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(Senate - May 24, 2012)

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[Pages S3619-S3620]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office []

                            VOTE EXPLANATION

  Mr. BLUMENTHAL. Mr. President, I was unavoidably absent during 
today's votes on the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation 
Act due to my daughter's high school graduation. I supported this 
bipartisan legislation earlier this year when it was before the Senate 
Health, Education,

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Labor, and Pensions Committee, and had I been able to attend today's 
votes, I would have voted in support of final passage of this important 
  Additionally, I would have voted to support the Bingaman amendment 
No. 2111, the Murkowski amendment No. 2108, the Sanders amendment No. 
2109 and the McCain amendment No. 2107. I would have voted against 
tabling the Durbin amendment No. 2127 and voted to table the Paul 
amendment No. 2143.
  During the Senate's debate on S. 2343, the Stop the Student Loan 
Interest Rate Hike Act of 2012, I would have opposed the Alexander 
amendment No. 2153 and supported passage of S. 2343.