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Department of Defense Appropriations Act

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. MERKLEY. Mr. President, I am delighted to partner with Senator Blunt and Senator Stabenow on this important amendment which addresses the disasters that occurred this last summer in terms of a century's worth of the worst fires and the worst drought. This is a true emergency in which our response has been delayed because programs are tied up in the farm bill.

I ask that my colleagues address this real emergency.

I yield the floor and reserve the remainder of my time.


Mr. MERKLEY. If a person is a farmer or a rancher, saying this is not an emergency is cold comfort. Saying this will be addressed in the farm bill is cold comfort. When a person's land is burned up, when they have the worst drought in a century, it is an emergency, and getting help 6 or 8 months after it happens is unacceptable.

We have a responsibility, having not gotten the farm bill done, to do these emergency provisions today. Please vote for the following waiver:

Pursuant to section 904 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, I move to waive all applicable sections of that act for purposes of the pending amendment, and I ask for the yeas and nays.


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