Tester, Klobuchar, Merkley, Daines, Barrasso, Warren

Conference Report to Accompany the Budget Resolution (S. Con. Res. 11)

Senator Tester: (3:25 PM)

  • Spoke on infrastructure.  
    • "Instead of working together on a long-term plan, Congress seems resigned to passing another short-term patch. This is shortsighted and will have negative consequences for folks across this country. The question I have for my colleagues is, when did passing a highway bill become political? When did basic investments in our nation's infrastructure become this difficult? This is a no-brainer. Now we have folks in Congress who think that roads build themselves. We have folks here in Congress who eagerly swipe the credit card when it comes to investments in the Middle East but the same members of Congress won't even open up a wallet to fill a pothole next to a school in this country. China will spend more than $400 billion on transportation infrastructure this year. That is eight times more than the United States will spend on the highway trust fund. How do we expect to compete in a global economy if we're not willing to make the investment?"

 

Senator Klobuchar: (3:34 PM)

  • Spoke on the budget.
    • "This budget would make cuts to infrastructure at a time when we need to invest and rebuild. This budget would make cuts to kids with disabilities and would slow the process of biomedical research and innovation. We have an opportunity now in this country through the work of so many businesses and workers across the country, we have been able to stabilize this economy. People in our country did not give up. Now is the opportunity to seize opportunities. And seizing opportunities means really taking back our place in America as a preeminent researcher, as the country that you go to when you want to cure diseases. We can't do that by moving backwards, if we're going to cut the funding for our roads and bridges, we can't afford to have another I-35-W bridge collapse."

 

Senator Merkley: (3:43 PM)

  • Spoke on the budget.
    • "I'm here today to say that the plan that has come out of the conference committee from the House Republicans and the Senate Republicans is even worse. It constitutes an egregious assault on working Americans. It slashes investments in infrastructure and in education, failing to close tax loopholes, attacking financial reform. It's fundamentally misaligned with the values of working Americans. It's poised to move our nation in exactly the wrong direction. More tax breaks and corporate welfare for millionaires and billionaires and for large corporations that are doing well and more pain and suffering for the middle class. More pain and suffering for working families and for the most vulnerable. The G.O.P. is continuing to play games with Americans' health care coverage, claiming we can grow our economy by cutting health care for seniors and children and the poorest in our society."

 

Senator Daines: (3:58 PM)

  • Spoke on National Small Business Week.
    • "When small businesses succeed, our economy thrives. We need to continue to find ways to encourage investment, entrepreneurship and innovation in our state and all across our nation. Our country was founded on the principles of hard work and entrepreneurism. I'm proud that Montana is leading the way in economic innovation. During this National Small Business Week I encourage all my fellow Montanans to shop small and join me in supporting Montana's small businesses and thanking them for the important role they hold in our state not just this week, but every week."

 

Senator Barrasso: (4:05 PM)

  • Spoke on ObamaCare.
    • "Billions of taxpayer dollars wasted, and states are looking at charging people even more. That's the president's solution for health care in America. For people who do get coverage and want to see a doctor, they may have to wait for more than a month. Or they may end up going to the emergency room along with millions of other people since ObamaCare's mandates began. Does the minority leader who came to the floor last week calling this health care law a smashing success, does he really think that it's a smashing success? This isn't what the American people wanted from health care reform. The people knew what they wanted, and they wanted something very simple. They wanted the care they need from a doctor they choose at lower costs. Obamacare has failed on every one of these things. It's not a smashing success. It's time for us to finally give Americans the health care that they were asking for all along."

 

Senator Warren: (4:15 PM)

  • Spoke on the budget.
    • "Why cut back on support for researchers trying to cure Alzheimer's or for college kids trying to get an education? Why? One against, once again, is that the Republicans want to give billions of dollars in text cuts to the wealthiest Americans and they expect everyone else to pay for it. The Republicans have planned $269 billion in tax cuts that could go to just a few thousands of the richest families. That's not irresponsible. It is just plain wrong. A budget is about values. The Republicans' values are on display here. This budget is about making sure that a tilted playing field tilts even further and everyone else gets left further and further behind. Those aren't American families. We believe and we have always believed in opportunity."