Wyden, Murray, Hirono, Hassan

The farm bill (H.R. 2)

Senator Wyden: (4:00 p.m.)

  • Spoke on healthcare reform.
    • "It is those protections that is now law that the Trump administration seeks to roll back. Mr. President, it's not widely known that it is not just men and women in the individual health care market that the president's reckless approach on preexisting conditions is actually threatening. If the Trump administration is successful, protections for the 167 million Americans with employer-sponsored health insurance will also lose the affordable care act's airtight loophole-free preexisting condition protections. That means that America would be turning back the clock on health care and an employer could once again put their bottom line over the health of the American people."


Senator Murray: (4:09 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy.
    • "He was talking about an extreme nominee, Robert Bork, and he said, I want to quote him. Robert Bork's America is a land in which women would be forced into back alley abortions, blacks would sit at segregated lunch counters, rogue police could break down citizen's doors in midnight raids, school children could not be taught about evolution, writers and artists would be censored at the whim of the federal government and the door would be shut on the fingers of millions of citizens where the judiciary is often the only proctor of the individual rights that are at the heart of our democracy. "


Senator Hirono: (4:20 p.m.)

  • Spoke on healthcare reform.
    • "West Virginia enacted legislation that would prohibit the state's Medicaid program from covering abortion services for low-income residents. Indiana passed an onerous new law requiring physicians to report confidential -- confidential patient information to the state if a woman experienced complications from an abortion. And Louisiana recently passed a law establishing a 15-week abortion ban that includes criminal penalties for any physician who performs the procedure after that time with only a very narrow exception, to save the life of the mother."


Senator Hassan: (4:28 p.m.)

  • Spoke on healthcare reform.
    • "Mr. President, no matter their zip code, women deserve equal access to care, but it is clear that there will continue to be attempts from politicians to violate women's rights. With all of these relentless attacks, it's evident that what we need is federal legislation that protects women's access to care in every state throughout our nation. That's why last year I was proud to join with dozens of my Democratic colleagues to introduce the Women's Health Protection Act. This legislation is vital because it protects women from the burdensome requirements that states are enacting. It would validate laws for women to endure unnecessary test and procedures and prevent doctors from prescribing and dispensing medication that is medley appropriate."
  • Spoke in tribute to a New Hampshire resident.
    • "At that funeral he stood alongside a New Hampshire National Guard member named Corporal Scott Diamond. A year later after Corporal Diamond was killed in Afghanistan, master sergeant sounded taps at his funeral. As Master Sergeant Hurdle said, all service members deserve the live version of taps. We can never repay those who have served or made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedom, but we must commit ourselves to honoring those sacrifices. Master Sergeant Hurdle was a true embodiment of that commitment. I am so proud to rig him as Granite Stater of the Month."