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Measure Placed on Calendar - S. 1215

Location: Washington, DC


    Mr. McCONNELL. Mr. President, I understand that S. 1215 is at the desk and due for its second reading; is that correct?

    The PRESIDENT pro tempore. The Senator is correct.

    Mr. McCONNELL. I ask unanimous consent that it be in order to read the title of the measure.

    The PRESIDENT pro tempore. Without objection, it is so ordered.

    The clerk will read the title of the bill for the second time.

    A bill (S. 1215) to sanction the ruling 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. I ask that the Senate proceed to the measure and object to further proceeding.

    The PRESIDENT pro tempore. Objection is heard. The item will be placed on the calendar under rule XIV.

    Mr. McCONNELL. Mr. President, this measure has broad bipartisan support. It was referred to the Foreign Relations Committee, not the Finance Committee. Both the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee and the ranking member support this measure, as do the majority and minority leaders of the Senate.

    It is time to act. Aung San Suu Kyi, we hope, is still alive. There is some urgency about this. This is an unusual situation. The U.S. needs to send a message about this now and lead the rest of the world into a policy of multilateral sanctions that truly squeeze this regime. I hope we can continue our discussion and get this bill up for a vote no later than sometime today.

    I thank the majority leader.

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