Gillibrand, Hatch

Motion to Proceed to the farm bill (H.R. 2)

Senator Gillibrand: (3:09 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the farm bill.
    • "But last week the House passed its own version the farm bill that would do just that. This is shameful. Here's the truth about SNAP. The vast majority of able-bodied adults on SNAP are already working. They are already working. They have jobs. Many of them work several jobs. They are doing everything they can to get ahead and just to have a small slice of that American dream. They still need snap. They need SNAP because their wages are too low. And to be clear, they already have to follow the work requirements. They have work requirements in place since 1971, but the farm bill would just add more red tape, more paperwork for struggling families just so they can eat dinner."


Senator Hatch: (4:01 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute of Charles Krauthammer.
    • "Open the newspaper, scroll through Twitter or simply turn on the TV and you'll see that this nation suffers from a deficit of civility quite unlike anything he have I've ever seen. The problem is bad. It's getting worse, and both sides are to blame. Both sides are at fault for escalating the rhetoric to irresponsible levels. I've said this many times before, but it bears repeating. Our words have consequences, and in an age of retweets, viral videos and shareable comment, those words often echo well beyond their intended audience and context. It's incumbent upon all of us then, from the president to congress on down, to be responsible for our speech."