Durbin, Schumer, Brown

McConnell (for Crapo) Amendment #2151, as modified, to the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act (S. 2155)

Senator Durbin: (10:13 a.m.)

  • Spoke on DACA.
    • "At some point in their lives their parents pulled them aside and told them the bitter truth that they were not legally in America. They were undocumented and they were vulnerable. At any minute, a knock on the door, a stop on the highway could result in not only their deportation but the deportation of every member of their family. It's tough enough to grow up as an adolescent. I can't imagine growing up with this shadow over me, wondering at any moment whether a misstep, being in the wrong place might mean that I would be sent from this country and that my parents would be sent with me. But they grew up with that reality, with that danger. They did some extraordinary things."


Senator Schumer: (10:28 a.m.)

  • Spoke on gun control.
    • "Tomorrow, thousands of students across the country, awakened students, will participate in a nationwide walkout to demand action. At 10:00 a.m., in high schools from one end of America to the other, students will walk out for 17 minutes in honor of the 17 who gave their lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in solidarity. But they're not going to stop there. They're going to keep working and working and working until we get something done. When the students walk out, what will this Senate, what will this Congress, what will our Republican friends be able to say?"
  • Spoke on the Qualcomm merger.
    • "Qualcomm has done a great job and they are leading the world in developing the 5-g system. We need to preserve that as America because it has security concern, both check and national security. As China seeks our dominance in the semiconductor and wireless industries, the United States must be wary of attempts to acquire leaders in these industries. A foreign-controlled Qualcomm, I don't know the links between Broadcom and Qualcomm, but China could move to take it over and poof, the dominance we would seek in 5G, technology developed here, would go away. It's a national security concern and an economic security concern."
  • Spoke on Russian interference in the 2016 election.
    • "It says that Russia has no preference for Donald Trump in the 2016 elections. It is not just the intelligence community that said that, an independent grand jury, and a special investigation's counsel came up with the same thing after an investigation inquired by the special counsel by saying they disagree with the intelligence community's assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 election to help Trump, Speaker Ryan, and Chairman Nunes are closer to Putin's view than those in the administration."


Senator Brown: (10:52 a.m.)

  • Spoke on Dodd-Frank relief.
    • "But these mortgages, these mortgage products were targeted to communities of color. Those communities in particular, even those who qualified for a no-frills, no-surprises prime mortgages were often instead steered into subprime loans. Why? Because the lender could make more money on a subprime loan than a straightforward loan, and most members of the senate generally signed up for. Even African American and Hispanic borrowers with higher incomes than other borrowers found themselves, because the banks put them there, in subprime mortgages."