Cruz, Reed, Nelson, Heinrich

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 6157)

Senator Cruz: (12:44 p.m.)

  • Spoke on Hurricane Harvey.
    • "Madam President, I rise today to recognize the first anniversary of Hurricane Harvey's destruction along the Texas gulf coast. This Saturday marks one year since the most destructive storm in Texas history made landfall. Hurricane Harvey is now considered the second most costly hurricane in U.S. history. Second only to Hurricane Katrina. But, more importantly, more tragically, hurricane Harvey took many, many precious lives."


Senator Reed: (12:58 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "This organization, the CFPB with their service members' office, has all the authority it needs and the obligation to protect the men and women who protect us. So their website says that it has helped return hundreds of millions of dollars in the pockets of service members affected by harmful practice. The CFPB through the office of service member affairs has returned hundreds of millions of dollars to men and women in uniform who were being victimized by unscrupulous operators and we're going to stop that? We're going to walk away from success?"


Senator Nelson: (1:06 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "And before we update it in law, we need to get the consumer finance protection bureau to act and to protect the consumer. The law says that creditors, and I quote, may not impose an interest rate higher than 36%, and it says that specifically on service members. There's no ambiguity there. So the CFPB ought to enforce that law until we update it with this new one. And then when you have to force the member of the military to have to be concerned and harassed and take away from his duties and to file a complaint with the CFPB, it just ignores the law and what is there to protect the very people that we want to protect."


Senator Heinrich: (1:18 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Before they broke the rules requiring 60 votes ensured both parties would have a real seat at the table and that mainstream nominees would be nominated and confirmed with the advice and consent of the Senate. Now we have been told that we must accept the resulting new normal of a politicized and completely partisan selection process to fill any new vacancy on the court. Well, I for one refuse to legitimize this broken process. Under these broken rules, the minority party even in as closely divided a senate as we currently have today has effectively zero ability to say wait, to say hold up, to say there is something about this nominee that is too extreme or too disqualifying for a lifetime appointment to the highest court in the land. That is not democratic."