Dubin, Schumer, Grassley

Motion to Proceed to the vehicle for the immigration bill (H.R. 2579)

Senator Durbin: (10:30 a.m)

  • Spoke on DACA.
    • "It's the first time in five years we've taken up this issue. There are many compelling reasons for us to get this right. President Trump, on September 5, announced that he was going to end the DACA program, a program created by executive order by President Obama which protects 780,000 young people documented in the - who were undocumented in the United States. March 5, which is just a few weeks away, means that many people and those just like them will be subject to deportation and no longer allowed to work legally in the United States."


Senator Schumer: (10:46 a.m)

  • Spoke on DACA.
    • "It's a debate upon which the lives of the dreamers depend. They were brought into this country as kids through no fault of their own. For many of them, America is the only country they remember. They learn in our schools. They work at our companies. They serve in our military. They're stitched into the very fabric of our nation. This week we have the opportunity to offer these dreamers protection and the chance to finally become Americans. And this is supported in every state throughout the nation. 80% of Americans, a majority of Democrats, independents and Republicans all support allowing the dreamers to stay here and become American citizens."
  • Spoke on infrastructure funding.
    • "While the Trump infrastructure plan gives with one hand, the Trump budget takes more away than is given. That doesn't show much of a commitment to do infrastructure. That shows sort of a schizophrenic administration. And even on the side where they tried to give, the Trump infrastructure plan has a lot of flaws. Already cash-strapped state and local governments would likely have to raise taxes on their constituents to fund new investments. Meanwhile, private entities will seek projects with the quickest return on investment. If you have a big, large resort, a lot of wealthy people going there, yeah, a private person might build a road."
  • Spoke on the president's FY2019 budget request.
    • "After calling education the civil rights issue in our time in his first address to Congress, President Trump proposes a 10% cut in education funding. Ask your school boards throughout America how they feel about that. Alongside hid long delayed -- his long delayed infrastructure plan president trump proposes to cut transportation funding by nearly a fifth, a decrease so large it would result in a net cut in infrastructure funding even if you add in the president's new infrastructure bill."


Senator Grassley: (11:25 a.m)

  • Spoke on the False Claims Act.
    • "So we're talking about a piece of legislation that I got passed more than 30 years ago that had been good for the taxpayers to make sure that their money is handled the way the law requires. And obviously if it's taken fraudulently, it's not handled the way that the taxpayers would expect. So with that introduction, I want to bring up some problems with the false claims act. Today there's some troubling developments in the court's interpretation of the False Claims Act. To understand these developments, I want to review a little history. In 1943, Congress gutted the Lincoln-era law known as the False Claims Act. At that time, in - during World War II, the Department of Justice said that it needed no help from whistleblowers to fight fraud."