Tillis, Heller, Cornyn

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 6147)

Senator Tillis: (12:45 p.m.)

  • Spoke on U.S. immigration policy.
    • "What's going on here is that we have a very collegial environment here where we come to the floor with a unanimous consent, if somebody doesn't object, then that - the bill moves out of the chamber, but we don't surprise people. We inform them. They are able to come down and register their objection, which is exactly what Senator Hirono did today. You could ask, why would I come down here and offer up something that I knew would be objected to and not move forward. Because I think it's important that people understand that we're making progress, and it's pretty important to keep this issue and this discussion active in the U.S. Congress because Congress needs to act."


Senator Heller: (12:54 p.m.)

  • Spoke on U.S. immigration policy.
    • "My constituents spoke to families split apart at the border and some are held in southern Nevada and they are, frankly, asking for help. So their being unified with their children is a top priority. I am a father and grandfather. I understand why children should be with their parents. There is nothing more important than keeping a family unit together. I, like the many colleagues down here today, support border security as any type of immigration reform, but I also strongly believe that our country has a rich history. A rich history because we've always been a nation of immigrants. Our culture is rich because so many families have come here to the land of opportunity seeking a better life."


Senator Cornyn: (12:57 p.m.)

  • Spoke on U.S. immigration policy.
    • " But as a result of the deadlock here in the United States Senate, the drug cartels that traffic in illegal drugs and other contraband, they traffic in my grants - my grants -- migrants and children, they are suffering today because we have a big problem that we're unable to solve and the status quo is unacceptable, it's dangerous, it's deadly, and it's killing people, not only the people who attempt the perilous journey, but also the drugs that are sold by these same criminal organizations who are, in the words of one expert, commodity agnostic."