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Patent Reform Act of 2011

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. VITTER. Mr. President, this Toomey-Vitter amendment is the Full Faith and Credit Act--the concept that has been discussed for several weeks prior to this week. It is very timely, as we are all rightly focused on the spending and debt issue with the Thursday deadline coming up.

No one that I know of wants the government to be shut down in any way, shape, or form. No one that I know of wants any massive, significant disruption. But lots of people that I know of, including many in Louisiana, want us to change business as usual in Washington, starting with spending and debt. This full faith and credit amendment is an important step in that regard. Because of the time limitations in front of us before we move to other pending business at 4:30, I have agreed to come back at a later time to fully lay out this Toomey-Vitter amendment, as well as a second-degree Vitter amendment that I will advance with regard to Social Security.

It is very important to discuss this spending, to put it on the floor and start this debate with vigor about spending and debt, changing the fiscal policy of this country so that we can get on a more sustainable path. There is only one thing certain about this debate; that is, if we don't change the fiscal path we are on, it will lead to an economic disaster.

I urge us to debate these important proposals immediately, well before the Thursday deadline, and come to a strong, positive resolution. I will be back on the floor soon with Senator Toomey to fully explain this amendment, as well as the Vitter second-degree amendment.


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