Schumer, Gillibrand, Graham, Merkley

Motion to Proceed to the Paul Budget Resolution (S. Con. Res. 36)

Senator Schumer: (10:32 a.m.)

  • Spoke on tax reform.
    • "Before I get into the substance of my remarks, I always listen diligently to my friend from Kentucky. There is a number that's missing in his charts. It's called 1.5 trillion. The reason we don't like government spending is because, he thinks, a lot of it's wasteful, okay. But the reason ultimately is also because there is a huge deficit. Our side scratches at the heads - at our heads, not only with our friend from Kentucky but of everyone on the other side who rails about too much government spending and creation of the deficit when they created the deepest hole they could have with the tax break that could have been paid for by closing loopholes."
  • Spoke on net neutrality.
    • "Yesterday was a good day for the future of the internet. Democrats forced the Senate to take an important step closer to restoring net neutrality. Another step closer to ensuring that large internet service providers don't get to hold all the cards. Another step closer to protecting equality of access to the internet. In doing so, Senate Democrats stood with the 86% of Americans who oppose the repeal of net neutrality. I'm proud to say that senator Markey's congressional review act resolution passed yesterday afternoon with the votes of every single Democrat, as well as three of our Republican colleagues."
  • Spoke on the Mueller investigation.
    • "There is nothing, nothing more serious to the integrity of a democracy than the guarantee of free and fair elections. Founding fathers warned about foreign interference. When I used to read that clause in high school, I said what do they mean? That's not going to happen. Well, they are a lot smarter than we are, as always. They knew this danger, and here it is 2018 and we see how real it was. It's what's the core of the special counsel's investigation. The investigation has already yielded multiple indictments and guilty pleas."

 

Senator Gillibrand: (10:44 a.m.)

  • Spoke on sexual harassment in Congress.
    • "The bill that would fix the way we de sexual harassment discrimination here in congress. The current system is broken. It makes no sense that a staffer who is sexually harassed or discriminated against has to possibly wait months for mediation, for counseling, for cooling off before he or she is able to even file a claim. This bill would also make sure that when a member of copping is sexually harassed or discriminated against someone on their staff, the taxpayers are not left holding the bag. That is what the bill does. There is no reasonable excuse for anyone to stand in the way. Our constituents do not deserve to have their hard-earned dollars paying for these settlements."

 

Senator Graham: (10:48 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the budget.
    • "I am tired of symbolism at the expense of our fighting men and women. I will engage in entitlement reform. Senator Paul had an entitlement reform bill for Medicare - I joined with him - Social Security. Let's do something like Simpson-Bowles. Let's go ahead and find way to deal with entitlement reform and deal with the discretionary budget not in a haphazard guessing kind of way. Count me in for wanting to balance the budget. But you got to go where the money is at. You got to do what Ronald Reagan and Tip O'Neill did. We got to do things for Medicare like the Gang of Six, Simpson-Bowles. What I will not symbolically lend my vote to is an approach to balancing the budget that doesn't give you a clue about how much money we're going to spend on the military for the next decade."

 

Senator Merkley: (10:58 a.m.)

  • Spoke on sexual harassment in Congress.
    • "It's been 100 days since the house acted on a significant and substantive reform of the process here in congress on how we address sexual harassment. There's been plenty of stories about how unacceptable the current system is. Now, in spite of how far women's rights and equality have come in America, too many women continue to face inequality, discrimination, and harmed day in and day O and our congressional workplace is not immune to that. The world is changing and the world is changing quickly and movements like the "me too" campaign are finally giving women a voice they need to stand up and say, no more."