Cornyn, Carper

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 6157)

Senator Cornyn: (2:12 p.m.)

  • Spoke on Hurricane Harvey.
    • "Mr. President, this Saturday marks the one-year anniversary of hurricane Harvey making land fall on the Texas gulf coast. What began morphed into a tropical disturbance and strengthened into a full-blown category 4 hurricane. This is not your average hurricane by any means. Dropping a few buckets of rain, maybe soaking through floorboards or tearing off a shingle or two on a roof. This was a juggernaut. First it crashed into the San Jose Island off the coast of Rockport with wind gusts measured as high as 145 miles an hour. It's hard to know what that means until you see it up close and personal. Or so I'm told. Two days after landfall, I saw the wreckage firsthand with Mayor C.J. Wax and Governor Greg Abbott."

 

Senator Carper: (2:33 p.m.)

  • Spoke on climate change.
    • "So instead of building on the Obama administration's forward-looking environmental standard, this administration has taken pride in tearing the protections apart. This administration's so-called clean energy proposal fails to provide energy with the certainty needed to make clean energy investment for the future and also providing an uncertain future for generations to come. People say at least maybe from where I'm from - might be North Carolina, my wife is from North Carolina. She tells me they say this as well in North Carolina, Mr. President. You can put lipstick on a pig but it's still a pig."