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Department Of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2010

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. COBURN. Mr. President, I agree with the Senator from Washington. This simply eliminates inappropriate bonuses at the Department of Human Services. We did that at the Department of Defense, which saved $500 million. It is also an OMB reg for the agency.

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Mr. COBURN. Mr. President, if I understand this correctly, this will actually eliminate competitive bidding on grants so grants may be earmarked and would not have to be competitively bid. I believe it is important the American people know we competitively bid for contracts and we competitively bid for grants on the basis of priority and merit. Therefore, I am in opposition to this amendment and in support of my amendment.

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Mr. COBURN. Mr. President, this is a simple amendment. It is a commonsense amendment. It says we should competitively bid contracts at the Department of Homeland Security, and we should competitively bid grants. If you vote against my amendment, you are saying we should not. That is all there is to it.

Mr. President, I yield back.

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