Inhofe, Collins, Cornyn

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 6157)

Senator Inhofe: (4:02 p.m.)

  • Spoke on U.S. energy policy.
    • "You can't look at success and see what's happening and really appreciate it without rousing everyone on the other side with extreme accusations. With every executive order, the Congressional Review Act resolution that rolled back burdensome regulation after burdensome regulation, we heard that the end of the days were coming. Now, let's pause for a minute here and see how you get rid of some of these regulations. You have two ways of getting rid of regulations. One is you do it with an executive order. Sometimes that adopt work, you can't use an executive order in certain types of regulations, so you have to go to the Congressional Review Act."
  • Spoke on Republican economic policy.
    • "I think it's kind of interesting to go back and look at the fact that they have 4% unemployment. You know, I have always considered for as long as I can remember, 4% unemployment is full employment. There is always going to be some unemployables, but 4% is considered to be full employment. That's what we have. It's kind of interesting. I was in Texas last week. One of my liberal friends were down there. I was talking about what can you say now? Look at the economy. The economy has never been better."
  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Again, the Supreme Court agreed with him. They're on his side. This opinion is also instructive to see his thinking on proper -- the proper role of the courts in our system of government. In his opinion, he wrote, quote, as a court, it is not our job to make the policy choices and set the statutory boundaries but to emphatically our job is to carefully and firmly enforce the statutory boundaries. This is the consistent part of his jurisprudence. Because of his position on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, Kavanaugh has had many opportunities to check the federal government's overreach."


Senator Collins: (4:41 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "By including funding for three Arleigh Burke-class destroyers in fiscal year 2019 while also including $250 million in advance procurement funding for an additional destroyer in fiscal year 2020. Mr. President, this funding signals our strong belief that the Navy should sustain an aggressive rate of growth for large-surface combatants in fiscal year 2020 and beyond in order to project strength in an increasingly dangerous and complex world. In recognition of national security imperatives, the Navy's own 2016 fleet structure assessment increased the target number for large-surface combatants to 104 ships from the 88 ships called for under the previous 308-ship Navy requirement."


Senator Cornyn: (4:58 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "These two appropriations bill are two of the largest ones in the federal government. One, of course, is for the Department of Defense, which appropriately is the number-one priority of the federal government, to maintain the peace and keep our nation safe. And the other funds the department of labor, health, and human services, and education. After we pass these bills this week - which we will - we will have passed 9 of the 12 appropriations bills which cover 87% of discretionary spending. When I mention discretionary spending, it's noteworthy that about 70% of what the federal government spends is not discretionary spending."
  • Spoke on Republican economic policy.
    • "These are the men and women like Virginia Davis, a small business owner, who said the changes will help keep expenses down and help her company buy new equipment. Then there's Susan case circumstance a widow in new Brownsville, Texas, who's working part-time even when facing health issues. She wrote saying she appreciated our efforts saying that every little bit helps, close quote, especially when she's been saving up the money to go visit her grandson in California. In Texas, our economy has been robust for a long time now, and we heard that the last month, more than 23,000 jobs were added."
  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
    • "His confirmation process includes the largest production of documents ever in the Senate's consideration of a Supreme Court nominee. And I appreciate Chairman Chuck Grassley spearheading the effort in such a transparent, efficient, and thorough manner. Of course, to see how a judge will behave once elevated to the Supreme Court, the best evidence of how they will perform their job is how they have performed as a lower-court judge, as Judge Kavanaugh has been over the last 12 years on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. The best way to find out about his judicial philosophy, his temperament, and how he actually handles cases is how he's done exactly each of those things during the 12 years while serving on the D.C. Circuit."