Sanders, Alexander, Warren, Flake

Motion to Proceed to the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act (S. 2155)

Senator Sanders: (4:02 p.m)

  • Spoke on Dodd-Frank relief.
    • "And today my Republican colleagues along with some Democrats tell us that what we should be doing right now is spending our time on deregulating some of the largest banks in America. How absurd is that? Not gun violence, not the DACA crisis, not the high cost of prescription drugs, not 30 million people without health insurance, but deregulating some of the largest banks in America. Mr. President, are our memories so short that we have learned nothing from the 2008 Wall Street crash?"

 

Senator Alexander: (4:02 p.m)

  • Spoke on gun control.
    • "As the authorities try to get to the bottom of what will exactly what happened in this shooting, many of us in local, state, and federal government have been looking at what can be done to help keep students safe at school. We can't stand still and do nothing while our children are being killed. I'm the chairman of the senate education and health committee and sponsor with Senator Murray of the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015. Which reauthorized the law overseeing kindergarten, elementary, and secondary education. I also sponsored with Senator Murray the 21st Century Cures Act of 2016, which made the first major mental health reforms in a decade, focusing the federal government's efforts on early intervention."

 

Senator Warren: (4:24 p.m)

  • Spoke on Dodd-Frank relief.
    • "It was written by senators in back rooms and jammed through the Banking Committee where its authors voted down every single amendment, every single idea to make the bill even one smidge better or to protect consumers just one tiny bit more. They voted against every amendment even if they agreed with it because Republicans and Democrats have locked arms to do the bidding of the big banks. There's a lot of dangerous stuff in this bill and today I want to focus on the harm it will do to America's consumers. But I'll start with what's not in the bill, because what's not in the bill should make Congress ashamed."

 

Senator Flake: (4:46 p.m)

  • Spoke on DACA.
    • "Likewise, those of us from border states like Arizona know that law enforcement officers tasked with patrolling the border and protecting our neighborhoods, cannot just give up and go home. We have neighbors and family members who simply shrug off failure and accept the status quo when it comes to securing the border. That's why I've introduced legislation to extend DACA protection for three years and provide three years of increased border funding and funding for border security. I'm the first to admit this is far from a perfect solution, but it does provide a temporary fix to these crucial problems. It begins the process of improving border security and it ensures DACA recipients will not lose protections and be left to face potential deportation."