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Mr. President, following leader remarks, the Senate will begin consideration of H.R. 5949, the FISA reauthorization bill. At approximately 9:45 a.m. this morning, there will be several, up to 25, ...

Speaking: Durbin
Pledge Of Allegiance

The Honorable Mark R. Warner 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 ...

Reservation Of Leader Time

Under the previous order, the leadership time is reserved.

H O U S E O F R E P R E S E N T A T I V E S

Vol. 158WASHINGTON, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2012No. 169

House Of Representatives

The House was not in session today. Its next meeting will be held on Sunday, December 30, 2012, at 2 p.m.

Appointment Of Acting President Pro Tempore

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

Appointment Of Acting President Pro Tempore

The assistant legislative clerk read the following letter:

Senate

Friday, December 28, 2012 The Senate met at 9 a.m. and was called to order by the Honorable Mark R. Warner, a Senator from the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Appointment Of Acting President Pro Tempore

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

Recognition Of The Acting Majority Leader

The acting majority leader is recognized.

Prayer

The Chaplain, Dr. Barry C. Black, offered the following prayer: Let us pray. O mighty God before whom the generations rise and pass away, watch over America and use our ...

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

The Senator from Georgia.

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

I will use 1 minute.

Speaking: Feinstein
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

[Rollcall Vote No. 236 Leg.] YEAS--73 Alexander Ayotte Barrasso Bennet Blumenthal Blunt Boozman Brown (MA) Burr Cardin Carper Casey Chambliss Coats Coburn Cochran Collins Conrad Corker Cornyn Crapo Enzi Feinstein ...

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

I announce that the Senator from California (Mrs. Boxer), the Senator from New Jersey (Mr. Lautenberg), and the Senator from Missouri (Mrs. McCaskill) are necessarily absent.

Speaking: Durbin
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

Mr. President, we have how many minutes?

Speaking: Feinstein
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

Madam President, major terrorist threats still exist, and it is critical that we do all we can to protect Americans, not only in terms of national security, but also in ...

Speaking: Reed
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

The Senator from California.

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

I thank the Chair and yield the floor to the vice chairman for the remainder of my time.

Speaking: Feinstein
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

The amendment is as follows:(Purpose: To require a report on the impact of the FISA Amendments Act

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

The following Senators are necessarily absent: the Senator from South Carolina (Mr. DeMint) and the Senator from Illinois (Mr. Kirk).

Speaking: Kyl
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

The Senator from Colorado.

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

I thank my colleague from Colorado. He has been a wonderful partner in this effort to strike a balance between security and liberty. I look forward to working with him ...

Speaking: Wyden
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

I announce that the Senator from California (Mrs. Boxer) and the Senator from New Jersey (Mr. Lautenberg) are necessarily absent.

Speaking: Durbin
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

Under the previous order, there will be 30 minutes of debate, equally divided, prior to the vote on the Wyden amendment.

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

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

Speaking: Wyden
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

Is there a sufficient second?

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

[Rollcall Vote No. 235 Leg.] YEAS--43 Akaka Baucus Begich Bennet Bingaman Blumenthal Brown (OH) Cantwell Cardin Carper Casey Conrad Coons Durbin Franken Gillibrand Grassley Harkin Heller Klobuchar Landrieu Leahy Lee ...

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

Without objection, it is so ordered.

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

Mr. President, I oppose Senator Wyden's amendment also because it imposes an unreasonably burdensome reporting requirement on the DNI and is inconsistent with the purpose of FISA, which is to ...

Speaking: Chambliss
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

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

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

The result was announced--yeas 43, nays 52, as follows:

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

There is 2\1/2\ minutes remaining.

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

The Senator from Oregon.

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

Mr. President, given the events of yesterday, this is the last opportunity for the next 5 years for the Congress to exercise a modest measure of real oversight over this ...

Speaking: Wyden
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

The question is on passage of the bill.

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

Mr. President, I would echo what the chairman said--that the very well trained, dedicated staff of the Intelligence Committee is available to assist any Member in reviewing the classified information ...

Speaking: Chambliss
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

Proponents have 8 minutes and the opponents have 2 minutes.

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

The Senate will proceed to the consideration of H.R. 5949, which the clerk will report.

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

I ask for the yeas and nays.

Speaking: Feinstein
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

I ask unanimous consent to call up my amendment which is at the desk.

Speaking: Wyden
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

Mr. President, I say this with the greatest respect to the distinguished chair of the committee--with whom I have worked cooperatively on so many issues--that when she said this amendment ...

Speaking: Wyden
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

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

Speaking: Feinstein
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

Mr. President, I rise in opposition to the amendment. This amendment would require the Director of National Intelligence to issue a public report within 90 days, assessing the impact of ...

Speaking: Feinstein
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

Under the previous order requiring 60 votes for passage of the bill, the bill (H.R. 5949) is passed.

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

The assistant legislative clerk called the roll.

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

Madam President, I thank my colleagues for their coming to the floor over the past 2 days for a good debate on the reauthorization of the FISA Amendments Act, which ...

Speaking: Feinstein
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

Under the previous order requiring 60 votes for the adoption of this amendment, the amendment is rejected.

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

The clerk will report.

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

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

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

The result was announced--yeas 73, nays 23, as follows:

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

Mr. President, I rise in support of the Wyden amendment. Before I share my thoughts, I wanted to express my respect and admiration for the chairwoman and vice chairman of ...

Speaking: Udall
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

The assistant legislative clerk read as follows:

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

Madam President, I rise today to express my longstanding concerns about the FISA Amendments Act of 2008. We are being asked to extend the sunset provisions in the Act until ...

Speaking: Udall
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

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

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

Is there objection? Without objection, the clerk will report the amendments by number.

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

The Senator from Montana.

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

Madam President, amendment No. 3348 is about smart government. It is about ensuring that taxpayer dollars are spent wisely, while at the same time guaranteeing that Federal law enforcement agencies ...

Speaking: Grassley
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

There will be 2 minutes of debate equally divided.

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

Under the previous order requiring 60 votes on adoption of this amendment, the amendment is rejected.

