Leahy, Shelby

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 5895)

Senator Leahy: (5:01 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "Chairman Shelby and I worked very closely with Senator McConnell and Senator Schumer. We committed both Senator Shelby as chairman and I as vice chairman, we committed to getting the appropriations process back on track. We've both been here when the senate was a better place because the appropriations process worked, and our strategy has been to advance appropriations bills that have bipartisan support, to comply with a budget deal, and are free of poison pill riders or controversial authorizing legislation. What we have here before us is the first test to that strategy and I think both Republicans and Democrats will be pretty pleased with the result."


Senator Shelby: (5:14 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "And now as we are getting ready to vote on final passage, I hope my colleagues agree that we're headed in the right direction here. I recognize that this package must still be reconciled with the House version before we can get it to the president's desk. But, Mr. President, I'm optimistic that we can do that in short order. We can also - we also cannot forget the nine other appropriations bills that remain. The Appropriations Committee has already reported seven of these remaining bills to the full Senate, all with strong bipartisan margins. This week the committee will mark up the final two appropriation bills, Defense and Labor/H.H.S., and I'm hoping for a similar result."