Hoeven, Murkowski, Collins, Donnelly)

Executive Session (Zais Nomination)

Senator Hoeven: (3:23 p.m.)

  • Spoke on National Police Week.
    • "Today on peace officer day, I would like to pay memorial to a member of the force who was killed in the line of duty in 2017. Deputy Allery was 21 years old. His loved ones said he was happiest when he was doing for others, which is why he chose law enforcement for his career. In his life and surface, Deputy Allery exemplified courage and a willingness to do whatever had to be done no matter the circumstances. Deputy Allery's name was inscribed on the memorial last week, a lasting tribute to his bravery and dedication to serving his community."

 

Senator Murkowski: (3:42 p.m.)

  • Spoke on National Police Week.
    • "This year it was our colleague Mr. Blunt, the senator from Missouri, and the leader of our Senate Law Enforcement Caucus who's arranged an opportunity for us to speak here on the floor. I thank him for that. I also wish to commend my colleagues, Senators Grassley and Feinstein, for putting together the National Police Week resolution. As of yesterday afternoon, there were 75 cosponsors to this resolution which is more than we have had previously. In 2017, the law enforcement community lost 199 of its bravest in the line of duty incidents. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund reports that 53 officers have given their lives in 2018."

 

Senator Collins: (3:51 p.m.)

  • Spoke on prescription drugs.
    • "Mr. President, Americans have the right to know which payment method - whether it's using your insurance or paying with cash out of pocket - would provide the most savings when they are purchasing prescription drugs. The two bills that we've introduced would establish some clarity in this incredibly opaque drug pricing system. Nearly 60% of Americans, including roughly 90% of seniors, take at least one prescription drug. In 2016, Americans spent more than $330 billion, including a staggering $45 billion out of pocket, on retail prescription drugs. The federal government picked up another $139 billion through Medicare, Medicaid, and other programs. Prescription drugs amount to nearly 18% of all health care expenditures and are the second fastest-growing expenditure within health care."

 

Senator Donnelly: (4:04 p.m.)

  • Spoke on pensions.
    • "I met with Hoosier pension beneficiaries countless times to hear their stories, including hundreds of Teamsters at Local 135 in Indianapolis and dozens of mine workers in Oakland City. Additionally, I've hosted bipartisan meetings and spoken with the current and previous administrations to push for action now. Though I wish legislation had already been enacted, Congress did create a joint select committee earlier this year to hopefully craft a legislative solution by the end of the year. That's why I'm here, to continue shining a light on this important issue and to push for a solution."