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Recognition Of The Majority Leader

The Democratic leader is recognized.

Appointment Of Acting President Pro Tempore

Mr. PRYOR thereupon assumed the chair as Acting President pro tempore.

Appointment Of Acting President Pro Tempore

The legislative clerk read the following letter:

Recognition Of The Minority Leader

The Republican leader is recognized.

John Mccain

Mr. President, let me take a minute to say something because of my friend, John McCain. Every day I come and open the Senate, we give the Pledge of Allegiance ...

Speaking: Reid
Prayer

The Chaplain, Dr. Barry C. Black, offered the following prayer: Let us pray. Eternal Spirit, whose inward presence means cleansing, forgiveness, peace, and power, dissolve the barriers that keep our ...

Prayer

Let us pray.

Congressional Record

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Pledge Of Allegiance

The Honorable Mark L. Pryor led the Pledge of Allegiance, as follows: I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which ...

Senate

Senate The Senate met at 10 a.m. and was called to order by the Honorable Mark L. Pryor, a Senator from the State of Arkansas.

Prayer

We pray in Your sacred Name. Amen.

Prayer

Eternal Spirit, whose inward presence means cleansing, forgiveness, peace, and power, dissolve the barriers that keep our souls from You. Remove from our lawmakers the self-sufficiency that ignores their need ...

Schedule

Mr. President, following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the budget resolution. Of the statutory time allotted to the budget resolution, 1\1/2\ hours remains. Upon the use or ...

Speaking: Reid
Appointment Of Acting President Pro Tempore

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

John Mccain

Mr. President, the majority leader said it well. No one has done more for his country than John McCain. We are all privileged to be able to serve with him ...

Speaking: McConnell
John Mccain

Mr. President, I thank both leaders. I thank my friend from Nevada. He and I came to the House of Representatives together many years ago. I thank him for his ...

Speaking: McCain
The Budget

Mr. President, anyone who turned on C-SPAN2 over the past 2 weeks could be excused for wondering what has been going on here in the Capitol. Most people outside Washington ...

Speaking: McConnell
Reservation Of Leader Time

Under the previous order, the leadership time is reserved.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, I alter the unanimous consent request so that the last four amendments in that request not be included. I also want to clarify that Brownback is No. 840.

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, I am going to respond briefly to the Republican leader and then we will go to the McCain amendment.

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

No. 742.

Speaking: Inhofe
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Madam President, I offer this amendment on behalf of myself and Senator Shelby. This amendment calls for increased transparency and disclosure at the Federal Reserve Bank in order to understand ...

Speaking: Dodd
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Madam President, my amendment which I have offered in the past, is a means testing of Medicare Part D, the prescription drug benefit.

Speaking: Ensign
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Madam President, this is a transparency amendment that allows the Fed, forces them, to reveal what banks have received over $2 trillion in assistance. That is what the amendment says. ...

Speaking: Bunning
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, I would be happy to take a moment to describe the amendment. And if by going by voice vote it is more likely to stay in conference, I ...

Speaking: Brownback
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

We will vote on both.

Speaking: Gregg
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Yes. I am sorry. I thought we had done that. Everything I said still goes.

Speaking: Graham
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The majority leader.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

So 33\1/2\ hours. I stand corrected.

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Madam President, I want to say it is not impossible for us at least to move substantially toward a balanced budget. In the immediate years ahead it is going to ...

Speaking: Sessions
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

I do have 10 minutes left, so I will yield the Senator 5 minutes.

Speaking: Gregg
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The assistant legislative clerk proceeded to call the roll.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The result was announced--yeas 96, nays 2, as follows:

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Madam President, I thank the chairman.

Speaking: McCain
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Madam President, I ask unanimous consent that Senator Bunning be added as a cosponsor. I will yield 30 seconds to him and 10 seconds to Senator Webb, who is a ...

Speaking: Sanders
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The Senator from Arizona is recognized.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, the reason this vote took a little longer is because people, even though it is a 10-minute vote, waited until the last minute to come and vote or ...

Speaking: Reid
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

That is in a separate category. We will have a vote on yours.

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The amendments (No. 892 and No. 893) were agreed to, as follows:

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

I say to the Senators, thank you so much, Senator Conrad and Senator Gregg. I say thank you very much to Senator Ensign. He and I have been working on ...

Speaking: Boxer
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Madam President, I think I will take a bit of my time, then, as we await these other Senators. Perhaps the cloakroom could check on the availability of Senators who ...

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The Senator from North Dakota has 5\1/2\ minutes, the Senator from New Hampshire has a total of 10 minutes, the Senator from Oklahoma has 3 minutes, and the Senator from ...

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Pending:

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

(Purpose: To require information from the Board of Governors of the

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The result was announced--yeas 89, nays 9, as follows:

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, I call up amendment No. 773.

Speaking: Snowe
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

[Rollcall Vote No. 135 Leg.] YEAS--65 Alexander Barrasso Baucus Bayh Begich Bennet Bennett Bond Brownback Bunning Burr Byrd Cantwell Casey Chambliss Coburn Cochran Collins Conrad Corker Cornyn Crapo DeMint Dorgan ...

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, do you know what, so many of you stayed around. I do not know how many times I have heard of other Senators having voted 10,000 or 12,000 ...

Speaking: Grassley
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The result was announced--yeas 31, nays 67, as follows:

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, the program which Secretary Geithner has actually announced about toxic assets is protected even under my amendment. What my amendment says is that we are not any longer ...

Speaking: Vitter
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, my amendment would create a point of order against any legislation that would impose or increase the marriage penalty tax. We have worked very hard in Congress to ...

Speaking: Hutchison
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, my amendment would focus on the issue I think we are all concerned about, and it would be a counterpoint to Senator Vitter's amendment, and that would be ...

Speaking: Reed
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Madam President, as everyone knows, the chairman of the Budget Committee happens to be a dear friend of mine, a guy with whom I work on any number of issues ...

Speaking: Chambliss
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The amendment (No. 824) was agreed to, as follows:(Purpose: To protect taxpayers and businesses from the job-killing and

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Thank you.

Speaking: Boxer
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The legislative clerk called the roll.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, it is my intention to vote for this amendment. I ask the Senator from South Carolina, would the Senator from South Carolina, in a moment of comity and ...

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, I understand from the distinguished Budget Committee chairman that they have accepted this amendment by unanimous consent. Therefore, I congratulate them on their wisdom and thank them.

Speaking: Bennett
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The Senator yields back time?

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The Senator from New Hampshire.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, this is an amendment that Senator Barrasso and I have offered to fully fund the Healthy Forests Restoration Act, by providing an additional $200 million for this purpose. ...

Speaking: Wyden
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Is there objection? Would the Senator restate the number.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, the Senator has used her minute.

Speaking: Gregg
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Who yields time?

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The Senator from Oklahoma is recognized.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Madam President, could the Chair inform us of the time remaining on both sides?

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

I think he is on his way.

Speaking: McCain
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, prior to the Tax Reform Act of 1986, individuals were entitled to deduct State and local sales taxes. When the deduction was repealed, it put taxpayers in States ...

Speaking: Reid
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The bill clerk called the roll.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The amendment (No. 879) was agreed to.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The Senator is allotted 2 minutes.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, we have strong support for the amendment on this side. I ask unanimous consent that the amendment be adopted.

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The Republican leader.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The Senator from Texas is recognized.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The time of the Senator has expired.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The Senator from Montana is recognized.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Reserving the right to object, and I will not, I want to point out that in New Hampshire we have no sales or income tax. If people want to escape ...

Speaking: Gregg
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, I join with the entire Senate family in congratulating my colleague, my good friend, and the senior Senator from Iowa, on casting his 10,000th vote in the Senate. ...

Speaking: Harkin
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, that takes us to Brownback amendment No. 840. Senator Brownback would describe that amendment. This is a similar circumstance. There is strong support on this side toward the ...

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Madam President, I will yield myself a few minutes.

Speaking: Gregg
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that reading of the motion be dispensed with.

Speaking: Johanns
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The majority leader is recognized.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

through the Federal Budget in order to help him eliminate wasteful,

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, I would.

Speaking: Hutchison
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Will my friend yield?

Speaking: Reid
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Under the previous order, there is 90 minutes of debate remaining on the resolution, of which 40 minutes is for the debate of amendment No. 882, offered by the Senator ...

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Would the Senator take a voice vote?

Speaking: Gregg
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, I now present the Vitter amendment. It is very simple. It says that the Troubled Asset Relief Program, TARP, will actually be about troubled asset relief. It returns ...

Speaking: Vitter
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

I know the Senator mentioned this, but I wish to reinforce it. This was a proposal that came from President Obama's administration and it was in his budget; is that ...

Speaking: Gregg
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The result was announced--yeas 38, nays 60, as follows:

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The amendment is as follows:

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The Senator from North Dakota is recognized.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

funding the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The amendment (No. 811) was rejected.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

That is what I just did.

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The Senator has 5 minutes under the order.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The Chair will so advise the Senator. The Senator from Alabama is recognized.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

I thank the Senator.

Speaking: Inhofe
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Without objection, the amendment is so modified.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The amendment (No. 950) was rejected.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Madam President, I yield 5 minutes to the Senator from Louisiana to discuss her amendment, not to call it up but to discuss her amendment.

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, I move to reconsider the vote.

Speaking: Sanders, Boxer, Leahy, Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent to send a modification to the desk on behalf of Senator Brownback to his amendment No. 840.

Speaking: Gregg
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, I want to inform colleagues that when I said earlier we had 100 amendments pending, I was half right. That was last night. As of now, we have ...

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

What are the four amendments, please?

Speaking: Bunning
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Madam President, I thank the distinguished Senator from Louisiana for her leadership on these issues and for the good working relationship we have enjoyed. One thing I have learned about ...

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

[Rollcall Vote No. 131 Leg.] YEAS--59 Akaka Begich Boxer Brown Brownback Bunning Burr Burris Byrd Cantwell Cardin Casey Coburn Collins Conrad Cornyn Crapo DeMint Dorgan Durbin Ensign Feingold Feinstein Graham ...

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

No.

Speaking: Graham, Bond
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Menendez No. 921, Coburn No. 895, Murray-Bond No. 880, Barrasso-Wyden No. 788.

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The senior Senator from Rhode Island is recognized.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

I ask for the yeas and nays.

Speaking: Gregg, Conrad, Dodd
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The Senator from Minnesota.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Madam President, I announced this morning, though only Senator McConnell and I were on the floor, that today we are going to enforce the rule. This vote was turned in ...

Speaking: Reid
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Madam President, I ask for the yeas and nays.

Speaking: Sanders, Conrad, Gregg
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

[Rollcall Vote No. 140 Leg.] YEAS--31 Begich Boxer Brown Burris Cardin Casey Dodd Durbin Feingold Feinstein Gillibrand Harkin Kaufman Kerry Kohl Lautenberg Leahy Levin McCaskill Menendez Merkley Mikulski Reed Reid ...

