Enzi, Blunt

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 6157)

Senator Enzi: (11:10 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "My amendment remedies this violation while maintaining the proposed increase to the maximum award. The amendment that I'm offering relates to the budgetary effects of the substitute amendment's proposed increase to the maximum discretionary Pell grant award for the award year 2019-2020. If anybody has been able to follow that so far, you ought to be on the budget committee. And now I'm going to give a lot more detail that will be equally as difficult because it needs to be a part of the record to show why we need the amendment that I'm talking about in order to avoid a point of order and to get the increase for this year that is being requested."


Senator Blunt: (11:49 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "There's not much new in here about all of the things that we could try to determine in this bill about social policy and about issues that all of us feel strongly about, but there are other committees whose principal job is to do that. Our committee's principal job is to decide how we establish the priorities for the country by how we spend the money. Senator McConnell and Senator Schumer have also both had to agree that if we're going to get these appropriations bills on the floor, if we're going to have all the members of the Senate for the first time in the case of this bill get a chance to debate this bill for the first time in 11 years, that's not going to happen if we try to have a big authorizing bill and a big appropriating bill all wrapped into one."