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

Madam President, as Hurricane Sandy was bearing down on our own east coast, causing tremendous damage, a supertyphoon named Bopha was also striking the small Asian Pacific nation of Palau. ...

Speaking: Bingaman
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

The Senator has 40 seconds remaining.

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

The Chair advises it is 50 miles.

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

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

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

Madam President, it is my understanding that we will be able to adopt a number of amendments by voice vote. In order to do that, I will call up a ...

Speaking: Mikulski
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

Is there objection?

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

The yeas and nays resulted--yeas 51, nays 44, as follows:

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

The assistant bill clerk read as follows:

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

Who yields time?

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

I ask unanimous consent to recapture 15 seconds of my time.

Speaking: Coburn
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

Under the previous order, the question is on agreeing to the Coburn and McCain amendment No. 3371.

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

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

Speaking: Coburn
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

Madam President, I thank the managers of the bill, the chairman of the Appropriations Committee, and I call up amendment No.

Speaking: Bingaman
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

Madam President, it is my understanding the Senator from Arizona, Mr. McCain, no longer wishes to offer amendment No. 3384. Senator Bingaman of New Mexico is in line to offer ...

Speaking: Mikulski
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

Mr. President, first, I would like to bring something to the attention of the Senator from Oklahoma. First, the Senator got a decimal point wrong. I feel amused correcting the ...

Speaking: Mikulski
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

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

Speaking: Mikulski
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

Madam President, I ask unanimous consent that Coburn amendments Nos. 3368, 3370, 3371, and 3382 be temporarily laid aside and that the Senate proceed to Tester amendment No. 3350.

Speaking: Mikulski
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

[Rollcall Vote No. 239 Leg.] YEAS--44 Alexander Ayotte Barrasso Blunt Boozman Brown (MA) Burr Chambliss Coats Coburn Cochran Collins Corker Cornyn Crapo Enzi Graham Grassley Hatch Heller Hoeven Hutchison Inhofe ...

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

Madam President, we have no objection to the request of the Senator.

Speaking: Cochran
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

Madam President, I ask for time to speak on this point.

Speaking: Sessions
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

Under the previous order, there will be 2 minutes of debate, equally divided, prior to a vote in relation to amendment No. 3344 offered by the Senator from New Mexico, ...

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

Madam President, I am happy to see the matter dealt with, with a voice vote.

Speaking: Bingaman
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

I announce that the Senator from California (Mrs. Boxer), the Senator from New Jersey (Mr. Lautenberg), and the Senator from Virginia (Mr. Warner) are necessarily absent.

Speaking: Durbin
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

Under the previous order, there will be 4 minutes of debate, equally divided, prior to a vote in relation to amendment No. 3370, division II, offered by the Senator from ...

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

I ask for the yeas and nays.

Speaking: Coburn
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

On this vote, the yeas are 51, the nays are 44. Three-fifths of the Senators duly chosen and sworn not having voted in the affirmative, the motion is rejected.

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

Without objection, it is so ordered. The amendments will be considered en bloc.

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

The result was announced--yeas 35, nays 60, as follows:

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

Mr. President, let me join with the Senator from Maryland in commending all Senators for the expeditious way we have been able to move this bill but in particular the ...

Speaking: Cochran
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

I ask unanimous consent that the vote on Coburn No. 3372 be laid aside, that the Senator be allowed to speak on amendment No. 3371, and then following that, we ...

Speaking: Mikulski
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

Mr. President, fishing is more than just a profession in New England. Fishing is a culture and a way of life. In recent years, Maine's fishermen and fishing communities have ...

Speaking: Collins
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

[Rollcall Vote No. 240 Leg.] YEAS--35 Alexander Ayotte Barrasso Blunt Boozman Burr Carper Chambliss Coburn Corker Cornyn Crapo Enzi Grassley Heller Hoeven Hutchison Inhofe Isakson Johanns Johnson (WI) Kyl Lee ...

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

Is there a sufficient second?

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

The assistant legislative clerk called the roll.

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

Madam President, I object.

Speaking: Cochran
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

[Rollcall Vote No. 238 Leg.] YEAS--51 Akaka Baucus Begich Bennet Bingaman Blumenthal Brown (OH) Cantwell Cardin Casey Collins Conrad Coons Durbin Feinstein Franken Gillibrand Hagan Harkin Heller Johnson (SD) Kerry ...

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

The following Senators are necessarily absent: the Senator from South Carolina (Mr. DeMint) and the Senator from Illinois (Mr. Kirk).

Speaking: Kyl
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

The amendments are as follows:

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

Without objection, the clerk will report.

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

Under the previous order, there will be 2 minutes of debate equally divided prior to a vote in relation to amendment No. 3393, offered by the Senator from Maryland, Mr. ...

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

The time of the Senator has expired.

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

I have no objection.

Speaking: Coburn
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

There is 30 seconds remaining in opposition.

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

The Senator from Maryland.

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

Pending:

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

Mr. President, I thank the Senator from Montana for withdrawing his amendment.

Speaking: Mikulski
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

Under the previous order, there will be 4 minutes of debate on amendment No. 3371.

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

The result was announced--yeas 52, nays 43, as follows:

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

Seconded.

Speaking: Landrieu
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

Under the previous order, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R. 1, which the clerk will now report by title.

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

Mr. President, I rise in opposition to this amendment. But I wish to say the Senator from Oklahoma raises a very good point. But this comes under the jurisdiction of ...

Speaking: Landrieu
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

Mr. President, I just want to say to the Senator from Oklahoma, there does seem to be a dispute in the printing. But whatever it is, we are going to ...

Speaking: Mikulski
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

Is there a sufficient second? There appears to be a sufficient second.

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

Madam President, this is the result of a compact that, to my knowledge, has not been brought before the Foreign Relations Committee. It commits us to direct spending permanently for ...

Speaking: Sessions
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

[Rollcall Vote No. 237 Leg.] YEAS--52 Akaka Baucus Begich Bennet Bingaman Blumenthal Brown (OH) Cantwell Cardin Carper Casey Conrad Coons Durbin Feinstein Franken Gillibrand Harkin Heller Johanns Johnson (SD) Kerry ...