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Is there objection? Without objection, it is so ordered.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The majority has 35 minutes and the Republicans also have 35 minutes.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, I have at the desk a motion, and I would ask for its immediate consideration.

Speaking: Johanns
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The legislative clerk read as follows:

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

I ask for a voice vote.

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Madam President, built into this budget is an assumption that the 33 percent and 35 percent tax brackets would be allowed to expire. As a result, many individuals and small ...

Speaking: Enzi
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

I rise to speak about amendment No. 931 which is at the desk, as modified. I will ask the chairman at a later time for it to be voted on ...

Speaking: Landrieu
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, this amendment seeks to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund based on the current law supporting revenue sharing for coastal States contributions to the Land and Water Conservation Fund ...

Speaking: Landrieu
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The Senator from North Dakota.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

That is probably a pretty fair estimate. The Budget Committee does not have the authority to tell committees of jurisdiction the specifics of legislative outcomes. These are message amendments, and ...

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

contribution tax deductions to pay for modernizing the health care

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, I renew my request.

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Madam President, I especially thank Senator Enzi, who demonstrates once again why everybody regards him as a gentleman here. I appreciate his being gracious.

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Madam President, how much time remains under my control?

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

First, I thank and congratulate the Senator from Arizona for producing a budget and a budget alternative. That was not done on their side until he did it, and I ...

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Madam President, I thank the Chair. I appreciate the comments that have been made. I agree first with Senator Coburn's comments about our distinguished chairman's pride in spending less money ...

Speaking: Sessions
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

I thank our colleague. That takes us back to Stabenow amendment No. 879.

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The Senator from New Hampshire is recognized.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Would the chairman of the committee yield? Is it not the case that most of the amendments, perhaps 90 percent of the amendments we have voted on today, would have ...

Speaking: Dorgan
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

(Purpose: To provide for the expenditure of the remaining Troubled

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Five minutes. OK, thank you, Madam President.

Speaking: Graham
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The result was announced--yeas 59, nays 39, as follows:

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The amendment (No. 949) was agreed to.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The amendment (no. 910) was agreed to.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The yeas and nays were ordered.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The Senator from Montana.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The legislative clerk proceeded to call the roll.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Well, it is one of these cases where I passed the French test, and I was ready to write a dissertation, and I never quite got around to it.

Speaking: Grassley
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Madam President, the chairman's mark that was referenced increases discretionary spending not by 8 percent but by 5.3 percent. That is all domestic discretionary spending is increased--by 5.3 percent. It ...

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The following Senator is necessarily absent: the Senator from Alaska (Ms. Murkowski).

Speaking: Kyl
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Madam President, if the Senator from Nevada will withhold for 1 minute--and this time will not come out of his time--I think it is very important Senators understand that we ...

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

I move to lay that motion on the table.

Speaking: Feinstein, Conrad, Durbin, Murray
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The Senator from Nebraska.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

I am.

Speaking: Snowe
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The amendment (No. 953), as modified, was agreed to.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Colleagues, if I could ask to be heard for one more moment.

Speaking: Boxer
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

We yield back all time, and we will go to the vote on the Ensign amendment.

Speaking: Gregg
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, that takes us to the Thune amendment No.

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The amendment (No. 803) was agreed to.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

I see the Senator from Oklahoma.

Speaking: Gregg
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Yes, yes.

Speaking: Byrd
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The result was announced--yeas 65, nays 33, as follows:

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Madam President, my amendment shoots with real bullets. It provides a Budget Act point of order for any climate change legislation that brings in more revenue than that set forth ...

Speaking: Bond
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The problem is, that would take unanimous consent. It is very clear we cannot get unanimous consent.

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

We have had a number of votes that indicated what we should not do as it relates to a climate change policy. This is about what we should do. I ...

Speaking: Stabenow
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The Senator from California is recognized.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The clerk will call the roll.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, the Bennett amendment would express the importance of taxpayers' ability to take deductions for contributions to charity. It is also important to recognize that this amendment is not ...

Speaking: Baucus
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Madam President, I inquire if the Senator from Arizona wishes to go on his amendment. Do we still have Senator Graham?

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Are there any other Senators in the Chamber desiring to vote?

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The taxpayers of this country, through the Fed, have lent $2.2 trillion to a number of financial institutions. We do not know who these institutions are or what they received. ...

Speaking: Sanders
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

This is an alternative that makes sense. This is an alternative that has to make the same choices you are making in the private sector. I hope the Congress will ...

Speaking: Graham
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Madam President, the American people are outraged by the greed, the recklessness, and the illegal behavior they have seen from the masters of the universe on Wall Street, who, through ...

Speaking: Sanders
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Madam President, Senator Feinstein wishes to be recognized for the purpose of changing her vote.

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The Senator has 1 minute.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The Senator from Louisiana has 35 seconds.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Of course. Senator Ensign thought it was all taken care of, so he is off the floor. Maybe we can get him back out here. Thank you.

Speaking: Boxer
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The amendment (No. 730) was agreed to, as follows:

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

(Purpose: To protect middle-income taxpayers from a national energy

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Madam President, I ask unanimous consent to set aside the pending amendment to call up amendment No. 742.

Speaking: Inhofe
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, I thank Senator Coburn for his courtesy and say he has set a very good example for other Members, a very good example.

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, I support the Hutchison amendment. I think there is strong support on this side.

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The question is on agreeing to amendment No.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Madam President, this proposal caps discretionary funding at a baseline level plus inflation, a dramatic difference between this proposal and the Senate budget committee proposal. The proposal by Senator Conrad ...

Speaking: McCain
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The time of the Senator has expired. Who yields time in opposition?

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The Senator from Virginia is recognized.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

[Rollcall Vote No. 133 Leg.] YEAS---56 Akaka Baucus Bayh Begich Bennet Bingaman Boxer Brown Burris Byrd Cantwell Cardin Carper Casey Conrad Dodd Dorgan Durbin Feinstein Gillibrand Hagan Harkin Inouye Johnson ...

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The Senator from Maine is recognized.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Is there a sufficient second?

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, thank you very much. And I thank the manager of the bill.

Speaking: Klobuchar
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the Republican time be allocated as follows, between now and the time of the vote: that Senator Hutchison be allowed 5 minutes on ...

Speaking: McCain
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, on an amendment that we just adopted by voice vote, the Reed amendment No. 949, there is a misunderstanding. There was not unanimous consent. So I think in ...

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The clerk will report----

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The result was announced--yeas 40, nays 58, as follows:

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

I am sorry?

Speaking: Boxer
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

[Rollcall Vote No. 128 Leg.] YEAS--39 Alexander Barrasso Bennett Bond Brownback Bunning Burr Chambliss Coburn Cochran Collins Corker Cornyn Crapo DeMint Ensign Enzi Feinstein Graham Grassley Gregg Hatch Hutchison Inhofe ...

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Is there a sufficient second? There is a sufficient second.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The Senator from Rhode Island.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the McCain substitute amendment be modified with the changes at the desk.

Speaking: McCain
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The result was announced--yeas 56, nays 42, as follows:

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The amendment is as follows:(Purpose: To provide a point of order against legislation that has the effect of imposing a greater tax liability on taxpayers who are married

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

And it is a power they flaunt. I do not care whether it is a Democratic administration or a Republican administration. I daresay no Senator is more dedicated to providing ...

Speaking: Harkin
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The amendment (No. 913) was agreed to.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Without objection on this side.

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The result was announced--yeas 94, nays 3, as follows:

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that those four amendments be agreed to.

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, Senator Roberts has a unanimous consent request on a change of vote.

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

I thank the Senator from Arizona for the time to speak on his budget, and I yield.

Speaking: Coburn
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Madam President, I ask unanimous consent that the amendment No. 742 be considered.

Speaking: Inhofe
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, I offer it at this time.

Speaking: Reed
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Is there a sufficient second? There is a sufficient second. The question is on agreeing to the amendment.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, would the Senator accept a voice vote? It would help a great deal in terms of moving the agenda and in terms of the disposition of the chairman ...

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The result was announced--yeas 43, nays 55, as follows:

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, that takes us to the Hutchison amendment, No. 866.

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The bill clerk proceeded to call the roll.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The Senator is correct, that the President of the United States did include means testing as a part of his budget, means testing for Part D. He did put that ...

Speaking: Ensign
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

[Rollcall Vote No. 138 Leg.] YEAS--94 Akaka Alexander Barrasso Baucus Bayh Begich Bennet Bennett Bingaman Bond Boxer Brown Brownback Bunning Burr Burris Byrd Cantwell Cardin Carper Casey Chambliss Coburn Cochran ...

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The Senator from Utah is recognized.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

I am sorry. That was something that was prepared for me. You always reminded me of having a Ph.D.

Speaking: Reid
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Under the previous order, the Senate will resume consideration of S. Con. Res. 13, which the clerk will report.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

[Rollcall Vote No. 141 Leg.] YEAS--73 Akaka Baucus Bayh Begich Bennet Bingaman Bond Boxer Brown Brownback Burr Burris Byrd Cantwell Cardin Carper Casey Collins Conrad Crapo Dodd Dorgan Durbin Feingold ...

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The Senator from Kansas.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Reserving the right to object, we do not have copies of the side by sides. I suggest we hold those four that are involved until we get a copy of ...

Speaking: Gregg
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

I ask unanimous consent that the debate on the McCain amendment appear all as one piece in the Record. I think that will be better for those reading this at ...

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The Senator from Texas.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, our good friend from Iowa, Senator Grassley, has cast his 10,000th vote. Senator Grassley has been a distinguished Member of this body for 29 years and, in my ...

Speaking: McConnell
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The amendment (No. 894) was agreed to, as follows:(Purpose: To provide a deficit-neutral reserve fund to set performance

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Madam President, I move to reconsider the vote and lay that motion on the table.

Speaking: Dodd
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Madam President, I propose we go next to Enzi amendment No. 824. It has been cleared on both sides.

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The clerk will report.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The Dodd-Shelby amendment is a very good step forward in terms of long-overdue transparency of the Fed. I compliment both Senators for their effort, and I support their amendment.

Speaking: Sanders
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The bill clerk read as follows:

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The Senator from Arizona.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Well, OK. That means two more votes. I do not know how many times we voted on this already. But if people are insistent on having votes, we will get ...

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Madam President, that takes us then next to the Sanders amendment, No. 811.

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Under the previous order, there will now be 2 minutes of debate equally divided prior to a vote in relation to amendment No. 882, as modified, offered by the Senator ...

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

I thank the Chair.

Speaking: Conrad, McCain
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The amendment (No. 805) was rejected.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Madam President, how much time is under the control of Senator McCain?

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, next after this amendment is my amendment. It would return TARP funds not already out the door, except for the $100 billion set aside for buying toxic assets, ...

