Carper, Grassley, Nelson, Brown

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 6147)

Senator Carper: (4:15 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "I want to address what is important to the rural and small towns and our economy. However some of our Republican friends will not allow us for a - for a bipartisan amendment to be considered for a vote. The amendment was offered by Senators Heitkamp, Senator Moran, and myself. And the goal of our amendment is pretty simple, and that is to protect American taxpayers from misguided efforts to privatize the postal service. Frankly, I think this amendment should be an easy vote for our colleagues. A couple of Republican colleagues are reluctant to tell their constituents that they support rural and small America losing their postal services."


Senator Grassley: (4:26 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "These materials are the most relevant to assessing Judge Kavanaugh's legal thinking. We expect to receive more than one million pages of documents from Judge Kavanaugh's time in the White House Counsel's Office and the Office of Independent Counsel. This will be the largest document production in connection with a Supreme Court nominee ever. By comparison, we received only 175 pages of White House records for Justice Kagan. But Democrats want gratuitous and unnecessary paper from Judge Kavanaugh's time as staff White House secretary. This is an unreasonable request, and I think they know it."


Senator Nelson: (4:36 p.m.)

  • Spoke on 3-D printed guns.
    • "Now, it's true that there are plans that are out there because when there's anything, it's going to get out there on the internet. But to say as a matter of governmental policy that we're' not going to try to stop something that we try to stop every day in our activities, going into an airport or a government building, and we're going to sudden thri put the plans out - suddenly put the plans out there so people can go around and manufacture with hard plastic - and manufacture. With hard plastic, a gun that looks like this or some variant therein of which you grab the handle here and you can see there's the trigger. You do that and you suddenly have a lethal weapon that can't be detected by a metal detector."


Senator Brown: (5:01 p.m.)

  • Spoke on federal government employees.
    • "I'm joined on the floor by Senator Cardin, one of the best advocates for people in this body and especially federal workers who have contributed so much. We'll talk about that. Senator Hirono from Hawaii is also joining us as are Senator Van Hollen and Murray, Senator Kaine, Senator Cortez Masto will join in a different venue and Senator Tester spoke earlier today. We stand on behalf of dedicated public servants who get up every day to work for American taxpayers. They are men and women who support our armed forces and support our veterans. They make sure that Social Security checks go out and that Medicare is taking care of seniors."