Wednesday, Jul. 25, 2018

Tomorrow -

  • The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R. 6147, the minibus appropriations bill.
  • Note: the following amendment is pending to H.R. 6147, the minibus appropriations bill: Shelby Amendment #3399.
  • Note: the following amendment is pending to Shelby Amendment #3399 to H.R. 6147, the minibus appropriations bill: Murkowski Amendment #3400.

 

Senator Hirono: (7:23 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
    • "Judge Kavanaugh emphasized that the most interesting and informative experiences he had were at the White House as staff secretary, so of course the Senate Judiciary Committee ought to be able to review all of the records of his time in the White House. The scope of the requests that Democrats on the Judiciary Committee are proposing is so obvious and common sense that it is hard to believe it is a topic of debate. In normal times, there would not be any question about what the committee is entitled to see and no responsible senator would object, but these are not normal times. If these times, we have senators trying to cover for an irresponsible, dangerous president who, like in anything else he does, wants to bulldoze his nominee's way onto the highest court in the land for life."

Portman, Rubio, Moran

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 6147)

Jul 25 2018

Senator Portman: (6:46 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to Officer Jacob Chesnut and Detective John Gibson.
    • "This week is the 20th anniversary of a shooting which occurred here in the U.S. Capitol that claimed the lives of U.S. Capitol police officer Jacob chestnut and detective John Gibson when a gunman forced his way into the capitol building. They laid down their lives in defense of others and made the ultimate sacrifice defending the U.S. Capitol. At the time then-president Clinton said, quote, quo the shooting at the United States capitol yesterday was a moment of savagery at the front door of American civilization, end quote. He was right."
  • Spoke on skills training.
    • "It's a federal law designed to help Americans get the education, training and skills they need to fill in-demand jobs. The president supports the legislation. I know he's excited about signing it into law and helping those who need the skills to fill those jobs that are out there. C.T.E. at one time called vocational education, is just a great opportunity for the students, but also for our economy and for employers. The bill that passed includes what's called Educating Tomorrow's Workforce Act. It's legislation that my colleague, Senator Tim Kaine and I authored to allow states and localities to use Perkins grants funding for a number of purposes."
  • Spoke on federal use of tax dollars.
    • "The last thing I want to talk about today, Mr. President, is some bad news that we received this week, and this is about our federal government. And the lack of information out there from federal agencies as to how they're spending our hard-earned tax dollars. As many people know, our federal government has grown a lot of in the last half century. In 1961 when President Kennedy entered office with seven cabinet positions and 451 career management positions, to today when President Trump took office we've gone about seven times higher in terms of the number of people."

 

Senator Rubio: (7:01 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the National Flood Insurance Program.
    • "It will expire July 30, six days from today if we do in the take action. Let me preface everything by telling you this program is badly broken. It is not financially sustainable. I don't like the way it's designed one bit and I've been working for years to try to reform it and to try to open up space for the private sector to come in and provide more options for the people who need it. I in many parts of Florida, and I'm sure it's true in other parts of the country, you can't buy a house in some places if you don't have flood insurance. They just won't write it because of the threat of damage to the property and the loss of value and that is widespread throughout the state of Florida."

 

Senator Moran: (7:10 p.m.)

  • Spoke on tariffs.
    • "Global trade war will raise the prices for consumers, retaliate against farmers, ranchers, and manufacturers who depend upon exports and weaken our ability to work with our allies to challenge China's unfair trade practices. Kansans are already feeling the effects of tariffs. Approximately $361 million are being affected by this, aerospace exports to Canada and beef and corn exports to Mexico. Moving forward with another $200 billion to $500 billion in tariffs against China or section 232 tariffs on automobiles for sewed national security concerns will only increase the negative impact upon my folks at home."

Cardin, Hirono, Collins (UC), Murray, Kaine, Van Hollen

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 6147)

Jul 25 2018

Senator Cardin: (5:07 p.m.)