Speaking: Vitter
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The clerk will report the amendment.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

I yield myself 30 seconds.

Speaking: McCain
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

All time has expired. The question is on agreeing to amendment No. 913.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, that is very helpful. That cleared a lot of amendments on both sides. I now go to Senator Hutchison for the purpose of withdrawing her amendment.

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, I ask the Senator if she is willing to take this on a voice vote?

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, I have a unanimous consent request that I wish to propound on the next group of amendments before we go to the Vitter amendment.

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

I thank the Senator from Texas.

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The Senator from Kentucky is recognized.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Madam President, will the Senator yield?

Speaking: Gregg
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Reserving the right to object, has the Senator considered my amendment No. 742, which is accepted on both sides to my knowledge? Senator Akaka and I put it forward, having ...

Speaking: Inhofe
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The Senator from Alabama is recognized.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Madam President, we had represented to our colleagues that we would begin voting at 11:30. We have an inordinate number of votes already in the queue. I hope people will ...

Speaking: Gregg
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Reserving the right to object, the wrong number was announced on Brownback. The number is 840.

Speaking: Gregg
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, I would say to colleagues, I do not know what it is about this year, but the hole just keeps getting deeper. We still have over 200 amendments, ...

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

I announce that the Senator from Massachusetts (Mr. Kennedy), is necessarily absent.

Speaking: Durbin
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, as much as I appreciate the generosity of the Senator in offering me that opportunity, I think this is an important issue. I think the Senate needs to ...

Speaking: Thune
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The Senator from South Dakota is recognized.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

So I take that as----

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Madam President, just for the information of colleagues, very soon we are going to need to take a break. Floor staff have not eaten; they have not had a break. ...

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, I move to reconsider the vote and lay that motion on the table.

Speaking: Bond
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The amendment (No. 787) was rejected.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, I send my amendment to the desk.

Speaking: Thune
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The amendment, as modified, is as follows:

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The amendment (No. 742) was agreed to.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, I appreciate the courtesy of the chairman in allowing me to do this modification. I am aware it could have been objected to, and I would like to ...

Speaking: McCain
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, I withdraw my amendment No. 868. I do support Senator Reid's amendment. It is important.

Speaking: Hutchison
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The motion was rejected.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The amendment is as follows:(Purpose: To provide funds for a Commission on Budgetary Accountability

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Madam President, let me withdraw that unanimous consent request and let me comment about what this amendment is about. There was a misunderstanding. I thought this was going to be ...

Speaking: Inhofe
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

I thank the distinguished Senator and nattily dressed chairman of the Budget Committee.

Speaking: Roberts
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, the budget before us increases nondefense discretionary spending by $42 billion over last year's levels.

Speaking: Johanns
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

I yield myself a couple of minutes.

Speaking: McCain
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Madam President, 33\1/2\ hours.

Speaking: Gregg
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Without objection, it is so ordered.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, if the Senator would be willing to let us pass over this amendment for a minute, we have some questions on our side, and hopefully we can clear ...

Speaking: Gregg
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Yes, I will yield.

Speaking: Grassley
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

If the Senator would yield further for a question, might it not be advisable, given the fact that most amendments have no policy implications at all, if they are made ...

Speaking: Dorgan
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the Coburn amendment No. 892 and Coburn amendment No. 893 be accepted.

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, we have four amendments in this list that we could agree to: Menendez No. 921; Coburn No. 895, Murray-Bond No. 880, and Barrasso-Wyden--do we have a number on ...

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Madam President, I ask unanimous consent that under the rules we have been operating on for each of the tranches, that we next go to Inhofe No. 742; followed by ...

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

I thought that might be the answer. All right. My intention is to vote for the amendment, and I ask for the yeas and nays.

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

I reserve the remainder of my time.

Speaking: Vitter
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, we are not adding a penny. We are just saying, within the amounts that are in the education budget, to fully fund afterschool programs. We all know it ...

Speaking: Boxer
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The next amendment is Senator McCain, I believe.

Speaking: Gregg
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Madam President, obviously, this is not the appropriate vehicle to legislate a national usury law. Even if a national usury law made sense, which it does not, because this is ...

Speaking: Gregg
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The question is on agreeing to the amendment.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, this amendment would create a deficit neutral fund in order to provide for reform of the current foster care system.

Speaking: Grassley
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Could I say, I was told a number of years ago that one of our colleagues called in and said he was on his way, that he was at the ...

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

I suggest the absence of a quorum.

Speaking: Conrad, Gregg
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The amendment (No. 840), as modified, was agreed to.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

I ask unanimous consent that the Senator from Arizona yield 2 minutes to me to speak on the budget.

Speaking: Chambliss
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, I, first, wish to thank Senator McCain for leading this effort to present an alternative because we all know, after looking at the Democratic budget and the Obama ...

Speaking: Hutchison
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Madam President, the chairman's resolution patches the AMT for 2010 through 2012. Now, that is good, but it is not good enough. Since we have a 5-year window, we should ...

Speaking: Grassley
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The question is on agreeing to amendment No. 773, offered by the Senator from Maine.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

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

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

I offer the amendment at this point.

Speaking: Vitter
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

(Purpose: To fully fund the small business child care grant program

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

I do not see Senator Shelby in the Chamber.

Speaking: Dodd
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The assistant legislative clerk called the roll.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

I call up amendment No. 910.

Speaking: Graham
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Madam President, I ask unanimous consent to call up amendment No. 875.

Speaking: Sanders
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The amendment (No. 882), as modified, was rejected.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

That is being considered in the next tranche. We are working on that right now.

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Madam President, the thing many of my colleagues don't know is, before I was a physician I was an accountant, and the thing about numbers is you can make them ...

Speaking: Coburn
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

All time has expired. The question is on agreeing to amendment No. 949.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The Senator from North Dakota has 9 minutes. The Senator from New Hampshire has 7\1/2\ minutes. The Senator from Oklahoma has 3 minutes. The Senator from South Carolina has 5 ...

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

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

Speaking: Conrad, Graham, Gregg
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

It is amazing how that will improve the chances.

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that they be agreed to.

Speaking: Gregg
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Is there objection?

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, I move to reconsider the vote, and I move to lay that motion on the table.

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

I urge my colleagues to vote yes and I ask for the yeas and nays.

Speaking: Johanns
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

What about voice votes?

Speaking: Gregg
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, my amendment would create a deficit-neutral reserve fund for the tax cuts of 2001 to extend those tax rates to small businesses that earn 50 percent of their ...

Speaking: Snowe
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Madam President, this amendment sounds good on the surface, but, frankly, it will make health care reform more difficult. It is difficult enough as it is. This amendment will make ...

Speaking: Baucus
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, on the Bennett amendment No. 759, Senator Bennett of Utah wishes to be recognized for a brief statement.

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

My question, I guess, through the Chair would be, is Senator Bond also willing to take a voice vote on his amendment?

Speaking: Stabenow
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The amendments are as follows:

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

I am prepared to yield back all time.

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Will the Senator allow us to do a unanimous consent?

Speaking: Gregg
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Madam President, we already have 3 full years of alternative minimum tax protection in the chairman's mark--3 full years. We have never had that much before in any resolution.

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

So my point here is--by the way, one of the areas I agree with both Senator Gregg and Senator Conrad is, we have to have a commission that meets and ...

Speaking: McCain
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

How much time is still pending for the various parties?

Speaking: Gregg
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Madam President, now that colleagues are in the Chamber, we will give you a status update. We now have over 100 amendments pending. We can do three an hour. If ...

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

I ask my colleagues to consider 10 words: The American people deserve to know where their money went.

Speaking: Webb
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Madam President, I ask unanimous consent that the reading of the amendment be dispensed with.

Speaking: Sanders
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Even better. I ask unanimous consent that the Coburn amendment, No. 894, be adopted.

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The Senator from Vermont is recognized.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Madam President, if it is all right with the bill managers, I would ask for 7 minutes to speak in support of the McCain amendment.

Speaking: Graham
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Well, I am quite excited about that.

Speaking: Brownback
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, we are now ready to offer a draft managers' package No. 1.

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

I hope my colleagues will look at this responsible alternative.

Speaking: Hutchison
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Madam President, I suggest the absence of a quorum.

Speaking: Landrieu
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Madam President, this amendment, No. 811, would simply establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund to establish a national usury law. Establishing a national usury law is not a radical concept. About ...

Speaking: Sanders
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, the next amendment is the Landrieu amendment with 2 minutes equally divided.

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

[Rollcall Vote No. 134 Leg.] YEAS--28 Barrasso Bennett Bond Brownback Bunning Burr Coburn Collins Cornyn Crapo DeMint Ensign Enzi Feingold Grassley Hutchison Inhofe Johanns McCain Murkowski Nelson (NE) Risch Sessions ...

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The result was announced--yeas 37, nays 60, as follows:

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The Senator from Nevada.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The Senator from South Carolina is recognized.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

I am happy to yield.

Speaking: Ensign
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

I ask unanimous consent that the reading of the amendment be dispensed with.

Speaking: Gregg
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

I would just say to the Senator, we would be willing to take yours on a voice vote, Senator Stabenow's on a voice vote, then go to the Bennett for ...

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The amendments were agreed to, as follows:

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

[Rollcall Vote No. 136 Leg.] YEAS--37 Barrasso Begich Bennett Bond Brownback Bunning Burr Carper Chambliss Coburn Cochran Cornyn Crapo DeMint Ensign Enzi Graham Grassley Hatch Hutchison Inhofe Isakson Johanns Kyl ...

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, my amendment is very straightforward. It creates a budget point of order against any legislation that would raise revenue from a reduction in the tax deduction for charitable ...

Speaking: Thune
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

There is 2 minutes equally divided on the motion.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Has the Senator offered the amendment?

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The amendment is as follows:(Purpose: To provide for a deficit-neutral reserve fund to establish a

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The question is on agreeing to amendment No. 953, as modified. The yeas and nays have been ordered. The clerk will call the roll.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The amendment (No. 931), as modified, was rejected.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The Senator is recognized for 1 minute.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, I want to make it clear that the side by side to the Vitter amendment we approved by voice vote is No. 949.

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

growth-stunting impact of tax increases imposed while the domestic

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, I ask for the yeas and nays.

Speaking: Reed, Landrieu, Gregg
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, we have just been informed that the matching amendment to the Reid amendment may be withdrawn. They are working on that right now. So that would mean a ...

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The question is on agreeing to amendment No. 805, offered by the Senator from Nevada, Mr. Ensign.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Without objection, it is so ordered. The clerk will report.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The Senator from Iowa.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, I yield 5 minutes to the Senator from Texas, Mrs. Hutchison.

Speaking: McCain
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

No. 788.

Speaking: Conrad, Gregg
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The Senator from California.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The amendment (No. 773) was agreed to.Amendments Nos. 816, 885, 872, 827, 764, 788, 795, 817, 837, 818, 874,

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, if we are really going to have recorded rollcall votes--what was the final tally--on votes that are 89 to 9, we are going to be here a very ...

