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Last Senate Session - January 18, 2018

The Senate approved 65-34 a six-year reauthorization of the National Security Agency’s (NSA) Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

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    EVERMORE. THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. I YIELD THE FLOOR.

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    U.S. SENATE IS ABOUT TO GAVEL AND TO START THE DAY AFTER LEADER REMARKS,…

    U.S. SENATE IS ABOUT TO GAVEL AND TO START THE DAY AFTER LEADER REMARKS, LAWMAKERS WILL FINISH TO BE ON A SECURE EXTENSION OF THE FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE ACT, FISA SECTION 702 AND THEN THE SENATE WILL WAIT FOR THE HOUSE TO COMPLETE WORK ON A A TEMPORARY GOVERNMENT FUNDING BILL. LIVE TO THE SENATE. CLEANSE US FROM ANYTHING THAT HINDERS THE KNOWING AND DOING OF YOUR WILL. GIVE OUR LAWMAKERS CLEAN HANDS AND PURE HEARTS WHICH WILL FIT THEM TO SERVE YOU AND ALL PEOPLE. LIBERATE THEM FROM FORCES THAT KEEP THEM FROM MOVING TOWARD CONSENSUS. AS THEY SEEK TO BRING UNITY TO OUR NATION AND WORLD, TEACH THEM HOW TO BEST SERVE THE COMMON WELFARE, TO ASSURE PERSONAL FREEDOMS, AND TO FULFILL THE PURPOSES OF YOUR KINGDOM. LORD, BLESS THEM BEYOND THEIR EXPECTATIONS. WE PRAY IN YOUR HOLY NAME. AMEN.

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  • 11:01:08 AM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    PLEASE JOIN ME IN RECITING THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO…

    PLEASE JOIN ME IN RECITING THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.

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  • 11:01:33 AM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE CLERK WILL READ A COMMUNICATION TO THE SENATE.

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    THE CLERK

    SENATE.

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    TO THE SENATE

    2018. TO THE SENATE: UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF RULE 1, PARAGRAPH 3, OF THE…

    2018. TO THE SENATE: UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF RULE 1, PARAGRAPH 3, OF THE STANDING RULES OF THE SENATE, I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE JOHN BOOZMAN, A SENATOR FROM THE STATE OF ARKANSAS, TO PERFORM THE DUTIES OF THE CHAIR. SIGNED: ORRIN G. HATCH, PRESIDENT PRO

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  • 11:01:54 AM

    SIGNED

    CHAIR. SIGNED: ORRIN G. HATCH, PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE.

  • 11:02:14 AM

    MR. McCONNELL

    MR. PRESIDENT?

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    OFFICER MAJORITY

    PRESIDING OFFICER: MAJORITY LEADER IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 11:02:17 AM

    MR. McCONNELL

    IN JUST A SHORT WHILE, THE SENATE WILL VOTE TO REAUTHORIZE IMPORTANT…

    IN JUST A SHORT WHILE, THE SENATE WILL VOTE TO REAUTHORIZE IMPORTANT PROVISIONS OF THE FISA AMENDMENTS ACT. SECTION 702 REMAINS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT TOOLS THAT OUR NATIONAL SECURITY PROFESSIONALS USE TO COMBAT TERRORISM AND TO KEEP AMERICANS SAFE. LET'S BE CLEAR ABOUT WHAT SECTION 702 DOES. IT ENABLES OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY TO COLLECT COMMUNICATIONS FROM FOREIGN TERRORISTS ON FOREIGN SOIL WHO THREATEN AMERICA AND OUR ALLIES. THAT'S WHAT IT DOES. MAKE NO MISTAKE, SECTION 702 DOES NOT ALLOW THE TARGETING OF AMERICAN CITIZENS, NOR DOES IT PERMIT THE TARGETING OF ANYONE NO MATTER THEIR NATIONALITY WHO IS KNOWN TO BE LOCATED HERE IN THE U.S. THE MEN AND WOMEN WE TRUST TO PROTECT THIS COUNTRY SAY THIS CAPABILITY IS ESSENTIAL TO THEIR MISSIONS. THEY TELL US THAT IT HAS SAVED AMERICAN LIVES. THAT IS WHY WE CANNOT LET THIS CAPABILITY LAPSE. THE WORLD REMAINS DANGEROUS. WE NEED OUR ARMED FORCES AND INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY TO PROTECT US, AND THEY NEED US TO GIVE THEM THE TOOLS TO DO IT. I LOOK FORWARD TO RENEWING THIS IMPORTANT PROVISION ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS IN A SHORT WHILE. NOW, ON ANOTHER MATTER, SATURDAY WILL MARK ONE YEAR SINCE PRESIDENT TRUMP'S INAUGURATION. A YEAR SPENT WORKING WITH REPUBLICANS TO ROLL BACK RUNAWAY REGULATIONS, STAND UP FOR VETERANS, FUND OUR TROOPS, STRENGTHEN NATIONAL SECURITY, AND PASS ONCE IN A GENERAL ONCE IN A GENERATION TAX REFORM. TODAY UNEMPLOYMENT IS AT ITS LOWEST LEVEL IN OVER A DECADE. ACCORDING TO GALLOP, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE MORE OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THEIR JOB PROSPECTS THAN THEY HAVE IN 17 YEARS. AND JUST YESTERDAY THE DOW JONES CLOSED ABOVE 26000 FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY. THE ENGINE OF AMERICAN FREE ENTERPRISE IS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND WHEN GOVERNMENT GETS OUT OF THE WAY AND HELPS PROVIDE THE CONDITIONS FOR GROWTH, GOOD THINGS HAPPEN. JUST YESTERDAY APPLE, THE HIGHEST VALUED PUBLIC COMPANY IN THE WORLD, ANNOUNCED PLANS TO CREATE MORE THAN 20,000 NEW JOBS AND INVEST $30 BILLION IN NEW CAPITAL RIGHT HERE IN OUR COUNTRY. AND AS A DIRECT RESULT OF TAX REFORM, APPLE WILL PAY SPECIAL BONUSES WORTH $2,500 TO EMPLOYEES AND BEGIN TO REPATRIATE THE $250 BILLION IN CASH THEY'VE BEEN HOLDING OVERSEAS. LET ME REPEAT THAT. BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS ARE COMING BACK TO AMERICA BECAUSE REPUBLICANS PASSED HISTORIC TAX REFORM AND GAVE US A 21st CENTURY TAX CODE. THIS WILL HAVE AN IMPACT NOT JUST IN SILICON VALLEY BUT ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY. IN HARRISBURG, KENTUCKY, CORNING EMPLOYS HURNS OF PEOPLE -- HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE IN A HIGH-TECH FACILITY. IT PARTNERS WITH APPLE TO MANUFACTURE THE SPECIAL GLASS USED IN iPHONES AND IPADS. THIS GLASS IS MADE IN KENTUCKY. REPUBLICANS IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE PASSED TAX REFORM WITHOUT A SINGLE DEMOCRATIC VOTE. I CERTAINLY HOPE OUR FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE WILL CELEBRATE THE NEW JOBS IN THEIR STATES AND THE NEW OPPORTUNITIES THAT ARE ALREADY CREATED FOR THEIR CONSTITUENTS. WE KNOW THAT WHEN WASHINGTON GETS OUT OF THE WAY, AMERICAN WORKERS AND JOB CREATORS CAN DO WHAT THEY DO BEST. THE RESULTS ARE SPEAKING FOR THEMSELVES. NOW, MR. PRESIDENT, ON AN URGENT MATTER, CONGRESS IS FAST APPROACHING OUR FRIDAY DEADLINE TO FUND THE GOVERNMENT. THE CHOICE BEFORE US IS QUITE SIMPLE. WE CAN PASS A NONCONTROVERSIAL BIPARTISAN BILL TO KEEP THE GOVERNMENT OPEN OR DEMOCRATS IN CONGRESS CAN MANUFACTURE A CRISIS AND FORCE A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN OVER THE ENTIRELY UNRELATED ISSUE, THE ENTIRELY UNRELATED ISSUE OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, WHICH WE HAVE UNTIL MARCH AT THE VERY LEAST TO RESOLVE. LEADERS IN BOTH PARTIES HAVE ENGAGED IN CONSTRUCTIVE TALKS ON THE BEST SOLUTION FOR THOSE WHO FALL UNDER THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S ILLEGALLY ESTABLISHED DACA PROGRAM. ALONG WITH OTHER IMPORTANT IMMIGRATION ISSUES. THE PRESIDENT HAS MADE IT CLEAR THAT ANY IMMIGRATION BILL MUST NOT ONLY TREAT THE SYMPTOMS OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION BUT ALSO ADDRESS THE CONDITIONS THAT CAUSE IT. HIS FOUR PILLARS FOR REFORM ARE INCREASING BORDER SECURITY, REFORMING CHAIN MIGRATION, RESOLVING THE DACA ISSUE, AND ADDRESSING THE VISA LOTTERY. THOSE ARE THE FOUR PILLARS. MY POSITION IS STRAIGHTFORWARD. WHEN NEGOTIATORS PRODUCE A COMPROMISE THAT THE PRESIDENT SUPPORTS, IT WILL RECEIVE A VOTE HERE IN THE SENATE. NO SUCH SOLUTION YET EXISTS. SO THE NEGOTIATIONS CONTINUE. THE DACA ISSUE DOES NOT FACE URGENT DEADLINES UNTIL MARCH AT THE VERY EARLIEST. OUR DEADLINE TO FUND THE GOVERNMENT IS TOMORROW. ONE IS AN EMERGENCY. ONE IS NOT. LATER TODAY WE ANTICIPATE THE HOUSE WILL PASS A BILL THAT CONTINUES GOVERNMENT FUNDING AND ALSO ATTENDS TO ANOTHER URGENT BIPARTISAN CONCER IT WILL REAUTHORIZE THE STATE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM FOR A FULL SIX YEARS GIVING NEEDED SECURITY TO THE FAMILIES OF THE NINE MILLION AMERICAN CHILDREN WHO DEPEND ON THE PROGRAM FOR COVERAGE. A CONTINUING RESOLUTION PLUS A SIX-YEAR S CHIP EXTENSION IS A COMMONSENSE PACKAGE THAT EVERY MEMBER OF THIS BODY SHOULD SUPPORT. NOW, MR. PRESIDENT, JUST CONSIDER MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES ON -- COLLEAGUES' WORDS ON THIS VERY SUBJECT OF THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN. JUST LAST MONTH THE SENIOR SENATOR FROM PENNSYLVANIA SAID, QUOTE, ANY UNCERTAINTY ABOUT THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM IS AN INSULT TO THE COUNTRY. THAT'S THE SENIOR SENATOR FROM PENNSYLVANIA. HE REPRESENTS 342,000 CHILDREN ENROLLED IN S-CHIP. NOW HE'LL HAVE A CHANCE TO END THAT UNCERTAINTY. OUR NEWEST COLLEAGUE, THE JUNIOR SENATOR FROM ALABAMA, MADE S-CHIP A CENTRAL ISSUE IN HIS CAMPAIGN. HE PRESENTED HIMSELF AS A CHAMPION OF VULNERABLE KIDS. HE SAID THE SENATE HAD TO, QUOTE, STOP PLAYING POLITICAL FOOTBALL WITH THE HEALTH CARE OF OUR CHILDREN. NOW HE REPRESENTS 150,000 OF THOSE CHILDREN. WILL HE HELP US PUT A STOP TO THE POLITICAL GAMES? THE SENIOR SENATOR FROM OHIO SAID HEALTH CARE FOR OUR KIDS SHOULDN'T BE CONTROVERSIAL. IT SHOULDN'T BE PARTISAN. IT SHOULD BE EASY. THE JUNIOR SENATOR FROM MAINE CALLED A POTENTIAL LAP IN S-CHIP AN ABDICATION OF OUR RESPONSIBILITY. THE JUNIOR SENATOR FROM OREGON SAID, QUOTE, STRUGGLING FAMILIES WOULD LIKE TO HAVE SOME STABILITY, NOT HAVE THEIR CHILDREN BE A BARGAINING CHIP IN SOME BROADER VISION. ALL OF THESE DEMOCRATIC SENATORS REPRESENT TENS OF THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN WHO DEPEND ON S-CHIP. I'M MORE THAN PUZZLED WHY THEY WOULD THREATEN TO TURN THEIR BACKS ON THOSE CHILDREN AND SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT WHILE THEY'RE AT IT OVER THE ENTIRELY UNRELATED ISSUE OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. WHY ANYONE WOULD SUGGEST IT'S A GOOD IDEA TO NOT FUND S-CHIP FOR SIX YEARS, TO FUND THE GOVERNMENT BECAUSE THEY'RE UPSET OVER ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, AN ISSUE WE HAVE UNTIL MARCH TO ADDRESS. LAST YEAR THE SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY AGREED ON A PROPOSAL TO EXTEND S-CHIP BY FIVE YEARS. THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION WE EXPECT TO TAKE UP WILL EXTEND IT FOR SIX WITH NO PARTISAN ATTACHMENTS. IT SHOULDN'T BE A DIFFICULT VOTE. THERE'S NOTHING, NOTHING IN SUCH A CONTINUING RESOLUTION THAT MY DEMOCRATIC FRIENDS ACTUALLY OPPOSE. SURELY THEY DO NOT OPPOSE CONTINUING TO FUND PROGRAMS FOR OPIOID TREATMENT AND PREVENTION. EVEN AS NEGOTIATIONS CONTINUE ON ADDITIONAL FUNDING. SURELY THEY DO NOT OPPOSE CONTINUING TO FUND OUR MILITARY AND OUR NATIONAL SECURITY, EVEN AS NEGOTIATIONS CONTINUE ON ADDITIONAL FUNDING. THEY COULDN'T POSSIBLY WANT TO CUT OFF EXISTING FUNDING FOR VETERANS, THE V.A. SYSTEM AND AMERICA'S SENIORS SIMPLY BECAUSE WE'RE STILL NEGOTIATING ADDITIONAL FUNDING. MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE DO NOT OPPOSE A SINGLE THING IN THIS BILL, NOTHING. THEY KNOW THEY CAN'T POSSIBLY EXPLAIN TO OUR WAR FIGHTERS AND VETERANS, TO OUR SENIORS, TO OUR OPIOID TREATMENT CENTERS, TO THE MILLIONS OF VULNERABLE CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES WHO DEPEND ON S-CHIP FOR COVERAGE. HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN THIS? OR TO ALL AMERICANS WHO RELY ON THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOR CRITICAL SERVICE, LIKE FOOD INSPECTIONS AND SOCIAL SECURITY CHECKS. WHY WOULD THEY FILIBUSTER GOVERNMENT FUNDING AND SHUT DOWN VITAL PROGRAMS FOR AMERICANS BECAUSE WE HAVE NOT YET AGREED ON THE BEST WAY TO SETTLE AN UNRELATED ISSUE, AN UNRELATED ISSUE THAT WE HAVE AT LEAST UNTIL MARCH TO RESOLVE? MR. PRESIDENT, LET'S FUND THE GOVERNMENT, EXTEND S-CHIP, AND DO RIGHT BY THE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHO ELECTED US TO SERVE THEM. THAT IS HOW WE CAN CONTINUE SERIOUS DISCUSSIONS ON ISSUES FACING OUR NATION.

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  • 11:13:49 AM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE CLERK WILL CALL THE ROLL. QUORUM CALL: QUORUM CALL:

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    Quorum Call

  • 11:20:13 AM

    MR. SCHUMER

    MR. PRESIDENT.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE MINORITY LEADER IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 11:20:18 AM

    MR. SCHUMER

    ARE WE IN A QUORUM, MR. PRESIDENT?

  • 11:20:20 AM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    YES.

  • 11:20:21 AM

    MR. SCHUMER

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THE QUORUM BE DISPENSED WITH.

