Hoeven, Thune, Whitehouse, Grassley

Motion to Proceed to the farm bill (H.R. 2)

Senator Hoeven: (4:13 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the farm bill.
    • "So I'm pleased we're able to draft a bill that will give our farmers and ranchers the support they need to continue to produce the food, fuel, and fiber that makes our country grow and provides the same thanks to so many in other - things to so many other countries in the world. Leading up to consideration of the farm bill we worked to gather input from farmers and ranchers in my state and across the country. Over the past year I've held roundtables back home. I've hosted Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue so he could hear from our ranchers and farmers so he could hear about their priorities. The bill provides many of these important provisions and supports the great work done by our farmers and ranchers in North Dakota and across the country."


Senator Thune: (4:33 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the farm bill.
    • "These bills set the rules of the road for farmers and ranchers. They govern crop insurance and livestock disaster programs which is so important for those working in an industry where bad weather can wipe out a year's work. They set the rules for conservation programs. They cover farm loan programs and much more. This year's farm bill is particularly important as farmers and ranchers are facing a tough Ag economy. Net farm income is half of what it was four or five years ago. Now, more than ever, Mr. President, farmers and ranchers need to know with certainty what the rules of the road will be so that they can plan well for the future."


Senator Whitehouse: (4:43 p.m.)

  • Spoke on climate change.
    • "Let's start with Pruitt's record in the courts. A number of E.P.A.'s regulatory actions or its failures to regulate have been challenged in court. Republicans continue to rubber stamp Trump's activist extreme right-wing and polluter-friendly judicial nominees, but American the court, nevertheless, remain a forum in which outright lies are not countenanced and which regulatory agencies such as E.P.A. Have to demonstrate the scientific, technical, economic, and legal basis of their regulatory decisions."


Senator Grassley: (5:02 p.m.)

  • Spoke on U.S. immigration policy.
    • "This a crisis that has been surging since way back in 2014, just new reaching a new peak. I said it before and I'll say it again, I find it ridiculous to suggest that members of my political party, the Republican Party, somehow support the idea of separating families. No one wants families separated. No one wants to see families exploited. To suggest otherwise is to feed the frenzy that has been whipped up over the last few days. Lost in this frenzy is the reality that the only group standing to truly benefit while America's divided here are smugglers, drug cartels, and human traffickers."