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Madam President, I will respond by saying that we on this side would like to have a vote on the point of order on the climate legislation.

Speaking: Bond
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, that takes us to Reid amendment No. 730, and the leader is here.

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The result was announced--yeas 28, nays 70, as follows:

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

I announce that the Senator from Massachusetts (Mr. Kennedy) is necessarily absent.

Speaking: Durbin
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

We have some questions on our side. Hopefully, we can clear them up. I ask the Senator, can we move on to the next amendment and move back to yours?

Speaking: Gregg
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

[Rollcall Vote No. 130 Leg.] YEAS--96 Akaka Barrasso Baucus Bayh Begich Bennet Bennett Bingaman Bond Boxer Brown Brownback Bunning Burr Burris Byrd Cantwell Cardin Carper Casey Chambliss Coburn Cochran Collins ...

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, that takes us to the Boxer amendment, No. 953, afterschool reserve fund.

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The amendment has been modified.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

That would be the pending amendment, No. 949, and Senator Reed would be recognized to offer the amendment.

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Is the Senator from South Carolina offering the amendment?

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The following Senator is necessarily absent: the Senator from Alabama (Mr. Sessions).

Speaking: Kyl
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The result was announced--yeas 73, nays 25, as follows:

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Madam President, that would take us next to the Inhofe amendment. If the Senator would describe his amendment.

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

[Rollcall Vote No. 129 Leg.] YEAS--38 Alexander Barrasso Bennett Bond Brownback Bunning Burr Chambliss Coburn Cochran Cornyn Crapo DeMint Ensign Enzi Graham Grassley Gregg Hatch Hutchison Inhofe Isakson Johanns Kyl ...

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Under the previous order, there will now be 2 minutes of debate, equally divided, prior to a vote on amendment No. 875, offered by the Senator from Vermont, Mr. Sanders.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Madam President, I want to change my vote on rollcall No. 128. It was my intention to vote ``yes'' and I voted ``no.'' Since it will not change the outcome ...

Speaking: Feinstein
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, in more normal times, this is an amendment I might well support, but these are not normal times. We are faced with the steepest economic decline since the ...

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Who yields time? The Senator from Montana is recognized.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Madam President, if the Senator will yield, I wasn't able to speak on my amendment last night. I wonder if I could have the remaining time until 11:45 to speak ...

Speaking: Ensign
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The clerk will report the motion.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

There is 25 minutes remaining.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, I yield time in opposition to Senator Reed of Rhode Island.

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The amendment (No. 866) was agreed to.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

The Senator's time has expired.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Mr. President, this is not an insignificant amendment. It is not small change. It has very significant consequences to all States. A very small number of States, a handful, will ...

Speaking: Baucus
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Madam President, I share Senator Sander's concern regarding the transparency of these programs. We all do. We just voted on the Dodd-Shelby amendment--96 to 2, it passed, I believe.

Speaking: Shelby
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010

Is there objection to setting aside the amendment?

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Mr. President, since I am not a squish like Senator Coburn, I am going to go ahead.

Speaking: Graham
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Madam President, I ask unanimous consent that we adopt the Enzi amendment No. 824.

Speaking: Conrad
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I ask unanimous consent that we accept the Inhofe amendment, No. 742.

Speaking: Conrad
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The question is on agreeing to the motion. The yeas and nays have been ordered.

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Mr. President, colleagues, this is an amendment that passed last year. It creates a commission, an independent commission, to review all of Federal spending, make recommendations to the body, and ...

Speaking: Brownback
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The following Senator is necessarily absent: the Senator from Pennsylvania (Mr. Specter).

Speaking: Kyl
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Will the Senator from Oklahoma be agreeable to a voice vote on this amendment?

Speaking: Conrad
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Mr. President, the Reed amendment, which we just adopted, focuses the remaining TARP funds on functions that are critical to the economic progress of the country--keeping people in homes, providing ...

Speaking: Reed
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Madam President, I object. We have a queue here. We have a unanimous consent agreement. It would be out of order to call up an amendment at this point.

Speaking: Conrad
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the extension of the top individual tax rates for small businesses

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Yes.

Speaking: Inhofe
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All time is yielded back.

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Mr. President, I am in strong support of the Dodd-Lieberman-Collins amendment.

Speaking: Dodd
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Mr. President, I yield time to the Senator from Montana.

Speaking: Conrad
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No objection.

Speaking: Conrad
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Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that reading of the amendment be dispensed with.

Speaking: Boxer
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I would take it by unanimous consent.

Speaking: Coburn
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Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent, on behalf of Senator Graham, to withdraw amendment No. 898.

Speaking: Gregg
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Madam President, momentarily, we will go to a vote on the Ensign amendment.

Speaking: Conrad
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Madam President, assuming a voice vote means approval, I am willing to take a voice vote.

Speaking: Bennett
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Madam President, I yield the Senator 3 minutes.

Speaking: Gregg
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There is 10 minutes remaining on the McCain amendment.

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[Rollcall Vote No. 132 Leg.] YEAS--43 Alexander Barrasso Bayh Bennett Bond Brownback Bunning Burr Chambliss Coburn Cochran Collins Corker Cornyn Crapo DeMint Ensign Enzi Graham Grassley Gregg Hatch Hutchison Inhofe ...

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Madam President, this is one of the rare amendments we have that is not going to cost anything but makes a rearrangement in the flow of funding. One of the ...

Speaking: Inhofe
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The amendment is as follows:(Purpose: To provide for a deficit-neutral reserve fund to provide for

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The result was announced--yeas 39, nays 58, as follows:

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Madam President, I ask to be notified after 4 minutes.

Speaking: Sessions
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Madam President, next in order is the Dodd-Shelby amendment, No. 913.

Speaking: Conrad
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Mr. President, I ask for a voice vote, if we could do that.

Speaking: Boxer
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Who yields time in opposition?

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I will.

Speaking: Graham
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The amendment is as follows:(Purpose: To ensure that millions of middle-income families do not face

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Madam President, I wish to speak in support of the Ensign amendment. It should have been done long ago. There is no reason that people who are working in a ...

Speaking: Gregg
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Mr. President, I join the Republican leader in congratulating Chuck Grassley, our friend, on casting his 10,000th vote. Chuck was born in the city of New Hartford--but not Connecticut--Iowa, where ...

Speaking: Reid
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Senator Sanders will have the time in opposition.

Speaking: Conrad
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Mr. President, I have lined up to speak. So many of us want to congratulate the esteemed Senator from Iowa. I congratulate him on his 10,000th vote.

Speaking: Baucus
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I thank the Senator. That is very gracious of her. We could go to the Reid amendment.

Speaking: Conrad
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The amendment (No. 875) was agreed to.

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Madam President, how much time is remaining on both sides?

Speaking: McCain
Recess

Is there objection?

Recess

Mr. President, I have conferred with the Republican leader. I have conferred with the two managers of the bill.

Speaking: Reid
Recess

Without objection, the Senate stands in recess until 6 o'clock.

Recess

Mr. President, reserving the right to object, if we could have the attention of the Members so we can explain what we are trying to do. I say to Senator ...

Speaking: Conrad
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Americans for Prosperity, Americans for Tax Reform, Associated Builders and Contractors, Center for Fiscal Accountability, Citizens Against Government Waste, Club for Growth, Concerned Women for America, Freedom Works, Independent Electrical ...

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Mr. President, we are prepared to go to DeMint amendment No. 967.

Speaking: Conrad
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The question is on agreeing to amendment No.

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I move to reconsider the vote, and I move to lay that motion on the table.

Speaking: Reid
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Mr. President, This amendment will go far in meeting the Federal Government's trust responsibility to provide health care services to Native Americans.

Speaking: Dorgan
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Is there a sufficient second?

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Further parliamentary inquiry: Does that mean it would require 60 votes for passage?

Speaking: Ensign
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The question is on agreeing to the Lincoln amendment No. 873.

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(Mr. Begich). The Senator from Montana.

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The concurrent resolution (S. Con. Res. 13), as amended, was agreed to.

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Mr. President, we need to alert colleagues that we really need them, if they have amendments, to be on the floor or in the cloakroom. We have amendments that we ...

Speaking: Conrad
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The time of the Senator has expired.

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Mr. President, Senator Pryor has the time in opposition.

Speaking: Conrad
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If there is no further debate on the amendment, the question is on agreeing to the amendment.

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The assistant legislative clerk read as follows:

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The Senator from Mississippi.

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Are there any other Senators in the Chamber desiring to vote?

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Mr. President, according to CBO, the stimulus bill will spend over $150 billion between fiscal years 2011 and 2014. My amendment will remove that amount from this budget resolution because ...

Speaking: Bennett
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Mr. President, I wish to thank Senator Ensign for joining me in this amendment. This is a deficit-neutral reserve fund amendment that would help prevent forest fires. Our State budgets ...

Speaking: Udall
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The time of the Senator has expired. Who yields time in opposition?

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The result was announced--yeas 18, nays 79, as follows:

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The amendment is as follows:

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I announce that the Senator from Massachusetts (Mr. Kennedy) is necessarily absent.

Speaking: Durbin
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The result was announced--yeas 56, nays 43, as follows:

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Mr. President, I wish to call up amendment No. 964.

Speaking: DeMint
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Mr. President, let me say that we are just about ready.

Speaking: Conrad
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I ask my colleagues to look at this seriously and realize we are not protecting the ultrawealthy. We are working for small businesses, family businesses in each and every one ...

Speaking: Lincoln
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The Senator has 27 seconds remaining.

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The assistant legislative clerk called the roll.

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I move to lay that motion on the table.

Speaking: Levin, Conrad, Stabenow, Gregg
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The clerk will call the roll.

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It is a done deal. Thank you.

Speaking: DeMint
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I assure you.

Speaking: Conrad
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The bill clerk proceeded to call the roll.

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The amendment (No. 937) was rejected.

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Is there objection? There is no objection, and it is so ordered.

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Is there objection?

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The Senator from Michigan.

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The majority leader.

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

Speaking: Conrad
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The Chair would like to clarify that it is Enzi amendment No. 820?

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Mr. President, the next amendment is from Senator Udall of Colorado. If he could describe it in 30 seconds.

Speaking: Conrad
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On this vote, the yeas are 28, the nays are 69. Three-fifths of the Senators duly chosen and sworn not having voted in the affirmative, the motion is rejected. The ...

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Mr. President, I would like to call up DeMint Amendment No. 967.

Speaking: DeMint
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I ask for the yeas and nays.

Speaking: Conrad, Gregg
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The Senator from Oklahoma.

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Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the Thune amendment, No. 870, be modified with the changes which are at the desk, notwithstanding adoption of the amendment.

Speaking: Conrad
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Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the list I send to the desk be the only amendments remaining in order to the budget resolution and managers' amendments which have ...