  • 11:20:24 AM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 11:20:25 AM

    MR. SCHUMER

    NOW, BEFORE I MOVE TO THE BULK OF MY REMARKS, LET ME RESPOND TO THE…

    NOW, BEFORE I MOVE TO THE BULK OF MY REMARKS, LET ME RESPOND TO THE MAJORITY LEADER'S COMMENTS ON CHIP. FIRST LET ME SAY I'M A GOOD FRIEND OF LEADER McCONNELL. WE'RE GETTING ALONG QUITE NICELY. I KNOW WHAT A DIFFICULT JOB HE HAS. BUT SOMETIMES HE SAYS THINGS THAT ARE JUST WAY OVER THE TOP, AND I HAVE TO RESPOND, AS THIS MORNING TO HIS REMARKS ON CHIP. OF COURSE DEMOCRATS SUPPORT CHIP, LEADER McCONNELL. YOU KNOW THAT DARN WELL. IF WE WERE IN CHARGE OF THIS CHAMBER, WE WOULD HAVE NEVER, NEVER LET IT EXPIRE. BUT YOUR MAJORITY DID, LEADER McCONNELL. YOUR MAJORITY LET HEALTH INSURANCE FOR NINE MILLION CHILDREN EXPIRE, EVEN THOUGH THERE WERE BIPARTISAN MAJORITIES IN BOTH HOUSES OF CONGRESS THAT WOULD HAVE EXTENDED IT. NOW IT'S PLACED ON THE C.R., AND THAT'S A BAD IDEA FOR SO MANY REASONS THAT I'LL GET TO SHORTLY, AND REPUBLICANS PRETEND THAT DEMOCRATS ARE AGAINST CHIP, IT'S OUTRAGEOUS. WE'RE LEADERS OF OUR PARTIES, AND WE SAY CERTAIN THINGS, BUT IT SEEMS THE LACK OF STRAIGHTFORWARDNESS, THE LACK OF RELYING ON ANY FACTS THAT IS ENDEMIC AT THAT END OF PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE IS SEEPING OVER TO THE MAJORITY LEADER'S DESK, AND I REGRET THAT BECAUSE WHAT HE SAID THIS MORNING ABOUT CHIP IS OUTRAGEOUS. NOW, SO TO -- TO SUGGEST THAT DEMOCRATS ARE STANDING IN THE WAY OF CHIP IS DRAWING, LEADER McCONNELL, ON A DEEP WELL OF BAD FAITH. NOW LET'S GET TO THE ISSUE AT HAND. GOVERNMENT FUNDING EXPIRES AT MIDNIGHT TOMORROW, AND STILL THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY IS MOVING FORWARD WITH A CONTINUING RESOLUTION THAT IS VERY LIKELY TO BE UNACCEPTABLE TO THE SENATE AND MAY WELL BE UNACCEPTABLE TO HOUSE REPUBLICANS. THE C.R. PREPARED BY THE SPEAKER IS NOT AN HONEST ATTEMPT TO GOVERN. AS TYPICAL OF THIS REPUBLICAN MAJORITY, IT WAS DONE WITH ZERO, ZERO NEGOTIATIONS WITH DEMOCRATS. THEY COULD GET AWAY WITH THAT STRATEGY ON THE TAX BILL WHEN THEY FORCED IT THROUGH RECONCILIATION. THEY CAN'T HERE. WHEN ARE OUR REPUBLICAN LEADERS GOING TO LEARN THAT THE BEST WAY TO GOVERN, THE BEST WAY TO ACCOMPLISH THINGS IS BY TALKING TO US, NOT DROPPING ULTIMATUMS ON US THAT BEAR NONE OF OUR INPUT? THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED WITH THE FISA BILL. IT NEARLY WENT DOWN. THAT HAD DIVISIONS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. THAT'S WHAT'S HAPPENING HERE, AND IT DOESN'T LOOK GOOD FOR THE C.R. COMING OVER FROM THE HOUSE FOR THAT VERY REASON. FURTHERMORE, THE C.R. LEAVES OUT SO MANY PRIORITIES THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT AND DEMAND. OPIOIDS, CENS, PENSIONS -- VETERANS, PENSIONS. IT DOESN'T RESOLVE THE FATE OF THE DREAMERS. IT DOESN'T INCLUDE AN INCREASE IN MILITARY FUNDING THAT MEMBERS FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE WOULD SUPPORT. IT'S JUST ANOTHER KICK OF THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD BECAUSE THE REPUBLICANS BOTH IN THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE AND THE WHITE HOUSE CAN'T GET THEIR ACT TOGETHER. EVEN PRESIDENT TRUMP TWEETED THIS MORNING THAT HE OPPOSED INCLUDING CHIP ON THIS BILL. DOES THAT MEAN HE'S AGAINST THE C.R.? WHO KNOWS? IT'S A MESS. WE CAN'T KEEP CAREENING FROM SHORT-TERM C.R. TO SHORT-TERM C.R. IF THIS BILL PASSES, THERE WILL BE NO INCENTIVE TO NEGOTIATE AND WE WILL BE RIGHT BACK HERE IN A MONTH WITH THE SAME PROBLEMS AT OUR FEET. EVENTUALLY, WE NEED TO MAKE PROGRESS ON THE BIGGEST OF ISSUES BEFORE US. DON'T ASK ME. ASK SECRETARY MATTIS. WHEN YOU TALK TO HIM, HE KNOWS HOW BAD IT IS TO CONTINUE C.R.'S ON THE DEFENSE SIDE. WHY WOULD OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES GO ALONG WITH THAT? WHY? SO THIS C.R. CAN'T GET THE JOB DONE. HOUSE REPUBLICANS DON'T EVEN KNOW IF THEY CAN PASS IT. SOME SENATE REPUBLICANS LIKE MY FRIENDS FROM SOUTH CAROLINA AND SOUTH DAKOTA HAVE SAID THEY DON'T WANT TO VOTE FOR IT. WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO GO IN A DIFFERENT DIRECTION. IDEALLY, WE WOULD ALL ROLL UP OUR SLEEVES AND TRY TO REACH AN AGREEMENT ON ALL OF THE ISSUES WE NEED TO RESOLVE. WE CAN RESOLVE THE ISSUES OF CAPS FOR DEFENSE AND NONDEFENSE SPENDING. WE CAN RESOLVE DISASTER RELIEF. WE CAN RESOLVE THE HEALTH CARE ISSUES. WE DID RE-- WE CAN RESOLVE IMMIGRATION ISSUES, AND WE CAN DO ALL OF THIS IN A RATHER SHORT TIME BECAUSE WORK HAS ALREADY BEEN DONE ON EACH OF THEM FOR A WHILE. WE COULD EASILY SIT DOWN AND FIND A COSMIC AGREEMENT THAT WOULD GET THE SUPPORT OF THE MAJORITY ON BOTH SIDES IN BOTH HOUSES AND KEEP THE GOVERNMENT OPEN. DESPITE ALL THE RHETORIC AROUND HERE, I GENUINELY BELIEVE THAT. THE ONE THING STANDING IN OUR WAY IS THE UNRELENTING FLOW OF CHAOS FROM THE OTHER END OF PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE. IT HAS REDUCED THE REPUBLICANS TO SHAMBLES. WE BARELY KNOW WHO TO NEGOTIATE WITH. THE PRESIDENT ON NATIONAL TELEVISION TELLS CONGRESS TO BRING HIM SOMETHING AND HE'LL SIGN IT. THE MAJORITY LEADER SAYS HE NEEDS THE PRESIDENT'S IMPRIMATUR BEFORE WE CUT ANY DEAL. THE -- THE PRESIDENT IS LIKE ABBOTT, LEADER McCONNELL IS LIKE COSTELLO. YOU DO IT. THEY POINT AT EACH OTHER, AND NOTHING GETS DONE. OF COURSE THE PRINCIPAL REASON THAT REPUBLICANS ARE IN SUCH DISARRAY IS THAT THE PRESIDENT AND HIS TEAM HAVE BEEN AGENTS OF CHAOS IN THESE NEGOTIATIONS SINCE DAY ONE. AFTER ALL, PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS THE ONE WHO SAID LAST YEAR WE NEED A GOOD SHUTDOWN TO FIX THIS THE PRESIDENT SAID WE NEED A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN. MR. PRESIDENT, 95% OF ALL AMERICANS, I WOULD GUESS, DO NOT AGREE WITH YOU. I WOULD GUESS IN THEIR HEARTS 95% OF ALL SENATORS AND CONGRESSMEN, DEMOCRAT AND REPUBLICAN, DON'T AGREE WITH YOU PRESIDENT TRUMP WHEN YOU SAY WE NEED A GOOD SHUTDOWN. NOW, DON'T JUST ASK ME. HERE'S "POLITICO." THEY ARE A RATHER DOWN-THE-MIDDLE PUBLICATION. NO ONE THINKS THEY ARE LEFT WING OR RIGHT WING. NO ONE THINKS THEY ARE FOX OR MSNBC. HERE'S THE HEADLINE -- NEGOTIATORS ON HILL FIND TRUMP AN UNRELIABLE PARTNER. LAWMAKERS FIND IT DIFFICULT OR IMPOSSIBLE TO NEGOTIATE WHEN THE PRESIDENT CAN'T SEEM TO STICK TO A POSITION FOR MORE THAN A FEW HOURS. THE FIRST PARAGRAPH OF THIS ARTICLE, LET ME READ IT. DONALD TRUMP RAN FOR PRESIDENT AS A BIPARTISAN DEAL MAKER, BUT IF THERE IS ONE THING HE'S PROVED AFTER A YEAR IN OFFICE, HE'S BETTER AT KILLING BIPARTISAN DEALS THAN CLINCHING THEM. AGAIN, THAT'S IN THIS PAPER, FIRST PARAGRAPH. I'M GOING TO READ IT AGAIN SO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HEAR IT LOUD AND CLEAR. AND I KNOW SOME OF THE RIVALS OF THIS PUBLICATION DON'T LIKE IT TOO MUCH, BUT C'EST LA VIE. NEGOTIATORS ON HILL FIND TRUMP AN UNRELIABLE PARTNER. THE FIRST PARAGRAPH -- DONALD TRUMP RAN FOR PRESIDENT AS A BIPARTISAN DEAL MAKER, BUT IF THERE IS ONE THING HE'S PROVED AFTER A YEAR IN OFFICE, HE'S BETTER AT KILLING BIPARTISAN DEALS THAN CLINCHING THEM. NO TRUER WORDS WERE EVER WRITTEN. THAT'S NOT FAKE NEWS, MR. PRESIDENT. WE ALL KNOW IT TO BE TRUE. EXHIBIT A. YESTERDAY, REGARDING THE DISCUSSIONS ON DACA, THE MAJORITY LEADER SAID I'M LOOKING FOR SOMETHING THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP IS GOING TO SUPPORT, AND HE HAS NOT YET INDICATED WHAT MEASURE HE IS WILLING TO SIGN. HE SAID, MITCH McCONNELL DID, HE SAID THAT HE STILL HAS TO, QUOTE, FIGURE OUT WHAT THE PRESIDENT IS FOR. HOW CAN YOU NEGOTIATE WHEN THE PRESIDENT, WHO HAS TO SIGN LEGISLATION, IS LIKE A SPHINX ON THIS ISSUE OR AT LEAST LIKE SAYING ONE THING ONE DAY AND ONE THE NEXT? THE PRESIDENT RESCINDED DACA FOUR OR FIVE MONTHS AGO. HAD HE NOT RESCINDED DACA, WE WOULDN'T BE HERE TODAY. AND REMEMBER, THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, EVEN A NARROW MAJORITY OF TRUMP SUPPORTERS, SUPPORT KEEPING THE KIDS HERE, NOT SENDING THEM HOME. THE PRESIDENT RESCINDED THAT DACA FOUR OR FIVE MONTHS AGO AND TOLD CONGRESS TO FIX IT, AND YET THE MAJORITY LEADER OF HIS PARTY SEEMED TO HAVE NO FIRM IDEA WHAT POLICY THE PRESIDENT WOULD SUPPORT TO GET THAT DONE. AT THIS LATE HOUR, THAT'S ASTONISHING. EXHIBIT B, THE PRESIDENT'S CHIEF OF STAFF HAS INSISTED THAT SENATOR COTTON AND REPRESENTATIVE GOODLATTE BE IN THE ROOM FOR NEGOTIATIONS ON DACA. I HAVE GREAT RESPECT FOR EACH OF THEM AS INDIVIDUALS. THE RESPECT EVERY SENATOR GIVES TO EVERY OTHER SENATOR AND CONGRESS MEMBER, ALTHOUGH I SO OBJECTED TO WHAT SENATOR COTTON DID TO SENATOR DURBIN THE OTHER DAY. BUT HAVING SAID THAT, THERE IS NO DEAL THAT SENATOR COTTON OR REPRESENTATIVE GOODLATTE COULD FORGE THAT WOULD EARN THE SUPPORT OF A MAJORITY IN EITHER HOUSE, IN EITHER THE HOUSE OR THE SENATE. IF SENATOR COTTON AND REPRESENTATIVE GOODLATTE WOULD HAVE OPPOSED DACA ALL ALONG, BASICALLY BEEN STRONGLY ANTI-IMMIGRATION, IF SENATOR COTTON AND GOODLATTE HAT VETO POWER OVER AN AGREEMENT, EVERYONE KNOWS THERE WOULDN'T BE AN AGREEMENT. GENERAL KELLY MUST KNOW THAT. THEN JUST THIS MORNING, EXHIBIT C -- OR EXHIBIT B PRIME, JUST THIS MORNING PRESIDENT TRUMP REBUKED GENERAL KELLY, HIS OWN CHIEF OF STAFF, ON TWITTER, FOR SAYING THAT HE'S FIGHTING FOR A WALL DIFFERENT THAN THE ONE HE CAMPAIGNED ON. SO EXHIBIT B, ON THE INCOMPETENCE OF THE REPUBLICANS ON BOTH SIDES OF PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE. MIXED MESSAGES, CONFLICTING SIGNALS, CHAOS. AND EXHIBIT C, PRESIDENT TRUMP TODAY, WITH GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN ONE DAY AWAY, IS OFF CAMPAIGNING IN PENNSYLVANIA INSTEAD OF STAYING IN WASHINGTON TO HELP CLOSE A DEAL. WE ARE ONE DAY AWAY FROM A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN, AND THERE'S NO ONE HOME AT THE WHITE HOUSE. THE PRESIDENT SHOULD BE HERE NEGOTIATING. THERE IS NO BETTER EVIDENCE THAT THE PRESIDENT DOESN'T GIVE A HOOT IF THE GOVERNMENT SHUTS DOWN THAN THE FACT THAT HE'S AWAY CAMPAIGNING TODAY, ONE DAY BEFORE THE SHUTDOWN LOOMS. WE SPENT THE LAST FEW MONTHS NEGOTIATING IN GOOD FAITH WITH OUR REPUBLICAN COUNTERPARTS, TRYING DESPERATELY TO FIND A DEAL WE COULD ALL LIVE WITH. BUT IT'S BEEN NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE TO REACH FINAL AGREEMENT WITH THIS PRESIDENT. HE HAS OSCILLATED BETWEEN COMPLETELY OPPOSING POSITIONS IN A MATTER OF DAYS, SOMETIMES HOURS. HE'S SIGNALED AN OPENNESS TO A DEAL ONLY TO HAVE HIS STAFF PULL HIM BACK. HE'S GIVEN ONLY VAGUE INDICATIONS OF WHAT HE WANTS EVEN AT THIS LATE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. MITCH McCONNELL WAS RIGHT, HE DOESN'T KNOW WHAT THE PRESIDENT STANDS FOR. NOW MITCH McCONNELL OUGHT TO HAVE THE STRENGTH AND COURAGE TO START NEGOTIATING ON HIS OWN FOR THE GOOD OF THE COUNTRY, BUT THAT HASN'T HAPPENED YET EITHER. THE WHITE HOUSE HAS DONE NOTHING BUT SOW CHAOS AND CONFUSION, DIVISION AND DISARRAY, AND IT MAY JUST LEAD TO A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN THAT NO ONE WANTS, THAT ALL OF US HERE HAVE BEEN STRIVING TO AVOID. THE FACT REMAINS THERE'S A BIPARTISAN DEEM ON -- DEAL ON THE TABLE LED BY SENATORS GRAHAM AND DURBIN. SEVEN DEMOCRATS AND SEVEN REPUBLICANS ARE ON THE DEAL RIGHT NOW. I HOPE AND SUSPECT MORE WILL JOIN. IT INCLUDES SIGNIFICANT CONCESSIONS FROM DEMOCRATS AND ALMOST EVERY ITEM THE PRESIDENT REQUESTED INCLUDING HIS FULL BUDGET REQUEST ON BORDER, CHANGES TO FAMILY REUNIFICATION WHICH HE CALLS CHAIN MIGRATION, AND AN END, AN END TO THE DIVERSITY LOTTERY SYSTEM. THERE IS NO OTHER ALTERNATIVE ON THE TABLE. I REPEAT, THERE IS NO OTHER ALTERNATIVE ON THE TABLE. IF MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS WANT TO PROTECT THE DREAMERS, LIKE OVER 70% OF AMERICA SAYS WE SHOULD, THIS IS THE DEAL. THE WHITE HOUSE IS NOT GOING TO HELP US. WE KNOW THAT. WE HAVE TO DO IT OURSELVES. AND ONCE WE DO, WE CAN SOLVE ALL OF OUR OTHER PROBLEMS. ON DEFENSE AND DOMESTIC SPENDING, ON HEALTH CARE, INCLUDING CHIP, COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS, EXTENDERS, ON DISASTER RELIEF, AND MORE. LET'S ROLL UP OUR SLEEVES AND GET TO WORK ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, REGARDLESS OF THE DITHERING, INDECISION AND THE CONTRADICTORY STATEMENTS OF THE WHITE HOUSE. I YIELD THE FLOOR. I SUGGEST THE ABSENCE OF A QUORUM.

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  • 11:34:56 AM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE CLERK WILL CALL THE ROLL. QUORUM CALL: QUORUM CALL: A SENATOR: MR.…

    THE CLERK WILL CALL THE ROLL. QUORUM CALL: QUORUM CALL: A SENATOR: MR. PRESIDENT?

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  • 11:35:05 AM

    Quorum Call

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    A SENATOR

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR FROM KANSAS.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    UNDER THE PREVIOUS ORDER, THE LEADERSHIP TIME IS RESERVED. MORNING…

    UNDER THE PREVIOUS ORDER, THE LEADERSHIP TIME IS RESERVED. MORNING BUSINESS IS CLOSED. THE SENATE WILL RESUME CONSIDERATION ON THE MOTION -- OF THE MOTION TO CONCUR IN THE HOUSE AMENDMENT TO S. 139 WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT.

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  • 11:46:11 AM

    THE CLERK

    HOUSE MESSAGE TO ACCOMPANY S. 139, AN ACT TO IMPLEMENT THE USE OF RAPID…

    HOUSE MESSAGE TO ACCOMPANY S. 139, AN ACT TO IMPLEMENT THE USE OF RAPID D.N.A. INSTRUMENTS AND SO FORTH AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 11:46:20 AM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    UNDER THE PREVIOUS ORDER, THE TIME UNTIL 12:15 P.M. WILL BE EQUALLY…

    UNDER THE PREVIOUS ORDER, THE TIME UNTIL 12:15 P.M. WILL BE EQUALLY DIVIDED BETWEEN THE TWO LEADERS OR THEIR DESIGNEES. A SENATOR: MR. PRESIDENT?

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  • 11:46:27 AM

    A SENATOR

    MR. PRESIDENT?

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    MR. MORAN

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT I BE ALLOWED TO SPEAK AS IF IN MORNING…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT I BE ALLOWED TO SPEAK AS IF IN MORNING BUSINESS.

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  • 11:46:32 AM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 11:46:34 AM

    MR. MORAN

    MR. PRESIDENT, WHEN WE COMPLETE OUR WORK TODAY ON THIS ISSUE OF FISA, WE…

    MR. PRESIDENT, WHEN WE COMPLETE OUR WORK TODAY ON THIS ISSUE OF FISA, WE WILL BE CONSUMED BY THE ISSUE OF A CONTINUING RESOLUTION, THE NEED FOR CONTINUED APPROPRIATIONS TO KEEP GOVERNMENT FUNCTIONS AVAILABLE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND I COME WITH A SUGGESTION, WHICH I THINK IS BASED NOT ON POLITICS ABOUT YOU UPON COMMON SENSE AND PERHAPS JUST GOOD BUSINESS ASPECT OF GETTING OUR WORK DONE. AND MY SUGGESTION TO MY COLLEAGUES IS THAT WE DO NOT SHUT DOWN GOVERNMENT. I THINK THE OUTCOME OF THIS IS NOT GOOD, AND I CAN LIST THE REASONS. I'VE HAD CONSTITUENTS FROM TIME TO TIME TELL ME SHUT HER DOWN. WOULDN'T MATTER TO ME BUT I CAN LIST THE CIRCUMSTANCES IN WHICH IT REALLY DOES MATTER TO EVERYDAY FOLKS IN KANSAS AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY. AND AT THE SAME TIME FORCE US TO DO WORK THAT WE SEEM -- SEEMINGLY ARE UNWILLING OR UNABLE TO COMPLETE. THERE IS A WHOLE LIST OF THINGS THAT ARE PENDING AND THEY'VE BEEN PENDING A LONG TIME. YOU AND I SERVE ON THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE. ONE OF THE THINGS I THINK WE SHARE IS THE DESIRE TO SEE THAT THE APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS WORKS AND THAT MEANS THAT WE WOULD DO A BUDGET. THE BUDGET COMMITTEE WOULD DO A BUDGET. THE SENATE AND HOUSE WOULD APPROVE THE BUDGET. WE WOULD DO 12 APPROPRIATION BILLS THAT FILL IN THE BUDGET SPACE, AND WE WOULD THEN BE ABLE TO PRIORITIZE SPENDING. WE COULD INCREASE, REDUCE, OR ELIMINATE SPENDING, AND WE COULD AGAIN SEND A MESSAGE TO AGENCIES, DEPARTMENTS, AND CABINETS THAT WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO DETERMINE HOW MUCH MONEY THEY HAVE TO SPEND AND, THEREFORE, HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO INFLUENCE DECISIONS THAT ARE MADE THAT AFFECT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THROUGH THE BUREAUCRACY, THROUGH THE ADMINISTRATION IN SUCH SIGNIFICANT WAYS.

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  • 11:48:14 AM

    MR. MORAN

    THE GOAL HERE IS TO KEEP GOVERNMENT FUNCTIONING. NO SHUT DOWN. BUT ALSO TO…

    THE GOAL HERE IS TO KEEP GOVERNMENT FUNCTIONING. NO SHUT DOWN. BUT ALSO TO HAVE THE DISCIPLINE NECESSARY TO PUT AN APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS IN PLACE, GET US OUT OF A C.R. IMMIGRATION FROM DACA TO BORDER SECURITY IS CERTAINLY A TOPIC OF CONVERSATION IN CONGRESS AND NEGOTIATIONS APPARENTLY ARE ONGOING. AN ISSUE THAT NEEDS TO BE RESOLVED. IF WE'RE GOING TO MAKE FIXES TO OUR IMMIGRATION SYSTEM, NOW IS BETTER THAN LATER. IF BORDER SECURITY IS IMPORTANT, NOW IS BETTER THAN LATER TO IMPROVE BORDER SECURITY. IF CERTAINTY IN PEOPLE'S LIVES IS IMPORTANT, NOW IS BETTER THAN LATER. MANY OF US HAVE A CONCERN THAT WE ARE NOT ADEQUATELY FUNDING DEFENSE SIDE. WE FACE MANY THREATS FROM CHINA IN THE PACIFIC TO RUSSIA AND ITS INTRUSION FROM CYBER ISSUES THAT AFFECT OUR NATIONAL SECURITY TO TERRORISM AND THE MIDDLE EAST. IF ADDITIONAL MONEY IS NECESSARY FOR OUR INTELLIGENCE CAPABILITIES AND FOR OUR NATIONAL DEFENSE, NOW IS BETTER THAN LATER. AND WHAT MAY HAPPEN HERE IS THAT WE WILL PASS A CONTINUING RESOLUTION THAT TAKES US WEEKS INTO THE FUTURE AND OPERATE UNDER A CONTINUING RESOLUTION OR IF THAT'S NOT POSSIBLE, NOTHING MAY PASS FOR SEVERAL DAYS AND THE SO-CALLED GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN WOULD OCCUR. HERE'S WHAT I WOULD ASK US TO DO. LET US DO A CONTINUING RESOLUTION FOR A DAY OR SO AT A TIME KEEPING GOVERNMENT OPEN AND WHILE WE DO THAT, THAT PUTS THE PRESSURE ON NEGOTIATIONS TO OCCUR TO RESOLVE THE VARIETY OF ISSUES THAT ARE OUT THERE TODAY THAT IN ALL LIKELIHOOD WILL BE ATTACHED TO A FINAL RESOLUTION. AND THE QUESTION IS, DO WE DO IT NOW? DO WE FORCE THOSE NEGOTIATIONS TO OCCUR AND RESOLUTION OF THOSE ISSUES TO HAPPEN? DO WE FORCE THAT TODAY BY BEING IN A CONTINUING RESOLUTION THAT IS A VERY SHORT PERIOD OF TIME OR DO WE GIVE OURSELVES ANOTHER MONTH TO ALLOW THE CONVERSATIONS TO CONTINUE IN WHICH IN ALL LIKELIHOOD, IF HISTORY IS ANY INDICATION, A MONTH FROM NOW WE WILL BE TALKING ABOUT WELL, WE NEED ANOTHER C.R. WHILE WE CONTINUE. THE ISSUES ARE IMPORTANT THAT ARE BEFORE US. AND CONGRESS HAS THE HABIT OF DELAYING RESOLUTIONS OF ISSUES UNTIL THE MOMENT OF CRISIS ARRIVES. MY POINT, KEEP THE PRESSURE ON US TODAY. DO NOT LET US WALK AWAY FROM HERE NOW WITHOUT KEEPING GOVERNMENT OPEN BUT DO NOT LET US LEAVE THE SENATE AND THE CONGRESS UNTIL WE HAVE RESOLVED THE ISSUES IN FRONT OF US FROM HEALTH CARE TO IMMIGRATION, FROM FUNDING, FROM NATIONAL DEFENSE, TO DOMESTIC SPENDING, TO ISSUES RELATED TO DISASTER. THE SENATOR WHO PRESIDES TODAY IS A SENATOR FROM FLORIDA. WHETHER OR NOT WE DO DISASTER ASSISTANCE THAT IS IN NEED AS A RESULT OF THE HURRICANES THAT HAVE CAUSED TREMENDOUS DAMAGE IN TEXAS AND FLORIDA AND PUERTO RICO, IF WE NEED -- IF THAT DISASTER RELIEF IS NEEDED, IT'S NEEDED NOW, NOT LATER. SO, MR. PRESIDENT, I RAISE THIS TOPIC. IF' HAD THIS CONVERSATION EOWE I'VE HAD THIS CONVERSATION WITH -- I'VE HAD THIS CONVERSATION WITH MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES AND I ENCOURAGE US TO CONTINUE TO RESOLVE OUR DIFFERENCES TODAY. THEY WILL NOT BE EASIER TOMORROW. AND MAKE CERTAIN THAT WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO THEN DEAL WITH THE IMPORTANT ISSUES THAT ARE STILL AHEAD OF US, OUTSIDE OF ANY AGREEMENT THAT MIGHT BE REACHED IN THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS. DEAL WITH ISSUES THAT ARE IMPORTANT. WHAT I DESCRIBE IS WE WILL BE DEALING WITH THE ISSUES THAT ARE NORMALLY IMPORTANT TO US IN MAY AND JUNE. MAY AND JUNE WILL BE OCCUPIED BY THE THINGS THAT WE SHOULD HAVE RESOLVED NOW. MAY AND JUNE WE WILL BE DOING THE THINGS WE COULD HAVE DONE TODAY AND WILL NOT BE TAKING CARE OF THE JULY ISSUES. COMMON SENSE TELLS ME WE CAN FIND A SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEMS IF WE WORK AT IT, BUT IF WE ALLOW OURSELVES TO ESCAPE FROM THE PROCESS TODAY, TOMORROW, IF WE RETURN HOME, WE'LL BE BACK IN THE SAME POSITION NEXT WEEK AND THE WEEK AFTER AND THE WEEK AFTER THAT AND THE WEEK AFTER THAT THAT WE'RE IN TODAY. MR. PRESIDENT, IT IS JUST A SIMPLE PLEA THAT THE UNITED STATES SENATE EXHIBIT SOME COMMON SENSE, SOME GOOD BUSINESS PRACTICES, RESOLVE OUR DIFFERENCES NOW, AND THEN LET'S TAKE ON THE NEXT ISSUES THAT ARE SO IMPORTANT TO THE COUNTRY. WITH THAT, MR. PRESIDENT, I YIELD THE FLOOR, AND I WOULD NOTE THE ABSENCE OF A QUORUM.

