Daines, Murphy, Kaine, Cardin

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 5895)

Senator Daines: (2:55 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "The legislative branch bill has advanced from the Committee on Appropriations provides $7.9 billion for Congress and its support agencies, that's $90 million above the fiscal 2018 enacted level. This bill provides just over $1 billion for senate-only items which is an increase of $7 million from last year. $1.4 billion and $3.3 for joint Senate and House items which meets the allocation for fiscal year 2019. We've made thoughtful decisions about how to prioritize investments for this fiscal year. Resources are allocated responsibly to maintain existing services and to allow for critical investments in numerous needed areas."


Senator Murphy: (3:21 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "I'm here on the floor to join senator Daines in recommending the appropriations bill to our colleagues. I note his history lesson, ten years since we passed a legislative branch appropriation bill on the floor of the Senate. But during none of those ten years was Senator Daines chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch. So things are changing here and it has been a real pleasure and honor to work with Senator Daines on this bill which we bring to the floor in a bipartisan manner. "


Senator Kaine: (3:27 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the NDAA.
    • "Yesterday we passed the defense authorizing act. I want to highlight a couple of the items as a member of the Armed Services Committee that I worked on and am proud of but I think also illustrates how we can work in a bipartisan fashion. The three items were heavily bipartisan, and they also give some illustration of the breadth of the defense authorizing act, this tact that we pass - this act that we pass every year which is hundreds of billions of dollars and helps the melt and has - military and has so many different provisions to help defend the nation and protect those who serve it. After I say a word about our chairman, Senator McCain, talk about military families, shipbuilding, and talk about smart power."


Senator Cardin: (3:51 p.m.)

  • Spoke on World Refugee Day.
    • "The impact, of course, is immediate to the individuals that are displaced, but it's also an impact on the region and as far away as we have seen distances people will go to seek safety, a major impact on the continent in Europe. So, Mr. President, I'm going to be introducing a resolution for the United States Senate to go on record recognizing World Refugee Day. It will reaffirm the United States government's commitment to uphold international leadership. Our strong support for humanitarian assistance, particularly in helping hoes country's living conditions. I just saw the press accounts of the Rohingya population living in tent cities during monsoon season."