  • Spoke on federal government employees.
    • "Our federal workers are the front line of public service. And I applaud their work. Our federal workforce is the best national public workforce in the world and they do their work more professionally. They are civil servants which means they are immune from the politics or favoritism or patronage and they do their work with great pride. I am very proud of the federal workforce in my state of Maryland. There's many reasons I'm proud along with Senator Van Hollen to represent the state of Maryland. But one of the reasons is that we are proudly - we proudly represent almost 136,000 federal workers who live in the state of Maryland. They do incredible work. They're the doctors at N.I.H. That are discovering how to deal with the diseases of the world and make us healthier and safer."

 

Senator Hirono: (5:15 p.m.)

  • Spoke on federal government employees.
    • "Over the past year and a half Donald Trump and his administration have launched a concerted attack on federal workers and the unions that fight on their behalf. There appear to be no lengths to which Donald Trump and the antiunion moneyed interests who support him will go to attack and try to eviscerate protections for working people. Here's some examples. In one of his first acts in office, Donald Trump instituted an across-the-board federal hiring freeze that impacted the work of critical agencies such as the Veterans Administration, State Department, and Department of Defense. Then the president appointed Neil Gorsuch to join the anti-work majority on the Supreme Court."

 

Senator Collins: (5:23 p.m.)

  • Unanimous Consent –
    • That Manchin Amendment #3553 and Paul Amendment #3543 in relation to H.R. 6147, the minibus appropriations bill, be called up.
    • At 5:45 p. m. the Senate VOTE in relation to the Manchin and Paul amendments in the order listed, and there be ten minutes of debate between the two votes.
    •  (Without Objection)

 

Senator Murray: (5:24 p.m.)

  • Spoke on federal government employees.
    • "They help protect our drinking water and clean air as scientists at the environmental protection agency. They educate us about our nation's landmarks and our national parks, and so much more. Mr. President, they work tirelessly every day to make sure our lives are a little bit better. And while it is the responsibility of government to ensure every worker is able to go to work without putting their health or safety at risk, earn a living wage to support their families and retire with dignity, the federal government has even more direct responsibility for its own workers and should be a model for treating workers fairly and protecting their rights. "

 

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

  • Spoke on federal government employees.
    • "And I rise on their behalf to speak in significant concern about what the administration is doing. The executive orders that the administration issued on May 25 are part of a concerted effort to go after federal employees of. The overwhelming majority of whom are hardworking individuals driven by the pursuit of public service. Now, under this administration, the work workforce has already before these executive orders been subject to hiring freezes propose pay freezes and cuts in their retirement."

 

Senator Van Hollen: (5:35 p.m.)

  • Spoke on federal government employees.
    • "And as my colleagues have said, these are people who wake up doing the work of the American people in Maryland, in Virginia, and states in every part of this country. And they are the nurses and doctors taking care of our veterans at veterans hospitals. They're also the folks in our intelligence community who are the eyes and ears for our country detecting foreign threats so that we can respond to them in time. They're the people at Social Security offices, whether in Virginia or the Social Security Administration in Maryland or others around the country who are making sure that people who put in a full day's work and had a long career can get the social security support that they earned."

Carper, Grassley, Nelson, Brown

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 6147)

Jul 25 2018

Senator Carper: (4:15 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "I want to address what is important to the rural and small towns and our economy. However some of our Republican friends will not allow us for a - for a bipartisan amendment to be considered for a vote. The amendment was offered by Senators Heitkamp, Senator Moran, and myself. And the goal of our amendment is pretty simple, and that is to protect American taxpayers from misguided efforts to privatize the postal service. Frankly, I think this amendment should be an easy vote for our colleagues. A couple of Republican colleagues are reluctant to tell their constituents that they support rural and small America losing their postal services."