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

Mr. President, it is unfortunate that we couldn't sustain this budget point of order because it truly is an emergency situation, particularly in the West. We have seen the number ...

Speaking: Tester
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

The result was announced--yeas 44, nays 51, as follows:

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

All time has expired.

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

It doesn't mean they won't get rebuilt; it means that portion of the increase will be a contribution rate of 35 percent. We are going to do a complete restoration ...

Speaking: Coburn
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

Mr. President, I have no doubt there was significant damage in the past of fisheries both on the west coast, Alaska, and on the east coast. But a large portion ...

Speaking: Coburn
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

Madam President, I ask unanimous consent that further reading be dispensed with.

Speaking: Bingaman
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

The Senator is correct that this bill is full of reforms that he and I and others have worked on. But every one of these reforms has been agreed to ...

Speaking: Landrieu
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

I urge the amendment be adopted by voice vote.

Speaking: Mikulski
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

Without objection, it is so ordered.

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

So the Senator from Oklahoma is going to debate the second amendment and then we will have two stacked votes.

Speaking: Reid
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

I thank the Chair. Amendment No. 3350

Speaking: Mikulski
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

The majority leader.

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

Mr. President, amendment No. 3371 is a good government house cleaning for FEMA. FEMA determines disasters based on a declaration process that is based on a per capita income--or per ...

Speaking: Coburn
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

Under the previous order, there will be 4 minutes of debate equally divided prior to a vote in relation to amendment No. 3368, offered by the Senator from Oklahoma.

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

Madam President, I object to the voice vote and ask for the yeas and nays.

Speaking: Sessions
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

Mr. President, I appreciate Senator Tester's energy on this issue and desire to move forward with it. We do have a process for this kind of funding to occur. He ...

Speaking: Sessions
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

For the information of all Senators, we are going to have two votes before we break for our caucuses--the Republicans have a caucus, we have one. So we have two ...

Speaking: Reid
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

[Rollcall Vote No. 241 Leg.] YEAS--40 Alexander Barrasso Blunt Boozman Burr Carper Chambliss Coats Coburn Cochran Coons Corker Cornyn Crapo Enzi Graham Grassley Hutchison Inhofe Isakson Johanns Johnson (WI) Klobuchar ...

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

The legislative clerk called the roll.

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

Mr. President, this amendment, if passed, would not allow the Sandy States or future States to protect themselves against future disasters. Now, my colleague draws a very clear line between ...

Speaking: Schumer
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

Madam President, pursuant to section 904 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, I move to waive all applicable sections of that act for purposes of the pending measure.

Speaking: Tester
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

Madam President, these amendments have been cleared by the managers on this side. I know of no objections to their adoption.

Speaking: Cochran
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

The bill clerk called the roll.

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

Mr. President, this bill is full of authorizations--I mean, literally, full of authorizations. This is something I have studied and looked at. I have been looking at FEMA for 8 ...

Speaking: Coburn
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

The assistant legislative clerk read as follows:

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

The following Senators are necessarily absent: the Senator from Illinois (Mr. Kirk) and the Senator from South Carolina (Mr. DeMint).

Speaking: Kyl
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

Mr. President, the Sandy supplemental appropriations bill provides $3.5 billion in funding for new construction projects through the Corps of Engineers. Part of that $3 billion is toward reducing future ...

Speaking: Coburn
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

Mr. President, before we go to the second amendment--I ask unanimous consent--I am looking at my transcription of this amendment. It says 50 miles. So if, in fact, what is ...

Speaking: Coburn
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

Madam President, this amendment, No. 3350, is to provide additional funds for wildland fire management. The summer of 2012 was a bad fire year, the third worst on record--9.2 million ...

Speaking: Tester
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that when the Senate reconvenes at 2 p.m., we debate the next two Coburn amendments in order and that upon the use or yielding ...

Speaking: Mikulski
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

The Senator from Louisiana.

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

The amendment is as follows:

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

The result was announced--yeas 40, nays 55, as follows:

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

Under the previous order requiring 60 votes for the adoption of this amendment, the amendment is rejected.

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

Mr. President, simply what this means is this--and I am really asking for Senators to pay attention because they are very keenly interested in the schedule. I thank the distinguished ...

Speaking: Mikulski
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

I object.

Speaking: Mikulski
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

If I might discuss with the leader and get the consent of the minority, the Senator from Oklahoma has a series of amendments. I wonder if we could debate the ...

Speaking: Mikulski
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

Madam President, I ask unanimous consent that we proceed to vote on the following amendments en bloc: Cardin No. 3393; Grassley No. 3348; Feinstein No. 3421, as modified; Harkin No. ...

Speaking: Mikulski
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

Madam President, the Senator from Oklahoma, Mr. Coburn, has asked that he have a chance to get his own paperwork together because he has extensive remarks. I am going to ...

Speaking: Mikulski
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

The Senator from New Mexico.

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

To the Senator from Oklahoma, I apologize. I am sorry for the delay. We will move forward to further debate on the second amendment.

Speaking: Mikulski
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

Who yields time in opposition?

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent to speak for 1 minute on the Tester amendment withdrawal.

Speaking: Mikulski
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

The yeas and nays were ordered.

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act

All right. Amendment No. 3371.

Speaking: Coburn
Recess

Under the previous order, the Senate stands in recess until 2 p.m.

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Regular order.

Speaking: Mikulski
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

The result was announced--yeas 42, nays 52, as follows:

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Don't we now proceed to the McCain amendment under the consent agreement, for debate? It was to be Senator McCain or Senator Lee?

Speaking: Mikulski
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Without objection, the clerk will report the amendments en bloc.

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Provided, That such amount is designated by the Congress as being for an emergency requirement pursuant to section 251(b)(2)(A)(i) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985.

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Mr. President, I ask for a voice vote.

Speaking: Mikulski
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Don't create one disaster in trying to solve another. Please vote no.

Speaking: Graham
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

The Senator is correct.

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

The Senator from Kentucky.

