Carper, Alexander

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 5895)

Senator Carper: (2:15 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "The Senate is getting ready to address soon, probably if not this month, then next, the water resources development legislation that Senator Barrasso, our chairman on the Environment and Public Works Committee and I have worked on. It's been reported unanimously out of the Environment and Public Works Committee. That bill called America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 makes investments in updating and expanding water infrastructure systems throughout this country. Along with reauthorizing the ongoing work of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, our legislation addresses a wide variety of priorities."


Senator Alexander: (2:21 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "In some cases the corps of engineers has completed projects under the budget. The corps had excess nonfederal funds paid by the project sponsor. His amendment which I'm happy to cosponsor requires the corps to provide a list of all those projects that have been completed and have that excess nonfederal funds that have been not been returned to the project sponsor put on that list. It also requires the corps to provide a final accounting for each project, and the status of the corps' plan to return the excess nonfederal funds. It does not increase federal spending."
  • Unanimous Consent –
    • That there be ten minutes of debate and following the use or yielding back of that time the Senate VOTE in relation to Gardner Amendment #2914 and Carper Amendment #2920 in relation to H.R. 5895, the minibus appropriations bill.
    • (Without Objection)