. PRESIDENT, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL QUORUM CALLS PRIOR TO THE VOTES AT 11:30 A.M. TODAY BE EQUALLY DIVIDED.

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  • 10:19:24 AM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

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    MRS. HAGAN

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. GRASSLEY

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    MRS. HAGAN

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    INFRASTRUCTURE AND TRANSPORTATION DEVELOPMENT AND I ENCOURAGE MY…

    INFRASTRUCTURE AND TRANSPORTATION DEVELOPMENT AND I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT HIS NOMINATION. THANK YOU, MR.

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  • 10:23:34 AM

    MR. GRASSLEY

    MR. PRESIDENT?

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    FRAUDULENT AFFIDAVITS. SO BUYING AND SELLING FAKE DOCUMENTS

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    MR. GRASSLEY

    FAKE DOCUMENTS AT THAT TIME WAS A THRIVING BUSINESS AND CAN BE A THRIVING…

    FAKE DOCUMENTS AT THAT TIME WAS A THRIVING BUSINESS AND CAN BE A THRIVING BUSINESS AGAIN.

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  • 10:34:10 AM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    MR. FRANKEN

    I WILL PUT THE REST OF THE AT THE SAME TIME IN THE RECORD. A SENATOR: MR.…

    I WILL PUT THE REST OF THE AT THE SAME TIME IN THE RECORD. A SENATOR: MR. PRESIDENT?

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  • 10:34:27 AM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

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    MR. FRANKEN

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE ONLY ONE THAT PASSED ON A UNANIMOUS 18-0 VOTE. MR. PRESIDENT, I ASK…

    THE ONLY ONE THAT PASSED ON A UNANIMOUS 18-0 VOTE. MR. PRESIDENT, I ASK UNANIMOUS

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  • 10:44:33 AM

    MR. FRANKEN

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MS. KLOBUCHAR

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THIS MARKUP AND THIS DEBATE SO EXPERTLY. THANK

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    MS. KLOBUCHAR

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    MR. LEE

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE NIGHT, DAY AFTER DAY. WE SHOULD BE

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    MR. LEE

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    MR. CORNYN

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

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    MR. CORNYN

    BIG GUEST GOVERNMENT DYSFUNCTION. THAT IS WHY I CANNOT SUPPORT IT AND URGE…

    BIG GUEST GOVERNMENT DYSFUNCTION. THAT IS WHY I CANNOT SUPPORT IT AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE AGAINST IT.

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  • 10:55:02 AM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

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    MR. CORNYN

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR FROM TEXAS.

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    MR. CORNYN

    I'D YIELD MYSELF UP TO 15 MINUTES.

  • 11:13:35 AM

    MR. DURBIN

    PASS A GOOD BILL, ONE THAT REFLECTS OUR VALUES,

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    MR. CORNYN

    WILL THE SENATOR YIELD FOR A QUESTION, PLEASE?

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    MR. DURBIN

    QUESTION, PLEASE?

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    MR. CORNYN

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    MR. DURBIN

    WILL THE SENATOR YIELD FOR A QUESTION?

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    MR. CORNYN

    MR. PRESIDENT, I WOULD SAY TO MY GOOD FRIEND, THE ASSISTANT MAJORITY…

    MR. PRESIDENT, I WOULD SAY TO MY GOOD FRIEND, THE ASSISTANT MAJORITY LEADER, THAT I AM AWARE OF THE PROMISES THAT ARE MADE IN THE UNDERLYING BILL. MY POINT I -- MY POINT IS THERE IS NO MECHANISM TO GUARANTEE THAT THE GOALS THAT THE GANG OF EIGHT -- THE PROMISES THAT ARE MADE IN TERMS OF 100% SITUATIONAL AWARENESS AND OPERATIONAL CONTROL, THERE IS A ABSOLUTELY NOTHING THAT WILL GUARANTEE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT THAT PROMISE WILL BE KEPT, WHICH IS A SERIOUS PROBLEM. WHICH IS THE REASON WHY I THOUGHT THAT WHEN I SAW THE BIPARTISAN FRAMEWORK FOR COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM, I WAS ENCOURAGED BECAUSE I COULD SUPPORT A BILL THAT DID MAKE A PATHWAY TO LEGAL PERMANENT RESERVEDONCY CONTINGENT UPON A CERTIFICATION THAT THESE GOALS HAD BEEN MET. BUT I CAN'T, BASED ON SAD EXPERIENCE DATING BACK TO 1986 AND 1996 AND OTHER TIMES IN THE PAST WHERE CONGRESS HAS MADE REPEATED PROMISES OF FUTURE PERFORMANCE, PROMISES THAT ARE NEVER KEPT. AND I WOULD SAY, IN CONCLUSION, THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE ASKED TO BE EXTRAORDINARILY GENEROUS HERE IN TERMS OF PROVIDING PROBEARINGSARY STATUS -- PROBATIONARY STATUS IN THE FUTURE. THAT'S AN ACT OF EXTRAORDINARY GENEROSITY AND COMPASSION THAT THEY'RE BEING ASKED TO DEMONSTRATE. BUT TO BE GIVEN JUST PROMISES NOT BE KEPT BY THROWING MONEY AT THE PROBLEM WITHOUT ANY REAL PLAN TO MAKE SURE THAT I.T. GOING TO BE -- THAT IT'S GOING TO BE EFFECTIVE, THIS BILL FALLS WAY SHORT OF ITS PROMISES.

