Thune, Grassley

Motion to Proceed to the vehicle for the immigration bill (H.R. 2579)

Senator Thune: (12:15 p.m)

  • Spoke on tax reform.
    • "A larger business struggling to stay competitive in the global marketplace while paying substantially higher tax rates than its foreign competitors too often had limited funds to expand or increase investment in the United States. And so when it came time for tax reform, we set out to reform the business side of the tax code to benefit American workers. We knew that for American workers to have access to good jobs and opportunities, the American economy had to thrive. And that means that American businesses have to thrive. And so we took action to lessen the challenges facing American businesses."


Senator Grassley: (12:21 p.m)

  • Spoke on DACA.
    • "About 20 minutes ago, our majority leader, Senator McConnell, tried to move debate along on an immigration bill, and I'm puzzled that the minority leader, Senator Schumer, objected, and the reason I'm puzzled is because for a long period of time, maybe for some of the members on the other side of the aisle and even some people on our side of the aisle, for a long period of time, maybe ten years, people have been advocating for certainty for the young people brought here by their parents that we call either dreamers or DACA people. To give them certainty. To give them legalization. And so the majority leader two weeks ago promised the minority an opportunity to have a debate on that issue. The first debate on immigration since 2013, I believe."