Grassley, Kennedy, Murphy, Murray

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 6147)

Senator Grassley: (4:45 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "And I also want to add some additional context that the minority leader left out. He spoke on the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Unfortunately he didn't come to the floor to talk about the judge's excellent qualifications, the judge's well-regarded temperament or the judge's judicial philosophy. He didn't come to the floor to announce that he would finally extend the courtesy of a meeting to the judge, which is customary in this body. He came to speak about what he thinks will satisfy left-wing outside groups. He demands that I sign a letter that would put the American taxpayers on the hook for a Democratic fishing expedition, and I'm not going to do that."

 

Senator Kennedy: (4:59 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the National Flood Insurance Program.
    • "We find ourselves in the United States Congress once again only days away from causing a lapse in the National Flood Insurance Program. Now the majority of members of the United States Senate and of the United States House of Representatives understand the importance of extending this program, but sadly, some don't. You can lead some people to water but you can't make them think. Without congressional action, ordinary Americans - the people who get up every day and go to work and obey the law and pay their taxes and try to do the right things by their kids -- are going to suffer."
  • Spoke on the nomination of John Fleming to be an Assistant Secretary of Commerce.
    • "After Dr. Fleming finished at Ole Miss and finished med school, he enlisted in the United States Navy. He served there in the Medical Corps. During his time in the House of Representatives, Dr. Fleming was a champion of our economy. He was a champion for families and he was a champion for our veterans. He's a skilled physician. He's an experienced entrepreneur. And he's a good guy."

 

Senator Murphy: (5:13 p.m.)

  • Spoke on healthcare reform.
    • "This is President Trump shortly after his election, just before his swearing in. He said, we're going to have insurance for everybody. People covered under the law can expect to have great health care, much less expensive, and much better. Now, that's a clear promise that the president made. Everybody's going to have insurance, it's going to be less expensive, and it's going to be better. More insurance, less expensive, better quality. The vote that took place a year ago Saturday would have done exactly the opposite. It would have kicked 30 million people off of insurance. It would have driven up costs for millions of Americans, especially those people with preexisting conditions, and coverage would have been much worse, not much better, in part because people with preexisting conditions wouldn't be able to access care."

 

Senator Murray: (5:24 p.m.)

  • Spoke on healthcare reform.
    • "A year ago, as he said, President Trump tried to make good on his campaign promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act and jeopardize the health of millions of people. Congress tried to jam this through Congress that would have gutted Medicaid and scrapped protections for people with preexisting conditions which would put families back at the mercy of big insurance companies. But people across the country stood up, they spoke out, and they made it absolutely clear they did not want president trump to take away their health care or give power back to those insurance companies."