Casey, Enzi, Coons, Schumer

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 6147)

Senator Casey: (10:23 a.m.)

  • Spoke on job training.
    • "We were able to work together in a bipartisan manner to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act and make important updates that will support high quality programs, foster innovation and improve access for all students. And I'm very proud to be joined by Senator Enzi who worked for years on this issue. I'll say more about Senator Enzi in a moment. But Perkins C.T. Effort, C.T.E. standing for career and technical education is critical to creating jobs and growing wages and assuring workers of the tools to outcompete anyone in the world. This will empower states and local districts to create programs that provide better outcome for all students, educators, and our economy."
  • Spoke on the Americans with Disabilities Act.
    • "The passage of what we know as the A.D.A. helped to bring into focus a picture that started to develop really 150 years ago with the ratification of the 14th Amendment. That great amendment guaranteed equal protection under the law for all. The passage of the Americans with disabilities act confirmed that people with disabilities are included in that guarantee of the 14th Amendment."


Senator Enzi: (10:28 a.m.)

  • Spoke on job training.
    • "Their recognition of the importance of this work was key to getting past an impasse that only a few months ago looked unlikely to break. Senator Casey and I have had a lot of hours working together to come up with a bill that would make a difference to people who want to work with their hands, to people who want to work with computers. I have a favorite book that talks about from cowboys to coal miners, the people who get their hands dirty every day to provide what you need. This is a segment of the economy that we really need, and I know that if you need an electrician or you need a plumber, you want them right away and you want them trained."


Senator Coons: (10:28 a.m.)

  • Spoke on job training.
    • "Both of these terrific senators were gracious in including it in this bill. This is a bill that is going to make possible programs all over this country that smooths and clears the pathway towards meaningful employment for young Americans. I wish more people knew about this kind of work, this kind of effort that these two senators have made to move forward the sort of bipartisan, responsible solutions to the real problems facing Americans that we need, and I just want to take one moment and thank them both for their tireless work to achieve this good result today."


Senator Schumer: (10:38 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Now, Madam President, both parties used to agree that the thorough review of the Supreme Court's nominee's record was essential to fulfilling the constitutional advise and consent obligations on senators. When Elena Kagan was nominated eight years ago, even though Democrats were in the majority and Republicans were in the minority, Chairman Leahy joined with Republicans to request all of Elena Kagan's records from her time in the White House. Now the shoe is on the other foot, we're in the minority, they are in the majority. But rather than applying the previous bipartisan standard, the Republican majority is refusing to join with Democrats in requesting Brett Kavanaugh's complete record."