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National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004-Conference Report-Resumed

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. PRYOR. I thank the Chair.

Madam President, I rise today in support of the 2004 Defense authorization conference report. Even though there are some provisions I am disappointed in-some of the environmental matters and how those issues got worked out, and a few other issues, and I don't want to dwell on the negative-there are two reasons I signed on to the conference report and why I encourage my colleagues to vote for this conference report.

Those two reasons are sitting right in the front, Senator JOHN WARNER and Senator CARL LEVIN. They have demonstrated a true spirit of bipartisanship. It has been a great model for me as a new Senator to sit on this committee and watch these two Senators fight for their causes but do it in a very fair and open manner and deal with each other in such a constructive way. I thank them for their leadership.

They worked through dozens and dozens of very difficult issues. Nobody got their way completely. But they showed great leadership and great stewardship. I want to publicly acknowledge them and thank them, especially Chairman Warner because he has been extremely fair to the minority.

Again, we don't always get our way, but I think he has demonstrated the camaraderie and the comity that we should have in the Senate.

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