CongressHouse FloorSenate Floor • U.S. Capitol: 202-224-3121
MembersCommitteesPrayerRecordNewsReporters

April 9, 2011

Department of Defense and Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011

[Page: S2340]  GPO's PDF 

---

Mr. REID. Mr. President, I will read a statement that was issued by Speaker Boehner and myself a few minutes ago. This is the statement:

We have agreed to an historic amount of cuts for the remainder of this fiscal year, as well as a short-term bridge that will give us time to avoid a shutdown while we get that agreement through both houses and to the President. We will cut $78.5 billion below the President's 2011 budget proposal, and we have reached an agreement on the policy riders. In the meantime, we will pass a short-term resolution to keep the government running through Thursday. That short-term bridge will cut the first $2 billion of the total savings.

I, first of all, express my appreciation to the Speaker and his office. It has been a grueling process. We did not do it at this late hour for drama. We did it because it has been very hard to arrive at this point.

I also express my appreciation to my counterpart, Senator McConnell. We have talked during this process on a number of occasions. We have, as we say here, on many occasions it has turned out to be we have a terrific relationship. We do our best to protect each caucus. We have our battles here. But he is a pleasure to work with. I admire and appreciate his work for the people of Kentucky and the country.

This has been a long process. It has not been an easy process. Both sides have had to make tough choices, but tough choices are what this job is all

[Page: S2341]  GPO's PDF
about. I think it is important to note, as we said in this statement, that this is historic, what we have done--$78.5 billion below the 2011 budget we have been working off of. We worked on many riders. What we have done has been difficult but important for the country. We all agree there are many cuts that have to take place in the future. We understand that. We must get this country's fiscal house in order. But if the American people have to make tough choices--and they are doing it every day--so should their leaders. That is our responsibility--all 100 of us and 435 Members of the House.

The Speaker and I reached an agreement that I have read that will cut spending and keep the country running. We have agreed to a historic level of cuts for the remainder of this fiscal year, as well as a short-term bridge that will give us time to avoid a shutdown while we get this agreement through both Houses and to the President.

I repeat, we will cut $78.5 billion, and we have reached an agreement--I repeat for the second time--on the policy riders. I do that because that has not been easy. In the meantime, we will pass a short-term resolution to keep the government running through this coming Friday. That short-term bridge will cut the first $2 billion of the total savings we have already talked to, the $78.5 billion.

Mr. President, with the permission of the Republican leader, I ask unanimous consent that the Senate proceed to the immediate consideration of Calendar No. 28, H.R. 1363; that a Reid-McConnell substitute amendment, a 7-day continuing resolution, which is at the desk, be agreed to, the bill, as amended, be read a third time and the Senate proceed to vote on passage of the bill, as amended; that the motions to reconsider be considered made and laid upon the table, with all the above occurring with no intervening action or debate.

The PRESIDING OFFICER. Is there objection?

The Republican leader.

Mr. McCONNELL. Mr. President, I thank my friend, the majority leader, and Speaker Boehner for their outstanding work during this difficult negotiation. We had an opportunity tonight to decide whether we wanted to repeat history or make history. Had we chosen to repeat history, we would have allowed a government shutdown. Instead, we decided to make history by implementing in the middle of this fiscal year, as the majority leader indicated, substantial reductions in spending. These reductions are in the billions.

Once we get through this process, by the end of next week we will move on to a much larger discussion about how we save trillions by enacting, hopefully, on a bipartisan basis, a budget that genuinely begins to get on top of this problem. The problem, as we all know, is $14 trillion in debt and over $53 trillion in unfunded liabilities.

The President has asked us to raise the debt ceiling, and Senate Republicans and House Republicans--and I hope many Democrats as well--are going to say: Mr. President, in order to raise the debt ceiling, we need to do something significant about the debt. My definition of significant is that the markets view it as significant, the American people view it as significant, and foreign countries view it as significant.

So for tonight, again, I congratulate the majority leader and the Speaker. This is an important first step but just the beginning of what we need to do to get our fiscal house in order.

Mr. REID. The Republican leader is right. We have a lot of work to do.

The one thing I want to mention is how much I appreciate the support of the American people. Of course, they knew we needed to get this done, but also the business community of our country.

I had a conversation earlier today with Tom Donohue, the President of the Chamber of Commerce. It was so important to his organization that we complete this. The Business Roundtable and organizations all over America understand how important this is.

