Cardin, Hirono, Collins (UC), Murray, Kaine, Van Hollen

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 6147)

Senator Cardin: (5:07 p.m.)

  • Spoke on federal government employees.
    • "Our federal workers are the front line of public service. And I applaud their work. Our federal workforce is the best national public workforce in the world and they do their work more professionally. They are civil servants which means they are immune from the politics or favoritism or patronage and they do their work with great pride. I am very proud of the federal workforce in my state of Maryland. There's many reasons I'm proud along with Senator Van Hollen to represent the state of Maryland. But one of the reasons is that we are proudly - we proudly represent almost 136,000 federal workers who live in the state of Maryland. They do incredible work. They're the doctors at N.I.H. That are discovering how to deal with the diseases of the world and make us healthier and safer."


Senator Hirono: (5:15 p.m.)

  • Spoke on federal government employees.
    • "Over the past year and a half Donald Trump and his administration have launched a concerted attack on federal workers and the unions that fight on their behalf. There appear to be no lengths to which Donald Trump and the antiunion moneyed interests who support him will go to attack and try to eviscerate protections for working people. Here's some examples. In one of his first acts in office, Donald Trump instituted an across-the-board federal hiring freeze that impacted the work of critical agencies such as the Veterans Administration, State Department, and Department of Defense. Then the president appointed Neil Gorsuch to join the anti-work majority on the Supreme Court."


Senator Collins: (5:23 p.m.)

  • Unanimous Consent –
    • That Manchin Amendment #3553 and Paul Amendment #3543 in relation to H.R. 6147, the minibus appropriations bill, be called up.
    • At 5:45 p. m. the Senate VOTE in relation to the Manchin and Paul amendments in the order listed, and there be ten minutes of debate between the two votes.
    •  (Without Objection)


Senator Murray: (5:24 p.m.)

  • Spoke on federal government employees.
    • "They help protect our drinking water and clean air as scientists at the environmental protection agency. They educate us about our nation's landmarks and our national parks, and so much more. Mr. President, they work tirelessly every day to make sure our lives are a little bit better. And while it is the responsibility of government to ensure every worker is able to go to work without putting their health or safety at risk, earn a living wage to support their families and retire with dignity, the federal government has even more direct responsibility for its own workers and should be a model for treating workers fairly and protecting their rights. "


Senator Kaine: (5:30 p.m.)

  • Spoke on federal government employees.
    • "And I rise on their behalf to speak in significant concern about what the administration is doing. The executive orders that the administration issued on May 25 are part of a concerted effort to go after federal employees of. The overwhelming majority of whom are hardworking individuals driven by the pursuit of public service. Now, under this administration, the work workforce has already before these executive orders been subject to hiring freezes propose pay freezes and cuts in their retirement."


Senator Van Hollen: (5:35 p.m.)

  • Spoke on federal government employees.
    • "And as my colleagues have said, these are people who wake up doing the work of the American people in Maryland, in Virginia, and states in every part of this country. And they are the nurses and doctors taking care of our veterans at veterans hospitals. They're also the folks in our intelligence community who are the eyes and ears for our country detecting foreign threats so that we can respond to them in time. They're the people at Social Security offices, whether in Virginia or the Social Security Administration in Maryland or others around the country who are making sure that people who put in a full day's work and had a long career can get the social security support that they earned."