Mr. DODD. Mr. President, first, let me commend my colleagues from Iowa and Missouri for raising an issue of this importance. Senator Menendez of our committee, the Senator from New Jersey, has an interest in the subject matter, I explain to my good friends and colleagues from Iowa and Missouri, and he may want to be heard on this amendment.
I understand the purpose and the intent, and in many respects I agree with my colleagues from Iowa and Missouri. But in fairness to my colleague from New Jersey, I wish to give him a chance to respond, as a member of our Banking Committee. So if we could just pause for a few minutes and give him an opportunity to come to the floor and say why he believes the existing language in the bill has merit, I would appreciate that.
So I wish to suggest the absence of a quorum and give him a chance to come on over and make his case. Then, hopefully, we can get to a vote. In the meantime, I do not know if Senator Bingaman is here or others are here who would like to be heard on the Bingaman amendment and the side-by-side I think being offered as well. That would certainly be a useful use of the time. People could go and discuss that particular proposition while we are waiting to hear from Senator Menendez.
So I suggest the absence of a quorum.