Wicker, Fischer, Feinstein, Graham, Schumer

Motion to Proceed to the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S.2311)

Senator Wicker: (5:08 p.m)

  • Spoke on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
    • "The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. Science is on our side in supporting this legislation. Public opinion is on our side in supporting this legislation. 60% of women, 64% of independents, 56% of Democrats support ending late-term abortions, which is what we're trying to do. Medical practice is on our side in this legislation. And world opinion and world practice is on our side. Let me simply reiterate that we are - we in America are among a grim group of seven countries that permit abortions after 20 weeks."


Senator Fischer: (5:09 p.m)

  • Spoke on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
    • "Over my time in public service, I have been committed to supporting commonsense pro-life measures that offer empathy for women and for unborn children. Too often women experience despair and pain and judgment from others during an unplanned pregnancy. We should offer compassion for these expectant mothers, and they need to know that we will continue to support them in the challenging years ahead. We should also be willing to protect the most innocent among us, the unborn who can feel pain and have the chance at viability. I rise today to discuss the legislation that the senate will consider shortly, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Act. This is a reasonable bill that has the support of 47 senators. "


Senator Feinstein: (5:15 p.m)

  • Spoke on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
    • "From 2010 to 2016, states adopted 334 restrictions on women's access to comprehensive reproductive health care. These include laws that require mandatory waiting periods which have no medical basis, force doctors to give patients inaccurate medical information, restrict access to contraceptives and in just one year the Trump Administration has attempted to restrict women's access to birth control, attempted to defund Planned Parenthood, supported legislation to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and its protections for women's health, and created new government offices to undermine women's health care, and nominated judges who openly oppose women's privacy rights under Roe v. Wade."


Senator Graham: (5:23 p.m)

  • Spoke on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
    • "What do we know about unborn children at that stage of development? We know for a doctor to operate on the unborn child they provide anesthesia because it hurts the child and no doctor wants to hurt the child in an effort to save the child's life. Listen to what I said. Medical practice dictates that if you're going to operate on a 20-week-old unborn child, you provide anesthesia because science tells us that the baby can feel pain. Can you only imagine the pain you feel from an abortion? There's a reason there's only seven countries in the world that allow this. The question for America is do we want to stay in this club or do we want to get out? I want out. 20 states have aversion to this bill and more taking up as I speak."


Senator Schumer: (5:38 p.m)

  • Spoke on the nomination of David Stras to be United States Circuit Court Judge for the Eighth Circuit.
    • "It's my understanding that the new senator from Minnesota, Senator Smith, intends to vote against his nomination. If Judge Stras is confirmed, it will mark the first time since 1982 that a circuit court nominee was confirmed without both home state senators returning blue slips in support of a hearing. Democrat and Republican chairs have stuck to the blue slip rule, despite the tensions in this body. So this is a major step back, another way that the majority is slowly gnawing away at the way this body works and making it more and more and more like the House of Representatives."
  • Spoke on tax reform.
    • "Of course, the reality of the Republican tax bill is much different than the image painted by the leader's cherry picked examples. One of the real examples of the tax bill is the massive giveaways to the most powerful and they got the majority of the breaks. Individuals, some got increases, some stayed the same, and some will get a little bit. But companies have announced multimillion dollar stock buyback programs which benefit wealthy shareholders. According to Morgan Stanley, 83 are% of analysts said that they would use that money for buybacks and mergers."
  • Spoke on the upcoming legislative agenda.
    • "Many are waiting in line still to get treatment. We waited too long that address failing pension plans which are the safety net for so many teamsters, carpenters, miners, people approaching retirement. We waited too long to give the dreamers the peace of mind that they won't be deported by the only country they know. We need to address these issues soon. No more delay. We hope our moderate senators will find a bill on DACA and border security that will pass."
  • Spoke on the F.B.I investigation.
    • "Today we learned that deputy director of the F.B.I. Andrew McCabe will be stepping down immediately. He has been attacked by the White House relentlessly. And as soon as this evening, the House will vote to release the contents of a secret memo prepared by the Republican majority on the House Intelligence Committee that insinuates the F.B.I and D.O.J's investigation into Russia's interference in our elections as politically biased. According to the ranking member of the committee, Representative Schiff, this memo is full of innuendo, glaring omissions. It presents evidence without context and jumps to unfounded conclusions."