Schumer, Lankford, Capito

The farm bill (H.R. 2)

Senator Schumer: (10:51 a.m.)

  • Spoke on U.S. immigration policy.
    • "Now, yesterday a federal judge ordered the Trump administration to immediately reunify the families who were separated by the administration's policy. It certifies what we in the Congress already expect - that the administration will expend all resources at its disposal to immediately reunite the over 2,000 families who have been separated. This should be the president's first order of business, to undo the harm he's caused through his chaotic and cruel family separation policy."
  • Spoke on China.
    • "Every time I think he is going down the right path, he turns around and gives them a pass on something. Take the Chinese telecom giant Z.T.E. Out of the blue President Trump relaxed penalties on Z.T.E. and reduced - and loosened restrictions on its sale in the U.S. despite the fact it's been labeled a national security threat by the our military. Why the? It seems to no end other than to placate President Xi, hardly our friend on economic issues. This morning after threatening a tough, new approach to limit China's ability to invest in the United States where national security was concerned, the Trump administration has once again backed off, it seems."
  • Spoke on the Supreme Court.
    • "Now, unfortunately, both cases were decided 5-4. Five conservative judges ruling against California law and the travel ban. Anyone watching the bench at the moment ought to be shaking their heads at the political polarization of the court. And the abortion case makes it even worse. As Justice Breyer pointed out in his dissent in the 1992 California case where the Supreme Court upheld a Pennsylvania law requiring a doctor to provide information about adoption services, in other words, clinics performing abortions, helping women, had to provide alternative information, but now the shoe on the other foot. California passed a law that said that clinics that tried to dissuade women from abortions, which is their right, also had to provide them information about abortion."

 

Senator Lankford: (11:00 a.m.)

  • Spoke on U.S. immigration policy.
    • "Quite frankly, that opinion is agreed upon by President Obama and by President Trump. Over 70 members of this body back in February voted for a bill that allowed for naturalization of individuals in the DACA program. We have four bills that we voted on. None of them got 60 votes. But if you count up each of the people that voted for them on a bill that included naturalization for those kids, over 70 people voted for that in this body. Of some level. We have common agreement we should do that. We can't seem to finish the work to actually do it, though. We should be able to resolve it. We should be able to fix the issues of family separation. We should be able to solve basic border security issues. This is doable stuff, but we need this body to focus and to be able to actually get it done."

 

Senator Capito: (11:37 a.m.)

  • Spoke on tax reform.
    • "There is a real hop in the step of our small businesses because of their increased business and because of their ability to expand things, things that they wanted to do for years. It has been an incredible transformation. Days ago, a CNBC news survey said that 54% of Americans think that the economy is good or excellent. That's the highest percentage ever recorded in the ten years that CNBC has been doing this story. Even more is the number of stories I heard that transpired since we passed tax reform. I have heard many about this tax reform. Our small businesses have been able to expand and hire new employees and give back to their employees, whether in the form of bonuses or to their communities with more charitable donations."