Heitkamp, Blunt, Capito

Motion to Concur in the House Amendment to the Senate Amendment to the Defense Appropriations Bill (H.R. 695)

Senator Heitkamp: (1:34 p.m)

  • Spoke on paid family leave.
    • "Guess what happens to a state that only has 700,000 people in population, think about the percentages that we would need to run a state-based program. We need a national solution to this problem. I know a lot of people are talking about, the states are doing it, the laboratories of experimentation in this great democracy. But for states that don't enjoy the economy of scale, this won't be a reality in my state who want to have children. Day care is the second issue that makes this so, so difficult. We need to make sure that people know that they are going to have a guaranteed income for those first three months of child raising."


Senator Blunt: (1:49 p.m)

  • Spoke on tax reform.
    • "We heard from President Obama's treasury secretary that 10,000 people would die every year if the tax bill was signed into law. We heard that the average family would only get crumbs and scraps from the tax bill. It's turning out that that's not what appears to be happening at all. Not only have companies stepped up to show that in a growing economy, an economy they believe is going to grow, that they value the people they work with and they value the employees of their company in a way that we wouldn't have anticipated. I thought this would happen as we saw the economy take off from the tax bill. It didn't occur to most of us that companies would step up on day one and say we're going to value and show our value to the people that work for us."


Senator Capito: (2:00 p.m)

  • Spoke on tax reform.
    • "Vice President Pence - the vice president came to my state to talk about this. Worldwide Equipment, which employs 1,100 people across the country and we learned from owner Terry Dodson how he feels about tax reform and the effect it has had on his business, his employees, his ability to grow his business. And what we learned is that Mr. Dodson is going to invest $8 million more in his operations and in his workforce, whether it's through bonus, expanding the facility, buying new equipment, but particularly for the men and women working for worldwide equipment, it is the bonus that will see the effect and he attributed this to the tax reform."