Barrasso, Hatch, Blunt, Capito

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 6147)

Senator Barrasso: (1:37 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "In one case involving the separation of powers, Judge Kavanaugh disagreed with the opinion of two other circuit judges. He looked at the text of the Constitution, and at the original meeting of those words, which is to me what a judge ought to be doing, he wrote that, quote, framers of our Constitution took great care to ensure that power in our system was separated into three branches. That's one of the things he and I talked about today, the three branches of government that the Founding Fathers decided in which to separate the powers within our system. And in that writing Judge Kavanaugh went on to stress the importance of the Constitution's checks and balances."
  • Spoke on the creation of the Wyoming Territory.
    • "Over the last century and a half the people of Wyoming have provided America with gold, diamonds, and uranium as well. From the very beginning, from day one, scientists have flocked to Wyoming to explore natural resources. Some of the first government-sponsored geological surveys took place in what's now Yellowstone National Park. Today students and scholars come from around the world to study at the university of Wyoming. Yellowstone is one of the world's most treasure places to visit. More than four million people visited there last year. Once Wyoming created a territory, we lost no time to set ourselves up as a model for the rest of the country."


Senator Hatch: (1:46 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Charles Redick to be I.R.S. Commissioner.
    • "Mr. President, last week the Finance Committee met to consider the nomination of Charles Redick to be Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service. Charles Redick is a highly qualified man who I had long believed had near universal support for members of the committee. I suppose it should not be surprising, but my colleagues on the other side of the aisle were finally able to find an excuse for why they couldn't support this well-qualified practitioner. My friends on the other side of the aisle, including Ranking Member Wyden found opposition to Mr. Redick and strongly plan to oppose him because of a recent change at the Treasury Department."


Senator Blunt: (1:57 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "The Mississippi River and all the tributary valleys there were incredibly well located, but all of these things can benefit us if we make the most of them. And it's possible to make the least of them. You know, if you get to the water, if you get to the river and you can get on it and you can use it and it becomes an avenue of commerce, it's an opportunity. If you get to the water and you can't get on it, it's an obstacle. That's sort of what all these things are when we talk about transportation. Are we going to talk about obstacles or opportunities? What are we going to do with inadequate and a deficient infrastructure that really does impact whether local communities can compete or not."


Senator Capito: (2:09 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "I tried to explain it in a radio interview today. I found myself saying well, of course, we would be doing this every year because appropriating money every year is one of the core missions of the Congress. It kind of haven't worked out that way. So I think this - the progress we've made on these - are making on these four bills and the three previous bills I think are an indicator that we're going to have some overwhelming bipartisan support. Each of these bills was written under the budget agreement that we passed and President Trump signed into law. These bills address a broad range of national concerns and priorities. They highlight areas that we found bipartisan agreement and support on."