Burr, Bennet, Sasse, Merkley

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 6157)

Senator Burr: (3:15 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "We have a falls called the Cawtawba falls. It's a popular falls in North Carolina. But the trail to get to the falls is over private land. Therefore, those who venture there for the recreational benefits and beauty of the falls find a circuitous route to get there, and in many cases we have individuals that become injured, and this becomes very costly to local emergency services because when you extract somebody from an inholding that you have no public access to, you have to airlift those individuals out. The foothills conservancy recognized this need and this wonderful land trust was able to move quickly when the landowner became willing to sell for public access."


Senator Bennet: (3:32 p.m.)

  • Spoke on U.S. energy policy.
    • "President Trump has campaigned for years on the idea that there's a war on coal ignoring his own Department of Energy's observation that the reason why coal has fallen as a source of our energy is that natural gas because of the ingenuity of the American people has become so cheap. That's what displays coal but he ignores it like he ignores economic reality after economic reality. This is not going to help Colorado. We added 230,000 outdoor recreation jobs and we got 170,000 ag jobs that are inseparably linked to the stability of our climate change. Colorado does not have the luxury of operating in a fictitious economy."


Senator Sasse: (3:40 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the possibility of the dismissal of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
    • "I rise today to speak to the issue of the leadership of the Department of Justice. Mr. Sasse: It's been a change couple of hours. Lots and lots of goofy talk about firing the attorney general. And I've - I would just like to say in public what I've been saying to my colleagues in a message I just communicated to the president of the United States. And that is that it would be a very, very, very bad idea to fire the attorney general because he's not executing his job as a political hack. That is not the job of the attorney general. The attorney general's job is to be faithful to the Constitution and to the rule of law. Jeff Sessions just had to issue a statement about two hours ago which I would like to read."


Senator Merkley: (3:44 p.m.)

  • Spoke on U.S. energy policy.
    • "Carbon pollution that has all kinds of effects we're seeing across the country from raging forest fires in the northwest with my state covered in smoke to the stronger, more powerful hurricanes that hit my colleague from Texas' city of Houston to my colleague from Florida's cities in Florida to the impact across the country on agriculture, the impact with greater droughts in some cases greater floods in others. One of the single, most effective steps that can be taken is to reduce the amount of carbon pollution from power plants, power plants and transportation. Let's be clear."