|00:00:01||AS I SAID EARLIER TODAY, I APPRECIATE VERY MUCH THE WORK OF EVERYONE, INCLUDING OUR VERY, VERY HARDWORKING STAFF ON BOTH SIDES OF THE CAPITOL.|
|00:00:14||BUT THERE'S NO NEED FOR US TO WAIT ANYMORE.|
|00:00:18||WE'RE NOT GOING TO FINISH THIS TONIGHT.|
|00:00:20||WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO COME BACK TOMORROW.|
|00:00:23||I'VE TALKED TO A NUMBER OF PEOPLE, AND I WANTED TO MAKE SURE BEFORE ANYTHING WAS ANNOUNCED THAT THE PAPERS HAD BEEN FILED, AND THEY HAVE BEEN.|
|00:00:34||WE HAVE A NUMBER OF ISSUES THAT WE'RE TRYING TO WORK THROUGH PROCEDURALLY, AND WE'RE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT TONIGHT.|
|00:00:46||I'M NOT GOING TO BE PASSING BLAME ON ANYONE, BECAUSE WE ALL HAVE A LOT TO DO TOMORROW, A LOT OF THINGS THAT WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO PUT ON HOLD.|
|00:00:54||THIS IS A VERY BIG WORK PERIOD FOR US THE NEXT TEN DAYS.|
|00:00:58||BUT I THINK IT'S APPROPRIATE TO SAY WE'LL BE BACK AT 10:00 IN THE MORNING TO FINISH THIS LEGISLATION.|
|00:01:03||TO DO IT AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.|
|00:01:07||WE DON'T KNOW WHAT TIME THE SENATE GOING TO VOTE ON THIS -- I'M SORRY.|
|00:01:14||I DON'T KNOW WHAT TIME THE HOUSE IS GOING TO VOTE ON THIS TOMORROW.|
|00:01:19||BUT WE MAY HAVE TO WAIT ON THEM.|
|00:01:23||WE'VE DONE OUR BEST TO TRY TO COMPLETE THINGS TONIGHT BUT WE'RE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE DO THAT.|
|00:01:28||I AM DISAPPOINTED.|
|00:01:31||I'VE HEARD FROM MANY, MANY PEOPLE HOW DISAPPOINTED THEY ARE THAT WE COULDN'T MOFFITT DOWN THE ROAD -- MOVE FURTHER DOWN THE ROAD, BUT THAT'S THE WAY IT IS.|
|00:01:39||MR. LEAHY: WOULD THE SENATOR YIELD?|
|00:01:42||REID: I WOULD BE HAPPY TO YIELD TO MY FRIEND.|
Mr. REID. Mr. President, I am sorry it has taken so long. There are a lot of things to do around here. The conference report has been filed. As I said earlier today, I appreciate very much the work of everyone, including our very hard-working staffs on both sides of the Capitol. But there is no need for us to wait anymore. We are not going to finish this tonight. We are going to have to come back tomorrow.
I have talked to a number of people, and I wanted to make sure before anything was announced that the papers had been filed. They have been. We have a number of issues we are trying to work through procedurally. We are not going to be able to do that tonight. I am not passing blame on anyone, because we all have a lot to do tomorrow, a lot of things that we are going to put on hold. This is a very big work period for us the next 10 days. I think it is appropriate to say we will be back at 10 o'clock in the morning to finish this legislation and do it as quickly as we can. We do not know what time the House is going to vote on this tomorrow, but we may have to wait now until they pass it. That is one of the pieces we are working on. We have done our very best to try to complete everything tonight, but we are not going to be able to do that.
I am disappointed. I heard that from many people, how disappointed they are that we could not move further [Page: S4717] down the road. But that is the way it is.