The Senate Is Not In Session - Next Session Friday, October 19 At 10:00 AM
Senate Session - September 26, 2013

The Senate continued consideration of H. J.Res. 59, Continuing Appropriations Resolution. The filing deadline for germane first-degree amendments to the joint resolution was 1 p.m.

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  • 10:02:09 AM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.

  • 10:02:11 AM

    THE CLERK

    THE CLERK WILL READ A COMMUNICATION TO THE SENATE.

  • 10:02:31 AM

    MR. REID

  • 10:02:32 AM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE STATE OF HAWAII, TO PERFORM THE DUTIES OF THE CHAIR. SIGNED: PATRICK

  • 10:02:35 AM

    MR. REID

    MR. PRESIDENT?

  • 10:17:39 AM

    MR. McCONNELL

  • 10:17:40 AM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

  • 10:17:41 AM

    MR. McCONNELL

  • 10:23:31 AM

    OBAMACARE IN COLUMBUS, OHIO

    A SINGLE 27-YEAR-OLD CAN EXPECT TO PAY UNDER OBAMACARE IN COLUMBUS, OHIO:…

    A SINGLE 27-YEAR-OLD CAN EXPECT TO PAY UNDER OBAMACARE IN COLUMBUS, OHIO: 436% INCREASE FOR A 2-YEAR-OLD UNDER OBAMACARE IN COLUMBUS, OHIO. IN CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA, IT'S 523%, LITTLE ROCK, 613% MORE. 613%. IMAGINE FOR A MOMENT YOU'RE 37, YOU'VE DONE -- YOU'RE 27, YOU'VE DONE EVERYTHING RIGHT, STUDIED HARD, GRADUATED FROM COLLEGE, GOT CAR INSURANCE PAYMENTS, UTILITY BILLS, RENTERS' INSURANCE, 401(K) CONTRIBUTIONS, HEALTH INSURANCE, OF COURSE, THEN THERE'S GAS, FOOD, AND MAYBE, JUST MAYBE, OCCASIONALLY HAVING A LITTLE BIT OF FUN. AND THEN YOU LOSE YOUR EMPLOYER-SPONSORED HEALTH PLAN THANKS TO OBAMACARE. YOU GET DUMPED INTO THE EXCHANGES, SO JACK UP THOSE MONTHLY HEALTH INSURANCE PAYMENTS BY $3 300%, 500%, EVEN EVEN600%? WHAT ARE YOU SUPPOSED TO DO? STOP CONTRIBUTING TO YOUR RETIREMENT ACCOUNT? YOU CAN'T VERY WELL GIVE UP THE CAR YOU NEED TO GET TO WORK, OR FOOD, OR PAYING BACK THEIR STUDENT LOANS. NONE OF STHEES GOOD OPTION, MR. PRESIDENT. -- NONE OF THESE IS A GOOD OPTION, MR. PRESIDENT. AND THEY'RE NOT GOOD FOR OUR SOCIETY EITHER. WE SHOULDN'T BE SETTING UP DISINCENTIVES FOR 27-YEAR-OLDS TO INSURE THEMSELVES OR CONTRIBUTE TO THEIR OWN RETIREMENT. BUT THIS IS JUST THE INCENTIVE STRUCTURE THAT OBAMACARE CREATES, AND WHEN YOU CONSIDER HOW HARD THE OBAMA ECONOMY HAS HAMMERED MILL MILLENNIALS ALREADY, IT'S HARDLY FAIR TO WHACK THEM AGAIN, ESPECIALLY WHEN SOME OF THEM ARE JUST BARELY HANGING ON AS IT IS. SO THIS LAW IS A MESS. IT NEEDS TO GO. IT'S WAY PAST TIME TO START OVER. AND AS I'VE BEEN SAYING ALL WEEK, WE NEED JUST FIVE BRAVE DEMOCRATS TO JOIN US TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN. SO I HOPE SOME OF OUR DEMOCRATIC FRIENDS WHO VOTED TOKER THIS LAW WILL LOOK THEM -- WHO VOTED FOR THIS LAW WILL LOOK THEMSELVES IN THE MIRROR AND TRULY THINK ABOUT WHETHER PROTECTING THE PRESIDENT'S PRIDE IS REALLY MORE IMPORTANT THAN HELPING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. BECAUSE WE OWE OUR CONSTITUENTS BETTER THAN OBAMACARE. WE CAN DO BETTER THAN THIS. AND WITH YOUR HELP WE CAN DO THAT. WITH YOUR HELP WE CAN START OVER WITH THE KIND OF REAL BIPARTISAN REFORM THAT KENTUCKIANS AND AMERICANS ARE ACTUALLY HOPING FOR. MR. PRESIDENT, I YIELD

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  • 10:26:41 AM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE KIND OF REAL BIPARTISAN REFORM THAT KENTUCKIANS AND AMERICANS ARE…

    THE KIND OF REAL BIPARTISAN REFORM THAT KENTUCKIANS AND AMERICANS ARE ACTUALLY HOPING FOR. MR. PRESIDENT, I YIELD THE FLOOR.

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  • 10:26:55 AM

    THE CLERK

    ORDER, THE SENATE WILL RESUME CONSIDERATION OF H.J. RES. 59, WHICH THE…

    ORDER, THE SENATE WILL RESUME CONSIDERATION OF H.J. RES. 59, WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT.

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  • 10:27:01 AM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    H.J. RES. 59, MAKING CONTINUING APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2014 AND…

    H.J. RES. 59, MAKING CONTINUING APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2014 AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 10:27:14 AM

    MRS. MURRAY

    ONE-HOUR INCREMENTS WITH THE MAJORITY CONTROLLING THE FIRST HOUR AND…

    ONE-HOUR INCREMENTS WITH THE MAJORITY CONTROLLING THE FIRST HOUR AND ALTERNATEING THEREAFTER. THE SENATOR FROM WASHINGTON.

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  • 10:43:12 AM

    MS. MIKULSKI

  • 10:43:13 AM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

  • 10:43:15 AM

    MS. MIKULSKI

    MR. PRESIDENT?

  • 10:55:03 AM

    MR. PRYOR

    THAT IMPORTANT VIBRANT SECTOR OF OUR ECONOMY, THE AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRY,…

    THAT IMPORTANT VIBRANT SECTOR OF OUR ECONOMY, THE AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRY, IS VIABLE. I YIELD THE FLOOR TO SENATOR PRYOR.

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  • 10:55:24 AM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    ANDS,APPROPRIATIONSAND MIKE HELENEN, BE GRANTED FLOOR PRIVILEGES

  • 10:55:26 AM

    MR. PRYOR

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 11:10:03 AM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    SHE IS DOING GREAT THINGS NOT JUST FOR THE STATE OF MARYLAND,

  • 11:10:06 AM

    MR. SESSIONS

    THE SENATOR FROM RHODE ISLAND.

