SECURE FENCE ACT OF 2006--MOTION TO PROCEED -- (Senate - September 21, 2006)
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Mr. SANTORUM. Thank you, Mr. President. I will pick up where the Senator from Louisiana just left off, and congratulate her for her energetic support for energy security in this country. This is a huge issue. It is actually the reason I came to the floor to talk today, to talk about energy security. I am going to talk about a comprehensive approach I am introducing today, and a big part of that comprehensive approach is the passage of the legislation the Senator from Louisiana has talked about in addition to additional things she has talked about that we would like to do. If we could do them this year, great, let's try to do them this year.
Let's try to do more OCS this year. But let's get done as much as we can this year. Let's, if we can, pass the Senate bill. If there are additional provisions we can accomplish this year to--the Senator from Alaska is here behind me. The Senator from Louisiana mentioned the Commonwealth of Virginia. Let's try to get those done. Maybe there are some other things we can add, maybe in different pieces of legislation, to move this ball forward. There are conference reports that are going to be coming out, and it is not unheard of to place a little tidbit or two in a conference report. Let's sit down and have serious negotiations and discussions with the House to try to get as much as we possibly can without walking out of here empty handed.
So I would very much like to see that done. I congratulate the Senator from Louisiana, as well as all of those who have stepped forward--the chairman of the Energy Committee, obviously, Senator Domenici, and Senator Stevens, who is here on the Senate floor--for all of their efforts to try to do something that I think is vitally important.
I think the Senator from Louisiana put it in the right context. The context is that we are at war with a group of people we are funding because of the high cost of energy. Let's just be very honest about it. This is a very serious war we are involved in, and we are directly contributing huge amounts of American resources to the people who would like to destroy everything we believe. That is a country that is on a mission of suicide. We need to have more energy security because that leads to better national security.
(The remarks of Mr. SANTORUM pertaining to the introduction of S. 3926 are printed in today's RECORD under ``Statements on Introduced Bills and Joint Resolutions.'')
Mr. SANTORUM. Mr. President, I yield the floor.