Van Hollen, Murray, Alexander

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 6147)

Senator Van Hollen: (3:31 p.m.)

  • Spoke on 3-D printed guns.
    • "In fact, Allen Gottlieb with the Second Amendment Foundation who was part of this case said, quote, we asked for the moon and we figured the government would reject it, but they didn't want to go to trial. The government fought us all the way and then all of a sudden folded their tent. Mr. President, Secretary Pompeo, the Trump administration folded their tent, and as a consequence, Americans will be placed at much higher risk starting tomorrow. We have already seen over a thousand people sign up to begin to receive the instructions to make AR-15's using 3-D printing. Why is this going to pose a big danger? Number one, it is a total end run around criminal background checks for the purpose of a handgun or any kind of weapon."


Senator Murray: (3:36 p.m.)

  • Spoke on animal medicine.
    • "Now, we worked together because this bill has to pass by August 1 to avoid disruptions to the hardworking employees at F.D.A. who ensure that our pets and food-producing animals have safe and effective drugs. Now, last month, the House Energy and Commerce Committee took our bipartisan bill that we worked on together and added a controversial amendment that expands the conditional approval pathway for animal drugs. Now currently the F.D.A. can conditionally approve an animal drug for a minor species or for an uncommon disease in a major species. This narrow category of drugs can be improved for a limited time and sold to customers while the company collects data to determine whether or not the drug actually works."


Senator Alexander: (3:40 p.m.)

  • Spoke on animal medicine.
    • "Sometimes the House accepts a Senate bill as it did with the Perkins Career Technical Education Act that the president signed today, and sometimes the Senate accepts the House bill, as I will move today, and one reason we are able to do that is because our committees work closely with the House to try to take as many of their good ideas as we can so that we can pass each other's bill if that became necessary. And the second reason that happens is Senator Murray characteristically works with me to solve problems like she is doing today, and I'm grateful to her for doing that. We don't agree on everything, but we agree on a lot."