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February 26, 2007

Senate Debate: Fiscal Year 2007

February 13, 2007

Continuing Appropriations

Sen. Byrd: "I thank the Chair. Mr. President, today marks the 136th day of the fiscal year. The fiscal year is over one-third complete. We will be debating House Joint Resolution 20, a joint funding resolution for the nine remaining appropriations bills that were not completed during the 109th Congress.

Sen. Coburn: "This program doesn't match the definition or criteria of an earmark approved by the Senate in January or used by the Congressional Research Service. On January 16, 2007, the Senate approved an amendment by a vote of 98 to zero, defining the term 'earmark' as a provision or report language included primarily at the request of a Member, delegate, ..."

Sen. DeMint: "Mr. President, I rise today to speak about my amendment No. 253 that I would like to offer to the fiscal year 2007 omnibus spending bill. My amendment seeks to strengthen the provisions in section 112 dealing with earmarks. According to the sponsors, the goal of this section is to turn off the hidden earmarks for this year's spending, but..."

MAKING FURTHER CONTINUING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2007--Continued

Sen. Kohl: "Mr. President, I rise today to speak in more detail about the 'earmarks' that some members of this body claim remain in H.J. Res. 20. On February 7, 2007, one of our colleagues issued a press release on his Web site which was critical of H.J. Res. 20, the continuing appropriations resolution. Of note was his claim that the resolution continues..."

February 14, 2007

Making Further Continuing Appropriations For the Fiscal Year 2007: DARFUR

Sen. Coburn: "Mr. President, I went through that exercise, and I know the Senator from Vermont does not disagree with all those amendments, but he is doing what he has been instructed by the majority to do. The fact is we could have a debate, we could delay this for 2 weeks, and we could make this bill far better. We could decide not to spend an additional $3..."

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