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National Defense Authorization Act for 2013

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. CORKER. Mr. President, I strongly support the policy Senator Nelson has laid out. As a matter of fact, I have voted for it every single time he has brought it to the floor, and I thank him for pointing out this problem that exists.

However, circumstances are different this time. We are all operating under the Budget Control Act. The Nation is watching as we try to deal with fiscal issues that are before us. The amounts that are in the Budget Control Act are counted as it relates to dealing with our deficit and, unfortunately, this is not offset over the next decade, and that violates the budget by $7 billion.

For that reason, the pending measure, amendment No. 3073 to S. 3254, the National Defense Reauthorization Act, would cause the underlying legislation to exceed the authorizing committee's section 302(a) allocation of new budget authority for outlays. Therefore, I raise a point of order against the measure pursuant to section 302(f) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974.

I encourage all of us who want to solve this problem before the year ends to vote against it. I thank the Chair.


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