Flake, Durbin, Rounds

Motion to Concur in the House Amendment to the Senate Amendment, with a further amendment, to the vehicle for the CR (H.R. 1892)

Senator Flake: (1:06 p.m)

  • Spoke on government funding legislation.
    • " I wrote further in my journal at that time, all these shenanigans led one Republican colleague to lean over to me on the House floor and muse, you know, Jeff, sometimes the toughest thing about being a member of Congress is remembering everything you're supposed to be outraged about. And I agreed. But here we are today, and it is clear what we should be outraged about. A $300 billion spending hike, a return to trillion-dollar deficits and an apparent end to any attempt to rein in federal spending. Our fiscal responsibility is more than a political talking point to trot out when the other guys are in charge. The rules and principles do not change with the legislative session. It should not take hundreds of billions of dollars in government spending to prompt bipartisanship or to secure a budget agreement."

 

Senator Durbin: (1:29 p.m)

  • Spoke on DACA.
    • "It has been over a year and a half since we had a meaningful debate on the floor but next week we will. It will be about DACA. This program will end by President Trump's prohibition. At that point 1,000 young people each day, on average, will lose their protection for deportation and their legal right to work in America. They will walk off the job because we failed to act unless we get it together. I'm sorry that this bill that includes so many good things doesn't include that solution, but we are poised to do it anyway, and I look forward to that debate next week."

 

Senator Rounds: (1:37 p.m)

  • Spoke on government funding legislation.
    • "Most importantly, Mr. President, is that this bipartisan agreement removes the arbitrary spending caps that have hampered our armed forces. For the first time in years we prioritize our national security by adequately funding the military. Of all the positive aspects of this agreement that will benefit the people of my home state of South Dakota and American families across the country, the addition of $165 billion of defense funding over the next two years is crucial. As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I have been deeply concerned about the underfunding of our military."