Cornyn, Toomey, Whitehouse, Grassley

Morning Business

Senator Cornyn: (4:25 p.m.)

  • Spoke on net neutrality.
    • "Well, that's just not the case. I believe the free market's done more to help the internet grow and succeed as an engine of commerce and something that allows us to communicate with our friends and families and share pictures and the like beyond our wildest dreams. I guess Thomas Friedman's book, the world is flat, talked about one of the most important events in recent history was the development of the World Wide Web in 1995. The internet has exceeded beyond our wildest dreams which is the last thing that we should want to do is for the government to come in and inject itself with more controls. We've always supported a free and open internet."
  • Spoke on preventing sexual assault.
    • "These refer to older crimes that have languished but are reignited through D.N.A. Evidence, including evidence obtained from backlogged rape kits. By making sure that newly-tested evidence is used to investigate and prosecute unsolved crimes, the justice served act would ensure that violent criminals are brought to justice instead of remaining free and on our streets. This will give crime victims and their families closure and relief and deliver justice."
  • Spoke on Project Safe Neighborhoods.
    • "We hoped to have it hot lined this week because just like the Justice Served Act, it's a high priority for law enforcement groups across the country. Project safe neighborhoods is a nationwide partnership between state, federal, and local law enforcement and prosecutors that use data-driven evidence-based and trauma informed practices to reduce violent crime. When I was attorney general of Texas, then-Governor George W. Bush and I administered a program known as Texas Exile in which we targeted felons who were carrying firearms as part of their carrying out some crime. And we targeted those violent offenders by concentrating on the resources on the most important cases."

 

Senator Toomey: (4:38 p.m.)

  • Spoke on National Police Week.
    • "This week is National Police Week, and it's really an important opportunity for us to let the folks in law enforcement know how grateful we are to them for the service they provide, for the sacrifices they make every single day to keep us safe. It's also an important occasion to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice. This week the names of 129 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in 2017 alone were added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial."
  • Spoke on government funding legislation.
    • "Let me state an unequivocal fact. Since 2011, there have been rescissions from CHIP every single year. This is not new. It's happened every single year since 2011. Now, is that because Congress decides during the course of each year that they don't really like the CHIP program or they don't like children or they don't want kids to get health insurance? No. That is not why it happens. The reason it happens each and every year, Mr. President, is because congress systemically intentionally, willfully authorizes far more money for the chip program than it's ever going to actually spend."

 

Senator Whitehouse: (5:00 p.m.)

  • Spoke on climate change.
    • "I think we all heard Donald Trump's pledge to drain the swamp and put an end to government corruption. That hasn't exactly worked out, has it? Instead, swamp creatures abound, and Pruitt - a longtime enemy of the agency he now runs and a longtime toady is absolutely wallowing in the swamp. Indeed, he is so swampy that he now faces more than a dozen federal and state probes exploring how he has been advancing his own interests and those of his polluter donors. So let's take a look. Investigation number one -- travel expenses. Between March and May of 2017, just that short period, Mr. Pruitt spent 43 out of those 92 days traveling to his home state of Oklahoma."

 

Senator Grassley: (5:42 p.m.)

  • Spoke on foster care.
    • "They need stability and support. In short, all they need is a family like they often express to me, I would like to have a mom and a dad. That's why I'm pleased that congress recently passed the family first prevention services act. This legislation works to keep more families together by allowing federal reimbursement for services to families before children are put in foster care, not afterwards. These services include substance abuse treatment and in-home parenting skill programs. And when it's truly in a child's best interest to be removed from their parents, this bill ensures that more kids will be placed with supportive families instead of in group homes."
  • Spoke on the Russia investigation.
    • "An interview with Mr. Manafort was scheduled the day before he was raided by the F.B.I. Last summer. We meaning Senator Feinstein and this senator has subpoenaed Mr. Manafort for a committee hearing set for July 26, 2017. Mr. Manafort instead offered to appear voluntarily for a staff interview the day before the hearing. And the ranking member asked me to withdraw the subpoena. Then the F.B.I. Raided his home and Mr. Manafort indicated he would invoke his Fifth Amendment rights and then consequently declined to answer the committee's questions."