Schumer, Durbin, Menendez

The vehicle for the immigration bill (H.R. 2579)

Senator Schumer: (10:34 a.m)

  • Spoke on DACA.
    • "They know that this president not only created the problem but seems to be against every solution that might pass because it isn't 100% of what he wants. If at the end of this week we are unable to find ale bill that can pass - find a bill that can pass - I sincerely hope that is not the case - the responsibility will fall on the president's shoulders and those in this body who went along with it. Bipartisan negotiations are ongoing, perhaps very close to a conclusion. Nothing is ever certain given the contentious nature of this debate, but I am hopeful that senators can put the president's hard-line demands to the side and come up with a deal that works for both parties. If we want to go beyond border security and the DACA kids, let's do comprehensive reform. We did it once. It worked pretty well in the Senate. The house blocked it. But let's go back to it."
  • Spoke on tax reform.
    • "They predicted that corporations would spend the tax savings on benefits for workers. The evidence is already mounting that those predictions were wrong. Since the beginning of the Republican tax bill, corporations have been pouring billions of dollars into stock repurchasing programs, not significant wage increases or other meaningful investments in workers. It is now these stock buybacks, stock repurchasing, which benefit primarily the people at the top, have reached a significant milestone. Since the passage of the Republican tax bill there has been over $100 billion in stock buybacks."


Senator Durbin: (10:44 a.m)

  • Spoke on DACA.
    • "They're doing important things in this country. But President Trump announced on last September 5 the program that protects them, that allows them to work, would end. And then he challenged us. He said to the Senate and the House, do something about it. Pass a law. Isn't that what you're there for? The president's right, that's our job. And this week we're going to try to pass a law to end this crisis which is going to reach ahead on March 5 of this year when the DACA program officially ends at 1,000 young people a day lose their protection."


Senator Menendez: (11:02 a.m)

  • Spoke on DACA.
    • "They're afraid that if they came out of the shadows and registered with the government, they would end up on a short list for deportation. And what's depressing is that this administration's actions have proven them right. Now DACA recipients and undocumented dreamers alike fear that they have a target on their back, and that's because Trump put an expiration date on their dreams when he decided to end DACA. Now, let me be clear, DACA was never perfect and it was never a replacement for truly comprehensive immigration reform, and make no mistake, we still need comprehensive immigration reform, and I'm as committed as ever to that cause, a cause that I have spent the better part of my congressional career trying to achieve."