Durbin, Nelson, Schumer, Coons, Carper

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

Senator Durbin: (4:47 p.m.)

  • Spoke on war powers.
    • "That's the reality of the decisions that we reach. I can remember the debate right after 9/11 on the floor. It was one of the most important of my career. And it was a question about whether or not we would authorize the president of the United States, president bush at the time, to use military force to respond to 9/11. If you remember the debate, there were two real options on the floor. One was use military force against those responsible for the attack on the United States and to send that force into Afghanistan. The other was to go after the so-called weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, two parallel debates but two debates that I saw very differently. I was skeptical from the start about this Iraqi invasion."
  • Spoke on climate change.
    • "Here in our country, my constituents in Illinois have experienced adverse effects of climate change. Climate models suggest if current global warming trends continue, Illinois will have a climate similar to the coast of Texas. For Illinois farmers, these changes in the environment have a direct effect on their livelihood and for all of us a direct effect on our food supply. Wetter springs and more frequent flooding will keep farmers from planting. It will stunt the growth and hurt crop yields. It will make it harder for families to put food on the table. In historic years Illinois has seen historic storms and droughts that has cost millions of dollars in damage."

 

Senator Nelson: (5:03 p.m.)

  • Spoke on climate change.
    • "Mr. President, we have a series of senators that are going to be speaking about what is happening as the result of climate change, sea level rise, which is particularly having its effects in my state of Florida. Few states are as vulnerable to climate change than what we find particularly in south Florida, Miami beach being ground zero. Because what's happening, as the sea level is rising - and this is not projections, it's not forecasts. This is actual measurements, measurements by NASA and NOAA over the last 40 years, that the sea has risen in south Florida five to eight inches."

 

Senator Schumer: (5:12 p.m.)

  • Spoke on climate change.
    • "Republicans in Congress have undone the environmental protections that hold corporations accountable for polluting our streams. Through an unrelated tax bill, congressional Republicans opened up the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling. Over in the executive branch, E.P.A. Administrator Pruitt has implemented an extreme deregulatory agenda, unwinding the rules that keep our air and water clean. Worst of all president trump announced that he would pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord which would make America the only country in the world that isn't part of that agreement."

 

Senator Coons: (5:27 p.m.)

  • Spoke on climate change.
    • "Let's change our ways and work together to lower greenhouse gases and slow the impact of climate change. As someone who represents the state of Delaware, I'm passionate about this because we are the lowest mean elevation state in America. I've heard from folks up and down the first state, from my colleague senator colleague, from our governor, from our community leaders, from concerned leaders that they are concerned about sea-level rise and its likely impact on our statement we need to do more because in my small state sea-level rise is happening at twice the rate."

 

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

  • Spoke on climate change.
    • "Our friend from Rhode Island is a well-known climate champion, but what some may not know is that Sheldon spent over 500 hours on the Senate floor reminding all of us that it is long past - here it is - long past time to wake up. Time to wake up and to get serious about addressing this ever growing threat. There's something to be said early on here in the senate that to get anything done we have to be per tis tent - persistent and stay on message. The theme is always time to wake up. Time to wake up. For nearly six years now, Sheldon Whitehouse has reiterated what the constituents in the ocean state and constituents in our state see every day. Climate change is real."