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Department of Defense Appropriations Act

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mrs. BIGGERT. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to urge my colleagues today to support this bipartisan compromise to enact three of our top economic priorities.

Some people have said, Well, we don't like the bundling; we don't like putting three bills together. But I think this is the art of compromise, and this is the art of the possible. Because all three of these bills are very important to all of us, I think, and to have this bipartisan way to do this, I think this is the way that we should go.

I started out with the flood insurance bill. And before we even had a bill, we did a draft so that every group could look at it, so that every Member could look at it and be a part of it and to have what they thought was necessary or to talk about what they didn't think was necessary. So we came up with a bill that came out of my Financial Services Subcommittee by voice vote, but out of the Financial Services Committee last June, 54-0. And people said, How did that happen? Well, it happened because we got together and worked before we really just said, Vote for my bill. And I think it's so important that we do this and get back together to be able to work in a bipartisan way. The gentlelady from California was my cosponsor. And everybody joined together.

So I think it's really important. Actually, the student loan bill is also my bill. So I really care about what is going on this morning and that we can really get together and pass these. And the transportation bill is so important to all of us. Several of us in Illinois had real concerns about how the transit part of that bill was going to be in it and really wanted to do something like what the Senate had done and include that in the trust fund.

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Mrs. BIGGERT. So I really thank the gentleman, and I think that it took a lot of compromise on both sides of the aisle. But this agreement safeguards the things in all of the bills such as the suburban transit options and funds critical road and bridge projects. So it's been a long time, but I encourage
my colleagues to look at the big picture and lend this agreement their strong support.

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