Murkowski, Udall, Merkley, Schumer

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 6147)

Senator Murkowski: (10:25 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "Mr. President, we are beginning to wrap up, beginning to wrap up the appropriation package which includes the FY2019 bills for the Subcommittee on Interior and Environment and Related Agencies, the Financial Services and General Government, Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, as well as Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development and Related Agencies. Or THUD, Interior, Financial Services, and Ag. This is really quite an accomplishment this morning. Perhaps not necessarily noted in the - in the trade press out there, but the fact of the matter is, Mr. President, we're doing our business here."


Senator Udall: (10:38 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "Senator Murkowski, Chairman Murkowski, thanks for those kind works. It's always a pleasure to say we work with each other. There are issue sometimes we 
      disagree on. We listen to each other and always come back to try to reach a final result, and I think that's what the American people and what Alaskans and New Mexicans want us to do. As the ranking member of the interior department appropriations subcommittee, I want to thank my colleagues for being part of a remarkable process on the floor this last week, and I want to again thank my chairman, Senator Lisa Murkowski and commend her for managing the bill and the way she's managed it and the leadership she has shown in this."


Senator Merkley: (10:45 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "I'm delighted to be here following my colleague who's a the ranking member of the subcommittee has done such excellent work with the senator from Alaska in undertaking, really bringing together a vision for their subcommittee that we needed on this floor for a long time. And so well done. I stand here as the ranking member of the agriculture appropriations subcommittee. I'm very pleased we were able to pass this bill today, or we will hopefully soon do so."


Senator Schumer: (10:49 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Now, for several weeks our Republican colleagues have been stonewalling our efforts to gain access to Judge Kavanaugh's full record on behalf of the senate and, more importantly, on behalf of the American people. In doing so, they've discarded a tradition of bipartisan cooperation when it comes to requesting a nominee's record. Whether you've been for a nominee or not, we used to all agree that the Senate should be able to review their full record. For the sake of transparency and openness for a vote, advice and consent on one of the most important jobs in the country and in the world - a lifetime job of tremendous power, not an be a tract power, but the decisions the Supreme Court makes affect the daily lives of Americans."
  • Spoke on health care reform.
    • "Now, on health care -- today the Trump administration has finalized a plan for a type of health insurance that will essentially repeal protections on preexisting conditions and allow insurance companies to cover fewer benefits, not more. These so-called short-term plans are the very definition of a bait and switch. Under the guise of lower premiums, these plans lure Americans in, but they hardly cover anything. The insurance company will tell you, oh, this plan will cover you for this and that."