Cornyn, Klobuchar, Schumer

The vehicle for the American Water Infrastructure Act (S. 3021)

Senator Cornyn: (3:22 p.m.)

  • Spoke on cancer treatment research being done in Texas.
    • "And of course as I said while we are caught up with the fights of the day here on the floor of the Senate, a lot of good work gets done that the American people don't hear about. That's why it's so important to emphasize this point. While biotech and pharmaceutical companies fund the late-stage research that brings well-developed therapies into clinical trials, the early funding of basic science which makes that possible often comes from the money provided by the U.S. government through the National Institutes of Health. Without it, Dr. Allison said many of the therapies that currently treat millions of cancer patients worldwide simply wouldn't exist, and that's an important point, too. It's not just treating cancer here in America."


Senator Klobuchar: (3:50 p.m.)

  • Spoke on climate change.
    • "Well, first of all, it was such a comprehensive report. It was the product of 91 scientists from 40 countries. They looked at more than 6,000 studies, and they concluded absent major changes in our greenhouse gas emissions, the devastating consequences of climate change are coming much sooner than previously expected. And I think that's why it made front-page news, because of the time line. I think a lot of times people think of something that, you know, maybe their grandkids or great grandkids are going to have to deal with but no, tale, the pages in this room, young people today, people of my generation are going to have to be dealing directly with the front line consequences of climate change."


Senator Schumer: (4:11 p.m.)

  • Spoke on healthcare reform.
    • "They might not cover maternity care, mental health care, prescription drugs, you name it. Even worse, the plans draw consumers out of the health insurance market making it more expensive for everyone else to purchase insurance, especially more expensive for those with preexisting conditions. That is why so many prominent patient and consumer groups have filed a lawsuit against the administration's rule to expand these junk plans, groups like the American Cancer Society, the AARP, the Lung Association, Diabetes Association, and others hat represent millions of Americans with preexisting conditions have clearly said this is sabotage - sabotage -- of the health insurance market and will drive up costs for millions and millions of Americans."