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  • 11:16:31 AM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT ANY REAL PLAN TO MAKE SURE THAT I.T. GOING TO BE -- THAT IT'S…

    WITHOUT ANY REAL PLAN TO MAKE SURE THAT I.T. GOING TO BE -- THAT IT'S GOING TO

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  • 11:16:35 AM

    MR. LEAHY

    THE SENATOR'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE SENATOR FROM VERMONT.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    TOOMEY 1236, UDALL OF NEW MEXICO 1241, UDALL OF NEW MEXICO 1242.

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    MR. CORNYN

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    MEXICO 1241, UDALL OF NEW MEXICO 1242.

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    MR. CORNYN

    IS THERE OBJECTION?

  • 11:30:17 AM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    OTHER CRIMINALS AS WELL AS ONE THAT'S DESIGNED TO ROOT OUT FRAUD IN THE…

    OTHER CRIMINALS AS WELL AS ONE THAT'S DESIGNED TO ROOT OUT FRAUD IN THE PROGRAM.

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  • 11:30:21 AM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

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    MR. LEAHY

    OBJECTION IS HEARD. LAY MR. PRESIDENT?

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    I KNOW WE'RE ABOUT TO GO INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION. I WOULD ASK CONSENT THAT…

    I KNOW WE'RE ABOUT TO GO INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION. I WOULD ASK CONSENT THAT THE SENATOR FROM

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  • 11:31:12 AM

    MS. HIRONO

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THAT THE SENATOR FROM HAWAII, SENATOR HIRONO, HAVE

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    MS. HIRONO

    IS THERE OBJECTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    FOR. THIS IS SIMPLY COMMON SENSE. I ASK

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    MS. HIRONO

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MS. HIRONO

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE HIRONO-MURRAY-MIKULSKI AMENDMENT CURRENTLY HAS 19 COSPONSORS.

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    MS. HIRONO

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    A MODIFIED VERSION OF AMENDMENT NUMBER 1504. I

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    MS. HIRONO

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

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    MS. HIRONO

    TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    NUMBER 1718 AND 1504. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE TEXT OF

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    MS. HIRONO

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE AMERICA-ASIAN JUSTICE SUPPORT FOR THESE LETTERS AND FOR THEIR SUPPORT.…

    THE AMERICA-ASIAN JUSTICE SUPPORT FOR THESE LETTERS AND FOR THEIR SUPPORT. I ALSO THANK THE AFL-CIO AND SCIU FOR THEIR SUPPORT.

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  • 11:34:13 AM

    THE CLERK

    SCIU FOR THEIR SUPPORT. I YIELD THE FLOOR.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    CLERK WILL REPORT.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    ANTHONY RINARD FOXX OF NORTH CAROLINA

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    MR. ROCKEFELLER

    UNDER THE PREVIOUS ORDER, THERE WILL BE TWO MINUTES FOR DEBATE EQUALLY…

    UNDER THE PREVIOUS ORDER, THERE WILL BE TWO MINUTES FOR DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED IN THE USUAL FORM. A SENATOR: MR. PRESIDENT?

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  • 11:35:08 AM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    AND QUALIFIED PERSON WHO'S VERY MUCH NEEDED TO OVERLOOK OUR ENORMOUS…

    AND QUALIFIED PERSON WHO'S VERY MUCH NEEDED TO OVERLOOK OUR ENORMOUS TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM, WHICH IS IN TROUBLE. I HOPE THAT MY COLLEAGUES WILL SUPPORT HIM.

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  • 11:35:21 AM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    IS THERE A SUFFICIENT SECOND? THERE APPEARS TO BE. THE QUESTION OCCURS ON…

    IS THERE A SUFFICIENT SECOND? THERE APPEARS TO BE. THE QUESTION OCCURS ON THE FOXX NOMINATION. THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL CALL THE ROLL. VOTE: VOTE: VOTE:

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

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    MR. LEAHY

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    MADAM PRESIDENT?

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    MR. REID

    WILL RESUME LEGISLATIVE SESSION. UNDER THE PREVIOUS ORDER, PENDING…

    WILL RESUME LEGISLATIVE SESSION. UNDER THE PREVIOUS ORDER, PENDING AMENDMENTS 1552 AND 1553 ARE WITHDRAWN, AND THE MAJORITY LEADER IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 12:02:10 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    YOU, MADAM PRESIDENT. THE PENDING BUSINESS IS THE COMMITTEE-REPORTED

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    MR. REID

    THE SENATOR IS CORRECT.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THAT THE REED OF RHODE ISLAND

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    MR. REID

    AMENDMENT IS NO LONGER DUE TO BE ADOPTED.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    BE ADOPTED.