Speaking: Conrad
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Mr. President, in the midst of the worst recession in 75 years, with hundreds of thousands of Americans losing their jobs and their homes, 51 Members of the Senate believe ...

Speaking: Durbin
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Mr. President, the Senator certainly has that right. Let me raise the germaneness point of order.

Speaking: Conrad
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Mr. President, I raise a point of order that the amendment is not germane.

Speaking: Conrad
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The bill clerk read as follows:

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Mr. President, Senator Cornyn is prepared with an amendment. Would the Senator describe his amendment?

Speaking: Conrad
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Mr. President, the Senate just voted to support estate tax relief set at $5 million per person to be exempted and at no more than a 35-percent rate. The Durbin ...

Speaking: Kyl
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I think we have to do it by voice.

Speaking: Conrad
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Mr. President, imagine tomorrow morning, if we are in session, and you no longer get to vote your conscience, that a Federal bureaucrat will tell you what you can and ...

Speaking: Coburn
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The Senator from New Jersey.

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Mr. President, I wish to thank all of our colleagues. This is a tough, difficult day for all of us. I think the Senate has conducted itself well and distinguished ...

Speaking: Conrad
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Mr. President, I am honored to be joined in introducing this amendment by my colleagues, Senators Cornyn, Thune, and the distinguished occupant of the chair, Senator Begich. This amendment would ...

Speaking: Lieberman
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Mr. President, on behalf of the Senator from Michigan, Ms. Stabenow, who had the time in opposition, I wish to indicate that what the Senator is talking about is not ...

Speaking: Conrad
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The amendment (No. 751) was agreed to.

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Is there further debate?

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Mr. President, the amendment of the Senator from South Carolina creates a point of order against legislation that does not comply with President Obama's recently proposed earmark reforms.

Speaking: Cochran
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Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent to add as cosponsors Senators Bennett, Enzi, Brownback, Coburn, and Vitter.

Speaking: DeMint
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The Senator from Connecticut is recognized.

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The motion to waive is considered made.

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The result was announced--yeas 41, nays 56, as follows:

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Mr. President, I call up amendment No. 751.

Speaking: Vitter
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It has not lost its privileged status.

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Mr. President, this amendment would put in place a regulation that would mean health care providers--not just doctors but anybody in a health care clinic or hospital--could refuse millions of ...

Speaking: Murray
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I thank the Chair.

Speaking: Ensign
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The amendment (No. 798) was agreed to.

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I didn't even make the motion to waive, but I am happy to have the question be on the motion to waive.

Speaking: Gregg
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I raise the germaneness point of order.

Speaking: Conrad
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Mr. President, we still have probably 30-some amendments left to do. We are working through a process to try to put together managers' packages that could clear the significant majority ...

Speaking: Conrad
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Mr. President, if the motion was agreed to, then we have to vote on the amendment.

Speaking: Gregg
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Mr. President, I move to reconsider the vote.

Speaking: Reid, McConnell, Murray, Durbin, Gregg
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The Senator from Texas is recognized.

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American Conservative Union, American Family Business Institute, Americans for Limited Government, Associated General Contractors, Club for Growth, Council on National Policy, Family Research Council, National Association of Manufacturers, Numbers USA, ...

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The modification is at the desk--Coburn amendment No. 830; Barrasso No. 765; Snowe-Landrieu No. 940; Thune No. 870; and Brown No. 810.

Speaking: Conrad
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Mr. President, during these recent budget debates, I have been reminded that some in Washington used to mock President Reagan for the ``rosy economic scenarios'' they said his budgets relied ...

Speaking: Kyl
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Enzi. That is correct.

Speaking: Conrad
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On this vote, the yeas are 63, the nays are 35. Three-fifths of the Senators duly chosen and sworn having voted in the affirmative, the motion is agreed to.

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The question is on agreeing to the amendment.

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(Purpose: To increase transparency by requiring five days of public

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Mr. President, this amendment is very simple. It advances the policy of drug testing for welfare or TANF recipients. If a recipient were to test positive, they would get treatment. ...

Speaking: Vitter
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Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that a list of organizations opposing this budget resolution be printed in the Record.

Speaking: Gregg
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Mr. President, one of the changes President Obama said he would bring to Washington is earmark reform.

Speaking: DeMint
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Mr. President, we are prepared to take this amendment on a voice vote.

Speaking: Conrad
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Mr. President, Senator Bennett can conclude his remarks.

Speaking: Conrad
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Mr. President, next we go to an amendment by Senator DeMint with respect to the auto industry.

Speaking: Conrad
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coordinate drug control efforts among Federal, State, and local law

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Can I put this another way? This amendment is not germane. So we can have a vote on it, it probably will not succeed, or we could voice vote it ...

Speaking: Conrad
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The amendment is as follows:(Purpose: To add a deficit-neutral reserve fund to reduce the strain on

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The result was announced--yeas 54, nays 44, as follows:

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The amendment is very simple and straightforward. It aims to ensure that gun owners and sportsmen are able to transport securely firearms aboard Amtrak trains in checked baggage, a practice ...

Speaking: Wicker
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The assistant legislative clerk proceeded to call the roll.

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The amendment (No. 926) was agreed to.

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The amendment, as modified, is as follows:

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Mr. President, that gives us five. We are going to go to the countdown; five plus final passage.

Speaking: Conrad
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Our soldiers continue to serve under an unacceptable strain. I ask my colleagues to ease that strain by adopting this amendment.

Speaking: Lieberman
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Next up is Senator Wicker.

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

The amendments, as modified, are as follows:

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(Purpose: To provide for a deficit-neutral reserve fund to promote

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The amendment (No. 965) was rejected.

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the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to recover from a private health

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Mr. President, I wish to make a plea, if I can publicly. There is still time between now and tomorrow to try to do something differently on this question of ...

Speaking: Kerry
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Is there objection? Hearing no objection, it is so ordered.

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Is there a sufficient second? There is a sufficient second.

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The clerk will report the amendment.

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Mr. President, the next amendment that requires a vote is the Lautenberg amendment as it affects Amtrak. The Senator is not quite ready. We will give him a minute to ...

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

On this vote, the yeas are 46, the nays are 52. Three-fifths of the Senators duly chosen and sworn not having voted in the affirmative, the motion is rejected. The ...

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On this vote the yeas are 36, the nays are 61. Three-fifths of the Senators duly chosen and sworn not having voted in the affirmative, the motion is rejected. The ...

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Further parliamentary inquiry: Is losing its privileged status at this point, does that mean it would be still fully debatable?

Speaking: Ensign
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The amendment (No. 828) was rejected.

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In the opinion of the Chair, it is not germane.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

The amendment (No. 974), as modified, was agreed to.

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The question is on agreeing to the motion to waive the Budget Act in relation to the Wicker amendment No. 798.

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(Purpose: To require States to implement drug testing programs for

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I ask unanimous consent that the reading of the amendment be dispensed with.

Speaking: Conrad
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Mr. President, we are prepared to go to the DeMint amendment.

Speaking: Conrad
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Mr. President, I call up amendment 954, as modified.

Speaking: Bennett
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

The Senator from South Carolina.

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Mr. President, in approaching the budget for fiscal year 2010, I am heavily influenced by the $700 billion expenditure in President Bush's bailout package--it was badly administered and I voted ...

Speaking: Specter
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Mr. President, I propose a managers' package that would involve Begich No. 901, Begich No. 903, Klobuchar No. 886, Alexander No. 792, Crapo No. 958, Hatch No. 976, Hutchison No. ...

Speaking: Conrad
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Mr. President, just 3 days ago, President Obama released a bold new plan to revitalize the American auto industry. We need to give this plan a chance to work. There ...

Speaking: Stabenow
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I announce that the Senator from West Virginia (Mr. Byrd) and the Senator from Massachusetts (Mr. Kennedy) are necessarily absent.

Speaking: Durbin
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Mr. President, I thank Senator Vitter, and I also want to take just a moment to thank Senator Crapo for his graciousness in withdrawing an amendment, as well as Senator ...

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

The amendment (No. 963) was agreed to.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

The yeas and nays were ordered.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

The amendment (No. 957) was agreed to.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

The result was announced--yeas 31, nays 66, as follows:

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Mr. President, since the attacks of September 11, 2001, Congress has taken steps to give the Federal law enforcement and intelligence community the necessary tools to keep our citizens safe ...

Speaking: Hatch
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Mr. President, we are now making significant progress on putting together a managers' package and on putting together those amendments that will require a vote. We still have a certain ...

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Mr. President, Senator Baucus will speak in opposition to the amendment.

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

The amendments (Nos. 777, 962, and 946) were agreed to, as follows:

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

I remind the Senator that the amendment has not been called up.

Speaking: Bennet
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Mr. President, next we go to the Lincoln-Kyl amendment.

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

The result was announced--yeas 55, nays 43, as follows:

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Is the germaneness well taken on this?

Speaking: Gregg
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Education, to maximize higher education access and affordability by

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

(Purpose: To include funding for freight and passenger rail in the

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

This particular budget resolution has not lost its privileged status.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

I announce that the Senator from West Virginia (Mr. Byrd) is necessarily absent.

Speaking: Durbin
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(Purpose: To express the sense of the Senate regarding the funding

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Mr. President, my amendment would pose a 60-vote point of order against a bill that had not been made available for public review along with the score of the Congressional ...

Speaking: Cornyn
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

[Rollcall Vote No. 143 Leg.] YEAS--42 Alexander Barrasso Bennett Bond Brownback Bunning Burr Chambliss Coburn Cochran Collins Corker Cornyn Crapo DeMint Ensign Enzi Graham Grassley Gregg Hatch Hutchison Inhofe Isakson ...

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[Rollcall Vote No. 148 Leg.] YEAS--31 Barrasso Bunning Burr Chambliss Coburn Cochran Collins Cornyn Crapo DeMint Ensign Enzi Graham Grassley Gregg Inhofe Isakson Johanns Kyl McCain McConnell Murkowski Nelson (NE) ...

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Mr. President, Senator Lieberman is next.

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

The result was announced--yeas 42, nays 56, as follows:

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Mr. President, the next amendment to be dealt with is Bennett amendment No. 954.

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

right of health care providers to serve patients without violating

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

I have only one copy which I gave the clerk. We found that some of the numbers had been omitted.

Speaking: Bennett
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent to call up amendment No. 873.

Speaking: Lincoln
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

If you can assure me we will win.

Speaking: DeMint
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

The Senator from New Hampshire is recognized.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

The bill clerk called the roll.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

I ask unanimous consent that reading of the amendment be dispensed with.

Speaking: Wicker
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

The Senator from Missouri is recognized.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

attack by Al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations by providing a

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Mr. President, we have a number of amendments we can now take by unanimous consent: Burr No. 777, Hatch No. 962, and Dorgan No.

