Grassley, Tester, Carper, Barrasso

The vehicle for the American Water Infrastructure Act (S. 3021)

Senator Grassley: (5:03 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
    • "The most important one is the first one, to thank a lot of people who helped me chair and oversee the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. And I should have given this speech 72 hours ago, but I was in a hurry to get to the airport. So I'm making up for lost time now. As everyone knows on Saturday the Senate confirmed Judge Brett Kavanaugh as our newest associate justice on the United States Supreme Court. So I come to the floor to thank the Senate staff who helped make that confirmation possible."
  • Spoke on Taiwan.
    • "I would like to extend my remarks to the people of Taiwan on this very important occasion and to express my appreciation for the U.S.-Taiwan relationship. We were allies in World War II and have been close strategic and economic partners for a very long time. However, as the government of the Republic of China and Taiwan has evolved into a thriving free market democracy that it is today, our relationship has even deepened and strengthened in a way that can only happen when two countries share core values."


Senator Tester: (5:20 p.m.)

  • Spoke on healthcare reform.
    • "Originally insurance companies designed these plans to provide stopgap coverage when you change jobs and needed health care for just a few months. They figured you could get by with a bare-bones policy for a month or two. They were never designed to provide coverage for an entire year, let alone three. But now that has all changed. Starting last week, health insurance companies now have permission to sell long-term junk plans to Montana's families. What was once a short-term solution is now becoming a long-term problem. So let's ask ourselves why we buy insurance in the first place. It's for risk management."


Senator Carper: (5:27 p.m.)

  • Spoke on AWIA.
    • "It authorizes the Corps to conduct and expedite and study more than 100 water sources, resources, development projects. It prepares our country's water infrastructure for extreme weather events, to avoid devastation caused by storms like Hurricane Florence. By reauthorizing levee and dam safety programs through 2023 and it establishes programs to make communities more resistant to sea level rise. It reauthorizes for the first time in 23 years the drinking water state revolving fund which provides for needed investments in water and sanitation infrastructure all across our country."


Senator Barrasso: (5:29 p.m.)

  • Spoke on AWIA.
    • "Clean water, flood control structures, working irrigation systems, they're all necessary for health, for safety and for prosperity for our communities. This legislation is going to authorize important water projects. It will maintain the navigability of inland waterways and coast ports, increase water storage and it will fix aging irrigation systems across the country. It will create jobs. It will spur economic growth and give local leaders an increased say in which projects and the way that projects are prioritized. It's going to rebuild flood control systems."