Transportation, Treasury, Housing and Urban Development, The Judiciary, The District of Columbia, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 2006
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Mr. SANTORUM. Mr. President, I am pleased to join my colleague Senator Kyl in sponsoring the pending amendment. This week the Senate begins the difficult but necessary process of budget reconciliation. When we passed the budget resolution on April 28, 2005, we all knew that tough votes were ahead as we set the Federal priorities for spending. However, none of us anticipated the devastation that would be caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita hitting the gulf coast. The tremendous toll caused by those natural disasters has forced us again to reevaluate our priorities.
This amendment is something we all should support. At a time when we are asking the American people to tighten their belts, it is not the time for members of Congress to increase our salary. We should be mindful of our actions and take this opportunity to do our part by removing this pay increase. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that this amendment will achieve a savings of $2 million in both budget authority and outlays for fiscal year 2006.
I intend to do my part and vote for the Kyl amendment and urge my colleagues to do the same.