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Mr. President, would Senator DeMint be willing to accept a voice vote?

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Well, we have had this proposition tendered before. I realize that in all likelihood this amendment would be stripped out in conference behind closed doors. I do not think that ...

Speaking: Cornyn
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Mr. President, I hate to throw a little cold water on this whole ``Kumbaya'' party we are having, but I think it is an important precedent that we determine tonight.

Speaking: Ensign
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

payment policies under the Medicare program that reward quality and

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Do I have any time remaining?

Speaking: Durbin
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Mr. President, I wish to proceed for a few moments on my leader time. I am speaking in effect for Senator Kyl, who has been our leader on the issue ...

Speaking: McConnell
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Mr. President, many of us supported the fence. Many of us opposed it. But one thing is for sure, there is only about $120 million left to complete this section ...

Speaking: Schumer
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Mr. President, I move to reconsider the vote, and I move to lay that motion on the table.

Speaking: Reid, Schumer
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Mr. President, I thank the chairman of the committee.

Speaking: Sessions
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Mr. President, I thank all our colleagues for cooperating on these managers' packages. We are working to clear additional amendments right now. I think at this point, until Senator Gregg ...

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Mr. President, I ask for my colleagues' attention because this is not a partisan amendment; it is not a messaging amendment.

Speaking: DeMint
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

The amendment is as follows:(Purpose: To establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund to protect small and home businesses from the burdensome and impractical requirements of

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

The majority leader is recognized.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that notwithstanding the adoption of amendment No. 890 by Senator Barrasso, the amendment be modified in the purpose statement. The modification is at the ...

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

(Mr. Begich). The Senator from Michigan.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

(Purpose: To establish deficit-neutral reserve funds to enhance and

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Without objection, it is so ordered. The amendments are agreed to.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

The yeas and nays resulted--yeas 63, nays 35, as follows:

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Mr. President, at this moment, if you are trying to get an earmark in the bill, you have to have it posted on your Web site 30 days before markup ...

Speaking: Inouye
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

No, Durbin.

Speaking: Gregg
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

I object to this disruptive amendment offered by the Senator from Mississippi. He wants to enable the carrying of weapons, guns, in checked baggage. One doesn't have to be very ...

Speaking: Lautenberg
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

relief is also provided to Americans earning less than $100,000 per

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

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

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Without objection, it is so ordered.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Mr. President, on behalf of Senator Udall, I call up his amendment No. 746.

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

I call up amendment No. 965.

Speaking: DeMint
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

The legislative clerk proceeded to call the roll.

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Mr. President, I believe the document we are now debating reflects two basic realities. First, it reflects the deep troubles that we have inherited from years of lax regulation, excessive ...

Speaking: Kaufman
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent to waive the reading of the amendment.

Speaking: Vitter
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Mr. President, now we wish to go to the Sessions amendment No. 969.

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

The amendment (No. 954 was rejected.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Outside Groups Key Voting and Opposing The Senate Budget Resolution

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Mr. President, I thank the Chair, and I call up amendment No. 904.

Speaking: Lieberman
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

The Senator from Kansas.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Mr. President, I call up amendment No. 926 and ask for its immediate consideration.

Speaking: Bond
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Mr. President, we are prepared to take that on a voice vote.

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Mr. President, I want to offer a straightforward amendment that recognizes that investments in our transportation infrastructure system must be a priority for our country. The amendment would simply add ...

Speaking: Lautenberg
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

The Senator from Utah.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Mr. President, the next amendment that is in order is amendment No. 751 by Senator Vitter, if he could briefly mention the amendment.

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Mr. President, I have six amendments that have been agreed to by both sides, starting with Kyl amendment No. 980, as modified, on Iran--I think the modification is at the ...

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Mr. President, we are now down to three amendments and final passage, and one of the three can be done on a voice vote.

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

I announce that the Senator from West Virginia (Mr. Byrd) and the Senator from Massachusetts (Mr. Kennedy), are necessarily absent.

Speaking: Durbin
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

The Senator from Alabama.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Mr. President, there are a number of concerns about this budget, and I have heard from a number of Americans who see in the budget hundreds of millions of dollars ...

Speaking: DeMint
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

The Senator from Washington.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

The question is on the adoption of the concurrent resolution, as amended.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

The yeas and nays resulted--yeas 28, nays 69, as follows:

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Mr. President, I call up amendment No. 974, as modified.

Speaking: Durbin
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

[Rollcall Vote No. 151 Leg.] YEAS--39 Alexander Barrasso Begich Bennett Bond Brownback Bunning Burr Chambliss Coburn Cochran Corker Crapo DeMint Ensign Enzi Graham Grassley Hagan Hatch Hutchison Inhofe Isakson Klobuchar ...

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I ask for the yeas and nays on the motion.

Speaking: Gregg
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Mr. President, as ranking member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and as a longstanding steward of the environment, I have continuously requested increased funding for the ...

Speaking: Snowe
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

I am sorry. Mr. President, next in order is the Durbin amendment and then the DeMint amendment.

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Mr. President, Senator Schumer has the time in opposition.

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that notwithstanding the adoption of amendments Nos. 913 and 875, the amendments be modified with the changes at the desk.

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

The Senator from Arkansas is recognized.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Senator Pryor has the time in opposition.

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Mr. President, I wish to say a brief word so we know what we are going to do when we get back on Monday, 2 weeks from Monday.

Speaking: Reid
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

I ask for the yeas and nays on the motion to waive.

Speaking: DeMint
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Mr. President, I ask for the yeas and nays.

Speaking: Conrad, Bond, Kyl
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

The legislative clerk proceeded to call the roll.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Mr. President, I ask to take this on a voice vote.

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Mr. President, we have not seen the modification.

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

The amendment is as follows:(Purpose: To provide for a point of order against any legislation that eliminates the ability of Americans to keep their health plan or their

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

(Purpose: To require information from the Board of Governors of the

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Agency on the viability of the use of higher ethanol blends at the

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Will the Senator yield?

Speaking: Bond
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Mr. President, Senator Stabenow has the time in opposition.

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

The Republican leader.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Mr. President, I rise to express my concerns about the Dorgan-Snow amendment No. 881.

Speaking: Grassley
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

The amendment is as follows:(Purpose: To protect the more than 6 million Americans employed by the

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

adjusting spending levels beyond fiscal year 2010 to compensate for

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Mr. President, I don't understand what is mean spirited about not giving tax money to folks who have drug problems and about trying to get them help, which is the ...

Speaking: Vitter
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Is there a sufficient second? There appears to be a sufficient second. The clerk will call the roll.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Mr. President, I wish to remind all colleagues that the chairman's mark takes the estate tax exemption from $1 million per person in 2011 to $3.5 million, $7 million a ...

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, which would encourage

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Mr. President, I call up amendment No. 798 and ask for its consideration.

Speaking: Wicker
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

The yeas and nays resulted--yeas 46, nays 52, as follows:

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Mr. President, we are now down to six amendments and final passage. I wish to thank all the colleagues who have helped us get to this point.

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Mr. President, I wish to call up DeMint amendment No.

Speaking: DeMint
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Business Roundtable, National Federation of Independent Business, National Mining Association, and Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

The amendment (No. 964) was rejected.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Mr. President, I will use my leader time. This chart says it all. In February, 651,000 Americans lost their jobs. Five million Americans have lost their jobs this past year--5 ...

Speaking: Reid
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Mr. President, I am pleased that the Senate unanimously approved my amendment to maximize college affordability and access by helping to preserve competition and choice in the student loan program. ...

Speaking: Alexander
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Mr. President, let me briefly echo the remarks of the majority leader and congratulate Chairman Conrad and Ranking Member Gregg and say we have a lot of freshmen Senators. You ...

Speaking: McConnell
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

The amendment (No. 873) was agreed to.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Mr. President, I call up amendment No. 934 and ask for its immediate consideration.

Speaking: Cornyn
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

(Purpose: To increase funding for the National Health Service Corps)

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

The Senator from Louisiana.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Mr. President, this amendment provides a new point of order to prevent climate change legislation from raising more revenue than in the resolution, killing jobs in the coal and manufacturing-dependent ...

Speaking: Bond
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

(Purpose: To establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund for the 2012

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

It does not require 60 votes for passage.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Without objection, it is so ordered. Amendment No. 967

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Mr. President, I would like to take a minute to thank the majority leader and Republican leader for their assistance in helping us move this bill in a reasonably expeditious ...

Speaking: Gregg
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Who yields time in opposition? The Senator from Arizona.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Mr. President, the distinguished majority leader, my friend, Senator Reid quoted me by name in his remarks in opposition to the Lincoln-Kyl amendment.

Speaking: Grassley
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

[Rollcall Vote No. 153 Leg.] YEAS--18 Barrasso Brownback Bunning Burr Chambliss Coburn Cornyn Crapo DeMint Ensign Enzi Grassley Inhofe Isakson Kyl McConnell Risch Vitter NAYS--79 Akaka Alexander Baucus Bayh Begich ...

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

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

Speaking: Conrad, Bond
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Is there a sufficient second? There appears to be.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Mr. President, I strongly believe that the Senate needs to address the serious and pressing problem of climate change, and I look forward to that debate this Congress. I do ...

Speaking: Feingold
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Chairman Inouye has the time in opposition.

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Mr. President, I call up amendment No. 937.

Speaking: Vitter
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

The Senator from New York.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Mr. President, how much time do I have remaining?

Speaking: Vitter
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

I yield the time in opposition to the Senator from New Jersey.

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Mr. President, the chairman of the committee and the ranking member did such a wonderful job. I think we should all express our appreciation.

Speaking: Baucus
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Mr. President, we are prepared to take that amendment.

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

I suggest the absence of a quorum.

Speaking: Reid
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Mr. President, this amendment is a bad amendment. Last year, the Senate passed this legislation with 97 votes. It is a good bill. It bans lead in children's toys. It ...

Speaking: Pryor
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

The result was announced--yeas 39, nays 58, as follows:

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

The result was announced--yeas 51, nays 48, as follows:

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

(Purpose: To protect the freedom of conscience for patients and the

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

The amendments are as follows:

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

All time has expired. The question is on agreeing to amendment No. 974, as modified.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Mr. President, Senator Murray has the time in opposition.

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

[Rollcall Vote No. 145 Leg.] YEAS--63 Alexander Barrasso Baucus Bayh Begich Bennet Bennett Bingaman Bond Brownback Bunning Burr Casey Chambliss Coburn Cochran Corker Cornyn Crapo DeMint Dorgan Ensign Enzi Feingold ...

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

The Senator's time has expired.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Mr. President, I will vote for this budget resolution. It rightfully recognizes that our way through these difficult times is by investing in our future, with significant funding for infrastructure, ...

Speaking: Levin
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Mr. President, this amendment is called the Auto Bailout Prevention Amendment. We are debating an amendment which spends more, borrows more, and taxes more than any budget in history. Americans ...