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

The result was announced--yeas 3, nays 91, as follows:

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Mr. President, President Kennedy once said:

Speaking: Baucus
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

I announce that the Senator from California (Mrs. Boxer), the Senator from New Jersey (Mr. Lautenberg), and the Senator from Virginia (Mr. Warner) are necessarily absent.

Speaking: Durbin
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Is all time yielded back?

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Mr. President, I ask for 1 minute to be able to respond to what the Senator from Oregon just did.

Speaking: Mikulski
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Mr. President, if the Senator from Texas will yield for a moment, I don't want the gavel to come down during her presentation.

Speaking: Mikulski
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Without objection, the clerk will report.

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

I just want to say to the Senator from Oregon, and all the other Senators who face agricultural disasters, we on the Appropriations Committee would like to work with the ...

Speaking: Mikulski
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Either Senator McCain or Senator Lee may be recognized.

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that Senator Frank Lautenberg be added as a cosponsor to the Reid substitute.

Speaking: Mikulski
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

I am right here.

Speaking: Mikulski
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

If the Senator would suspend, the time for the vote has now arrived.

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Let me just say that we simply are allowing 3 months for the Congress of the United States--representatives of taxpayers' dollars--to assess, document, and justify additional expenditures that go beyond ...

Speaking: Coats
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Mr. President, given that the emergency designations in this amendment have been stricken, I ask unanimous consent to withdraw my amendment No. 3367.

Speaking: Merkley
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

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

Speaking: Mikulski
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent to speak for 1 minute.

Speaking: Mikulski
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Mr. President, I rise in opposition to the amendment. I guess I have 2 minutes for that since it is 4 minutes equally divided between the amendments. I know my ...

Speaking: Schumer
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Mr. President, I understand we will now be going to the Reid substitute; is that correct?

Speaking: Mikulski
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Mr. President, our side yields back all time.

Speaking: Mikulski
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

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

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Yes. We will have those votes, start the votes after 2, and then for us we will have another caucus following that. Hopefully, by that time, we will have made ...

Speaking: Reid
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Is there objection?

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(Purpose: To offset the cost of the bll and to put the spending on

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Mr. President, I will vote in support of the legislation before us because we have a responsibility to help our fellow Americans who have lost homes and businesses through no ...

Speaking: Levin
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

If not, all time is yielded back. The question is on agreeing to the amendment.

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The Senator from Iowa.

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Mr. President, I ask the manager of the bill, are you ready to vote? I will take 30 seconds.

Speaking: Leahy
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

The question is on agreeing to the amendment in the nature of a substitute, as amended.

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The Senator from Oklahoma.

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

The Chair is determining which section the point of order lies against.

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Is there a sufficient second?

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

I announce that the Senator from California (Mrs. Boxer), the Senator from New Jersey (Mr. Lautenberg), and the Senator from Virginia (Mr. Warner), are necessarily absent.

Speaking: Durbin
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

The Senator from Maryland.

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The Senator from Montana is recognized.

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Mr. President, I note the prompt appearance of Senator Lee.

Speaking: Mikulski
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Mr. President, as we debate the Hurricane Sandy Supplemental bill this week, it is critical that we ensure taxpayer dollars go to help those impacted by this devastating storm and ...

Speaking: McCain
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Mr. President, could I have 15 seconds just to respond to my colleague?

Speaking: Coats
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Under the previous order requiring 60 votes for the adoption of this amendment, the amendment is rejected.

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

The legislative clerk read as follows:

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

The Senator from California.

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Mr. President, I oppose Coburn amendment No. 3383 striking the provisions in the underlying bill.

Speaking: Mikulski
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The legislative clerk read as follows.

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The assistant legislative clerk read as follows:

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Mr. President, I respect my colleague's desire to get this matter done, but the language he is advocating is already in the Farm bill. We need to get the Farm ...

Speaking: Sessions
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So we have concluded Paul amendment No. 3410.

Speaking: Mikulski
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I will speak within that period of time. Thank you very much, and I thank both Senators.

Speaking: Baucus
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Mr. President, with all time having expired, I believe the order requires that these amendments then be set aside to be part of a set of stacked votes at 4 ...

Speaking: Mikulski
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Mr. Leader, you are talking about Sunday, right?

Speaking: McConnell
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The following Senators are necessarily absent: the Senator from South Carolina (Mr. DeMint), the Senator from Illinois (Mr. Kirk), and the Senator from Idaho (Mr. Risch).

Speaking: Kyl
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Mr. President, we wish to thank the distinguished manager of the bill for her courtesies and for her skill in managing this bill, and her sensitivity to the need for ...

Speaking: Cochran
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Does anyone seek debate on the McCain amendment?

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The regular order is the Paul amendment on the debate time, amendment No. 3410.

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Mr. President, on our side, we yield all time back and are ready to proceed to a vote.

Speaking: Mikulski
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Mr. President, this is a budget point of order against this being an emergency. If a person is a farmer or a rancher and their property or the property they ...

Speaking: Merkley
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Mr. President, I would like to respond and to inform my colleagues about what would happen if this amendment were adopted by the body. No. 1, the foreign aid budget ...

Speaking: Graham
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Is there any time remaining for the Paul amendment?

Speaking: Mikulski
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The following Senators are necessarily absent: the Senator from South Carolina (Mr. DeMint) and the Senator from Illinois (Mr. Kirk).

Speaking: Kyl
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All time is yielded back.

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Yes.

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Mr. President, I rise in support of amendment No. 3410, which would take the spending for Sandy relief and spend only 1 year at a time and would offset that ...

Speaking: Paul
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The Senator from Vermont.

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Mr. President, I guess we have 5 minutes?

Speaking: Harkin
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[Rollcall Vote No. 243 Leg.] YEAS--42 Alexander Ayotte Barrasso Blunt Boozman Burr Chambliss Coats Coburn Cochran Collins Corker Cornyn Crapo Enzi Graham Grassley Hatch Heller Hoeven Hutchison Inhofe Isakson Johnson ...

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Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent to call up amendments Nos. 3376 and 3410 en bloc.

Speaking: Paul
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I commend the distinguished Senator from Maryland for her outstanding service here today to the Senate.

