Daines, Boozman, Alexander, Schatz

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 5895)

Senator Daines: (4:33 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "For the first time in a decade, a decade, the legislative branch bill received for consideration outside of a year-end omnibus. Returning to regular order, the legislative branch bill and all our other appropriation bills is a much-needed change. Because it's our job to ensure the timely funding of our government. The legislative branch appropriations bill is good news for government transparency, for accountability, for security at the Capitol. This bill will increase public access to campaign filings. It will strengthen accountability in how government property is used. It will make investments also that will help meet the security needs on the Capitol campus. I'd like to thank Senator Murphy, my ranking member, for working with me in a bipartisan manner on amendments to the legislative branch division."

 

Senator Boozman: (4:35 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "This is a good step in returning to regular order, with the Senate considering appropriations legislation in a timely fashion. We owe thanks to Chairman Shelby and Ranking Member Leahy for providing leadership for the transparent bipartisan process. This bill is crafted in a truly open and collegial way. The subcommittee made thoughtful decisions about how to provide maximum readiness for the war fighter and prioritize the investments to the V. A. so they can take care of our veterans. We took into account the requests and preferences of all members from both sides of the aisle and balanced it with the administration's budget submission. Within this framework, we have created a thoughtful and responsible path forward for both departments and our related agencies."

 

Senator Alexander: (4:40 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "The committee process has almost always been done, the committee work. The part that has often been missing was the last part, the floor consideration. That's what's different about this year. I want to thank Senator McConnell and Senator Schumer, the two leaders, who working with Senator Shelby and Senator Leahy, the chairman and ranking member for creating an environment in which we could get this done. It wouldn't have happened if they had not been there. And then Senator Boozman and Senator Daines, the chairman and then Senator Feinstein as well as Senator Murphy as well as Senator Schatz, we all worked together last week and got a result."

 

Senator Schatz: (4:56 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "We had a couple of tough conversations, but we navigated our way through that. And then there was an amendment offered which was in order, but it was about Waters of the United States which, without getting into great detail about this, there's probably nothing that causes people to go put on their partisan Jerseys more so than WOTUS, Waters of the United States. And Chairman Shelby and many Republicans including Leader McConnell said essentially, listen, I'm with you, Senator Lee, in principle, but this is not the bill to do this on. And that's the kind of discipline that's going to be required of both parties if we're going to keep the appropriations process on track and allow it to be held harmless from some of our more partisan disputes."