Pandemic Influenza: Progress Made and Challenges Ahead, Hearing Before a Subcommittee on Appropriations, United States Senate, One Hundred Tenth Congress, First Session, Special Hearing, January 24, 2007 [open pdf - 657KB]
From the opening statement of senator Arlen Spector. "Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. On a conspiracy, secret conspiracy, which is about to be made public, the chairman and I have been conferring and he handed me the gavel so that we could have a ceremonial shift in gavel. Senator Harkin and I, who have traded positions as the powers have flowed, have always talked about it being a seamless change in the gavel. So I want to express my appreciation to Senator Harkin for handing me the gavel and to announce publicly that I'm not going to give it back. But on a serious level, it doesn't happen too often in the Senate, Tom Harkin and Arlen Specter have worked very closely together for more than two decades, since Senator Harkin was elected in 1984, and I think that has benefited the American people and the health community and the education community and worker safety and labor, where those three departments are under the funding of this subcommittee. In a contentious political climate in Washington, this is we think the way it ought to be operated. So here comes the seamless transfer, Mr. Chairman." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Tom Harkin, Gerald W. Parker, Julie L. Gerberding, Anthony S. Fauci, and John Jay Treanor.
S. Hrg. 110-341; Senate Hearing 110-341
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