Cornyn, Barrasso, Blumenthal, Carper

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 5895)

Senator Cornyn: (3:19 p.m.)

  • Spoke on U.S. immigration policy.
    • "Mr. President, we've been all focused on the U.S.-Mexico border where the prospect of children being separated if their parents has shocked and horrified many of us, and we've been working to try to come up with a solution to this problem. That includes President Trump who yesterday called on Congress to preserve family unity while calling for zero tolerance policy when it comes to our immigration laws. I would like to provide a little context as to how we got here and offer a proposed solution. Just like under the Obama administration in 2014 when we saw tens of thousands of unaccompanied children coming across the border into my state of Texas from Central America through Mexico, I remember at the time President Obama called that a humanitarian crisis, and indeed it was."


Senator Barrasso: (3:50 p.m.)

  • Spoke on North Korea.
    • "Last week, President Trump took what I believe is a historic first step in making America and the whole world more safe, more stable, and more secure. His efforts to end North Korea's nuclear weapons program has already, I believe, produced tangible results. North Korea is dismantling a test facility. It is also committed to recovering and sending home the remains of Americans killed during the Korean war. Now the Trump administration is taking the next steps. The state department is hard at work at follow-up discussions. Secretary of State Pompeo says he may return personally to North Korea before very long. When we heard from president trump about his trip to Singapore last week, he was upbeat about the talks."


Senator Blumenthal: (3:57 p.m.)

  • Spoke on U.S. immigration policy.
    • "The trump administration has capped refugee resettlement at 45,000 this fiscal year, the lowest in American history. Even with this cap, the estimate is that the United States will resettle only about 20,000 refugees this year. Each of these statistics, each of those numbers represents an individual human life transformed by coming to this country, given new light and life. I hope the administration will commit to resettling at least 75,000 refugees in fiscal year 2019. Again, as I close, Mr. President, I want to emphasize the importance of this day, the historic significance of our turning a point and taking advantage of an opportunity to do right and to do better than we have."


Senator Carper: (4:12 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to the G.I. Bill.
    • "It's probably good news, the Old Testament, New Testament for us to keep in mind. I want to thank again my colleague from Connecticut for his words. My colleague from Connecticut, by the way, is a - he spent time in uniform, his sons have spent times in uniform. I think one or two may still be serving. I was fortunate enough coming back from Southeast Asia at the end of the Vietnam War, having been a naval flight officer for a number of years, to be eligible for the G.I. Bill. The G.I. Bill that I was eligible for was a bill that provided me $250 a month to help pay for my tuition, my expenses at the University of Delaware where I was in the business school, trying to earn an M.B.A., which I ultimately did."