  • 11:10:29 AM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

  • 11:10:30 AM

    MR. SESSIONS

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 11:13:49 AM

    QUESTIONS

    AND INAPPROPRIATE. WE ARE FACING TWO FISCAL DEADLINES, AND THEY CAN BE…

    AND INAPPROPRIATE. WE ARE FACING TWO FISCAL DEADLINES, AND THEY CAN BE REDUCED TO VERY SIMPLE QUESTIONS: DO WE FUND THE GOVERNMENT? DO WE PAY THE NATION'S BILLS? MY ANSWER, THE ANSWER OF THE VAST MAJORITY OF MY CONSTITUENTS IS SIMPLY, YES, WE DO. WE HAVE TO. WE UNDERSTAND THAT WE HAVE TO GO AHEAD AND HAVE AN ECONOMY THAT WORKS AND A GOVERNMENT THAT HELPS THAT ECONOMY WORK. WE HAVE TO BE EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE, BUT WE CAN'T LEAVE SIMPLY TO THE MERCIES OF THE MARKET AND TO THE FATES WHAT HAPPENS IN OUR ECONOMY. WE HAVE TO TAKE PURPOSEFUL ACTION. AND THAT MEANS WE HAVE TO HAVE A GOVERNMENT THAT IS PREPARED AND ABLE AND RESOURCED TO ACT. NOW, IF THERE IS A SHUTDOWN, IF REPUBLICANS FORCE A SHUTDOWN OF THE GOVERNMENT, IT WILL HAVE EXTRAORDINARILY ADVERSE CONSEQUENCES TO THOUSANDS OF RHODE ISLAND WORKERS, MY CONSTITUENTS, PEOPLE ALL ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. IT WOULD HURT OUR ECONOMIC GROWTH OBVIOUSLY. RATHER THAN DOING THIS, WE SHOULD BE WORKING TO EXPAND OUR GROWTH. WE SHOULD BE DOING MORE TO GET PEOPLE BACK TO WORK. IMU WE'VE HEARD BOTH CHAMBERS, REPUBLICANS TALKING ABOUT ANOTHER ROUND OF BRINKMANSSHIP. WE SAW THIS IN AUGUST OF 2011. AND THE RESULTS THERE WERE PALPABLE. IT SET BACK OUR ECONOMY. IT SUPPRESSED JOB CREATION. IT TOOK WHAT LOOKED LIKE A GROWING ECONOMIC MOMENTUM AND IT LITERALLY DEFLATED THAT MOMENTUM. OUR CREDIT RATING WAS DOWNGRADING FOR THE FIRST TIME I THINK IN ANYONE'S RECOLLECTION, PERHAPS IN HISTORY. IT WAS A SHORTSIGHTED POLITICAL GAME THAT HURT PEOPLE ALL ACROSS THIS COUNTRY, AND YET HERE WE ARE AGAIN APPARENTLY PREPARED TO PLAY THE GAME. PEOPLE DO NOT WANT US TO BE GAMING THEIR FUTURES, THEIR CHILDREN'S FUTURES. THEY WANT US TO BE HELPING THEM INVESTING IN THOSE FUTURES IN A POSITIVE, AND, AND, WE HOPE, COLLABORATIVE EFFORT. WILL WE PAY OUR BILLS BY VOTING TO RAISE THE DEBT CEILING? WILL WE KEEP THE GOVERNMENT OPEN AND WORKING SO THAT WE CAN HELP PEOPLE WHO NEED HELP, SO THAT WE CAN CONTINUE TO RESEARCH ISSUES, SO WE CAN CONTINUE TO INNOVATE, SO WE CAN CONTINUE TO BUILD LITERALLY THE COUNTRY? WE BELIEVE WE MUST DO THIS. THIS MARCH SENATE DEMOCRATS PASSED A BUDGET THAT SET SPENDING LEVELS, RESPONSIBLY REPLACED THE SEQUESTER, REDUCED THE DEFICIT AND INCLUDING $150 BILLION PACKAGE THAT WOULD START CREATING JOBS IMMEDIATELY, HELP OUR FILL 20th CENTURY JOBS. THE HOUSE ALSO PASSED A BUDGET. IT'S IN STARK CONTRAST TO OURS, BUT THEY HAVE A BUDGET, TOO. SO THE BASIC CONSTITUTIONAL APPROACH, THE BASIC PROCEDURAL APPROACH, IS TO BRING THOSE TWO BUDGETS TO CONFERENCE, TO IERCH OUT-- TO IRON OUT THE DIFFERENCES AND HAVE A PLAN TO GO FORWARD AND FUND THE GOVERNMENT AND MEET OUR BASIC NEEDS. BUT WE CAN'T DO THAT BECAUSE REPEATEDLY REPUBLICANS HERE HAVE OBJECTED TO GOING TO CFNS. NOW, THIS -- TO GOING TO CONFERENCE. NOW, THIS IS VERY IRONIC SINCE THE REFRAIN YOU HEARD SEVERAL YEARS AGO IS THAT THE SENATE DEMOCRATS DON'T HAVE A BUDGET, ET CETERA. IT WAS A PRETTY GOOD POLITICAL RESPONSE. IT IGNORED THE FACT THAT IN THE BUDGET CONTROL ACT OF 2011 WE ACTUALLY SET BUDGET LIMITS LIMITS AND EFFECTIVELY HAD A BUDGET. BUT NOW IT'S SORT OF, NEVER MIND. THEY'VE GOT A BUDGET, BUT WE DON'T WANT THE CONGRESS TO HAVE A BUDGET. WE NEED TO PASS A BUDGET. WE NEED TO RESPONSIBLY DEAL WITH SEQUESTRATION. WE HAVE TO CREATE JOBS AND STRENGTHENING THE MIDDLE CLASS. NOW LAST FRIDAY, THE HOUSE REPUBLICANS PLAYED THEIR LATEST CARD IN THIS GAMBIT THAT'S EXTENDED OVER SEVERAL YEARS TO ACHIEVE THEIR POLITICAL GOALS BY HOLDING THE ECONOMY HOSTAGE. THIS TIME THEY WANT TO DEFUND HEALTH REFORM AS A CONTINUE OF KEEPING THE GOVERNMENT OPEN. INDEED, A TACTIC I BELIEVE MANY REPUBLICANS IN THIS BODY HAVE REJECTED. AND I THINK SENSIBLY REJECTED. AND THERE'S NO DOUBT THAT IF THE HOUSE VISION PREVAILS, IT WILL HURT OUR ECONOMY. IT WILL REDUCE REVENUE. IT WILL WASTE TAXPAYERS' DOLLARS. ACCORDING TO THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE, THE SHUTDOWNS OF THE MID-1990'S REDUCED G.N.P. BY HALF A PERCENT. THOSE EPISODES UNDER THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION -- AGAIN, PROMPTED WITH A LITTLE AGENDA, NOT AN ECONOMIC AGENDA BY THE REPUBLICANS IN THE HOUSE -- COST AMERICANS COST AND JOBS AND GROWTH. EVERY WEEK THE GOVERNMENT IS SHUT DOWN, IT WILL COST THE GOVERNMENT $30 BILLION. THIS IS A VERY EXPENSIVE POLITICAL GAMBIT, SOMETHING THAT SHOULD BE REJECTED ON ITS FACE BUT ALSO REJECTED BECAUSE OF THE