Senate Democrats

Republican objection to S.3525, the Sportsmen Act

Senator Reid asked unanimous consent the Senate take up and pass Calendar #504, S.3525, the Sportsmen’s Act of 2012 (Tester).  Senator Kyl objected to Senator Reid’s request.

 

The unofficial transcript of their remarks is below.

 

16:50:32 NSP} (MR. REID) { NOT AN OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT }

MR. REID: MR. PRESIDENT, WE’RE TRYING TO WORK THROUGH ALL THE

ISSUES WE HAVE. THERE ARE A FEW OF THEM, NOT TOO MANY, BUT A

FEW. BUT I WANT EVERYONE TO KNOW THAT WE — WE CAN FINISH ALL

OF OUR WORK TOMORROW. IF WE DON’T FINISH IT TOMORROW, WE’RE NOT

GOING ANYPLACE. WE’RE STAYING HERE UNTIL

TUESDAY, PROBABLY 3:00, 3:30 BECAUSE WE HAVE YOM KIPPUR ON

WEDNESDAY, BUT WE WILL BE RIGHT BACK HERE ON THURSDAY. WE HAVE

TO FINISH OUR WORK. SO THAT MEANS IF WE CAN’T WORK THINGS OUT,

WE’RE GOING TO BE HERE FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY. I KNOW THAT WE

TALK ABOUT THIS ONCE IN A WHILE AND USUALLY WE’RE ABLE TO WORK

THINGS OUT, AND I’M GLAD THAT WE ARE, BUT JUST IN CASE WE

CAN’T, NO ONE SHOULD THINK THEY ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO CATCH

AN AIRPLANE OUT OF HERE TOMORROW — I MEAN FRIDAY, I’M SORRY.

MR. PRESIDENT, I’LL BE VERY QUICK. I KNOW THAT THE ASSISTANT

LEADER FOR THE MINORITY IS HERE, AND I DON’T WANT TO TAKE A LOT

OF TIME OF HIS. THE SENATOR FROM MONTANA, SENATOR TEFER –

TESTER, HAS ASSEMBLED A BROAD PACKAGE OF LEGISLATION THAT IS

BIPARTISAN IN NATURE TO SUPPORT THE NEEDS OF SPORTSMEN

THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. HE HAS WORKED WITH THESE GROUPS AND I

HAVE BEEN IN MEETINGS WITH HIM WHERE HE HAS TRIED TO GET THE

DEMOCRATIC SENATORS TO BACK OFF AND LET THIS PACKAGE GO FORWARD

AND THERE HAS BEEN SOME ADJUSTMENTS MADE BECAUSE OF PROBLEMS

THAT REPUBLICANS HAD AND DEMOCRATS HAD. SO I APPRECIATE VERY

MUCH HIS WORK. WHAT HIS BILL DOES, IT COMBINES ABOUT 20 BILLS

THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO THE SPORTSMEN COMMUNITIES AROUND THIS

COUNTRY. THEY WOULD FOSTER HABITAT CONSERVATION THROUGH

VOLUNTARY PROGRAMS. MORE THAN 50 NATIONAL GROUPS SUPPORT THIS.

THESE ARE SPORTSMEN AND CONSERVATION GROUPS. THIS IS AN EXAMPLE

OF LEADERSHIP THAT IS IMPORTANT IN THIS BODY, THAT WORK ON

SOMETHING THAT BRINGS TOGETHER A DISPARATE GROUP OF BILLS AND

ARE BIPARTISAN IN NATURE AND TRY TO MOVE FORWARD. WE OUGHT TO

PASS THIS PACKAGE TODAY. MR. PRESIDENT, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT

THAT THE SENATE PROCEED TO CALENDAR NUMBER 504, S.3525, THE

SPORTSMAN ACT OF 2012, THAT IT BE READ A THIRD TIME, PASSED,

THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER BE LAID ON THE TABLE WITH NO

INTERVENING ACTION OR DEBATE AND ANY STATEMENTS RELATED TO THIS

MATTER BE PLACED IN THE RECORD AT THE APPROPRIATE PLACE AS IF

GIVEN.

{16:53:03 NSP} (THE PRESIDING OFFICER) { NOT AN OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT }

THE PRESIDING OFFICER: IS THERE AN OBJECTION?

{16:53:05 NSP} (MR. KYL) { NOT AN OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT }

MR. KYL: MR. PRESIDENT, RESERVING THE RIGHT TO OBJECT.

{16:53:09 NSP} (THE PRESIDING OFFICER) { NOT AN OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT }

THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THE SENATOR FROM ARIZONA.

{16:53:11 NSP} (MR. KYL) { NOT AN OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT }

MR. KYL: I HAD ASKED THE DISTINGUISHED MAJORITY LEADER IF I

REQUESTED AN AMENDMENT TO HIS REQUEST TO ADD A PIECE OF

LEGISLATION THAT HE AND I BOTH SUPPORT, WHETHER HE WOULD HAVE

TO OBJECT TO THAT, AND I PRESUME HIS ANSWER IS THAT HE WOULD

HAVE TO OBJECT, AND AS A RESULT, RATHER THAN DOING THAT AND

FORCING HIM TO OBJECT, I’LL SIMPLY POSE MY OBJECTION AT THIS

TIME.

{16:53:36 NSP} (THE PRESIDING OFFICER) { NOT AN OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT }

THE PRESIDING OFFICER: OBJECTION IS HEARD.

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