Fischer, Daines, Durbin, Barrasso

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

Senator Fischer: (2:15 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the farm bill.
    • "I rise today in strong support of the important legislation before us, and that is the 2018 farm bill. This is critical legislation for Nebraskans and for all Americans. It will provide certainty and predictability agriculture producers need to do their jobs of delivering abundant, high-quality, nutritious food to our nation. My husband Bruce and I have a family ranch in the sand hills of Nebraska. That is our home. That is where we live and that is where we work. I know firsthand that being a farmer and rancher is more than just a job; it's a way of life. 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It is one of life's most noble callings, to care for the land and god's creatures, to be stewards of our natural resources and feed the world."


Senator Daines: (2:30 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the great outdoors in Montana.
    • "You know, the outdoor life in Montana has a very special meaning for me. I grew up fishing, hunting, hiking, skiing. In fact, all over the state of Montana. In fact, in July of 1986, I proposed to my sweet wife Cindy after we hiked to the top of highlight peak just south of Bozeman, a peak a little over 10,000 feet. Seven and a half miles from the trailhead to the top and back. A long 15-mile day. I'm grateful she said yes. In fact, during the summer, I spend a lot of time backpacking in the bear tooth with our family. We bring along our mini Australian shepherds and bear spray. It's good practices. In Montana, outdoor recreation isn't just our way of life It's our economy."


Senator Durbin: (2:33 p.m.)

  • Spoke on U.S. immigration policy.
    • "The day that I visited, last Friday, was my second visit to one of their nine facilities in the city of Chicago. Very few, if any, people in that city, the great city that I'm proud to represent even know that heartland alliance exists. You see, the children are kept in residential neighborhoods in places that look like ordinary homes. The only giveaway is the security fence around the building is a little higher than most of the fences in the neighborhood. That's the only difference and in this busy neighborhood, there is a house with dozens of children inside. On the day that I was there, heartland alliance of Chicago had 66 children under their care who had been separated from their parents by our federal government over the last several weeks."


Senator Barrasso: (2:49 p.m.)

  • Spoke on healthcare reform.
    • "Small businesses really do need to be able to offer these better health benefits in order to compete for workers. So you need to be able to compete to provide affordable insurance, so they can afford it to provide it for their workers. At the same time people who buy their own insurance have seen prices more than double under Obamacare. We need to help those people get back to more reasonable rates so they're getting the care they need from a doctor they want at costs they can afford. But when Democrats wrote the health care law, passed it straight-party line votes, they actually targeted small businesses and forced them to pay more. Hard to believe but true."