Blunt, McConnell

The farm bill (H.R. 2)

Senator Blunt: (2:01 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the farm bill.
    • "The vast majority of spending is in the nutrition parts of the farm bill. And the truth is that if you don't have what people need to sustain themselves of nutrition policy really doesn't matter unless what we do in agriculture works. So a lot of the debate here is about that. In my state, in Missouri, we have nearly 100,000 farms. The vast majority of those farms are family owned. They cover two-thirds of the real estate, two-thirds of the total land of our state. Industry supports 400,000 jobs in a state of six million people, so it's a substantial impact on what we do. We're located, you and I both, Mr. President, the Mississippi river valley is the biggest piece of contiguous agriculture ground in the world."


Senator McConnell: (2:32 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.
    • "He served on the federal bench for 43 years. In particular, we owe him a debt of thanks for his ardent defense of the First Amendment and the First Amendment's right to political speech. As Justice Kennedy concludes his tenure on the court, we wish him, his wife Mary and their family every happiness in the years ahead. The Senate stands ready to fulfill its constitutional role by offering advice and consent on President Trump's nominee to fill this vacancy. We will vote to confirm Justice Kennedy's successor this fall. As in the case of Justice Gorsuch, senators will have the opportunity to meet with President Trump's nominee, examine his or her qualifications, and debate the nomination."