Reed, Whitehouse, Peters, Cardin, Van Hollen

Motion to Proceed to the vehicle for the immigration bill (H.R. 2579)

Senator Reed: (4:26 p.m)

  • Spoke on DACA.
    • "These people and their families have had to endure fits and starts of uncertainty as Democrats and some Republicans have worked tirelessly to advance the DREAM Act and other compromises offered chiefly by Senators Durbin and Graham also have supported by the presiding officer only to have President Trump and Republican majority find a way to say no or to stall the process. This week, however, the Senate has an opportunity to address the panic and stress the president caused not just for those on DACA and their families but also for our nation's businesses and our broader economy. I thank my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for this chance for an open debate on a solution for dreamers."


Senator Whitehouse: (4:57 p.m)

  • Spoke on climate change.
    • "I'm here for my 197th Time to Wake Up speech. We're getting a little dog eared but we keep doggedly along. Last week I spoke about corporate America outsourcing its lobbying to the U.S Chamber of Commerce, a determined enemy of any action on climate change. When pro-climate companies support the chamber, they support its anti-climate lobbying and its anti-climate election spending and threatening and they enable the chamber's anti-climate stranglehold with the fossil fuel industry on Congress."


Senator Peters: (5:20 p.m)

  • Spoke on rural broadband.
    • "The administration's plan fails to provide any dedicated funding for rural broadband. Strategic federal investments are needed to fill in the gaps for states and local communities struggling to keep up with the internet demands of today, let alone getting ahead of the connectivity demands of tomorrow. This administration's infrastructure proposal would only create more gaps. Although the administration is advertising their infrastructure proposal as a $1.7 trillion plan, $1.5 trillion of it would fall on the backs of cash-strapped state and local governments. If this is all that they are proposing, this is simply a lost opportunity."


Senator Cardin: (5:27 p.m)

  • Spoke on DACA.
    • "And I strongly support that and would vote for a bill on the floor right now tonight that's been introduced by some of our colleagues that protects the dreamers in and of itself, with nothing else connected to it. We should do it. It shouldn't be controversial. But I also urge us to make sure that we take care of those that are in T.P.S status. It's a smaller group. It doesn't have the same degree of national attention, but it's the same values, the same economic concerns, it's the same families and it's the same issues. So I hope we find a way in which we can include both the dreamers and T.P.S and protect their status here in America, give them pathways to citizenship because it's the right thing for them, it's the right thing for their families, it's the right thing for our nation, it's the right thing for our economy."


Senator Van Hollen: (5:41 p.m)

  • Spoke on DACA.
    • "They know no other country as home. They have been in classrooms with our kids. They have pledged allegiance to the flag. They are now students either in college or working in businesses. Some of them are small business owners. Many serve in our armed forces. And it would be disgraceful if after welcoming these young people, we were to cast them away. Unfortunately, last September President Trump lit the fuse on the deportation of the dreamers, and that clock has been ticking every day and every month as we approach the March 5 deadline. And so we as a Senate, as Republicans and Democrats, but more importantly as Americans, need to come together and finally do our work so that we operate as a body that can help solve problems in this country."