Heitkamp, Gardner, Tester, Tillis

The farm bill (H.R. 2)

Senator Heitkamp: (1:01 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the farm bill.
    • "In fact, it is important to note that net farm income since 2013 has been literally cut in half. And so when people say why do we need a farm bill? Why should we care? I would suggest that if we want food security in this country and if we want to make sure that we have farmers in this country, we need to care. And how many American families could really support or weather a 50% reduction in their income? When I first came to the United States Senate, I was fortunate enough to receive a committee assignment on the senate agricultural committee which for North Dakota is really, quite honestly, the highest and most important committee assignment. Passing a strong bipartisan farm bill has been my highest priority since coming to the Senate."


Senator Gardner: (1:14 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the farm bill.
    • "Colorado is an incredibly diverse state when it comes to our economy. If you look at just per capita jobs, we have more aerospace jobs per capita than any state in the country. We have the second highest number of jobs outright, second only to California. Our tourism industry is world renowned. First-class ski resorts, gold medal trout fishing streams. It's incredible all that we have to offer. We're also one of the country's biggest agricultural producers. I grew up in a part of Colorado that looks like - that looks more like Kansas. This is my backyard. I live in town. This is a farm in ant pivot -- and pivot irrigation system that I grew up with. I said this so many times. I grew up selling farm equipment."


Senator Tester: (1:27 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the farm bill.
    • "This is an important time for folks in production agriculture. Commodity prices are low pretty much across the board. We're seeing this administration engaging in tariffs that have potential - that have a potential trade war that is threatening Montana's number one industry, agriculture, and threatening the viability of the economy and Montana an rural America. And that is why it is important that this week, critically important this week that we pass a good farm bill that will work and give certainty for Montana's producers in rural communities across this country. In my travels around the state of Montana, I've had a number of listening sessions on the farm bill. I've heard from farmers and ranchers, visited with them, looked at them eyeball to eyeball and heard their concerns and heard their priorities."


Senator Tillis: (1:38 p.m.)

  • Spoke on Pastor Andrew Brunson.
    • "Four months ago I was in a meeting and overheard - this was about the time he was indicted after 17 months being held without charges, I heard he was afraid that after the indictment was released, that the American people would believe the indictment and just turn their backs on him and forget him. So it was important for me to go to Turkey. I requested a visa to get to Turkey. I went to the Turkish prison and told him that was the last thing that would happen. I knew I had the backing of the majority members of the senate and almost 200 members of the House now who believe that Pastor Brunson needs to be set free. It was important for me to be able to tell them that face to face."