 

Senator Grassley: (4:26 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "These materials are the most relevant to assessing Judge Kavanaugh's legal thinking. We expect to receive more than one million pages of documents from Judge Kavanaugh's time in the White House Counsel's Office and the Office of Independent Counsel. This will be the largest document production in connection with a Supreme Court nominee ever. By comparison, we received only 175 pages of White House records for Justice Kagan. But Democrats want gratuitous and unnecessary paper from Judge Kavanaugh's time as staff White House secretary. This is an unreasonable request, and I think they know it."

 

Senator Nelson: (4:36 p.m.)

  • Spoke on 3-D printed guns.
    • "Now, it's true that there are plans that are out there because when there's anything, it's going to get out there on the internet. But to say as a matter of governmental policy that we're' not going to try to stop something that we try to stop every day in our activities, going into an airport or a government building, and we're going to sudden thri put the plans out - suddenly put the plans out there so people can go around and manufacture with hard plastic - and manufacture. With hard plastic, a gun that looks like this or some variant therein of which you grab the handle here and you can see there's the trigger. You do that and you suddenly have a lethal weapon that can't be detected by a metal detector."

 

Senator Brown: (5:01 p.m.)

  • Spoke on federal government employees.
    • "I'm joined on the floor by Senator Cardin, one of the best advocates for people in this body and especially federal workers who have contributed so much. We'll talk about that. Senator Hirono from Hawaii is also joining us as are Senator Van Hollen and Murray, Senator Kaine, Senator Cortez Masto will join in a different venue and Senator Tester spoke earlier today. We stand on behalf of dedicated public servants who get up every day to work for American taxpayers. They are men and women who support our armed forces and support our veterans. They make sure that Social Security checks go out and that Medicare is taking care of seniors."

Murray, Blunt

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 6147)

Jul 25 2018

Senator Murray: (4:02 p.m.)

  • Spoke on food labeling legislation.
    • "So I was very glad to see that after seven years of delays and foot-dragging, seven years of objections from Republicans who didn't want to allow this commonsense law to be fully implemented, in May of this year we finally saw this law implemented by a Republican administration no less. Yet today before us now is a proposal that however well-intended it may be, would take us backwards. This bill would undermine nutrition labeling. It would punish businesses along the way that have already fully complemented the law and would carve out an entire category of businesses from providing labeling in their stores and bar F.D.A. From conducting the oversight that we all count on them to do."

 

Senator Blunt: (4:04 p.m.)

  • Spoke on food labeling legislation.
    • "We can see all kinds of examples by walking around the Capitol complex itself let alone through your neighborhood grocery stores. As a result, it would be almost impossible to have a one-size-fits-all rule. Before I mention what the Blunt-Alexander-King substitute amendment would have done that the senator from Washington State has objected to, let me, first of all, address the house-passed bipartisan bill that's been pending on the Senate calendar. Senator King joined me in the bipartisan Nutrition Disclosure Act in the Senate. The same bill already passed the House. The bill is not just bicameral."

Jones, Alexander

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 6147)

Jul 25 2018

Senator Jones: (3:19 p.m.)

  • Spoke on tariffs.
    • "And I rise on behalf of countless other Alabama businesses that have contacted me because they feel threatened by proposed tariffs but are afraid to speak out publicly for fear of reprisal or in some cases they simply don't want to be seen as inflicting political damage to the president. Mr. President, I came to this body to work on solutions, not to raise partisan threat levels. So I'm not one to unfairly level criticism at the president of the United States, but I have and I will continue to call it like I see it. When his actions hurt our economy in my state in particular."

 

Senator Alexander: (3:24 p.m.)

  • Spoke on tariffs.
    • "We don't want to interrupt that. A better strategy is the one that the president himself has suggested and I believe would be much more effective. Insist on reciprocity. Say to other countries do for our country what we do for you, just as he did at the G-7 summit. No tariffs, no barriers. That's the way it should be. Just as he said today to the president of the European Union. May I suggest a first step in that direction? It might be to agree on the same tariffs on light trucks and cars that are traded between the United States and the European Union. Currently, the European Union levies a 10% tariff on light trucks that come from the United States, and the U.S. levies a 25% tariff on trucks imported from the European Union."

