Jun 19 2018 06:42 PM
- The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m.
- Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R. 5895, the minibus appropriations bill.
- At 10:00 a.m., the Senate will VOTE in relation to Crapo Amendment #2943 as modified, and then Baldwin Amendment #2985 in relation to H.R. 5895, the minibus appropriations bill.
- Note: the following amendment is pending to H.R. 5895, the minibus appropriations bill: Shelby Amendment #2910.
- Note: the following amendments are pending to Shelby Amendment #2910 to H.R. 5895, the minibus appropriations bill: Alexander Amendment #2911, Crapo Amendment #2943, as modified, and Baldwin Amendment #2985.
Senator Whitehouse: (5:59 p.m.)
- Spoke on climate change.
- "The fossil fuel industry was looking for a way to stop climate legislation. It got citizens united. Fossil fuel interests asked those justices for anticipated and immediately seized on the political opportunity citizens united provided them. Citizens United instantly changed the game in Congress for big political interests like the fossil fuel industry. Before that fateful day, congress had held regular bipartisan hearings and even votes on legislation to limit the carbon emissions causing climate change, but citizens united allowed the fossil fuel industry to strike at this bipartisan progress, and it struck hard."
Senator Bennet: (6:21 p.m.)
- Spoke on U.S. immigration policy.
- "When migrants with children crossed the border unlawfully, the government has broad discretion about whether to charge the violation as a criminal offense or a civil offense. And every American administration, every American administration including the Trump administration until six weeks ago dealt with it as a civil matter and avoided the trauma of family separation by charging them for illegal entry and deporting them. During the first 15 months of when administration until Attorney General Sessions started this zero tolerance policy, the Trump administration, not the Obama administration, did this with nearly 100,000 immigrants who were apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border."