Speaking: DeMint
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

I would say to the distinguished chairman of the Budget Committee, I have three amendments which I have on the dock. This is the only one of those three that ...

Speaking: Cornyn
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Mr. President, I oppose this amendment for a lot of reasons. No. 1, this is an unfunded mandate. The TANF program, the low-income program, the welfare program, is a block ...

Speaking: Baucus
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

So that would be the precedent for the future, 8 to 10 corrosive amendments does not lose its privileged status.

Speaking: Ensign
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

The Senator from North Dakota.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

[Rollcall Vote No. 146 Leg.] YEAS--51 Alexander Barrasso Baucus Bayh Bennett Bond Brownback Bunning Burr Cantwell Chambliss Coburn Cochran Collins Corker Cornyn Crapo DeMint Ensign Enzi Graham Grassley Gregg Hatch ...

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Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the reading of the amendment be dispensed with.

Speaking: DeMint, Lieberman, Bond
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Mr. President, I rise today in support of Senate amendment No. 876, which I have cosponsored with my colleague Senator Lincoln. Our bipartisan amendment would simply clarify that a deficit-neutral ...

Speaking: Snowe
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Mr. President, I support the budget resolution for fiscal year 2010. The resolution embraces many priorities that I strongly support. They include a renewed commitment to energy efficiency, educational improvements, ...

Speaking: Akaka
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Under the previous order, the question is on agreeing to waive the point of order.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

The Republican leader is recognized.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

[Rollcall Vote No. 149 Leg.] YEAS--28 Barrasso Bennet Bunning Burr Chambliss Coburn Corker Cornyn Crapo DeMint Ensign Enzi Feingold Graham Grassley Inhofe Isakson Johanns Kyl Lieberman Martinez McCain McCaskill Risch ...

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Why don't we just take it on a voice vote?

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Mr. President, to briefly respond to the Senator from Massachusetts, the chairman of the distinguished Foreign Relations Committee has raised a serious issue about Ambassador Hill.

Speaking: Brownback
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

The amendment (No. 904) was agreed to.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

The amendment (No. 746) was agreed to.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

It does.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

The clerk will report.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

The amendments were agreed to, en bloc, as follows:

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Next up----

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

[Rollcall Vote No. 147 Leg.] YEAS--56 Akaka Baucus Bayh Begich Bennet Bingaman Boxer Brown Burris Byrd Cantwell Cardin Carper Casey Conrad Dodd Dorgan Durbin Feingold Feinstein Gillibrand Hagan Harkin Inouye ...

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Yes. I ask unanimous consent.

Speaking: Gregg
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

(The resolution will be printed in a future edition of the Record.)

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percent of estates from the estate tax, shall be allowed under any

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Without objection, the amendments are agreed to.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Mr. President, I would ask the Senator from Texas, would he be willing to allow us to take this on a voice vote or by unanimous consent?

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

The legislative clerk read as follows:

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

The Senator from Massachusetts.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

It is.

Speaking: Kyl
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that we accept the amendment.

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

The legislative clerk called the roll.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

The question is on agreeing on the amendment.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Groups Opposing Using Reconciliation For Health Care and Carbon Tax

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Mr. President, the Senator's amendment would eliminate 20 percent of the economic recovery package we passed weeks ago. The Senator's amendment would cut defense by over $2 billion, would cut ...

Speaking: Conrad
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

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

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Mr. President, before I begin, I wish to say a word of thanks to Chairman Conrad, who has done a tremendous job providing great leadership. He and his staff have ...

Speaking: Lincoln
Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

Under the previous order, that motion is automatic.

Congressional Budget For The United States Government For Fiscal Year 2010—Continued

The yeas and nays resulted--yeas 36, nays 61, as follows:

Nomination Of Ashton Carter

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

Speaking: Coburn
Nomination Of Ashton Carter

The clerk will call the roll.

Nomination Of Ashton Carter

Mr. President, I had the intent, when we got to executive session, of asking unanimous consent that Calendar item No. 47, Ashton Carter's nomination, be agreed to by unanimous consent. ...

Speaking: Levin
Nomination Of Ashton Carter

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

Speaking: Klobuchar
Nomination Of Jane Holl Lute

Mr. President, in a few minutes there will be a unanimous consent request on a voice vote for a nominee to the No. 2 position at Homeland Security--a very nice ...

Speaking: Coburn
Nomination Of Ashton Carter

The assistant legislative clerk proceeded to call the roll.

Nomination Of Ashton Carter

Without objection, it is so ordered.

Executive Session

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the Senate proceed to executive session to consider, en bloc, Calendar Nos. 37,

Speaking: Reid
Executive Session

Mr. President, today the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship unanimously reported the President's nomination of Karen Gordon Mills to serve as Administrator for the Small Business Administration. I ...

Speaking: Landrieu
Nomination Of Jane Holl Lute To Be Deputy Secretary Of Homeland Security

Mr. President, I rise to express my unqualified endorsement of Jane Holl Lute to be Deputy Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security.

Speaking: LIEBERMAN
Nomination Of Jane Holl Lute To Be Deputy Secretary Of Homeland Security

Without objection, it is so ordered.

Nomination Of Jane Holl Lute To Be Deputy Secretary Of Homeland Security

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the President be immediately notified of the Senate's action and the Senate resume legislative session.

Speaking: REID
Nomination Of Jane Holl Lute To Be Deputy Secretary Of Homeland Security

Mr. President, the Senate was poised today to confirm three more superbly qualified nominees to fill top leadership positions at the Department of Justice before adjourning for the 2-week April ...

Speaking: LEAHY
Nomination Of Jane Holl Lute To Be Deputy Secretary Of Homeland Security

The nomination was confirmed.

Nomination Of Jane Holl Lute To Be Deputy Secretary Of Homeland Security

The question is, Shall the Senate advise and consent to the nomination of Jane Holl Lute to be Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security?

Nomination Of Jane Holl Lute To Be Deputy Secretary Of Homeland Security

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the Senate proceed to Calendar No. 57, the nomination of Jane Holl Lute.

Speaking: REID
Nomination Of Jane Holl Lute To Be Deputy Secretary Of Homeland Security

The assistant legislative clerk read the nomination of Jane Holl Lute, of New York, to be Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security.

Morning Business

Mr. REID, Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the Senate proceed to a period for the transaction of morning business, with Senators allowed to speak for up to 10 ...

Order Of Procedure—Executive Calendar

Mr. President, as if in executive session, I ask unanimous consent that on Monday, April 20, at 5:30 p.m., the Senate proceed to executive session to consider the following nominations, ...

Speaking: Reid
Executive Session

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the Senate proceed to executive session to consider Calendar No. 43, the nomination of Christopher R. Hill, to be Ambassador to Iraq.

Speaking: Reid
Legislative Session

Mr. President, I now ask unanimous consent that the Senate resume legislative session.

Speaking: Reid
Executive Session

Mr. President, I send a cloture motion to the desk.

Speaking: Reid
Executive Session

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that upon disposition of the nominations specified in a previous order for Monday, April 20, there be 20 minutes of debate, equally divided and ...

Speaking: Reid
Legislative Session

Without objection, it is so ordered.

Executive Session

The assistant legislative clerk read the nomination of Christopher R. Hill, of Rhode Island, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of ...

Executive Session

The cloture motion having been presented under rule XXII, the Chair directs the clerk to read the motion.

Morning Business

Without objection, it is so ordered.

Honoring Our Armed Forces

Mr. President, I wish to express my sympathy over the loss of Marine Cpl Michael W. Ouellette, a 29-year-old native of Manchester, NH. Corporal Ouellette died on March 22, 2009, ...

Speaking: Shaheen
Honoring Our Armed Forces

Mr. President, I rise today with a heavy heart and a deep sense of gratitude to pay tribute to Cpl Michael Ouellette of Manchester, NH, for his service and the ...

Speaking: Gregg
Order Of Procedure—Executive Calendar

Without objection, it is so ordered.

Executive Session

The assistant legislative clerk read as follows:

Legislative Session

The Senate will now resume legislative session.

Executive Session

Without objection, it is so ordered.

60th Anniversary Of The North Atlantic Treaty Organization

Mr. President. I wish today to recognize the 60th anniversary of the creation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

Speaking: Mikulski
Letter To President Obama From Cuban Patriots

Mr. President, I wish to share with my colleagues a recent letter from 17 courageous activists within Cuba who are calling for democracy for their country. These individuals represent peaceful ...

Speaking: Martinez
Commission Of Inquiry

Mr. President, since I last came to the floor to discuss a proposal for a Commission of Inquiry, Americans have learned disturbing new facts that underscore the need for such ...

Speaking: Leahy
Denouncing The Imprisonment Of Mikhail Khodorkovsky

Mr. President, last October marked the fifth anniversary of the arrest of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the former head of Yukos, Russia's largest oil company. The Council of Europe, Freedom House, and ...

Speaking: Cardin
Recognizing Hostelling International Usa

Mr. President, today I wish to recognize Hostelling International USA for 75 years of service to intercultural understanding and youth travel.

Speaking: Udall
Idahoans Speak Out On High Energy Prices

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

Idahoans Speak Out On High Energy Prices

Mr. President, in mid-June, I asked Idahoans to share with me how high energy prices are affecting their lives, and they responded by the hundreds. The stories, numbering well over ...

Speaking: Crapo
Additional Statements

Mr. President, I ask my colleagues to join me in reflecting on the memory and deeds of a remarkable American, Andrea Mead Lawrence, who passed away March 31 in the ...

Speaking: Boxer
150th Anniversary Of Caribou, Maine

Mr. President, it is with pride and gratitude that today I commemorate the 150th anniversary of Caribou, ME, which happens to be my hometown.

Speaking: Collins
Tribute To Mike Field

Mr. President, I want to talk for a moment about Mike Field, a man whose public service has done much to improve the quality of life for people in our ...

Speaking: Risch
Tribute To Admiral Robert Peary

Mr. President, today I wish to commemorate the expedition of ADM Robert Peary and his discovery of the North Pole 100 years ago, on April 6, 1909.

Speaking: Collins
20th Anniversary Of The Eiteljorg Museum Of American Indians And Western Art

Mr. President, I am pleased to have this opportunity to recognize a hallmark event taking place this year in Indianapolis, IN--the 20th anniversary of the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians ...

Speaking: Lugar
Tribute To Al Schock

Mr. President, today I wish to honor Al Schock of Sioux Falls, SD, for his years of extraordinary service to his community as a member of the Downtown Lions Club. ...

Speaking: Thune
Executive Messages Referred

(The nominations received today are printed at the end of the Senate proceedings.)

Messages From The House

ENROLLED BILL SIGNED At 10:03 a.m., a message from the House of Representatives, delivered by Ms. Niland, one of its reading clerks, announced that the Speaker has signed the following ...

