Cornyn, Schumer, Nelson, Grassley

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 5895)

Senator Cornyn: (3:34 p.m.)

  • Spoke on U.S. immigration policy.
    • "It creates a huge challenge for us, just as it did in 2014 when President Obama called it a humanitarian crisis, because, frankly, our communities along the border, the federal government is not prepared to deal with such an influx of humanity and particularly those who need to be taken care of in a compassionate and humane way, especially the children that come across the border. Why are children coming across the border as unaccompanied and in some instances with family units? Well, because the cartels, the criminal organizations that profit from a business model that allows them to exploit vulnerabilities in American law particularly when it comes to border security, they are making millions and millions of dollars trafficking in humanity."


Senator Schumer: (3:53 p.m.)

  • Spoke on U.S. immigration policy.
    • "Some of these children are even too young to know their names. This unprecedented situation demands a federal point person to manage the family reunification process and ensure it is resolved as quickly and transparently as possible. Multiple agencies have jurisdictions including the Department of Defense, the Department of Justice. We need someone in power to work across federal agencies, cut through their bureaucracy and lead an accurate, ewe main and timely rue unification of every child separated by president trump's policy. I am urging president trump to appoint a family reunification czar to manage this process."
  • Spoke on China.
    • "On China, this morning "The New York Times" reports that in several industrial cities in China's interior, Chinese manufacturers have been using incredibly dangerous chemicals known as C.F.C.s which destroys the planet's ozone layer and banned by an international agreement in the 1980's. The C.F.C.s are more dangerous to our at mess fear than CO2 and methane. That's why these C.F.C.s were banned, but now it seems that's not occurring in China and it comes as no surprise. China cracks down so effectively on free speech so one wonders why this state is unable to crack down on the use of environmentally toxic chemicals that have been banned for over 30 years."
  • Spoke on healthcare reform.
    • "Think about it for a moment. Middle-class families in Indiana could have saved on their health care next year if President Trump aided and abetted by Republicans here in the Senate hadn't sabotaged the system. If Republicans and President Trump had simply left our health care system alone, things would have been much better. So many people in so many of our states will pay far more in premium increases than they will get benefit from a tax cut, particularly if you're middle class and not rich. Is that right? Does that put more money in people's pockets? No."
  • Spoke on civility in politics.
    • "But we all have to remember to treat our fellow Americans, all of our fellow Americans with the kind of civility and respect we expect will be afforded to us. I strongly disagree with those who advocate harassing folks if they don't agree with you. If you disagree with someone or something, stand up, make your voice heard. Explain why you think they're wrong. And why you're right. Make the argument. Protest peacefully. If you disagree with a politician, organize your fellow citizens to action and vote them out of office. But no one should call for the harassment of political opponents. That's not right. That's not American."


Senator Nelson: (4:06 p.m.)

  • Spoke on U.S. immigration policy.
    • "Because there still is no plan? Well, all of this is unacceptable. And the American people deserve the answers to these questions. Well, tomorrow this senator plans to get some of these answers because the secretary of H.H.S., Secretary Azar, is coming in front of the Senate Finance Committee. But before he testifies, I want to give him a heads up on the questions that I'm going to ask and I expect some answers. And these are the questions regarding these children and the reunification quickly with their parents. I want the secretary, Secretary Azar, to let him know that I would like him to explain - and by the way, when he's in front of the Senate Finance Committee, he is under oath. I would like him to explain where are these children right now."


Senator Grassley: (4:21 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "I come here to raise an issue, not with the actual bill we'll be voting on today but with language included in a committee report accompanying the bill. The Environmental Protection Agency has reportedly given out unprecedented numbers of so-called small refinery hardship waivers to the renewable fuel standard, and these are given in some cases to huge multibillion-dollar companies that probably would not be entitled to what is really a hardship. The E.P.A. has yet to disclose what waivers it has granted and the rationale, and based on that -- based on what has been reported, its actions seem pretty darn fishy from my point of view. Refiners speaking with the press have noted - and this is an actual quote - begin with a brain submitted an application."