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  • 11:52:33 AM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE CLERK WILL CALL THE ROLL. QUORUM CALL: BAR MR. PRESIDENT?

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR FROM WYOMING.

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    MR. BARRASSO

    THANK URKS MR. PRESIDENT. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE QUORUM CALL BE…

    THANK URKS MR. PRESIDENT. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE QUORUM CALL BE VITIATED.

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  • 11:55:26 AM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 11:55:29 AM

    MR. BARRASSO

    THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. MR. PRESIDENT, LATER THIS WEEK WE'RE GOING TO…

    THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. MR. PRESIDENT, LATER THIS WEEK WE'RE GOING TO REACH ONE YEAR SINCE PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS SWORN INTO OFFICE AS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. FROM WHAT I'VE SEEN AND WHAT I HEARD, VISITING WITH PEOPLE AT HOME, ALL AROUND THE STATE OF WYOMING, THE FIRST YEAR HAS BEEN A HUGE SUCCESS. PEOPLE ARE TELLING ME AND TELLING THEIR FRIENDS AND TELLING THEIR NEIGHBORS THAT AMERICA IS FINALLY HEADED IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION AGAIN. PEOPLE TELL ME THAT THEY FEEL OPTIMISTIC, OPTIMISTIC BECAUSE OF THE POLICIES REPUBLICANS HAVE PUT IN PLACE OVER THIS PAST YEAR. THE POLLING COMPANY GALLOP SAYS IT'S NOT JUST HAPPENING IN WYOMING. IT'S HAPPENING ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THEY HAD A REPORT THE OTHER DAY THAT SAID THAT AMERICANS' CONFIDENCE IN OUR ECONOMY WAS POSITIVE IN 2017, AND THEY SAY THIS WAS THE FIRST POSITIVE ANNUAL AVERAGE SINCE THEY STARTED TRACKING THESE NUMBERS BACK IN 2008. FIRST TIME EVER. AS SOON AS DONALD TRUMP WAS ELECTED PRESIDENT, ECONOMIC CONFIDENCE BEGAN TO SOAR. IT HAS STAYED POSITIVE EVERY SINGLE MONTH SINCE ELECTION DAY OF 2016. GALLOP HAS SAID THIS IS THE EXACT OPPOSITE OF WHAT THEY'D SEEN FOR THE PREVIOUS EIGHT YEARS. IN ANOTHER POLL LAST WEEK, GALLOP SAID THAT PEOPLE ARE ALSO MORE OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THE JOB MARKET. THEY FOUND THAT AMERICANS' CONFIDENCE ABOUT FINDING A JOB, A QUALITY JOB, WAS THE HIGHEST IT HAD BEEN IN 17 YEARS SINCE THEY'D BEEN ASKING THAT QUESTION AS WELL. THEY SAID THAT THERE WAS A SHARP INCREASE, AS THEY DEFINE IT, A SHARP INCREASE OVER THE YEARS BEFORE IN 2016 WHEN PRESIDENT OBAMA WAS IN CHARGE. A SHARP INCREASE IN PEOPLE'S FEELINGS ABOUT BEING ABLE TO FIND A QUALITY JOB. PEOPLE ARE CONFIDENT. THEY'RE MUCH MORE OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THE FUTURE. AND YOU SEE THE SIGNS OF IT EVERYWHERE YOU TURN. STORES HAD THEIR BIGGEST HOLIDAY SALES SINCE 2008. WHEN PEOPLE ARE FEELING CONFIDENT, WELL, THEY FEEL LIKE IT'S OKAY TO GO SHOPPING, THAT THEY FEEL THAT THERE'S GOING TO BE THE INCOME TO COVER THE THINGS THEY'RE INTERESTED IN HAVING FOR CHRISTMAS AND THE GIFTS THEY CAN GIVE. THEY CAN RELAX. IT'S THE KIND OF OPTIMISM THAT WE'RE SEEING NOW. AND IT'S BECAUSE THEY SEE THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP AND REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS ARE SERIOUS ABOUT IMPROVING AMERICA'S ECONOMY. THEY SEE THAT WE'RE SERIOUS ABOUT GIVING RELIEF TO AMERICANS WHO HAVE BEEN GETTING BURIED UNDER AN AVALANCHE OF RED TAPE. NOW, THE PRESIDENT HAS CUT THROUGH MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF REGULATIONS. CONGRESS HAS ROLLED BACK 15 DIFFERENT MAJOR REGULATIONS FROM THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION. NOW THAT'S GOING TO SAVE AMERICANS AS MUCH AS $36 BILLION OVER TIME BECAUSE OF THE REGULATORY BURDEN THAT'S BEEN RELIEVED. THESE ARE REGULATIONS THAT HAMMERED AMERICANS, WIPED OUT AMERICAN JOBS. NOW THOSE REGULATIONS ARE GONE. WHEN PEOPLE SEE THAT WASHINGTON IS FINALLY TAKING THE RIGHT APPROACH TO REGULATION, IT GIVES THEM CONFIDENCE, MAKES THEM MORE OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THE FUTURE. A LOT OF THE REGULATIONS THAT DEMOCRATS WROTE HAD TO DO WITH THEIR WAR ON AMERICAN ENERGY. DEMOCRATS SHUT DOWN A LOT OF ENERGY EXPLORATION AND NFL DEVELOPMENT IN -- AND ENERGY DEVELOPMENT IN AMERICA. THEY SHUT DOWN ATTEMPTS TO EXPORT AMERICAN ENERGY. THEY EVEN WROTE RULES TO PUT THE UNITED STATES AT A COMPETITIVE DISADVANTAGE WHEN WE TRIED TO DEVELOP ENERGY RESOURCES OVERSEAS. REPUBLICANS HAVE STOPPED WASHINGTON'S WAR ON AMERICAN ENERGY. WE'RE OPENING UP MORE AREAS TO RESPONSIBLE ENERGY PRODUCTION OFF OUR COASTS A IN PART OF ALASKA. OUR GOAL SHOULD BE TO MAKE AMERICAN ENERGY AS CLEAN AS WE CAN, AS FAST AS WE CAN WITHOUT RAISING COSTS ON AMERICAN FAMILIES. NOW, REPUBLICANS HAVE PUT POLICIES IN PLACE TO RESTORE THAT BALANCE TO AMERICA'S ENERGY POLICY. NOW PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT NOT JUST ENERGY SECURITY, ENERGY INDEPENDENCE. AMERICA ENERGY DOMINANCE. WHEN PEOPLE SEE THAT WASHINGTON IS FINALLY TAKING THE RIGHT APPROACH TO ENERGY, IT GIVES THEM CONFIDENCE. PEOPLE SEE THAT REPUBLICANS ARE DELIVERING ON OTHER PROMISES AS WELL, LIKE GIVING AMERICAN FAMILIES SERIOUS TAX RELIEF. THIS TAX LAW, MR. PRESIDENT, THAT PASSED AT THE END OF LAST YEAR IS GIVING BACK MORE THAN A TRILLION DOLLARS TO AMERICANS OVER TIME. IT'S LETTING PEOPLE KEEP MORE OF THEIR HARD EARNED MONEY. IT'S SPURRING ECONOMIC GROWTH. IT'S GOING TO MAKE IT A LOT SIMPLER FOR A LOT OF FAMILIES TO FILL OUT THEIR TAXES -- TAXES. WHEN PEOPLE SEE THAT WASHINGTON IS FINALLY TAKING THE RIGHT APPROACH TO TAXES, IT GIVES THEM MORE CONFIDENCE, MORE OPTIMISM. THEY ARE CONFIDENT BECAUSE THEY ARE ALREADY SEEING THE DIRECT RESULT IN THEIR PAYCHECKS. AT LEAST 166 COMPANIES HAVE SAID THAT THEY'RE GOING TO GIVE RAISES, GIVE OUT BONUSES, INVEST MORE IN THEIR WORKERS BECAUSE OF THE TAX LAW. MORE THAN 2,200,000 WORKERS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY ARE GETTING MORE MONEY IN THEIR POCKETS AS A RESULT OF THESE RAISES AND BONUSES. SOME OF THE FOLKS WHO ARE GETTING BONUSES ARE PEOPLE WHO WORK AT WALMART. THAT'S ONE OF THE BIGGEST EMPLOYERS IN MY STATE IN WYOMING. PEOPLE WHO WORK THERE ARE GETTING BONUSES, THEY ARE GETTING HIGHER WAGES, THEY ARE GETTING EXPANDED MATERNITY LEAVE BENEFITS. ONE ADVANTAGE AFTER ANOTHER AS A RESULT OF THE TAX LAW THAT WAS PASSED BY A REPUBLICAN HOUSE, A REPUBLICAN SENATE, AND SIGNED BY PRESIDENT TRUMP. THESE WORKERS ARE NOTICING THE EXTRA MONEY. IT'S GOING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO THEM, TO THEIR FAMILIES. IT'S NOT JUST A ONE-TIME BUMP TO PEOPLE. ECONOMISTS SAY THAT THIS TAX RELIEF LEGISLATION IS GOING TO BOOST THE ECONOMY FOR YEARS TO COME. THERE WAS A STORY ON CNBC ON MONDAY THAT QUOTED AN OFFICIAL FROM ONE EUROPEAN BANK. HE SAID THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS, QUOTE, CHANGED THE PERCEPTION OF WHAT'S POSSIBLE IN WASHINGTON. CHANGED THE PERCEPTION OF WHAT'S POSSIBLE IN WASHINGTON. MADAM PRESIDENT, THE AMERICAN ECONOMY HAS ROARED BACK TO LIFE. WE ARE FINALLY, FINALLY HAVING THE ECONOMIC RECOVERY THAT WE SHOULD HAVE HAD EIGHT YEARS AGO. THAT'S BECAUSE WE FINALLY GOT THE POLICIES THAT ALLOW OUR ECONOMY TO GROW LIKE IT SHOULD. MADAM PRESIDENT, WE HAD A BIG RECESSION IN THIS COUNTRY. DEMOCRATS USED THAT AS AN EXCUSE, AN EXCUSE TO PILE A BUNCH OF REGULATIONS ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WELL, THAT HAD A LOT TO DO WITH KEEPING THE ECONOMY FROM RECOVERING AT THE PACE THAT IT SHOULD HAVE. YOU KNOW, DURING THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, THERE WAS TALK ABOUT THE NEW NORMAL. PEOPLE SAID THAT MAYBE IT WAS JUST THE WAY THINGS WERE GOING TO BE IN AMERICA FROM NOW ON -- SLOW, TEPID ECONOMIC GROWTH. WEAK RECOVERY. WAGES THAT DIDN'T GROW. PEOPLE OUT OF WORK FOR YEARS AT A TIME. THAT'S WHAT WE SAW IN THAT ADMINISTRATION. WELL, NOW, MADAM PRESIDENT, NOW WE KNOW THAT THAT WAS NEVER NORMAL, IT WAS NEVER ACCEPTABLE. IT WAS NEVER THE WAY THINGS HAD TO BE. THINGS COULD BE DIFFERENT, AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE VOTED TO MAKE IT DIFFERENT. THEY SAID IT WAS TIME FOR A CHANGE IN 2016. AND REPUBLICANS ARE SHOWING THAT THE ECONOMY CAN GROW FASTER ONCE WE GET THE RIGHT POLICIES IN PLACE. AMERICA CAN BE A GREATER PLACE FOR ALL OF US. WE HEAD INTO PRESIDENT TRUMP'S SECOND YEAR WITH A MUCH STRONGER ECONOMY THAN THE DAY HE TOOK OFFICE. WE HAVE MORE AMERICANS AT WORK. WE HAVE BUSINESSES AND FAMILIES CONFIDENT THAT THE ECONOMY WILL BE EVEN BETTER THIS YEAR. I THINK THAT'S THE KIND OF THING THAT PEOPLE MEAN WHEN THEY TELL ME THAT THEY FEEL CONFIDENT AND OPTIMISTIC IN THE DIRECTION OF OUR COUNTRY AGAIN. I SEE THAT CONFIDENCE IN WYOMING, WE SEE IT ON WALL STREET, AND WE SEE IT ALL ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. DEMOCRATS MIGHT MISS THE OBAMA ECONOMY OF HIGHER TAXES AND MORE REGULATION. REPUBLICANS ARE FIGHTING TO CONTINUE THE POLICIES THAT ARE GIVING AMERICANS CONFIDENCE AND OPTIMISM AND HOPE. REPUBLICANS KNOW THAT THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING. MADAM PRESIDENT, I ASK THAT THE REMAINDER OF MY REMARKS APPEAR IN THE RECORD IN AN APPROPRIATE PLACE.

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  • 12:04:00 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. BARRASSO

    THANK YOU, MADAM PRESIDENT. MADAM PRESIDENT, I'D LIKE TO SPEAK TODAY ABOUT…

    THANK YOU, MADAM PRESIDENT. MADAM PRESIDENT, I'D LIKE TO SPEAK TODAY ABOUT LEGISLATION THAT I HAVE INTRODUCED TO SPUR AMERICAN ENERGY DEVELOPMENT ON FEDERAL LAND. THIS IS THE OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE NATION AND STATES TO HARNESS ONSHORE RESOURCES FOR ENERGY ACT, ALSO KNOWN AS THE ONSHORE ACT. IT'S A COMMONSENSE APPROACH THAT STREAMLINES THE PERMITTING PROCESS FOR OIL AND GAS DEVELOPMENT. OIL AND GAS PRODUCTION HAS INCREASED DRAMATICALLY ON NONFEDERAL LAND IN RECENT YEARS. PRODUCTION -- WHILE PRODUCTION ON FEDERAL LAND HAS FALLEN BEHIND. THAT'S BECAUSE ENERGY PRODUCERS FACE COSTLY DELAYS WHEN THEY HAVE TO DEAL WITH OUTDATED AND INEFFICIENT REGULATIONS FROM WASHINGTON, D.C. THE LEGISLATION THAT WE'RE OFFERING REDUCES THESE UNNECESSARY DELAYS BY GIVING AUTHORITY TO STATES THAT HAVE ESTABLISHED REGULATORY PROGRAMS. LET'S LET THE STATES MAKE THOSE DECISIONS. THESE ARE THE STATES THAT HAVE A PROVEN TRACK RECORD OF MANAGING OIL AND GAS DEVELOPMENT EFFICIENTLY AND EFFECTIVELY. AT THE SAME TIME, THEY PROTECT THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT. THAT'S THE BALANCE WE ALL WANT, MADAM PRESIDENT, AND THESE STATES ARE DOING IT WITHOUT WASHINGTON ADDING ANOTHER UNNECESSARY LAYER OF RED TAPE. IN 2016, IT TOOK AN AVERAGE OF MORE THAN 250 DAYS FOR THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT TO ISSUE PERMITS TO DRILL FOR OIL ON PUBLIC LAND. IT TOOK STATE AGENCIES AN AVERAGE OF 30 DAYS. LOOK AT THE DIFFERENCE. STATES 30 DAYS, FEDERAL 250 DAYS. AND THAT'S THE DIFFERENCE. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WASHINGTON GETS INVOLVED? THE DELAYS COST JOBS, THEY SLOW DOWN ECONOMIC GROWTH. COMMUNITIES LOSE IMPORTANT TAX REVENUE. IN MY HOME STATE OF WYOMING, WE ARE AMERICA'S LARGEST PRODUCER OF NATURAL GAS, AND WE'RE THE SECOND LARGEST PRODUCER OF OIL ON FEDERAL LANDS. WELL, WYOMING HAS A LONG HISTORY OF MANAGING OIL AND GAS DEVELOPMENT ON FEDERAL LANDS. WE KNOW HOW TO DO IT, WE DO IT SAFELY, WE DO IT RESPONSIBLY. WYOMING CONTINUES TO BE THE PLACE PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD WANT TO SEE BECAUSE OF HOW BEAUTIFUL THE SCENERY AND THE ENVIRONMENT IS. THIS LEGISLATION STRIPS AWAY THAT NEEDLESS LAYER OF WASHINGTON REGULATION AND IT LETS STATES LIKE WYOMING MANAGE OIL AND GAS DEVELOPMENT THE WAY THAT WE KNOW HOW TO DO IT. MADAM PRESIDENT, OUR LEGISLATION ALSO ELIMINATES THE ADMINISTRATIVE FEE THAT GETS TAKEN OUT OF STATES' SHARE OF REVENUES FROM OIL AND GAS PRODUCTION. WASHINGTON TAKES MONEY THAT HAS BEEN CREATED LOCALLY, SENDS IT TO MONEY -- SENDS THE MONEY OUT OF THE COMMUNITY AND BACK TO WASHINGTON. IT'S MILLIONS OF DOLLARS THAT STATES AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES NEED TO FUND VITAL PUBLIC SERVICES. OUR BILL ENDS THIS UNFAIR REDISTRIBUTION. THE ON SHORE ACT ALSO -- ONSHORE ACT ALSO STOPS WASHINGTON FROM IMPOSING EXTRA PERMITTING BURDENS AND ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEWS ON ENERGY DEVELOPMENT THAT TAKE PLACE ON NONFEDERAL LANDS. THESE REQUIREMENTS ARE A CLASSIC EXAMPLE OF WASHINGTON OVERREACH. THEY DON'T HELP THE ENVIRONMENT. THEY JUST KEEP OIL AND GAS IN THE GROUND AND KEEP HARDWORKING AMERICANS OUT OF WORK. THIS LEGISLATION WILL CREATE JOBS AND EXPAND OUR ECONOMY BY CREATING AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE AMERICAN ENERGY CAN DOMINATE. I WANT TO THANK THE COSPONSORS OF THIS LEGISLATION FOR THEIR SUPPORT, SENATORS HOEVEN, ENZI, LEE, AND HATCH. I ALSO WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES IN THE HOUSE FOR STARTING THIS CONVERSATION WITH THEIR BILL CALLED THE SECURE AMERICAN ENERGY ACT. MADAM PRESIDENT, I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH MY COLLEAGUES TO PASS THIS LEGISLATION AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. THANK YOU, MADAM PRESIDENT. I YIELD THE FLOOR. I SUGGEST THE ABSENCE OF A QUORUM.

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  • 12:08:05 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE CLERK WILL CALL THE ROLL. QUORUM CALL: A SENATOR: MADAM PRESIDENT.

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    Quorum Call

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    A SENATOR

    MADAM PRESIDENT.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR FROM VIRGINIA. THE SENATE IS IN A QUORUM CALL.

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    MR. WARNER

    I ASK THE QUORUM BE VITIATED.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. WARNER

    MADAM PRESIDENT, I RISE TODAY VERY BRIEFLY TO THANK MY FRIEND, THE…

    MADAM PRESIDENT, I RISE TODAY VERY BRIEFLY TO THANK MY FRIEND, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE, AND ONE MORE TIME URGE ALL OF OUR COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR S. 139 WHICH WILL BE COMING UP IN A VERY FEW MOMENTS. THIS IS A CRITICAL TOOL THAT OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY USES ON A REGULAR BASIS TO KEEP AMERICA SAFE. IT IS A TOOL THAT AS SOMEONE WHO HAS MORE PERHAPS OBSERVANCE OF THIS PROGRAM THAN MOST, I DO NOT BELIEVE IT HAS BEEN ABUSED OR WILL BE ABUSED, BUT THIS LEGISLATION INCLUDES MEANINGFUL REFORMS ON FURTHERING CIVIL LIBERTIES PROTECTIONS, MAKING SURE THAT QUESTIONS THAT MANY MEMBERS HAVE ASKED OVER THE YEAR, PARTICULARLY THE BUREAU, A YE FROM NOW WE'LL BE ABLE TO HAVE THOSE ANSWERS. SO I THINK THIS LEGISLATION NEEDS TO PASS. IT NEEDS TO PASS WITH AN OVERWHELMING MAJORITY. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS GOOD WORK. WE HAD A 12-3 VOTE. WE HAD A 12-3 VOTE THAT OF MOVED FORWARD ON THE CLOTURE MOTION. AND MY HOPE IS THAT MANY OTHER COLLEAGUES WHO CARE DEEPLY ABOUT NATIONAL SECURITY WILL JOIN US IN FINAL PASSAGE ON THIS LEGISLATION.

