VOTE; Congressional Record Vol. 141, No. 126
(Senate - August 01, 1995)

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                                  VOTE

  The PRESIDING OFFICER. The question is, Is it the sense of the Senate 
that debate on S. 908, the State Department reorganization bill, shall 
be brought to a close?
  The yeas and nays are required.
  The clerk will call the roll.
  The legislative clerk called the roll.
  The PRESIDING OFFICER. Are there any other Senators in the Chamber 
desiring to vote?
  The yeas and nays resulted--yeas 55, nays 45, as follows:
                      [Rollcall Vote No. 346 Leg.]

                                YEAS--55

     Abraham
     Ashcroft
     Bennett
     Bond
     Brown
     Burns
     Campbell
     Chafee
     Coats
     Cochran
     Cohen
     Coverdell
     Craig
     D'Amato
     DeWine
     Dole
     Domenici
     Faircloth
     Frist
     Gorton
     Gramm
     Grams
     Grassley
     Gregg
     Hatch
     Hatfield
     Helms
     Hutchison
     Inhofe
     Jeffords
     Kassebaum
     Kempthorne
     Kyl
     Lott
     Lugar
     Mack
     McCain
     McConnell
     Murkowski
     Nickles
     Packwood
     Pell
     Pressler
     Roth
     Santorum
     Shelby
     Simpson
     Smith
     Snowe
     Specter
     Stevens
     Thomas
     Thompson
     Thurmond
     Warner

                                NAYS--45

     Akaka
     Baucus
     Biden
     Bingaman
     Boxer
     Bradley
     Breaux
     Bryan
     Bumpers
     Byrd
     Conrad
     Daschle
     Dodd
     Dorgan
     Exon
     Feingold
     Feinstein
     Ford
     Glenn
     Graham
     Harkin
     Heflin
     Hollings
     Inouye
     Johnston
     Kennedy
     Kerrey
     Kerry
     Kohl
     Lautenberg
     Leahy
     Levin
     Lieberman
     Mikulski
     Moseley-Braun
     Moynihan
     Murray
     Nunn
     Pryor
     Reid
     Robb
     Rockefeller
     Sarbanes
     Simon
     Wellstone
  The PRESIDING OFFICER. On this vote, the yeas are 55, and the nays 
are 45. Three-fifths of the Senators duly chosen and sworn, not having 
voted in the affirmative, the motion is rejected.
  Mr. HELMS addressed the Chair.
  The PRESIDING OFFICER. The Senator from North Carolina.
  Mr. HELMS. Mr. President, I am going to give President Clinton an 
opportunity to micromanage the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. When 
he is in the mood to have some ambassadors confirmed or some treaties 
considered, and that sort of thing, all he has to do is send word that 
he no longer believes in that memorandum that was circulated by the 
Agency for International Development, the memorandum that said the way 
the administration is going to beat this bill is to ``delay, postpone, 
obfuscate, derail.'' Well, his minions have done that in denying an 
opportunity to have cloture on this bill.
  Invariably, as the Senators know, and as one of the reporters said, 
the shoe is on the other foot--and that is correct. But this is an 
important bill, and the budget requirements of the Foreign Relations 
Committee cannot be met without this bill, or some bill very close to 
it. 

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  The point is that there has been no cooperation extended. There has 
been a lot of rhetoric, and that is the end of it. Mrs. Helms raised a 
dumb son, maybe, but she did not raise a stupid one. I understand the 
name of the game. The administration and its supporters have wanted 
this bill to die a quiet death. It is not going to die. It is going 
back on the calendar, but it will return. Just as MacArthur said, I 
will return, the administration can count on this bill's return.
  I will enjoy the Tuesdays and Thursdays when we normally have 
business sessions of the Foreign Relations Committee. The bill will not 
be killed with the administration's tactic. It is going to keep coming 
back and back and back until we get a vote. If the Senate votes down 
the bill, fine. That is fair enough. Or, if there is a move by Members 
of the Senate on the other side who want to present a concrete 
alternative, that will be fine. Or, if we can get now what we did not 
get before, a commitment from the Vice President of the United States--
you know, the fellow who is in charge of reinvention of Government--
that he and his associates will work with us, that will be fine. If the 
President of the United States indicates that he wants some ambassadors 
cleared and he wants his representatives in the Senate to cooperate in 
jointly producing a bill, that will be fine.
  But I appreciate the Senators on the Republican side, and I 
appreciate my good friend, Senator Pell, for having voted for cloture 
in both instances today.
  At a later time, I will have more to say, and I thank you, Mr. 
President.
  I yield the floor.

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