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    MR. REID

    THE POINT OF ORDER IS WELL TAKEN. THE AMENDMENT FALLS.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    OF ORDER THAT THE CRUZ AMENDMENT IS NO LONGER IN ORDER.

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    MR. REID

    IS WELL TAKEN. THE AMENDMENT FALLS.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    AMENDMENT IS ALSO NO LONGER IN ORDER.

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    MR. REID

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THE NEXT TWO VOTES BE TEN MINUTES IN DURATION.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    YES, AS MY FRIEND, THE RANKING MEMBER SAID, WE'D LIKE IT SOONER RATHER…

    YES, AS MY FRIEND, THE RANKING MEMBER SAID, WE'D LIKE IT SOONER RATHER THAN LATER. BUT WE CAN'T GET THAT UNLESS EVERYBODY AGREES TO A TIME.

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  • 12:04:23 PM

    Senate Vote 166 - On the Amendment (CommitteeReported Substitute Amendment as Amended to S 744)

    Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act

    Amendment Agreed to (68 - 32)
    Yea
    Nay

    Vote Details: Yea - 67
    Democratic - 51
    Republican - 14
    Independent - 2

    Vote Details: Nay - 32
    Republican - 32

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    32. THE COMMITTEE-REPORTED AMENDMENT, AS AMENDED, IS AGREED TO.

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    THE CLERK

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE MOTION TO INVOKE CLOTURE.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    BY UNANIMOUS CONSENT, THE MANDATORY QUORUM CALL HAS BEEN WAIVED. THE…

    BY UNANIMOUS CONSENT, THE MANDATORY QUORUM CALL HAS BEEN WAIVED. THE QUESTION IS: IS IT THE SENSE OF THE SENATE THAT DEBATE ON S. 744, A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES, SHALL BE BROUGHT TO A CLOSE? THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE MANDATORY UNDER THE RULE. THE CLERK WILL CALL THE ROLL. VOTE: VOTE:

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  • 12:21:05 PM

    Senate Vote 167 - On the Cloture Motion (Motion to Invoke Cloture on S 744)

    Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act

    Cloture Motion Agreed to (68 - 32)
    Yea
    Nay

    Vote Details: Yea - 67
    Democratic - 51
    Republican - 14
    Independent - 2

    Vote Details: Nay - 32
    Republican - 32

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

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    MR. REID

    MOTION IS AGREED TO. THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    MINUTES FROM THE MAJORITY'S TIME AND ALL QUORUM CALLS WILL BE -- IF THERE…

    MINUTES FROM THE MAJORITY'S TIME AND ALL QUORUM CALLS WILL BE -- IF THERE IS A QUORUM CALL THEY'LL BE EQUALLY DIVIDED BETWEEN THE TWO PARTIES.

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  • 12:40:15 PM

    MS. LANDRIEU

    THANK YOU. LET ME BEGIN BY THANKING THE MAJORITY LEADER FOR HIS…

    THANK YOU. LET ME BEGIN BY THANKING THE MAJORITY LEADER FOR HIS EXTRAORDINARY LEADERSHIP ON THIS BILL AND BOTH SIDES. IT'S BEEN A VERY TOUGH NEGOTIATION. THE GANG OF EIGHT, SENATOR FLAKE, SENATOR BENNET, SENATOR RUBIO, SENATOR MENENDEZ, SENATOR GRAHAM, SENATOR DURBIN DUSH, SENATOR McCAIN, AND SENATOR SCHUMER, HAVE WORKED VERY, VERY HARD TO BRING A BILL TO THE FLOOR THAT IN MY VIEW IS NOT PERFECT BUT IT'S BALANCED, IT ACCOMPLISHES MANY OF THE PRINCIPLES OF FIXING OUR BROKEN IMMIGRATION SYSTEM, AND THEY HAVE WORKED EXTRAORDINARILY HARD. LET ME ALSO THANK SENATOR LEAHY AND SENATOR GRASSLEY AS THE CHAIR AND RANKING MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE THAT CONSIDERED MORE THAN 300 AMENDMENTS, VOTED ON 121. I'M DISAPPOINTED LIKE MANY PEOPLE ARE THAT WE DIDN'T GET MORE VOTES ON THE FLOOR, BUT I CAME TO THE FLOOR EARLIER IN THE WEEK AND PREDICTED THAT THAT WOULD HAPPEN. AND IT'S UNFORTUNATE. BUT IT'S NOT THE FIRST TIME I'VE SEEN THIS MOVIE AND MEMBERS OF THE OTHER SIDE ARE DISAPPOINTED AND SOME OF US ARE DISAPPOINTED, AND WE'RE HOPING THAT WE CAN FIND A MORE PRODUCTIVE WAY FORWARD. THAT'S WHY I'VE SPENT SOME TIME ON THE FLOOR TALKING ABOUT A STEP TOWARDS A MORE PRODUCTIVE WAY. A FEW OF US ON BOTH SIDES OF THIS DEBATE -- SOME OF US ARE VOTING AGAINST THE BILL AND SOME OF US ARE VOTING FOR THE BILL -- HAVE BEEN WORKING ON A SMALL PACKAGE OF AMENDMENTS THAT HAVE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT, NO SUBSTANTIVE OBJECTION, AND WE'RE TRYING TO GET A SHORT, SMALL LIST CLEARED BY BOTH SIDES. AND WE HAVE BEEN WORKING ON THIS ALL WEEK. I REALLY APPRECIATE THE PATIENCE OF EVERY MEMBER OF THE SENATE, BECAUSE THIS HAS BEEN A VERY TENSE, VERY EMOTIONAL DEBATE FOR MANY MEMBERS. BUT AS I HAVE SAID, IN AN ATTEMPT -- COULD I HAVE ORDER, MADAM PRESIDENT.