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  • 12:15:47 PM

    MR. BURR

    MADAM PRESIDENT.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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    MR. BURR

    MADAM PRESIDENT, I THANK THE VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE. I THINK WHAT…

    MADAM PRESIDENT, I THANK THE VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE. I THINK WHAT WE HAVE SEEN IS TRYING TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT CONCERNS THAT NOT JUST MEMBERS BUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE HAD WITH PROGRAMS THAT OPERATE IN A DEGREE OF SECRECY. AND I THINK MOST AMERICANS UNDERSTAND WHY. AND THE ASSURANCE THAT I'VE TRIED TO MAKE AND THE VICE CHAIRMAN HAS TRIED TO MAKE TO OUR COLLEAGUES AND WE MAKE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IS THAT WE ARE A VIGILANT AND RIGOROUS OVERSIGHT OF NOT JUST THIS PROGRAM BUT THE ENTIRE COMPLEX OF INTELLIGENCE IN THE UNITED STATES. IT'S OUR JOB AS COMMITTEE MEMBERS, AND WE DO IT WITHOUT THE CALCULATOR -- WITHOUT THE CLARITY THAT MOST MEMBERS WOULD LIKE TO HAVE ON ISSUES. I RESPECT THE FACT THAT SOME STILL DISAGREE WITH US, THOUGH THE NUMBER IS SMALL. BUT I ALSO FEEL EXTREMELY PROUD TODAY THAT WE'RE GETTING READY TO REAUTHORIZE IN THE NEXT FEW MINUTES THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT INTELLIGENCE TOOL THAT EXISTS FOR US TO KEEP THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SAFE. AND I THINK WE WILL LOOK BACK ON THIS AS A NEEDED TOOL. TODAY THE THREAT LANDSCAPE LOOKS WORSE THAN PROBABLY IT EVER HAS. AND THE REASON THAT AMERICANS CAN SAFELY GO TO BED AT NIGHT IS BECAUSE THERE ARE A LOT OF DEDICATED FOLKS WHO WE PROVIDE TOOLS WITH TO KEEP THEM SAFE. AND IT STARTS WITH A VOTE IN THIS BODY. AND I ENCOURAGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES, WHEN GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY SHORTLY, TO VOTE TO REAUTHORIZE THE 702 PROGRAM. MADAM PRESIDENT, AT THIS TIME I MOVE TO TABLE THE MOTION TO CONCUR WITH AN AMENDMENT.

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  • 12:17:37 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION. ALL IN FAVOR SAY AYE. OPPOSED, NAY. THE…

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION. ALL IN FAVOR SAY AYE. OPPOSED, NAY. THE AYES APPEAR TO HAVE IT. THE AYES DO HAVE IT, AND THE MOTION TO TABLE IS AGREED TO. THE QUESTION NOW OCCURS ON THE MOTION TO CONCUR.

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  • 12:17:57 PM

    MR. BURR

    I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

  • 12:17:59 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    IS THERE A SUFFICIENT SECOND? THERE APPEARS TO BE. THERE IS. THE CLERK…

    IS THERE A SUFFICIENT SECOND? THERE APPEARS TO BE. THERE IS. THE CLERK WILL CALL THE ROLL. VOTE: VOTE: VOTE: VOTE:

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  • 12:18:00 PM

    Senate Vote 12 - On the Motion (Motion to Concur in the House Amendment to S. 139)

    Rapid DNA Act of 2017

    Motion Agreed to (65 - 34)
    Yea
    Nay

    Vote Details: Yea - 65
    Republican - 43
    Democratic - 21
    Independent - 1

    Vote Details: Nay - 34
    Democratic - 26
    Republican - 7
    Independent - 1

  • 12:51:10 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    IF NOT, THE YEAS ARE 65, THE NAYS ARE 34. THE MOTION IS AGREED TO. THE…

    IF NOT, THE YEAS ARE 65, THE NAYS ARE 34. THE MOTION IS AGREED TO. THE SENATOR FROM OHIO.

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  • 12:51:29 PM

    MR. PORTMAN

    MADAM PRESIDENT, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE SENATE PROCEED TO…

    MADAM PRESIDENT, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE SENATE PROCEED TO IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION OF H. CON. RES. 98 WHICH WAS RECEIVED FROM THE HOUSE.

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  • 12:51:37 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT.

  • 12:51:38 PM

    THE CLERK

    H. CON. RES. 99, DIRECTING THE SECRETARY OF THE SENATE TO MAKE A…

    H. CON. RES. 99, DIRECTING THE SECRETARY OF THE SENATE TO MAKE A CORRECTION IN THE ENROLLMENT OF THE BILL S. 139.

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  • 12:51:47 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THERE OBJECTION TO PROCEEDING TO THE MEASURE? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE…

    THERE OBJECTION TO PROCEEDING TO THE MEASURE? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE SENATE WILL PROCEED.

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  • 12:51:55 PM

    MR. PORTMAN

    MADAM PRESIDENT, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE RESOLUTION BE AGREED TO,…

    MADAM PRESIDENT, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE RESOLUTION BE AGREED TO, AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER BE CONSIDERED MANDATE LAID UPON THE TABLE WITH NO INTERVENING ACTION OR DEBATE.

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  • 12:52:04 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    IS THERE OBJECTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 12:52:10 PM

    MR. PORTMAN

    MADAM PRESIDENT?

  • 12:52:11 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR OHIO.

  • 12:52:12 PM

    MR. PORTMAN

    I MOVE TO PROCEED TO CALENDAR NUMBER 165, S. 1519.

  • 12:52:17 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT.

  • 12:52:19 PM

    THE CLERK

    MOTION TO PROCEED TO THE CONSIDERATION OF S. 1519, A BILL TO AUTHORIZE…

    MOTION TO PROCEED TO THE CONSIDERATION OF S. 1519, A BILL TO AUTHORIZE APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018 FOR MILITARY ACTIVITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AND SO FORTH AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 12:52:33 PM

    MR. PORTMAN

    MADAM PRESIDENT ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE SENATE BE IN A PERIOD OF…

    MADAM PRESIDENT ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE SENATE BE IN A PERIOD OF MORNING BUSINESS WITH SENATORS PERMITTED TO SPEAK THEREIN UP TO TEN MINUTES EACH UNTIL 7:00 P.M. WITH THE TIME EQUALLY DIVIDED AND THAT ALL QUORUM CALLS DURING THAT TIME ALSO BE EQUALLY DIVIDED.

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  • 12:52:47 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    IS THERE OBJECTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 12:52:49 PM

    MR. PORTMAN

    347, I HAVE NINE REQUESTS FOR MEETS TO MEET DURING TODAY'S SESSION OF THE…

    347, I HAVE NINE REQUESTS FOR MEETS TO MEET DURING TODAY'S SESSION OF THE SENATE. THEY HAVE THE APPROVAL OF THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS.

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  • 12:52:55 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    DULY NOTED.

  • 01:21:01 PM

    MR. LANKFORD

  • 01:21:03 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR FROM OKLAHOMA.

  • 01:21:04 PM

    MR. LANKFORD

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO VISCERATE THE QUORUM.

  • 01:21:08 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATE NOT IN A QUORUM CALL.

  • 01:21:10 PM

    MR. LANKFORD

    MR. PRESIDENT, I WANT TO GET A CHANCE TO ADDRESS AN ONGOING CONVERSATION…

    MR. PRESIDENT, I WANT TO GET A CHANCE TO ADDRESS AN ONGOING CONVERSATION THAT'S GOING ON IN WASHINGTON, D.C., RIGHT NOW AND WILL BE OVER THE NEXT 36 HOURS. AS UNUSUAL AS THIS MAY SOUND WITH ALL THE DRAMA THAT'S HAPPENING HERE, JUST OUTSIDE THIS BUILDING THERE ARE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE, MOST OF THEM STUDENTS, THAT ARE GATHERING IN WASHINGTON, D.C., PREPARING FOR SOMETHING CALLED THE MARCH FOR LIFE. THIS HAS HAPPENED FOR DECADES NOW. FOR STUDENTS AND ADULTS THAT COME FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY TO BE ABLE TO COME TO WASHINGTON, D.C., TO QUIETLY SPEAK FOR THOSE WHO CANNOT SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES -- CHILDREN STILL IN THE WOMB, TO BE ABLE TO SPEAK OUT FOR THE PROTECTION OF LIFE. IT IS AN INTERESTING CONVERSATION THAT HAS A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF SCIENCE AND A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF FAITH AND A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF HEAT AROUND IT. AS SOME INDIVIDUALS DON'T WANT TO DISCUSS THE ISSUE OF ABORTION OR WOULD SIMPLY SAY THAT'S A WOMAN'S CHOICE, NEED TO SET THAT ASIDE AND IGNORE IT, THERE ARE A WHOLE GROUP OF STUDENTS THAT ARE RISING UP AND SAYING, WAIT A MINUTE. THAT CHILD IN THE WOMB HAS TEN FINGERS AND TEN TOES, UNIQUE D.N.A. THAT'S DIFFERENT FROM THE MOM AND DAD, THE CHILD HAS A BEATING HEART. THAT DOESN'T SOUND LIKE TISSUE TO ME. THAT SOUNDS LIKE A CHILD. THEY'RE RAISING GREAT ISSUES THAT QUITE FRANKLY SCIENCE REINFORCES AS WELL. LAST WEEK I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE ABLE TO STOP BY ONE OF THE GREAT RESEARCH FACILITIES IN OKLAHOMA. THEY'RE DOING TREMENDOUS RESEARCH ON CANCER, ON M.S., ON ALZHEIMER'S, AND A LOT MORE. I STOPPED BY ONE OF THE LABS AND TALKED TO ONE OF THE SCIENTISTS THERE. THEY'RE ACTUALLY DOING RESEARCH ON ZEBRA FISH. AS ODD AS THIS MAY SOUND, THEY'RE TAKING ZEBRA FISH EGGS, DEVELOPING THOSE EGGS, THEY'RE ININVESTIGATING THEM WITH A GENE THAT -- THEY'RE INJECTING THEM WITH A GENE THAT THEY KNOW TO BE CANCEROUS IN HUMANS, ALLOWING THAT TO DEVELOP IN THE ZEBRA FISH, SEEING THE ABNORMALITIES THERE, TREATING TREATING IT WITH DIFFERENT DRUGS TO SEE IF THEY CAN REVERSE THE ABNORMALITIES. THEY'RE TAKING ZEBRA FISH, CREATING PROBLEMS AND SEEING IF THEY CAN -- FIX IT. ALL FOR ONE SIMPLE THING. THE ABILITY TO BE ABLE TO CURE DISEASES THAT AFFECT HUMAN LIFE. WE HAVE AS A CULTURE DETERMINED THAT LIFE IS VALUABLE. HUMAN LIFE ESPECIALLY IS VALUABLE AND PRECIOUS. THE CHALLENGE THAT WE HAVE IS DETERMINING WHEN THAT LIFE BEGINS. MYSELF AND MILLIONS OF OTHERS BELIEVE LIFE BEGINS AT CONCEPTION, WHEN THAT CHILD HAS DIFFERENT D.N.A. THAN THE MOM OR THE DAD, THAT TISSUE IS NOT JUST THE MOM'S TISSUE AT THAT POINT, IT'S GROWING INDEPENDENTLY. THERE'S NO DIFFERENCE IN THAT CHILD IN THE WOMB AND THE CHILD THAT'S IN THE BACKGROUND PLAYING AND LAUGHING AND GOING DOWN THE SLIDE OTHER THAN TIME. THERE'S NO DIFFERENCE. LAST YEAR THE CLEVELAND CAVALIER'S GUARD HAD A LITTLE DAKOTA. SHE WAS BORN AT LESS THAN A POUND AT 19 WEEKS OF DEVELOPMENT. SHE LEFT THE HOSPITAL FIVE MONTHS LATER AT 7 POUNDS, 4 OUNCES. 7 POUNDS, 5 OUNCES ACTUALLY. WHEN SHE LEFT THE HOSPITAL, IT WAS A REMARKABLE EVENT. IT WAS CELEBRATED ALL OVER SOCIAL MEDIA FOR THIS GUARD FOR THE N.B.A. CLEVELAND CAVALIERS AND THIS BEAUTIFUL CHILD LEAVING. DAKOTA IS NOW A YEAR OLD. IT'S BEEN INTERESTING THE STIR THAT HAPPENED AROUND HER BIRTH. A LOT OF PEOPLE STOPPED AND THOUGHT ABOUT A CHILD THAT SMALL AND YOUNG. IT WAS INTERESTING THE ARTICLES THAT CAME OUT NOTED THAT A CHILD AT 23 WEEKS OF DEVELOPMENT HAS A 50% TO 60% OF SURVIVAL NOW. SCIENCE HAS CHANGED A LOT OVER THE LAST SEVERAL DECADES. A LOT IS A HAPPENING. IT IS REMARKABLE TO HEAR THE STORIES OF SURGERY THAT'S HAPPENING INUTERO. IN 1995, ROBERTO RODRIGUEZ WENT THROUGH SURGERY STILL? THE WOMB. HE HAD MAJOR PROBLEMS IN HIS LEFT LUNG AND AT 20 WEEKS THEY WENT IN AND DID SURGERY INUTERO FIXING HIS LEFT LUNG, ALLOWED HIM TO FINISH OUT. 13 WEEKS LATER HE WAS DELIVERED HEALTHY. LITTLE ROBERTO RODRIGUEZ IS NOW 22 YEARS OLD. TECHNOLOGY IS NOT NEW ANYMORE. IN MANY WAY THE SCIENCE HAS FAR SURPASSED CONVERSATION HERE IN AMERICA DEALING WITH POLICY WITH CHILDREN. THE SUPREME COURT BACK IN THE 1970'S WHEN THEY PASSED ROE V. WADE HAD THIS WHOLE CONVERSATION ABOUT VIABILITY AND THAT GOVERNMENT HAS THE RIGHT TO BE ABLE TO STEP IN AND PROTECT CHILDREN AT THE MOMENT THAT THEY'RE VIABLE. IN THE 1970'S THAT WAS VERY DIFFERENT THAN WHAT IT IS NOW. NOW WE SEE CHILDREN AT 21, 22 WEEKS OF DEVELOPMENT AND BEING BORN AND BEING NATURAL, HEALTHY, GREAT CHILDREN. WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO CATCH UP IN LAW. WE MAY DISAGREE ON A LOT OF THINGS IN LIFE. AS I'VE ALREADY STATED, I BELIEVE LIFE BEGINS AT CONCEPTION. BUT IN THIS BODY, I KNOW THERE IS A LOT OF CONCEPTION ABOUT HOW DO WE ACTUALLY GOAT A SENSE OF COMMONALITY ON THESE ISSUES. LET ME LAY DOWN THREE DIFFERENT ISSUES THAT I THINK MAYBE WE CAN FIND SOME COMMON GROUND ON THESE THREE ISSUES. WE MAY DISAGREE ON WHEN LIFE BEGINS, CAN WE AT LEAST AGREE THAT AMERICANS HAVE A GROOM OF CONSCIENCE? CAN WE AT LEAST AGREE ON LATE-TERM ABORTIONS WHEN A CHILD IS CLEARLY VIABLE? AND CAN WE AT LEAST AGREE WHEN A CHILD IS BORN ALIVE, THEY SHOULD BE PROTECTED? LET ME HIT THOSE THREE QUICKLY. THE FIRST ONE IS BASIC FREEDOM OF CONSCIENCE. ALLOWING AN INDIVIDUAL TO BE ABLE TO LIVE OUT THEIR CONSCIENCE. I SPOKE TO SEVERAL NURSES A FEW MONTHS AGO. THOSE NURSES WHEN THEY WERE HIRED AT THE HOSPITALS THEY WORKED IN TOLD THE INDIVIDUALS IN H.R. AND THE PHYSICIANS THEY WORK WITH, THEY BELIEVE THAT LIFE BEGINS AT CONCEPTION AND THEY HAD A MORAL AND CONSCIOUS BELIEVE THAT THEY WANTED TO PROTECT CHILDREN AND THEY WERE TOLD AT THE MOMENT, YOU WILL NOT HAVE TO PARTICIPATE IN ABORTIONS. WE UNDERSTAND YOUR CONSCIOUS BELIEF. WE'LL PROTECT YOUR CONSCIOUS BELIEF. AND FOR YEARS THEY DID NOT. AND THEN SUDDENLY THEY RAN SHORT IN NURSES AT ONE MOMENT AND THEY PULLED EACH OF THEM IN AT DIFFERENT TIMES IN DIFFERENT HOSPITALS IN DIFFERENT STATES. THEY TOLD STORIES OF BEING PULLED INTO A STORY, BEING TOLD ON THE WAY IN WE NEED NEW THIS PROCEDURE, ARRIVING ONLY TO FIND OUT IT WAS AN ABORTION THEY WERE BEING FORCED TO ASSIST WITH. THEY WERE APPALLED TO BE A PART OF THE DEATH OF A CHILD. RATHER THAN PROTECTING THE LIFE OF A CHILD. BUT EACH OF THEM WAS TOLD, YOU WILL LOSE YOUR JOB IF YOU DON'T PARTICIPATE IN THE TAKING OF THIS CHILD'S LIFE. THAT'S AN UNFAIR PLACE TO BE ABLE TO PUT THEM IN. INDIVIDUALS SHOULD BE ABLE TO HAVE THE FREEDOM OF CONSCIENCE AND TO BE ABLE TO LIVE OUT THEIR MORAL AND SPIRITUAL BELIEFS. I WOULD NEVER GO TO AN ABORTION DOCTOR AND FORCE HIM TO PEACEFULLY PROTEST AGAINST HIS OWN ABORTION CLINIC. THAT WOULD BE ABSURD. BUT FOR SOME REASON PRO-ABORTION HOSPITALS SEE NO ISSUE AT TIMES COMPELLING A STAFF MEMBER TO PARTICIPATE IN SOMETHING THEY FIND OBJECTIONABLE, EVEN WHEN THEY'VE MADE THEIR STANCE CLEAR. WE SHOULD NEVER FORCE A PERSON TO ADMINISTER A LETHAL INJECTION IN A PRISON IF THEY HAVE A MORAL OBJECTION TO THE DEATH PENALTY. THAT SEEMS ONLY REASONABLE. WE'RE RIGHTFULLY FURIOUS WHEN A MAN THREATENS A WOMAN WITH FIRING IF SHE DOESN'T RESPOND TO HIS ADVANCES. NO ONE WOULD SAY IF SHE DOESN'T LIKE HIS ADVANCES, SHE CAN JUST GO FIND ANOTHER JOB. BUT FOR SOME IN OUR CULTURE, THEY WANT TO LOOK AWAY WHEN THAT SAME MAN THREATENS A WOMAN WITH FIRING IF SHE DOESN'T VIOLATE HER CONSCIENCE AND HELP PERFORM AN ABORTION. THEY'RE WILLING TO TELL HER, JUST QUIT AND GO FIND ANOTHER JOB. WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE? WE WOULDN'T COMPEL A VEGAN TO EAT MEAT AT A COMPANY BARBECUE, WOULD WE? WHY WOULD WE COMPEL A PERSON TO ASSIST IN THE TAKING OF A LIFE WHEN THEY'RE PERSONALLY OFFENDED BY THE PRACTICE? THE RIGHT OF CONSCIENCE SHOULD BE PROTECTED FOR EVERY PERSON. RELIGIOUS INTOLERANCE IS A PERSONAL CHOICE, NOT A LEGAL REQUIREMENT IN AMERICA. LATE-TERM ABORTIONS ARE ANOTHER AREA WE SHOULD FIND COMMON GROUND ON AND SHOULD BE ABLE TO PROTECT THESE CHILDREN. WE SHOULD AGREE THAT ELECTIVE LATE-TERM ABORTIONS SHOULD BE ENDED IN AMERICA. THIS IS AN ELECTIVE ABORTION AFTER FIVE MOUNTS OF PREGNANCY, WHEN THE CHILD'S NERVOUS SYSTEM IS FULLY DEVELOPED, THEY CAN FEEL PAIN TAX -- AT THAT POINT. WE IN AMERICA BECAUSE OF THE PRO-ABORTION LOBBY AND THE ACTIVISTS AROUND HAVE LOST TRACK OF THIS SIMPLE FACT. WE ARE ONE OF SEVEN NATIONS IN THE WORLD THAT ALLOW ELECTIVE ABORTIONS AFTER 22 WEEKS OF GESTATION. IN FACT, OF THOSE SEVEN NATIONS THAT ALLOW ABORTIONS, THREE OF THOSE, CANADA, SINGAPORE, AND NETHERLANDS ALLOW ELECTIVE ABORTIONS ONLY UNTIL 24 WEEKS, JUST TWO WEEKS LATER. BUT THERE ARE ONLY FOUR COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD THAT ALLOW ELECTIVE ABORTIONS AT ANY MOMENT. YOU READY FOR THIS CLUB? FOUR NATIONS THAT ARE LIKE US. THE UNITED STATES, VIETNAM, NORTH KOREA, AND CHINA. THAT'S IT. THOSE FOUR NATIONS ALLOW ELECTIVE ABORTIONS AT ANY STAGE LIKE WE DO. THAT IS A HORRIBLE CLUB FOR THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA TO BE IN. THEY ARE SOME OF THE WORST HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATORS IN THE WORLD, AND THAT'S THE ELITE CLUB THAT WE FIND OURSELF IN. THE PRO-ABORTION LOBBY IS SO POWERFUL AND IS SO WEALTHY AND THEY'RE SO ENGAGED, THEY'RE NOT WILLING TO EVEN RELENT THAT EVEN ONE CHILD'S LIFE COULD BE PROTECTED, EVEN WHEN THEY'RE CLEARLY VIABLE. LEAVING THE UNITED STATES IN THIS HORRIBLE COLLECTION WITH VIETNAM, NORTH KOREA, AND CHINA ON ABORTION POLICY. AT FIVE MONTHS OLD, A CHILD IN THE WOMB CAN KICK, STRETCH, YAWN, SMILE, SUCK ITS THUMB, AND FEEL PAIN. IT'S A VIABLE CHILD. LATE-TERM ABORTIONS REPRESENT ONLY 1.3% OF ALL ABORTIONS IN AMERICA. I WOULD CONTEND WE SHOULD STOP THIS PRACTICE ALTOGETHER. 191 NATIONS ALREADY DO, THAT THEY DON'T ALLOW THIS, 191 NATIONS. THERE'S NO REASON WE SHOULD NOT AS WELL. IT'S INTERESTING. "THE WASHINGTON POST" HEARD SEVERAL PEOPLE QUOTE THAT STATISTIC ABOUT SEVEN NATIONS ARE THE ONLY NATIONS THAT ACTUALLY ALLOW ANY ABORTIONS THIS LATE IN THE STAGE. THOSE FOUR THAT I MENTIONED, THE NETHERLANDS, CANADA AND SINGAPORE ALLOW UP TO 24 WEEKS BUT NOT AFTER THAT. THEY RANSOM THEIR FAMOUS FACT CHECKER ON THIS ISSUE. "THE WASHINGTON POST" RANSOM THROUGH ALL OF IT, LOOKED AT IT SAYING THIS SOUNDS LIKE THIS IS NOT CORRECT, EXCEPT THEY RANSOM THROUGH THE WHOLE STUDY, LOOKED AT IT, FACT CHECKED THE WHOLE THING AND AT THE END OF IT CAME BACK AND SAID NO, IT ACTUALLY IS CORRECT. WHAT SEEMED A DUBIOUS STATEMENT IN THE BEGINNING, THEY FACT CHECKED AND GAVE WHAT "THE WASHINGTON POST" CALLS THEIR ELITE JEPETCO INTERPRETATION. THAT MEANS NO PINOCCHIO, TRUE STATEMENTS. I BELIEVE LIFE BEGINS AT CONACCEPTING, BUT I WOULD SAY TO THIS GROUP NOT EVERYONE AGREES WITH ME ON THIS BUT WE SHOULD AT LEAST BE ABLE TO PROTECT LIFE WHEN IT'S VIABLE. LET ME ADD ONE MORE DETAIL TO THIS THAT'S PAINFUL TO EVEN DISCUSS. OF THOSE LATE-TERM ABORTIONS THAT OCCUR, THERE'S 1.3% OF THOSE ABORTIONS THAT OCCUR DURING THIS LATE TIME PERIOD. THE CHILD IS TOO LARGE AND TOO WELL DEVELOPED TO ACTUALLY HAVE A TRADITIONAL ABORTION PROCEDURE. SO THE ABORTIONS ARE DONE BY THE ABORTION DOCTOR REACHING IN WITH A TOOL INTO THE WOMB AND LITERALLY PULLING THE CHILD'S ARMS AND LEGS OFF ALLOWING THE CHILD TO BLEED TO DEATH IN THE WOMB AND THEN PULLING ITS PARTS OUT A PIECE AT A TIME. WHY DO WE ALLOW THAT IN AMERICA? 191 OTHER NATIONS DO NOT. ALL OF EUROPE DOES NOT. WHEN IS THE LAST TIME YOU HEARD ME SAY OUR SOCIAL POLICY NEEDS TO CATCH UP WITH EUROPE? WE'RE BETTER THAN THIS. LAST STATEMENT. I HAVE SOME COLLEAGUES THAT WANT TO BE ABLE TO JOIN ME IN THIS CONVERSATION AS WELL. WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO AGREE ON A SIMPLE PRINCIPLE, THAT IF AN ABORTION IS CONDUCTED AND YET IT'S BOTCHED AND INSTEAD OF DESTROYING THE CHILD IN THE WOMB, THE ABORTION DOCTOR ACTUALLY INDUCES THE DELIVERY, IN THOSE RARE CASES THE CURRENT PRACTICE IS, WHEN THE CHILD IS DELIVERED, EVERYONE IN THE OPERATING ROOM BACKS AWAY AND ALLOWS THE CHILD TO DIE OF EXPOSURE ON THE TABLE. BECAUSE THEY CAN'T ACTUALLY TAKE THE LIFE ANYMORE. IT'S BEEN FULLY DELIVERED. KERMA SITS IN PRISON RIGHT NOW BECAUSE AS AN ABORTIONIST IN PHILADELPHIA, HE WAS OF THE PRACTICE OF DELIVERING CHILDREN AND KILLING THEM AFTER DELIVERED. SO IT'S A CRIME ALREADY TO BE ABLE TO PHYSICALLY TAKE THE LIFE OF THAT INDIVIDUAL. SO THE CURRENT PRACTICE IS IF THEY MESS UP THE ABORTION AND DELIVER INSTEAD OF DESTROY, THEY JUST ALLOW THE CHILD TO DIE ON ITS OWN CRYING ON THE TABLE. CAN WE AS CONGRESS AND AS AMERICANS AT LEAST AGREE THAT IT IS BARBARIC TO WATCH A CRYING CHILD ON THE TABLE SLOWLY DIE? THAT AT LEAST AT THAT MOMENT OF DELIVERY WE WOULD AGREE A CHILD IS A CHILD WHEN WE CAN SEE ALL TEN OF THEIR FINGERS, SEE ALL TEN OF THEIR TOES, AND HEAR THEIR VOICE CRYING ON THE TABLE. THIS IS AN ISSUE THAT SHOULDN'T BE CONTROVERSIAL. THIS IS AN ISSUE THAT WE SHOULD FIND GREAT COMPASSION. AND I WOULD CHALLENGE THIS BODY WHEN WE DEAL WITH CONSCIENCE AND WE DEAL WITH LATE-TERM ABORTIONS AND WE DEAL WITH CHILDREN THAT ARE BORN ALIVE, THAT WE FIND RESOLUTION IN THOSE AREAS. I'M AWARE THIS IS A DIFFICULT TOPIC. I UNDERSTAND FOR MANY PEOPLE IN THIS CONVERSATION, IT'S PAINFUL TO EVEN CONSIDER IT. AND FOR THE MILLIONS OF WOMEN WHO HAVE EXPERIENCED ABORTION IN THEIR PERSONAL LIFE, THAT THIS IS PAINFUL TO EVEN CONSIDER. BUT I'M ALSO AWARE THAT UNTIL WE TALK ABOUT THESE HARD ISSUES AND RESOLVE THEM, IT WILL CONTINUE TO ADVANCE. WE'RE BETTER THAN THIS AS A NATION. LET'S PROVE IT IN THE WAY THAT WE TREAT OUR MOST VULNERABLE. WITH THAT, MR. PRESIDENT, I WOULD ASK FOR A TIME OF COLLOQUY TIME WITH SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES AND WOULD LIKE TO BE ABLE TO RECOGNIZE SENATOR BLUNT FROM MISSOURI.

