Ernst, Klobuchar, Grassley, Carper

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

Senator Ernst: (5:06 p.m)

  • Spoke on the nomination of William Northey to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services.
    • "We actually work for the good of our Agricultural Committee, our ranchers and our farmers, regardless of the state that they come from. We truly do work together to feed and fuel a nation. So thank you very much for joining us today, ranking member. I want to thank my senior senator from Iowa as well. I'm rising today to join my colleague, Senator Chuck Grassley, and others that have joined us on the floor to support the nomination of Bill Northey as under secretary for farm production and foreign conservation at the United States Department of Agriculture, the USDA. I have known Bill Northey for nearly a decade."

 

Senator Klobuchar: (5:13 p.m)

  • Spoke on the nomination of William Northey to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services.
    • "I supported Secretary Purdue when President Trump nominated, and I believe that he needs a team to be able to do the complicated work of agriculture at a time when we've seen difficulty in everything from the dairy industry to cotton to issues with prices for so many of our commodities to just only a few years ago the avian flu, which was such a threat to the poultry industry in Minnesota and Iowa and the thought that we wouldn't have an under secretary in place for farm producing and conservation, so an important part of the work of the USDA right now is unbelievable to me."

 

Senator Grassley: (5:20 p.m)

  • Spoke on the nomination of William Northey to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services.
    • "I thank my colleagues who have spoken very highly of the qualifications of Mr. Northey to be under secretary at the department of agriculture. I may say just a little bit about his qualifications, but I want to spend most of my time expressing to my colleagues in the senate and to senator Cruz primarily why I think that the argument over R.L.N's being an impediment to some refineries operating efficiently and not having - or going into bankruptcy or other problems they have."

 

Senator Carper: (5:42 p.m)

  • Spoke on DACA.
    • "One of his companies, discover bank, they have operations in my state as well. They said to me - sent to me a letter from a lot of their leaders and employees. It basically says - I will just read this. It says one of the basic tenets of our culture - I think discover bank - is to do the right thing, and we urge congress to do the same. Without delay. We are proud to count dreamers as part of the discover community and believe they should have the ability to continue pursuing their American dreams. Thank you. Every now and then when we have the opportunity to do something that is right and beneficial."