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Department Of Defense Appropriations Act, 2010 - Resumed

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. McCONNELL. Mr. President, regretfully, due to the schedule that the majority has set, we are going to be unable to finish the Defense bill before the current funding authority expires midnight on Friday. As we all know, the President will be out of the country. The House of Representatives, anticipating this problem, sent over a continuing resolution that would take care of the operations of this remaining portion of government unfunded through December 31.

With the President out of the country, of course, this would have to be flown over to him to be signed. With the country at war and troops in the field, it would be the height of irresponsibility to let funding for the Defense Department lapse. That is why, of course, the House of Representatives sent us this continuing resolution.

I have indicated to the majority that I would propound a consent agreement that we take up and pass this continuing resolution, and I will do that at this time.

I ask unanimous consent that the Senate proceed to the immediate consideration of H.J. Res. 64, that the motion to proceed be agreed to, the joint resolution be read a third time and passed, and the motion to reconsider be laid upon the table.

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Mr. McCONNELL. Mr. President, the reason we are in this snarl is because my good friend, the majority leader, has this issue all tangled up with the debt ceiling extension and a health care bill that there is this rush to pass before Christmas, a 2,100-page bill and no one has seen the final version yet. All of these things are all tangled up together.

Our advice would be to quit trying to pass this health care bill before Christmas that has an artificial deadline to pass something that most of us have not seen. Let's do the necessary business of the government and do what Senator Snowe has recommended continuously, which is that we pass the bill on a bipartisan basis with a broad coalition of support.

I believe my time may have expired.

The ACTING PRESIDENT pro tempore. The Senator's time has expired.

The majority leader.

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