Booker, Crapo, Menendez, Whitehouse

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 5895)

Senator Booker: (4:32 p.m.)

  • Spoke on U.S. immigration policy.
    • "And at this very moment, many of these children are being warehoused, some of them put behind what amounts to cages, some of them being covered in thin tin foil-like blankets that we see handed out to marathon runners. I know that these children are experiencing great fear, great trauma, wondering where their parents are, wondering what will happen to them, confused, feeling isolated, alone. They're wondering if they did something wrong. They're wondering what they did to deserve this. But more than this, we know that these children are enduring psychological damage, literally having a physical effect on their brains."


Senator Crapo: (4:52 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bills.
    • "It's becoming recognized as one of the more important parts of the energy solution in the United States and our amendment does a very simple thing. It creates a pilot project at the Idaho National Laboratory to begin perfecting and implementing the process of processing spent naval fuel into fuel that can be utilized in our new advanced reactors. Currently when naval fuel from our reactors in our Navy ships is spent, it still has about 80% of its value or its energy in it. And the new advanced reactors need about a 20% level. So we can literally get about four times as much fuel out of a spent naval fuel rod for new, advanced reactors as is in the rod itself once it's ready for processing."


Senator Menendez: (4:54 p.m.)

  • Spoke on U.S. immigration policy.
    • "He said that if the administration began separating kids from their parents, they could deter migrants from traveling to our southern border. And we have since heard Attorney General Jeff Sessions double down on the theme of deterrence. He said, quote, if people don't want to be separated from their children, they should not bring them with them. If you bring children, you'll be prosecuted. To those who spout this perverse notion of deterrence, I ask this question. How do you deter a mother trying to protect her child from the brutality of fortitude."


Senator Whitehouse: (5:09 p.m.)

  • Spoke on U.S. immigration policy.
    • "I want to explain this in as simple terms as possible because I think this is a complete slam dunk, win-win amendment. A next generation of nuclear power capability is being developed and a great deal of the design of that next generation nuclear capability is being done here in the United States. Now, for a variety of reasons, those American designs are now moving to approval and construction in other countries, particularly including China. So I don't think it's a good idea for us to be designing new technologies but have them deployed in other country so we're trying to address some of the hiccups that prevent this from going forward in the United States."