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  • 12:42:25 PM

    MS. LANDRIEU

    THE SENATE WILL BE IN ORDER.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    BE CIRCULATED IS BY LEADERS, BOTH REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS, THAT HAVE A…

    BE CIRCULATED IS BY LEADERS, BOTH REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS, THAT HAVE A -- COULD I HAVE ORDER, PLEASE.

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  • 12:44:17 PM

    MS. LANDRIEU

    THE SENATE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE SENATOR FROM LOUISIANA.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE CLERK WILL CALL THE ROLL. QUORUM CALL: A SENATOR: MADAM PRESIDENT?

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    Quorum Call

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    A SENATOR: MADAM PRESIDENT?

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    MR. FLAKE

    A SENATOR: MADAM PRESIDENT?

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    A SENATOR: MADAM PRESIDENT?

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    MR. FLAKE

    THE SENATOR FROM ARIZONA.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE RIGHT POLICY. MR. PRESIDENT, I WILL BE PROUD TO CAST MY VOTE IN FAVOR…

    THE RIGHT POLICY. MR. PRESIDENT, I WILL BE PROUD TO CAST MY VOTE IN FAVOR OF THIS LEGISLATION AND IT'S MY HOPE THAT IT WILL BECOME LAW. I YIELD THE

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  • 01:08:01 PM

    MR. BENNET

    THE SENATOR FROM COLORADO.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    COME. I URGE A "YES" VOTE ON THIS BILL. AND WITH THAT,

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    MR. DURBIN

    BILL. AND WITH THAT, MR. PRESIDENT, I YIELD THE FLOOR. A SENATOR:

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE ASSISTANT MAJORITY LEADER.

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    MR. DURBIN

    HOW MUCH TIME HAS BEEN CONSUMED BY THE PROPONENTS OF THE MEASURE. THE…

    HOW MUCH TIME HAS BEEN CONSUMED BY THE PROPONENTS OF THE MEASURE. THE PRESIDING

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  • 01:15:33 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    MEASURE.

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    MR. DURBIN

    HOW MUCH HAS BEEN CONSUMED BY THE OPPONENTS OF THE MEASURE?

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    SOME EQUALIZATION IN TERMS OF THE USE OF TIME ON THE FLOOR. IT'S MY…

    SOME EQUALIZATION IN TERMS OF THE USE OF TIME ON THE FLOOR. IT'S MY UNDERSTANDING UNLESS SENATOR BLUNT IS COMING TO THE FLOOR TO SPEAK --

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  • 01:16:07 PM

    MR. BLUNT

    THE REQUEST IS WITHDRAWN. THE SENATOR FROM

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    MR. DURBIN

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    STATES THAT IS ELIGIBLE TO WORK AND WHO IS NOT AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. DURBIN

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WOULD THE CHAIR INFORM ME HOW MUCH TIME HAS BEEN USED ON EACH SIDE.

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    MR. DURBIN

    MINUTES. AND THE OPPONENTS HAVE CONSUMED APPROXIMATELY NINE MINUTES.

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    MR. GRASSLEY

    IN OPPOSITION, I WOULD -- I'M SORRY. SENATOR GRASSLEY IS HERE. I ONCE…

    IN OPPOSITION, I WOULD -- I'M SORRY. SENATOR GRASSLEY IS HERE. I ONCE AGAIN WITHDRAW AND YIELD THE FLOOR TO SENATOR GRASSLEY.

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  • 01:25:35 PM

    MR. DURBIN

    I CAN'T COME TO SPEAK. I CAME TO OBJECT TO YOUR UNANIMOUS CONSENT.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

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    MR. DURBIN

    OTHER. SENATOR BLUNT HAS BEEN HERE AND I WOULD WELCOME ANY SENATOR IN…

    OTHER. SENATOR BLUNT HAS BEEN HERE AND I WOULD WELCOME ANY SENATOR IN OPPOSITION. WE HAVE USED I THINK THE MEASURE WAS 23

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    I THINK THE MEASURE WAS 23 MINUTES.

