Schumer, Shelby, Leahy, Boozman

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 5895)

Senator Schumer: (10:16 a.m.)

  • Spoke on U.S. immigration policy.
    • "No law, no law requires the separation of families at the border. That's just not true. Now, at the Republican convention, President Trump said about the problems of the nation that, quote, I alone can fix it. In the case of family separation, it's actually true - Mr. President, you alone can fix it. The president alone can fix this with a flick of the pen. Mr. President, you should fix it, but if you don't want to change this cruel policy, at least admit that it is your decision. Blaming others falsely is cheap, easy, and dishonest. A cheap way out. Unbecoming of any president."
  • Spoke on China.
    • "Allowing the sale of Z.T.E. technology in the United States could allow China to spy on every American's private information, on American businesses, and even on our military. It's a security risk, and why is President Trump, in a simple call with President Xi, just letting it continue? Fines don't matter at all to this giant company. They will still pose the same security risk before and after they pay a fine. So when the Trump administration reached a sweetheart deal with Z.T.E. to go easy on them, folks here in Congress from both parties were shaking their heads in disbelief. China's the single-most significant threat to American jobs and American intellectual property, the lifeblood of our economy. Z.T.E. represents that threat."
  • Spoke on healthcare reform.
    • "That's why more than 95% of the health care groups that filed comments about this proposed rule opposed it. No single group that represents physicians, patients, hospitals, or nurses is supported, not one - is supportive, not one. You can always find people who can make a fast buck putting together a health care plan that does very little for people as they collect money from them. Our responsibility is to not allow that. In this congress, we had done that. President Trump's undoing it. The Trump administration and Republicans in Congress should work with Democrats in a bipartisan way to make health care more affordable."


Senator Shelby: (10:26 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "Madam President, I'm pleased to report here today that the Senate Appropriations Committee has charted a different course in the months since the 2018 omnibus became law. In April of this year, I began working with Vice-Chairman Leahy and our colleagues on the Appropriations Committee to put into motion an aggressive schedule to mark up all 12 appropriation bills before the July 4 recess here. Thus far, the committee has passed seven of these bills. This week, the committee will mark up three additional bills, and the final week of June we will consider the remaining two. At the moment, we're right on schedule."


Senator Leahy: (10:36 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "The appropriations bills that make up the minibus before us contain funding for important programs that make a real       difference in people's lives, certainly in the lives of every senators' state around here, and in Vermont, across the nation, and we should not derail this spending because of unrelated policy riders. If we do this, if both sides of the aisle can show restraint, we will have taken a very important step in getting this process back on track and putting the Senate back to what it should be. Let's talk about the military construction and veterans' affairs bill. It dedicates considerable resources to the support and care of our veterans, including $2 billion to address the maintenance backlog at our V. A. Hospitals and clinics."


Senator Boozman: (10:47 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "The subcommittee took into account the requested preferences of all members both sides of the aisle and balanced it with the administration's budget submission. Within this framework we have created a thoughtful and responsible path for both departments and our related agencies. A lot of time and energy has gone into putting this legislation together, and I would like to thank senator Schatz and his staff for working so hard for addressing the needs of our service members and veterans."