Tillis, Wyden, Portman, Brown

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 6157)

Senator Tillis: (2:38 p.m.)

  • Spoke on Andrew Brunson.
    • "I'm talking about a Presbyterian minister from North Carolina who has been in Turkey for the better part of two years - he's been in Turkey for the better part of 20 years, and he was a missionary that entire time. He created a church in Ishmir and has lived there peacefully and lawfully for two decades. In October of 2016, after the coup attempt, an illegal coup attempt and the people responsible for it should actually have to answer to the Turkish justice system, swept Pastor Brunson and thousands of other people into the Turkish justice system and he's been in prison since 2016. He was in prison for nearly 19 months before he was ever charged with anything, and in fact he lost 50 pounds over the course of about a year."


Senator Wyden: (2:57 p.m.)

  • Spoke on healthcare reform.
    • "And there is no clearer example of the administration trying to take the country back on health care than its efforts to give a green light to junk health insurance. Junk health insurance represents all of the unsavory insurance industry tricks and abuses that the affordable care act sought to eliminate. Junk plans exist literally and figuratively so companies can prey on people, so if you have diabetes and prey on the less fortunate. They certainly don't exist to cover the health care that Americans actually need because that's where they always fall short. Mr. President, the centerpiece of the affordable care act was an ironclad loophole-free guarantee that no American would ever face discrimination over a preexisting condition."


Senator Portman: (2:57 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to serve as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "The Supreme Court is going to be faced with a lot of tough issue, and this needs to be a serious consideration. I'm pleased that we are taking it seriously. And some have said boy, this is going too fast. I will just tell you the amount of time between when he was nominated and when his hearing will be which I think is scheduled now for the week of September 4, that is more time than elapsed during the previous few Supreme Court nominations. So Justice Kagan, Justice Sotomayor, Justice Neil Gorsuch I talked a moment ago, so there has been adequate time relative to other confirmations."


Senator Brown: (4:35 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the First Amendment.
    • "It's shameful that journalists have to defend their First Amendment rights, our First Amendment rights, our nation's first amendment rights just so -- just so they can do their jobs. As these community papers show us, nothing could be further from the truth. That's why I want to highlight yet another story by an Ohio paper informing the public reported by a journalist serving her community. "City Beat" in Cincinnati describes itself as having been, quote, a voice in greater Cincinnati for a quarter of a century, publishing a print edition weekly, producing regular content throughout the week online, to try to help keep you informed of what's happening in your city."