I want to mention one more person--I know the night is late--who is always an unsung hero, but really a hero among heroes, and that is the chairman of the Appropriations Committee, Dan Inouye, who is here behind me tonight. He has been, with his tireless staff, working so hard. I applaud his person, Charlie Houy, who has a fantastic knowledge of what goes on in this country as it relates to money. He came to the Senate in 1983. He has been here all these years working in the Appropriations Committee.

I am not going to go through all the staff, but it is important to mention my chief of staff, David Krone, who has worked so very hard. I want to mention one other American. I never met him until we started this--and what we have been through--and I hope I don't get him in trouble--and that is John Boehner's chief of staff, Barry Jackson. He is a real professional. It has been very difficult to work through all this stuff, but I admire his professionalism. Of course, the White House staff has been indispensable.

Mr. President, I would hope we could have the consent agreement approved at this time.

The PRESIDING OFFICER. Is there objection to the majority leader's request?

Without objection, it is so ordered.

The amendment (No. 291) was agreed to, as follows:

(Purpose: In the nature of a substitute)

Strike all after the enacting clause and insert the following:

SECTION 1. The Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011 (Public Law 111-242) is further amended--

(1) by striking the date specified in section 106(3) and inserting ``April 15, 2011'';

(2) by adding after section 294, as added by the Additional Continuing Appropriations Amendments, 2011 (section 1 of Public Law 112-6), the following new sections:

``SEC. 295. Notwithstanding section 101, amounts are provided for `Department of Transportation--Office of the Secretary--Transportation Planning, Research, and Development' at a rate for operations of $9,800,000.

``SEC. 296. Notwithstanding section 101, amounts are provided for `Department of Transportation--Federal Aviation Administration--Facilities and Equipment' at a rate for operations of $2,927,500,000.

``SEC. 297. Notwithstanding section 101, amounts are provided for `Department of Transportation--Federal Aviation Administration--Research, Engineering, and Development' at a rate for operations of $187,000,000.

``SEC. 298. Notwithstanding section 101, amounts are provided for `Department of Transportation--Federal Railroad Administration--Capital Assistance for High Speed Rail Corridors and Intercity Passenger Rail Service' at a rate for operations of $1,000,000,000.

``SEC. 299. Notwithstanding section 101, amounts are provided for `Department of Transportation--Federal Railroad Administration--Railroad Research and Development' at a rate for operations of $35,100,000.

``SEC. 300. Notwithstanding section 101, amounts are provided for `Department of Transportation--Federal Transit Administration--Capital Investment Grants' at a rate for operations of $1,720,000,000.

``SEC. 301. Notwithstanding section 101, amounts are provided for `Department of Transportation--Federal Transit Administration--Research and University Research Centers' at a rate for operations of $64,200,000.

``SEC. 302. Notwithstanding section 101, amounts are provided for `Department of Housing and Urban Development--Public and Indian Housing--Public Housing Operating Fund' at a rate for operations of $4,626,000,000.

``SEC. 303. Notwithstanding sections 101 and 226, amounts are provided for `Department of Housing and Urban Development--Community Planning and Development--Community Development Fund' at a rate for operations of $4,230,068,480, of which $0 shall be for grants for the Economic Development Initiative (EDI), $0 shall be for neighborhood initiatives, and $0 shall be for grants specified in the last proviso of the last paragraph under such heading in title II of division A of Public Law 111-117: Provided, That the second and third paragraphs under such heading in title II of division A of Public Law 111-117 shall not apply to funds appropriated by this Act.''.

This Act may be cited as the ``Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Amendments, 2011''.

The PRESIDING OFFICER. The question is on the engrossment of the amendment and third reading of the bill.

The amendment was ordered to be engrossed and the bill to be read a third time.

The bill, as amended, was read the third time.

The PRESIDING OFFICER. The bill having been read the third time, the question is, Shall the bill, as amended, pass?

The bill (H.R. 1363), as amended, was passed.

Mr. PAUL. Mr. President, I voted against this short-term continuing resolution for the same reason I voted against the last one and the one before that--because it does not set us on a

[Page: S2342]  GPO's PDF
path to fixing the spending and debt problems our country is facing. As I have said before, there is not much of a difference between a $1.5 trillion deficit and a $1.6 trillion deficit--both will lead us to a debt crisis from which we may not recover.

Mr. DURBIN. Mr. President, I suggest the absence of a quorum.

The PRESIDING OFFICER. The clerk will call the roll.

The assistant legislative clerk proceeded to call the roll.

(Senate - April 8, 2011)

No comments:

Post a Comment

Labels

Blog Archive

Follow by Email