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  • 01:36:40 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 01:36:44 PM

    MR. BLUNT

    MR. PRESIDENT, I'M --

  • 01:36:45 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR FROM MISSOURI.

  • 01:36:47 PM

    MR. BLUNT

    I'M HERE WITH THE SENATOR FROM OKLAHOMA. WE'RE ABOUT TO BE JOINED BY THE…

    I'M HERE WITH THE SENATOR FROM OKLAHOMA. WE'RE ABOUT TO BE JOINED BY THE SENATOR FROM IOWA TO TALK ABOUT A TOPIC THAT SENATOR LANKFORD JUST SAID IS DIFFICULT TO TALK ABOUT. WHEN YOU ACTUALLY STAND UP AND EXPLAIN WHAT'S GOING ON, IT'S HARD TO IMAGINE THAT WE STILL LET THESE THINGS HAPPEN. SENATOR LANKFORD, YOU KNOW, ONE THING I'D SUGGEST THAT WE COULD TALK ABOUT IS THE FACT THAT THE MINDS OF PEOPLE HAVE CHANGED ON THIS AND ALMOST ALL CHANGE ONCE YOU EXPLAIN THE TWO THINGS THAT THE CONGRESS IS FOCUSED ON THIS YEAR. POLLING ON THIS, I BELIEVE 63% OF ALL AMERICANS NOW BELIEVE THAT THESE LATE-TERM ABORTIONS SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO OCCUR. MANY -- AS YOU WELL POINTED OUT, THE COUNTRIES THAT ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN ARE NOT THE COUNTRIES WHOSE SOCIAL POLICIES YOU'D WANT TO BE ALIGNED WITH. CHINA, NORTH KOREA WHO HAVE A STATED PURPOSE OF ELIMINATING CHILDREN JUST FOR NO OTHER REASON THAN POPULATION CONTROL, AND THEY WIND UP ELIMINATING MORE FEMALE CHILDREN THAN MALE CHILDREN IN THAT PROCESS BECAUSE APPARENTLY THEIR BELIEF IS THAT THE MALE CHILD HAS MORE ECONOMIC VALUE GOING FORWARD. WHY WOULD WE WANT TO BE ALIGNED WITH COUNTRIES THAT LOOK AT THESE ISSUES THAT WAY OR JUST SIMPLY THINK THAT THE PAIN SHOULD BE ALLOWED. THE HOUSE HAS PASSED THE PAIN CAPABLE BILL. AND WHERE ARE WE NOW IN THE HOUSE ON THE BORN ALIVE BILL? IS IT TO BE VOTED ON THIS WEEK OR HAS IT BEEN VOTED ON ALREADY?

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  • 01:38:35 PM

    MR. LANKFORD

    IN COLLOQUY, THE HOUSE HAS PASSED BOTH A PAIN CAPABLE AND INFANT…

    IN COLLOQUY, THE HOUSE HAS PASSED BOTH A PAIN CAPABLE AND INFANT PROTECTION BORN ALIVE. IN A PRIOR MONTH. THE SENATE HAS YET TO TAKE THAT UP AND IT IS OUR HOPE IN THE SENATE TO BE ABLE TO BRING THAT UP FOR REAL DIALOGUE IN CONVERSATION IN THE DAYS AHEAD.

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  • 01:38:49 PM

    MR. BLUNT

    I THINK THE PAIN CAPABLE BILL WAS PASSED BY THE HOUSE IN OCTOBER. WE HAVE…

    I THINK THE PAIN CAPABLE BILL WAS PASSED BY THE HOUSE IN OCTOBER. WE HAVE THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS COMING THIS WEEK FOCUSING ON TOMORROW TO TALK ABOUT THIS ISSUE. THESE TWO BILLS ARE TWO OF THEIR PRIORITIES, BUT OF COURSE THEIR PRIORITY IS TO HONOR LIFE. THE MARCH FOR LIFE IS DESIGNED TO DO EXACTLY THAT. AND IT CLEARLY -- THE MARCH FOR LIFE IN ITS 45th YEAR NOW IS NOT A CELEBRATION. IT'S NOT AN ANNIVERSARY OF CELEBRATION. RATHER IT'S A TIME TO REMEMBER THAT THERE'S A LOT THAT WE STILL NEED TO DO TO ENSURE THAT OUR SOCIETY IS A SOCIETY THAT VALUES EVERY HUMAN LIFE NO MATTER HOW SMALL, NO MATTER HOW VULNERABLE, NO MATTER HOW LITTLE CAPACITY THAT LIFE HAS TO PROTECT ITSELF. AND THE WAY THAT THE SOCIETY I THINK HAS DECIDED TO DEAL WITH THIS IS LOOKING AT THINGS LIKE PARTIAL BIRTH ABORTION, THE DESCRIPTION OF WHICH WAS EVERY BIT AS BAD AS THE DISMEMBERING ABORTIONS. CONGRESS STEPPED FORWARD ON THAT TOPIC. SOME PEOPLE WHO PERFORMED THAT PARTICULAR ACT DIDN'T STOP DOING IT BUT THEY'RE IN TROUBLE WHEN YOU FIND OUT THEY HAVE DONE IT. SO THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY, IN FACT, TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE, IT'S A NUMBER I BELIEVE IS ALWAYS UNDERREPORTED BASED ON LOOKING AT THE MARCH FOR LIFE CROWD AND ANY OTHER CROWDS WE SEE HERE. I GUARANTEE THE FINAL NUMBER, IF YOU TAKE ANY OF THOSE CROWDS AND LOOK AT THEM, YOU BELIEVE THAT THERE IS A WILLINGNESS TO IGNORE THE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE THAT COME IN BUSES IF ALL OVER THE COUNTRY IN THE WORST POSSIBLE WEATHER MORE YEARS THAN NOT TO STAND UP AND SAY WE DON'T WANT THIS TO HAPPEN. YOUNG PEOPLE I THINK ARE INCREASINGLY MORE AND MORE DEFENSIVE OF THE IDEA OF LIFE AND ARE MORE AND MORE OFFENDED BY THE PLACES WHICH WE -- WHERE WE'VE CHOSEN NOT TO DRAW THE LINE. HOW CAN YOU POSSIBLY JUSTIFY A BABY THAT'S BORN ALIVE AND THE PROCESS THAT SENATOR LANKFORD JUST DESCRIBED WHERE YOU CAN'T TAKE THAT LIFE BUT YOU CAN STEP BACK AND NOT DO ANYTHING TO SAVE THAT LIFE OR THE UNIQUELY TROUBLED COUNTRIES WE'RE INVOLVED IN THAT ALLOW -- ALLOW DEVELOPED CHILDREN, BOYS AND GIRLS, TEN FINGERS, TEN TOES, THE ABILITY TO FEEL PAIN, TO INFLICT THAT PAIN ON THOSE CHILDREN AT THAT TIME. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DON'T SUPPORT THIS. ALMOST NOBODY WHO UNDERSTANDS WHAT'S GOING ON SUPPORTS IT. IF YOU'RE ASKING POLLING, I THINK, AS I SAID EARLIER, 63%, MORE THAN SIX OUT OF TEN AMERICANS SAY HOW COULD WE BE CONTINUING TO LET THAT HAPPEN. SO SUPPORTING THOSE WHO COME HERE, RESPONDING TO THOSE WHO UNDERSTAND THIS, AND CERTAINLY THE TWO SENATORS ON THE FLOOR HERE, THE SENATOR FROM IOWA AND THE SENATOR FROM OKLAHOMA, ARE AMONG THE BEST ADVOCATES FOR LIFE, AMONG THE BEST ADVOCATES FOR GETTING INFORMATION OUT ABOUT LIFE, ABOUT ADOPTION, ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS THAT OUR LAWS ALLOW THAT THE LAWS OF OTHER COUNTRIES DON'T ALLOW. CERTAINLY I'LL BE WELCOMING THE MARCH TO LIFE THIS YEAR FROM MISSOURI AND OTHER STATES. THE VICE PRESIDENT LAST YEAR BECAME THE FIRST VICE PRESIDENT IN THE HISTORY OF THE COUNTRY TO SPEAK TO THE MARCH FOR LIFE AND MADE IT CLEAR WHERE HIS VIEWS WERE AND WHERE THE ADMINISTRATION IS. THE MISSING COMPONENT HERE TO DO THE RIGHT THING IS THE CONGRESS ITSELF. WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO STEP UP AND DO THAT. WE NEED TO HAVE THIS DEBATE ON THE FLOOR BECAUSE PEOPLE, ONCE THEY ENTER INTO THIS DEBATE, REALIZE IT'S NOT A DEBATE THAT THEY WANT TO BE IN BECAUSE THE WRONG SIDE OF THIS IS THE SIDE WHERE SLIGHTLY MORE THAN A HANDFUL OF COUNTRIES ALLOW TO HAPPEN WHAT WE ALLOW TO HAPPEN. I'M PLEASED TO BE HERE ON THE FLOOR WITH SENATOR LANKFORD AND SENATOR ERNST. SENATOR ERNST, I'M GOING TO TURN TO YOU NOW.

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  • 01:43:48 PM

    MRS. ERNST

    NOW.

  • 01:51:35 PM

    A SENATOR

    MR. PRESIDENT, I WOULD LIKE TO ASK SENATOR SASSE TO JOIN IN THIS COLLOQUY…

    MR. PRESIDENT, I WOULD LIKE TO ASK SENATOR SASSE TO JOIN IN THIS COLLOQUY AS WELL.

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  • 01:51:40 PM

    MR. SASSE

    THANK YOU TO THE SENATOR FROM OKLAHOMA. THANK YOU TO THE SENATOR FROM…

    THANK YOU TO THE SENATOR FROM OKLAHOMA. THANK YOU TO THE SENATOR FROM MONTANA FOR SPELLING ME. I'M SITTING IN THE PRESIDING CHAIR DURING THIS COLLOQUY, SO I'M NOT ON THE GROUND FLOOR TO BE ABLE TO SPEAK AND PARTICIPATE, BUT I'D LIKE TO ASSOCIATE MYSELF WITH THIS COLLOQUY AND WITH THE LEADERSHIP OF THE SENATORS FROM OKLAHOMA, MISSOURI, IOWA, AND MONTANA. I, TOO, KNOW MICAH AND IT IS AN AMAZING THING. I WISH THAT ALL 100 SENATORS IN THIS BODY HAD A CHANCE TO KNOW MICAH AND HIS FAMILY, AND I ALSO WANT TO ASSOCIATE MYSELF WITH THE COMMENTS OF THE SENATOR FROM OKLAHOMA AS YOU BEGAN THIS, THAT WE ARE ONE OF ONLY FOUR COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD THAT ALLOW ELECTIVE ABORTION AT ANY TIME FOR ANY REASON. OUR PEERS IN THIS ARE NORTH KOREA, CHINA, AND VIETNAM, AND IT IS A GENUINE SHAME. AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT, AND THIS BODY NEEDS TO GRAPPLE WITH THAT REALITY. AND AS THE SENATOR FROM MISSOURI SAID, IT IS SPECIAL TO BE A PART OF THE RALLY AND THE MARCH OF THE NEXT 36 HOURS BECAUSE THE COLLEGE KIDS WHO ARE COMING HERE, THEY UNDERSTAND THIS FAR BETTER THAN THE GENERAL PUBLIC. THERE IS A MOVEMENT IN THIS COUNTRY TO WANT TO RESPECT AND CELEBRATE LIFE. GOOD THINGS ARE HAPPENING GENERATIONALLY IN THIS CAUSE. I JUST WANTED TO ASSOCIATE MYSELF WITH THIS COLLOQUY AND THANK THE SENATOR FROM MONTANA FOR SPELLING ME FROM THE CHAIR. THANK YOU.

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  • 01:52:58 PM

    MR. LANKFORD

    MR. PRESIDENT, THIS IS A DIFFICULT ISSUE FOR SO MANY PEOPLE BECAUSE IT IS…

    MR. PRESIDENT, THIS IS A DIFFICULT ISSUE FOR SO MANY PEOPLE BECAUSE IT IS INTENSELY PERSONAL FOR SO MANY PEOPLE. WE UNDERSTAND FULL WELL THE GRIEF THAT SOME FAMILIES HAVE WHEN THIS TOPIC COMES UP, BECAUSE THERE ARE MILLIONS OF MEN AND WOMEN WHO THEY KNOW THEIR CHILD HAS BEEN ABORTED. WE GET THAT. WE WANT TO EXPERIENCE INCREDIBLE COMPASSION OVER THEM AS THEY HAVE STRUGGLED THROUGH SOME OF THE MOST DIFFICULT DECISIONS OF THEIR LIFE. WE UNDERSTAND THAT WHEN THEY GO TO THE MALL AND THEY WATCH A SMALL CHILD LAUGH IN THE FOOD COURT AT THE MALL, THEY WONDER IN THE BACK OF THEIR HEAD WOULD THAT HAVE SOUNDED LIKE MY CHILD WHEN THEY LAUGHED? WE GET THE GRIEF THAT THEY LIVE WITH FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIFE AS THEY PROCESS THROUGH WHAT SOME PHYSICIAN TOLD THEM WAS TISSUE BUT IN THEIR HEART THEY KNOW WAS A CHILE. THIS IS A NATION THAT WE CAN SET SOME BASIC PRINCIPLES TO BE ABLE TO HELP THOSE INDIVIDUALS, TO BE ABLE TO PROMOTE ADOPTION, TO BE ABLE TO ENCOURAGE THOSE FAMILIES AND TO HELP WALK ALONGSIDE OF THEM. WE'RE GOOD AT GRACE AND COMPASSION AS A NATION. WE CAN CONTINUE TO BE BETTER AT IT. ONE OF THE WAYS WE HAVE GOT TO BE ABLE TO EXPRESS THAT IS FOR THE MOST VULNERABLE, FOR THOSE CHILDREN THAT HAVE YET TO BE BORN. WITH THAT, MR. PRESIDENT, I'D LIKE TO INVITE THE SENATOR FROM MONTANA TO ALSO JOIN INTO THIS COLLOQUY.

