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Prayer

Take control of our lives. Make us large of spirit, generous, and merciful. Use us to lift the fallen and remind us to bless even those who curse us. Show ...

Senate

Monday, January 30, 2006 The Senate met at 10 a.m. and was called to order by the Honorable Robert F. Bennett, a Senator from the State of Utah.

Reservation Of Leader Time

Under the previous order, the leadership time is reserved.

Prayer

Eternal God, to whom a thousand years are but a moment, by Your mercy we have received the gift of another day. Help us to maximize today's possibilities with humble ...

Appointment Of Acting President Pro Tempore

The clerk will please read a communication to the Senate from the President pro tempore (Mr. Stevens).

Prayer

Bless our lawmakers and the members of their staffs. May the words of their lips and the meditations of their hearts bring glory to You. Let not life's weariness or ...

Prayer

We pray in Your sovereign Name. Amen.

Appointment Of Acting President Pro Tempore

The assistant legislative clerk read the following letter:

Prayer

Let us pray.

Appointment Of Acting President Pro Tempore

Mr. BENNETT thereupon assumed the Chair as Acting President pro tempore.

Prayer

The Chaplain, Dr. Barry C. Black, offered the following prayer:

Pledge Of Allegiance

The Honorable Robert F. Bennett led the Pledge of Allegiance, as follows:

Morning Business

The Senate is available for morning business.

Morning Business

Mr. President, last Thursday I submitted a statement expressing my concerns with the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito to the United States Supreme Court.

Speaking: Jeffords
Executive Session

Mr. President, I thank the Senator from New Mexico. First, there is nothing more important, along with the war on terror, than finding a way to keep our jobs from ...

Speaking: Alexander
Executive Session

The Senator is correct.

Executive Session

I yield myself the time until 5 minutes of 2, and I ask unanimous consent that Senator Alexander and I be permitted to use 5 minutes of that time to ...

Speaking: Domenici
Executive Session

Mr. President, in one reference to Judge Rendell and also Judge Chertoff on the two cases I referenced, it was Judge Rendell who described the tactics of the marshals brandishing ...

Speaking: Kennedy
Executive Session

Without objection, it is so ordered.

Executive Session

Mr. President, I appreciate the opportunity to talk a little bit about the judge issue that is before us. I have not done so until now. I have watched this ...

Speaking: Thomas
Executive Session

Mr. President, the Committee on the Judiciary has recommended that we consent to the President's nomination of Samuel A. Alito, Jr. as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the ...

Speaking: Chambliss
Executive Session

The clerk will call the roll.

Executive Session

Mr. President, I rise today in support of the nomination of Samuel A. Alito, Jr., to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. We are familiar with Judge Alito's ...

Speaking: McConnell
Executive Session

There being no objection, the material was ordered to be printed in the Record, as follows:

Executive Session

The Senator from Tennessee is recognized.

Executive Session

The legislative clerk proceeded to call the roll.

Executive Session

The majority controls the time until 2 p.m.

Executive Session

The assistant legislative clerk read the nomination of Samuel A. Alito, Jr., of New Jersey, to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Executive Session

Under the previous order, the Senate will proceed to executive session and resume consideration of Calendar No. 490, which the clerk will report.

Executive Session

The Senator from New Mexico.

Executive Session

Mr. President, I assume the order of business is to speak on the Alito nomination.

Speaking: Grassley
Executive Session

The minority has an additional 3 minutes.

Executive Session

Mr. President, America is listening to the President. He said: We are going to get the very best nominee we possibly can. That is one side of the story. Most ...

Speaking: Kennedy
Executive Session

Mr. President, I suggest the absence of a quorum.

Speaking: Kennedy
Executive Session

Mr. President, this is an incredibly important time in our Nation's history. This is the second Supreme Court nominee to come before the Senate in the past 6 months. We ...

Speaking: Stabenow
Executive Session

The assistant legislative clerk proceeded to call the roll.

Executive Session

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the order for the quorum call be rescinded.

Speaking: Chambliss, Stabenow, Grassley, Bennett
Executive Session

Mr. President, on countless nominations Democrats have joined Republicans and Republicans have joined Democrats to send a judicial nomination to the floor with a powerful, bipartisan vote. Chief Justice Roberts ...

Speaking: Kerry
Executive Session

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent the order for the quorum call be rescinded.

Speaking: Kennedy
Executive Session

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that a letter from Senator Bingaman and myself, encouraged by Senator Domenici, to the National Academy of Sciences on May 27, 2005, and a ...

Speaking: Alexander
Executive Session

Mr. President, I was here in the Chamber in the role of Presiding Officer during the presentation of the senior Senator from Massachusetts in which he referred to a story ...

Speaking: Bennett
Executive Session

Under the previous order, the time from 10 to 11 shall be under the control of the Democratic side.

Executive Session

The assistant majority leader is recognized.

Executive Session

Mr. President, today at 4:30, Members of this body will be casting an extremely important vote, the implications of which are going to be felt not only in the next ...