ADVERSE HARM, THE DEMONSTRABLE ECONOMIC HARM IT WILL DO THE COUNTRY. SO IF YOU DO CARE ABOUT THE JOBS AND THE ECONOMY, THE LAST THING YOU WANT TO DO IS SHUT THE GOVERNMENT DOWN. FIRST OF ALL, IT ELIMINATES DIRECTLY LOTS OF PEOPLE WHO WORK FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, WHO PAY TAXES, WHO PROVIDE CRITICAL TAXES. THE SECONDARY EFFECT IS THEY CAN'T DO THEIR JOBS SO OTHER THINGS STALL, AND THEN THE LOCAL VENDORS IN THE COMMUNITIES WHO RELY ON THE GOVERNMENT CONTRACTORS LOSE THEIR BIRKS AND IT--LOSE THEIR BUSINESS, AND IT IS A DOWNWARD SPIRAL. EVERYONE HERE, PARTICULARLY THE CHAIRMEN AND WOMEN OF THE COMMITTEES, RECOGNIZE THIS. I HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF CHAIRING THE INTERIOR APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE, AND A SHUTDOWN WOULD BE VERY, VERY DISRUPTIVE. FOR EXAMPLE, LEASE SALES AND PERMITS FOR OIL, GAS, COAL, AND OTHER MINERALS ON FEDERAL LANDS AND WATERS WILL BE STOPPED. PROCESSING ONSHORE OIL AND GAS DRILLING APPLICATIONS WILL STOP. PROCESSING APPLICATIONS FOR PERMITS TO DRILL OFFSHORE WILL STOP. REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF OFFSHORE EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT PLANS WILL STOP. WHAT WILL BE THE EFFECT? WELL, THIS WILL DELAY REVENUE, OBVIOUSLY. BOTH FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND FOR THE PRIVATE SECTOR, FOR THOSE PRIVATE ENTREPRENEURS WHO ARE OUT THERE INVESTING THEIR OWN CAPITAL TO TRY TO DEVELOP NATURAL RESOURCES AND PROVIDE THEM TO THE MARKETPLACE, THEY'LL LOSE OUT, TOO. ANOTHER EXAMPLE: PUBLIC ACCESS TO RECREATION AND FEDERAL LANDS WILL VIRTUALLY CEASE. THE NATIONAL PARKS, WILDLIFE REFUGES WILL ALL BE CLOSED TO VISITORS. CAMPGROUNDS, MARINAS, AND OTHER VISITOR CONCESSIONS WILL BE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC. IF YOU GO TO ANY NATIONAL PARK, THERE IS TYPICALLY AROUND IT A GROUP OF SMALL BUSINESSMEN AND WOMEN THAT PROVIDE BACKPACKING GEAR, THAT PROVIDE RENTAL OF RAFTS AND BOATS AND OUTDOOR EQUIPMENT. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE PARK CLOSES? THEIR BUSINESS GOES TO ZERO PRACTICALLY. AND THAT'S A CONSEQUENCE THAT IS PREDICTABLE, IN FACT INEVITABLE. THERE'S ANOTHER ASPECT TO THIS GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN, TOO. WHILE MANY FEDERAL EMPLOYEES WILL BE FURLOUGHED -- AGAIN, DIRECTLY LOSING THEIR PAY, NOT CONTRIBUTING THEIR TAX DOLLARS TO THE NATIONAL ECONOMY -- THERE ARE SOME WHO JUST CAN'T BE. IN THE INTERIOR DEPARTMENT ALONE, THOUSANDS OF FEDERAL WORKERS WILL CONTINUE THEIR JOBS IN ORDER TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY, BUT THEY WON'T BE PAID. THIS WILL INCLUDE THE PARK POLICE. THEY WERE ONE OF THE FIRST RESPONDERS A FEW DAYS AGO TO THE NAVY YARD SHOOTINGS, TYPICAL OF THEIR ETHIC OF SERVICE AND DEDICATION TO THE COUNTRY, THEY RISK THEIRRISKED THEIR LIVED LIVES. THOSE MEN AND WOMEN ON THE PARK POLICE WILL STILL STAND GUARD BUT THEY WON'T BE PAID. AND IT ALSO INCLUDES PARK RANGERS WHO PROVIDE VALUABLE SAFETY. IT WOULD INCLUDE TRIBAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS FOR OUR TRIBAL POLICE DEPARTMENTS, TRIBAL CHILD PROTECTION SERVICES, AND THE OIL AND GAS INSPECTORS WHO HAVE TO GO OUT AND MAKE SURE EXISTING OPERATIONS ARE BEING CONDUCTED IN A TECHNICALLY APPROPRIATE WAY. TURNING TO THE E.P.A., ADMINISTRATOR GINA McCARTHY THAT IS SAID, E.P.A. EFFECTIVELY SHUTS DOWN WITH ONLY A CORE GROUP OF INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE THERE IN THE EVENT OF A SIGNIFICANT EMERGENCY. E.P.A. IS PLANNING TO FURLOUGH APPROXIMATELY 95% OF ITS TOTAL WORKFORCE. STAFF WILL NOT BE REVIEWING AIR, WATER APPLICATIONS. IT WILL IMPACT JOBS AND IMPACT THE INDUSTRY'S OVERALL WE WILLNESS. IF YOU WANT TO STOP MAJOR CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS, THEN JUST TAKE OUT THE PERMITTING PROCESS. NULLIFY IT, BECAUSE THEY CAN'T GO FORWARD LEGALLY WITHOUT PERMITS, PERMITS FROM E.P.A., PERMITS FROM LOCAL REGULATORS, AND YOU WILL HAVE A HUGE CONTRACTION. YOU WILL HAVE PROJECTS PROJECTS THAT HAVE BEEN PLANNED AND THEY WILL BE PUT ON HOLD, AND IT WILL RIPPLE THROUGH THE ECONOMY. EARNINGS FORE.P.A., FOR EXAMPLE, WILL STOP CERTIFYING THATCERTIFYING THAT AUTOMAKERS ARE MEETING CERTIFICATION STANDARDS. HERE ONE OF THE GREAT EXAMPLES OF WHAT THE PRESIDENT'S LEADERSHIP HAS DONE, THE REVITALIZATION OF THE AMERICAN AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRY, COULD BE JEOPARDIZED SIMPLY BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT THEY CAN'T HAVE THEIR VEHICLES CERTIFIED BECAUSE THE E.P.A. IS BASICALLY CLOSED. AND A SHUTDOWN COMPOUNDS THE HIDDEN COSTS OF THE SEQUESTER. IT IS AN INEFFICIENT AND BLUNT INDUSTRY, THE SEQUESTRATION. IT