Flake, Leahy, Tester, Gardner, Burr

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 6147)

Senator Flake: (11:02 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "Four pounds of crickets are required to produce one pound of powder. A pound of cricket powder produced by all things bugs which boasts, quote, the most affordable wholesale price sells for about $35 a pound. By comparison, the average retail price for a hundred percent ground beef is about $3.80 a pound. The U.S. has more than 2.5 billion pounds of beef, pork, poultry and Turkey being stockpiled. This is a record level. Clearly a new source of protein is not needed and in this case likely not wanted. In fact, the C.E.O. of one of these cricket cuisine companies said yesterday, quote, realistically, as much as we wish people would behave differently, Americans won't buy significant amounts of insect protein."

 

Senator Leahy: (11:08 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "If we do nothing, we leave our elections vulnerable to the aggressive foreign adversary fully intent on destabilizing our country. To many of the senators in the chamber, it's a simple choice. It's a solemn responsibility. Today the senate should vote on my amendment to provide $250 million in grants for the states to help secure their election systems. We have to send a clear message to Russia and other foreign adversaries that tampering in our elections will not be tolerated. Simply giving a speech about it is not enough. We should vote on this. In we had missile attacks or air attacks or others against any of our state, we would respond immediately."

 

Senator Tester: (11:17 a.m.)

  • Spoke on tariffs.
    • "That is why I am so frustrated with the recent comments made by National Trade Council Director Peter Navarro. Mr. Navarro last week characterized the tariff uncertainty as nothing more than a rounding error. Mr. Navarro is in an important position. He is a trade advisor and strategist for the president of the United States. And he believes the tariffs that are harming Montana producers equate to nothing more than a rounding error. The statement is inaccurate, it's insulting, and it is dismissive of rural America. If Mr. Navarro truly believes that his comments are true, he has a lot to learn about what's going on across this country."

 

Senator Gardner: (11:32 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "So the Land and Water Conservation Fund expires September 30. We need to not only reauthorize the program but to permanently authorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund. But yet it's still not the right time to debate it. It's not the right issue, it's not the right bill, it's not the right moment. I hope that we can find a way to do exactly what we need to do for our great outdoors, for our economy, for our environment, to continue the incredible work of this crown jewel of conservation programs. And that's why I've authored a bill with a number of of my colleagues around the country including Senator Burr, a champion of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund."

 

Senator Burr: (11:35 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "Mr. President, the Land and Water Conservation Fund, you may remember last month when I tried to get a vote on its reauthorization, I had just come from a press conference marking 100 days until it expires. We've been here before. I'm sort of shocked sometimes on how hardhead he had we are in the institutions. This program has now reached a point where it's 66 days away from expiration. In the 115th Congress we actually let it expire, and the reason congress passed legislation to reauthorize it was the pressure of the American people."