Schumer, Donnelly, Rubio, Stabenow, Roberts

The farm bill (H.R. 2)

Senator Schumer: (3:20 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.
    • "Nothing less than the fate of our health care system, reproductive rights for women, and countless other protections for middle-class Americans are at stake. Will Republicans and President Trump nominate and vote for someone who will preserve protections for people with preexisting conditions, or will they support a justice who will put health insurance companies over patients or put the federal government between a woman and her doctor? The Senate should reject on a bipartisan basis any justice who would overturn Roe v. Wade or undermine key health care protections. The Senate should reject anyone who will instinctively side with powerful special interests over the interests of average Americans."


Senator Donnelly: (3:22 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the farm bill.
    • "A farm bill that gives us the best opportunities to be successful will help farmers manage the risks outside of their control. But it's about much more than that. It's also about helping rural communities thrive and also about fighting food insecurity. It's about investing in tomorrow's farmers and the most advanced technologies. It's about ensuring that Hoosiers have the resources and the tools to develop new markets for their products anywhere in the world and it's about promoting conversation so that farms and natural habitats remain healthy generation after generation and doing the conservation work to make that possible."


Senator Rubio: (3:50 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the farm bill.
    • "President Trump last year issued an executive order that prohibited American citizens who travel to Cuba from staying at hotels or frequenting businesses or anything of this nature that is controlled by a holding company controlled by the Cuban military, Guyesa. What I have proposed as a way forward on this is to basically say that's fine you can promote American agriculture in Cuba but while you're there and doing your activities you can promote it. You just can't spend any of these taxpayer dollars at any of the facilities or businesses owned or controlled by the Cuban military, the list of which is detailed and provided by the State Department via executive order."


Senator Stabenow: (3:52 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the farm bill.
    • "There are multiple interests on various sides of this issue alone on Cuba that we're trying to work through so we can move forward on this as well as other amendments. As the chairman indicated, there are two amendments we're trying to get pending so that we can move forward and take the next steps to be able to come to a resolution, to be able to get to a final vote on the farm bill, which our farmers and ranchers and families in rural communities are very anxious to have us do."


Senator Roberts: (3:53 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the farm bill.
    • "Many people, of course, are interested in opening up any Bill to amendments and having regular order and voting on their amendments. I understand that. I think we're about 146 amendments that we have agreed to, reaching out to people and urging them to come forward, and on a bipartisan basis agree on these amendments or modifying them and then agreeing to them. So it isn't as if we have not done that. But at some point, at some point, Mr. President, we have to pass this bill."