Stabenow, Barrasso, Durbin, Flake

Executive Session (Muniz Nomination)

Senator Stabenow: (11:16 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the Great Lakes.
    • "In fact, one out of five jobs in Michigan is in some ways tied to the water. So this is really about who we are. It's in our D.N.A. in Michigan when we talk about the Great Lakes. And in terms of the country, it's important for all of us to care about the great Lakes because 95% - 95% of the surface fresh water in the United States is in the Great Lakes. 20% of the world's fresh water, but 95% of our fresh water in the United States is surrounding the Great Lakes. So we are always, through our Great Lakes traffic force and our working together, all of the senators and the House around the great Lakes have a special responsibility to step up and protect them. But we all should care because of the incredible natural resources that they provide."


Senator Barrasso: (11:32 a.m.)

  • Spoke on tax reform.
    • "When I voted, all of the things we worked on for tax relief, tax reform, tax deductions, for me it was just two words, taxes needed to be lower and simpler. Now what we're seeing is simpler and lower taxes. Now, it's a big change people are going to notice and they are noticing it now in their paychecks and they will really notice it next April 15 when they file their taxes. Americans are seeing the benefits today. The law wasn't just tax reform and simplification, it was an immediate big tax cut as well. Meaning, hardworking Americans are seeing it in their paychecks. The average increase in paychecks is #%. That is a staggering wage growth. According to the bureau of economic analysis, American workers brought home almost $200 billion more in February than they did in December."


Senator Durbin: (11:51 a.m.)

  • Spoke on tax reform.
    • "So far in 2018, large corporations have announced over $235 billion in stock buybacks far outpacing the rate of companies announcing one-time bonuses for their workers. Not only that, but more than a hundred thousand employees at large corporations have actually been terminated. You couldn't get further from tax relief for working families if you tried. It gets worse. The congressional budget office reported last week that the Republican tax plan will actually cost another $300 billion beyond the $1.5 trillion estimate. Our children and grandchildren will pay off the cost of this tax cut for the wealthiest people in America and the largest corporations."
  • Spoke on the Great Lakes.
    • "The lake is the primary source of drinking water for more than ten million people, not just in Illinois but in Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, many other states. Together the Great Lakes support a multibillion dollar fishing industry. Dozens of local economies and thousands of small businesses. However, the Coast Guard reauthorization bill which could come before the Senate as early as tomorrow will do irreversible damage to the Great Lakes."


Senator Flake: (12:04 p.m.)

  • Spoke on DACA.
    • "Likewise, border communities like in my home state of Arizona, have waited long enough for increased security along our southern border. As I said in Congress, we in congress have too often confused action with results and been too comfortable with ignoring problems that are just actually tough to solve. We may not be able to deliver a permanent solution to these problems at this time, but we now have an opportunity to offer at least some action on them. There are many people whose lives and well-being depend on our ability to deliver meaningful results."