Speaking: Cochran
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Mr. President, I understand there is no more time necessary on this amendment, and we call for the vote.

Speaking: Landrieu
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Without objection, the amendment, as further modified, is withdrawn.

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On this vote, the yeas are 55, the nays are 40. Three-fifths of the Senators duly chosen and sworn not having voted in the affirmative, the motion is rejected. The ...

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There is a lot of work in this bill for the Corps of Engineers, and they are going to have a lot of work to do in the remediation and ...

Speaking: Coburn
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Under the previous order, there will now be up to 8 minutes of debate equally divided prior to the votes in relation to amendments Nos. 3382 and 3383 offered by ...

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

Speaking: Lee
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The Senator from South Carolina.

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The yeas and nays resulted--yeas 55, nays 40, as follows:

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Without objection, it is so ordered.

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Mr. President, I would like to thank the Senator from Maryland for allowing me the opportunity to speak during this discussion of the supplemental appropriations bill. Also, it is my ...

Speaking: Moran
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Mr. President, I commend the Senator from Indiana, Mr. Coats, for the work he has done on this bill. He has proposed changes to the bill to balance our help ...

Speaking: Cochran
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What day?

Speaking: Mikulski
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I would like to thank the Senator from South Carolina for his remarks. He summarizes what we on both sides of the aisle would say about this compelling national security ...

Speaking: Mikulski
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Mr. President, I rise for the purpose of entering into a colloquy with Senator Reed, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, regarding funding for the ...

Speaking: Carper
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The substitute amendment has been amended, and now, as I understand the order, we will move to final passage.

Speaking: Mikulski
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Mr. President, I wish to talk for just a couple minutes about Senator Inouye. I know I am late in the process, and that is partly why I am doing ...

Speaking: Rockefeller
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Mr. President, I thank the distinguished chairman of the Appropriations Committee as well as the ranking member because as soon as our leaders get back from the White House I ...

Speaking: Hutchison
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Mr. President, first, I thank the Senator from Arizona for coming to the floor and debating this amendment because it means we can move our bill in an expeditious way. ...

Speaking: Mikulski
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Under the previous order, there will be 8 minutes of debate equally divided on amendment No. 3355 offered by the Senator from Arizona. The Senator from Arizona is recognized.

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I will yield back the time.

Speaking: Mikulski
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Without objection, it is so ordered. The clerk will report the amendment.

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That is correct.

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Under the previous order, there will now be 2 minutes of debate equally divided prior to a vote in relation to amendment No. 3376 offered by the Senator from Kentucky, ...

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Mr. President, when Hurricane Sandy struck the Northeast, hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people were without power. We all saw the video footage. We saw the terrible trauma, ...

Speaking: Paul
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To further extend my point of order, I ask that the budget point of order lie against both emergency designation provisions that are contained in amendment No. 3367 to amendment ...

Speaking: Sessions
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Mr. President, let's go with the yeas and nays.

Speaking: Mikulski
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Is there objection?

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Mr. President, first of all, I congratulate the people who worked so hard on this bill. We appreciate the new chair of the Appropriations Committee and the good work she ...

Speaking: Reid
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Under the previous order, the motion to invoke cloture on H.R. 1 is withdrawn.

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The result was announced--yeas 62, nays 32, as follows:

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Who yields time in opposition?

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Under the previous order, there will now be 2 minutes of debate equally divided prior to a vote in relation to amendment No. 3355, offered by the Senator from Arizona, ...

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[Rollcall Vote No. 242 Leg.] YEAS--48 Alexander Ayotte Barrasso Baucus Bennet Boozman Brown (MA) Burr Chambliss Coats Coburn Corker Cornyn Crapo Enzi Graham Grassley Hatch Heller Hutchison Inhofe Isakson Johanns ...

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Mr. President, on rollcall vote 248 I voted no. It was my intention to vote aye. Therefore, I ask unanimous consent that I be permitted to change my vote since ...

Speaking: Pryor
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I appreciate the Senator withdrawing his amendment. Had he not, I would have had to oppose it. It basically waives the Davis-Bacon requirements instruction for the Sandy rehabilitation projects. It ...

Speaking: Baucus
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Mr. President, as we now move to final passage on this bill, I believe Senator Cochran and I, on a bipartisan basis, could wrap up our statements.

Speaking: Mikulski
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Mr. President, I am delighted to partner with Senator Blunt and Senator Stabenow on this important amendment which addresses the disasters that occurred this last summer in terms of a ...

Speaking: Merkley
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The Senator's time has expired.

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The following Senators are necessarily absent: the Senator from Illinois (Mr. Kirk) and the Senator from South Carolina (Mr. DeMint).

Speaking: Kyl
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All time has expired on that amendment.

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Mr. President, first, I wish to say I appreciate the true concern my colleague from Indiana and those who have put this amendment together have shown. He is not just ...

Speaking: Schumer
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Mr. President, this will give Senators an idea about the order for the next hour or so. I ask unanimous consent that the debate time on the Rand Paul, John ...

Speaking: Mikulski
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Mr. President, a point of clarification for our colleagues, if Members could understand: We are going to vote on the McCain amendment now and then we have four more amendments.

Speaking: Mikulski
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The Senator from Oregon is advised the point of order is not debatable.

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I ask for the yeas and nays.

Speaking: Mikulski, Landrieu
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[Rollcall Vote No. 246 Leg.] YEAS--55 Akaka Baucus Begich Bennet Bingaman Blumenthal Blunt Brown (MA) Brown (OH) Cantwell Cardin Carper Casey Conrad Coons Durbin Feinstein Franken Gillibrand Hagan Harkin Hoeven ...

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Mr. President, one of the things I have learned from the Energy and Water Subcommittee, which is the committee that handles appropriations for the Army Corps of Engineers, is how ...

Speaking: Feinstein
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The bill having been read the third time, the question is, Shall the bill pass?

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No time remains for debate on the Paul amendment.

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Mr. President, I thank the distinguished Senator from Texas. As I said earlier on the floor this week, I will miss working with her. We have worked together on a ...

