Gillibrand, Grassley, Blunt, Boozman

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 5895)

Senator Gillibrand: (2:08 p.m.)

  • Spoke on U.S. immigration policy.
    • "Mr. President, I rise to speak about the humanitarian crisis that is at our southern border right now. We are living through a moment in history when we are literally sending babies and sod letters into - and toddlers into detention camps. Think about that, Mr. President. Think about what I just said. Our federal government is sending babies and toddlers to detention camps. It's immoral. It's wrong. The A.P. broke a story last night that left me speechless. And I want the details of this horror recorded and documented in the official Senate record so that Americans years from now will look back on us, they will see how wrong we were. So I will read this article from the associated press called, quote, youngest migrants held in, quote, tender-age shelters."


Senator Grassley: (2:20 p.m.)

  • Spoke on tax reform.
    • "They could no longer, with a straight face, then argue tax cuts were really tax increases. Instead, they want hardworking Americans to believe that an extra $50 a week in their paycheck or a $1,000 bonus is what they call crumbs. With all due respect to my colleagues who believe this is true, you don't have a dog-gone clue what it is like in the real work for people who work or have to work for a living. That $1,000 bonus means a lot for a father or mother whose children need new school clothes or has a car that needs some repairs or simply wants to take the family for a vacation."


Senator Blunt: (2:33 p.m.)

  • Spoke on tax reform.
    • "You know, I said a number of times, Mr. President, on the floor as we debated the tax bill, there are two ways to increase people's take-home pay. One is to take less money out of the check that they already get. And nine out of ten Americans that paid income taxes last year found that one has happened for them. And two is to be sure that we have better jobs to start with. To have the economy where people are competing to get workers and competing to keep workers. As businesses try to attract new employees, they are setting new, higher minimum entry-level skills and minimum job compensation than they have had before. The national federation of independent business found that 35% of all small business owners reported increases in their labor compensation."


Senator Boozman: (2:44 p.m.)

  • Spoke on tax reform.
    • "As a result of the savings they're seeing from the tax reform bill, 75% of small- and independent business owners believe that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will have a positive impact on their businesses. Which is leading them to make plans to invest in hiring and increasing employees' compensation. I could go on and on islanding the good - highlighting the good news relating to the overhaul of our tax code but instead I want to spend a few minutes talking about what I've heard from small business owners and employees, beneficiaries of this historic reform on a recent visit that I made to Arkansas in the south and southwest regions."