Murkowski, Leahy, Schumer

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 6147)

Senator Murkowski: (10:20 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "I want to acknowledge and recognize the work of Chairman Shelby and his vice chairman, Senator Leahy from Vermont, for the truly collaborative process that they have encouraged all of us to work towards. There was an agreement and understanding that our appropriations process has not been the model of good governance, of legislating that we would like it to be, that we expect it to be, and that our colleagues expect it to be, much less the American public. So with a very determined effort, the group of the appropriators who came together earlier made a very strong and a firm commitment that we were going to get this process back on track, and with the leadership of the chairman and the vice chairman, that's exactly where we are."


Senator Leahy: (10:27 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "But the senator from Alaska is one of those who believes in the senate working the way it should and getting things done. I want to compliment her, her efforts. Senator Shelby and I had made a pact that we would try to get these appropriations bills through because they have been stalled for years. And the senator from Alaska has essential, as were a number of senators on both sides of the aisle, in getting that accomplished. We got our bills through. Almost all of them passed the appropriations committee unanimously. I joke that sometimes you can't get a unanimous vote around here that the sun will rise in the east, but here was a case where we showed it did that."


Senator Schumer: (10:31 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Because the Republicans didn't ask for only certain documents. They asked for all. And we are asking for all. This is one of the most important positions in the world and certainly in America. Shouldn't we know everything? Not just some of the stuff -- and some of the stuff that the White House wants us to know -- but everything. So our friends on the other side of the aisle demanded all of her documents for Justice Elena Kagan. Democrats agreed. It was the right thing to do. And because Elena Kagan had nothing to hide, she went happily forward and said, go right ahead. Now Republicans ought to do the same thing for judge Kavanaugh, particularly if he has nothing to hide."
  • Spoke on tariffs.
    • "It's becoming a leitmotif in this administration. President Trump's impulsiveness and incompetence - his lack of thoroughness and study of an issue - leads him to act impulsively. He creates a massive problem and then he's forced to hastily contrive a way to make it look like he's saving the day. The irony of this policy should not be lost on anyone. The president's bailout is like a soviet-style program where the government props up an entire sector of the economy, and that characterization is one that I spoke of this morning to several colleagues, and I've now been told one of my Republican colleagues used the same characterization - soviet-style program."
  • Spoke on Russia.
    • "So the writing is on the wall for the white house. This White House keeps reaching new lows. The American people, so disturbed by the president's posture towards Russia, believe that President Trump may be compromised - compromised by our biggest enemy. I don't think that's ever happened. Certainly in my memory, my lifetime. I can't remember an incident in history where this has happened this way. President Trump ought to reverse course immediately."