Schumer, Lankford, Stabenow

The vehicle for the immigration bill (H.R. 2579)

Senator Schumer: (10:20 a.m)

  • Spoke on the recent shooting in Florida.
    • "It was the 18th school shooting this year, Mr. President. And we're only halfway through February. Again yesterday, the scourge of gun violence visited an American school, a place where our kids should be able to learn free from the shadow of violence and mayhem. Again, we all watched the scenes of children running for their lives. Again, a twisted soul got hold of an assault rifle and unleashed carnage on the innocent."
  • Spoke on DACA.
    • "Mr. President, the current debate on the fate of the dreamers. Senators from both parties have engaged in negotiations for months to find a solution that would allow the dreamers to stay in the United States, as well as provide border security. On several occasions, those discussions have yielded results. Including last night when a bipartisan group of moderate senators reached a breakthrough agreement. The spotlight now turns to the rest of the Senate and especially to President Trump who throughout these negotiations has not been constructive."


Senator Lankford: (10:33 a.m)

  • Spoke on the recent shooting in Florida.
    • "I will continue to pray and engage and help in every way we can through this process. I know some of the schools in my state have taken active steps to lock down access to provide greater and greater security. There is no explanation for a student who was a former student at the school and return to the school with a gun. We will continue and engage and work with schools to provide security and help provide financial resources and be able to help provide advice and counsel and to be able to do what can be done. We will pray along with families who struggle deeply and walk with them through incredible, unexplainable grief."
  • Spoke on DACA.
    • "All week this floor has sat mostly empty. For months there has been preparation to put immigration bills on the floor, but as of earlier this week there was only one bill actually proposed to be put out there, and that was the president's bill to say here is a middle ground position. After months of negotiations and White House meetings with everybody, both sides of the aisle in the House and Senate, the white house said, here's a middle ground and the White House has moved a tremendous amount in this and dropped a tremendous number of issues."


Senator Stabenow: (11:40 a.m)

  • Spoke on Alzheimer's disease.
    • "The cost of providing health care and long-term care affected by - for people affected by Alzheimer's is growing. In fact, $1 out of $5 goes to Alzheimer's disease. It is estimated that for the first time last year that the United States spent $25 -- one-quarter of a million and if there is no cure it could surpass $1.1 trillion. Of course much higher than the dollar cost is the human cost. As anyone who has lived with the disease can tell you or anyone who has had a family member. And this really is the ultimate family disease. Alzheimer's and related dementia are thieves. They steal everything, memories, personalities, even lives. No price tag could ever be put on the suffering it causes patients and families and the strain it places on caregivers."