Portman, Flake, Perdue

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

Senator Portman: (3:06 p.m.)

  • Spoke on preventing sex trafficking.
    • "They said that it is involved with 75% of the online trafficking reports it receives from the public. Shared Hope International says it's more than that. I chair a group called the permanent subcommittee on investigations, and learning about what was going on online, we decided to do an in-depth investigation to find out what was really happening and how to address it. We spent 18 months studying this and quickly online trafficking study led us to backpage.com. What we found was really shocking. Not only was Backpage, as other websites have in the past, selling women and children online, but this organization, and others, are actually explicit in these - complicit in these crimes. In other words, they knew more than we previously thought. Weep found that Backpage was knowingly selling people online."


Senator Flake: (3:47 p.m.)

  • Spoke on DACA.
    • "Mr. President, today I rise once again to urge this body to address the critical issue of securing the border and protecting those young immigrants impacted by an uncertain future of the DACA program. Last week I offered legislation to extend the DACA protection for three years and provide three years of increased funding for border security. Unfortunately, some of my colleagues chose to block that measure. Let me first say I understand and sympathize with my colleagues' concerns. I, too, believe that DACA recipients deserve a permanent solution, and I repeatedly stated my strong preference for such a measure. But we've tried to find this permanent solution through republican-led bills, democratic-led bills and bipartisan bills. Yet, somehow, each time we're incapable of finding a compromise that can garner 60 votes here."


Senator Perdue: (3:50 p.m.)

  • Spoke on DACA.
    • "And I'm happy to report, frankly, that people on both sides want this DACA situation solved permanently. I think the senator from Arizona and I have the same desire there. Further, as a result of recent decisions by federal district courts, DACA recipients are free to continue renewing their status unless and until the Supreme Court overturns those lower court decisions. It will likely be over a year, frankly, before the Supreme Court would even hear such a case. It's my opinion that we should take that time right now and continue to work on the permanent DACA solution as well as the other legal immigration issues that we know are within reach rather than settling for a temporary solution that doesn't address the problem."