Schumer, Blunt, Markey, Leahy

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 6157)

Senator Schumer: (10:03 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the plea deal of Michael Cohen.
    • "And what did we hear from our Republican friends on the hill? Was this the moment when Republican leaders finally stood up and said, enough? Amazingly, practically not. Apparently my Republican colleagues cannot rouse themselves to offer even a word of criticism for a president now implicated in a federal crime. A president who casually tosses around the idea of pardoning his convicted former campaign chairman, a president who speaks favorably of that convicted felon because he didn't break while disparaging a former confidant for collaborating with law enforcement."
  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "I understand that my Republican colleagues don't want to delay hearings for Judge Kavanaugh, despite this overwhelmingly good reason to do so, made even more piquant by yesterday's events with Mr. Cohen and Mr. Manafort. I believe still Chairman Grassley, Leader McConnell should consider, given the president's legal trouble, given the fact that the majority of the Senate has not yet had a chance to review or even access Judge Kavanaugh's full records and what he might feel about executive power, I feel that we should hit the pause on the hearing. It makes logical sense. Senators should be wary of the unknowns in Judge Kavanaugh's hidden record."
  • Spoke on gun control.
    • "Well, the "Times" reported that Betsy Devos and the Trump administration have a plan to allow states and school districts to use federal funds that were intended to help high-poverty schools bring things like computer science, civics, mental health treatment, to instead by guns for teachers. Is that amazing? Unbelievable! Teachers don't want guns. They know it makes them a target, if god forbid a shooter comes no the school. And now Devos wants to take federal funds away from instruction so that the school district can buy guns for teachers? What is that all about?"


Senator Blunt: (10:17 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "Now, it doesn't sound like that will be a very big accomplishment, but in the standards of the last decade, it would be an incredible accomplishment to bring these bills to the floor, to allow them to be debated, to have them - allow them to be amended. We have a managers' package that would include a number of the 60 or so proposed amendments just on the labor, health and human services, education part of the bill. I don't know how that's exactly going to work out today, but I do know that we can take that managers' package to the conference and say this is what we agreed to as a managers' package, we're we can officially add it, every bit of it is germane to the bill, germane, in my view, of what could happen in conference."


Senator Markey: (10:30 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "When it comes to Alzheimer's itself, when I was a boy, President Kennedy said that the mission to the moon was what we should all be focused upon. Well, in the 21st century, it's the mission to the mind. It's to try to find ways in which in these labyrinthian passageways of human brains that we can find the clues that make it possible for us to find the cure. So I thank the senator from Missouri. I thank you, madam president, for giving me an opportunity to extend. There is no more important issue that we're going to be dealing with."


Senator Leahy: (11:20 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "Mr. President, as vice chairman of the Appropriations Committee, I'm sure I can also speak for the chairman of the Appropriations Committee, Senator Shelby. We appreciate this vote, this strong vote so we can move forward. We have spent a lot of time here on the floor, but what many people have not seen are the hours and hours and hours that a number of senators, both Republican and Democrat, have been working out and getting where we are, and then tens of hours more being done by our staff. I get e-mails sometimes at 1:00 in the morning because of negotiating. We are just within an hour of finishing and doing things that the senate, as Senator McConnell has pointed out, hasn't been able to do in words."