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  • 01:54:21 PM

    MR. DAINES

    SENATOR LANKFORD, THANK YOU FOR LEADING THIS EFFORT HERE TODAY, THIS VERY…

    SENATOR LANKFORD, THANK YOU FOR LEADING THIS EFFORT HERE TODAY, THIS VERY IMPORTANT CONVERSATION. I WANT TO THANK SENATOR BLUNT, SENATOR ERNST, SENATOR SASSE FOR JOINING US TODAY AS WELL IN THIS DISCUSSION. MR. PRESIDENT, 28 YEARS AGO, I BECAME A FIRST-TIME DAD. BY THE GRACE OF GOD, WE GOT TO SEE THREE MORE CHILDREN BORN AFTER OUR FIRST CHILD, DAVID, WAS BORN. I CAN TELL YOU, MY WIFE, CINDY, AND I, WE WERE EXCITED, A LITTLE BIT TERRIFIED WHEN WE WELCOMED DAVID INTO THE WORLD. AND AS A PARENT, ONE OF THE TOUGHEST THINGS IS TO SEE YOUR CHILD IN PAIN. I REMEMBER WHEN DAVID CRIED, I WOULD HAVE GIVEN AN ARM AND A LEG TO STOP THAT PAIN. I REMEMBER WHEN HE WAS JUST A LITTLE BABY, TAKING DAVID TO THE PEDIATRICIAN, MAYBE TO GET THAT SHOT AND SO FORTH AND THE PAIN DAVID FELT AND THE SCREAMS AND THE CRYING. I THINK IT WAS MUCH, MUCH HARDER ON THE PARENTS THAN ON THE BABY. AND I THINK WE ALL RECOGNIZE THE PAIN A CHILD FEELS AFTER THEY'RE BORN. BUT AS I HAVE GONE ON AND RESEARCHED THIS ISSUE OF PAIN AND BABIES AND SO FORTH, THE SCIENCE TELLS US THAT A BABY FEELS PAIN BEFORE THEY'RE BORN. AND SENATOR SASSE MENTIONED EARLIER THAT WE ARE ONE OF THE FEW NATIONS THAT ALLOWS ELECTIVE ABORTION AT ANY TIME DURING A PREGNANCY -- ONE OF FOUR ANY TIME DURING A PREGNANCY. THE QUESTION IS IF WE WERE ONE HOUR BEFORE DELIVERY, THE BABY IS ONE HOUR FROM BEING DELIVERED, AS A NATION, CAN WE AT LEAST AGREE THAT WE SHOULD HAVE A LAW THAT SAYS ABORTION SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED BECAUSE IT'S PRETTY CLEAR THAT THAT BABY'S GOING TO FEEL PAIN. THE QUESTION IS AT WHAT POINT DO WE KNOW THAT THEY FEEL PAIN DURING THE PREGNANCY? IT'S SHOCKING TO THINK THAT OUR NATION LOSES 13,000 CHILDREN A YEAR TO LATE-TERM ABORTION. OF COURSE, WE CAN HAVE THE DEBATE, WE SHOULD HAVE THE DEBATE ABOUT ALL ABORTIONS, BUT REALLY WE'RE FOCUSED ON TODAY ON LATE-TERM ABORTIONS. 13,000 CHILDREN A YEAR DIE TO LATE-TERM ABORTION. AT 20 WEEKS, THESE BABIES CAN SUCK THEIR THUMB, THEY CAN YAWN, THEY CAN STRETCH, THEY CAN MAKE FACES, AND THE SCIENCE SHOWS THESE BABIES ARE ALSO CAPABLE OF FEELING PAIN. OUR EARS MAY BE DEAF TO THEIR CRIES, BUT WE DON'T HAVE TO LIVE IN IGNORANCE, NOT WHEN RESEARCH AND EVEN COMMON SENSE TELLS US THESE UNBORN CHILDREN FEEL PAIN. IN FACT, THERE IS A REASON THAT UNBORN BABIES ARE OFTENTIMES GIVEN ANESTHESIA DURING FETAL SURGERY. THAT'S WHY WE MUST PASS THE PAIN-CAPABLE UNBORN CHILD PROTECTION ACT. IT IS UNCONSCIONABLE THAT WE ARE ALLOWING UNBORN CHILDREN AS OLD AS 20 WEEKS -- THAT'S 5 MONTHS -- TO BE KILLED WHEN THEY CAN FEEL PAIN. IN FACT, DO A GOOGLE SEARCH. IF YOU HAVE A SMARTPHONE, SITTING IN FRONT OF A COMPUTER, TYPE IN 20 WEEKS. YOU DON'T HAVE TO TYPE IN BABY. JUST TYPE IN 20 WEEKS. AND THEN TAKE A LOOK AT THE PICTURES, THE IMAGES THAT COME UP AFTER YOU COMPLETE THAT SEARCH. THIS IS ONE OF THEM. IN FACT, I JUST HAD MY SMARTPHONE LAST NIGHT. I SAID TO MY STAFF, I TYPED IN 20 WEEKS IN THE GOOGLE SEARCH. THIS IS THE IMAGE THAT COMES UP. HOW CAN WE SAY THAT THAT IS NOT A BABY? AND WHILE MUCH IN THE MEDIA TURN A BLIND EYE TO THE ATROCIOUS ACTS OF KERMIT GOSNELL AND THEY DIDN'T WATCH THE HORRIFIC VIDEOS TAKEN UNDERCOVER AT PLANNED PARENTHOOD CLINICS, MANY OF US DID. WE DID WATCH. AND WE CANNOT SIT IN SILENCE. MOST OF US WOULD NOT WISH THAT TREATMENT ON OUR MOST HATED OF ENEMIES, LET ALONE A CHILD OF ANY AGE. THE U.S. IS JUST ONE OF SEVEN COUNTRIES THAT ALLOWS ELECTIVE ABORTIONS AFTER 20 WEEKS. IT'S NOT A GOOD LIST TO BE ON. IT'S THE SAME LIST THAT WE SHARE THAT HAS CHINA AND NORTH KOREA ON IT. AS AN AMERICAN CITIZEN, I BELIEVE IN OUR FOUNDING PRINCIPLE THAT ALL MEN, ALL WOMEN ARE ENDOWED BY THEIR CREATOR WITH CERTAIN UNALIENABLE RIGHTS, AND AMONG THESE ARE LIFE, LIBERTY, AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS. AS A PERSON OF FAITH, I AM CALLED, WE ARE CALLED TO HELP THE MOST VULNERABLE IN OUR SOCIETY, AND AS A UNITED STATES SENATOR, IT IS MY HONOR TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION, THE PAIN-CAPABLE UNBORN CHILD PROTECTION ACT. AND I URGE ITS SWIFT PASSAGE.

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  • 02:00:24 PM

    MR. LANKFORD

    MR. PRESIDENT, THIS HAS JUST BEEN A DIALOGUE, COLLOQUY HERE ON THE FLOOR.…

    MR. PRESIDENT, THIS HAS JUST BEEN A DIALOGUE, COLLOQUY HERE ON THE FLOOR. I THANK SENATOR DAINES OF MONTANA, SENATOR BLUNT OF MISSOURI, SENATOR ERNST FROM IOWA, SENATOR SASSE FROM NEBRASKA JOINING ON THE DIALOGUE AND BASIC ISSUE OF LIFE. IN 1973 ROE V. WADE PASSED THROUGH THE SUPREME COURT IN THEIR DECISION, IN A SPLIT DECISION THERE THIS WEEK, IN 1973. WE STILL HAVE THIS DIALOGUE. THERE'S STILL AN ONGOING ARGUMENT ABOUT LOOKING INTO THE WOMB. WE KNOW A LOT MORE NOW ABOUT SCIENCE NOW THAN THEY KNEW IN 1973. WE KNOW A LOT MORE ABOUT THE DEVELOPMENT OF A CHILD NOW THAN WHAT THEY KNEW IN 1973. AND WE'RE STILL HAVING THIS ONGOING DEBATE THAT I THINK IS A RIGHTEOUS DEBATE, QUITE FRANKLY. I THINK IT'S ENTIRELY APPROPRIATE FOR US TO BE ABLE TO TALK ABOUT THESE KIND OF DIFFICULT ISSUES AND TO TRY TO FIND SOME RESOLUTION. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE THESE DIALOGUES. WE SHOULD HAVE THEM HERE AND TO BE ABLE TO BRING THE DEBATE TO THE FOREFRONT. THIS IS NOT ABOUT PEOPLE THAT WE HATE, AND IT'S ALWAYS INTERESTING TO BE ABLE TO GET THE DIALOGUE AND PUSH BACK FROM PEOPLE SAYING YOU JUST HATE PEOPLE BECAUSE OF WHATEVER REASON. IT'S NOT TRUE. IT'S ACTUALLY THAT WE LOVE CHILDREN. THAT'S REALLY THE ISSUE. THERE IS A VULNERABLE CHILD IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS CONVERSATION. SOMETIMES THEY DON'T SEEM TO COME UP IN THE CONVERSATION ABOUT PROTECTING RIGHTS OR ABOUT GIVING PEOPLE PRIVACY, AND ALL THOSE THINGS ARE WONDERFUL EUPHEMISMS BUT IN THE MIDDLE OF THAT THERE'S A VERY SMALL CHILD THAT'S BEING DISCUSSED. WE'RE TRYING TO ELEVATE THEIR VOICE TO LITERALLY SPEAK FOR THOSE WHO CANNOT SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES. WE THINK THAT'S AN APPROPRIATE ROLE FOR GOVERNMENT, TO SPEAK OUT FOR THE MOST VULNERABLE AND SEE IF WE CAN FIND JUSTICE FOR THOSE INDIVIDUALS. THIS WEEK IS NOT ONLY THE WEEK THAT WE HAVE THE ANNIVERSARY OF ROE V. WADE. IT'S ALSO THE WEEK THAT WE CELEBRATE MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY. I WOULD SAY HE'S A TERRIFIC ROLE MODEL IN THIS CONVERSATION. HIS BASIC TEACHING THAT HATE DOESN'T WIN OVER A FRIEND. ONLY LOVE CAN DO THAT. ONLY LOVE CAN TRANSFORM AN ENEMY INTO A FRIEND. THAT'S WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO. TO PEOPLE THAT OPPOSE THIS IDEA, WE GET IT. WE CAN HAVE THAT DIALOGUE. YOU'RE NOT OUR ENEMY, THOUGH. QUITE FRANKLY, WE WANT TO RESPOND TO YOUR COMMENTS IN LOVE AND SAY LET'S SIT DOWN AND HAVE A REASONABLE DIALOGUE. LET US EXPRESS OUR AFFECTION FOR CHILDREN AND BE ABLE TO TALK ABOUT HOW VALUABLE THEY REALLY ARE IN OUR SOCIETY. LET'S TALK ABOUT ADOPTION. LET'S TALK ABOUT WAYS TO BE ABLE TO CONTINUE TO TAKE CARE OF THOSE. BUT IN THE MIDDLE OF IT, LET'S TALK ABOUT A CHILD AS A CHILD. NOT AS JUST TISSUE THAT'S RANDOM. BECAUSE TISSUE THAT'S JUST RANDOM DOESN'T SUCK ITS THUMB AND SMILE BACK AT YOU. IT DOESN'T STRETCH AND YAWN. THAT'S A CHILD THAT DOES THAT. WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO HAVE THAT CONVERSATION. I WOULD URGE THIS BODY TO STOP IGNORING WHAT MILLIONS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SEE AS THE ISSUE. LET'S TALK ABOUT THE CHILD AND LET'S SEE WHERE WE'RE GOING TO GO. I THINK A GOOD FIRST STEP FOR US TO BE ABLE TO TALK ABOUT THIS IS THE INFANT PROTECTION BORN ALIVE BILL. THE LATE-TERM, WHAT WE CALL THE PAIN-CAPABLE BILL DEALING WITH LATE-TERM ABORTIONS THAT ARE VERY LATE, FIVE MONTHS AND LATER, AND THE ISSUE OF CONSCIENCE. ARE WE REALLY GOING TO COMPEL PEOPLE TO PERFORM PROCEDURES THEY FIND MORALLY REPREHENSIBLE IN THE DESTRUCTION OF A CHILD RATHER THAN THE PROTECTION OF A CHILD? WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO FIND COMMON GROUND ON THOSE. AND THEN LET'S KEEP THE CONVERSATION GOING, BECAUSE IT'S A REASONABLE THING FOR US TO BE ABLE TO DISCUSS. IF WE CAN'T TALK ABOUT LIFE, LIBERTY, AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS IN THIS PLACE, WHERE COULD WE TALK ABOUT IT? AGAIN I THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR PARTICIPATING, AND YOUR TENACITY AND YOUR COMPASSION AND YOUR AFFECTION FOR ALL AMERICANS, WHETHER THEY AGREE OR DISAGREE ON THIS ISSUE, I APPRECIATE VERY MUCH YOUR ENGAGEMENT AND APPRECIATE VERY MUCH THE VOLUNTEERS SCATTERED AROUND THE COUNTRY RIGHT NOW THAT ARE SERVING WOMEN IN SOME OF THE MOST DIFFICULT MOMENTS OF THEIR LIFE. CRISIS PREGNANCY CENTERS AND WOMEN'S RESOURCE CENTERS AND OTHER LOCATIONS WHERE THEY'RE VOLUNTEERING, THEY'RE PROVIDING CLOTHES, THEY'RE PROVIDING HELP, THEY'RE PROVIDING SONOGRAMS AND PREGNANCY TESTS AND THEY'RE WALKING THOSE FAMILIES THROUGH THOSE TOUGH DAYS. THANKS TO THOSE VOLUNTEERS WHEREVER THEY MAY BE TODAY AND BLESS YOU FOR THE ONGOING WORK THAT YOU HAVE. WITH THAT, MR. PRESIDENT, I WOULD YIELD THE FLOOR.

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  • 02:05:04 PM

    MR. DAINES

    MR. PRESIDENT.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR FROM MONTANA.

  • 02:05:08 PM

    MR. DAINES

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT MY NEXT REMARKS APPEAR AT A SEPARATE PLACE IN…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT MY NEXT REMARKS APPEAR AT A SEPARATE PLACE IN THE RECORD.

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  • 02:05:13 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. DAINES

    OBJECTION.

  • 02:11:50 PM

    A SENATOR

    A SENATOR: MR. PRESIDENT.

  • 02:11:56 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    IF NO ONE YIELDS TIME, IT WILL BE CHARGED EQUALLY TO BOTH SIDES.

  • 02:15:27 PM

    MR. SANDERS

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR FROM VERMONT.

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    MR. SANDERS

    THANK YOU. MR. PRESIDENT, I ASK THAT THE QUORUM CALL BE VITIATED.

  • 02:15:35 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATE IS NOT IN A QUORUM CALL. THE SENATOR IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 02:15:40 PM

    MR. SANDERS

    IN THAT CASE, IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE VITIATED. MR. PRESIDENT, WE ARE AT A…

    IN THAT CASE, IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE VITIATED. MR. PRESIDENT, WE ARE AT A PIVOTAL MOMENT. IF THE CONGRESS DOES NOT GET ITS ACT TOGETHER BY TOMORROW THERE WILL BE A GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN. A GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN WILL BE EXTRAORDINARILY DESTRUCTIVE TO THE PEOPLE OF OUR COUNTRY, MILLIONS OF WHOM DEPEND UPON GOVERNMENT SERVICES. IT WILL BE DESTRUCTIVE TO MILLIONS OF FEDERAL EMPLOYEES WHO KEEP THEIR FAMILIES GOING WITH A PAYCHECK FROM THE GOVERNMENT. IT WILL BE DESTRUCTIVE TO THE UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES, MEN AND WOMEN WHO PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE TO DEFEND US. SO IT SEEMS TO ME THAT WE HAVE GOT TO DO EVERYTHING THAT WE CAN TO PREVENT A GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN. NOW, AS EVERYBODY KNOWS, WE HAVE A REPUBLICAN PARTY WHICH CONTROLS THE UNITED STATES SENATE, REPUBLICAN PARTY WHICH CONTROLS THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, AND A REPUBLICAN WHO IS IN THE WHITE HOUSE, PRESIDENT TRUMP. WE ARE NOW THREE AND A HALF MONTHS INTO THE FISCAL YEAR, AND YET THE REPUBLICAN PARTY HAS YET TO GIVE US AN ANNUAL BUDGET. THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT IS A $3 TRILLION OPERATION. THERE IS NO BUSINESS IN THIS COUNTRY OF ANY SIZE THAT CAN RUN WEEK TO WEEK, MONTH TO MONTH. WE NEED AN ANNUAL BUDGET, AND NOW THE REPUBLICANS ARE COMING BACK AND ASKING FOR A FOURTH CONTINUING RESOLUTION. YOU CANNOT RUN A GOVERNMENT LIKE THAT. IT IS UNFAIR TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IT IS UNFAIR TO THE ARMED FORCES. IT IS UNFAIR TO ALL OF US. 3 AND A HALF MONTHS HAVE GONE IN THE FISCAL YEAR AND YET THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM HAS NOT BEEN REAUTHORIZED. THIS IS A PROGRAM THAT HAS EXISTED FOR DECADES WITH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. HOW CAN WE NOT REAUTHORIZE THE CHIP PROGRAM? 3 AND A HALF MONTHS OF THE FISCAL YEAR HAVE COME AND GONE, WE HAVE NOT REAUTHORIZED THE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER PROGRAM WHICH PROVIDES PRIMARY HEALTH CARE, DENTAL CARE, LOW-COST PRESCRIPTION DRUGS TO 27 MILLION AMERICANS IN EVERY STATE IN THIS COUNTRY. MR. PRESIDENT, IF LEGISLATION WERE BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR OF THE SENATE TODAY, THE STABENOW BILL REAUTHORIZING THIS, I SUSPECT WE WOULD GET 70, 75 VOTES. YET REPUBLICANS, AFTER THREE AND A HALF MONTHS HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO REAUTHORIZE HEALTH CARE OR THE CHIP PROGRAM. MR. PRESIDENT, WHEN WE TALK ABOUT THE BUDGET PROCESS, WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THREE MAJOR ISSUES. THERE ARE MORE, BUT THERE ARE THREE MAJOR ISSUES. NUMBER ONE, WILL WE CONTINUE TO HAVE PARITY IN SPENDING BETWEEN DEFENSE SPENDING AND NONDEFENSE SPENDING? SINCE 2011 IN FOUR DIFFERENT BUDGETS THERE HAS BEEN A BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT THAT FOR EVERY DOLLAR YOU SPEND ON DEFENSE IS A DOLLAR ON THE NEEDS OF A STRUGGLING MIDDLE CLASS, MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WHO ARE STRUGGLING EVERY DAY TO KEEP THEIR HEADS ABOVE WATER ECONOMICALLY. A DOLLAR HERE, A DOLLAR THERE. THAT HAS BEEN AGREED UPON ON FOUR SEPARATE OCCASIONS, BUT SENATOR McCONNELL CAME TO TO THE FLOOR AND SAID WE WANT TO DO AWAY WITH THAT PARITY. WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO SPEND MORE ON THE MILITARY AND LESS ON THE NEEDS OF WORKING FAMILIES. MR. PRESIDENT, WE HAVE A MIDDLE CLASS WHICH IS SHRINGING. WE HAVE -- SHRINKING. WE HAVE THE HIGHEST RATE OF CHILD POVERTY OF ALMOST ANY MAJOR COUNTRY ON EARTH MANY WE HAVE MILLIONS OF ELDERLY PEOPLE WHO CANNOT MAKE IT ON $12,000, $13,000 A YEAR AND WE HAVE AN OPIOID CRISIS HITTING THE NATION AND MY STATE VERY HARD. WE HAVE AN INFRASTRUCTURE WHICH IS CRUMBLING. WE CANNOT IGNORE THE WORKING NEEDS OF -- OF THE FAMILIES OF THIS COUNTRY AND NOT SPEND ON THE MILITARY. WHAT WE NODE TO DO TO GET A BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT IS REAUTHORIZE CHIP AND THE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER PROGRAM. THE STRAB NOW- -- STABENOW-BLUNT BILL HAS THE VOTES. LET'S DO IT. WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE PENSION ISSUE, MR. PRESIDENT. 1.5 MILLION AMERICAN -- WORKERS ARE GOING TO LOSE THEIR PENSIONS. THAT CANNOT BE ALLOWED TO HAPPEN. WE HAVE TO STAND WITH THOSE WORKERS. MR. PRESIDENT, I WENT TO A FEETING -- MEETING EARLIER TODAY DEALING WITH THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION -- SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION WHICH PROVIDES, WHICH IS THE ADMINISTRATIVE ARM THAT MAKES SURE THAT THE ELDERLY AND DISABLED GET THEIR BENEFITS IN A TIMELY MANNER. FOR YEARS NOW REPUBLICANS HAVE UNDERFUNDED THAT ADMINISTRATION AND TODAY THERE ARE SIMPLY NOT ENOUGH EMPLOYEES TO DO THE WORK THAT HAS TO BE DONE. AND NOW, AMAZINGLY ENOUGH, OVER IN THE HOUSE THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT MASSIVE CUTS TO THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION ON TOP OF THE CUTS THEY HAVE ALREADY RECEIVED. "THE WASHINGTON POST" WROTE AN ARTICLE A FEW WEEKS AGO, UNBELIEVABLE. AND WHAT THEY SAID IS THAT OVER THE LAST YEAR, IF YOU CAN BELIEVE IT, 10,000 PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES WHO HAD APPLIED FOR SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS DIED WHILE WAITING FOR THOSE -- WHILE WAITING FOR THOSE CLAIMS TO BE PROCESSED, AND THEY WERE NOT PROCESSED IN A TIMELY MANNER BECAUSE THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION DOES NOT HAVE THE WORKERS THAT IT NEEDS AND HAS BEEN SIGNIFICANTLY UNDERFUNDED. FOR THE SAKE OF THE SENIOR CITIZEN OF OUR COUNTRY, FOR THE SAKE OF THE DISABLED, ANY BUDGET AGREEMENT, WHEN WE HAVE PARITY, MUST SUPPLY SUFFICIENT AMOUNTS OF MONEY FOR THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION SO THAT THEY CAN DO THEIR WORK. MR. PRESIDENT, EVERY VETERANS DAY EVERY MEMBER OF THIS BODY TALKS ABOUT HOW MUCH THEY LOVE VETERANS. THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION TODAY HAS 30,000 VACANCIES WHICH MEANS THAT OUR VETERANS VETERANS ARE NOT GETTING THE TIMELY CARE THAT THEY MUST RECEIVE. WE HAVE TO FILL THOSE VACANCIES. ANY BUDGET AGREEMENT MUST INCLUDE INCREASED FUNDING FOR THE V.A. MR. PRESIDENT, IN MY STATE OF VERMONT AND ALL OVER THIS COUNTRY THERE ARE MILLIONS OF YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WENT TO COLLEGE, WENT TO GRADUATE SCHOOL, AND HAVE LEFT SCHOOL DEEPLY IN DEBT. AND BECAUSE OF HIGH INTEREST RATES, SOME OF THOSE PEOPLE OWE MORE MONEY TODAY AFTER PAYING OFF YEAR AFTER YEAR OF THEIR DEBT THAN THEY DID THE YEAR AFTER THEY GOT THEIR DEBT. WE HAVE TO FACE THE DEBT CRISIS FACING 40 MILLION AMERICANS. IN VERMONT, AND AGAIN ALL OVER THIS COUNTRY, IF YOU'RE A WORKING PERSON, WHAT DO YOU DO IF YOU HAVE A 3-YEAR-OLD OR A 2-YEAR-OLD? WELL, YOU LOOK FOR DECENT QUALITY CHILD CARE, BUT ALL OVER THIS COUNTRY IT IS DIFFICULT TO FIND THAT CHILD CARE. ANY SERIOUS BUDGET AGREEMENT THAT WE REACH MUST INCLUDE INCREASING FUNDING FOR CHILD CARE SO THAT WORKING PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY KNOW THAT WHEN THEY LEAVE THEIR KID AT A CENTER THAT CHILD WILL RECEIVE QUALITY CARE AT A COST THAT IS AFFORDABLE. EVERY DOLLAR THAT WE INVEST IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION IS A DOLLAR WELL SPENT. MR. PRESIDENT, ALL OVER THIS COUNTRY IN THIS, THE MOST WEALTHY NATION IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD, WE HAVE AN FRAWG, ROADS, WASTEWATER PLANTS THAT ARE CRUMBLING IN MANY PARTS OF RURAL AMERICA AND IN THE STATE OF VERMONT WE DO NOT HAVE HIGH-QUALITY BROADBAND OR CELLPHONE SERVICE. HOW DO YOU MAINTAIN A COMMUNITY? HOW DO YOU BRING BUSINESS INTO A COMMUNITY? HOW DO KIDS DO THEIR HOMEWORK IF YOU DON'T HAVE DECENT -- DECENT BROADBAND OR CELLPHONE SERVICE. WE HAVE TO INVEST IN RURAL AMERICA AND MAKE SURE EVERY COMMUNITY IN THIS COUNTRY HAS BROADBAND AND THE KIND OF INFRASTRUCTURE THAT IT NEEDS IN ORDER TO PROSPER. MR. PRESIDENT, ONE OF THE TRAGEDIES TAKING PLACE IN THIS COUNTRY TODAY AND RESULTING, UNBELIEVABLY, IN A LOWERED LIFE EX PECKS TENSEY RATE HERE IN -- EXPECTANCY RATE IN AMERICA, IT IS IN DECLINE, AND ONE OF THE REASONS IS THE TRAGIC OPIOID AND HEROIN EPIDEMIC WHICH CLAIMED 60,000 LIVES LAST YEAR. WE HAVE TO -- WE CAN'T IGNORE THAT PROBLEM. WE HAVE TO INVEST IN TREATMENTS AND WE HAVE TO HELP STATES ALL OVER THIS COUNTRY AND FAMILIES STRUGGLING WITH THIS ISSUE. I POINT IS, MR. PRESIDENT, WE NEED PARITY, NOT FOR SOME ABSTRACT INSIDE ADULT REASON, WE NEED PARITY IN SPENDING BECAUSE WE NEED MORE IN THIS COUNTRY THAN JUST A STRONG MILITARY. WE NEED A STRONG MIDDLE CLASS, WE NEED A STRONG WORKING CLASS, WE CANNOT TURN OUR BACKS ON TENS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WHO ARE STRUGGLING. AND THE SECOND ISSUE THAT WE HAVE GOT TO DEAL WITH HERE IN THE CONGRESS IS THE ISSUE OF DACA AND THE NEED FOR A CLEAN DREAMERS LEGISLATION. IN SEPTEMBER PRESIDENT TRUMP INITIATED A VERY SERIOUS CRISIS, AND WHAT HE DID WAS RESCINDED PRESIDENT OBAMA'S EXECUTIVE ORDER PROVIDING LEGAL STATUS THROUGH DACA TO 800,000 YOUNG PEOPLE. THESE ARE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WERE RAISED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THESE ARE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO TODAY ARE WORKING. THEY ARE IN SCHOOL. THEY ARE IN THE MILITARY. THIS IS THE ONLY HOME THEY HAVE EVER KNOWN. THIS IS THE ONLY COUNTRY THAT ANY OF THEM, OR MANY OF THEM, CAN EVEN REMEMBER. THE IDEA OF SIMPLY DOING AWAY WITH THE LEGAL STATUS THAT THEY HAVE, SUBJECTING THEM TO DEPORTATION, SUBJECTING THEM TO BEING TAKEN AWAY FROM THEIR ONLY COUNTRY THEY HAVE EVER KNOWN AND LOVED IS LITERALLY BEYOND COMPREHENSION AND UNSPEAKABLE. IN SEPTEMBER, WHEN TRUMP INITIATED THIS PROCESS BY RESCINDING OBAMA'S EXECUTIVE ORDER ON DACA, HE SAID TO CONGRESS, THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE, YOU FIX IT. GET LEGISLATION DONE. WELL, THERE ARE PEOPLE RIGHT NOW, SENATOR DURBIN, SENATOR GRAHAM, WHO ARE WORKING ON LEGISLATION. IT DOESN'T GO AS FAR AS I WOULD LIKE IT TO GO, BUT ON SERIOUS LEGISLATION IN THE HOUSE, YOU HAVE THE VAST MAJORITY OF DEMOCRATS AND MANY REPUBLICANS WHO UNDERSTAND WE CANNOT TURN OUR BACKS ON THESE YOUNG PEOPLE. BUT THAT'S NOT JUST WHAT WE FEEL HERE IN THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE. IT IS WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT. POLL AFTER POLL AFTER POLL SHOWS THAT 70%, 75%, 80% OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SAY, PROVIDE THESE 800,000 YOUNG PEOPLE WITH LEGAL STATUS, PROVIDE THEM WITH A PATH TOWARDS CITIZENSHIP. VERY FEW PEOPLE THINK THAT WE SHOULD TURN OUR BACKS ON THESE YOUNG PEOPLE, LET DACA EXPIRE, AND SUBJECT THEM TO DEPORTATION. LET US DO WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT US TO DO AND LET US PASS A STRONG DREAMERS ACT. AND LAST, BUT NOT LEAST, WE HAD SOME TERRIBLE HURRICANES SOME MONTHS AGO AND BROUGHT A LOT OF DISASTER TO TEXAS, TO FLORIDA, TO PUERTO RICO, AND TO THE VIRGIN ISLANDS. MONTHS HAVE GONE BY AND WE HAVE YET TO PASS THE KIND OF DISASTER RELIEF THAT COMMUNITIES IN THOSE STATES AND TERRITORIES DESPERATELY NEED. MR. PRESIDENT, WE CANNOT CONTINUE TO KICK THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD. WE CANNOT CONTINUE TO RUN A $3 TRILLION GOVERNMENT ON A MONTH-BY-MONTH BASIS -- UNFAIR TO EVERYBODY. WE HAVE GOT TO SIT DOWN AND NEGOTIATE A SERIOUS BUDGET AGREEMENT, AND WHAT REPUBLICANS MUST UNDERSTAND IS, YES, THEY HAVE A 51-49 MAJORITY HERE IN THE SENATE, BUT YOU NEED 60 VOTES TO PASS THIS TYPE OF LEGISLATION. YOU NEED 60 VOTES. THAT MEANS YOU CANNOT DO IT ALONE. YOU CANNOT GIVE THE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS A FAIT ACCOMPLI AND EXPECT DEMOCRATS TO SAY, OH, YES, SIR, WE'RE GOING TO FOLLOW YOU. THIS REQUIRES BIPARTISAN DISCUSSION, BIPARTISAN DISCUSSION ON THE PARITY ISSUE AND DOMESTIC SPENDING, BIPARTISAN DISCUSSION ON DACA. WE HAVE A STRONG MAJORITY OF MEMBERS OF THE SENATE WHO SUPPORT A DREAMERS PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND A PATH TOWARDS CITIZENSHIP. WE HAVE A STRONG MAJORITY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND A STRONG MAJORITY OF MEMBERS OF THE SENATE WHO WANT DISASTER RELIEF. THIS SHOULD NOT BE A DIFFICULT PROBLEM. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT A RESOLUTION. THEY WANT IT DONE IN A BIPARTISAN WAY. LET'S DO IT. LET'S NOT KICK THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD. REPUBLICANS MUST UNDERSTAND THAT THEY MUST NEGOTIATE IN A BIPARTISAN WAY. AND WITH THAT, MR. PRESIDENT, I WOULD YIELD THE FLOOR AND NOTE THE ABSENCE OF A QUORUM.

