Cassidy, Paul, Graham

Motion to Concur in the House Amendment to the Senate Amendment, with a further amendment, to the vehicle for the CR (H.R. 1892)

Senator Cassidy: (5:11 p.m)

  • Spoke on disaster assistance loans.
    • "You can imagine what their family home looked like. 56 of Louisiana, 64 parishes have federal disaster declarations. The August storm alone caused an estimated $10 billion in damage to private property which apart from hurricanes, made it the most expensive U.S disaster in the last 100 years. The most devastating thing was how little time people had to react. The storm was missing key cyclone characteristics so the national hurricane center had no expectation of how devastating the storm would be. And the first parishes hit by the flooding had no time to evacuate or prepare. Many families that were impacted by the great floods of 2016 in Louisiana lived outside of what are called special hazard zones and were not required and did not carry flood insurance."

 

Senator Paul: (5:53 p.m)

  • Spoke on government funding legislation.
    • "You know what I've said? Instead of just plunking $90 billion down or actually printing it over at the federal reserve, or borrowing it, instead of just doing that, why don't we take the $90 billion from somewhere in the budget that it shouldn't be. People come to me all the time and want something from government. I say if you want something from government, tell me where to take it from because I'm not going to borrow any more. We should take it from some other place in the budget. Where do you get the $90 billion from? I've had some suggestions. You know how many votes I get? About 10 or 15 people will vote with me. I say let's not send it to Pakistan this year."

 

Senator Graham: (7:20 p.m)

  • Spoke on government funding legislation.
    • "The Navy is about 60% of the FA-18's in the Navy aren't able to fly. We've lost more people in training accidents than we've lost on the battlefield. If you ask every military commander, they will tell you that sequestration has done a lot of damage when it comes to our military readiness. So this $160 billion infusion of cash is much needed. And when you talk about deficits, here's what I can tell you. We're spending G.D.P-wise at the lowest level on defense really since World War II when you look at G.D.P spending on defense. It's been above close to 5% G.D.P. We're in the three and a half range. When I hear Senator Paul say we've doubled the defense budget, compared to G.D.P spending in defense, we're on the low end."