Barrasso, Hatch, Blunt, Capito

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 6147)

Jul 25 2018

Senator Barrasso: (1:37 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "In one case involving the separation of powers, Judge Kavanaugh disagreed with the opinion of two other circuit judges. He looked at the text of the Constitution, and at the original meeting of those words, which is to me what a judge ought to be doing, he wrote that, quote, framers of our Constitution took great care to ensure that power in our system was separated into three branches. That's one of the things he and I talked about today, the three branches of government that the Founding Fathers decided in which to separate the powers within our system. And in that writing Judge Kavanaugh went on to stress the importance of the Constitution's checks and balances."
  • Spoke on the creation of the Wyoming Territory.
    • "Over the last century and a half the people of Wyoming have provided America with gold, diamonds, and uranium as well. From the very beginning, from day one, scientists have flocked to Wyoming to explore natural resources. Some of the first government-sponsored geological surveys took place in what's now Yellowstone National Park. Today students and scholars come from around the world to study at the university of Wyoming. Yellowstone is one of the world's most treasure places to visit. More than four million people visited there last year. Once Wyoming created a territory, we lost no time to set ourselves up as a model for the rest of the country."

 

Senator Hatch: (1:46 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Charles Redick to be I.R.S. Commissioner.
    • "Mr. President, last week the Finance Committee met to consider the nomination of Charles Redick to be Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service. Charles Redick is a highly qualified man who I had long believed had near universal support for members of the committee. I suppose it should not be surprising, but my colleagues on the other side of the aisle were finally able to find an excuse for why they couldn't support this well-qualified practitioner. My friends on the other side of the aisle, including Ranking Member Wyden found opposition to Mr. Redick and strongly plan to oppose him because of a recent change at the Treasury Department."

 

Senator Blunt: (1:57 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "The Mississippi River and all the tributary valleys there were incredibly well located, but all of these things can benefit us if we make the most of them. And it's possible to make the least of them. You know, if you get to the water, if you get to the river and you can get on it and you can use it and it becomes an avenue of commerce, it's an opportunity. If you get to the water and you can't get on it, it's an obstacle. That's sort of what all these things are when we talk about transportation. Are we going to talk about obstacles or opportunities? What are we going to do with inadequate and a deficient infrastructure that really does impact whether local communities can compete or not."

 

Senator Capito: (2:09 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "I tried to explain it in a radio interview today. I found myself saying well, of course, we would be doing this every year because appropriating money every year is one of the core missions of the Congress. It kind of haven't worked out that way. So I think this - the progress we've made on these - are making on these four bills and the three previous bills I think are an indicator that we're going to have some overwhelming bipartisan support. Each of these bills was written under the budget agreement that we passed and President Trump signed into law. These bills address a broad range of national concerns and priorities. They highlight areas that we found bipartisan agreement and support on."

Warner, Tillis, Ernst, Tester

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 6147)

Jul 25 2018

Senator Warner: (1:14 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to federal government employees.
    • "Now, President Trump campaigned on a promise to drain the swamp, but the great irony is that the most glaring instances of failure and corruption at the federal level in recent months have not come from career federal employees. They've come from appointees installed by this administration. Look no further than the E.P.A. where the American people follow some of the most blatant examples of swamp-like behavior in the waste an abuse from former E.P.A. administrator Mr. Pruitt. We also saw that with few exceptions those at the E.P.A. With the courage to stand up and say this is not okay, we're not appoint east, but we're -- appointees, but we're career federal employees, and for some that meant they were either demoted or reassigned in retaliation all because they had the courage to speak up and to do what was right."

 

Senator Tillis: (1:24 p.m.)