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    MR. GRASSLEY

    THE SENATOR FROM IOWA.

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    MR. DURBIN

    THAT REASON. I YIELD THE FLOOR. MR.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    DURBIN: IF NO TIME IS USED AT THIS POINT HOW WILL THE TIME BE TAKEN OFF?…

    DURBIN: IF NO TIME IS USED AT THIS POINT HOW WILL THE TIME BE TAKEN OFF? HOW WILL IT BE CALCULATED? THE PRESIDING

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    MR. DURBIN

    IT BE CALCULATED? THE PRESIDING

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE TIME SPENT IN QUORUM CALLS ARE EQUALLY DIVIDED BETWEEN THE TWO SIDES.

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    Quorum Call

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    A SENATOR: MR. PRESIDENT? THE

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    MR. MENENDEZ

    A SENATOR: MR. PRESIDENT? THE

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    A SENATOR: MR. PRESIDENT?

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    MR. MENENDEZ

    THE SENATOR FROM NEW JERSEY.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THAT CAN CHANGE THE LIVES OF MILLIONS OF

  • 01:45:06 PM

    MR. MENENDEZ

    MILLIONS OF OTHERS. SO TODAY

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

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    MR. MENENDEZ

    THE SENATOR HAS CONSUMED EIGHT MINUTES.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    PASS THIS COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM YOU, THE LIGHT WILL SHINE

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    MR. GRASSLEY

    THE SENATOR FROM IOWA.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    FLOOR. A SENATOR: I SUGGEST THE ABSENCE OF A QUORUM.

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    Quorum Call

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    A SENATOR: MADAM PRESIDENT? THE

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    MR. RUBIO

    THE SENATOR FROM FLORIDA.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. RUBIO

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE CLERK WILL CALL THE ROLL. QUORUM CALL: A SENATOR: MADAM PRESIDENT?

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    A SENATOR: MADAM PRESIDENT?

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    MR. SESSIONS

    A SENATOR: MADAM PRESIDENT?

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

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    MR. SESSIONS

    A SENATOR: MADAM PRESIDENT?

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    PRESIDENT?

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    MR. SESSIONS

    ARE WE IN QUORUM CALL?

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    RESULT. OUR OWN CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE -- MADAM PRESIDENT, I WOULD…

    RESULT. OUR OWN CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE -- MADAM PRESIDENT, I WOULD ASK I BE NOTIFIED AFTER 20 MINUTES.

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  • 02:21:02 PM

    MR. SESSIONS

    THE SENATOR WILL BE NOTIFIED.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    RESERVE THE BALANCE OF THE TIME ON THIS SIDE.

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    MR. GRAHAM

    THE SENATOR FROM SOUTH CAROLINA.

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    MR. DURBIN

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

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    MR. DURBIN

    MADAM PRESIDENT?

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    MR. McCAIN

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    HONORED BY OUR GENERATION OF SENATORS. I YIELD THE

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    MR. McCAIN

    MADAM PRESIDENT?

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    MR. CORNYN

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE CHANCE TO DO THE SAME. I YIELD. [APPLAUSE]

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    MR. CORNYN

    MADAM PRESIDENT?

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    KEEP THE PROMISES THAT WERE MADE ORIGINALLY, AND FOR THAT

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    MR. SCHUMER

    THE SENATOR FROM NEW YORK.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    A SENATOR: MADAM PRESIDENT?

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    MR. SESSIONS

    A SENATOR: MADAM PRESIDENT?

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    A SENATOR: MADAM PRESIDENT?

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    MR. SESSIONS

    THE SENATOR FROM ALABAMA.

  • 04:11:41 PM

    Senate Vote 168 - On Passage of the Bill (S 744 As Amended)

    Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act

    Bill Passed (68 - 32)
    Yea
    Nay

    Vote Details: Yea - 67
    Democratic - 51
    Republican - 14
    Independent - 2

