Young, Kennedy, Tester

Motion to Concur in the House Amendment to the Senate Amendment to the Defense Appropriations Bill (H.R. 695)

Senator Young: (2:13 p.m)

  • Spoke on tax reform.
    • "Hoosiers like Chelsea Hatfield who accompanied me at the state of the union are seeing the benefits. Chelsea is a young mother of three. She is a teller at a rural branch of First Farmers Bank in Tipton, Indiana. She learned that she will receive a raise and a bonus as a result of tax reform. This additional income will help Chelsea go back to school and earn her associates degree. It will enable her to put money away for her children's college education. First Farmers Bank and Trust is also investing $250,000 per year in community development in these small, rural communities where they serve businesses and individuals. Moreover, first farmers is going to invest $150,000 per year in employee development."


Senator Kennedy: (2:20 p.m)

  • Spoke on tax reform.
    • "Mr. President, I would respectfully suggest that those three million Americans who received bonuses and higher wages and more generous benefits, once again in just 47 days, would not agree with the experts. In those 47 short days, over 330 companies had passed along their tax savings to their employees. One of my states - I'm from Louisiana - one of my state's largest employers, J.P. Morgan chase, has increased minimum wages and expanded benefits for its hourly workers. Real money, higher take-home pay. J.P. Morgan chase has also planned a $20 billion five-year domestic investment that will benefit those Americans who own homes, who own small businesses, or those who would like to someday as part of the American dream."


Senator Tester: (2:28 p.m)

  • Spoke on the budget agreement.
    • "Funding for community health centers has been a top priority for me, and it became that because of my visits to the health care, the community health centers around the state, from Bohuck to partnership health care in Missoula and the list goes on and on. These health care facilities provide incredibly affordable and efficient health care to people across Montana. So I am incredibly pleased to work with the leadership in this body and get a deal for health care, community health care centers across this country, including Montana's 17 community health centers."