Daines, Sasse, Grassley, Blunt

Motion to Proceed to the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S.2311)

Senator Daines: (4:37 p.m)

  • Spoke on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
    • "They later became parents of a beautiful little girl who is today an amazing young woman. As an American citizen, I believe in our founding prince - principle that all men and women are endowed by their creator, with a capital C, among them are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. As a person of faith, I believe in those who are people of faith, we are called to help the most vulnerable in our society. As a United States senator, it is my honor to support this legislation, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act."


Senator Sasse: (4:47 p.m)

  • Spoke on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
    • "I want to associate myself with the comments of the senator from Montana who preceded me. A huge part of why the millennials are becoming more pro-life than the two generations ordinarily than they are is because they're seeing these sonogram images and it's changing them year by year and month by month. I've been on the floor for about 45 minutes today and I've heard a whole bunch of claims about polling and facts on the floor today that just aren't true. A. Not here to argue this case and argue about how we should vote on this legislation because of polls. I'm here because we should all love babies. That's why we should be doing this. "


Senator Grassley: (4:55 p.m)

  • Spoke on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
    • "There's also the history of an Iowa boy, Micah Pickering who is living proof that we need to do more to protect unborn babies at this stage of development. Micah and his parents visited me in Washington last September. They tell me that when Micah was born at 20 weeks post fertilization, he received intensive care, including a medication to minimize his pain and discomfort. Babies like Micah born in the fifth month of pregnancy are capable of feeling such pain. "
  • Spoke on the nomination of David Stras to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit.
    • "Over the next couple days, the Senate will vote on whether to invoke cloture and then confirm the nomination of Justice David Stras to serve on the eighth circuit. Justice Stras is eminently qualified and exceptionally bright. He has received praise and support from the legal profession and across the political spectrum. Justice Stras is the grandson of a holocaust survivor. He graduated number one in his class from Kansas Law School in 1999, serving then as a law clerk to two federal circuit judges and to a justice on the United States Supreme Court."


Senator Blunt: (5:03 p.m)

  • Spoke on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
    • "As I've listened to the debate today, the debate about 20 weeks, it sounds to me like the opponents of the bill, it wouldn't matter if it was 30 weeks. Or 21 weeks or - there is no week you can pass here. The other bill that we should vote on that the House has passed is the born alive bill. There are people in the country today who actually oppose the born alive bill. When a baby in an abortion process is born alive, my understanding is you can't step in and take the life of that living child, but you can all step back from the table where that baby is in front of you and let the baby die. So obviously there's a point here when we are not going to be able to talk to each other in a way that apparently persuades anybody."