Heinrich, Cantwell, Smith, Lee

The farm bill (H.R. 2)

Senator Heinrich: (11:40 a.m.)

  • Spoke on U.S. immigration policy.
    • "There is still no clear plan for the White House to ensure that they will make sure that every child is reunited with their family. And this is simply unacceptable. This crisis was born in malice and, frankly, it was inflamed by incompetence. As an American, as a father, I will not just sit by. When we saw last Friday along the border, which was ground zero for President Trump's so-called zero tolerance policy had a profound affect on me. There were over 2,000 teenagers held in Tornillo, Texas. There was a family at a border patrol station and told me about the violence they are desperately trying to escape. Let me share the story of one of these families who was in border patrol custody."

 

Senator Cantwell: (12:01 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the farm bill.
    • "So to say that this bill is an important economic tool is an understatement. We know in the United States of America that a trade surplus in agriculture has also existed for 50 years. So when we're talking about making investments and opening up new markets and protecting agriculture from a trade war that we're seeing, it's very important that this bill help recognize the hard work that the farmers in the United States of America have done in growing our economy and what we can do to continue to make sure that they have those economic opportunities in the future."

 

Senator Smith: (12:07 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the farm bill.
    • "And I am very happy that this bill includes many of the provisions that I worked hard on on behalf of Minnesota. For example, the Senate bill maintains the sugar program, which is so important to Minnesota's sugar beet farmers. The sugar industry employs about 29,000 people in Minnesota and provides 142,000 jobs nationwide. Sugar is a $20 billion-a-year industry, $3.4 billion in my state alone. The United States sugar policy runs at zero cost and ensures that American farmers are on an even playing field against subsidized foreign sugar. Any amendment that threatens this safety net for farmers could put many farmers into bankruptcy and should be opposed."

 

Senator Lee: (12:24 p.m.)

  • Spoke on New Zealand.
    • "The Knowledgeable Innovators and Worthy Investors Act or KIWI Act is a bipartisan bill that legislative extends E-1 and E-2 visas to citizens of New Zealand. It does not increase the number of available visas. Granting access to these visas to New Zealand would increase both investment and trade into the United States and strengthen our relationship with New Zealand. New Zealand is, of course, a country that is critical, critical to our relationship. We have a critical strategic military and economic partner in the Arab yeah pacific region with New Zealand. This legislation will further strengthen America's presence in the Asia pacific region."