    Vote Details: Nay - 32
    Republican - 32

  • 05:04:55 PM

    none

    LONG ISLAND, AS A YOUNG HELPER IN THE LONG ISLAND OFFICE IS NOW MY…

    LONG ISLAND, AS A YOUNG HELPER IN THE LONG ISLAND OFFICE IS NOW MY UNFLAPPABLE EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT, NO MATTER HOW TOUGH AND TENSE THINGS GET IN OUR OFFICE, AND THEY DO, SHE IS JUST STEADY AS A ROCK, GETTING THINGS DONE. SHE AND HER COLLEAGUES, MEGAN RUNYAN, ALICE JAMES, ROB KELLY, ELLEN CAHILL, CLAIRE RUSSELL, ALL KEPT US ADMINISTRATIVELY GOING. I MENTIONED THE MEMBERS, THEY'RE GREAT. THERE IS SO MUCH TO SAY ABOUT EACH OF THEM. CHAIRMAN LEAHY, I WANT TO THANK YOU. YOU'RE PROBABLY ON YOUR WAY BACK TO YOUR BEAUTIFUL FARM IN VERMONT, BUT FOR SHEPHERDING THIS BILL THROUGH THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE AND EVERYONE'S OPEN AND INCLUSIVE PROCESS WELL KNOWN. I WANT TO THANK BRUCE COHEN, WHO THIS IS THE CAPSTONE OF HIS CAREER. WE ALL KNOW HOW IMPORTANT HE IS TO THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE. AND HIS BIG SHOES WERE ABLY AND ELEGANTLY FILLED BY CHRISTINE LUCIAS AS CHIEF COUNSEL. BUT J.P.DOWD, JOHN AMAYA, CHRIS LEOPOLD, ANNA McMURRAY ALL DID A GREAT JOB. AS MOST PEOPLE KNOW HERE, HARRY REID IS ONE OF MY BEST FRIENDS IN THE WORLD, AND HIS UNWAVERING SUPPORT AND CONFIDENCE THAT WE COULD GET THIS DONE WAS ESSENTIAL. AND HE HAS A GREAT STAFF TO LENT CONSTANT HELP TO US -- KATE LEON, BRUCE KING, THEY ALL DID A GREAT JOB. AND THE STAFFS OF THE OTHER MEMBERS. I WANT TO MENTION JUST A FEW OF THEM. I HOPE THEY ARE LISTENING. KERRY TALBOTT, SENATOR MENENDEZ' STAFF, JOE ZABI, MENDA SILVER, JONATHAN DAVIDSON, SERGIO GONZALEZ WHO WORKED FOR SENATOR BENNET. SO MANY STAFFERS, AS I SAID, WE GOT TO KNOW EACH OTHER REAL WELL THROUGH ALL THE MEETINGS. WE HAD A LOT OF DISAGREEMENTS AND TOUGH ARGUMENTS. WE ALL STUCK TOGETHER. AND SENATOR FEINSTEIN'S TEAM. SENATOR FEINSTEIN PUT THAT SECTION TOGETHER. AMAZINGLY THE GROWERS AND THE FARM WORKERS, THEY ARE FOR THIS BILL. THAT GOES TO SENATOR FEINSTEIN'S GREAT LEADERSHIP. AND CHRIS THOMPSON, NEIL QUINTAR AND KIM ALDRIN DID A GREAT JOB THERE. WE WORKED AS CLOSELY IN THIS ENDEAVOR WITH THE REPUBLICAN STAFFS AS THE DEMOCRATIC STAFFS, AND I OWE THEM A GREAT DEAL OF THANKS. SALLY CANFIELD, ENRIQUE GONZALEZ, LET ME PAY HIM A COMPLIMENT. HE WAS SORT OF THE EQUIVALENT -- NOT QUITE, IN MY OPINION, BUT CLOSE TO THE EQUIVALENT OF LEON FRESCO ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE. JOHN BASE CELICI, SENATOR RUBIO'S STAFF, SENATOR McCAIN, MATT RIMCUNIS, DAVID GLACKMAN WITH SENATOR GRAHAM. WHEN WE HAD OUR MEETINGS, ALL THESE STAFFERS WERE THERE. CHANDLER MOSS, FIRST HE HAD GIVEN SENATOR FLAKE SOME TOUGH ADVICE. JUST AS McCAIN WOULD TALK ABOUT LEON, I WOULD TALK ABOUT CHANDLER, I NOW OWE HIM A DINNER. I SAID CHANDLER, I'M TAKING YOU OUT TO DINNER IF THIS BILL PASSES THE SENATE. SO PICK YOUR RESTAURANT, DON'T MAKE IT TOO EXPENSIVE. ELIZABETH TAYLOR OF SENATOR FLAKE'S STAFF. AND THEN THE GREAT FLOOR STAFF, GARY MYRICK AND TIM AND TRISH AND MEREDITH, DAN, BRAD, STEPHANIE, THEY RUN THE PLACE LIKE CLOCKWORK. AS RECENTLY AS TODAY WHEN THERE WERE MORE REQUESTS THAN TIME AND PEOPLE HAD TO GO HOME AT 4:00. EMMA FULKERSON OF SENATOR MURRAY'S STAFF, SENATOR DURBIN'S STAFF WHO DID A GREAT JOB WHIPPING, AND DAVE SHIAPPA AND THE REPUBLICAN FLOOR STAFF AS WELL. WE GOT A LOT OF HELP FROM SENATE FINANCE AND BUDGET COMMITTEES, AND I THANK THEM. AND I WANT TO THANK THE REST OF MY STAFF IN NEW YORK AND D.C. THEY ARE THE WIND BENEATH OUR WINGS. IF WE DIDN'T FEEL GOOD AND SAFE IN NEW YORK, WE COULDN'T TAKE THE RISKS WE DO HERE IN WASHINGTON, AND THEY MAKE THAT POSSIBLE. SO I THANK THEM ALL. FINALLY -- AND LEON ALWAYS MAKING SURE EVERYTHING GOES EXACTLY RIGHT -- THE LEG COUNSEL STAFF, MISS EASLEY AND THE OTHERS, THEY WORKED 24/7 TO TURN THESE IDEAS INTO THE 1,000-PAGE BILL AS HAS BEEN REMARKED OVER AND OVER AGAIN. THEY NEEDED THAT MANY PAGES BECAUSE IT WAS SO COMPLICATED, BUT THEY DID A GREAT JOB AS WELL. ONCE AGAIN TO MY STAFF, FROM MIKE LYNCH ALL THE WAY THROUGH, I THINK, AS EVERY MEMBER PROBABLY THINKS I HAVE THE BEST STAFF ON THE HILL. IT'S THE BEST STAFF I HAVE HAD IN 39 YEARS AS A LEGISLATOR, AND WITHOUT YOU, WE COULDN'T DO IT. SO TONIGHT, WE'RE GOING TO CELEBRATE THE GOING AWAY AND THE ASCENSION OF ONE OF OUR OLD-TIME STAFFERS, AND WE'LL ALL HAVE A GREAT TIME TOGETHER, BUT I AM BLESSED. I'M BLESSED TO HAVE A FAMILY, MY WIFE AND DAUGHTERS, WHO PUT UP WITH ME THROUGH THICK AND THIN, AND I'M BLESSED TO HAVE TWO OTHER FAMILIES, MY SENATE COLLEAGUES, WHO I DO REGARD AS MY FAMILY, AND MY STAFF, WHO I ALSO REGARD AS MY FAMILY. SO ALTHOUGH I'M NOT IRISH, I HAVE GOT A BIG, BIG, BIG FAMILY, AND THEY'RE THE GREATEST, ALL THREE. WITH THAT, MR. PRESIDENT, I YIELD THE FLOOR AND I THANK SHELDON

