Sullivan, Cornyn, Rubio

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 5895)

Senator Sullivan: (12:00 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to the Alaskan of the Week.
    • "Madam President it it's Thursday and it is one of the best times of the week for me and I know the parliamentarians and others who work here in the Senate, now the pages are going to learn this, too, because it's the time every week I get to talk about what I call the Alaskan of the Week, someone who's made a difference in my state, someone who's doing a great job, someone who's oftentimes an unsung hero, doesn't get a lot of attention but deserves it. That's what we do here. As I like to say, Alaska is a very, very beautiful state. I think the most beautiful state in the country, probably the most beautiful place in the world. And now summer has arrived. The sun hardly ever sets. The fish are running. The air is drenched and the energy is summer. Now is the time to visit"


Senator Cornyn: (12:10 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the rescissions package.
    • "It would have set in motion a series of spending reductions not on bills where we had appropriated money for programs we know where it was going to be used, but these were essentially surplus funds that were not being used for the intended purpose and which I believe should have been used to reduce our annual deficits and ultimately our national debt. I want to express my gratitude to Senator Lee, the senator from Utah who spearheaded the effort, to take up the bill that the house had already passed. What we were attempting to do was rescind nearly $15 billion in previously unappropriated money that had gone unspent as I said a moment ago."
  • Spoke on U.S. immigration policy.
    • "In fact, I'm confident that the executive order will be the target of lawsuits, and I think the only thing that can really settle the matter once and for all is legislation that I know the presiding officer and I and others have cosponsored to keep families together and to maintain enforcement of our laws. Executive orders, of course, like I said are always subject to legal challenge. And I think we ought to use this, or view this as more of a belt and suspenders. If the president decided he wanted to do on a temporary basis, but it is just a temporary basis, and we need to make sure, as I said, this is settled finally so that no parent will be separated from their child even if they enter the country illegally."


Senator Rubio: (12:27 p.m.)

  • Spoke on U.S. immigration policy.
    • "Every single year over a million people come to this country legally. That's happening and will happen again this year. I will tell you no other nation on Earth even comes close to that level of generosity. The problem we have is that in our region there are countries of incredible instability. And there's the ebbs and flows. I live in south Florida, a majority community deeply influenced by migration waves of Cubans who came in multiple waves to flee communism. Of Haitians who have come through years of instability. People who flee instability, for example, in the 1980's from Nicaragua. Of Columbians who fled in the 1990's. But every time that there is a hemispheric problem, people in the countries seek to go to the greatest nation on Earth that's closest to them, by the way, and that's the United States."