  • Spoke on Pastor Andrew Brunson.
    • "Back in the late winter I heard that after the indictment, after almost 19 months in prison without charges, after the indictment was issued, he was concerned that the American people were going to look at this indictment and turn their back on him. And I felt like I needed to be able to look him in the eye and tell him nothing could be further from the truth. I traveled to Turkey and I met with him in the prison outside Ishmir to tell him I would be his voice and I talked to senators and more than 70 signed on to a letter expressing their concern. This is about an illegal incarceration of a minister with a NATO ally. Pastor Brunson has been in prison 656 days counting today."

 

Senator Ernst: (1:28 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Federal agencies have been allowed to implement such destructive regulations in part due to the Supreme Court giving them deference. Well, a certain degree of deference is needed; I am concerned that a too broad deferential standard separates the people of the United States from Washington bureaucrats. It fails to place an adequate check on executive and administrative power. Throughout his career as both a highly respected legal scholar and a judge on the esteemed D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Kavanaugh has written critically of widening the scope of this already far-reaching deferential standard."

 

Senator Tester: (1:33 p.m.)

  • Spoke on federal government employees.
    • "When bad National Labor Relations Board nominees came before the Senate, I voted no. I have been proud to stand with our federal workforce, our hardworking federal workforce as we fight to protect those government employees. As ranking member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, I've been working with them to address chronic workforce shortages that are plaguing veterans' clinics across the United States. While building capacity within the V.A. to ensure we uphold our commitment to those who serve, we need the staff at those facilities. I've been honored to work with our friends in labor to address disparities in the federal benefits and pay."

Tillis, Heller, Cornyn

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 6147)

Jul 25 2018

Senator Tillis: (12:45 p.m.)

  • Spoke on U.S. immigration policy.
    • "What's going on here is that we have a very collegial environment here where we come to the floor with a unanimous consent, if somebody doesn't object, then that - the bill moves out of the chamber, but we don't surprise people. We inform them. They are able to come down and register their objection, which is exactly what Senator Hirono did today. You could ask, why would I come down here and offer up something that I knew would be objected to and not move forward. Because I think it's important that people understand that we're making progress, and it's pretty important to keep this issue and this discussion active in the U.S. Congress because Congress needs to act."

 

Senator Heller: (12:54 p.m.)

  • Spoke on U.S. immigration policy.
    • "My constituents spoke to families split apart at the border and some are held in southern Nevada and they are, frankly, asking for help. So their being unified with their children is a top priority. I am a father and grandfather. I understand why children should be with their parents. There is nothing more important than keeping a family unit together. I, like the many colleagues down here today, support border security as any type of immigration reform, but I also strongly believe that our country has a rich history. A rich history because we've always been a nation of immigrants. Our culture is rich because so many families have come here to the land of opportunity seeking a better life."

 

Senator Cornyn: (12:57 p.m.)

  • Spoke on U.S. immigration policy.
    • " But as a result of the deadlock here in the United States Senate, the drug cartels that traffic in illegal drugs and other contraband, they traffic in my grants - my grants -- migrants and children, they are suffering today because we have a big problem that we're unable to solve and the status quo is unacceptable, it's dangerous, it's deadly, and it's killing people, not only the people who attempt the perilous journey, but also the drugs that are sold by these same criminal organizations who are, in the words of one expert, commodity agnostic."

Murray, Warren, Durbin, Hirono

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 6147)

Jul 25 2018

Senator Murray: (11:58 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Today I want to emphasize how real this threat is and paint a picture of how much more unequal life would be for women in the United States of America should Judge Kavanaugh be confirmed, and add a fifth vote on the Supreme Court for overturning Roe v. Wade and roll back reproductive rights women have had for more than four decades. Let me say again the threat to women's reproductive rights is frighteningly real. It is real because unless Democrats and Republicans come together, President Trump will follow through on his promise to overturn roe. On the campaign trail, Candidate Trump assured extreme anti-choice special interest groups he would implement their agenda, if elected. He established a litmus test for Supreme Court nominees and released a list of potential picks, each of whom had demonstrated opposition to a woman's right to choose."

