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Commerce, Justice, Science, And Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2008

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COMMERCE, JUSTICE, SCIENCE, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2008 -- (House of Representatives - July 26, 2007)

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Mr. GARRETT of New Jersey. Reclaiming my time, I appreciate the chairman's acceptance of the amendment. I will just spend 30 seconds just for the edification of the membership of the conference as well what the amendment does.

This amendment harkens back to the days when, not too long ago actually, the various Federal Government agencies, when taking part in international conferences overseas, would send upwards of 70, 80, 90, 100, over 100 members of their Departments or agencies to these various conferences, spending, obviously, an excessive amount of taxpayers' dollars. And as we've heard from both sides of the aisle in an appropriate manner, we are here to set priorities. And I agree with the effort on both sides of the aisle, and that's exactly what this amendment does. It says let's pick a reasonable number, in this case it's 50, a limitation as to the number of members of any agency to go on these international conferences.

This amendment has been accepted in the past, and once again I appreciate the chairman accepting this amendment. I'm not sure whether the ranking member is also in agreement with it as well.

Mr. Chairman, I yield back the balance of my time.

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