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  • 05:10:33 PM

    MR. WHITEHOUSE

    I THANK SHELDON FOR AGAIN HIS GRACIOUSNESS. MR.

  • 05:10:41 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    GRACIOUSNESS.

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    MR. DURBIN

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 05:13:10 PM

    MR. WHITEHOUSE

  • 05:13:11 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THOSE THREE DESERVE SPECIAL RECOGNITION TODAY FOR THE EXTRAORDINARY JOB…

    THOSE THREE DESERVE SPECIAL RECOGNITION TODAY FOR THE EXTRAORDINARY JOB THEY DID.

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  • 05:13:13 PM

    MR. WHITEHOUSE

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    MR. GRAHAM

    WAYS. THAT'S A LOT OF MONEY, EVEN BY WASHINGTON STANDARDS, AND IT CAN DO…

    WAYS. THAT'S A LOT OF MONEY, EVEN BY WASHINGTON STANDARDS, AND IT CAN DO BIG THINGS.

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  • 05:21:14 PM

    MR. WHITEHOUSE

    TO INTERRUPT. WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO YIELD FOR TWO MINUTES SO I COULD…

    TO INTERRUPT. WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO YIELD FOR TWO MINUTES SO I COULD THANK SOME PEOPLE ON IMMIGRATION, AND I PROMISE I WILL TAKE NO MORE THANK TWO MINUTES.

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  • 05:21:35 PM

    MR. BAUCUS

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

  • 05:21:38 PM

    MR. BAUCUS

    THEY'D LIKE TO ENGAGE IN. DO THEY HAVE AN ESTIMATE AS TO HOW LONG THEY…

    THEY'D LIKE TO ENGAGE IN. DO THEY HAVE AN ESTIMATE AS TO HOW LONG THEY WOULD LIKE TO ENGAGE IN THAT COLLOQUY?

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  • 05:21:45 PM

    MR. WHITEHOUSE

    THE SENATOR FROM MONTANA.

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    MR. GRAHAM

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    MR. BAUCUS

    TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. GRAHAM

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    MR. WHITEHOUSE

    FINE. I THINK WE SHOULD WAIT -- LET THE SENATOR FROM RHODE ISLAND PROCEED…

    FINE. I THINK WE SHOULD WAIT -- LET THE SENATOR FROM RHODE ISLAND PROCEED WITH HIS STATEMENT, IF THE SENATOR FROM SOUTH CAROLINA WANTS TO GO AHEAD.

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  • 05:22:15 PM

    MR. GRAHAM

    GREAT.

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    MR. HATCH

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

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    MR. HATCH

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

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    MR. WHITEHOUSE

    THE SENATOR FROM RHODE ISLAND.

  • 05:25:13 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE INTERRUPTION THAT WE

  • 05:25:15 PM

    MR. WHITEHOUSE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE BEACHES OF RHODE ISLAND TO THE MOUNTAIN GLACIERS OF MONTANA, AND I…

    THE BEACHES OF RHODE ISLAND TO THE MOUNTAIN GLACIERS OF MONTANA, AND I WOULD ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THOSE REMARKS

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  • 05:31:09 PM

    MR. WHITEHOUSE

    BE PUT INTO THE RECORD RATHER THAN KEEP HIM WAITING ANY LONGER.

