Jul 19 2018 05:20 PM
Monday, July 23 -
- The Senate will next convene for legislative business at 3:00 p.m.
- Following leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Calendar #1000, Robert L. Wilkie, of North Carolina, to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs, with the time until 5:30 p.m. equally divided in the usual form.
- At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will VOTE on confirmation of Executive Calendar #1000, Robert L. Wilkie, of North Carolina, to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
- Following disposition of the Wilkie nomination, the Senate will resume legislative session to resume consideration of H.R. 6147, the minibus appropriations bill.
Senator Cardin: (3:14 p.m.)
- Spoke on healthcare reform.
- "Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, we have found more and more Americans have not only been able to get health insurance, but they've been able to get quality health insurance that covers their essential health benefits and provides them protection against discriminatory insurance company practices. We are clearly moving to where health care is a right, not a privilege. I say that fully aware that president trump's policies have reversed some of this progress and he's trying to reverse even more of this progress. The president's policies have sabotaged the individual marketplace. As a result, we see significant premium increases caused by action taken by the Trump administration."
Senator Portman: (4:18 p.m.)
- Spoke on preventing sex trafficking.
- "We drafted the legislation because after looking at this for several years, realized that there was a rise in trafficking going on, trafficking of girls underage, trafficking of women, sometimes boys underage, and that this was increasing primarily because of the internet, kind of dark side of the internet. We hear a lot about what's going on on the internet these days in terms of meddling on our elections, the positives of the internet and there's also a darker side. We realized this is going on online increasingly and a ruthlessly efficient way to basically sell people online. We looked at it and found out that there is a federal law put in place with good intentions I believe back a couple of decades ago to try to ensure freedom of the internet which of course all of us support but it provided an effective immunity to these websites even if they were selling people online knowingly."
- Spoke on the opioid epidemic.
- "Our committee has reported it out. We need to get it to the floor and get it voted on. If we do so, by the way, it will be signed because the administration has already issued a statement of administrative - administration policy on it, which supports the legislation. It was actually a recommendation of the president's commission on opioids. It's part of the solution. Is it the whole solution? No. But it is a critical part right now to try to stop some of this new poison, this fentanyl from coming into our communities, the number-one killer."
Senator Sullivan: (5:11 p.m.)
- Spoke in tribute to the Alaskan of the Week.
- "Now, there are people - I had a couple of people come up, hey, senator, when are you giving your speech on the Alaskan of the Week? I said later. Okay. We're going to keep an eye on it because people have a lot of interest in the great state of Alaska. Now, the Alaskan of the Week, as many of my colleagues know, is somebody who we like to highlight who has just done great stuff for the state, community, town, state, maybe country, sometimes it's someone famous, but, Mr. President, oftentimes it's someone who's been working really hard for much of their life and doesn't get a lot of recognition, just doing it, the heroes of the community."