APPOINTMENT OF ACTING PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE
(Senate - December 16, 2008)

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              APPOINTMENT OF ACTING PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE

  The PRESIDING OFFICER. The clerk will please read a communication to 
the Senate from the President pro tempore (Mr. Byrd).
  The assistant legislative clerk read the following letter:

                                                      U.S. Senate,


                                        President pro tempore,

                                Washington, DC, December 16, 2008.
     To the Senate:
       Under the provisions of rule I, paragraph 3, of the 
     Standing Rules of the Senate, I hereby appoint the Honorable 
     John D. Rockefeller, a Senator from the State of West 
     Virginia, to perform the duties of the Chair.
                                                   Robert C. Byrd,
                                            President pro tempore.

  Mr. ROCKEFELLER thereupon assumed the chair as Acting President pro 
tempore.

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