Measures Read The First Time

The following bill was read the first time: H.R. 1256. An act to protect the public health by providing the Food and Drug Administration with certain authority to regulate tobacco ...

Messages From The President

Messages from the President of the United States were communicated to the Senate by Mrs. Neiman, one of his secretaries.

Executive Messages Referred

As in executive session the Presiding Officer laid before the Senate messages from the President of the United States submitting sundry nominations and a treaty which were referred to the ...

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-1172. A communication from the Congressional Review Coordinator, Animal and ...

Executive Report Of Committee

The following executive report of a nomination was submitted: By Mr. AKAKA for the Committee on Veterans' Affairs. *W. Scott Gould, of the District of Columbia, to be Deputy Secretary ...

Reports Of Committees

The following reports of committees were submitted: By Mr. LEVIN, from the Committee on Armed Services, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute: S. 454. A bill to ...

Petitions And Memorials

The following petition or memorial was laid before the Senate and was referred or ordered to lie on the table as indicated: POM-16. A petition transmitted by a private citizen ...

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: By Mr. ROBERTS (for himself, Mr. Vitter, Mrs. Hutchison, ...

Submission Of Concurrent And Senate Resolutions

The following concurrent resolutions and Senate resolutions were read, and referred (or acted upon), as indicated: By Mr. VITTER: S. Res. 98. A resolution designating each of April 15, 2009, ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Reid, the name of the Senator from Iowa (Mr. Harkin) was added as a cosponsor of S. 546, a bill to amend title 10, United ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Akaka, the name of the Senator from Maryland (Ms. Mikulski) was added as a cosponsor of S. 423, a bill to amend title 38, United ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Kaufman, the name of the Senator from Pennsylvania (Mr. Specter) was added as a cosponsor of S. 605, a bill to require the Securities and ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mrs. Lincoln, the name of the Senator from South Dakota (Mr. Thune) was added as a cosponsor of amendment No. 873 proposed to S. Con. Res. ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Dorgan, the name of the Senator from Arkansas (Mrs. Lincoln) was added as a cosponsor of amendment No. 881 proposed to S. Con. Res. 13, ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Johanns, his name was added as a cosponsor of amendment No. 799 proposed to S. Con. Res. 13, an original concurrent resolution setting forth the ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Nelson of Nebraska, the name of the Senator from New Jersey (Mr. Menendez) was added as a cosponsor of S. 663, a bill to amend ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Bayh, his name was added as a cosponsor of S. 773, a bill to ensure the continued free flow of commerce within the United States ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Johanns, his name was added as a cosponsor of amendment No. 803 proposed to S. Con. Res. 13, an original concurrent resolution setting forth the ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Ms. Murkowski, the names of the Senator from New Mexico (Mr. Bingaman) and the Senator from Minnesota (Ms. Klobuchar) were added as cosponsors of amendment No. ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Tester, the names of the Senator from West Virginia (Mr. Rockefeller) and the Senator from New Mexico (Mr. Udall) were added as cosponsors of amendment ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Nelson of Nebraska, the name of the Senator from Georgia (Mr. Isakson) was added as a cosponsor of S. 306, a bill to promote biogas ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Menendez, the name of the Senator from Maryland (Mr. Cardin) was added as a cosponsor of amendment No. 920 intended to be proposed to S. ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Casey, the names of the Senator from Indiana (Mr. Bayh) and the Senator from Wyoming (Mr. Barrasso) were added as cosponsors of amendment No. 755 ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Bingaman, the names of the Senator from New Hampshire (Mrs. Shaheen) and the Senator from Illinois (Mr. Durbin) were added as cosponsors of S. 661, ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Brown, the name of the Senator from Maine (Ms. Snowe) was added as a cosponsor of amendment No. 810 proposed to S. Con. Res. 13, ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Lugar, the name of the Senator from Massachusetts (Mr. Kerry) was added as a cosponsor of S. 384, a bill to authorize appropriations for fiscal ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Nelson of Florida, the names of the Senator from Indiana (Mr. Lugar), the Senator from New Jersey (Mr. Menendez) and the Senator from Massachusetts (Mr. ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Ensign, the name of the Senator from Nebraska (Mr. Johanns) was added as a cosponsor of amendment No. 864 intended to be proposed to S. ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Harkin, the name of the Senator from Pennsylvania (Mr. Specter) was added as a cosponsor of S. 584, a bill to ensure that all users ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Sanders, the name of the Senator from Kentucky (Mr. Bunning) was added as a cosponsor of amendment No. 875 proposed to S. Con. Res. 13, ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Johanns, his name was added as a cosponsor of amendment No. 784 intended to be proposed to S. Con. Res. 13, an original concurrent resolution ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Enzi, the name of the Senator from Nebraska (Mr. Johanns) was added as a cosponsor of amendment No. 825 intended to be proposed to S. ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Ms. Snowe, the name of the Senator from Missouri (Mr. Bond) was added as a cosponsor of amendment No. 905 intended to be proposed to S. ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Vitter, the name of the Senator from Utah (Mr. Bennett) was added as a cosponsor of amendment No. 787 proposed to S. Con. Res. 13, ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mrs. Lincoln, the names of the Senator from New Hampshire (Mrs. Shaheen) and the Senator from Louisiana (Ms. Landrieu) were added as cosponsors of amendment No. ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Menendez, the names of the Senator from Maryland (Mr. Cardin) and the Senator from New Jersey (Mr. Lautenberg) were added as cosponsors of amendment No. ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Tester, the name of the Senator from New Mexico (Mr. Udall) was added as a cosponsor of S. 633, a bill to establish a program ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Johanns, his name was added as a cosponsor of amendment No. 852 intended to be proposed to S. Con. Res. 13, an original concurrent resolution ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Menendez, the name of the Senator from Illinois (Mr. Burris) was added as a cosponsor of S. Res. 72, a resolution expressing the sense of ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Levin, the names of the Senator from Nebraska (Mr. Nelson) and the Senator from Colorado (Mr. Udall) were added as cosponsors of S. 454, a ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mrs. Feinstein, the name of the Senator from Arizona (Mr. Kyl) was added as a cosponsor of S. 622, a bill to ensure parity between the ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mrs. Hutchison, the name of the Senator from Kansas (Mr. Brownback) was added as a cosponsor of S. 614, a bill to award a Congressional Gold ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Johanns, his name was added as a cosponsor of amendment No. 819 proposed to S. Con. Res. 13, an original concurrent resolution setting forth the ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Nelson of Nebraska, the name of the Senator from Georgia (Mr. Chambliss) was added as a cosponsor of S. 731, a bill to amend title ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Brown, the names of the Senator from West Virginia (Mr. Rockefeller) and the Senator from New York (Mr. Schumer) were added as cosponsors of amendment ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Leahy, the names of the Senator from Minnesota (Ms. Klobuchar), the Senator from Pennsylvania (Mr. Specter), the Senator from Texas (Mr. Cornyn) and the Senator ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Enzi, the name of the Senator from Wyoming (Mr. Barrasso) was added as a cosponsor of amendment No. 821 intended to be proposed to S. ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mrs. Lincoln, the name of the Senator from Montana (Mr. Tester) was added as a cosponsor of S. 343, a bill to amend title XVIII of ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Durbin, the name of the Senator from New York (Mr. Schumer) was added as a cosponsor of S. 729, a bill to amend the Illegal ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Burr, the names of the Senator from Mississippi (Mr. Wicker) and the Senator from Illinois (Mr. Durbin) were added as cosponsors of S. 475, a ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Johanns, his name was added as a cosponsor of amendment No. 785 intended to be proposed to S. Con. Res. 13, an original concurrent resolution ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Dorgan, the names of the Senator from Arkansas (Mrs. Lincoln) and the Senator from Delaware (Mr. Kaufman) were added as cosponsors of amendment No. 838 ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Schumer, the name of the Senator from South Dakota (Mr. Johnson) was added as a cosponsor of S. 753, a bill to prohibit the manufacture, ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Thune, the name of the Senator from Colorado (Mr. Bennet) was added as a cosponsor of amendment No. 870 proposed to S. Con. Res. 13, ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Bennet, the name of the Senator from Montana (Mr. Tester) was added as a cosponsor of amendment No. 799 proposed to S. Con. Res. 13, ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Carper, the name of the Senator from Louisiana (Ms. Landrieu) was added as a cosponsor of S. 599, a bill to amend chapter 81 of ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Johanns, his name was added as a cosponsor of amendment No. 786 intended to be proposed to S. Con. Res. 13, an original concurrent resolution ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Barrasso, the names of the Senator from Nebraska (Mr. Johanns) and the Senator from South Dakota (Mr. Thune) were added as cosponsors of amendment No. ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Carper, the name of the Senator from Oklahoma (Mr. Coburn) was added as a cosponsor of amendment No. 764 proposed to S. Con. Res. 13, ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Alexander, the names of the Senator from Texas (Mr. Cornyn) and the Senator from North Carolina (Mr. Burr) were added as cosponsors of amendment No. ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Dodd, the name of the Senator from Arkansas (Mrs. Lincoln) was added as a cosponsor of S. 467, a bill to amend the National and ...

Additional Cosponsors

S. 27 At the request of Mr. Schumer, the name of the Senator from North Dakota (Mr. Conrad) was added as a cosponsor of S. 27, a bill to establish ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Menendez, the names of the Senator from Wisconsin (Mr. Feingold) and the Senator from New Jersey (Mr. Lautenberg) were added as cosponsors of S. Res. ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Nelson of Florida, the name of the Senator from Alaska (Mr. Begich) was added as a cosponsor of S. 266, a bill to amend title ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Voinovich, the name of the Senator from Illinois (Mr. Burris) was added as a cosponsor of S. 469, a bill to amend chapter 83 of ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mrs. Feinstein, the name of the Senator from Alaska (Mr. Begich) was added as a cosponsor of S. 484, a bill to amend title II of ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Barrasso, the name of the Senator from Idaho (Mr. Crapo) was added as a cosponsor of amendment No. 890 proposed to S. Con. Res. 13, ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Dorgan, the name of the Senator from Montana (Mr. Tester) was added as a cosponsor of S. 442, a bill to impose a limitation on ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Johanns, his name was added as a cosponsor of amendment No. 843 intended to be proposed to S. Con. Res. 13, an original concurrent resolution ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Dodd, the names of the Senator from New York (Mr. Schumer), the Senator from Vermont (Mr. Sanders) and the Senator from Delaware (Mr. Kaufman) were ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Nelson of Florida, the name of the Senator from New Mexico (Mr. Udall) was added as a cosponsor of S. 535, a bill to amend ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Akaka, the name of the Senator from Illinois (Mr. Burris) was added as a cosponsor of S. 514, a bill to amend title 38, United ...

Additional Cosponsors

At the request of Mr. Lieberman, the names of the Senator from South Dakota (Mr. Thune), the Senator from Alaska (Mr. Begich) and the Senator from South Carolina (Mr. Graham) ...