Tillis, Nelson, Graham

The farm bill (H.R. 2)

Senator Tillis: (1:02 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the farm bill.
    • "We have over 80 commodities that are raised in our state and it contributes about $84 billion to our community or to our state in revenues. So it's a very, very important sector. In fact, I would argue the most important sector. So it's absolutely important that we get the farm bill right and that we have a fair treatment for all crops. And I believe that Chairman Roberts is working on that. And I'm going to do everything I can to help him as we work with the House members in conference. Mr. President, I want to spend the remaining part of my time talking about something that's also very important. About 80% of the farm bill is dedicated to the SNAP program. We heard Senator Ernst talk about it in her comments. It's a very important program for nutritional assistance."


Senator Nelson: (1:24 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the situation in Puerto Rico.
    • "Mr. President, both of these U.C. requests are because there are a lot of people that are hurting in the aftermath of two hurricanes having hit Puerto Rico, with the island still in great distress, our fellow U.S. citizens on the island of Puerto Rico and, indeed, in great distress not only because of the slow assistance of FEMA, the lack of electricity, of which parts of Puerto Rico today going on ten months after the hurricane are without electricity; of the number of people fleeing the island and, therefore, the jobs are not available because the economy has been so crippled; and naturally a number of those people have fled to where they can have safety and shelter and put their children in school -- and, by the way, there are a number of schools in Puerto Rico that are closed; where they have a decent opportunity to get a job and not just tens of thousands but hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans have fled the island to the states."


Senator Graham: (1:48 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the situation in Syria.
    • "The Russian Air Force is flying in this area, and we're doing nothing about it. The bottom line is if we allow Russia to get away with this and Assad to get away with this it's going to hurt us everywhere else in the Mideast. And when President Trump meets with President Putin July 16, I hope he will bring this up. The question is are we going to let Putin walk all over us? Had eight years of that, kind of tired of it. Six thousand civilians have fled their homes. A lot of them have been killed in this area where we reached agreement with Russia, Jordanians and the world at large, these people were assured under this agreement they would not be bombed and slaughtered anymore. Now the bombing and slaughtering has started anew."