Warren, Barrasso, Klobuchar, McConnell

Motion to Concur in the House Amendment to the Senate Amendment to the Defense Appropriations Bill (H.R. 695)

Senator Warren: (12:14 p.m)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Jeff Sessions to be Attorney General.
    • "It helped sink the nomination of Jeff Sessions for the federal judgeship for which he'd been nominated back in the 1980's, and I hoped by reminding the Senate of its bipartisan rejection of Sessions in the 1980's, that letter might help us once again come together in a bipartisan way to say that this kind of bigotry shouldn't be allowed in our criminal justice system. That was my plan. But for reading those words, the words of an icon of the civil rights movement, I was booted off the Senate floor. Every one of my Republican colleagues present that night voted to shut me up for reading Mrs. King's words. And the next day every single Republican voted to confirm Jeff Sessions, a man deemed too racist to hold a federal court judgeship in 1986."

 

Senator Barrasso: (12:19 p.m)

  • Spoke on infrastructure investment.
    • "Five years. That's just one type of review that the construction projects have to go through before workers can put a shovel in the ground. Regulations and red tape have become unreasonable. They have become excessive. There was a study recently that looked at all of these regulatory delays and the cost of the delays. It found that the cost of delaying the start of all of these public infrastructure projects in this country by doing it by six-year delay is over $3 trillion. Not millions. Not billions. $3.7 trillion. So think of how much we could actually accomplish, how much we could save if we could cut out these delays just a little bit. That's what's possible. In 2011, the Obama Administration picked 14 infrastructure "

 

Senator Klobuchar: (12:38 p.m)

  • Spoke on interference in the 2016 elections.
    • "That's why senators Lankford, Harris, graham, and I have introduced legislation that will bring state and local election officials, cybersecurity experts, and national security personnel together to provide resources and guidance on how states can best protect themselves from cyber attacks. Second, we need reliable backup measures in place when something goes wrong. Each state administers its own elections. Our decentralized election process is both a strength and a weakness. It's a strength to have multiple states using multiple systems. Then there can never be one centralized place to hack. We saw this in 2016. Russian hackers attempted to breach the systems in many states but were only successful in one."

 

Senator McConnell: (12:43 p.m)

  • Spoke on government funding legislation.
    • "The compromise we have reached will ensure that for the first time in years, our armed forces will have more of the resources they need to keep America safe. It will help us serve the veterans who bravely served us. And it will ensure funding for important efforts such as disaster relief, infrastructure, and building on our work to fight opioid abuse and drug addiction. This bill is the product of extensive negotiations among congressional leaders and the white house. No one would suggest it is perfect, but we worked hard to find common ground and stay focused on serving the American people. First and foremost, this bipartisan agreement will unwind the sequestration cuts that have hamstrung our armed forces and jeopardized our national security."
  • Spoke on DACA.
    • "Now on one final matter, as I said publicly many times, our upcoming debate on DACA, border security, and other issues will be a process that is fair to all sides. The bill I move to, which will not have underlying immigration text, will have an amendment process that will ensure a level playing field at the outset. The amendment process will be fair to all sides, allowing the sides to alternate proposals for consideration and for votes."