FORCES FORCES THE AGENCIES TO MAKE MAKEDECISIONS THAT DO NOT ALLOW THEM TO PRIORITIZE, AND IT FRUSTRATES ALL OF US, AND IT WILL COMPLICATE AND COMPOUND OUR LIFE GOING FORWARD. YOU KNOW, WE'RE ALREADY FEELING -- PUT ASIDE FOR THE MOMENT A POTENTIAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN. WE'RE ALREADY FEELING THE EFFECTS OF THE PENDING SEQUESTRATION. WE'RE SEEING FORCED FURLOUGHS UP IN RHODE ISLAND AT THE NEW PORT NAVY BASE AND OTHER FACILITIES. AND WE'RE SEEING THE RIPPLE EFFECT OF THAT THE LOCAL BUSINESSES-- --THEY'RE SAYING DEMAND GO DOWN, REVENUES GO DOWN. THEY ARE FINANCIAL VIABILITY BE THREATENED. RHODE ISLANDERS HAVE BEEN -- WHO HAVE BEEN LAID OFF IN PRIVATE ENTERPRISES AND OTHER ENTERPRISES, THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN, ARE SEEING THEIR UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE CUT BY THE SEQUESTER ALREADY. THE AVERAGE BENEFIT OF $37 7 IS BEING CUT. THEY ESTIMATE 6,000 TO 7,000 RHODE ISLAND REMEMBERS BEING AFFECTED, TAKING $1.4 MILLION PER MONTH DIRECTLY OUT OF OW ECONOMY. OUR ECONOMY IS STILL BATTERED. 9% UNEMPLOYMENT. AND THIS IS SOMETHING THAT IS CAUSING PAIN AND HARDSHIP TO FAMILIES THROUGHOUT MY STATE, AND WE'RE NOW EVEN CUTTING BACK ON THE VERY MODEST BENEFITS THAT THEY MIGHT BE RECEIVING AFTER LOSING THEIR EMPLOYMENT. HEAD START, AN EXTRAORDINARILY VALUABLE PROGRAM, SERVES MO THAN SERVES -- SERVES MORE THAN 2,400 CHILDREN IN MY STATE. SEQUESTRATION HAS REDUCED FUNDING BY $1.3 MILLION, WHICH IS A BIG NUMBER WHEN IT COMES TO THE SMALLEST STATE AND AREA IN THE COUNTRY. TO MANAGE THESE CUTS, THE STAFF HAS BEEN LAID OFF, TRANSPORTATION HAS BEEN REDUCED, OTHER SUPPORT SERVICES. BUT EVEN WITH THOSE SAVINGS, 370 SLOTS -- 370 CHILDREN -- DON'T CALL THEM "SLOTS." CALL THEM "CHILDREN." THEY WON'T GET ACCESS TO HEAD START. THAT MEANS MANY IN CASES THEIR PARENTS CAN'T CONTINUE TO WORK BECAUSE THEY CAN'T LEAVE THEIR CHILD ALONE. AND THE PROBLEMS BECOME MORE ANS MORE COMPLICATED. -- BECOME MORE AND MORE COMPLICATED. THESE PROBLEMS REACH VERY FAR ACROSS THE SPECTRUM. AND THEN THERE'S ONE OTHER POINT I WANT TO MAKE HERE, IS THAT SOME PEOPLE ARE SAYING SEQUESTRATION IS BAD, BUT WE REALLY JUST HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE DEFENSE ASPECTS OF IT, BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, THAT'S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING. THESE OTHER PROGRAMS, YOU KNOW, THEY CAN GO THEIR WAY. WELL, IT WAS INTERESTING BECAUSE ONE OF THE PREMIERE LEADERS IN THE DEFENSE INDUSTRY, FORMER CHAIRMAN OF LOCKHEED MARTIN, FORMER UNDER SECRETARY OF THE ARMY, HE'S SERVED ON SO MANY DIFFERENT BOARDS, THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF ENGINEERING, DEFENSE SCIENCE BOARD, THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF AERONAUTICS AND ASTRO NAUGHTICS. IN A SPEECH RECENTLY, MR. AUGUSTINE SAID THAT MUCH OF THE NON-DEFENSE SPENDING THAT PEOPLE ARE SORT OF DISMISSING AS UNIMPORTANT IS MORE CRITICAL TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY OR AT CRITICAL AS SOME OF THE DEFENSE PROGRAMS. HE TALKED ABOUT HOW TODAY'S YOUNGEST GENERATION WILL BE THE FIRST IN HISTORY TO BE LESS WELL-EDUCATED THAN THEIR PARENTS, IF TRENDS CONTINUE, AND THEY'RE LIKELY TO BE LESS HEALTHY, PARTICULARLY IF WE DON'T CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THE HEALTH CARE IMPROVEMENTS UNDER THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. ONE OF THE STARTLING DISCOVERIES IS THE MILITARY, ACCORDING TO MR. AUGUSTINE, IS CLAIMING THAT 70% OF TODAY'S YOUNG PEOPLE ARE INELIGIBLE FOR MILITARY SERVICE. BECAUSE OF MENTAL, PHYSICAL, AND MORAL SHORTCOMINGS. NOW, THE MENTAL AND PHYSICAL SHORTCOMINGS ARE A FUNCTION OF TWO THINGS: EDUCATION AND HEALTH CARE. AND WE'RE PROPOSING TO SAY, LET'S CUT THEM. LET'S DROP THIS WHOLE PROPOSAL ABOUT AFFORDABLE CARE, AND WHO WILL BE THE BENEFICIARY OF AFFORDABLE CARE AND BETTER HEAD START AND BETTER EDUCATION? PROBABLY 70% OF THOSE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO CAN'T QUALIFY TO BE RECRUITS IN THE UNITED STATES ARMY. SO YOU THINK WE HAVE A PROBLEM WITH NATIONAL DEFENSE? WE DO HAVE A PROBLEM WITH DEFENSE. BUT IT'S NOT SIMPLY BY BUYING MORE PLATFORMS, MORE SHIPS, MORE PLANES. IT'S BY HAVING A GENERATION OF AMERICANS WHO CAN STAND UP AND SERVE. AND, MR. PRESIDENT, I COULD GO ON, BUT I JUST SIMPLY WANT TO SAY THAT WE ARE IN A SITUATION WHERE WE HAVE TO BASICALLY DO WHAT WE'VE ALWAYS DONE. STOOD UP AND SAID WE'RE GOING TO KEEP THE GOVERNMENT MOVING. WE'RE GOING TO MAKE CHOICES ABOUT PRIORITIES, BUT WE'RE GOING TO KEEP OUR GOVERNMENT OPEN. AND WE'LL DEBATE THOSE CHOICES. WE'LL DEBATE THOSE PRIORITIES, AND WE WILL COME TO A CONCLUSION AND WE'LL MOVE FORWARD. AND,

