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Senate Proceeding on Aug 5th, 2010 :: 10:07:30 to 10:11:15
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Byron Dorgan

10:07:27 to 10:07:47( Edit History Discussion )

Byron Dorgan: for discussion, debate, and then an up-or-down vote. and with that, mr. presi thank you, and i yield the fl mr. dorgan: mr. president? th senator from north dakota. mr. dorgan: mr. president, let me describe the difficulty with the procedure my colleague just described. you can't -- we can't just bring something up for a vote here, because if somebody here doesn't

Byron Dorgan

10:07:30 to 10:11:15( Edit History Discussion )
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Byron Dorgan

10:07:48 to 10:08:08( Edit History Discussion )

Byron Dorgan: like it, they object. and then you have to file a cloture petition, and it takes you 48 hours to get a cloture vote. then you have 30 hou postcloture. that's what we run into around here. i would agree with tha let's put the best idea up here and have a vote on it. if you really don't like the settlement, decide that somehow these plaintiffs aren't worthy

Byron Dorgan

10:08:09 to 10:08:29( Edit History Discussion )

Byron Dorgan: despite the fact they have been built for 130 years,hen vote "no." but we can't even get a vote. at any rate, mr. president, i will wait and see, is there a better idea somewhere that's going to get the votes of this

Byron Dorgan

10:08:30 to 10:08:50( Edit History Discussion )

Byron Dorgan: senate or are we going to continue every 30 days or so to say to this federal judge, you know what, we understand a settlement was negotiated and reached on behalf of the united states of america, but we don't intend to vote for it. mr. president, i have another bill at the desk and then i want to ask unanimous consent. i want to describe it just before i do.

Byron Dorgan

10:08:51 to 10:09:11( Edit History Discussion )

Byron Dorgan: in the piece of legislation that we passed today dealing with fmap and funding for teachers and so on, there was a provision that was first described as a pay-for, but actually scored as zero, which meant that it was a pay-for that had zero impact. but it does have an impact on

Byron Dorgan

10:09:12 to 10:09:32( Edit History Discussion )

Byron Dorgan: american indians, and i wanted to describe it briefly. when the economic recovery act was passed, we proposed that at least a small amount of money go to indian reservations around this country because they had the highest rates of unemployment. the highest rates of unemployment. and so, there was put in place a

Byron Dorgan

10:09:54 to 10:10:14( Edit History Discussion )

Byron Dorgan: new infrastructure and new projects. and that legislation, the so-called pay-for that scored as zero in the bill passed previously today, in my judgment, we need to rescind that action because it had no impactn the legislation that the senate passed, but it will

Byron Dorgan

10:10:15 to 10:10:36( Edit History Discussion )

Byron Dorgan: have a very substantial impact on loan guarantees on these indian reservations, most of wh have the highest rates of unemployment in the country. i've spoken to a good many people in the chamber about the need to do this. i say again, i have been on the phone to the congressional budget office.

Byron Dorgan

10:10:37 to 10:11:02( Edit History Discussion )

Byron Dorgan: they say this has a zero score, as i introduce it today, it will not score. so, therefore, i believe it's very important to do. i ask unanimous consent that the senate proceed to the immediate consideration of the bill that i have sent to the desk. mr. president, let me get the number of that.

Byron Dorgan

10:11:04 to 10:11:15( Edit History Discussion )

Byron Dorgan: i did not mark the number. the presiding officer: the bill number is s. 3761. mr. dorgan: i ask consent the

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