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Department of Defense Appropriations Act

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Mr. SESSIONS. Madam President, I object to the voice vote and ask for the yeas and nays.

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Mr. SESSIONS. Madam President, this is the result of a compact that, to my knowledge, has not been brought before the Foreign Relations Committee. It commits us to direct spending permanently for entitlement-type spending that I do believe needs more careful review.

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Mr. SESSIONS. Mr. President, I appreciate Senator Tester's energy on this issue and desire to move forward with it. We do have a process for this kind of funding to occur. He would add $653 million in prospective wildlife mitigation spending and declare that as an emergency. This spending is better if handled through the regular appropriations process. It is actually moving forward faster. He is trying to make sure this money is set aside. This is not the time to do it, but I appreciate his interest.

I raise a budget point of order pursuant to section 314(e)(1) of the Congressional Budget Act. I raise a point of order against the emergency designation provisions contained in amendment No. 3350 to amendment No. 3395, the substitute amendment to H.R. 1, the vehicle for the Supplemental Appropriations Act.

I appreciate the Senator's efforts but do not believe this is the appropriate process at this time.

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