Schumer, Leahy, Shelby

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 6157)

Senator Schumer: (3:30 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supeme Court.
    • "His public speeches and writings reveal a man with a nearly unbounded, almost monarchical view of executive power, and yet an incredibly limited interpretation of competitive accountability. Those - of executive accountability. Those beliefs are troubling at any moment in time, but they are particularly troubling at this moment in time as the president of the United States routinely belittles the rule of law and as his lawyers pronounced that they will fight a duly authorized subpoena, subpoena that has been obeyed in the past by previous presidents. And, Mr. President, there is still much about judge Kavanaugh that we don't know, because senate Republicans have engaged in a blatant historic obstruction of a large portion of his record."
  • Spoke on the revocation of C.I.A. Director John Brennan's security clearance.
    • "Then we found out on Saturday the president is openly considering reaching into the Justice Department to revoke security clearance of current career professionals who worked, this professional the president mentioned works drug case, anti-gang cases, based solely on rumors and innuendo spread by the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, hardly a credible source, and spurious other sources. Revoking the clearance of current justice department officials without cause is so far out of bounds for what can be considered the proper use of presidential power that it is appalling."


Senator Leahy: (3:42 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "But I want to thank Chairman Shelby for his commitment to a bipartisan process. That and the fact that we have been friends for decades has made this progress possible. But I also want to thank Senators Blunt and Murray and Durbin for their work on these bills. Again, a bipartisan effort. But I think the bipartisan process is due to the Shelby-Leahy-McConnell effort to move ahead on appropriations bills that have bipartisan support, spending levels agreed to in the bipartisan budget deal, and reject poison pill riders and controversial authorizing language."


Senator Shelby: (3:52 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "Second, Mr. President, we come to the floor this week on the heels of a stream of recent successes in passing appropriations bills. And, third, each of the bills in this package passed the Appropriations Committee by a vote of 30-1. These factors paved the way for the full Senate to consider this package, and I want to take a minute to thank the leaders on both sides, Senator McConnell, Senator Schumer, for agreeing to bring this bill to the floor. I also want to thank the vice chairman of the Appropriations Committee, Senator Leahy, for you sticking to the - for sticking to the agreement he and I made to move these bills in a bipartisan manner."