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Prescription Drug User Fee Amendments Of 2007

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC



Mr. KENNEDY. Madam President, as far as I know, on this side, I think we have one amendment. We are inquiring of the Senator to see whether it will be offered. I think Senator Enzi can speak for the other side. We still have to work through the managers' amendment. I want to make it very clear that we are glad to get into the details of all that. I tried to summarize the managers' amendment. It involves a great many ideas from our side of the aisle. So, hopefully, we will be able to move that process.

I know Members want to know how we are going to proceed now through the afternoon. We have good attendance, and we would like to at least give the membership an idea about how we are going to proceed. We have been on this legislation now for a week, and we have made very good progress. I think the vote on cloture demonstrates the strong support for this underlying legislation.

We would like to move this legislation in a timely way and not delay it needlessly. So we will inquire of our colleagues further--if they have amendments, hopefully, they will let us know. Hopefully, we will have the opportunity to deal with the managers' amendment in a timely way. It would be unfortunate if we did not, since we have given assurance to Members on both sides of the aisle and worked long and hard with them to try to get this through. Obviously, any Senator is entitled to review the managers' amendment. We are getting very close to the point where we are prepared to move along with this legislation. This would seriously compromise a lot of colleagues who voted with the assurance that we were going to move ahead. We are more than delighted to get into the description of these various amendments and explain why we have recommended them. I hope we will not have delay for delay's sake, but that we will find a way to move forward.


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