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Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 - Continued

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PAUL WELLSTONE MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION EQUITY ACT OF 2008--Continued -- (Senate - October 01, 2008)

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Mr. McCONNELL. After that well-deserved applause you have received, Dave, from everyone in the Senate, I think it is appropriate to note that given the fact that Dave is quite visible on C-SPAN, his face recognition is probably a good deal greater in America than many of us. Not that they know your name, Dave, but they do know your face.

I wished to join my good friend, the majority leader, in thanking you for your 31 years of service. We deeply appreciate your fine work, and we wish you well in your retirement. Thank you so much.

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Mr. McCONNELL. Mr. President, the C-SPAN viewers of America rarely have seen the Senate in applause such as they saw it a few minutes ago, but also it illustrates how well we have worked together on a bipartisan basis to try to address the significant crisis confronting our country's financial system.

We have seen, over the last 2 weeks, a coming together. Both of the candidates for President of the United States are here tonight. We had unprecedented cooperation between the majority leader and the Republican leader and our designees, Senator Gregg and Senator Dodd, who did a superb job bringing both sides together to craft a package we could proudly pass tonight for the American people on a bipartisan basis.

This is a big moment in the Senate. This is the kind of vote we were sent by our people to cast, and I wish to express my pride and my gratitude to Members, my pride in the institution, and my gratitude for Members who wrestled with this very difficult challenge and who have helped us come together with a package we believe will address the Main Street problems facing America as a result of the credit crunch.

Right in the middle of the heat of a Presidential election, we have been able to put that aside and come together and do something important for our country. I think it is one of the finest moments in the history of the Senate. I congratulate all Members of the Senate for participating in this, and I obviously urge that it be supported.

I yield the floor.

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Mr. McCONNELL. I think the majority leader has made it clear that we will be back for a few days in November. I wish everybody well during this recess. This is a fine accomplishment for the Senate. Let's go on and have the next vote and head on to other business.

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