Baldwin, Enzi, Grassley, Casey

Morning Business

Senator Baldwin: (4:59 PM)

  • Spoke on the budget.
    • "At a time when both parties should be working together to pass a budget that grows our economy for the middle class and gives everyone a fair shot at getting ahead, this Republican budget resolution cuts investments in workforce readiness leaving 40,000 Wisconsinites without the training that prepares them to put their hard-work ethic to work moving our economy forward. Many of the Wisconsin workers that I hear from every day are really struggling to make ends meet. They are working more. They are taking homeless. And worried, worried that for the first time in American history their kids will have fewer opportunities than they did. The Republican budget doesn't address those worries. It doesn't address those anxieties, those fears. It doesn't respond to this insecurity. Rather, the Republican budget continues the same failed top-down economics where Washington rigs the rules in favor of special interests, in favor of millionaires and billionaires."

 

Senator Enzi: (5:18 PM)

  • Spoke on the budget.
    • "This balances the budget in 10 years without raising taxes. It achieves more than $5 trillion in savings so it puts us on a slope to get to a balanced budget in nine years. It produces a $32 billion surplus in 2024, and a $24 billion surplus in 2025 and it stays in balance. It boosts the nation's economy by more than $400 billion in additional economic growth over the next 10 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office. It's expected to grow 1.2 million additional jobs over the next 10 years, again according to the Congressional Budget Office data. The balanced budget ensures a strong national defense. Yes, that's in there. The balanced budget provides for repeal and replacement of ObamaCare. The balanced budget preserves Medicare. You heard about these cuts to Medicare. There are some savings in Medicare and under our, instead of those being spent on other programs outside of Medicare, those are to be used for Medicare. You already saw we did the doc fix, that's so doctors will continue to be paid so they'll continue to take Medicare patients. Very important. That is taken care of in this budget. The balanced budget supports stronger economic growth. I note that the boost in economic growth will all come from the private sector. Government spending does not contribute to this growth. And as my fellow Budget Committee member, Senator Purdue notes, expanding government did not help grow the economy. The budget agreement improves transparency, efficiency, effectiveness and accountability of the federal government by cutting waste, eliminating redundancies and enacting regulatory reform. It calls for modernizing Medicaid by increasing state flexibility and protecting those most in need of assistance. It improves honest and responsible accounting practices as part of the federal process by ensuring that fair value accounting is used."

 

Senator Grassley: (6:34 PM)

  • Spoke on whistleblowers.
    • "This is not the purpose of the Freedom of Information Act. Multiple whistle-blowers also allege that since receiving my letters, managers within the U.S. Marshal Service have been on the hunt for the identities of those who have made protected disclosures to my office. This behavior is absolutely unacceptable and contrary to the intent of whistle-blower protection legislation. Maybe instead of spending time targeting the people who are trying to bring wrongdoing to light, the marshals should focus on providing full and accurate answers to my questions. The work of the marshal service is vital. The men and women doing that work deserve not just our gratitude but our support as well. That support includes demanding responsible and accountable leadership from the marshal service."

 

Senator Casey: (6:45 PM)

  • Spoke on the budget.
    • "We know we have to work towards a fiscally responsible budget. I don't believe and I don't think anyone here believes that the way to do that is to do it on the backs of children who are poor but receive good health care through Medicaid, do it by way of short circuiting or limiting substantially the opportunities that older citizens have to go to a nursing home. Everyone in this building knows someone who's in a nursing home solely because of Medicaid. Not everyone but plenty of people that we know, either people that we know and love or people that we know and encounter during the course of a year. So if you care about pregnant women, if you care about kids, if you care about older citizens and individuals with disabilities, you will think long and hard before you vote to substantially cut, as this budget does, Medicaid."