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  • 11:30:37 AM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    FORWARD. AND, OH, BY THE WAY, WE'RE GOING TO PAY THE

  • 11:30:40 AM

    MR. SESSIONS

    DEBTS WE'VE ALREADY ACCUMULATED. THE

  • 11:30:43 AM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

  • 11:30:45 AM

    MR. SESSIONS

    THE MAJORITY TIME HAS EXPIRED.

  • 11:31:46 AM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    FLOOR.

  • 11:31:48 AM

    MR. CORNYN

    THE REPUBLICAN WHIP.

  • 11:44:53 AM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

  • 11:44:55 AM

    MR. THUNE

    THE SENATOR? SOUTH DAKOTA.

  • 12:01:14 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

  • 12:01:15 PM

    MR. BOOZMAN

    THE SENATOR FROM ARKANSAS.

  • 12:08:47 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR FROM GEORGIA RNLG.

  • 12:08:54 PM

    MR. ISAKSON

    THE SENATOR FROM GEORGIA RNLG.

  • 12:13:14 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE CLERK WILL CALL THE ROLL. QUORUM CALL: QUORUM CALL: A SENATOR: MADAM…

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

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  • 12:15:11 PM

    Quorum Call

  • 12:28:42 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    A SENATOR: MADAM PRESIDENT?

  • 12:28:48 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

  • 12:28:49 PM

    MR. UDALL

    THE SENATOR IS RECOGNIZED. A SENATOR: I WOULD ASK THAT THE QUORUM CALL BE…

    THE SENATOR IS RECOGNIZED. A SENATOR: I WOULD ASK THAT THE QUORUM CALL BE VITIATED.

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  • 12:29:04 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    OF THE SENATE. THEY HAVE THE APPROVAL OF THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY…

    OF THE SENATE. THEY HAVE THE APPROVAL OF THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS. I ASK UNANIMOUS

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  • 12:29:07 PM

    MR. UDALL

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 12:29:22 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

  • 12:29:24 PM

    MR. UDALL

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 12:39:26 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    OF THE WEEK, PLEASE THINK LONG AND HARD AND PASS IT AND THEN LET'S MOVE…

    OF THE WEEK, PLEASE THINK LONG AND HARD AND PASS IT AND THEN LET'S MOVE FORWARD. THANK YOU, MADAM PRESIDENT. AND I NOTE THE ABSENCE OF A QUORUM.

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  • 12:39:45 PM

    Quorum Call

  • 12:50:19 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    A SENATOR: MADAM PRESIDENT? THE PRESIDING

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    MR. MERKLEY

    A SENATOR: MADAM PRESIDENT? THE PRESIDING

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

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    MR. MERKLEY

    THE SENATOR FROM OREGON.

  • 01:05:38 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    FROM MANUFACTURED CRISIS TO MANUFACTURED CRISIS, WHETHER

  • 01:05:40 PM

    MR. MERKLEY

    CRISIS, WHETHER IN GETTING A SPENDING PLAN IN PLACE AND DOING MORE OF THE…

    CRISIS, WHETHER IN GETTING A SPENDING PLAN IN PLACE AND DOING MORE OF THE THINGS THAT MAKE SENSE. THE

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  • 01:05:45 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE THINGS THAT MAKE SENSE. THE

  • 01:05:46 PM

    MR. MERKLEY

    THE SENATOR'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

  • 01:06:28 PM

    MS. BALDWIN

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE REMARKS OF MY COLLEAGUE, SENATOR BALDWIN.

  • 01:06:50 PM

    MS. BALDWIN

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    MS. BALDWIN

    THAT WOULD HURT ECONOMIC GROWTH AND THE FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES WHO ARE…

    THAT WOULD HURT ECONOMIC GROWTH AND THE FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES WHO ARE WORKING SO HARD TO MOVE OUR RECOVERY FORWARD.

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  • 01:17:08 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    GET TO WORK AND GET TO WORK WITH US TO MOVE OUR ECONOMY FORWARD. MR.…

    GET TO WORK AND GET TO WORK WITH US TO MOVE OUR ECONOMY FORWARD. MR. PRESIDENT,

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  • 01:17:11 PM

    MR. WHITEHOUSE

    THE SENATOR FROM RHODE ISLAND.

  • 01:31:20 PM

    MR. VITTER

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

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    MR. VITTER

    MR. PRESIDENT?

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    FIRST FOR MYSELF 12 MINUTES, THEN SENATOR HATCH, 15 MINUTES; SENATOR…

    FIRST FOR MYSELF 12 MINUTES, THEN SENATOR HATCH, 15 MINUTES; SENATOR PORTMAN, 10 MINUTES; SENATOR COATS, 10 MINUTES; SENATOR TOOMEY, 10 MINUTES.

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  • 01:31:43 PM

    MR. VITTER

    IS THERE OBJECTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 01:41:50 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

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    MR. VITTER

    THE SENATOR FROM MONTANA. [INAUDIBLE]

  • 01:42:36 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    HAPPEN. WE WILL HAVE THIS DEBATE AND VOTE. THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. I…

    HAPPEN. WE WILL HAVE THIS DEBATE AND VOTE. THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. I YIELD THE FLOOR.

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  • 01:42:44 PM

    MR. HATCH

    THE SENATOR FROM UTAHMENT MR. HATCH: MR. PRESIDENT, IT'S NO SECRET THAT…

    THE SENATOR FROM UTAHMENT MR. HATCH: MR. PRESIDENT, IT'S NO SECRET THAT THE SO-CALLED AFFORDABLE CARE ACT IS A TRAIN WRECK WAITING TO HAPPEN.

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  • 01:56:14 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

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

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    MR. PORTMAN

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

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    MR. PORTMAN

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    MADAM PRESIDENT?

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    MR. PORTMAN

    THE SENATOR FROM OHIO.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATE IS IN A QUORUM CALL.

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    MR. PORTMAN

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THE SENATE COME OUT OF THE QUORUM CALL AND GO INTO…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THE SENATE COME OUT OF THE QUORUM CALL AND GO INTO --.

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  • 02:10:47 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF CARE FOR ALL THE FAMILIES THAT WE REPRESENT. MADAM…

    IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF CARE FOR ALL THE FAMILIES THAT WE REPRESENT. MADAM PRESIDENT, I YIELD

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  • 02:10:51 PM

    MR. TOOMEY

    THE SENATOR FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    ASK CONSENT THAT FOLLOWING USE OR YIELDING BACK OF TIME ON EACH OF THE…

    ASK CONSENT THAT FOLLOWING USE OR YIELDING BACK OF TIME ON EACH OF THE AMENDMENTS, THE SENATE PROCEED TO A

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  • 02:16:25 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATE PROCEED TO A VOTE IN RELATION TO EACH AMENDMENT

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    MR. TESTER:ER

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    MR. COATS

    ER: I OBJECT.

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    MR. COATS

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    MR. TOOMEY

    CORRECT.

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    MR. COATS

    TO REPEAL IT. AND WE'RE DENIED THE OPPORTUNITY TO JUST HAVE A BINDING…

    TO REPEAL IT. AND WE'RE DENIED THE OPPORTUNITY TO JUST HAVE A BINDING VOTE? IT'S -- IT'S SHOCKING TO ME.

