The clerk will please read a communication to the Senate from the President pro tempore (Mr. Inouye).
The legislative clerk read the following letter:
Under the provisions of rule I, paragraph 3, of the Standing Rules of the Senate, I hereby appoint the Honorable Jeff Bingaman, a Senator from the State of New Mexico, to perform the duties of the Chair. Daniel K. Inouye, President pro tempore.
Mr. BINGAMAN thereupon assumed the chair as Acting President pro tempore.
Mr. President, I suggest the absence of a quorum.
The clerk will call the roll.
The legislative clerk proceeded to call the roll.
Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the order for the quorum call be rescinded.
Without objection, it is so ordered.