Brown, Roberts, Stabenow

Motion to Proceed to the farm bill (H.R. 2)

Senator Brown: (5:17 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the minimum wage.
    • "They're holding up their end of the bargain, the bargain we're supposed to have in this country. But the corporations they work for don't pay them what they're worth. It's not just the workers in these jobs who get hurt by this. It's obviously their families. And it's interesting it's taxpayers. Here's why. When corporations refuse to pay workers a living wage, when they refuse them the opportunity to save for retirement, when they refuse to provide decent health care, they create a drag on the economy. You know why? Because taxpayers pick it up. Someone has to pick up the tab when corporations pay $9, $10, and $11. "

 

Senator Roberts: (6:02 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the farm bill.
    • "For the information of our colleagues, the Senate will proceed to the bill tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m., and the amendment process will begin after Senator Stabenow and I offer the bipartisan substitute, the first amendment offered on this side will be the Thune Amendment on the Conservation Preserve Program."

 

Senator Stabenow: (6:03 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the farm bill.
    • "I just want to say that I'm pleased that we're moving forward and looking forward to the first amendment we'll be voting on, Senator Thune's amendment, which I'm very supportive of. I'm looking forward to working with colleagues as we move through the bill. Hopefully we're on the road to getting this done this week."