Barrasso, Hirono, Cortez Masto, Heinrich

The vehicle for the immigration bill (H.R. 2579)

Senator Barrasso: (2:09 p.m)

  • Spoke on DACA.
    • "One of the first places they are seeing it in this their utility bills. Gas, electric, and water utilities are cutting their rates because their taxes are going down under the law. Until Vermont - Vermont, Mr. President, Vermont's only gas utility company is cutting their rates 5% because of the tax law. Both of the senators from Vermont voted against the law. But it was because of the Republican law that passed that caused these rates to go down. In fact, 23 states and the District of Columbia will pay lower utility bills because of the tax relief law. Other states are looking at cutting rates. Rates are going down in California, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, states where every Democrat senator voted against the tax law."


Senator Hirono: (2:36 p.m)

  • Spoke on DACA.
    • "Mr. President, it's time for the senate to do its job as a separate branch of government. This week we can come together in a bipartisan basis to resolve the crisis Donald Trump created when he canceled DACA. We can provide hundreds of thousands of young people in our country their shot at pursuing the American dream without fear of deportation. Right now these young people who are brought to this country as children are terrified that they will be separated from their families and the lives they built here in the only country they know at love. I've met and spoken with so many dreamers in the halls of congress these past months. Their focus, determination, and commitment in this fight continues to be extraordinary and inspiring."


Senator Cortez Masto: (2:55 p.m)

  • Spoke on DACA.
    • "According to the National Academy of Sciences National Research Council a typical immigrant family will pay an estimated $80,000 more in taxes than they will receive over their lifetime. They bring long-term economic benefits to our country by starting businesses, purchasing property and supporting the education and achievement of their children. Research shows that immigrants drive growth. They generate two patents at twice the rate of native Americans born here. In 2014, they earned $1.3 trillion and contributed $105 billion in state and local taxes and nearly $224 billion in federal taxes. "


Senator Heinrich: (3:06 p.m)

  • Spoke on DACA.
    • "When president trump made the outrageous decision last fall to end the deferred action for childhood arrivals, or DACA program, he threw hundreds of thousands of dreamers deep into fear and uncertainty. Two weeks ago I was proud to Yvonne Acosta, one of the estimated 7,000 dreams from New Mexico as my guest at the state of the union address. Yvonne's family emigrated to the United States when she was 12 years old. She learned English through middle school and graduated high school in Astancia, New Mexico. It was during these challenges years of learning that Yvonne was encouraged by her teachers to grow and to learn. Yvonne knows the power that educators hold to create positive change in the students' perspective of themselves."