Moran, Tester, Murphy, Thune

Motion to Concur in the House Amendment to the V.A. Mission Act (S. 2372)

Senator Moran: (3:28 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the V.A. Mission Act.
    • "I indicated last week that currently within our office we have 80 what we call cases in which we're dealing with veterans who are facing challenges from something they need from the V.A. and are not receiving it, and that's - I looked at the numbers prior to that since I've been a member of the United States Senate, that has occurred on 2,650 occasions in which a veteran seeks help from their United States senator for something we would expect them to be entitled to based upon their service to our nation. We're grateful to those veterans. We want it make sure they're honored and esteemed. But we want to make sure that the promises to those who served our nation are kept. The legislation before us that has been approved by the House of Representatives and is now in front of the Senate has been title the V.A. Mission Act."

 

Senator Tester: (3:47 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the V.A. Mission Act.
    • "As Senator Moran pointed out, coming from a state like Montana, a rural state, 147,000 square miles, I know you cannot have a V.A. clinic in every community. But veterans cannot always drive two hours to the nearest V.A. clinic, and they certainly can't afford to wait months for an appointment. And that is why we need private health care to fill in the gaps when the V.A. cannot deliver that health care. But I also know how much veterans need the services they get from a V.A. clinic. In my dozens and dozens and dozens of face-to-face listening sessions with veterans, they have told me that the kind of care they get from the V.A. is important. They are surrounded by their peers, many of whom have experienced mental and physical challenges of being in combat."

 

Senator Murphy: (4:05 p.m.)

  • Spoke on gun control.
    • "Part of the 33,000 a year, 2,800 a month and the 3 on average a day. -- And 993 on average a day that are - and 93 on average that are killed by guns in this country. It is a mix of domestic violence incidents, mass shootings and homicides. There is no other country in the world in which this number is this big. There have been 5,531 deaths from gun violence in 2018 alone. That's according to gun violence archive. 1,200 kids have been killed or injured, and we're not even halfway through the year. Our rate of gun violence in this country is 20 times higher than all of our other competitor OECD nations, and it is not because our schools are less safe. It is not because we have more troubled young men. It's not because we spend less money on law enforcement."

 

Senator Thune: (4:31 p.m.)

  • Spoke on tax reform.
    • "Since jobs and opportunities are created by businesses, that meant reforming our tax code to improve the playing field for businesses so they could improve the playing field for workers. And that's what we did, and I am proud to report that it's working. Last week the national association of manufacturers released the result of its recent tax reform survey, and here's what the survey showed. 77% of manufacturers planned to increase hiring as a result of tax reform. 72% plan to increase wages or benefits, and 86% report that they plan to increase investments, which means new jobs and opportunities for workers. Madam President, these are tremendous results and what we were looking for with tax reform."