Following are remarks of Rep. Silvio O. Conte (R-Mass.) on the House floor at 1:35 a.m. yesterday during consideration of the omnibus spending bill for fiscal 1988.

T'was four nights before Christmas

And all through the House

Every member sat waiting

Until the coming of the cows.

The president pondered,

Black pen in his hand,

"What is Congress doing?

I don't understand."

When the fiscal year started

Over two months ago,

The people expected

A Christmas-time show.

The Senate had dawdled

At the pace of a snail,

And the House had responded

With a long anguished wail.

"Is there any one person

Who can rescue our cause?"

The answer was clear

T'would be old Santa Claus.

Then out on the dome

There arose such a clatter,

I sprang from the well

To see what was the matter.

Away through the chamber

I flew on my cart

Down the hall, up the ramp

Then I stopped with a start.

There in the scaffolding

High in the air

Was a livid St. Nick

Who cried in despair:

"On Whitten, on Natcher,

On Michel and Wright.

On Conte, on Foley,

Let's finish tonight."

His warning was heeded

On a spirited note,

All the members lined up

To cast their final vote.

With the two bills tied up

And secured in his sleigh,

The members all cheered

As he went on his way.

And I heard Santa exclaim

As he flew out of sight,

Merry Christmas to all

And to all a good night.