Smith, Bennet, Boozman, Udall

The farm bill (H.R. 2)

Senator Smith: (5:23 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy.
    • "The court found that this fundamental right cannot be unduly burdened with regulatory restrictions and requirements by the state or federal governments. This was just one in a long line of Supreme Court decisions that affirm a woman's right to make personal private decisions about her health care and family planning. Whole women's health recognized that in order to protect women's constitutional rights, it is not enough that abortion services are theoretically available. They must also be practically accessible. It is especially important to recognize the anniversary of this important decision today because just yesterday the Supreme Court issued another decision, one that unfortunately threatens to make it harder for women to receive reliable and accurate information about the full range of their reproductive health care options."


Senator Bennet: (5:35 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the farm bill.
    • "Feed shortages are even forcing ranchers in southwest Colorado to sell off their cattle. Besides deficit reduction our farmers and ranchers - besides drought, our farmers are dealing with a broken immigration system that is actually putting some of them out of business because they can't find workers. And uncertainty over trade because of the administration's unusual approach to our foreign policy. All of this has made it harder for them to plan for the next five months, let alone the next five years. This farm bill cannot come soon enough. Mr. President, the agriculture committee has put together an excellent piece of legislation."


Senator Boozman: (5:47 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the farm bill.
    • "While we work to ensure passage of bills that fund vital federal programs, we must also continue to pass the important bills that authorize them. We have a chance this week to add to our list of bipartisan achievements by passing the farm bill which was recently approved by the Ag Committee with overwhelming support from both sides of the aisle. If you have ever been to Arkansas, I don't need to tell you how important the farm bill is to our state. You've seen it. You've seen the cotton fields, the rice silos, the chicken farms, the cattle ranches. We have it all in the natural state. In fact, 95% of Arkansas' land resources are devoted to agriculture and forestry."


Senator Udall: (5:56 p.m.)

  • Spoke on U.S. immigration policy.
    • "I rise today to talk about the immigration crisis that this president has generated. The nation has seen images of children trapped behind wire fencing, children sleeping on concrete floors. We've seen the tents hurriedly set up to house children separated from their parents. And we've seen the video of Jessica, who doesn't know where her mother is and wants to talk to her. We've heard the audio of young children crying out for their mothers and fathers. And we've heard the audio of a detention facility staff person telling the kids not to talk to the press, claiming it will hurt their immigration case. As of June 12, on American soil, over 100 babies under the age of one year are being held in detention by the American government."