Murray, Warren, Durbin, Hirono

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 6147)

Senator Murray: (11:58 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Today I want to emphasize how real this threat is and paint a picture of how much more unequal life would be for women in the United States of America should Judge Kavanaugh be confirmed, and add a fifth vote on the Supreme Court for overturning Roe v. Wade and roll back reproductive rights women have had for more than four decades. Let me say again the threat to women's reproductive rights is frighteningly real. It is real because unless Democrats and Republicans come together, President Trump will follow through on his promise to overturn roe. On the campaign trail, Candidate Trump assured extreme anti-choice special interest groups he would implement their agenda, if elected. He established a litmus test for Supreme Court nominees and released a list of potential picks, each of whom had demonstrated opposition to a woman's right to choose."


Senator Warren: (12:14 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the opioid crisis.
    • "Yesterday, another 90 days later, on July 24, 2018, we began the fourth competitive period of public health emergency due to the opioid crisis. Nine months since the original declaration, nine months within which more than 30,000 people have likely overdosed and died, all while the president and his administration gave us a lot of talk but no action. Our communities are on the front line of this epidemic, and they are working hard to fight back, but they can't do it alone. They need funding, support, and new tools. I have worked with my Democratic colleagues to make sure that communities have what they need in this fight."


Senator Durbin: (12:27 p.m.)

  • Spoke on student loans.
    • "It is a crisis in Illinois, it is a crisis in Iowa, in Nevada. You pick the state. Student loan debt is now a larger debt in the United States than credit card debt. Add up all the debt that Americans owe on credit and debit cards, it doesn't reach the number of the student loan debt carried by students and their families. More than 44 million Americans have student loan debt. The total amount is $1.5 trillion. As I mentioned, larger than the cumulative credit card debt of America, second only to the mortgages that we own on our homes across the United States."


Senator Hirono: (12:38 p.m.)

  • Spoke on U.S. immigration policy.
    • "This bill being offered by my colleagues on the other side of the aisle is a partisan political stunt designed to distract the American people from the crisis created by Donald Trump's zero tolerance policy. Almost 3,000 children have been ripped from the arms of their parents and traumatized by the president's cruelty. This bill would allow the Trump administration to continue to traumatize children by forcing them possibly indefinitely into so-called family detention centers. By offering this proposal, our colleagues are calling for the extended incarceration of children. This bill would invalidate the Flores settlement which has insured the humane treatment of children for decades."