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    MR. BAUCUS

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 05:34:52 PM

    MR. HATCH

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    TAX REFORM CAN SIMPLIFY THE SYSTEM FOR FAMILIES, HELPS BUSINESSES INNOVATE

  • 05:34:55 PM

    MR. HATCH

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    MR. BAUCUS

    DEDUCTIONS AND CREDITS AND OTHER TAX -- OR PREFERENCES THAT SOME REFER TO…

    DEDUCTIONS AND CREDITS AND OTHER TAX -- OR PREFERENCES THAT SOME REFER TO AS TAX EXPENDITURES.

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  • 05:37:25 PM

    MR. HATCH

    MR. PRESIDENT, INDEED, WE BOTH BELIEVE THAT SOME EXISTING TAX EXPENDITURES…

    MR. PRESIDENT, INDEED, WE BOTH BELIEVE THAT SOME EXISTING TAX EXPENDITURES SHOULD BE PRESERVED IN SOME FORM. BUT THE TAX CODE IS ALSO LITTERED WITH PREFERENCES FOR SPECIAL INTERESTS. TO MAKE SURE THAT WE CLEAR OUT ALL THE UNPRODUCTIVE PROVISIONS AND SIMPLIFY THE TAX CODE, WE PLAN TO -- WE PLAN TO OPERATE FROM AN ASSUMPTION THAT ALL SPECIAL PROVISIONS ARE OUT UNLESS THERE IS CLEAR EVIDENCE THAT THEY, NUMBER ONE, HELP GROW THE ECONOMY; NUMBER TWO, HELP MAKE THE TAX CODE FAIRER, OR; NUMBER THREE, EFFECTIVE PROMOTE OTHER IMPORTANT POLICY OBJECTIVES.

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  • 05:38:04 PM

    MR. BAUCUS

    CODE FAIRER, OR; NUMBER THREE, EFFECTIVE PROMOTE OTHER IMPORTANT POLICY…

    CODE FAIRER, OR; NUMBER THREE, EFFECTIVE PROMOTE OTHER IMPORTANT POLICY OBJECTIVES.

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  • 05:39:20 PM

    MR. HATCH

    THERE ARE, THE LESS REVENUE THERE IS FOR A RATE REDUCTION AND DEFICIT…

    THERE ARE, THE LESS REVENUE THERE IS FOR A RATE REDUCTION AND DEFICIT REDUCTION AND THE MORE COMPLICATED OUR TAX CODE WILL END UP BEING.

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  • 05:39:48 PM

    MR. BAUCUS

    THE SENATE. WE CAN'T LET COMPREHENSIVE TAX REFORM GET BOGGED DOWN IN…

    THE SENATE. WE CAN'T LET COMPREHENSIVE TAX REFORM GET BOGGED DOWN IN POLITICS. ONLY A BIPARTISAN BILL CAN BECOME LAW.

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  • 05:41:24 PM

    MR. HATCH

    BEHALF. RATHER, MATTERS OF CONSEQUENCE ARE ACCOMPLISHED WHEN PEOPLE WORK…

    BEHALF. RATHER, MATTERS OF CONSEQUENCE ARE ACCOMPLISHED WHEN PEOPLE WORK TOGETHER, AND WE CLEARLY WANT THE MATTER OF CONSEQUENCE TO PASS HERE AND WE WILL DO SO BY WORKING TOGETHER.

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  • 05:44:23 PM

    MR. BAUCUS

    NO EXCEPTION THIS TIME. WE HAVE GREAT PEOPLE ON THE STAFF AND WE INTEND TO…

    NO EXCEPTION THIS TIME. WE HAVE GREAT PEOPLE ON THE STAFF AND WE INTEND TO SEE IF WE CAN GET THIS DONE. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR HIS GREAT WORK IN THIS AREA.

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  • 05:45:10 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    A SENATOR: MR. PRESIDENT?

  • 05:45:13 PM

    MRS. SHAHEEN

    A SENATOR: MR. PRESIDENT?

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    A SENATOR: MR. PRESIDENT?

  • 05:45:20 PM

    MRS. SHAHEEN

    THE SENATOR FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    VERY MUCH, MR. PRESIDENT. I YIELD THE FLOOR. A SENATOR: I SUGGEST THE…

    VERY MUCH, MR. PRESIDENT. I YIELD THE FLOOR. A SENATOR: I SUGGEST THE ABSENCE OF A QUORUM.

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  • 05:57:38 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    A SENATOR: MR. PRESIDENT?

  • 05:57:41 PM

    MR. BENNET

    A SENATOR: MR. PRESIDENT?

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    A SENATOR: MR. PRESIDENT?

  • 05:57:45 PM

    MR. BENNET

    THE SENATOR FROM COLORADO.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

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    MR. BENNET

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    FLOOR. I SUGGEST THE ABSENCE OF A QUORUM.

  • 06:07:37 PM

    Quorum Call

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