Monday, Aug. 20, 2018

Tomorrow -

  • The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R. 6157, the minibus appropriations bill.
  • At 12:10 p.m., the Senate will VOTE in relation to Nelson Amendment #3773 and then Kennedy Amendment #3703 in relation to H.R. 6157, the minibus appropriations bill.
  • Following disposition of the Kennedy Amendment, the Senate will recess until 2:15 p.m. to accommodate the weekly policy lunches.
  • Note: the following amendment is pending to H.R. 6157, the minibus appropriations bill: Shelby Amendment #3695.
  • Note: the following amendments are pending to Shelby Amendment #3695 to H.R. 6157, the minibus appropriations bill: McConnell Amendment #3699, Nelson Amendment #3773, Kennedy Amendment #3703.

Nelson, Cornyn, Menendez, Fischer

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 6157)

Aug 20 2018

Senator Nelson: (4:00 p.m.)

  • Spoke on voting rights.
    • "As a matter of fact, they've been voting for some now weeks since Florida has started voting by mail, which started a couple of weeks ago, and they're voting in early voting, a period of time of up to two weeks prior to the August primary, the 28th of August. They're voting early in these elections. They're exercising their most fundamental right, which is to vote. And of course there's so much at stake for Florida and our country in this year's elections. Last month a federal judge in Florida overturned a 2014 ban on early voting, and it was a ban on college campuses. Back in 2014, the legislature passed and the governor signed into law a series of restrictions to make it harder to vote instead of easier."

 

Senator Cornyn: (4:13 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "This is important not only to make sure our war fighters have the most advanced air frames and aircraft available, but also make sure that the jobs that go along with it are secured as well. The joint - the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is the latest and greatest warplane in the American arsenal, and we have put literally all of our eggs in that basket. As the saying goes, when you put all of your eggs in one basket, you better take care of that basket. We are ensuring that these are being produced in a responsible way and to ensure that our war fighters will have the best equipment in order to do the job that we've asked them to do. This bill also provides $30 million for local schools that provide education to military children."
  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "These efforts of goodwill and collaboration, unfortunately, were to no avail. The chairman received instead unprecedented counterproposals designed to unnecessarily draw out the process. Although the chairman is right to prioritize review of some of the documents coming from President George W. Bush's administration, we all know that the best evidence of how Judge Kavanaugh will perform as a member of the Supreme Court is how he has - he has already performed as a judge during the last 12 years on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, and he's written more than 300 opinions during that time."

 

Senator Menendez: (5:22 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "Madam President, I rise today to call on my colleagues to vote in favor of the Menendez-Murkowski Amendment #3705 which I understand we'll be shortly voting on the floor, to provide implementation funding for the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act. Many of our colleagues supported the authorizing bill when it was before the Senate earlier this year, and it was subsequently passed and signed into law by President Trump. There are many words that come to mind when we think of firefighters: Courage, heroism and compassion. But tragically there is another word all too often associated with firefighters, and that word is cancer."

 

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

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "I rise today to offer a bipartisan amendment with my colleague, the junior senator from Wisconsin. Our measure would provide much-needed funding for the Defense, P.O.W.-M.I.A. Accounting Agency or the DPAA, so that they can continue the important work of identifying and accounting for our missing service members from conflicts around the globe. Tragically, more than 83,000 Americans remain missing from World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, and the Vietnam War. Many more remain unaccounted for as a result of more recent conflicts. The Defense, P.O.W.-M.I.A. Accounting Agency is an agency within the Department of Defense whose mission is to recover personnel listed as prisoners of war or missing in action."

Schumer, Leahy, Shelby

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 6157)

Aug 20 2018

Senator Schumer: (3:30 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supeme Court.
    • "His public speeches and writings reveal a man with a nearly unbounded, almost monarchical view of executive power, and yet an incredibly limited interpretation of competitive accountability. Those - of executive accountability. Those beliefs are troubling at any moment in time, but they are particularly troubling at this moment in time as the president of the United States routinely belittles the rule of law and as his lawyers pronounced that they will fight a duly authorized subpoena, subpoena that has been obeyed in the past by previous presidents. And, Mr. President, there is still much about judge Kavanaugh that we don't know, because senate Republicans have engaged in a blatant historic obstruction of a large portion of his record."
  • Spoke on the revocation of C.I.A. Director John Brennan's security clearance.
    • "Then we found out on Saturday the president is openly considering reaching into the Justice Department to revoke security clearance of current career professionals who worked, this professional the president mentioned works drug case, anti-gang cases, based solely on rumors and innuendo spread by the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, hardly a credible source, and spurious other sources. Revoking the clearance of current justice department officials without cause is so far out of bounds for what can be considered the proper use of presidential power that it is appalling."

 

Senator Leahy: (3:42 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "But I want to thank Chairman Shelby for his commitment to a bipartisan process. That and the fact that we have been friends for decades has made this progress possible. But I also want to thank Senators Blunt and Murray and Durbin for their work on these bills. Again, a bipartisan effort. But I think the bipartisan process is due to the Shelby-Leahy-McConnell effort to move ahead on appropriations bills that have bipartisan support, spending levels agreed to in the bipartisan budget deal, and reject poison pill riders and controversial authorizing language."

 

Senator Shelby: (3:52 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "Second, Mr. President, we come to the floor this week on the heels of a stream of recent successes in passing appropriations bills. And, third, each of the bills in this package passed the Appropriations Committee by a vote of 30-1. These factors paved the way for the full Senate to consider this package, and I want to take a minute to thank the leaders on both sides, Senator McConnell, Senator Schumer, for agreeing to bring this bill to the floor. I also want to thank the vice chairman of the Appropriations Committee, Senator Leahy, for you sticking to the - for sticking to the agreement he and I made to move these bills in a bipartisan manner."

McConnell

Opening Remarks

Aug 20 2018

Today -

  • The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R. 6157, the minibus appropriations bill.
  • At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will VOTE in relation to Menendez Amendment #3705 and then Fischer Amendment #3706 in relation to H.R. 6157, the minibus appropriations bill.
  • Note: the following is pending to H.R. 6157, the minibus appropriations bill: Shelby Amendment #3695.
  • Note: the following amendment is pending to Shelby Amendment #3695 to H.R. 6157, the minibus appropriations bill: McConnell Amendment #3699, Menendez Amendment #3705, and Fischer Amendment #3706.

 

Senator McConnell: (3:03 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "Last week the Senate turned to a critically important pair of appropriation bills, those which encompassed the Departments of Defense, Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and we proceeded to this legislation by unanimous consent. That might seem a like small detail in the scheme of things, but it underscores a fact that should be a real source of pride for this Senate. Bill by bill, we are rebuilding a regular process for responsibly appropriating taxpayers' money. We are achieving what we set out to do, we are doing it together, because of our chairman and subcommittee chairs and ranking members, all 12 appropriation bills for this fiscal year were reported out prior to the July 4 recess."
  • Spoke on Republican economic policy.
    • "Another headline, U.S. jobless claims fall for a second straight week, that one comes after the number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits hit a 46-year low last month. And another, U.S. retail sales increased strongly in July. In fact, they are up 6.6% -- 6.4% over one year ago. An economy that is expanding and encouraging investment at all levels, reports like this is what Republicans had in mind when we implemented our pro-growth, pro-opportunity agenda last year. When we worked to pass the historic regulatory reforms our Democratic colleagues offered up a different set of predictions. They shared our belief that 2018 would be a headline making year for the economy, but they insisted the headlines would be catastrophic."