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Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2006

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. INHOFE. I thank the Senator from Pennsylvania.

I have been trying for some time to get an amendment in, and it is at the desk. I am not going to ask that it be brought up right now, but I am going to announce that regardless of the procedure that is used, I am going to get a vote on it between now and the passage of this bill. It is a one-sentence amendment that says: Beginning with fiscal year 2007 and thereafter, all nondefense, nontrust fund discretionary spending shall not exceed the previous fiscal years without a two-thirds vote of the Members.

It is very simple and straightforward. I am not going to do it right now, but I will do it before final passage.


Ms. STABENOW. Yes, Mr. President. I ask unanimous consent to modify my request to include the Warner amendment.

The PRESIDING OFFICER. Is there objection?

Mr. INHOFE. Mr. President, reserving the right to object, let me state the position we have on the committee. I have chaired this committee for 3 years. As the distinguished Senator from Virginia knows--he used to chair the same committee, as did the minority leader--we have a rule that we don't name courthouses after anyone who is living. I am going to object to this. However, if you want to have a vote on this, I will record myself as opposing it because I am not going to break the record. I think it is a good rule to keep. That is my position.


Mr. INHOFE. Mr. President, there is an easy way out of this. Let's don't make it complicated. Let's go ahead. He will have an amendment to this bill, have a vote on that. I will record myself as voting no. It will pass. I am sure it will pass. Everybody agrees, as far as Judge Bryant and Rosa Parks are concerned, that we want this to happen today. But I will object to that in terms of UCing it. I want to have a vote, and I will be recorded no. That solves the problem.


Mr. INHOFE. Mr. President, what I would like to do is urge the adoption of the Warner amendment to the underlying bill.

Mr. REID. That is what I tried to do. That is what I did do.

Mr. INHOFE. All right. Let's do it by voice vote.

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