Wrap Up (The Senate Stands Adjourned), Alexander, Lankford

Wrap Up

Tomorrow -

  • The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R. 5895, the minibus appropriations bill.
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30 p.m. until 2:15 p.m. to accommodate the weekly policy lunches.
  • Note: the following amendment is pending to H.R. 5895, the minibus appropriations bill: Shelby Amendment #2910.
  • Note: the following amendment is pending to Shelby Amendment #2910 to H.R. 5895, the minibus appropriations bill: Alexander Amendment #2911.


Senator Alexander: (5:54 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the appropriations process.
    • "For the last several years, we have finished and reported our 12 bills out of the Appropriations Committee on which about a third of the Senate sits. We have reported those bills to the Senate floor. We have usually done that with bipartisan support and often unanimously. This is no small task. For example, in our Energy and Water Subcommittee, which I chair and which the senator from California, Senator Feinstein, is the vice chair, this year we have had three hearings. We have received comments from 83 members of the senate. We have considered their comments. We considered our bill in a subcommittee markup, and then we passed the bill 30-1 in the Appropriations Committee on May 24."
  • Unanimous Consent –
    • That for the purpose of Rule XVI, in relation to the substitute amendment #2910, Division A of H.R. 5895 serve as the basis for defense of germaneness for Division A of the amendment, Division B of H.R. 5895 serve as the basis for the defense of germaneness for Division B of the amendment, and then Division C of H.R. 5895 serve as the basis for defense of germaneness for Division C of the amendment. 
    • (Without Objection)


Senator Lankford: (7:21 p.m.)

  • Spoke on U.S. immigration policy.
    • "Each day 500,000 people a day legally cross the border from Mexico into the United States. But we still have a debate on what happens for those other individuals that aren't the 1.1 million that are legally going through the process to become U.S. Citizens or the 500,000 people a day that legally cross into the United States. What do we do with those individuals that choose not to do it legally? It's a much smaller number, but it's exceptionally contentious for us. Because we're a compassionate nation, but we're also a nation that believes in following the law, rightfully so."