Burr, Murkowski, Donnelly, Wicker

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 6157)

Senator Burr: (12:06 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "There's one change that I'm offering today, and that's the ability for LWCF to be reviewed every three years for all future congresses, if they believe it is warranted, and it does so by including a joint resolution of disapproval every three years in perpetuity. Meaning an individual from this body can come to the floor, and with the appropriate votes for disapproval, can eliminate the automatic reauthorization. This is a permanent authorization of LWCF, but every three years the Senate as a body can vote to disapprove the automatic reauthorization and, in fact, they would essentially bring an end to the program. Now, the provision gives congress a chance to take another look at the program every couple of years, which seems to be in line with what a number of my colleagues currently want, given the short period options that I've been offered in the past few years."


Senator Murkowski: (12:23 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "And the provisions, the language that he has utilized in this proposed bill is language that we had included for the most part in our bill, with the addition of what he has suggested with the opportunity every three years to revisit this. So it takes the good core of a bill that has already passed, kind of stood the test of fire, if you will, there. But I think it is important to note that with that energy bill, that LWCF piece was part of a negotiated package that did include other components. I think we would still like to see those other components moving through. I'm certainly committed to working to advance them and have told the senator from North Carolina that that is my intention."


Senator Donnelly: (12:27 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "In some communities and states like my home state of Indiana with a long history of commercial and industrial manufacturing the potential for exposure to hazardous contamination is a reality that must be constantly monitored and carefully managed. For that reason, I'd like to talk about why our work on this appropriations bill that would fund agencies including the Departments of Labor as well as Health and Human Services, is so important. Last week the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, also known as ATSDR, held a community meeting in east Chicago, Indiana, to discuss the ongoing impacts of lead exposure in particular neighborhoods built over an old United States Steel lead smelter."


Senator Wicker: (12:34 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Yesterday the distinguished minority leader of the United States Senate came to the floor and suggested Republicans and Judge Kavanaugh are hiding something. This raises the question, Madam President, how much can you hide about a distinguished judge who's been issuing opinions for 12 straight years on the circuit court of appeals? How much can you hide about that person's legal philosophy? Now, in the past my friend Senator Schumer has asserted the best way to evaluate judicial nominees was to review their judicial record. Perhaps he should follow that advice this year, 2018, in our approach to Judge Kavanaugh."