106 th CONGRESS, SECOND SESSION
of America PROCEEDINGS AND DEBATES OF THE
Vol. 146 WASHINGTON, THURSDAY, JUNE 8, 2000 No. 70
The Senate met at 9:30 a.m. and was PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE Hampshire, Mr. ROBERT SMITH. I be-
called to order by the President pro The Honorable CRAIG THOMAS, a Sen- lieve he has 30 minutes, and again that
tempore [Mr. THURMOND]. ator from the State of Wyoming, led is an undesignated time?
the Pledge of Allegiance, as follows: The PRESIDING OFFICER. That is
PRAYER I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the Mr. WARNER. I think there are other
United States of America, and to the Repub-
The guest Chaplain, Rev. Philip A. lic for which it stands, one nation under God,
designations of time we should recite.
indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. The PRESIDING OFFICER. Senator
Smith, president of Providence College,
INHOFE from Oklahoma has 10 minutes;
Providence, RI, offered the following
Senator SNOWE from Maine has 30 min-
prayer: RESERVATION OF LEADER TIME utes.
Let us pause for a few moments and The PRESIDING OFFICER (Mr. Mr. WARNER. If those Senators will
place ourselves in the presence of God. THOMAS). Under the previous order, the counsel with the managers, we are
As we gather in Your presence this leadership time is reserved. going to do everything we can to ar-
morning, O gracious God, we thank range for their recognition at a time
You for the gifts You have bestowed on mutually convenient.
NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZA- I see the distinguished junior Senator
us. The grandeur of the universe, the
TION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2001 from Massachusetts on the floor. It
wonder of love, the beauty of friend-
The PRESIDING OFFICER. Under may well be that we could proceed with
ship, and the time to enjoy it all. We
the previous order, the Senate will now that, but I shall defer to my colleague
thank You for the privilege of living in
resume consideration of S. 2549, which momentarily.
a land of plenty and promise, equality
and opportunity, a land where freedom the clerk will report.
The legislative clerk read as follows: For the benefit of the Senate, we will
reigns and peace is possible.
A bill (S. 2549) to authorize appropriations
resume consideration of the Depart-
We ask Your blessings on the Mem- ment of Defense authorization bill. At
for fiscal year 2001 for military activities of
bers of this Senate as they grapple the Department of Defense and for other pur- 1 o’clock, the Senate will begin 2 hours
with complex economic, social, polit- poses. of debate on the McCain amendment
ical, and cultural challenges in this Na- Pending: Smith (of NH) amendment No. regarding soft money disclosure. That 2
tion and around the world. Grant them 3210, to prohibit granting security clearances hours will be equally divided between
the insight, wisdom, and courage to to felons. the sponsors of that amendment and
fashion legislation that will create a McCain amendment No. 3214 (to amend- the Senator from Virginia.
fresh vision and inspire hope, that will ment No. 3210), to require the disclosure of Following that debate, Senator KEN-
balance opportunity costs with social expenditures and contributions by certain
NEDY will be recognized to offer an
justice, that will enhance the quality amendment regarding health care man-
of life for all Americans, while paying The PRESIDING OFFICER. The Sen- agement organizations. Under a pre-
special attention to those in our midst ator from Virginia. vious order, there will be up to 2 hours
who experience their existence as frag- Mr. WARNER. Mr. President, again I of debate on the Kennedy amendment,
ile or painful: the ill and the elderly, wish to express my cooperation to the again, with the time equally divided
the unloved and the unwanted, the leadership of the Senate, most specifi- between Kennedy proponents and the
hungry and the homeless, the disadvan- cally my distinguished ranking mem- Senator from Virginia and/or his des-
taged and the downtrodden. ber, Mr. LEVIN. We are making progress ignee.
on this bill. Votes will occur at approximately 5
Finally, we ask to enrich our faith I inquire first of the Chair with re- o’clock. Senators should be aware,
and strengthen our hope, nurture our gard to time allocations. I believe, other amendments may be offered dur-
wisdom and deepen our love, increase under the previous order, 1 hour has ing the morning session. Therefore,
our compassion, and broaden our toler- been reserved for the distinguished jun- votes may occur prior to the 1 o’clock
ance so that our lives may illuminate ior Senator from Massachusetts, to be orders.
the lives of others and light up the assigned at some point today; is that I thank my colleagues. I know the
places where we labor and live. not correct? distinguished minority whip seeks rec-
We ask You this as a people of faith The PRESIDING OFFICER. The Sen- ognition on a matter.
confident of Your love and goodness ator is correct. Mr. REID. Mr. President, the only
and as a people of hope who trust in Mr. WARNER. I inquire further about correction I make is that the amend-
Your promises. Amen. the distinguished Senator from New ment will be offered by Senator
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