Nelson, Rubio, Wyden, Menendez

The vehicle for the immigration bill (H.R. 2579)

Senator Nelson: (12:00 p.m)

  • Spoke on the recent shooting in Florida.
    • "So let's don't hide from it. Let's have a conversation about this right now, not just about mental illness and that's part of it, not just about protection at our schools and that's part of it. Let's get to the root cause. Let's come together and help end this violence. Let's talk about that 19-year-old carrying an ar-15. Let's do what needs to be done and let's get these assault weapons off our streets. Let's accomplish something on background checks. My state passed a constitutional amendment, Florida, 1998. Background checks have to be done in the purchase of a gun. It's never been implemented totally and it's never been enforced. A simple background check."


Senator Rubio: (12:09 p.m)

  • Spoke on the recent shooting in Florida.
    • "By the way, because of that premeditation and planning is one of the reasons why these laws that have been proposed wouldn't have prevented them. Because when someone is planning and premeditating an attack, they will figure out a way to evade those laws or quite frankly to comply with them in order to get around it. That may be an argument for new laws of a different kind but it's what makes it hard though not impossible. The second thing they have in common is that almost all of these attacks were preceded by clear signs of what was to come. A cursory review this morning of just a handful of the recent cases points that out."


Senator Wyden: (12:28 p.m)

  • Spoke on DACA.
    • "And a number of them just say point blank we'd like to serve America. We believe in America. That's all - they want to serve in the military. They want to do police work. They want to be first responders. And in fact to earn their DACA status, they had to come forward, give their information to our government, and then submit to a background check. Now they're living under this cloud of uncertainty because the president on his own stamped an expiration date on the DACA program. So what I want to do for a few minutes is talk about these terrific young people, these special young people, the dreamers and what they contribute to our country."


Senator Menendez: (12:45 p.m)

  • Spoke on DACA.
    • "It is truly a terrifying prospect that dreamers face, the prospect that at any moment after they fall out of status, they could be snatched up by president trump's deportation forces, torn away from their families and sent to countries they consider foreign lands. Well, I refuse to be complicit in that nightmare. I refuse to be complicit in the deportation of innocent children. I refuse to be complicit in those studying and working and studying in my home state of New Jersey. It is only out of compassion for them and commitment to them that I'm prepared to vote for the bipartisan deal reached last night, the Rounds-King version."