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  • Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015-- Conference Report


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    Senator David Vitter

    From: LA

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2015-12-03

    VITTER. Mr. President, I wish to clarify today a provision included in the FAST Act conference report. In order to build and restore the Nation's highway infrastructure without breaking the bank to...



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    Senator Benjamin L. Cardin

    From: MD

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2015-12-03

    CARDIN. Mr. President, I rise today to speak about the highway trust fund, HTF, and the conference report we will be considering shortly to accompany the surface transportation reauthorization bill,...



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    Senator John Thune

    From: SD

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2015-12-03

    THUNE. Mr. President, over the past few years, the public has grown increasingly skeptical of Congress being able to function. When Republicans took the majority in January, we promised the American...



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    Senator Patrick J. Leahy

    From: VT

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2015-12-03

    LEAHY. Mr. President, Vermonters take great pride in our historic downtowns and small communities. In our cities and towns, we have a culture of getting things done--and finding a way to accomplish our...



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    Senator Jack Reed

    From: RI

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2015-12-03

    REED. Mr. President, I intend to support the surface transportation bill before us. It has been more than a decade since we have had a true multi-year transportation bill. And while this bill gives...



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    Senator Sherrod Brown

    From: OH

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2015-12-03

    BROWN. Mr. President, America's infrastructure was once the envy of the world. But for decades, we haven't maintained these public works. The quality of U.S. infrastructure now ranks just 16th in the...



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    Senator Elizabeth Warren

    From: MA

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2015-12-03

    WARREN. Mr. President, Senator Boxer deserves tremendous credit for negotiating a long-term funding bill for our crumbling roads and bridges. The Fixing America's Surface Transportation, FAST, Act is...



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    Senator James M. Inhofe

    From: OK

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2015-12-03

    INHOFE. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent to have printed in the Record a joint statement by the chair and ranking member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Representative...



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    Senator Jeff Flake

    From: AZ

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2015-12-03

    FLAKE. Mr. President, I raise a point of order under rule XXVIII that section 32205 exceeds the scope of conference for the conference report to accompany H.R. 22. The PRESIDING OFFICER. The Senator...



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    Senator Barbara Boxer

    From: CA

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2015-12-03

    BOXER. Mr. President, if I could just be heard for 30 seconds or less. Please, please don't alter this, because if this passes and we don't waive the point of order, this bill is gone. The House bill...



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    Senator Pat Roberts

    From: KS

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2015-12-03

    ROBERTS. Mr. President, I rise to address the point of order raised against the highway bill. Among the many provisions of the bill, the legislation realizes a commitment made by House and Senate leadership...



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    Senator Debbie Stabenow

    From: MI

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2015-12-03

    STABENOW. Mr. President, I rise to support the transportation bill and crop insurance. We made a deal with farmers when we gave up direct subsidies that, instead, we would ask them to have skin in the...



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    Senator Jerry Moran

    From: KS

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2015-12-03

    MORAN. Mr. President, I rise in opposition to the point of order and ask my colleagues to support the crop insurance program. In Kansas the weather is not always our friend. The most important farm program...



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    Senator Jeanne Shaheen

    From: NH

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2015-12-03

    SHAHEEN. Thank you, Senator Inhofe. I will be brief. Mr. President, I think it is important to challenge the provision in this legislation. I support the highway bill. I think the negotiators did...



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    Senator Chuck Grassley

    From: IA

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2015-12-03

    GRASSLEY. Yes. The PRESIDING OFFICER. The question is on agreeing to the motion. The clerk will call the roll. The bill clerk called the roll. Mr. DURBIN. I announce that the Senator from Vermont...



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    Senator Richard J. Durbin

    From: IL

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2015-12-03

    DURBIN. I announce that the Senator from Vermont (Mr. Sanders) is necessarily absent. [[Page S8364]] The PRESIDING OFFICER. Are there any other Senators in the Chamber desiring to vote? The yeas...



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    Senator Sheldon Whitehouse

    From: RI

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2015-12-03

    WHITEHOUSE. I ask for the yeas and nays. The PRESIDING OFFICER. Is there a sufficient second? There appears to be a sufficient second. The Senator from California. Mrs. BOXER. Thank you, everybody....



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    Senator Mitch McConnell

    From: KY

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2015-12-03

    McCONNELL. Mr. President, I wish to take a few moments to congratulate the chairman of our environment committee, Senator Inhofe, and his ranking member, Senator Boxer, for an extraordinary job. This...



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    Senator Bill Nelson

    From: FL

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2015-12-03

    NELSON. Mr. President, I thank the Senator for yielding, Mr. President. I am going to say two short paragraphs, but first, my commendations to the leadership that has already been mentioned by the esteemed...



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    Senator Mike Lee

    From: UT

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2015-12-03

    LEE. Mr. President, I rise in opposition to the highway spending bill before us today--and not just the failed substance of the legislation. I rise to oppose the bill's irresponsible and unsustainable...



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    Senator Michael B. Enzi

    From: WY

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2015-12-03

    ENZI. Mr. President, I thank the Senator from Oklahoma for letting me interrupt at this time. We passed a bill earlier, and normally I would have spoken after final passage, but I didn't want to hold...