Speaking: Leahy
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Amend the title so as to read: ``An Act making appropriations for disaster relief for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2013, and for other purposes.''.

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The Senator from Kansas is recognized.

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The assistant legislative clerk called the roll.

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[Rollcall Vote No. 248 Leg.] YEAS--62 Akaka Baucus Begich Bennet Bingaman Blumenthal Brown (MA) Brown (OH) Cantwell Cardin Carper Casey Cochran Collins Conrad Coons Durbin Feinstein Franken Gillibrand Hagan Harkin ...

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The amendments en bloc are as follows:

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Is there a sufficient second?

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Mr. President, I would ask consent for 2 more minutes.

Speaking: Leahy
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Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the Senator be allowed to finish his statement.

Speaking: Mikulski
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Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that an amendment to the title of H.R. 1, the text of which is at the desk, be agreed to.

Speaking: Reid
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The Senator from Oregon.

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Under the previous order, there will now be 2 minutes of debate equally divided prior to a vote in relation to amendment No. 3367, as further modified, offered by the ...

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Mr. President, we yield back all time on this side.

Speaking: Cochran
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[Rollcall Vote No. 245 Leg.] YEAS--46 Alexander Ayotte Barrasso Blunt Boozman Brown (MA) Burr Carper Chambliss Coats Coburn Collins Corker Cornyn Crapo Enzi Graham Grassley Hatch Heller Hoeven Hutchison Inhofe ...

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I announce that the Senator from California (Mrs. Boxer), the Senator from New Jersey (Mr. Lautenberg) and the Senator from Virginia (Mr. Warner) are necessarily absent.

Speaking: Durbin
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I announce that the Senator from California (Mrs. Boxer), the Senator from New Jersey (Mr. Lautenberg), the Senator from Nevada (Mr. Reid), and the Senator from Virginia (Mr. Warner) are ...

Speaking: Durbin
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I ask for the yeas and yeas.

Speaking: Mikulski
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Mr. President, I thank the Senator from West Virginia for his deeply moving and heartfelt sentiments concerning our dear and departed comrade, Senator Inouye, a unique man. Never will the ...

Speaking: McCain
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I am going to do everything I can and I am confident Senator McConnell will do the same. But for everybody, whatever we come up with is going to be ...

Speaking: Reid
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The result was announced--yeas 41, nays 54, as follows:

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The bill clerk called the roll.

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If a person is a farmer or a rancher, saying this is not an emergency is cold comfort. Saying this will be addressed in the farm bill is cold comfort. ...

Speaking: Merkley
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The Senator from Arizona.

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The Senator from Mississippi.

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The bill (H.R. 1), as amended, was passed, as follows:Strike all after the enacting clause, and insert in lieu thereof: That the following sums are hereby appropriated, out of any ...

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The clerk will call the roll.

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If the Senator will withhold, the next amendment under our agreement was Senator McCain. He will be here in 5 minutes, so the Senator may proceed.

Speaking: Mikulski
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Sunday. We have another vote that has been set up, Baer. That is a simple majority.

Speaking: Reid
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Mr. President, I rise in strong opposition to the amendment offered by my friend from Kentucky. As we work to rebuild these communities in the east coast from Superstorm Sandy, ...

Speaking: Harkin
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Mr. President, I am told by the manager of this bill, Senator Mikulski, that she thinks they can complete work on this legislation, the supplemental, in the next couple hours. ...

Speaking: Reid
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The amendment, as modified, is as follows:

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[Rollcall Vote No. 247 Leg.] YEAS--41 Alexander Ayotte Barrasso Blunt Boozman Burr Chambliss Coats Coburn Cochran Corker Cornyn Crapo Enzi Graham Grassley Hatch Heller Hoeven Hutchison Inhofe Isakson Johanns Johnson ...

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

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

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The result was announced--yeas 46, nays 49, as follows:

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The question is on agreeing to amendment No.

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Mr. President, I do not believe there is anyone in this Chamber who does not understand the devastating impact of Sandy on the Northeast and the pain and the suffering ...

Speaking: Coats
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The Senator from Utah is recognized.

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The amendment is as follows:

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Mr. President, is there any time remaining in opposition to the Paul amendment?

Speaking: Mikulski
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Mr. President, with this agreement, we will be ready to resume our stacked series of votes on this bill at 4 p.m. I just want to alert my colleagues, with ...

Speaking: Mikulski
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Provided further, That individual grants shall not be subject to a non-Federal matching requirement: Provided further, That such amount is designated by the Congress as being for an emergency requirement ...

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I announce that the Senator from Alaska (Mr. Begich), the Senator from California (Mrs. Boxer), the Senator from New Jersey (Mr. Lautenberg), and the Senator from Virginia (Mr. Warner) are ...

Speaking: Durbin
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The Senator from Texas.

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Mr. President, amendment No. 3382 would require the use of competition for all Federal contracts awarded after the date of the enactment of this act for disaster assistance. It would ...

Speaking: Coburn
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Mr. President, I understand that amendment No. 3383 is now in order.

Speaking: Coburn
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The amendment (No. 3440) was agreed to, as follows:

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The result was announced--yeas 48, nays 47, as follows:

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Mr. President, I thank the manager of the bill for her patience during this difficult time of many amendments and other priorities. I thank her for her patience and her ...

Speaking: McCain
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Mr. President, I ask for the yeas and nays.

Speaking: Cornyn, Mikulski
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Mr. President, Hurricane Sandy had a devastating effect on the electric and transportation infrastructure in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. When Hurricane Sandy struck the east coast, it flooded electrical ...

Speaking: Pryor
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I thank the Senator.

Speaking: Feinstein, Carper
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The Senator from Alabama.

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The Senator is correct. Coming from a State that received a major disaster declaration due to the damage it sustained in Hurricane Sandy, including damage to the Rhode Island National ...

Speaking: Reed
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Mr. President, I rise to talk about the looming financial crisis that all of us here are trying to solve. We are here because we know that in 4 days ...

Speaking: Hutchison
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Under the previous order, there will now be 2 minutes of debate equally divided prior to a vote in relation to amendment No. 3391, offered by the Senator from Indiana, ...

