Roberts, Durbin, Cornyn

The farm bill (H.R. 2)

Senator Roberts: (10:16 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the farm bill.
    • "The bill that passed the agriculture committee with a strong 20-1 vote earlier this vote addresses many of those concerns. In fact, the Ag Committee passed product including portions of 65 stand-alone bills and an additional 73 amendments were adopted in the committee. And we have also included 18 amendments in today's substitute amendment. Needless to say, we have worked to include as many priorities from members both on and off the Ag Committee, and we want to continue to work with members to address their concerns. That's why we're here. We are endeavoring to craft a farm bill that meets the needs of producers all across -- across all regions and all crops."

 

Senator Durbin: (10:29 a.m.)

  • Spoke on U.S. immigration policy.
    • "Late last week President Trump issued an executive order saying he was ending this family separation, but that order didn't contain one word about what was going to happen to these children. No resolution of the whole question of reuniting these children with their parents. I learned about this matter months ago. Well, several weeks ago at least, when we learned that a mother from the Congo had made it through South America and Central America to our border in California, presenting herself with her six-year-old daughter, asking for asylum because of fear of persecution and death back in her home country. That happened six months ago, and they removed her six-year-old daughter from her custody and flew the girl 2,000 miles to Chicago."

 

Senator Cornyn: (10:41 a.m.)

  • Spoke on U.S. immigration policy.
    • "We all remember 2014 when the vast wave of unaccompanied children coming across the border from Central America was called a humanitarian crisis by President Obama. And it was because we simply were not prepared to deal with the medical and other needs -- feed, house, and take care of these tens of thousands of children that were streaming across the border, because Central America basically has some very serious problems which are resulting in people fleeing from those countries and seeking in many cases asylum here in the United States. But the idea that President Trump started something new when he decided to enforce the law, or that this phenomenon of children coming across the border is something new is simply not the case."