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  • 02:31:41 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE CLERK WILL CALL THE ROLL. QUORUM CALL: A SENATOR: MR. PRESIDENT?

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    Quorum Call

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    A SENATOR

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR ALABAMA.

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    MR. SHELBY

    I ASK THAT THE QUORUM CALL BE DISPENSED WITH.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. SHELBY

    MR. PRESIDENT, I RISE TODAY TO OFFER MY CONGRATULATIONS TO THE UNIVERSITY…

    MR. PRESIDENT, I RISE TODAY TO OFFER MY CONGRATULATIONS TO THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA'S CRIMSON TIDE ON THE 2018 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAY-OFF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP VICTORY AGAINST THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA BULLDOGS. I JOIN THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA, THE CRIMSON TIDE FAITHFUL, AND THE ENTIRE STATE OF ALABAMA, MY STATE, IN COMMENDING THIS TEAM ON ITS HARD-FOUGHT WIN AND FOR SHOWING PERSEVERANCE IN THE MIDST OF ADVERSITY TIME AND TIME AGAIN. THIS YEAR, MR. PRESIDENT, THE TIDE OVERCAME A HOST OF INJURIES AND MID-SEASON STRUGGLES TO REACH THIS ACHIEVEMENT. THE TEAM EVEN HAD TO OVERCOME, AS THE PRESIDING OFFICER WILL RECALL, A 13-POINT DEFICIT IN THE SECOND HALF OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP BALL GAME IN ATLANTA, WINNING ULTIMATELY 26-23 IN THE FIRST OVERTIME IN A COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAY-OFF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. WHAT A GAME! UNDER HEAD COACH NICK SAVINS' LEADERSHIP, THE TIDE SOUGHT TO EARN ANOTHER TITLE, DEMONSTRATING NEARLY TEN YEARS OF DOMINANCE. THIS YEAR'S TEAM, AMONG OTHER THINGS WON VARIOUS AWARDS. MINCA FITZPATRICK, WON THE BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER IN THE NATION AWARD AND THE THORP AWARD, BEST DEFENSIVE BACK IN THE NATION. HE WAS ALSO NAMED ASSOCIATED PRESS' FIRST-TEAM ALL-AMERICAN. BRADLEY BOSEMAN, OFFENSIVE LINEMAN, WAS NAMED A.P. SECOND TEAM ALL-AMERICAN. JONAH WILLIAMS OFFENSIVE LINEMAN WAS NAMED A.P. THIRD TEAM ALL-AMERICAN. ADDITIONALLY, FIVE PLAYERS ON THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA'S FOOTBALL TEAM WERE NAMED FIRST TEAM ALL-S.C.C. HEAD COACH NICK SABAN HAS NOW ONE SIX COLLEGE NATIONAL FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS, EQUALLY THE RECORD OF LEGEND PAUL BRYANT. THE CRIMSON TIDE COACHES' STAFF HAS HELPED CREATE HIGH-CALIBER ATHLETES AND GENTLEMEN. THIS TEAM HAS BROUGHT GREAT PRIDE AND HONOR TO THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA, THE LOYAL FANS OF THE CRIMSON TIDE AND TO THE ENTIRE STATE OF ALABAMA. I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE A MINUTE AND THANK COACH -- CRIMSON TIDE HEAD COACH NICK SABAN, AGENTIC DIRECTOR GREGG BURNS, PRESIDENT STEWART BELL, AND CHANCELLOR RAY HAYES FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP. AT THIS TIME, I WOULD LIKE TO CALL UP, MR. PRESIDENT, AND ADOPT THE SENATE RESOLUTION BY UNANIMOUS CONSENT COMMEMORATING THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE ON THIS 17th COLLEGE NATIONAL FOOTBALL TITLE. THAT'S RESOLUTION 375, I BELIEVE. I ASK CONSENT THAT THE SENATE PROCEED TO THE CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION.

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  • 02:42:20 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT.

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    THE CLERK

    SENATE RESOLUTION 375, CONGRATULATING THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA CRIMSON…

    SENATE RESOLUTION 375, CONGRATULATING THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE FOOTBALL TEAM FOR WINNING THE 2018 NATIONAL COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAY-OFF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP.

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  • 02:42:37 PM

    MR. SHELBY

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE PROCEEDINGS BE DISPENSED WITH.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    IS THERE OBJECTION TO PROCEEDING TO THE MEASURE?

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    MR. SHELBY

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT --

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. SHELBY

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE MOTION BE AGREED TO, THE PREAMBLE BE…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE MOTION BE AGREED TO, THE PREAMBLE BE AGREED TO, AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER BE CONSIDERED MADE AND LAID UPON THE TABLE, WITH NO INTERVENING ACTION OR DEBATE.

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  • 02:42:57 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    IS THERE OBJECTION? IS THERE OBJECTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 02:43:06 PM

    MR. SHELBY

    THANK YOU. I SUGGEST THE ABSENCE OF A QUORUM.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE CLERK WILL CALL THE ROLL. QUORUM CALL: QUORUM CALL: A SENATOR:

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    A SENATOR

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR FROM OHIO.

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    MR. PORTMAN

    MR. PRESIDENT, A LOT OF MY CONSTITUENTS ARE HEARING ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY…

    MR. PRESIDENT, A LOT OF MY CONSTITUENTS ARE HEARING ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF A --

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  • 02:45:40 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATE IS IN A QUORUM CALL.

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    MR. PORTMAN

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THE QUORUM BE DISPENSED WITH.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. PORTMAN

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    A SENATOR

    THE SENATOR FROM INDIANA.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR FROM INDIANA.

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    MR. YOUNG

    MR. PRESIDENT, I RISE TODAY TO TALK ABOUT AN ISSUE THAT'S VERY IMPORTANT…

    MR. PRESIDENT, I RISE TODAY TO TALK ABOUT AN ISSUE THAT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO HOOSIERS, PROTECTING OUR UNBORN CHILDREN. RIGHT NOW HOOSIERS FROM ACROSS THE STATE OF INDIANA ARE TRAVELING TO WASHINGTON, D.C. TO TAKE PART IN TOMORROW'S MARCH FOR LIFE. THIS ANNUAL EVENT BRINGS TOGETHER THE UNSUNG HEROES OF THE LIFE MOVEMENT, THOSE WHO'VE DEDICATED THEIR LIVES TO SAVING INNOCENT CHILDREN. NOW, DESPITE WHAT'S OFTEN PORTRAYED IN THE MEDIA, LIFE-AFFIRMING PRINCIPLES ARE SUPPORTED BY A MAJORITY OF AMERICANS, UPHOLD BY "POLITICO" AND THE HARVARD SCHOOL FOR PUBLIC HEALTH SHOW THAT 58% OF AMERICANS, ALMOST THREE IN FIVE AMERICANS OPPOSE ALLOWING MEDICAID FUNDING TO BE USED FOR ABORTION. ACCORDING TO THE QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY POLLING, 60% OF AMERICANS, INCLUDING 46% OF DEMOCRATS, SUPPORT FEDERAL LEGISLATION LIMITING ABORTION AFTER 20 WEEKS. I'M PROUD TO COSPONSOR THE PAIN CAPABLE UNBORN CHILD PROTECTION ACT. THIS ACT WOULD PROTECT UNBORN CHILDREN AT 20 WEEKS POST FERTILIZATION, THE POINT AT WHICH SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE PROVES THAT ABORTION INFLICTS PAIN. NOW, IT'S ESTIMATED THAT THIS COMMON SENS LEGISLATION WILL -- COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION WILL SAVE ROUGHLY 12,000 TO 18,000 BABIES ANNUALLY AND IT WILL NOT APPLY, INCIDENTALLY, TO CASES OF RAPE, INCEST, OR WHEN THE LIFE OF THE MOTHER IS AT RISK. NOW, BEFORE BEING ELECTED TO THE UNITED STATES SENATE, I SAT ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF HANNA HOUSE. THIS IS IN BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA, WHERE I LIVE AND IT OFFERS WOMEN LOVING SUPPORT DURING PREGNANCY. I FURTHER SPENT TWO YEARS AS A SMALL TOWN ATTORNEY IN PAY OLLIE OLLIE, INDIANA AND I OFFERED FREE LEGAL SERVICES TO PARENTS WHO WANTED TO ADOPT. SO YOU CAN SEE WHY I'M VERY PASSIONATE ABOUT HELPING CHILDREN FIND LOVING HOMES AND HELPING CARING ADULTS BECOME PARENTS. I'VE SEEN FIRSTHAND THROUGH MY OWN EXPERIENCES THE IMPORTANCE OF ADVOCATING FOR THOSE WHO CANNOT ADVOCATE FOR THEMSELVES. THE UNITED STATES IS ONE OF ONLY SEVEN COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD, ONE OF SEVEN COUNTRIES THAT ALLOWS ABORTIONS AFTER 20 WEEKS. THIS LIST INCLUDES HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATORS LIKE CHINA AND NORTH KOREA. THIS ISN'T COMPANY THAT WE WANT TO KEEP. DURING THIS TIME WHEN THERE'S PRINCIPALLED DISAGREEMENT ON SO MANY ISSUES, REPUBLICANS DISAGREEING WITH DEMOCRATS, CONSERVATIVES DISAGREEING WITH PROGRESSIVES, SURELY WE CAN COME TOGETHER AND TAKE ACTION THAT A SIGNIFICANT MAJORITY OF AMERICANS WANT. SO I AM HOPEFUL THAT THIS CRITICAL LEGISLATION WILL RECEIVE A VOTE ON THE FLOOR VERY, VERY SOON. THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. I YIELD BACK MY TIME. AND I WOULD NOTE THE ABSENCE OF A QUORUM.

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  • 03:08:58 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

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    A SENATOR

    MR. PRESIDENT?

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE.

