Boozman, Portman, Cornyn, Whitehouse

Morning Business

Senator Boozman: (2:44 p.m)

  • Spoke on infrastructure investment.
    • "Having the support of the administration provides us tremendous opportunity to revamp the way we prioritize and fund our nation's infrastructure. As a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, I understand the importance of infrastructure investment. Since I came to Congress, I have been a constant advocate for increased investment, particularly for our nation's water resources. Last congress I supported the passage of the water infrastructure improvement for the nation act as well as the comprehensive highway bill, the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act."
  • Unanimous Consent –
    • That the Senate proceed to legislative session and be in a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak therein for up to ten minutes each.
    • (Without Objection)


Senator Portman: (3:05 p.m)

  • Spoke on the opioid epidemic.
    • "Opioids affect every American regardless of age, area code, class, or color. Every state represented here in this body has experienced this. Broken families, communities devastated, higher crime rates, friends lost, and of course lives taken through opioid overdoses. The Centers for Disease Control recently reported that more than 63,000 - 63,600 Americans died in 2016 from drug overdoses. That's the last year for which they have statistics but we all believe it was worse in 2017. But with 63,600 Americans dying of overdoses, that means on average more than 174 Americans died every single day."


Senator Cornyn: (3:26 p.m)

  • Spoke on tonight's State of the Union Address.
    • "That first year was marked by a steady stream of impressive accomplishments working together with Congress. These successes are easily missed when the decibel level here in Washington remains so high. The good news all too often gets drowned out by the noise. The truth, though, is that the president's policy decisions have been spot on, particularly when it comes to our nation's economy. First and foremost, last year he signed comprehensive tax reform into law. This was something we haven't been able to do since 1986. Our reforms lowered rates across the board for every tax bracket, doubled the child tax credit, and incentivized U.S businesses to create jobs here at home rather than overseas."


Senator Whitehouse: (3:45 p.m)

  • Spoke on the recent F.B.I investigations.
    • "And the Department of Justice in general. We have seen it even with presidential tweets seeking to discredit folks who might be witnesses before a grand jury, which would with the right state of mind actually amount to obstruction of justice itself. The first thing I want to say is that the senate is entitled to a full and truthful explanation of why Deputy Director McCabe of the F.B.I left. We do not know the reason behind his sudden, abrupt departure, but we do know that Sally Yates was fired. We do know that Jim Comey was fired. We do know that Bob Mueller was only not fired because white house counsel threw himself in front of that decision by President Trump and said, if you do that, I'm out."