Grassley, Gardner, Lankford, Warren, Whitehouse

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 6157)

Senator Grassley: (4:45 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the murder of Mollie Tibbetts.
    • "There, Mollie spent her summers taking classes and working at a day camp with the Grenell Regional Medical Center where she men toward children. It's no surprise that when Mollie went missing then, over 200 people showed up for a vigil in her honor. While we mourn the loss of Mollie Tibbetts, it is the duty of this senator and every other senator to act to prevent further tragedies like this one from devastating family and an entire community. We now know that Mollie was murdered by a 24-year-old undocumented immigrant who's been in the United States illegally for four to seven years."
  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Now, if I can, madam president, I want to continue to speak, but on another subject. Over the last - past day several of my colleagues issued statements calling for Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing to be delayed. A lot of these colleagues have written me personal letters calling for Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing to be delayed. Some of them have written me very personal letters about cover-ups or hiding or handling documents in ways that they perceive to be different from what other committee chairmen have done."

 

Senator Gardner: (5:10 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "As our force evolves and changes, cyber-command will be a vital stakeholder in our defense. There is the administration's concept of a free and open Indo-Pacific by fully funding our facilities in the U.S. pacific commands with partner nations. I'm pleased the bill includes funds to support activities with the Pacific island nations. These nations are at risk of falling under more and more clines influence and it is important for the United States to have an active leadership role. Countering China's rise represents a great challenge for U.S. national security, but it is a challenge we must rise to meet."

 

Senator Lankford: (5:34 p.m.)

  • Spoke on election interference.
    • "These same nation states are also pursuing independent hackers, not necessarily working for their government at all, just individual hackers that are willing to be hired out to be able to do whatever these nation states want them to do or to be able to hack in and get information and then sell that information to a nation state that might be interested in it. Election security is not a partisan issue. It is a democracy issue and we should take the security of our next election seriously just like we take the security of our infrastructure seriously, our banking system seriously, our power and electrical grid, our water, those are areas that need to be secured."

 

Senator Warren: (5:42 p.m.)

  • Spoke on climate change.
    • "Mr. President, I want to thank Senator Whitehouse for his unwavering commitment to elevating the urgent need for all of us to take action on climate change. Since 2012, Senator Whitehouse has given over 200 speeches on climate change. Faithfully, passionately, intellectually warning us of what is to come if we don't get our act together. So thank you, Senator Whitehouse. I am proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with you in the fight to save this Earth. This is on us, on all of us. The facts are in. The science is irrefutable. Climate change is real. It's real and it's happening every single day all around us. It's not made up. It's not a Chinese hoax. It is the most existential threat our word has ever known and we're not doing enough to stop it."

 

Senator Whitehouse: (5:49 p.m.)

  • Spoke on climate change.
    • "That's the Economics 101 answer. The problem is that fossil fuel behemoths are desperate to duck the costs of their pollution. They want to protect this massive market failure. Why do you suppose they are the biggest special interest political force in the world? To do that work? Lack over in the house where just recently - look over in the House where just recently an army of fossil fuel lobbyists and front groups pushed through an industry-scripted resolution declaring falsely that pricing carbon would be bad for the American economy. All but eight House Republicans voted the way the industry instructed."