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Measure Read the First Time - S. 1215

Location: Washington, DC


    Mr. McCONNELL. Madam President, I understand that S. 1215 is at the desk, and I ask for its first reading.

    The PRESIDING OFFICER. The clerk will report the bill by the title.

    The assistant legislative clerk read as follows:

    A bill (S. 1215) to sanction the ruling of the Burmese military junta, to strengthen Burma's democratic forces and support and recognize the National League of Democracy as the legitimate representative of the Burmese people, and for other purposes.

    Mr. McCONNELL. Madam President, I now ask for its second reading and object to further proceedings on the matter.

    The PRESIDING OFFICER. Objection is heard.

    Mr. McCONNELL. Madam President, let me just say that I have been working to get the so-called "Burma bill" cleared. I am still optimistic that may happen and plan to ask unanimous consent in the morning that we go to that bill.

    For the information of our colleagues, if they have had a chance to see the front page of the Washington Post this morning, the problems in Burma should be at the top of the Nation's international agenda. Aung San Suu Kyi, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991, was attacked 9 days ago. We hope and believe that she is alive. But she has been injured, according to all reports.

    It is time for the United States to take a leadership position, and it is time for the Senate to pass this bill, which I will ask consent to bring up and pass tomorrow. I might say that it is cosponsored by both the Democratic and Republican leaders and by both the chairman and ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee. It remains my hope that we will be able to get that cleared and vote on it tomorrow.

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