Rounds, Alexander, Coons, Hatch

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 5895)

Senator Rounds: (12:51 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "This appropriations mini bus combines three separate appropriation bills, each of which were voted nearly unanimously out of the senate appropriations committee earlier this year. They spent about $147 billion or they proposed to spend about $147 billion. This is significant because since coming to the senate three and a half years ago, this is the - this is only the second time that we are actually bringing smaller, separate appropriation bills to the floor. Months before the deadline and also having a healthy, robust debate on amendments to this legislation. It is a long overdue step that is getting us back to what we call regular order which is the traditional way of working appropriation bills through the Senate. It let's everybody see what's in the bills."


Senator Alexander: (1:12 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "We owe it to every American to be responsible stewards of their hard-earned dollars. I believe this is best through an appropriations process that brings serious, appropriate debate on how this money is spent. This is a good bill that invests in energy an infrastructure, provides our troops with additional tools for maximum readiness and funds the V.A. So they can do a better job of taking care of our veterans. I urge my colleagues to not only support these appropriations, but future appropriation bills that may come to the floor later this summer, avoiding the last-minute continuing resolution or the usual 2,000-page omnibus bill in September or, unfortunately, even later"


Senator Coons: (1:19 p.m.)

  • Spoke on U.S. immigration policy.
    • "This morning, thousands of children woke up to the voices of strangers in strange places and started another day, in institutionalized, fenced-in confinement. This is happening in our nation. And I have heard from dozens, hundreds of Delawareans by every means they can communicate with me, and I'm sure my colleagues have also heard from hundreds or thousands of their constituents as we as a nation have been haunted by the sounds and images of vulnerable children crying out for help. On one hand, I think this is a simple issue of right and wrong, but on the other, this issue, like so many others that affect us here in the Senate, has been complicated by politics and by rhetoric and by statements frankly meant to mislead."


Senator Hatch: (1:50 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to a member of his staff.
    • "Mr. President, I rise today to pay tribute to a man who is a loyal and diligent staffer on the Senate Finance Committee for merely three decades. Mark Prager. Mark began as a tax counsel with the committee in January of 1990. During his 28-year tenure with the committee, mark has been a shining example of a bipartisan policy staffer. He is a proud Portlander where he graduated with his accounting degree from Portland State University, received his law degree from Willamette University and his L.L.M. In taxation from the University of Florida."