Toomey, Blumenthal, Sanders, Flake, Enzi (UC)

Conference Report to Accompany the Budget Resolution (S. Con. Res. 11)

Senator Toomey: (4:22 PM)

  • Spoke on civil unrest.
    • "I, for instance, think we should seriously consider body cameras for use by police officers. I think this conversation is closely related to some other things that we need to be talking about as well. Problems of urban America that have a number of causes and deserve our attention and action. For instance, I think we can and should be talking about how we can create better jobs and better economic growth, a better economic climate in our cities, especially our big cities. We need to talk about how we can bring down a terribly high rate of poverty in our big cities. We need to talk about our schools which have been letting down too many especially poor families in our big cities. And we ought to talk about family structure, because we know that a breakdown of families contributes to all sorts of social pathologies, from involvement to gangs and drug use and drug dealing, and criminality itself, and, of course, talk about guns, too. And I'm proud of the work I've done across the aisle to make it more difficult for people who are not meant to have them, criminals and people with mental illness."

 

Senator Blumenthal: (4:38 PM)

  • Spoke on the budget.
    • "I believe that our wealthiest Americans are ready to do more and approve closing loopholes and ending subsidies, not making blanket cuts to vital programs, not cutting taxes for millionaires, as this budget would create a pathway to do, not forcing another 12 million middle-class families and students to pay for college by ending the American opportunity tax credit or adding $1,100 more in burdens to them, and not forcing 16 million middle-class families to pay a $900 tax hike in ending the expansions of the earned-income tax credit and child tax credit. I think our most fortunate Americans are ready to pay forward and do more and invest and, in fact, make more sacrifices, which is the way this budget ought to be arranged. And it isn't even a matter of sacrifices on the part of anyone."

 

Senator Sanders: (4:47 PM)

  • Spoke on the budget.
    • "A budget is a vision for the future, and it appears pretty clearly that the two sides have very different visions as to what our country should be and the direction in which we should move. At a time of unprecedented and grotesque income and wealth inequality where 99% of all new income is going to the top 1%, my Republican colleagues say that what we need to do is to give a massive tax break to the 5,000 wealthiest families in America, the top .2%, $269 billion tax break over a ten-year period. That is not what the American people believe. What they believe is that at a time when the rich and large corporations are doing phenomenally well and when we have a large deficit and when we have massive unmet needs in this country, that maybe, just maybe, it is time to ask the wealthy and large corporations to start paying their fair share of taxes, not giving them more tax breaks, which is exactly what this Republican budget does."

 

Senator Flake: (4:54 PM)

  • Spoke on the budget.
    • "I'm disappointed that the conference report that we'll consider today does not contain a point of order that would have at least enabled those of us who share the concerns of these concerns I've raised today and to take some rotes on it. I also understand that passing a budget is an important step to getting back to regular order and allowing Congress to carry out one of its primary responsibilities, establishing a budget for the federal government. By passing this budget, Congress will be able to start considering appropriations bills and other related budget legislation. It is Congress' job to exercise oversight and prioritize with how federal dollars are to be spent. In addition, passing a budget also initiates the reconciliation process for the committees and house and the Senate that oversee the Affordable Care Act."

 

Senator Enzi: (4:58 PM)

  • Unanimous Consent –
    • At 5:30 PM, all time remaining on the conference report to accompany S. Con. Res. 11, the budget resolution, be yielded back.
    • At 5:30 PM, the Senate VOTE on adoption of the conference report to accompany S. Con. Res. 11.
  • (Without objection)