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  • 02:28:48 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    HOURY HOUR EQUALLY DIVIDED IN THE USUAL FORM. AND I FURTHER ASK

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    MR. TESTER

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

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    MR. TESTER

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    MR. COATS

    IS THERE OBJECTION?

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    MR. TOOMEY

    PROVISIONS THAT ADDRESS OUR HEALTH CARE NEEDS AND NOT TAKE THIS…

    PROVISIONS THAT ADDRESS OUR HEALTH CARE NEEDS AND NOT TAKE THIS ONE-PIECE-FITS-ALL AND JAM IT DOWN THE THROATS OF THE AMERICAN

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  • 02:30:07 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THIS ONE-PIECE-FITS-ALL AND JAM IT DOWN THE THROATS OF THE AMERICAN

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    MR. TOOMEY

    THANK YOU. MADAM PRESIDENT?

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    PARTY HERE IS NOT GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO WEIGH IN AND ENGAGE IN THIS…

    PARTY HERE IS NOT GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO WEIGH IN AND ENGAGE IN THIS DEBATE AND OFFER AMENDMENTS, I CAN'T SUPPORT CLOTURE ON THE UNDERLYING BILL. I YIELD THE

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  • 02:31:39 PM

    MR. BAUCUS

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    CLOTURE ON THE UNDERLYING BILL. I YIELD THE FLOOR. THE PRESIDING

  • 02:31:42 PM

    MR. BAUCUS

    THE SENATOR'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

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    MR. BAUCUS

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE CLERK WILL CALL THE ROLL. QUORUM CALL: QUORUM CALL: A SENATOR: MADAM…

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

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  • 02:45:20 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR FROM MINNESOTA.

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    MR. FRANKEN

    THE SENATOR FROM MINNESOTA.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR FROM MINNESOTA.

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    MR. FRANKEN

    THE SENATOR FROM MINNESOTA.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    PRESIDENT. AND I YIELD THE FLOOR. THE

  • 02:59:19 PM

    MR. LEAHY

    THE FLOOR. THE FLOOR. A SENATOR: MADAM PRESIDENT?

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR FROM VERMONT.

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    MR. LEAHY

    THE SENATE IS CURRENTLY CONSIDERING H.J. RES. 59. THE CONTINUING BUDGET…

    THE SENATE IS CURRENTLY CONSIDERING H.J. RES. 59. THE CONTINUING BUDGET RESOLUTION.

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  • 03:13:05 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    COUNTED. DON'T HIDE BEHIND THE BALONEY WE'VE

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    MR. REID

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    BALONEY WE'VE HEARD. MADAM PRESIDENT, I ASK CONSENT MY WHOLE STATEMENT BE…

    BALONEY WE'VE HEARD. MADAM PRESIDENT, I ASK CONSENT MY WHOLE STATEMENT BE MADE PART OF

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  • 03:13:16 PM

    MR. REID

    MADAM PRESIDENT?

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    OF VERMONT REVERE THIS GOOD MAN. MADAM PRESIDENT, I ASK THE CHAIR TO LAY…

    OF VERMONT REVERE THIS GOOD MAN. MADAM PRESIDENT, I ASK THE CHAIR TO LAY BEFORE THE SENATE A MESSAGE FROM THE HOUSE WITH RESPECT

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  • 03:13:56 PM

    THE CLERK

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT.

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    MR. REID

    H.R. 527 ENTITLED AN ACT TO AMEND THE HELIUM ACT, AND SO FORTH AND WITH…

    H.R. 527 ENTITLED AN ACT TO AMEND THE HELIUM ACT, AND SO FORTH AND WITH OTHER PURPOSES WITH AN AMENDMENT.

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  • 03:14:18 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

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    MR. REID

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THE SENATE CONCUR ON THE HOUSE AMENDMENT TO THE…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THE SENATE CONCUR ON THE HOUSE AMENDMENT TO THE SENATE AMENDMENT AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER BE LAID ON THE TABLE WITH NO INTERVENING ACTION OR DEBATE.

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  • 03:16:45 PM

    MR. GRASSLEY

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    TO AVOID THIS SHUTDOWN. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE AFRAID OF WHAT

  • 03:16:49 PM

    MR. GRASSLEY

    MADAM PRESIDENT?

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    MR. DURBIN

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    OBAMACARE AND THAT'S HOW I WILL BE VOTING THIS WEEK.

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    MR. DURBIN

    MADAM PRESIDENT?

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    TIME THAT WAS YIELDED TO HIM FOR THE BEGINNING OF HIS SPEECH AND I ASK

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    MR. DURBIN

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. SESSIONS

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    OBJECTION.

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    MR. SESSIONS

    MADAM PRESIDENT?

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    VOICES HEARD IN THIS BODY. I THANK THE CHAIR AND WOULD YIELD THE FLOOR.…

    VOICES HEARD IN THIS BODY. I THANK THE CHAIR AND WOULD YIELD THE FLOOR. THE PRESIDING

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  • 04:06:43 PM

    MR. REID

    THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    AN AMENDMENT ON THE MIKULSKI-REID

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE MIKULSKI-REID AMENDMENT NUMBER 1974 AND PASSAGE OF H.J. RES. 59

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    MR. LEE

    IS THERE OBJECTION? A SENATOR: MADAM PRESIDENT?

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    DOES THE MAJORITY LEADER SO MODIFY?

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    MR. REID

    DOES THE MAJORITY LEADER SO MODIFY?

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    MODIFICATION. AND IF THERE IS AN OBJECTION TO THIS, IF THERE IS AN…

    MODIFICATION. AND IF THERE IS AN OBJECTION TO THIS, IF THERE IS AN OBJECTION TO

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  • 04:13:29 PM

    MR. LEE

    MY REQUEST, I'LL WORK IT OUT WITH THE REPUBLICAN LEADER AS TO WHAT TIME…

    MY REQUEST, I'LL WORK IT OUT WITH THE REPUBLICAN LEADER AS TO WHAT TIME WE'RE GOING TO DO THIS. THE

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  • 04:13:31 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    LEADER AS TO WHAT TIME WE'RE GOING TO DO THIS. THE

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    MR. LEE

    MADAM PRESIDENT, RESERVE -- RESERVING THE RIGHT TO OBJECT.

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    MR. REID

    DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BEING ABLE TO GET SOMETHING TO THEM TOMORROW IF WE…

    DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BEING ABLE TO GET SOMETHING TO THEM TOMORROW IF WE PUSHED IT OUT VERSUS SUNDAY.

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  • 04:15:43 PM

    MR. CORKER

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    IT. SO I YIELD TO MY FRIEND FROM TENNESSEE.

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    MR. CORKER

    MADAM PRESIDENT, I WONDER --

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    MR. CRUZ

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    GOOD POLICY ON THE CONSERVATIVE SIDE COME OUT OF THE

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    MR. CRUZ

    MADAM PRESIDENT?

