Leahy, Cornyn, Peters

Motion to Concur in the House Amendment to the Senate Amendment, with a further amendment, to the vehicle for the CR (H.R. 1892)

Senator Leahy: (1:50 p.m)

  • Spoke on government funding legislation.
    • "My staff, especially, of the appropriations committee has been very much involved. What we see our defense caps increase $80 billion in fiscal year 2018, $85 billion in 2019. Nondefense caps are increased by $63 billion above the caps in fiscal year 2018, and $68 billion above the caps in fiscal year 2019. Those are numbers. Let's look at a couple of things it means. This bipartisan deal that we've worked out - and I stress that it is bipartisan - advance our priorities. It guarantees we can make real investments and address the opioid crisis. We can all give speeches about the opioid crisis. Speeches don't solve the problems. Actually putting money in there does."


Senator Cornyn: (1:58 p.m)

  • Spoke on government funding legislation.
    • "This agreement ensures that our armed forces will have the resources they need. My colleague and friend, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and Senator McCain said it best. They said this budget agreement is indispensable for our national security. Without it, our military would not be able to defend our nation. Period. Hard stop. Let me repeat that. This budget agreement is indispensable for our national security. Without it, our military would not be able to defend our nation. I think of all the demands made on the taxpayer dollar that is sent here to Washington, D.C., and many of them have a lot of merit, some more than others, but I have to say that if you were going to ask me to prioritize how do we appropriate money here in Washington, D.C, national security would be job number one."


Senator Peters: (2:16 p.m)

  • Spoke on Russia sanctions.
    • "Yesterday Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that Russia already is trying to impact the 2018 U.S election and that it will be difficult for the United States to preempt it. It is clear that we have not done enough to deter Russia from interfering in our democracy, but the Trump Administration is choosing not to put in place sanctions on Putin's cronies that over 99% of the members of Congress supported. I'm a member of the Armed Services Committee, and earlier this week we received a briefing from Secretary of Defense Mattis on the recently completed national defense strategy. That strategy identifies that Russia is seeking to discredit and subvert democratic processes all across the world and to shatter the NATO alliance."