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                          STAFF CONTRIBUTIONS

  Mr. DASCHLE. Mr. President, as we watch them work, I am reminded 
again of the remarkable contribution made by our staff, the floor 
staff, our clerks, so many of the people in the cloakrooms and in every 
facet of the operation of the Senate. I admire them for their amazing 
dedication to this institution and for their hard work each and every 
day they come to work. We do not thank them enough. They are hard 
workers on both sides of the aisle.
  I will not begin to name names except John Doney only because we know 
he is retiring, but we thank him, we applaud him, and we admire his 
great work--and their great work and contribution to our effort each 
and every day.
  Again, I thank my colleagues and I thank our leadership, and I 
certainly thank my personal staff for the great job they have done in 
serving me and working with us in the last 2 years.
  With that I yield the floor.
  Mr. LOTT. Mr. President, I thank the Senator from South Dakota, the 
Democratic leader, for observing the fine work that we do receive from 
our staff. Some of them are on the back rail today. They work long 
hours. They produce a lot of good legislation on both sides of the 
aisle. Our own personal staffs in our offices work long hours, but the 
people here at the desks in front of us, they are here when the doors 
open and they are the last ones out. We would not dare presume to 
proceed without their very capable and efficient work. As we have seen 
here in the last few minutes, there has been a real scramble to get the 
work done, but it is always done very professionally and accurately, 
and I also extend my thanks to them.