Leahy, Daines, Alexander, Durbin

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 6157)

Senator Leahy: (1:56 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "If what they are saying is true and what he is pleading guilty to is confident, President Trump - in violation of federal law in order to keep the affairs hidden for the American people at a most critical time, days before the election. And further, last night the lawyer for Mr. Cohen claimed that his client also has information relevant to whether president trump had advance knowledge that even - and even supported the hacking of democratic electronic files. We know he gave a speech at one time said that they should hack. That crime which you know was committed at the direction of Russian President Vladimir Putin serves as a basis for special down Mueller's investigation. Yesterday, within minutes of Mr. Cohen entering his guilty plea, a jury found another person guilty of bank charges."


Senator Daines: (2:05 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "In particular, we are providing additional funding for new cyber units within the National Guard that will be available to the states under title 32 authority. I worked with my colleagues here in the senate to secure these additional funds because I believe the National Guard will play an increasingly important role in defending our nation against government-backed cyberattacks from nations like China, Russia, North Korea, and Iran. These nations target critical civilian networks like schools, hospitals, private businesses where the military's authority is limited. Only the National Guard has the unique ability to provide assistance on request by a state's governor."


Senator Alexander: (2:08 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "Mr. President, boy scouts shouldn't get a merit badge for telling the truth, and United States senators shouldn't get an award for passing appropriations bills. That's what we're expected to do. That's what we're here for. That's our most basic responsibility. But I think it is worth noticing, especially since the distinguished vice chairman of the Appropriations Committee is still on the floor, that this is the largest number of appropriations bills passed before August since the year 2000. We have already done that, the seven bills. And if we're successful this week, as I expect we will be, in passing the third package of appropriations bills, we will have passed in the Senate annual appropriations bills that account for nearly 90% of the discretionary federal government spending."


Senator Durbin: (2:24 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "PHRMA is hard to beat. PHRMA is hard to beat. And when we talk about the increasing cost of Medicare and the cost of health care across America, blue cross blue shield tells me it is the driver that's the increase in health care costs. Blue Cross Blue Shield in Illinois told me that they spend more money on prescription drugs each year than they spend on inpatient hospital care. Think about that. More money than inpatient hospital care. And so if we're going to do something about it we ought to do the basics. And the basics would be disclosing to the American people how much these drugs cost. Well, you haven't heard the last of me when it comes to this amendment."