September 12, 1996 - Issue: Vol. 142, No. 125 — Daily Edition104th Congress (1995 - 1996) - 2nd Session
ORDER OF PROCEDURE; Congressional Record Vol. 142, No. 125
(Senate - September 12, 1996)
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[Page S10400] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] ORDER OF PROCEDURE Mr. LOTT. A lot of effort has gone into the Treasury-postal bill. We have dealt with a number of issues. We have been on this bill 25 hours and 38 minutes. I think perhaps we are tired and we need to see if we can go on to something else. I encourage the managers to continue working. If they can come back with a list of amendments we could get done in 4 hours, we would consult, try to get the Treasury-postal bill done. We have put a lot of effort into it. I think in view of everything that has gone on here and recognizing where we are now, with second-degree amendments and an amendment pending by the leader, I just do not see how we can get through extended debate tonight and a lot of votes. What we would like to do now is to pull down the Treasury bill, and go to the Interior appropriations bill in the morning at 9:30. If we could get an agreement on taking that up, then there would not be any votes tomorrow as we try to be cooperative with our Members that have a holiday that is very important to them tomorrow. We will be working on other issues. We would like to get the Magnuson fisheries bill through. There is an interest on both sides in getting that done. If we could get in touch with the interested players and get that done in the morning we would do that and not go to the Interior appropriations. With regard to Monday, we would like to continue working on the Interior appropriations bill. The managers have indicated we can make progress on that. I understand, perhaps, even amendments dealing with grazing could be considered on Monday, or perhaps we could go to the aviation authorization, the FAA authorization bill. A lot of good work has been done on that by Senator McCain, Senator Ford, Senator Stevens, a number of Senators. So if we can get a time agreement on that we would take that up and then go to the Interior appropriations bill and we would have votes, then, on Tuesday morning. We announced earlier that an amendment by the Senator from California would not be taken up before Tuesday. We have one other amendment that we would want to say would not be taken up before Tuesday on the Interior appropriations bill. I do not think there is a problem with that. I do not like setting a precedent of saying, ``OK, this Senator's amendment will not be considered until a day certain.'' These are both in recognition of the Jewish holiday, and the fact that we will be on Interior a good bit next week, I do not see that any damage is done by doing it that way. ____________________