 

Senator Warren: (12:14 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the opioid crisis.
    • "Yesterday, another 90 days later, on July 24, 2018, we began the fourth competitive period of public health emergency due to the opioid crisis. Nine months since the original declaration, nine months within which more than 30,000 people have likely overdosed and died, all while the president and his administration gave us a lot of talk but no action. Our communities are on the front line of this epidemic, and they are working hard to fight back, but they can't do it alone. They need funding, support, and new tools. I have worked with my Democratic colleagues to make sure that communities have what they need in this fight."

 

Senator Durbin: (12:27 p.m.)

  • Spoke on student loans.
    • "It is a crisis in Illinois, it is a crisis in Iowa, in Nevada. You pick the state. Student loan debt is now a larger debt in the United States than credit card debt. Add up all the debt that Americans owe on credit and debit cards, it doesn't reach the number of the student loan debt carried by students and their families. More than 44 million Americans have student loan debt. The total amount is $1.5 trillion. As I mentioned, larger than the cumulative credit card debt of America, second only to the mortgages that we own on our homes across the United States."

 

Senator Hirono: (12:38 p.m.)

  • Spoke on U.S. immigration policy.
    • "This bill being offered by my colleagues on the other side of the aisle is a partisan political stunt designed to distract the American people from the crisis created by Donald Trump's zero tolerance policy. Almost 3,000 children have been ripped from the arms of their parents and traumatized by the president's cruelty. This bill would allow the Trump administration to continue to traumatize children by forcing them possibly indefinitely into so-called family detention centers. By offering this proposal, our colleagues are calling for the extended incarceration of children. This bill would invalidate the Flores settlement which has insured the humane treatment of children for decades."

Reed, Cornyn, Flake

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 6147)

Jul 25 2018

Senator Reed: (11:10 a.m.)

  • Spoke on Russian election meddling.
    • "In the last week or so, the president has attempted to derail the nato summit by insulting our allies and demanding that they immediately double their contributions, thrown a wrench into Brexit negotiations, and seemingly endorsed a new prime minister for the United Kingdom and then embraced Russian president Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. President trump stood shoulder to shoulder with president Putin while the world looked on and he chose to take the word of a auto accurate and K.G.B. Agent over the assessments of the American intelligence community on Russia's interference in our elections."

 

Senator Cornyn: (11:19 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "It's all about documents. We've heard from some of our colleagues requesting that every e-mail, every memo, every document that ever crossed Brett Kavanaugh's desk has to be disgorged and produced in the course of this confirmation proceeding. Ignore the fact that when he was confirmed to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, they didn't request any of the documents -- when he was staff secretary of the United States, but now for some mysterious reason, they could be hiding a smoking gun that they will use to derail his confirmation, or at least so they're acting."

 

Senator Flake: (11:42 a.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to a member of his staff.
    • "Chandler first came to my House office in May of 2005 as a legislative assistant. I remember looking at his resume and wondering if his background at the National Association of Home Builders would lend itself to work on a broader legislative agenda. But as soon as I met Chandler, I knew that he had the intellect and the work ethic to do whatever I asked of him. I have never been disappointed. Chandler moved from legislative assistant to legislative director to deputy chief of staff and eventually to chief of staff here in the Senate. Along the way, he's handled natural resource issues, trade issues, homeland security issues, U.S.-Cuba policy issues, and perhaps most difficult and vexing of all, immigration issues. 

Murkowski, Leahy, Schumer

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 6147)

Jul 25 2018

Senator Murkowski: (10:20 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "I want to acknowledge and recognize the work of Chairman Shelby and his vice chairman, Senator Leahy from Vermont, for the truly collaborative process that they have encouraged all of us to work towards. There was an agreement and understanding that our appropriations process has not been the model of good governance, of legislating that we would like it to be, that we expect it to be, and that our colleagues expect it to be, much less the American public. So with a very determined effort, the group of the appropriators who came together earlier made a very strong and a firm commitment that we were going to get this process back on track, and with the leadership of the chairman and the vice chairman, that's exactly where we are."

