Schumer, Young, Markey, Cardin

Motion to Concur in the House Amendment to the Senate Amendment to the Defense Appropriations Bill (H.R. 695)

Senator Schumer: (10:58 a.m)

  • Spoke on government funding legislation.
    • "As I said yesterday, it doesn't include everything that Democrats want nor everything that Republicans want. But it's a good deal for the American people, and it's a strong signal that we can break the gridlock that has overwhelmed this body and work together for the good of the country. Let me run through a few of the benefits that this agreement would provide. Our military has suffered from the uncertainty of endless short-term spending bills. This budget deal puts that to an end. It gives the military a significant boost in support and allows the Pentagon to make long-term decisions about its budget. It's the right thing to do, and I want to credit two people. First, my dear friend, Senator McCain."


Senator Young: (11:14 a.m)

  • Spoke on government funding legislation.
    • "I would like to take a moment to address the continuing resolution we'll vote on today. The Social Impact Partnerships to Pay for Results Act and the Modernizing the Interstate Placement of Children in Foster Care Act. Both are important to Hoosiers. I'm glad question see them become law after six years of working in a bipartisan way to get them across the finish line. Let me tell you why these for measures are so important to Hoosiers and really to all Americans. The social impact partnerships to pay for results act empowers our public and private sectors to implement evidence-based social and public health interventions, to address some of our nation's most pressing social challenges."


Senator Markey: (11:23 a.m)

  • Spoke on DACA.
    • "We are talking about immigrants whose parents brought them here when they were young to give them a better chance than they had in their home countries. We are talking about young immigrants who when they were children had no choice in the decision to come to the United States. These dreamers know no other home than the United States, and many of them have spent their lives in limbo identifying as Americans but lacking legal status and under the constant threat of being sent back to countries that are completely foreign to them. In 2012, president Obama took steps to protect some of these dreamers from deportation through an executive order. He established the program known as DACA or deferred action for childhood arrivals program."


Senator Cardin: (11:31 a.m)

  • Spoke on government funding legislation.
    • "The community health centers, Children's Health Insurance Program, ten-year extension, rural health care. There's a lot of good things in this bipartisan agreement to advance health care, and I'm pleased about it. But I just want to remind my colleagues that if we are successful in getting that enacted into law, we've still got to make sure that it is implemented in the manner in which we intended. And I give as an example the prudent layperson standard on emergency medical treatment. I was involved in that process in the 1990's. And the reason this came to our attention is that insurance programs in the 1990's was such that it was not unusual for an insurance company to deny payment for emergency services."