Portman, Rubio, Moran

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 6147)

Senator Portman: (6:46 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to Officer Jacob Chesnut and Detective John Gibson.
    • "This week is the 20th anniversary of a shooting which occurred here in the U.S. Capitol that claimed the lives of U.S. Capitol police officer Jacob chestnut and detective John Gibson when a gunman forced his way into the capitol building. They laid down their lives in defense of others and made the ultimate sacrifice defending the U.S. Capitol. At the time then-president Clinton said, quote, quo the shooting at the United States capitol yesterday was a moment of savagery at the front door of American civilization, end quote. He was right."
  • Spoke on skills training.
    • "It's a federal law designed to help Americans get the education, training and skills they need to fill in-demand jobs. The president supports the legislation. I know he's excited about signing it into law and helping those who need the skills to fill those jobs that are out there. C.T.E. at one time called vocational education, is just a great opportunity for the students, but also for our economy and for employers. The bill that passed includes what's called Educating Tomorrow's Workforce Act. It's legislation that my colleague, Senator Tim Kaine and I authored to allow states and localities to use Perkins grants funding for a number of purposes."
  • Spoke on federal use of tax dollars.
    • "The last thing I want to talk about today, Mr. President, is some bad news that we received this week, and this is about our federal government. And the lack of information out there from federal agencies as to how they're spending our hard-earned tax dollars. As many people know, our federal government has grown a lot of in the last half century. In 1961 when President Kennedy entered office with seven cabinet positions and 451 career management positions, to today when President Trump took office we've gone about seven times higher in terms of the number of people."


Senator Rubio: (7:01 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the National Flood Insurance Program.
    • "It will expire July 30, six days from today if we do in the take action. Let me preface everything by telling you this program is badly broken. It is not financially sustainable. I don't like the way it's designed one bit and I've been working for years to try to reform it and to try to open up space for the private sector to come in and provide more options for the people who need it. I in many parts of Florida, and I'm sure it's true in other parts of the country, you can't buy a house in some places if you don't have flood insurance. They just won't write it because of the threat of damage to the property and the loss of value and that is widespread throughout the state of Florida."


Senator Moran: (7:10 p.m.)

  • Spoke on tariffs.
    • "Global trade war will raise the prices for consumers, retaliate against farmers, ranchers, and manufacturers who depend upon exports and weaken our ability to work with our allies to challenge China's unfair trade practices. Kansans are already feeling the effects of tariffs. Approximately $361 million are being affected by this, aerospace exports to Canada and beef and corn exports to Mexico. Moving forward with another $200 billion to $500 billion in tariffs against China or section 232 tariffs on automobiles for sewed national security concerns will only increase the negative impact upon my folks at home."