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The Honorable Patrick Leahy
United States Senator
Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy,
Despite the focus on the Senate floor and in the newspapers about how partisan and divisive the Senate has become, I believe our work here today stands as an example of how we can work together on issues of importance to the Americans we represent.
In the last few weeks we have hammered out agreements relating to important issues flagged by Senator Hatch, Senator Kennedy, Senator Kyl, Senator Kohl, Senator Graham, Senator Feinstein, Senator Brownback, Senator Durbin and Senator Coburn. We have incorporated their concerns into managers' amendments and I hope that another managers' amendment will be accepted this morning. This package will address important issues raised at the last markup including transparency and the Level VII concerns.
I thank Chairman Specter, his diligent staff and all of the Members and their staff for working so hard with me on this bipartisan legislation. I believe that the time is now for movement on this bipartisan solution.