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Transportation, Treasury, Housing and Urban Development, the Judiciary, the District of Columbian and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 2007

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TRANSPORTATION, TREASURY, HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, THE JUDICIARY, THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AND INDEPENDENT AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2007

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Mr. ROTHMAN. Mr. Chairman, I thank my distinguished ranking member for the time. Mr. Chairman, I rise to commend our subcommittee Chair, Mr. Knollenberg, and my ranking member, Mr. Olver. We have a very interesting subcommittee. We cover a lot of ground, a lot of very interesting subject matters. And I must tell you that our chairman not only permits a wide range of debate and discussion and questioning, perhaps he even encourages it, because he certainly hasn't stopped me and he has been very, very generous in the way he has treated the members of the minority, and I thank him.

My ranking member shows great leadership on all of our issues, and his work is reflected in this bill which, while we all wish there were a lot more money because more money is deserving for this bill, I believe he has managed to reach the kind of compromises that were possible, given this shortage in money. Of course, I am disappointed in the amount of money for Amtrak. I am disappointed in some other matters; but as a former mayor, for example, I am delighted at the Community Development Block Grant money because that money is so critical.

And, of course, I would be remiss if I did not thank the majority staff and the minority staff for tolerating my obsession with various items, including Teterboro Airport, and once again the subcommittee has chosen to protect this airport from abuse. It is not a partisan matter, as the majority and minority have acknowledged. It is a matter that appeals to all the people in my district, and, again, I am just so grateful.

I want to again thank the chairman and the ranking member for their kindness and cooperation throughout this year in the consideration of this bill.

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