Nelson, Cornyn, Menendez, Fischer

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 6157)

Senator Nelson: (4:00 p.m.)

  • Spoke on voting rights.
    • "As a matter of fact, they've been voting for some now weeks since Florida has started voting by mail, which started a couple of weeks ago, and they're voting in early voting, a period of time of up to two weeks prior to the August primary, the 28th of August. They're voting early in these elections. They're exercising their most fundamental right, which is to vote. And of course there's so much at stake for Florida and our country in this year's elections. Last month a federal judge in Florida overturned a 2014 ban on early voting, and it was a ban on college campuses. Back in 2014, the legislature passed and the governor signed into law a series of restrictions to make it harder to vote instead of easier."


Senator Cornyn: (4:13 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "This is important not only to make sure our war fighters have the most advanced air frames and aircraft available, but also make sure that the jobs that go along with it are secured as well. The joint - the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is the latest and greatest warplane in the American arsenal, and we have put literally all of our eggs in that basket. As the saying goes, when you put all of your eggs in one basket, you better take care of that basket. We are ensuring that these are being produced in a responsible way and to ensure that our war fighters will have the best equipment in order to do the job that we've asked them to do. This bill also provides $30 million for local schools that provide education to military children."
  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "These efforts of goodwill and collaboration, unfortunately, were to no avail. The chairman received instead unprecedented counterproposals designed to unnecessarily draw out the process. Although the chairman is right to prioritize review of some of the documents coming from President George W. Bush's administration, we all know that the best evidence of how Judge Kavanaugh will perform as a member of the Supreme Court is how he has - he has already performed as a judge during the last 12 years on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, and he's written more than 300 opinions during that time."


Senator Menendez: (5:22 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "Madam President, I rise today to call on my colleagues to vote in favor of the Menendez-Murkowski Amendment #3705 which I understand we'll be shortly voting on the floor, to provide implementation funding for the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act. Many of our colleagues supported the authorizing bill when it was before the Senate earlier this year, and it was subsequently passed and signed into law by President Trump. There are many words that come to mind when we think of firefighters: Courage, heroism and compassion. But tragically there is another word all too often associated with firefighters, and that word is cancer."


Senator Fischer: (5:24 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "I rise today to offer a bipartisan amendment with my colleague, the junior senator from Wisconsin. Our measure would provide much-needed funding for the Defense, P.O.W.-M.I.A. Accounting Agency or the DPAA, so that they can continue the important work of identifying and accounting for our missing service members from conflicts around the globe. Tragically, more than 83,000 Americans remain missing from World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, and the Vietnam War. Many more remain unaccounted for as a result of more recent conflicts. The Defense, P.O.W.-M.I.A. Accounting Agency is an agency within the Department of Defense whose mission is to recover personnel listed as prisoners of war or missing in action."