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  • Commending Senator Leahy

    by Senator Patrick J. Leahy

    Posted on 2015-10-28

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    LEAHY Mr. NELSON. Mr. President, I want to reflect on the comments the senior Senator from Vermont has shared. I want to say to Senator Leahy that what he has reflected in the course of his career of casting 15,000 votes, spanned over four decades in the Senate--some would say the courtliness, the gentlemanliness, the bipartisanship, the deference, the respect, the honor--some would say these are old- fashioned ideas.

    This Senator happens to feel they are American values, and how often have we seen those characteristics not on display? Tonight the House of Representatives is going to pass not only raising the debt ceiling so we can pay our bills but also a budget template--a blueprint--under which we can then appropriate the specifics.

    Mr. LEAHY. Mr. President, will the Senator yield for one moment? Mr. NELSON. Absolutely.

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