Leahy, Murphy, Boozman

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 6157)

Senator Leahy: (11:27 a.m.)

  • Spoke on Supreme Court vacancy.
    • "We're now less than two weeks away from judge Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing before the senate judiciary committee. Two weeks away and the committee has received only 6% of its total white house records according to the national archives. This is virtually unprecedented. 6% of his records and not a single one of the records we've received has been provided by the national archives. That's because the archives will not complete its review of the limited number of records requested by chairman Grassley until October, a month after the majority leader intends to hold a final vote on judge Kavanaugh. Actually, every single record that we have received in the judiciary committee to date was hand-selected by a political lawyer representing President George W. Bush."

 

Senator Murphy: (11:44 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "What we now know is that the targeting of civilians inside Yemen is getting worse, not better. The new information that I spoke of is something I think that is on the minds of many of my colleagues, information that last week the Saudi-U.S. Coalition hit a school bus in northern Yemen intentionally. The Saudis' initial reaction was that it was a legitimate military target. There's no way a school bus is a legitimate military target. That school bus was carrying dozens of children, dozens of children that are now dead because of a 500-pound bomb made in the United States and sold to the coalition. And over the course of this year, the targeting inside Yemen has gotten more catastrophic and more catastrophic."

 

Senator Boozman: (12:00 p.m.)

  • Spoke on tribute to Purple Heart recipients.
    • "I've also been working on new ways to honor and acknowledge the men and women who put themselves in harm's way in defense of our nation. In July, Senator Schatz and I introduced the Purple Heart and disabled veterans equal access act of 2018 to expand commissary eligibility to purple heart recipients and other deserving groups of veterans. I'm pleased that the recently passed national defense authorization act included this language that opens access to Purple Heart recipients. Additionally, last year congress passed the forever G.I. Bill. At the beginning of August, several provisions took effect, including the eligibility for post-9/11 Purple Heart recipients to receive full education for up to - benefits for up to three years. An estimated 1.8 million purple hearts have been awarded in our nation's history. It is symbolic of the price or men and women serve in uniform are willing to pay and the debt of gratitude we owe them for their selfless service."