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Orders for Tuesday, June 10, 2003

Location: Washington, DC


    Mr. McCONNELL. Madam President, I ask unanimous consent that when the Senate completes its business today, it stand in adjournment until 9:30 a.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, June 10. I further ask consent that following the prayer and pledge, the morning hour be deemed expired, the Journal of proceedings be approved to date, the time for the two leaders be reserved for their use later in the day, and the Senate then resume consideration of S. 14, the Energy bill; provided further that there then be 30 minutes equally divided for debate in relation to the Dorgan amendment No. 865, with no amendments in order to the amendment prior to the vote; further, that following the debate time, the amendment be set aside for a vote in relation to the amendment at a time determined by the majority leader after consultation with the Democratic leader.

    I further ask unanimous consent that the Senate recess from 12:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. for the weekly party lunches.

    The PRESIDING OFFICER. The Senator from Nevada.

    Mr. REID. Madam President, if the Senator will yield, as I indicated to the majority leader this morning, I have spoken to Senator Daschle, and he has tentatively agreed that on Wednesday we would agree to having a unanimous consent agreement that there would be a finite list of amendments that would be put before the Senate at that time. The only thing we have not determined is what time we would do that.

    So we will continue to work with the majority in helping to move this bill. As we have indicated to the majority leader, once we get a finite list of amendments, Senator McConnell and I and the two managers of the bill can try to work through them and eliminate some, reminding all Senators that a very similar bill was brought through the Senate last year and we disposed of about 125 amendments. We had votes on about 40 amendments—45. I knew it was around 40. So we hope to do a lot better than that this time; that is, have fewer amendments than we had last time. But it is something on which we are working. And as I have indicated now for the second time tonight, we will continue to work with the majority to try to move that legislation.

    The PRESIDING OFFICER. Is there objection?

    Mr. REID. No objection.

    The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered.

    Mr. McCONNELL. Madam President, I say to my friend from Nevada, it remains the hope of the majority leader to finish the Energy bill this week because it remains his intention to spend the last 2 weeks before the Fourth of July break on the Medicare prescription drug issue.

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