Schumer, Shelby, Leahy

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 6147)

Senator Schumer: (10:17 a.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to Capitol Police Officer Jacob Chesnut and Detective John Gibson.
    • "Madam President, first, 20 years ago today, in the late afternoon, shots rang out in this building. A mentally ill individual armed with a gun was coming through security when he shot Capitol Police Officer Jacob Chestnut. He then approached the Capitol office of Tom Delay and engaged Detective John Gibson. They exchanged gunfire. Detective Gibson, Officer Chestnut lost their lives in the line of duty protecting this building's occupants and visitors."
  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "As a partisan political lawyer during the Clinton and Bush eras, Brett Kavanaugh has a paper trail a mile long. No doubt, the White House and Leader Mcconnell were aware of this history when his nomination was made. The length of Judge Kavanaugh's record, however, is no reason to shirk our responsibility as senators to review it. Yet, the distinguished chairman of the Judiciary Committee has already suggested there is no reason to review Judge Kavanaugh's full record before proceeding with his nomination. Leader Mcconnell threatened to play political hardball if Democrats insisted on object staining judge Kavanaugh's full record."
  • Spoke on President Trump's foreign policy.
    • "He's the president. Second, the tweets suggest a pattern in President Trump's foreign policy in which the president uses heated rhetoric with foreign capitals to inflame tensions so that later on the president can pretend to ride in and save the day with a more measured tone. It's sort of like a kabuki play that screws up our foreign policy. We saw this play out in North Korea. President Trump repeatedly insulted Kim Jong-un on Twitter, only to declare world peace once the two of them had met."


Senator Shelby: (10:36 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "Madam President, we have not debated an interior appropriations bill on the floor of the United States Senate in nearly ten years. The financial services appropriations bill has not seen floor action in several years either. Why, Madam President? Because year after year party-line votes in committees represented the end of the line in the legislative process. Yet here we are today debating both of these appropriations bills and more on the Senate floor. So what changed, Madam President? What changed was the mind-set of appropriators on both sides of the aisle who embraced a willingness to sacrifice partisan riders and priorities outside the committee's jurisdiction for the good of the process."


Senator Leahy: (10:39 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "And I worry that the House is proceeding on a different path. They pass bipartisan bills filled with poison pill riders that cannot and will not pass the Senate. Madam President, funding the government is one of our most basic constitutional responsibilities. You go across this country, you find the American people expect us to work together. They expect us to reach across the aisle, to reach agreement on these bills. The programs funded in these bills make a real difference in the American people's lives, and they shouldn't be held hostage to unrelated partisan policy fights. So when we get to conference on these bills, the house will reverse course to do their work in bipartisan fashion for the benefit of all Americans, not just Republicans, not just Democrats but all Americans."