Murphy, Flake, Barrasso

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 6157)

Senator Murphy: (1:04 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "Reports this morning suggest that Secretary Devos is planning to do the bidding of the firearms industry and put our kids at risk by allowing federal funds to be used to arm teachers in direct contravention of federal law. I have offered an amendment that will reiterate what has been the policy of this congress, not Congress in general, but this congress that federal funds should not be used to arm teachers. First let me speak about why we have taken that position as a congress, why Republicans and Democrats have voted for legislation that prohibits federal dollars for being used to arm teachers."


Senator Flake: (1:13 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "Sailors are going on longer and longer deployments because the ships that are actually needed to rotate them on are not ready to sail. It's important to remember the priority of this bill is not the parochial interest of members of Congress, but rather the needs of the armed forces. I am proposing an amendment to keep the cost also under this bill of the military parade that the president would like to put on next year at a reasonable amount. Recent reports have indicated that local D.C. officials claim the parade would cost up to $92 million, which is significantly higher than the $10 million to $30 million originally estimated by the White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mitch Mulvaney."


Senator Barrasso: (1:19 p.m.)

  • Spoke on Republican economic policy.
    • "Last Friday, "The Wall Street journal" had an article with the headline youth unemployment hits 52-year low. 52-year low. For people between the ages of 16 and 24, this is the best job market that we have had since 1966. The article went on to say that more opportunities are available to groups that historically have struggled to find jobs. People are getting opportunities, Mr. President, because the American economy is booming. Since President Trump was elected, we have gotten more than four million additional Americans working. The economy grew at a rate at more than 4% last quarter. The Atlanta branch of the Federal Reserve is predicting that we're going to have another 4% growth this quarter. So people are seeing the effect of the booming economy in their paychecks and in their lives."