|00:00:01||MR. INHOFE: MR.|
|00:00:02||PRESIDENT, FIRST OF ALL, I WILL MAKE THIS VERY, VERY BRIEF.|
|00:00:04||I WANT TO SAY HOW MUCH I APPRECIATE THE COMMENTS OF THE MAJORITY LEADER.|
|00:00:09||IT IS NOT NECESSARY, BUT IT IS VERY MEANINGFUL TO ME PERSONALLY.|
|00:00:13||I WANT TO ALSO SAY ABOUT SENATOR BOXER, YES, SHE AND I ARE PROBABLY AT THE OPPOSITE EXTREMES IN THIS ROOM ON ALMOST -- ON MANY, MANY ISSUES.|
|00:00:23||I HAVE ALWAYS SAID CONSERVATIVES SHOULD BE BIG SPENDERS IN TWO AREAS, NATIONAL DEFENSE AND INFRASTRUCTURE.|
|00:00:28||WE HAVE TO LOOK AT THIS AND LOOK AT THE FUTURE SO WE DON'T HAVE TO GO THROUGH THIS AGAIN.|
|00:00:33||I DO WANT TO THANK ALL OF THOSE ON YOUR SIDE, I SAY TO SENATOR BOXER, AND ON MY SIDE, THE ONLY STAFF I WILL MENTION IS RUTH VAN MARK.|
|00:00:42||SHE HAS BEEN WITH ME FOR 22 YEARS.|
|00:00:44||SHE IS NOW GETTING OFF OF PROBATION.|
|00:00:46||I THANK ALL OF YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION ON THIS.|
|00:00:51||I URGE A VOTE ON IT.|
|00:00:52||THE PRESIDING OFFICER: IF THERE IS NO FURTHER DEBATE, THE QUESTION IS ON S.|
|00:00:59||1813 AS AMENDED.|
Mr. INHOFE. Mr. President, first of all, I will make this very brief. I appreciate the comments of the majority leader. It was not necessary, but it is very meaningful to me personally.
Also, about Senator Boxer, she and I are at opposite extremes on many issues. I have always said that conservatives should be big spenders in two areas: national defense and infrastructure. We have to look at this in the future so that we don't have to go through it again. I thank all of those on her side and on my side who helped to move this forward.
I thank Ruth VanMark, who has been with me for 22 years. She is now getting off of probation.
Again, I thank all of you for your cooperation.