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

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    MR. REID

    MAKE REFERENCE TO THE SENATOR FROM NEVADA AND THE SENATOR FROM UTAH. THE…

    MAKE REFERENCE TO THE SENATOR FROM NEVADA AND THE SENATOR FROM UTAH. THE PRESIDING

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  • 04:18:35 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    IS THERE OBJECTION?

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    MR. CRUZ

    TIME. I WANT TO MAKE SURE THIS IS NOT GOING TO BE ANOTHER PERFORMANCE HERE…

    TIME. I WANT TO MAKE SURE THIS IS NOT GOING TO BE ANOTHER PERFORMANCE HERE THIS

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  • 04:18:42 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    GOING TO BE ANOTHER PERFORMANCE HERE THIS AFTERNOON.

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    MR. REID

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

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    MR. CRUZ

    IS THERE OBJECTION TO THE REQUEST?

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    MR. CORKER

    SURE HIS STATEMENT SUGGESTING THAT THE VOTE ON THE MOTION TO PROCEED MEANT…

    SURE HIS STATEMENT SUGGESTING THAT THE VOTE ON THE MOTION TO PROCEED MEANT ANYTHING OTHER THAN WHAT IT OBVIOUSLY MEANT. I KNOW THAT WAS A STATEMENT IN ERROR.

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  • 04:22:54 PM

    MR. CRUZ

    THE COUNTRY'S GOVERNMENT SHUTS DOWN AND, BY THE WAY, CAUSING THEM POSSIBLY…

    THE COUNTRY'S GOVERNMENT SHUTS DOWN AND, BY THE WAY, CAUSING THEM POSSIBLY TO PUT IN PLACE AGAIN SOME OTHER GOOD POLICIES. I YIELD.

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  • 04:23:38 PM

    MR. CORKER

    TO VOTE? IF THIS IS A VOTE IN FAVOR OF DEFUNDING OBAMACARE, IS IT THE…

    TO VOTE? IF THIS IS A VOTE IN FAVOR OF DEFUNDING OBAMACARE, IS IT THE SENATOR FROM TENNESSEE'S SUGGESTION THAT THE MAJORITY LEADER AND THE SENATE DEMOCRATS ARE CONFUSED ABOUT THIS VOTE?

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  • 04:23:51 PM

    MR. CRUZ

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    MR. CORKER

    IS INVOKED, HARRY REID, THE MAJORITY LEADER, WILL BE ABLE TO FUND…

    IS INVOKED, HARRY REID, THE MAJORITY LEADER, WILL BE ABLE TO FUND OBAMACARE WITH 51 VOTES?

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  • 04:25:32 PM

    MR. CRUZ

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    MR. CORKER

    I THANK MY FRIEND --

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    MR. CRUZ

    AND TELL ME WHAT HAPPENS IF THE SENATE WERE NOT TO INVOKE CLOTURE ON A…

    AND TELL ME WHAT HAPPENS IF THE SENATE WERE NOT TO INVOKE CLOTURE ON A BILL THAT WE SUPPORT, WHAT THEN HAPPENS. I'D LIKE TO UNDERSTAND.

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  • 04:27:42 PM

    MR. CORKER

    ABILITY TO FUND OBAMACARE, WOULD MAJORITY LEADER HARRY REID BE ABLE TO…

    ABILITY TO FUND OBAMACARE, WOULD MAJORITY LEADER HARRY REID BE ABLE TO PROCEED AND FUND OBAMACARE IF 41 REPUBLICANS STOOD TOGETHER AGAINST CLOTURE?

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  • 04:28:04 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    ON CLOTURE TOMORROW IS A VOTE ON -- ENDING DEBATE ON A BILL WE SUPPORT.…

    ON CLOTURE TOMORROW IS A VOTE ON -- ENDING DEBATE ON A BILL WE SUPPORT. THE THAPLD YOU'RE TALKING -- THE AMENDMENT THAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT -- THE

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  • 04:28:13 PM

    MR. LEE

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    PRESIDING OFFICER: THE TIME FOR THE COLLOQUY HAS EXPIRED.

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    MR. LEE

    MADAM PRESIDENT?

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

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    MR. DURBIN

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    REQUEST I REQUEST TO MODIFY THE REQUEST MADE BY

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    MR. DURBIN

    OBJECTION IS HEARD.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

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    MR. DURBIN

    LOSING A LEGISLATIVE DAY IN THE SENATE -- THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THE TIME…

    LOSING A LEGISLATIVE DAY IN THE SENATE -- THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THE TIME IS STILL UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE REPUBLICANS.

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  • 04:29:13 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    IS REMAINING AT THIS POINT ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE? THE PRESIDING

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    MR. DURBIN

    REPUBLICAN SIDE?

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

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    MR. DURBIN

    THE ALTERNATING TIME OCCURS AT 4:30 P.M..

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

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    MR. CORKER

    THAT IS CORRECT.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    4:29.

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    MR. CORKER

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

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    MR. CORKER

    MADAM PRESIDENT?

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    MR. CRUZ

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    HOUSE THE OPPORTUNITY TO RESPOND IN AN APPROPRIATE WAY. WITH THAT,

  • 04:30:47 PM

    MR. DURBIN

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    I YIELD THE FLOOR AND I'VE ENJOYED THIS VERY MUCH.

  • 04:30:51 PM

    MR. DURBIN

    MADAM PRESIDENT?

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    MR. COONS

    FLOOR. A SENATOR: MADAM PRESIDENT? OFFICERTHE PRESIDING OFFICER: THE…

    FLOOR. A SENATOR: MADAM PRESIDENT? OFFICERTHE PRESIDING OFFICER: THE SENATOR FROM DELAWARE.

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  • 04:47:33 PM

    MS. LANDRIEU

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    HER SUBCOMMITTEE ON THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, ON WHICH I'M HONORED TO…

    HER SUBCOMMITTEE ON THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, ON WHICH I'M HONORED TO SERVE,

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  • 04:47:36 PM

    MS. LANDRIEU

    LANDRIEU: THANK YOU.

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    MR. COONS

    THAT THE ROLE OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE AND ITS SUBCOMMITTEES IS TO…

    THAT THE ROLE OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE AND ITS SUBCOMMITTEES IS TO PERFORM OVERSIGHT.

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  • 04:49:07 PM

    MS. LANDRIEU

    THE HOMELAND SECURITY SUBCOMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS HAS MADE POSSIBLE AND…

    THE HOMELAND SECURITY SUBCOMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS HAS MADE POSSIBLE AND WHY THAT MATTERS, WHAT DIFFERENCE THAT MAKES TO THE PEOPLE OF LOUISIANA AND OF OUR COUNTRY.

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  • 04:58:38 PM

    MR. COONS

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    SECTOR AND IT'S NOT FAIR TO HURT OUR ECONOMY.

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    MR. COONS

    MADAM PRESIDENT?

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    MR. WE KNOW ET

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

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    MR. BENNET

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

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    MR. BENNET

    MADAM PRESIDENT?

