Barrasso, Daines, Durbin

Morning Business

Senator Barrasso: (9:55 AM)

  • Spoke on the Environmental Protection Agency.
    • "A bill called the Federal Water Quality Protection Act. The bill has 30 cosponsors in the Senate, Democrats and Republicans alike. A similar bill in the House actually passed with the support of 24 Democrats and every Republican. So what does the administration have to say to the dozens of Democrats in Congress, the 24 Democrats who voted against the administration, to the millions of Americans who are concerned about this new regulation? Well, according to the article in "The Hill," president Obama's top environment advisor said -- this is of the Democrats who voted for this - "The only people with reason to oppose the rule are polluters." So the president believes that the 24 Democrats that voted to support and the Democrats in the Senate who voted to cosponsor my legislation are polluters who want to threaten our clean water. That's what the White House thinks of these Democrats in Congress. That's what the white house thinks of anyone - anyone -- who dares to suggest that this rule is bureaucratic overreach."


Senator Daines: (10:08 AM)

  • Spoke on over regulation.
    • "Today I've introduced legislation to help fix the regulatory burden facing Americans. My bill facilitates public input on federal rule making and provides a more predictable regulatory environment so that businesses can make plans to expand and have a predictable environment to create good, high-paying jobs because currently bureaucrats in Washington, D.C., can issue interpretative rules without warning and without public input. In fact, oftentimes, interpretative rules are dramatically changed at the whim of the presidents. I'd also like to thank Senators Lankford and Blunt for joining me in introducing in critical piece of legislation. The Regulatory Predictability for Business Growth Act will ensure that Americans' voices are heard in the rule-making process, providing a crucial planning period for individuals and businesses."


Senator Durbin: (10:23 AM)

  • Spoke on immigration.
    • "And the people who show such loathing for these young people and what they mean to us have forgotten that. They've ignored that. Let's rekindle our faith in what makes America great: our diversity, the ambition of young people like Yanik and the determination of our generation to open a door to give them a chance to prove themselves and make us better. That's what we're called on to do. All the petty politics aside, we're talking about human lives and about an opportunity for this young man and so many others to prove to us what they can do for the future of America."
  • Spoke on the highway trust fund.
    • "The federal highway program used to be a six-year program. Why was it six years? Because think about planning, engineering, acquiring land and building a highway. You can't do it in 60 days, not six months, not even a year. You have to have a commitment of funds that are coming back to the states. In my state, in Illinois, about 75% of all the highway construction comes from federal funds. So when we do short-term extensions, it really says to the states, you can't count on us. This money will run out at the end of July. Maybe we'll extend is it again. Maybe we won't. Is that any way to run a nation? Is that any way to run a transportation system?"
  • Spoke on the em-im bank.
    • "This allows businesses across the United States to sell their goods and services to businesses all over the world. They support about 164,000 jobs. More than 100 of these companies are located in Illinois and more than 80 of them are small the bank exports $27.4 billion in exports and, guess what? It doesn't cost the taxpayers a penny. It actually makes money, money that's returned to the U.S. Treasury for other purposes or to reduce our debt. Over the past two decades, 20 years, the export-import bank has returned $7 billion to the Treasury."
  • Spoke on taxes.
    • "We call it the Patriot Employer Tax Credit Act. It's very basic. When you look at the tax code, it is a huge document full of incentives and disincentives for business. We'll reward certain things. We won't reward other things. Well, this is something we should consider rewarding. Senator Sherrod Brown and I have introduced the Patriot Employer Tax Credit Act which would provide a tax credit to American companies that treat American veterans and workers the best. It puts the tax code on the side of these companies. These patriot employers would be eligible for tax credit equal to 10% of the first $15,000 in qualified wages for American workers, which is about $1,200 per worker."