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Nomination of Thomas Edward Perez to be Secretary of Labor

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. LEE. Mr. President, reserving the right to object, in a spirit of bipartisanship, I would like to ask my friend and colleague from Washington to make a very simple modification to her request. I am not objecting to a budget. I am not even objecting to the idea of having a conference. I just want the debt limit left out of the budget conference. The debt limit is a separate issue, one that warrants its own debate, its own discussion, its own legislation. My request is a simple one: no backroom deals on the debt limit.

Therefore, I ask unanimous consent that the Senator from Washington modify her request so that it not be in order for the Senate to consider a conference report that includes reconciliation instructions to raise the debt limit.


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