(Senate - October 13, 2011)

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                            WORKING TOGETHER

  Mr. REID. Mr. President, I would just say, as my friend leaves--I 
know he has an appointment--the work that has been done in the last few 
weeks in the Senate has been very important. We have been able to work 
on the FEMA bill, we worked through the problems with that; China 
currency, we worked through that. Even though, as my friend, the 
distinguished Republican leader, knows, I did not agree with the trade 
bills--what they did--I think it is a good sign of our working 
together. In spite of strong feelings on both sides, people put that 
aside. There were no dilatory efforts made to hold them up, and we 
moved forward. I think that is commendable. That should be the pattern 
for the rest of this Congress.
  I also want the Record to be spread with the fact that as far as 
congressional action, this legislation would not have happened but for 
the Republican leader. He has been laser focused for a long time, and 
there were some things we had to work through to get here, but one of 
the reasons I did what I did to help move this along is because of his 
feelings about the importance of this legislation.