Speaking: Kennedy
Executive Session

Mr. President, how much time does the Senator from New Mexico have allotted?

Speaking: Domenici
Executive Session

The Senator from Massachusetts.

Executive Session

The bill clerk proceeded to call the roll.

Executive Session

Mr. President, today I rise to speak about a very important issue, the competitiveness of the United States and our future standard of living and whether we are going to ...

Speaking: Domenici
Executive Session

Mr. President, I choose to do that.

Speaking: Grassley
National Security

Mr. President, I am not here, people will be glad to know, to talk about Judge Alito. I am here as an assignment. Serving on the Senate Armed Services Committee, ...

Speaking: Inhofe
National Security

The Senator has approximately 14 minutes remaining.

Speaking: Talent
National Security

Let me make a comment about this thing, ``The U.S. Military Under Strain and at Risk.'' It is amazing that the media would give any attention to this group. Do ...

Speaking: Inhofe
Morning Business

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent there now be a period for morning business with Senators permitted to speak for up to 10 minutes each.

Speaking: Inhofe
Morning Business

without objection, it is so ordered.

Tribute To Former Senator William Proxmire

Mr. President, I rise today to pay tribute to our late colleague, Senator William Proxmire--beloved father, husband, veteran, and former member of this body. With over 32 years of service ...

Speaking: Sessions
National Mentoring Month

Mr. President, I am pleased to join my colleagues Senator McCain and Senator Kennedy in sponsoring a resolution designating the month of January as ``National Mentoring Month.'' Adult-to-youth mentoring has ...

Speaking: Grassley
Palestinian Legislative Council Elections

Mr. President, while we are still awaiting final certification of the election results, it is apparent that the Islamic Resistance Movement, or Hamas, has obtained a significant number of seats ...

Speaking: Feingold
Abramoff Scandal

Mr. President, as both vice chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee and a member of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, I have been absolutely appalled at the scope and ...

Speaking: Johnson
Additional Statements

Mr. President, today I rise to congratulate Seth Honerman, Robert Viste, Kevin and Kyle Roades, Dennis VerHey, Donald Nordlie, Adam English, Michael King, Jordan Richter, Bayard Carlson, Ryan King, Thomas ...

Speaking: Thune
Award For Excellence In Education

Mr. President, I rise today to honor Mayo High School, in Rochester, MN, which recently earned an Award for Excellence in Education for its exceptional and innovative achievements in educating ...

Speaking: Dayton
Award For Excellence In Education

Mr. President, I rise today to honor Bamber Valley Elementary School, in Rochester, MN, which recently earned an Award for Excellence in Education for its exceptional and innovative achievements in ...

Speaking: Dayton
Award For Excellence In Education

Mr. President, I rise today to honor Eagle Lake Elementary School, in Eagle Lake, MN, which recently earned an Award for Excellence in Education for its exceptional and innovative achievements ...

Speaking: Dayton
Honoring The Life Of Charles F. Cummings

Mr. President, I rise today to pay tribute to Charles F. Cummings, the official historian of Newark, NJ. Mr. Cummings passed away on December 21, 2005, at the age of ...

Speaking: Lautenberg
Happy 90th Birthday To Raymond Twomey

Mr. President, I rise today to celebrate a special occasion in the life of a true American; Mr. Raymond Twomey of Boston, MA. As Ray gathers with his friends and ...

Speaking: Kerry
Executive And Other Communications

The following communications were laid before the Senate, together with accompanying papers, reports, and documents, and were referred as indicated: EC-5391. A communication from the Assistant Secretary of the Army ...

Submission Of Concurrent And Senate Resolutions

The following concurrent resolutions and Senate resolutions were read, and referred (or acted upon), as indicated:

Introduction Of Bills And Joint Resolutions

The following bills and joint resolutions were introduced, read the first and second times by unanimous consent, and referred as indicated:

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Frist, his name was added as a cosponsor of S. 2198, supra.

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Frist, his name was added as a cosponsor of S. 2197, supra.

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Domenici, the names of the Senator from New York (Mr. Schumer), the Senator from North Dakota (Mr. Dorgan), the Senator from Maryland (Mr. Sarbanes) and ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Obama, the name of the Senator from Massachusetts (Mr. Kennedy) was added as a cosponsor of S. 2179, a bill to require openness in conference ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Bayh, the names of the Senator from Georgia (Mr. Isakson) and the Senator from Rhode Island (Mr. Chafee) were added as cosponsors of S. 2025, ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Lautenberg, the name of the Senator from Illinois (Mr. Durbin) was added as a cosponsor of S. 967, a bill to amend the Communications Act ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Ensign, the name of the Senator from North Carolina (Mrs. Dole) was added as a cosponsor of S. Res. 320, a resolution calling the President ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Thune, the name of the Senator from South Dakota (Mr. Johnson) was added as a cosponsor of S. 2205, a bill to direct the Secretary ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Ms. Mikulski, the name of the Senator from New Jersey (Mr. Menendez) was added as a cosponsor of S. 602, a bill to amend the Public ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Stevens, the names of the Senator from Arkansas (Mr. Pryor) and the Senator from Florida (Mr. Nelson) were added as cosponsors of S. 2012, a ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. McCain, the name of the Senator from Nevada (Mr. Ensign) was added as a cosponsor of S. Res. 357, a resolution designating January 2006 as ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Domenici, the names of the Senator from Maryland (Mr. Sarbanes) and the Senator from Nevada (Mr. Reid) were added as cosponsors of S. 2198, supra.

