Collins, Reed, Hoeven

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 6147)

Senator Collins: (10:51 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "Again, we're going in the order that the Maritime Administration tells us these ships will meet the end of their useful life. It would be great to be able to replace all of the ships at the same time, but we simply can't afford to do that, and that's where prioritizing the ships as the agency recommends. Replacing these ships is, however, important to providing training capacity for all six of the state maritime academies, including the one that I am very proud of, the Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine. It will ensure that the cadets receive the training hours that they need to graduate on time and to join the work force. "


Senator Reed: (11:15 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "Her leadership, her commitment to fairness and to ensuring that all of our colleagues had the opportunity to help make investments in their states is remarkable and deeply, deeply appreciated. -- deeply, deeply appreciated. We looked at all of these suggestions and recommendations. We received guidance from Chairman Shelby and Vice Chairman Leahy, and I appreciate their creative and constructive role, appeared we were able to produce legislation which I am remarkably proud of and, again, thank the chairman for her great work."


Senator Hoeven: (11:24 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "We've worked hard to invest taxpayer dollars responsibly, funding programs that provide direct benefits to our farmers, our ranchers and rural communities, supporting programs that provide direct health and safety benefits again to every single American every single day. Ag supports more than 16 million jobs nationwide and forms the backbone of our rural communities. Our agricultural producers are the best in the world at what they do. We have to work hard to give them a level playing field because they produce food, fuel, and fiber for this country but also for countries around the world. We really do feed the world. And so we need access to those markets to do so. This is, of course, in part the result of smart investment in America's ag research infrastructure."