 

Senator Leahy: (10:27 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "But the senator from Alaska is one of those who believes in the senate working the way it should and getting things done. I want to compliment her, her efforts. Senator Shelby and I had made a pact that we would try to get these appropriations bills through because they have been stalled for years. And the senator from Alaska has essential, as were a number of senators on both sides of the aisle, in getting that accomplished. We got our bills through. Almost all of them passed the appropriations committee unanimously. I joke that sometimes you can't get a unanimous vote around here that the sun will rise in the east, but here was a case where we showed it did that."

 

Senator Schumer: (10:31 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Because the Republicans didn't ask for only certain documents. They asked for all. And we are asking for all. This is one of the most important positions in the world and certainly in America. Shouldn't we know everything? Not just some of the stuff -- and some of the stuff that the White House wants us to know -- but everything. So our friends on the other side of the aisle demanded all of her documents for Justice Elena Kagan. Democrats agreed. It was the right thing to do. And because Elena Kagan had nothing to hide, she went happily forward and said, go right ahead. Now Republicans ought to do the same thing for judge Kavanaugh, particularly if he has nothing to hide."
  • Spoke on tariffs.
    • "It's becoming a leitmotif in this administration. President Trump's impulsiveness and incompetence - his lack of thoroughness and study of an issue - leads him to act impulsively. He creates a massive problem and then he's forced to hastily contrive a way to make it look like he's saving the day. The irony of this policy should not be lost on anyone. The president's bailout is like a soviet-style program where the government props up an entire sector of the economy, and that characterization is one that I spoke of this morning to several colleagues, and I've now been told one of my Republican colleagues used the same characterization - soviet-style program."
  • Spoke on Russia.
    • "So the writing is on the wall for the white house. This White House keeps reaching new lows. The American people, so disturbed by the president's posture towards Russia, believe that President Trump may be compromised - compromised by our biggest enemy. I don't think that's ever happened. Certainly in my memory, my lifetime. I can't remember an incident in history where this has happened this way. President Trump ought to reverse course immediately."

McConnell

Opening Remarks

Jul 25 2018

Today -

  • The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R. 6147, the minibus appropriations bill.
  • At 2:30 p.m., the Senate will VOTE in relation to Moran Amendment #3433, and then Udall Amendment #3414 in relation to H.R. 6147, the minibus appropriations bill, in the order listed.
  • Note: the following amendment is pending to H.R. 6147, the minibus appropriations bill: Shelby Amendment #3399.
  • Note: the following amendments are pending to Shelby Amendment #3399 to H.R. 6147, the minibus appropriations bill: Murkowski Amendment #3400, Moran Amendment #3433, and Udall Amendment #3414.

 

Senator McConnell: (10:04 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations process.
    • "I spoke yesterday about the bipartisan cooperation that's made it possible for us to return to regular appropriations process. Collaboration got the four measures we're now considering through the subcommittee and full committee process thanks to the efforts of Chairman Shelby, Senator Leahy and subcommittee leaders Senators Murkowski, Collins. Bipartisan let us turn to the legislation by consent and kick off the amendment process with several votes yesterday. If we can keep it up, we'll soon take four more big steps toward our goal. Funding the federal government the right way and avoiding another omnibus. Yesterday I mentioned the legislation before us addresses two pressing national needs."
  • Spoke on American economic policy.
    • "Well, it turns out there are quite a few areas where this Republican government is helping to deliver victories that our Democratic friends spent eight years talking about. In his 2010 state of the union, President Obama proclaimed that job growth would be the number one focus of the coming year. He said the true engine of job creation in this country will always be America's businesses. And that government's role was to create the conditions necessary for businesses to expand and to hire more workers. Recognizing American job creators as the true engines of prosperity giving them room to succeed, sounds good to me. Sounded good to almost everyone, in fact."