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mrs. Hutchison, the name of the Senator from Illinois (Mr. Durbin) was added as a cosponsor of S. 521, a bill to amend the Public Health ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Alexander, the names of the Senator from New Jersey (Mr. Lautenberg), the Senator from South Dakota (Mr. Johnson), the Senator from Kentucky (Mr. McConnell), the ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Coleman, the name of the Senator from Rhode Island (Mr. Chafee) was added as a cosponsor of S. Res. 182, a resolution supporting efforts to ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Isakson, his name was added as a cosponsor of S. Con. Res. 78, a concurrent resolution condemning the Government of Iran for violating its international ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Specter, the names of the Senator from Oregon (Mr. Wyden) and the Senator from Florida (Mr. Nelson) were added as cosponsors of S. 1172, a ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Obama, the name of the Senator from Nevada (Mr. Reid) was added as a cosponsor of S. 2201, a bill to amend title 49, United ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Alexander, the names of the Senator from Hawaii (Mr. Akaka), the Senator from Maryland (Ms. Mikulski) and the Senator from Florida (Mr. Nelson) were added ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Obama, the names of the Senator from Virginia (Mr. Allen) and the Senator from Connecticut (Mr. Lieberman) were added as cosponsors of S. 2154, a ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Specter, the name of the Senator from New Jersey (Mr. Lautenberg) was added as a cosponsor of S. 1934, a bill to reauthorize the grant ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Domenici, the names of the Senator from New York (Mr. Schumer), the Senator from Maryland (Mr. Sarbanes) and the Senator from Nevada (Mr. Reid) were ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Alexander, the names of the Senator from New Jersey (Mr. Lautenberg), the Senator from South Dakota (Mr. Johnson), the Senator from Kentucky (Mr. McConnell), the ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Ms. Landrieu, the name of the Senator from New York (Mrs. Clinton) was added as a cosponsor of S. 2172, a bill to provide for response ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Nelson of Nebraska, the names of the Senator from West Virginia (Mr. Rockefeller), the Senator from Michigan (Ms. Stabenow), the Senator from Maine (Ms. Collins), ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Frist, his name was added as a cosponsor of S. 2199, supra.

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Ms. Snowe, the name of the Senator from Indiana (Mr. Bayh) was added as a cosponsor of S. 1800, a bill to amend the Internal Revenue ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Alexander, the names of the Senator from New Jersey (Mr. Lautenberg), the Senator from South Dakota (Mr. Johnson), the Senator from Kentucky (Mr. McConnell), the ...

Submitted Resolutions

HEALTH SERVICE, SHOULD MAINTAIN THE CURRENT OPERATING HOURS OF THE

Submitted Resolutions

Mr. JOHNSON (for himself and Mr. Thune) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs:

Submitted Resolutions

SENATE RESOLUTION 358--EXPRESSING THE SENSE OF THE SENATE THAT THE

Program

Tomorrow morning at 11 o'clock we will vote on the confirmation of Judge Alito to be an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court. Senators should be seated at their desks ...

Speaking: Inhofe
Adjournment Until 9:45 A.M. Tomorrow

If there is no further business to come before the Senate, I ask unanimous consent the Senate stand in adjournment under the previous order.

Speaking: Inhofe
Orders For Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that when the Senate completes its business today, it stand in adjournment until 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday, January 31. I further ask that following ...

Speaking: Inhofe
Authorities For Committees To Meet

Without objection, it is so ordered.

Orders For Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Without objection, it is so ordered.

Authorities For Committees To Meet

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs be authorized to meet on Monday, January 30, 2006, at 2 p.m., for a hearing ...

Privileges Of The Floor

Mr. President, I request that my fellow, Scott Fisher, be granted floor privileges during the debate tonight and for tomorrow.

Speaking: Inhofe
Adjournment Until 9:45 A.M. Tomorrow

There being no objection, the Senate, at 7:44 p.m., adjourned until Tuesday, January 31, 2006, at 9:45 a.m.

Privileges Of The Floor

Without objection, it is so ordered.

Entries in the Congressional Record

Extensions of Remarks

Senate Committee Meetings

Title IV of Senate Resolution 4, agreed to by the Senate on February 4, 1977, calls for establishment of a system for a computerized schedule of all meetings and hearings ...

Senate Committee Meetings

Meetings scheduled for Tuesday, January 31, 2006 may be found in the Daily Digest of today's Record.

Senate Committee Meetings

As an additional procedure along with the computerization of this information, the Office of the Senate Daily Digest will prepare this information for printing in the Extensions of Remarks section ...

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