Feb 07 2018 11:46 PM
- The Senate will convene at 10:30 a.m.
- Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the House message to accompany H.R. 695, the defense appropriations bill, with the time until the cloture vote equally divided between the two leaders or their designees.
- Note: on Wednesday, February 7, cloture was filed on the motion to concur in the House Amendment to the Senate Amendment, with a further amendment, to H.R. 1892, the vehicle for the CR.
Senator Durbin: (5:54 p.m)
- Spoke on DACA.
- "Somehow or another she found that train station, got on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, and somehow or another made it to east St. Louis, Illinois, her idea of a land of opportunity in 1911. There she was united with her husband, and there she made a life, a hard, challenging life, but one that led to good things. The two-year-old girl she was carrying was my mother, and my mother was an immigrant to this country. In my office upstairs behind my desk is my mother's naturalization certificate. I keep it there to remind myself and everyone visiting who I am, my family story and America's story."
Senator Blumenthal: (6:24 p.m)
- Spoke on DACA.
- "Now, with the complicity of this body, that promise is about to be broken. I say complicity because the president in September is the one who committed the act of breaking that promise by saying he was going to end the DACA program, and he gave Congress six months to remedy that broken promise. He threw to Congress a ticking time bomb that literally would rip apart the lives of 800,000, 1.8 million, the numbers vary, the principle is the same. Ripping apart their lives would be the consequence. I've said before, and I'm going to say it again, great countries do not break their promises. The United States is the greatest country in the history of the world. We should not be breaking our promises."