6:34 PM EDT

John P. Murtha Jr., D-PA 12th

Mr. MURTHA. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

I hope as I see those pages fluttering over there it is not an indication that we are going to have a long debate. I hope for the record that we are not going to see that.

We worked assiduously for 6 months to get this bill together. It is the tightest, toughest bill I have ever seen in the 25 years I have been on this committee. We sure don't want a lot of rhetoric to elucidate on what happened here. So I am prepared to yield back my time.

6:35 PM EDT

Jerry Lewis, R-CA 41st

Mr. LEWIS of California. Mr. Speaker, at the admonition of my dear friend from Pennsylvania, I am simply rising to compliment these two gentleman for the fabulous work they have done and to make one single point: this is the first conference report of 11 that we should have. It is my intention before the year is over to complete all of those reports.

But the point I really want to make and have the House understand, it is not the committee's intention to have an omnibus of any form. An omnibus only complicates the process, causes us to spend more money, not less, and undermines the very fine work that has been done by this committee.

6:36 PM EDT

Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-NJ 11th

Mr. FRELINGHUYSEN. Mr. Speaker, I thank the chairman for yielding.

Mr. Speaker, taking Mr. Murtha's admonition, I rise in strong support of the bill and especially draw attention to the need to get the money out the door through the bridge fund.