Shelby, Stabenow, Brown

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 6157)

Senator Shelby: (3:00 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "The package before the Senate marries the two largest fiscal year 2019 appropriations bills, that is the defense bill that funds all the national security and the labor H.H.S. Education bill. Each of these bills, Mr. President, carries the near unanimous support of the appropriations committee, which is quite unusual. The chairman of the Labor/H.H.S. subcommittee, Senator Blunt, and his ranking member, Senator Murray, worked together to produce a strong bipartisan bill that balances many competing priorities. I commend both of these senators for their hard work and I want to take this time to thank them for their continued efforts in this regard. "


Senator Stabenow: (3:14 p.m.)

  • Spoke on in tribute to Aretha Franklin.
    • "A couple of things happened on April 29, 1967. For one, it was my 17th birthday. For another, that was the day that Aretha Franklin released "Respect." And let me tell you, that song felt like a gift that day, and it felt like a gift every time I've heard it ever since. Her voice really was a gift, not just to me but to the whole world. She won 18 Grammies. The Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award was the 1974 Kennedy Center Honors awardee and was the first woman, the first woman inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame."


Senator Brown: (3:37 p.m.)

  • Spoke on worker's rights.
    • "I don't understand the logic. I don't understand the morality of that. I would hope this congress would look at my legislation which will turn that around. It's our jobs in car act. It simply will say if you buy an American car, at 100 different models of cars and trucks qualify for this. If you buy an American car or American truck, mostly made in the United States, assembled here, you will get $3,500 off of that price of that car at the dealership and that is in essence paid for by making the foreign tax rate we charge U.S. companies that move overseas, charge that same tax rate that we charge in this country."