Schumer, Leahy, Cornyn

Morning Business

Senator Schumer: (3:25 p.m)

  • Spoke on government funding legislation.
    • "We want to fund defense, absolutely, but we also want to fund programs that help the middle class like education, like infrastructure, like scientific research. We're standing up and say we must do both. That's how this boat - this body works. Different people have different views and we compromise. Maybe there are some on my side who don't want to spend as much on defense as the Republican side does, but it's a compromise. I for one appreciate that we need robust defense spending. Now, sending a cromnibus to the senate, one that just funded defense and cut programs crucial to the middle class, would be barreling head first into a dead end."
  • Spoke on tax reform.
    • "Now a word on the Republican tax bill. Even as corporations plow tens of billions of dollars into share buybacks and stock repurchasing programs instead of raising wages or hiring more workers, President Trump and congressional Republicans are doing their best to portray their $1.5 trillion corporate giveaway as a boost to working Americans. I'm sure that president trump's address in Ohio today will focus on the few companies that have given bonuses, but I wonder how many of those bonuses delivered around Christmas were annual and would have been given any way?"
  • Spoke on the Nunes Memo.
    • "On Friday the Trump Administration declassified and released the contents of the deceptive Nunes Memo. It's the latest distraction concocted by Republicans to protect a president of their party from the conclusions of an independent, a truly independent investigation. Shamefully, it's the latest abuse in a long line of partisan broad sides against the F.B.I, the nation's premier law enforcement agency. These attacks erode faith in the rule of law. At least the American people can now see the Nunes Memo for what it truly is, an impotent document of G.O.P talking points."

 

Senator Leahy: (4:05 p.m)

  • Spoke on the budget.
    • "We have had 128 days to fulfill our basic responsibility of funding the government. We have not. Congress has not reached a bipartisan budget deal, even though in past years we always would have by this time, so the government is on auto pilot. Across America, just as I find in Vermont when I'm at families' kitchen tables, they are asking for help in addressing the opioid crisis. Veterans ask us why it takes months to get a doctor's appointment in the V.A. People are worrying about having to stop working, but they can't qualify and get - or they can't get quality and affordable child care. So many stop me in the street and talk to me about struggling to pay off college loans."
  • Spoke on the Nunes Memo.
    • "But in case anyone believes this memo represents a serious attempt to address a series of problems within the F.B.I or within our FISA surveillance authorities, I want to raise a few points they might consider, because if they think it actually addresses serious problems, they either haven't read it or they don't understand the serious problems. For years, I have been leading calls in the Senate to protect our civil liberties and reform our surveillance authorities under FISA. I'm appreciative of the number of Republicans and Democrats who have joined me in that call. But this memo has absolutely nothing to do with improving FISA, nor does a partisan memo like this have anything to do with serious oversight of FISA authorities."

 

Senator Cornyn: (4:21 p.m)

  • Spoke on government funding legislation.
    • "Well, it's the same reason that they shut down the government last week. It's over an unrelated immigration issue, which I'll get to in a moment. But they appear not to have learned any lesson from the shutdown which clearly the American people did not want and did not agree with. We have two distinct issues that need to be handed separately. Funding the government, particularly funding our military, shouldn't be held hostage to immigration issue, especially when we continue to work together in good faith on border security and on the young adults who are affected by the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals or DACA."