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Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent to speak for 2 minutes.

Speaking: Coburn
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[Rollcall Vote No. 244 Leg.] YEAS--3 Heller Lee Paul NAYS--91 Akaka Alexander Ayotte Barrasso Baucus Bennet Bingaman Blumenthal Blunt Boozman Brown (MA) Brown (OH) Burr Cantwell Cardin Carper Casey Chambliss ...

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Mr. President, there is no reason to take additional time. The fact is right now with FEMA, they have prebid contracts. In New Jersey, they didn't take the lowest competitive ...

Speaking: Coburn
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Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that we call up amendment No. 3373, as modified.

Speaking: Lee
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Mr. President, it is important that we begin the long overdue process of reforming the way the Federal Government responds to catastrophic disasters.

Speaking: Lee
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The amendment (No. 3395), as amended, was agreed to.

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I ask unanimous consent to complete 30 seconds of remarks.

Speaking: Merkley
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The legislative clerk called the roll.

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I share the view of the majority leader. We had a good meeting down at the White House. We are engaged in discussions, the majority leader and myself and the ...

Speaking: McConnell
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Mr. President, when they say it is not an emergency, look at what happened with this hurricane. We lost 120 American lives. We lost 340,000 homes. We lost 200,000 businesses ...

Speaking: Leahy
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Mr. President, I think the Senator from California has a great solution to the problem. I was not aware of that being accepted.

Speaking: Coburn
Morning Business

I suggest the absence of a quorum.

Speaking: Reid
Morning Business

Mr. President, I wish to make a few comments on what has transpired today on the floor of the Senate.

Speaking: Merkley
Morning Business

Without objection, it is so ordered.

Morning Business

The legislative clerk proceeded to call the roll.

Morning Business

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

Speaking: Reid, Merkley
Morning Business

The clerk will call the roll.

Morning Business

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that we now move to a period of morning business, with Senators allowed to speak for up to 10 minutes each.

Speaking: Reid
Morning Business

The assistant legislative clerk proceeded to call the roll.

Remembering Daniel K. Inouye

Mr. President, I rise today with a heavy heart to bid ``Aloha'' to an extraordinary colleague and a dear friend, Senator Daniel K. Inouye.

Speaking: Snowe
Tributes To Departing Senators

Mr. President, I would like to pay tribute to the Senators who will not be returning when the 113th Congress commences next month. I have already spoken about Senator Kyl ...

Speaking: Cardin
Tributes To Departing Senators

Mr. President, at the end of each session of Congress, the Senate takes a moment to acknowledge and express our appreciation for the service of those retiring Members who will ...

Speaking: Enzi
Environmental Epa Merit Awards

Mr. President, I rise today to honor the 11 individuals and organizations from Connecticut that have been awarded 2012 Environmental Merit Awards by the Environmental Protection Agency, EPA. Every year, ...

Speaking: Blumenthal
Remembering The Victims Of Sandy Hook Elementary

Mr. President, although the Newtown community is very much still in mourning, I stand here today to remember 20 innocent children and 6 remarkable adults. I am hopeful that the ...

Speaking: Blumenthal
Recognizing The Hudson River School Of Painting

Mr. President, in 2010, Senators Gillibrand and Schumer passed a resolution honoring the Hudson River School painters for their contributions to the United States. Today, I join my colleagues in ...

Speaking: Blumenthal
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-8730. A communication from the Acting Principal Deputy Secretary of ...

Additional Cosponsors

S. 3077 At the request of Mr. Portman, the names of the Senator from Texas (Mr. Cornyn), the Senator from Texas (Mrs. Hutchison) and the Senator from Missouri (Mr. Blunt) ...

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. NELSON of Nebraska: S. 3712. A bill ...

Statements On Introduced Bills And Joint Resolutions

By Mr. SHELBY:

Statements On Introduced Bills And Joint Resolutions

Mr. President, I rise today to discuss legislation that I introduced to make technical corrections to the Dodd-Frank Act.

Speaking: Shelby
Statements On Introduced Bills And Joint Resolutions

S. 3713. A bill to make technical corrections to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act; to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

Amendments Submitted And Proposed

SA 3439. Mr. WYDEN (for himself, Mr. Udall of Colorado, Mr. Lee, Mr. Durbin, Mr. Merkley, Mr. Udall of New Mexico, Mr. Begich, Mr. Franken, Mr. Webb, Mrs. Shaheen, Mr. ...

Text Of Amendments

SA 3439. Mr. WYDEN (for himself, Mr. Udall of Colorado, Mr. Lee, Mr. Durbin, Mr. Merkley, Mr. Udall of New Mexico, Mr. Begich, Mr. Franken, Mr. Webb, Mrs. Shaheen, Mr. ...

Unanimous Consent Agreement—H.R. 8

Is there objection to the request? Without objection, it is so ordered.

Unanimous Consent Agreement—Executive Calendar

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that following leader remarks on Sunday, December 30, the Senate proceed to executive session to consider Calendar No. 518 under the previous order; further, ...

Speaking: Reid
Unanimous Consent Agreement—Executive Calendar

Without objection, it is so ordered.

Unanimous Consent Agreement—H.R. 8

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that at a time to be determined by the majority leader, with the concurrence of the Republican leader, the Senate proceed to the consideration ...

Speaking: Reid
Intelligence Authorization Act For Fiscal Year 2013

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

Intelligence Authorization Act For Fiscal Year 2013

Mr. President, among the unfinished business before the Senate is the consideration of the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013. I am asking today for unanimous consent to approve ...

Speaking: Feinstein
Intelligence Authorization Act For Fiscal Year 2013

There being no objection, the Senate proceeded to consider the bill.

Intelligence Authorization Act For Fiscal Year 2013

The clerk will report the bill by title.

Intelligence Authorization Act For Fiscal Year 2013

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the Senate proceed to the consideration of Calendar No. 475, S. 3454.

Speaking: Reid
Fisa

The amendment (No. 3441) in the nature of a substitute was agreed to.

