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  • Comprehensive Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act of 2014—Motion to Proceed

    by Senator Harry Reid

    Posted on 2014-02-04

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    REID. I move to proceed to Calendar No. 297.

    The PRESIDENT pro tempore. The clerk will report.

    The legislative clerk read as follows: Motion to proceed to Calendar No. 297, S. 1950, a bill to improve the provision of medical services and benefits to veterans and for other purposes.

    Schedule Mr. REID. Mr. President, following my remarks and those of the Republican leader, the Senate will resume consideration of the conference report to accompany H.R. 2642, the farm bill. The time until 12:30 p.m. will be equally divided and controlled between the two leaders or their designees.

    The Senate will recess from 12:30 p.m. until 2:15 p.m. to allow for the weekly caucus meetings. At approximately 2:35 p.m. there will be a rollcall vote on the adoption of the farm bill conference report.

    Visionary Remarks Mr. REID. While the President pro tempore is here, I want to make a brief comment.

    The headlines over the last couple of days have been about the death--in my opinion--of one of the great actors of our time, Philip Seymour Hoffman. He obviously died from a drug overdose of heroin.

    The reason I wanted to say a word while the President pro tempore is presiding is because the Governor of Vermont was very visionary in directing his State of the State remarks this year to the scourge of heroin addiction that is sweeping the Nation. It really is a scourge.

    According to everything I have been able to learn, it is kind of unique. We have people who start off with some kind of prescription drug and then wind up with this stuff that has been prepared by purveyors of evil. They don't know what is in it. There are some who believe they use baby laxative or other ingredients that look like heroin. It is a terrible shame.

    I will send the Governor a letter, but I want to make sure my good friend from Vermont personally tells the Governor what a--I can't find a better word--visionary he was in the remarks he gave a few weeks ago.

    The PRESIDING OFFICER (Mr. Booker). The Senator from Vermont.

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