Murkowski, Cornyn, Young- Correction

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 6147)

Senator Murkowski: (11:46 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "And so when - when you speak about the merits of the program, I find nothing that I can - can disagree with in terms of the benefits that we see. Why I rise to express my - my objection to advancing the amendment is that the effort that you have raised is to permanently seek to authorize this program. This program is currently authorized, and as you have appropriately pointed out, it is authorized through September 30 of this year. The measure that you bring before us would be to permanently authorize. It is in its very nature authorizing on an appropriations here - appropriations bill."


Senator Cornyn: (11:58 a.m.)

  • Spoke on Republican economic policy.
    • "Yesterday the chair of the president's Economic Council of Advisors brought a number of charts and a welcomed message, and that is the American economy is very strong and many of the predictions made during the course of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act debate have proven to be true. The - the positive comments. The negative comments have been proven false in terms of what the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act would do to restart this great economic engine known as the American economy. Back home in Texas we issued our monthly employment report, and it includes good news, which I would also like to share. First, Texas created 27,000 new jobs in June. That's a whole lot of people moving up, pursuing new opportunities and moving into our state from places where they don't have those opportunities."
  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "We have been voting on well-qualified nominees to fill the federal bench and we've been confirming them at a record pace. These are people who will, by definition, serve for a lifetime. That's what federal judges do in our country. They have life tenure. They're not subject to election. They get Independence that goes along with it and a unique job in our system of government of calling balls and strikes, applying the law to the facts of an individual case. And it's an incredibly important role to play. But sadly, we've heard during the discussion about Judge Kavanaugh that we will take up here soon, it increasingly appears that some of our democratic colleagues aren't particularly interested in the qualifications of the nominee."


Senator Young: (12:13 p.m.)

  • Spoke on skills training.
    • "So here are just a few reasons why investing in C.T.E. is so critical to our country. By 2020, 30% of job openings -- 30% - will require some college or a two-year degree. In the next ten years, 3 million workers will be required for the nation's infrastructure needs. High school students who take C.T.E. classes have higher graduation rates, we know, and they are more likely to find employment or attain higher education. Postsecondary C.T.E. programs are also a proven cost-effective means to obtain a credential or other form of degree. So it's worth noting that this reauthorization of our nation's career and technical education law includes important components from legislation introduced by our Senate C.T.E. Caucus."