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The Conference Report is Printed in the House Proceedings of the RECORD in November 19, 2004

Location: Washington, DC

(The conference report is printed in the House proceedings of the RECORD in November 19, 2004.) -- (Senate - November 20, 2004)

The PRESIDING OFFICER. Under the previous order, there will be 30 minutes equally divided between the chairman and ranking member of the Appropriations Committee. Who yields time?


Mr. GRAHAM of South Carolina. Mr. President, I want to concur with the statement issued earlier by Chairman GRASSLEY of the Senate Finance Committee regarding section 222 of this bill.

I don't understand the reasoning or motivation behind this provision. But it is clear that it could be easily abused.
This is a great example of how the process is inadequate in terms of passing legislation without legitimate input from the
Members of this body.

The thought of an individual Member of a legislative body, including this one, having access to tax records of individual Americans is unacceptable and must be changed; but equally importantly the process needs to be changed.

I am not attributing bad motives, but this must be changed and I take the chairman of the Appropriations Committee at his word that it will be changed.

We need to change this process to ensure mistakes like this are not made in the future.


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