Schumer, Scott, Gillibrand, Duckworth

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

Senator Schumer: (12:49 p.m)

  • Spoke on government funding legislation.
    • "We had serious disagreements, but instead of just going to our own separate corners, we came together with an agreement that is very good for the American people and recognizes needs that both sides of the aisle proffered. I'm pleased to announce that we have reached a two-year budget deal to lift the spending caps for defense and urgent domestic priorities far above current spending levels. There are one or two final details to work out, but all the principles of the agreement are in place. The budget deal doesn't have everything Democrats want. It doesn't have everything Republicans want. But it has a great deal of what the American people want. After months of legislative logjams, this budget deal is a genuine breakthrough. "


Senator Scott: (1:08 p.m)

  • Spoke on tax reform.
    • "And this year they are going to hand out $1,000 bonuses to their 340 employees. They hope this is the year they will take their employees from 340 to 350 and exceed 400 employees. And he says we're confident this help, the tax reform package, will further stimulate our own company morale as well as being a tried and true career opportunity for employees. We believe by giving back to our employees we are doing exactly what you and other originally intended what happened with tax reform."


Senator Gillibrand: (1:23 p.m)

  • Spoke on paid family leave.
    • "And let's not forget social security already pays women less than men so this proposal would make that problem even worse. So if you're watching this debate right now and you are wondering whether Congress is finally going to pass a paid leave law that actually helps working Americans, don't be fooled by this Republican proposal. If your son is diagnosed with cancer and you need time to bring him to his chemotherapy appointments, their plan will do nothing for you. If your elderly mother has dementia and you need time to be by her side, this plan will do nothing for you. If your husband has a heart attack and he needs you there while he recovers, this plan does nothing for you."


Senator Duckworth: (1:29 p.m)

  • Spoke on paid family leave.
    • "This is people helping themselves so they can have the leave that they need when their families need it. Senator Patty Murray's Child Care for Working Families Act would ensure that every family has access to affordable child care. And my act would mean the Parents in Schools Reauthorization Act would increase access to on-campus care for student parents who make up one-quarter of all college students in America. These bills are a great place to start and we should take them up in the senate as soon as possible. After all the FMLA passed in 1993. While it was an important step forward for our country, it is not comprehensive and it is nowhere near enough. Many workers across the country are ineligible for it and don't qualify to receive unpaid time off and can't afford it."