"I am pleased that we have been able to maintain investments in several critical areas. The Conference Report represents thousands of compromises on issues large and small. It represents, in no small measure, the way the Congress of the United States is meant to function. This Conference Report is the culmination of a process that includes hearings, markups, debate, and negotiations, and posting online all of the hearing testimony and legislative text for any citizen to review. It represents the one essential ingredient to a functioning democracy that has been in short supply in recent months: compromise," said Senator Inouye. "These bills are focused on a number of basic priorities: job creation, public safety, science, nutrition, housing, and transportation. Due to the stringent funding limits included in the Budget Control Act, which established a discretionary spending level that is $7 billion below last year's level, many items in these bills are not funded to the levels that I would prefer."