Schumer, Roberts, Stabenow

The farm bill (H.R. 2)

Senator Schumer: (9:57 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the upcoming Supreme Court vacancy.
    • "Because Justice Kennedy was frequently independent minded and a deciding vote on issues like marriage equality and a woman's right to choose, a more ideological successor could upend decades of precedent and drag America backwards to a time before Americans with preexisting conditions could affordably access health care, to a time when women could not be prosecuted as criminals for exercising their reproductive rights, to a time before gay and lesbian Americans could marry whom they love. An ideological justice, more extreme in their views than Kennedy, could eviscerate the rights of workers to organize and bargain collectively for a fair wage and stretch the bounds of executive power for a president who has demonstrated little respect for them."

 

Senator Roberts: (10:20 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the farm bill.
    • "As I speak right now in Kansas farmers are on combines and trucks are taking grain to the elevator - or in storage, more likely - with the wheat harvest. I can see in several counties probably up in northwest Kansas, we have finished that in the southern part of our state. These are the same folks that have had combines on the move from Texas to Oklahoma now and Kansas. But I can see a farmer who perhaps due to a hailstorm and had planned on harvesting his wheat in a bad situation. But luckily for him he has crop insurance. Appeared luck little for him we've been - and luckily for him we've been able to preserve crop insurance, after going through several iterations of attempts to cut it or what some people say reform it."

 

Senator Stabenow: (10:27 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the farm bill.
    • "I'm here joining with chairman Roberts and his sense of urgency and his comments this morning. We have worked very hard, and our distinguished presiding officer, a part of the committee now, knows that we have produced a bill that is a strong, bipartisan bill and gone on to address many other interests and needs that members have brought forward in the substitute and now working with members as well. But there is a sense of urgency in the country. There are so many things right now that are up in the air for farmers and ranchers. It's a very, very difficult time. And this bill really is a bill that provides a safety net for farmers and a safety net for families."