Fisa

Mr. President, earlier today, we were successful in passing H.R. 5949, the FISA Amendments Act Reauthorization Act of 2012, with strong bipartisan support. I am pleased that we are now ...

Speaking: Chambliss
Fisa

Is there any further debate?

Fisa

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the motion to reconsider be laid upon the table, with no intervening action or debate, and that any statements related to this matter ...

Speaking: Reid
Fisa

The bill was ordered to be engrossed for a third reading and was read the third time.

Fisa

(The text of the amendment is printed in today's Record under ``Text of Amendments.'')

Fisa

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that a Feinstein-Chambliss substitute amendment, which is at the desk, be agreed to; the bill, as amended, be read a third time and the ...

Speaking: Reid
Fisa

Without objection, it is so ordered.

Assisting Stateless Children From North Korea

There being no objection, the Senate proceeded to consider the bill.

Assisting Stateless Children From North Korea

The amendment was ordered to be engrossed, and the bill to be read a third time.

Assisting Stateless Children From North Korea

Mr. President, I further ask unanimous consent that the Burr substitute amendment, which is at the desk, be agreed to; the bill, as amended, be read a third time and ...

Speaking: Reid
Authorizing The Attorney General To Award Grants For States To Implement Dna Arrestee Collection Processes

Without objection, it is so ordered.

Authorizing The Attorney General To Award Grants For States To Implement Dna Arrestee Collection Processes

The clerk will report the bill by title.

Assisting Stateless Children From North Korea

The amendment (No. 3443) was agreed to, as follows:

Authorizing The Attorney General To Award Grants For States To Implement Dna Arrestee Collection Processes

The assistant legislative clerk read as follows:

Assisting Stateless Children From North Korea

The bill (H.R. 1464), as amended, was passed.

Assisting Stateless Children From North Korea

The assistant legislative clerk read as follows:

Assisting Stateless Children From North Korea

Without objection, it is so ordered.

Authorizing The Attorney General To Award Grants For States To Implement Dna Arrestee Collection Processes

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent to proceed to H.R.

Speaking: Reid
Assisting Stateless Children From North Korea

The bill was read the third time.

Authorizing The Attorney General To Award Grants For States To Implement Dna Arrestee Collection Processes

I ask unanimous consent that the bill be read three times and passed, the motion to reconsider be made and laid upon the table, with no intervening action or debate, ...

Speaking: Reid
Assisting Stateless Children From North Korea

The amendment (No. 3442) was agreed to, as follows:

Authorizing The Attorney General To Award Grants For States To Implement Dna Arrestee Collection Processes

There being no objection, the Senate proceeded to consider the bill.

Assisting Stateless Children From North Korea

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the Committee on Foreign Relations be discharged from further consideration of H.R. 1464 and the Senate proceed to its immediate consideration.

Speaking: Reid
Former Presidents Protection Act Of 2012

Without objection, it is so ordered.

Former Presidents Protection Act Of 2012

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the bill be read a third time and passed, the motion to reconsider be considered made and laid upon the table, with no ...

Speaking: Reid
Former Presidents Protection Act Of 2012

There being no objection, the Senate proceeded to consider the bill.

Former Presidents Protection Act Of 2012

Today the Senate is enacting provisions sent to us by Representative Conyers, Chairman Smith and others to repeal a shortsighted limitation passed in 1994 to limit Secret Service protection of ...

Speaking: Leahy
Former Presidents Protection Act Of 2012

The assistant legislative clerk read as follows:

Former Presidents Protection Act Of 2012

I ask unanimous consent that the Judiciary Committee be discharged from further consideration of H.R. 6620 and the Senate proceed to its consideration.

Speaking: Reid
Correcting And Improving The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act

The amendment was ordered to be engrossed and the bill to be read a third time.

Correcting And Improving The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act

Without objection, it is so ordered.

Correcting And Improving The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act

The amendment (No. 3444) was agreed to, as follows:

Correcting And Improving The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act

The bill (H.R. 6621), as amended, was read the third time and passed.

Correcting And Improving The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act

The clerk will report the bill by title.

Correcting And Improving The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act

Mr. President, I now ask unanimous consent to proceed to

Speaking: Reid
Correcting And Improving The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act

The assistant legislative clerk read as follows:

Correcting And Improving The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act

Earlier this Congress, the Senate and the House of Representatives came together to pass the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, the most comprehensive change to our Nation's patent laws in 60 ...

Speaking: Leahy
Correcting And Improving The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the Leahy-Grassley substitute amendment which is at the desk be agreed to; the bill, as amended, be read a third time and passed; ...

Speaking: Reid
Correcting And Improving The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act

There being no objection, the Senate proceeded to consider the bill.

Orders For Sunday, December 30, 2012

Without objection, it is so ordered.

Program

Mr. President, there will be two rollcall votes at approximately 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Speaking: Reid
Orders For Sunday, December 30, 2012

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that when the Senate completes its business today, it adjourn until 1 p.m. on Sunday, December 30, 2012; that following the prayer and pledge, ...

Speaking: Reid
Order For Adjournment

Without objection, it is so ordered.

Order For Adjournment

Mr. President, if there is no further business to come before the Senate, I ask unanimous consent that it adjourn under the previous order, following the remarks of Senator Schumer, ...

Speaking: Reid
Supplemental Appropriations

The clerk will call the roll.

Adjournment Until Sunday, December 30, 2012, At 1 P.M.

Under the previous order, the Senate stands adjourned until 1 p.m. on Sunday, December 30, 2012.

Supplemental Appropriations

Mr. President, passing this bill was a very fine accomplishment. Of course, we Senators get up and stand and are very proud of it, as we should be. But without ...

Speaking: Schumer
Supplemental Appropriations

Mr. President, I have a couple things to say. First, I know the Senator from New York just left, Mr. Schumer. I want the people of New York to know, ...

Speaking: Pryor
Supplemental Appropriations

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

Speaking: Pryor
Supplemental Appropriations

The legislative clerk proceeded to call the roll.

Supplemental Appropriations

Without objection, it is so ordered.

Supplemental Appropriations

I suggest the absence of a quorum.

Speaking: Schumer

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