McConnell, Whitehouse, Murray, Warren

Motion to Proceed to the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S.2311)

Senator McConnell: (3:22 p.m)

  • Spoke on the recent tragedy in Benton, Kentucky.
    • "Mr. President, the community of Benton, Kentucky, is continuing to pick up the pieces after last week's harrowing shooting. I want to once again thank our law enforcement and first responders for their heroism. I'd also like to recognize Marshall County Judge Kevin Neil for his leadership when his community needed it the most."
  • Spoke on the upcoming legislative agenda.
    • "A great deal of work remains before the senate in the coming days. Bipartisan discussions continue on a variety of important issues, including immigration, border security, disaster relief, health care, and funding for our armed forces. With our February 8 deadline fast approaching, it is vital that we continue these talks. Last week we had the framework for immigration legislation. As I noted, it builds upon the four pillars of reform that the president consistently put forth and indicates what is necessary for him to sign a bill into law. As discussions continue in the senate on the subject of immigration, members on both sides of the aisle should look to this framework as they work toward an agreement."
  • Spoke on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
    • "That includes, unfortunately, the United States, along with China and North Korea. It is long past time that we heed science and commonsense morality and remove ourselves from this very undistinguished list. Some refer to this legislation as Micah's law after a little boy born premature at 22 weeks. Today he is a healthy 5-year-old boy. He shows what can happen when we give life a chance. This afternoon, every one of us will go on record on this issue. On the commonsense side of this issue are 63% of Americans."
  • Spoke on tax reform.
    • "Already hundreds of businesses have announced significant bonuses, pay increases, new jobs, and expanded benefits. Just last week, we learned that verse logistics, which is based in Walton, Kentucky, and employs nearly 1,600, has distributed bonuses to full-time employees. The company's C.E.O told workers, quote, I want to be sure you and your families share in the benefits of your accomplishments, and, and the new tax reform legislation. When I hear my democratic colleague denigrate tax reform bonuses as, quote, crumbs, I think about workers like these. I think about the first worker who came to her boss with tears in her eyes when she received word of her bonus. It was Christmas."


Senator Whitehouse: (3:33 p.m)

  • Spoke on climate change.
    • "It also extends to his schedule where he tries to keep the American people in the dark. Unlike Ruckelshaus and previous E.P.A administrators, Pruitt won't even disclose whom he is meeting or when he is traveling. As Governor Kean notes, our only idea of the folks he is meeting comes from the freedom of information act. Once the E.P.A. Finally releases the first few months of Pruitt's calendars in response to a FOIA request, that's when we learned that he was meeting with scores of industry fat cats and almost no environmental groups. As for his travels, we only find out about them after the fact, which of course prevents the press from covering Pruitt, saying when he jets off to Morocco to lobby for American natural gas producers."


Senator Murray: (3:45 p.m)

  • Spoke on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
    • "But, Mr. President, instead of addressing the serious and pressing challenges that people are facing, Republican leaders today are debating whether to trust women to make their own health care choices. That's right. While this country is waiting for us to come together and solve problems, Republicans are wasting precious time with a politically motivated partisan bill that is engineered to drive us apart and hurt women. I come here today to oppose in the strongest terms the extreme ideological abortion ban that Republican leaders have brought to the floor today. It goes against the Constitution, against medical experts, and against the rights of women across the country. However, I don't merely oppose this partisan bill, I oppose the very fact Republicans are once again taking this bill, which they know is a nonstarter, here to the floor."


Senator Warren: (3:51 p.m)

  • Spoke on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
    • "In 1973 the Supreme Court stepped up. 45 years after Roe v. Wade, abortions are safer than getting your tonsils out. A lot of women are had a live today - a lot of women are alive today because of Roe. Nearly 70% of Americans agree, Roe v. Wade is worth support something. And I wish I were here today to acknowledge the impact of Roe. Instead, I'm here to defend it from attack. Last week president trump marked the anniversary of Roe v. Wade by calling for a ban on a rare category of abortions, ones that take place after 20 weeks of pregnancy. So today the Senate is voting on a bill to do exactly that."