Hatch, Whitehouse, Sullivan, Casey, Wicker

Motion to Concur in the House Amendment to the Senate Amendment, with a further amendment, to the vehicle for the CR (H.R. 1892)

Senator Hatch: (12:12 p.m)

  • Spoke on government funding legislation.
    • "Indeed, this legislation once passed and signed into law will be the combination of years of work put in by members of the Finance Committee on both sides of the aisle. I want to take some time to say a few words about some of the bipartisan victories take will be achieved through this legislation. I should warn you, though, Mr. President, this will take a few minutes because there are quite a few provisions to discuss. For starters let's just talk about health care. Among the more prominent victories in this bill is an extension of the Children's Health Insurance Program for an additional four years."

 

Senator Whitehouse: (12:23 p.m)

  • Spoke on climate change.
    • "These three industry groups have been instrumental in blocking climate action, using lobbying, dark money election spending, and threats of dark money election spending. Today I want to take a look at the biggest and swampiest of the three, the so-called U.S Chamber of Commerce. First let's clear up common misperceptions about the chamber. It is not a government agency and it bears almost no relation to your hometown chamber of commerce. Instead of representing the interests of small businesses, the chamber represents the interests of giant corporations, international corporations and the ultra-rich."

 

Senator Sullivan: (12:39 p.m)

  • Spoke on Coast Guard funding.
    • "Mr. President, today I rise with my colleagues, Senator Wicker from Mississippi, Senator Casey from the great state of Pennsylvania, to talk about legislation that's of vital importance, I believe, to every state in the country. Certainly mine, the great state of Alaska. But most importantly, Mr. President, it is vitally important legislation to the men and women who serve in the United States Coast Guard. And I'm going to talk about them for a minute, but in addition to the legislation we're talking about here, it's also vitally important to our maritime and fishing communities as well. So very important legislation. Which legislation am I talking about? Senate bill 1129, the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2017."

 

Senator Casey: (12:51 p.m)

  • Spoke on Coast Guard funding.
    • "Currently, vessels - vessel owners and operators are forced to comply with a patchwork of overly burdensome and confusing federal and state regulations for vessel ballast water and incidental discharges. This act, the CVIDA Act would establish uniform national standards and requirements governing ballast water discharges and other discharges that occur during normal operation of vessels. CVIDA would provide the maritime industry with a consistent, uniform regulatory structure while ensuring there are environmental protections in place to protect our nation's ports and waterways."

 

Senator Wicker: (12:56 p.m)

  • Spoke on Coast Guard funding.
    • "Then the coast guard would be part of the enforcement. E.P.A has readily said we're not able to be in the enforcement business in the waters of the United States. So they're going to help with the science according to this new proposal. And the Coast Guard is going to help with the enforcement. Who's for this? 300 businesses, labor unions, ports, terminal operators. They're all in it together and they all say this would work. This is not an example of one side getting up some numbers on a partisan basis and deciding to try to run over the others. As a matter of fact, this is such a bipartisan idea, Mr. President, that we have over 60 senators in favor of this proposal."