Schumer, Portman, Peters, Perdue

Motion to Proceed to the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (H.R. 1865)

Senator Schumer: (10:24 a.m.)

  • Spoke on tax reform.
    • "The stock simply goes up because they have decreased the number of shares. It's a scam in a certain sense. Helping corporate C.E.O.'s, helping shareholders, 80% of the shares are held by the top 10%, so it doesn't really help average Americans, and that's including 401(k)'s. It doesn't hurt the worker. All the claims we've heard from our Republican friends. Pass this tax bill and the workers will benefit. Well, now we see who is really benefiting, just unfortunately as we predicted. It's the corporate C.E.O.'s and the wealthiest of Americans. Just recently, a total amount of share buybacks surpassed $220 billion this year."
  • Spoke on Russia.
    • "Prime Minister Putin, he's a bully. I grew up in Brooklyn. You have to stand up to them or they will keep taking advantage of you. That's how they work. Let's compare Prime Minister May's action. Prime Minister May was quick and decisive about countering Russia's aggression, President Putin can hardly seem to utter a peep of criticism of President Putin. A man who is trying to undermine the United States' power and the United States' very democracy, the beauty of America. It was on full display this week when instead of personally defending our ally Britain, president trump didn't say a word about the attack, directing everything through aides or statements."


Senator Portman: (10:41 a.m.)

  • Spoke on preventing sex trafficking.
    • "The speech earlier by majority leader Mitch McConnell laid this out they well, I thought. He talked about the fact that there's been an eight-fold increase in the most recent data for missing and exploited children between 2010 and 2015, an eight-fold increase in the incidence of trafficking. He also talked about the fact that this is growing because of this growth of the internet that the internet and specifically one website has caused this increase that congress has the ability to address through a change in a federal law that can be targeted and focused and make a huge difference in the lives of those who would be trafficked and undergo the intense trauma that results from. I'm very pleased that we're taking up this legislation."


Senator Peters: (10:54 a.m.)

  • Spoke on agriculture.
    • "But access to these resources can be especially challenging for new farm operations that are just getting started, including small farms that make up 82% of Michigan's agricultural producers. Small farms that are just starting out are facing tough economic conditions, sometimes struggle to have access to affordable credit. These businesses rely upon important services provided by the farm service agency which works with lenders to guarantee and deliver small-dollar loans to the small farms that need it most. Farm service agency loans and guarantees can help farmers cover urgent operating costs like feed, seed, fertilizer, to get them through the season."


Senator Perdue: (11:01 a.m.)

  • Spoke on economic growth.
    • "He was right. His instincts were exactly right on. So what do we focus on? The president had us focus on regulations, energy, and taxes, and I'm happy to tell you that this body collectively agreed and we got those things done. We reversed 860-some rules and regulations last year. We unleashed our energy potential as the presiding officer knows very well. And late last year, we passed an earth-shattering, historic tax cut and tax bill that will unleash our potential and make us competitive with the rest of the world. Why was all that necessary? Well, Mr. President, we had gone through an experiment where big government and more regulation, more control was the call of the day, and we saw the result of that."