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Congressional Budget for the United States Government for Fiscal Year 2010--Continued

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CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET FOR THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2010--Continued -- (Senate - April 02, 2009)

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AMENDMENT NO. 751

Mr. VITTER. Mr. President, I call up amendment No. 751.

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AMENDMENT NO. 937

We are now on to the final amendment before final passage, No. 937, by Senator Vitter.

The PRESIDING OFFICER. The Senator from Louisiana.

Mr. VITTER. Mr. President, I call up amendment No. 937.

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Mr. VITTER. Mr. President, this amendment is very simple. It advances the policy of drug testing for welfare or TANF recipients. If a recipient were to test positive, they would get treatment. If they tested positive again, then and only then would they be denied the benefit.

Under no circumstances, would the children of that beneficiary be denied the children's benefit because they, of course, would not be a guilty party in any way.

Mr. President, I reserve the remainder of my time.

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Mr. VITTER. Mr. President, I don't understand what is mean spirited about not giving tax money to folks who have drug problems and about trying to get them help, which is the first and most important thing we can do to actually help them.

I urge broad bipartisan support for this commonsense amendment.

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