Cassidy, Alexander, Shelby

Executive Session (Benczkowski Nomination)

Senator Cassidy: (11:45 a.m.)

  • Spoke on National Flood Insurance.
    • "The same time line in this motion was passed by the Senate a few weeks ago by unanimous consent during consideration of the farm bill. The National Flood Insurance Program insures programs in every state, insuring $1.12 trillion in assets if the NFIB is not extended, people will not be able to renew or purchase new flood insurance policies and more people would be without flood insurance during peak hurricane season. Given the - this is so kind of to the moment because given the series of emergency supplemental appropriations bills the senate has passed, and expiration of the NFIB puts the U.S. taxpayer in the very vulnerable position of funding more uninsured losses in emergency supplemental appropriations legislation."


Senator Alexander: (11:48 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "In the next few minutes, the Senate will be taking the next steps on an appropriations process that is being conducted the way an appropriations process is supposed to be conducted. Boy Scouts shouldn't get a merit badge for telling the truth and senators shouldn't get a pat on the back for conducting an appropriations process the way it's supposed to be conducted, but it's worth noting that we're doing it since it's been a long time since we have done it. The right way means that we're moving ahead on three bills -- energy and water, legislative affairs, and military construction."


Senator Shelby: (11:53 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "This broad agreement was facilitated by a concerted effort from both parties to prevent partisan riders from poisoning the well. Thus far, we've been able to translate bipartisan cooperation among members of the Appropriations Committee into success here on the Senate floor. But this time - at this point I want to recognize and to commend the continued efforts of the committee members in the process, especially the Republican and democratic managers of this package. In particular, I want to thank Vice Chairman Leahy for his strong partnership in this effort, and Senator Alexander, who's here on the floor, who has guided this process and will chair the conference complete."