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    MR. COONS

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    MR. BENNET

    I WAS.

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    MR. COONS

    VERY FAR -- LET ME PUT IT THIS WAY -- WOULDN'T BE RUN OUT OF TOWN IF THEY…

    VERY FAR -- LET ME PUT IT THIS WAY -- WOULDN'T BE RUN OUT OF TOWN IF THEY THREATENED THE CREDIT RATING OF THEIR COMMUNITY FOR POLITICS?

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  • 05:02:09 PM

    MR. BENNET

    FEW WEEKS LATER THE POSSIBLE DEFAULT ON THE SOVEREIGN DEBT OF THE UNITED…

    FEW WEEKS LATER THE POSSIBLE DEFAULT ON THE SOVEREIGN DEBT OF THE UNITED STATES. NO ONE, NO RESPONSIBLE ELECTED OFFICIAL WHERE I'M FROM WOULD DO THAT.

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  • 05:03:06 PM

    MS. KLOBUCHAR

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    BUILD THIS ECONOMY IF ONLY WASHINGTON OR A FEW ACTORS IN WASHINGTON WOULD…

    BUILD THIS ECONOMY IF ONLY WASHINGTON OR A FEW ACTORS IN WASHINGTON WOULD GET OUT OF THE WAY. WITH THAT, I YIELD THE FLOOR. MS.

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  • 05:03:14 PM

    MS. KLOBUCHAR

    MR. PRESIDENT?

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    MR. JOHNSON

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    FLOOR.

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    MR. JOHNSON

    MR. PRESIDENT?

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE CLERK WILL CALL THE ROLL. QUORUM CALL:

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

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    MR. REID

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

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    MR. REID

    THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    AMENDED. FINALLY, THAT ALL AFTER THE FIRST VOTE IN THE SEQUENCE OF VOTES…

    AMENDED. FINALLY, THAT ALL AFTER THE FIRST VOTE IN THE SEQUENCE OF VOTES BE TEN MINUTES AND TWO MINUTES EQUALLY

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  • 05:27:24 PM

    MR. REID

    IS THERE OBJECTION? WITHOUT ANY OBJECTION, IT IS SO ORDERED.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    12:10.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    A SENATOR: MR. PRESIDENT?

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    MRS. FISCHER

    A SENATOR: MR. PRESIDENT?

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    SENATOR: MR. PRESIDENT?

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    MRS. FISCHER

    THE SENATOR FROM NEBRASKA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    A SENATOR: MR. PRESIDENT?

  • 05:44:10 PM

    MR. MORAN

    FROM KANSAS. MORE THAN MORE --

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

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    MR. JOHNSON

    WISCONSIN. A SENATOR: I RISE TO SPEAK ON AN AMENDMENT I FILED TO HOUSE…

    WISCONSIN. A SENATOR: I RISE TO SPEAK ON AN AMENDMENT I FILED TO HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 59, THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION. IT'S A PRETTY SIMPLE AMENDMENT.

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  • 06:11:01 PM

    MR. CHAMBLISS

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

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    MR. CHAMBLISS

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    FLOOR. AND I WOULD SUGGEST THE ABSENCE OF

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

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    MR. BURR

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    PRESIDING OFFICER: THE SENATOR FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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    MR. BURR

    I ASK THAT THE QUORUM CALL BE VITIATED. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO STICK…

    I ASK THAT THE QUORUM CALL BE VITIATED. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO STICK AROUND.

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  • 06:30:28 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    AND WHY IT SHOULD BE REPLACED.

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    MR. BEGICH

    THE SENATOR FROM ALASKA.

  • 06:45:14 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    SHOW. MR. PRESIDENT, I YIELD MY TIME.

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    MR. TESTER

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

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    MR. TESTER

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

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    MR. TESTER

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    AND LET'S DO WHAT'S RIGHT WHEN THE DEBT LIMIT DEBATE

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    MR. TESTER

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

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    MR. TESTER

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

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    MR. TESTER

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    I ASK THE QUORUM CALL BE VITIATED.

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    MR. TESTER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

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    THE CLERK

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THE SENATE PROCEED TO CALENDAR NUMBER 196, S. 1348.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    CLERK WILL REPORT.

  • 06:59:04 PM

    MR. TESTER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE SENATE WILL PROCEED TO THE MEASURE.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    AT THE DESK BE AGREED TO, THE BILL AS AMENDED BE READ A THIRD TIME AND…

    AT THE DESK BE AGREED TO, THE BILL AS AMENDED BE READ A THIRD TIME AND PASSED, AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER BE LAID UPON THE TABLE WITH NO INTERVENING

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  • 06:59:25 PM

    MR. TESTER

    ACTION OR DEBATE.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    OBJECTION.

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    THE CLERK

    MR. PRESIDENT, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THE SENATE PROCEED TO THE…

    MR. PRESIDENT, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THE SENATE PROCEED TO THE CONSIDERATION OF S. RES. 261, SUBMITTED EARLIER TODAY.

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  • 06:59:42 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    RES. 261, DESIGNATING THE WEEK BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 23, 2013, AS NATIONAL…

    RES. 261, DESIGNATING THE WEEK BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 23, 2013, AS NATIONAL HISTORICALLY

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  • 06:59:48 PM

    MR. TESTER

    NATIONAL HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES WEEK.

  • 06:59:56 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

  • 06:59:57 PM

    MR. TESTER

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THE RESOLUTION BE AGREED TO, THE MOTION TO…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THE RESOLUTION BE AGREED TO, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE, IT BE LAID ON THE TABLE WITH NO INTERVENING ACTION OR DEBATE.

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  • 07:00:06 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 07:00:08 PM

    THE CLERK

    SENATE PROCEED TO THE IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION OF S. 262,…

    SENATE PROCEED TO THE IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION OF S. 262, SUBMITTED-YEAR-OLD TODAY BY SENATORS DONNELLY AND ISAKSON.

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  • 07:00:14 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT.

  • 07:00:16 PM

    MR. TESTER

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT.

  • 07:00:25 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WILL PROCEED TO THE MEASURE.

  • 07:00:28 PM

    MR. TESTER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 07:00:55 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

  • 07:00:57 PM

    MR. TESTER

    DAY. THAT FOLLOWING ANY LEADER REMARKS, THE SENATE RESUME CONSIDERATION OF…

    DAY. THAT FOLLOWING ANY LEADER REMARKS, THE SENATE RESUME CONSIDERATION OF H.J. RES. 59, THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION, UNDER THE PREVIOUS ORDER. THE PRESIDING

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  • 07:01:04 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 07:01:09 PM

    MR. TESTER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 07:01:17 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THERE WILL BE UP TO FOUR ROLL CALL VOTES AT 12:30 P.M. TOMORROW. IF…

    THERE WILL BE UP TO FOUR ROLL CALL VOTES AT 12:30 P.M. TOMORROW. IF THERE'S NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE SENATE, I ASK IT BE ADJOURNED UNDER THE PREVIOUS ORDER.

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