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    MRS. SHAHEEN

    MR. PRESIDENT, I ASK THE QUORUM CALL BE LIFTED.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MRS. SHAHEEN

    THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE RIGHT NOW ARE…

    THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE RIGHT NOW ARE STRUGGLING TO PASS YET ANOTHER SHORT-TERM CONTINUING RESOLUTION TO AVOID A FEDERAL SHUTDOWN AT MIDNIGHT ON FRIDAY. FOR NINE CONSECUTIVE YEARS NOW, SINCE I'VE GOTTEN TO THE SENATE, WE HAVE BEGUN THE FISCAL YEAR WITHOUT REGULAR APPROPRIATIONS BILLS BEING ENACTED INTO LAW. IF WE PASS ANOTHER CONTINUING RESOLUTION THIS WEEK, IT WILL BE THE FOURTH CONTINUING RESOLUTION FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018. THERE WERE THREE C.R.'S OR CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2017. THIS GOVERNMENT BY C.R. IS CHAOTIC AND IT'S DISRUPTIVE. IT'S INFLICTING REAL DAMAGE ON OUR ARMED FORCES AND ALSO ON CRITICAL DOMESTIC PROGRAMS THAT BENEFIT PEOPLE ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. NOW, I LIVE IN A VERY SMALL TOWN IN NEW HAMPSHIRE CALLED MADBERRY. IF OUR BOARD OF SELECTMEN SELECTMEN IN MADBERRY COMMITTED THIS KIND OF BUDGETARY MALPRACTICE, WE WOULD GET RID OF THEM. THE FACT IS THAT THE FRANTIC SCRAMBLE TO PASS A NEW C.R. BY MIDNIGHT ON FRIDAY IS YET ANOTHER MANUFACTURED CRISIS HERE IN WASHINGTON. IT'S A CRISIS THAT IS COMPLETELY UNNECESSARY. THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEES IN BOTH HOUSES OF CONGRESS HAVE COMPLETED THEIR WORK IN A THOUGHTFUL, TIMELY MANNER, AND THIS CONGRESS, THE HOUSE PASSED ALL 12 OF ITS APPROPRIATIONS BILLS OUT OF COMMITTEE AND THE SENATE, THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE PASSED EIGHT OF OUR 12 BILLS. AND WE DID THAT WITH OVERWHELMING BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. AND THE ONLY REASON WE DIDN'T REPORT THE OTHER FOUR BILLS OUT OF COMMITTEE IS BECAUSE THE MAJORITY LEADERSHIP DIRECTED US TO STOP. SO LET'S BE VERY CLEAR, THIS IS NOT ABOUT APPROPRIATORS NOT BEING ABLE TO GET OUR WORK DONE AND NOT BEING ABLE TO AGREE ON WHAT WE WANT TO DO. THIS IS ABOUT THE LEADERSHIP IN CONGRESS, THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY, WHICH HAS REFUSED TO ALLOW US TO GO FORWARD WITH A REGULAR ORDER BUDGET PROCESS. THE HOUSE, THE SENATE, AND THE WHITE HOUSE ARE ALL CONTROLLED BY REPUBLICANS, AND IF THEY WANTED TO COMPLETE THE APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS IN A TIMELY MANNER, WE COULD HAVE DONE SO. AND WE COULD HAVE DONE IT WITH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. NOW I AM ESPECIALLY CONCERNED ABOUT THE DAMAGE THAT GOVERNMENT BY C.R. IS INFLICTING ON OUR ARMED FORCES AND NATIONAL SECURITY. THOSE OF US WHO SERVE ON THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE WERE DISTURBED BY TESTIMONY FROM THE CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS, ADMIRAL JOHN RICHARDSON IN SEPTEMBER OF 2016. HE SAID, AND I QUOTE, OUR ABILITY TO ACHIEVE TRUE EFFECTIVENESS AND EFFICIENCY HAS BEEN UNDERMINED BY BUDGET INSTABILITY, WORKFORCE LIMITATIONS, AND EIGHT, NOW LIKELY NINE -- AND IT WAS NINE -- STRAIGHT YEARS OF BUDGET UNCERTAINTY AND CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS. I REMEMBER WHEN HE CAME AND SPOKE -- THAT'S THE END OF THAT QUOTE. I REMEMBER WHEN ADMIRAL RICHARDSON CAME AND SPOKE TO THE NAVY CAUCUS, AND WE WERE ASKING HIM WHAT HIS CONCERNS WERE. AND HE SAID, WELL, YOU KNOW, MY BIGGEST CONCERN IS BUDGET CERTAINTY. AND WHAT WE TELL EVERYBODY IN THE NAVY NOW TO FIGURE ON, IS TO FIGURE THAT THEY CAN'T DO ANYTHING IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF A FISCAL YEAR BECAUSE THEY'RE GOING TO BE OP RATINGS UNDER A -- OPERATING UNDER A CONTINUING RESOLUTION. AS HE POINTED OUT, THIS COMPROMISES OUR MISSION AND DRIVES INEFFICIENCY AND WASTE INTO ALL THAT WE DO. END QUOTE. IN A SIMILAR VEIN, THE ARMY CHIEF OF STAFF, GENERAL MARK MILLEY, HAS REPEATEDLY WARNED US OF THE DAMAGING IMPACTS THAT BUDGET UNCERTAINTY HAS ON COMBAT READINESS. TRAINING CYCLES ARE DISRUPTED AND SOMETIMES THEY ARE DISCONTINUED. ALL NONMISSION CRITICAL MAINTENANCE IS POSTPONED FOR THE LENGTH OF A C.R. NOW, I SHARE THE VIEWS OF MANY IN THIS CONGRESS THAT WE NEED TO INCREASE SUPPORT FOR OUR MILITARY. WE LIVE IN AN UNCERTAIN WORLD WHERE WE'RE FACING SECURITY THREATS FROM ISIS TO RUSSIA, NORTH KOREA. WE COULD GO DOWN A LONG LIST. AND WE MUST BE PREPARED TO RESPOND. BUT WE CAN'T INCREASE MILITARY SPENDING AT THE EXPENSE OF FUNDING OUR DOMESTIC NEEDS. AND WHEN IT COMES TO FUNDING DOMESTIC NEEDS, NO CHALLENGE IS MORE URGENT AND FRIGHTENING THAN THE NATIONWIDE OPIOID EPIDEMIC. IN MY STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE, NEARLY EVERYONE HAS A HEARTBREAKING STORY OF A FAMILY MEMBER, A FRIEND, OR A COLLEAGUE WHOSE LIFE HAS BEEN DESTROYED BY OPIOIDS. AND YOU CAN JUST LOOK AT THESE HEADLINES AND SEE WHAT THE CHALLENGE IS. AUGUST 16, 2017, FROM OUR STATE NEWS PAPER, "THE CONCORD MONITOR" IN THE CAPITAL. NEW HAMPSHIRE DRUG OVERDOSE DEATHS, MOST LITTLE FENTANYL, CONTINUE AT A HIGH RATE. THE C.D.C. RECENTLY SAID THAT NEW HAMPSHIRE HAS THE HIGHEST OVERDOSE DEATH RATE FROM FENTANYL, THE THIRD-HIGHEST IN THE COUNTRY. AND NATIONWIDE IN 2016, MORE THAN 63,000 AMERICANS DIED FROM OVERDOSES. MORE THAN 63,000 PEOPLE. IF WE WERE LOSING THAT MANY AMERICANS TO A DISEASE OUTBREAK, TO A WAR IN THE MIDDLE EAST OR ELSEWHERE, THERE WOULD BE AN OUTCRY IN CONGRESS AND WE WOULD PASS LEGISLATION TO ADDRESS THE CRISIS IN A MATTER OF DAYS. WELL, THIS CURRENT FUNDING CRISIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO ADDRESS THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC. IN RECENT WEEKS, ALONG WITH MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE, SENATOR HASSAN, I'VE URGED THE SENATE TO MAKE AN IMMEDIATE EMERGENCY $25 BILLION FEDERAL INVESTMENT IN TREATMENT AND PREVENTION, A DOWN PAYMENT ON A SUSTAINED RELIABLE FUNDING STREAM TO SUPPORT EFFORTS BY STATES AND COMMUNITIES. AT LONG LAST WE COULD PROVIDE A RESPONSE THAT IS COMMENSURATE WITH THE MAGNITUDE OF THIS PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS. THERE IS BIPARTISAN SUPPORT IN THIS BODY AND THROUGHOUT CONGRESS TO ADDRESS THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC. PRESIDENT TRUMP PROMISED WHEN HE WAS CAMPAIGNING AND SINCE HE BECAME PRESIDENT THAT HE WAS GOING TO WORK TO END THIS EPIDEMIC. AND YET, WE'RE STILL WAITING TO SEE THE RESOURCES THAT STATES AND COMMUNITIES NEED. NOW LAST WEEK MANY OF US WATCHED WITH GREAT ANTICIPATION WHEN PRESIDENT TRUMP INVITED IN BIPARTISAN REPRESENTATIVES FROM BOTH THE HOUSE AND SENATE AND THE TELEVISION CAMERAS AT -- TO TALK ABOUT HOW WE'RE GOING TO ADDRESS THE FUNDING SITUATION THAT WE'RE IN AND HOW WE'RE GOING TO ADDRESS DACA. THAT WAS YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WERE BROUGHT TO THIS COUNTRY THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN AND ARE NOW IN A SITUATION WHERE THEY DON'T HAVE CITIZENSHIP AND THEY DON'T HAVE A WAY FORWARD. WELL, SENATORS GRAHAM AND DURBIN SPENT FOUR MONTHS NEGOTIATING AND EXCELLENT BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT TO STRENGTHEN BORDER SECURITY AND GIVE DREAMERS A PATH TO CITIZENSHIP THAT THEY DESERVE. THE PRESIDENT IN THAT MEETING THAT WE ALL WATCHED SAID BRING ME A SOLUTION, AND I'LL SIGN IT. WELL, THEY REACHED AN AGREEMENT THAT WOULD LIKELY PASS IN THE SENATE WITH AT LEAST 60 VOTES. LAST WEEK PRESIDENT TRUMP APPLAUDED THE DEAL. HE INVITED SENATORS GRAHAM AND DURBIN TO THE WHITE HOUSE TO FINALIZE IT. AND WHEN THEY GOT THERE, THEY WERE SHOCKED TO FIND THAT THE PRESIDENT HAD COMPLETELY REVERSED HIMSELF. THIS MORNING SENATOR GRAHAM WAS STATING THE OBVIOUS WHEN HE SAID WE DO NOT HAVE A RELIABLE PARTNER IN THE WHITE HOUSE. WELL, WE DO HAVE RELIABLE PARTNERS IN THIS BODY. GIVE US THAT BILL, LET US VOTE ON IT, LET US SEND IT TO THE PRESIDENT, AND LET THE PRESIDENT VETO IT IF HE DOESN'T LIKE IT. YESTERDAY MAJORITY LEADER McCONNELL SAID, AND I QUOTE, AS SOON AS THE PRESIDENT FIGURES OUT WHAT HE'S FOR, THEN I WILL BE CONVINCED THAT WE'RE NOT JUST SPINNING OUR WHEELS BUT ACTUALLY DEALING WITH A BILL THAT CAN BECOME LAW. WELL, AGAIN, WE'VE GOT A BIPARTISAN DEAL ON DACA. LET US VOTE ON IT. THERE ARE VERY REAL CONSEQUENCES TO THE CONSTANT CHAOS, TURMOIL, AND POLICY REVERSALS THAT HAVE BECOME THE NEW NORMAL UNDER THIS PRESIDENT. WE MUST COMMIT OURSELVES ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS TO RESTORING ORDER TO THE APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS. IT IS TIME TO FULFILL OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY, TO PASS FULL YEAR APPROPRIATIONS BILLS THAT ADDRESS THE NEEDS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND AS WE WORK TO RESOLVE THIS CURRENT FISCAL IMPASSE, ANY AGREEMENT SHOULD INCLUDE A NUMBER OF BASIC PROVISIONS. WE SHOULD FUND GOVERNMENT FOR THE REMAINDER OF THIS YEAR. NO MORE SHORT-TERM CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS. ENOUGH. IT IS ENOUGH. WE NEED TO STOP THAT. THE MAJORITY OF MEMBERS IN THIS CHAMBER AND THROUGHOUT CONGRESS UNDERSTAND THAT WE CAN'T KEEP DOING THIS. ANY DEAL SHOULD INCREASE SUPPORT FOR OUR MILITARY AND IT SHOULD PROVIDE PARITY FOR OUR DOMESTIC NEEDS. TO ADDRESS THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC, FOR OUR VETERANS, FOR THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM AND COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS, FOR THOSE MEDICAID PAYMENTS THAT ARE SO CRITICAL TO OUR RURAL HOSPITALS, FOR DISASTER RELIEF IN FLORIDA AND TEXAS AND CALIFORNIA AND PUERTO RICO AND THE VIRGIN ISLANDS. FOR PENSION RELIEF WHERE WE HAVE PEOPLE WHO HAVE WORKED THEIR WHOLE LIVES WHO ARE FACING OLD AGE WITHOUT THE PENSIONS THAT THEY PAID INTO. WE CAN GET THIS DONE. THERE ARE ENOUGH PEOPLE OF GOODWILL ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE IN THIS BODY AND IN THE OTHER BODY THAT WE CAN DO THIS IF WE ARE ALLOWED TO WORK TOGETHER. SO DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS, LET'S GET THIS DONE. LET'S KEEP THE GOVERNMENT FUNDED. AND LET'S SHOW THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT WE CAN WORK TOGETHER IN THE INTEREST OF THIS COUNTRY. THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. I YIELD THE FLOOR.

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  • 04:02:51 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR FROM IOWA.

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    MR. GRASSLEY

    THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. SHOULD THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM…

    THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. SHOULD THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM -- I SHOULD BE MORE SPECIFIC, THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM BE REAUTHORIZED? OF COURSE IT SHOULD BE REAUTHORIZED. IT HAS A LONG HISTORY OF STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. THIS IS A MAJOR ISSUE IN REACHING THE POINT OF WHETHER OR NOT WE NEED TO GET SOMETHING PASSED, AND WE DO NEED TO GET SOMETHING PASSED, SO GOVERNMENT DOESN'T SHUT DOWN. IN REGARD TO THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM AS BEING PART OF THAT, THIS STARTED VERY EARLY LAST FALL WHEN THE SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE OVERWHELMINGLY PASSED A FIVE-YEAR EXTENSION FROM THAT COMMITTEE ONCE AGAIN STATING THE STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT THAT THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM HAS. NOW, THANKFULLY IT'S MOVING ALONG IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES BECAUSE THAT BODY HAS INCLUDED A SIX-YEAR EXTENSION OF CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM IN THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION THAT WE HAVE TO GET THROUGH THE UNITED STATES SENATE. SO THAT SIX-YEAR EXTENSION WOULD BE THE LONGEST EXTENSION OF THE PROGRAM SINCE THE PROGRAM WAS CREATED OVER 20 YEARS AGO. NOW I'M SURE THIS IS GOING TO BE SURPRISING TO OUR CONSTITUENTS FOR SURE AND MAYBE EVEN SURPRISING TO MEMBERS OF THIS BODY, BUT THIS REAUTHORIZATION OF SIX YEARS ACTUALLY SAVES $1 BILLION. I CANNOT BELIEVE WE'RE IN A SITUATION WHERE PEOPLE WHO HAVE SAID THEY SUPPORTED THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM WOL VOTE AGAINST -- WOULD VOTE AGAINST ITS REAUTHORIZATION WHEN THE HOUSE RESOLUTION COMES OVER HERE, BUT THAT'S WHAT THE LEADERSHIP OF THIS BODY IS DEALING WITH TO MAKE SURE THAT THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM IS ELEVATED IN THIS DEBATE SO PEOPLE KNOW THAT THEY HAVE BEEN CRYING FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME ABOUT THIS BILL FINALLY -- THIS CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM FINALLY BEING REAUTHORIZED COULD BE IN A SITUATION OF VOTING AGAINST OF WHAT THEY HAD BEEN PLEADING FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME. MY COLLEAGUE FROM THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, SENATOR FEINSTEIN SAID, AND I QUOTE, HEALTH CARE COVERAGE FOR KIDS SHOULD BE A NO-BRAINER. END OF QUOTE. I AGREE. THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM REAUTHORIZATION IS A NO-BRAINER. THE VALUE IT HAS FOR THE KIDS AND SAVING MONEY AT THIS POINT. SENATORS WARNER AND KAINE FROM VIRGINIA WROTE, QUOTE, WE ASK THAT YOU INCLUDE BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION REAUTHORIZING THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM IN ANY UPCOMING FUNDING LEGISLATION. END OF QUOTE. WELL, IT'S HERE FOR ALL THESE SENATORS THAT WANT THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM REAUTHORIZED, THIS IS THE OPPORTUNITY TO REAUTHORIZE IT. WILL YOU VOTE AGAINST WHAT YOU'VE BEEN ADVOCATING FOR A LONG TIME, THE REAUTHORIZATION OF THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM? IN MY STATE OF IOWA 68,792 CHILDREN, AT THE LATEST ENROLLMENT, ARE IN CHIP AND DEPENDING ON CONGRESS TO DO THE RIGHT THING. THE RIGHT THING TO DO IS TO REAUTHORIZE THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, AND THAT COULD BE TODAY OR TOMORROW, AND FOR SIX YEARS SO WE DON'T HAVE TO DEAL WITH IT FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME. SO, MY FELLOW SENATORS, THIS IS A TIME FOR STATEMENTSMANSHIP, NOT GAMESMANSHIP, AND TIME TO VOTE FOR A PROMPT REAUTHORIZATION OF THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM. IF I CAN, MR. PRESIDENT, I'D LIKE TO SPEAK TO A TAXATION. NOW IT'S NEARLY THREE WEEKS AGO THE PRESIDENT SIGNED INTO LAW THE TAX CUT AND JOBS ACT. IT IS THE MOST SWEEPING REFORM OF OUR TAX CODE IN MORE THAN THREE DECADES. THIS TAX REFORM PROVIDES BOTH TAX SIMPLIFICATION AND TAX CUTS FOR THE VAST MAJORITY OF TAXPAYERS. IMPORTANTLY, THE TAX REFORM BILL MADE GOOD ON ITS COMMITMENT TO PROVIDE REAL RELIEF TO SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS, AND THAT INCLUDES FAMILY FARMERS AN RANCHERS. AS ONE OF THREE SENATORS ON THE FINANCE AND AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE, IT WAS A PRIORITY OF MINE TO REPRESENT AGRICULTURE AND THE FAMILY FARM INSTITUTION THROUGHOUT THE TAX REFORM DEBATE. FAIR TREATMENT FOR FARMERS UNDER TAX REFORM WAS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT TO ME GIVEN THE LARGE ROLE AGRICULTURE PLAYS IN THE STATE OF IOWA'S ECONOMY. AGRICULTURE ACCOUNTS FOR ONE OUT OF EVERY FIVE JOBS IN THE STATE AND MAKES UP 33% OF IOWA'S ECONOMY. THE TAX REFORM BILL PROVIDED A ONCE IN A GENERATION OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE REAL AND LONG-LASTING REFORMS FOR FARMERS, RANCHERS, AND EVERY AMERICAN WORKING IN OUR AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRIES. BROADLY SPEAKING, ACROSS THE BOARD RATE REDUCTIONS WILL LET AMERICANS KEEP MORE OF THEIR OWN MONEY. THIS WILL AFFORD FARMERS THE OPPORTUNITY TO REININVEST IN THEIR OPERATIONS -- REINVEST IN THEIR OPERATIONS INSTEAD OF SENDING THAT CAPITAL TO POLITICIANS. THIS EXPANDS SECTION 179 OF THE TAX CODE WHICH HELPS FARMERS FINANCE OVERHEAD COSTS. IT ENABLES FARMERS TO DEDUCT MORE EXPENSES IN THE YEAR THEY OCCURRED AND ALSO EXPANDS THE AVAILABILITY OF CASH ACCOUNTING TO MORE FARMERS IN IOWA AND THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. THESE PROVISIONS WILL ALLOW FARMERS TO INVEST IN THE EQUIPMENT NECESSARY TO DO THE JOB OF FEEDING THE NATION AND THE WORLD. THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT LOWERS TAXES ON CAPITAL INVESTMENT AND INCLUDES A BUSINESS DEDUCTION THAT WILL HELP LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD BETWEEN FARMS THAT FILE AS CORPORATIONS AND THOSE THAT FILE AS INDIVIDUALS. MORE THAN 94% OF FARMS ARE TAXED UNDER THE I.R.S. PROVISIONS AFFECTING INDIVIDUAL TAXPAYERS. THE BULK OF AGRICULTURE PRODUCERS WHO OPERATE OUTSIDE THE TAX CODE DESERVE BASIC FAIRNESS. THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT MAKES SURE THAT THOSE TAXED UNDER THE INDIVIDUAL AND CORPORATE TAX CODES ARE TREATED WITH MORE EQUITY. ONE OF THE MOST FREQUENTLY DISCUSSED ISSUES IN TAX REFORM DISCUSSION IS THE ESTATE TAX WHICH CAN FORCE FAMILY FARMS TO BREAK UP OPERATIONS TO PAY THE I.R.S. FOLLOWING THE DEATH OF FAMILY MEMBERS. NOW, THAT DOESN'T HAPPEN AT THE DEATH OF A LOT OF FARMERS, BUT IN A FEW CASES IT DOES, AND IT SEEMS TO ME TO BE VERY UNFAIR TO MAKE UP -- BREAK UP A FARMING OPERATION TO PAY AS A RESULT OF THE CONSEQUENCE OF A DEATH. I SUPPORT A FULL REPEAL OF THIS UNFAIR TAX BUT WAS PLEASED THAT IN THIS TAX REFORM LEGISLATION WE WERE ABLE TO MAKE SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS AND ALLEVIATE THE BURDEN ON FAMILY FARMERS BY DOUBLING THE ESTATE TAX EXCEPTION. THIS SUBSTANTIAL CHANGE WOULD LET MORE FAMILY FARMERS PASS THEIR HARD-EARNED LIFE WORK ON TO THEIR CHILDREN, PAVING THE WAY FOR THE NEXT GENERATION OF FAMILY FARMERS. ACCORDING TO THE IOWA FARM BUREAU, GIVEN THE PRICE OF FARM LAND, ABOUT 30% OF CROP FARMS IN IOWA EXCEEDS THE $5 MILLION STATE TAX EXCEPTION IN THE 2016 -- IN 2016 BASED ON LAND VALUES. THE DOUBLING OF THE EXCEPTION AMOUNT WILL GO A LONG WAYS TOWARDS ALLEVIATING THE NIGHTMARE THAT IS THE DEATH TAX FOR MANY IOWA FARMERS. I'VE LONG ADVOCATED FOR COMMONSENSE TAX RELIEF MEASURES BECAUSE THEY WILL HELP IOWA AND THE MID-WES -- MIDWEST AND WILL MAKE LIFE EASIER FOR MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICANS. FARMERS HARD WORK PROVIDES THE HEALTHY AND AFFORDABLE FOOD THAT WE SO OFTEN TAKE FOR GRANTED. WE SHOULD DO EVERYTHING IN OUR POWER TO SUPPORT THAT SEGMENT OF OUR ECONOMY AND CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE THESE SMALL BUSINESSES AND HARDWORKING FAMILIES CAN THRIVE AND PROSPER. THAT'S WHAT TAX REFORM WILL DO FOR FARMERS, FOR IOWANS, AND FOR ALL AMERICANS. WHETHER IT'S A MIDDLE-CLASS FARMER OR A MIDDLE-CLASS NONFARMER, ALL BENEFITS FROM OTHER PROVISIONS OF THE TAX BILL, LIKE DOUBLING THE STANDARD DEDUCTION, DOUBLING THE CHILD TAX CREDIT, REDUCING THE 15% BRACKET TO 12%, REDUCING THE 25% BRACKET TO 22%, AND THERE'S A LOT OF OTHER FEATURES IN THIS BILL TO BENEFIT NOT ONLY FARMERS BUT ALSO OTHER MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES. I YIELD THE FLOOR.

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  • 04:40:47 PM

    MR. CARDIN

  • 04:40:48 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR FROM MARYLAND.

  • 04:40:50 PM

    MR. CARDIN

    THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. MR. PRESIDENT, THE DREAMERS ARE PART OF THIS…

    THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. MR. PRESIDENT, THE DREAMERS ARE PART OF THIS COUNTRY. THEY ARE AMERICA'S FUTURE. THEY ARE HELPING TO BUILD THIS GREAT NATION AND THEY NEED OUR ATTENTION NOW. THE REPUBLICANS CONTROL THE HOUSE, THE SENATE, AND THE WHITE HOUSE. ONE OF THEIR PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES IS TO PASS A BUDGET. WE ARE NOW FOUR MONTHS INTO THE FISCAL YEAR AND WE DON'T HAVE A BUDGET AND WE'RE TALKING ABOUT ANOTHER CONTINUING RESOLUTION THROUGH MID-FEBRUARY. A COUPLE OF WEEK AGO WE WERE TOLD ON THE FLOOR TO GIVE IT A COUPLE OF MORE WEEKS AND WE WOULD WORK SOME OF THESE ISSUES OUT, BUT THAT TIME HAS NOW COME AND WE STILL DO NOT HAVE A BUDGET. WE SHOULD NOT BE GOING INTO FEBRUARY WITHOUT DEALING WITH THE PROBLEMS OF THIS COUNTRY. WE NEED A DEAL ON THE BUDGET. WE NEED AN AGREEMENT ON THE DREAMERS. WE NEED SO MANY ISSUES THAT NEED TO BE ADDRESSED. THERE'S NO EXCUSE WHY THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP HAS NOT BROUGHT THESE ISSUES TO THE FLOOR OF THE SENATE FOR ACTION. I WANT TO START IN REGARDS TO THE DREAMERS TO COMMEND THE BIPARTISAN WORK OF A GROUP CONVENED BY SENATORS GRAHAM AND DURBIN. THEY HAVE COME UP WITH A GOOD PLAN THAT ADDRESSES KEY ISSUES NEEDED FOR A COMPROMISE ON IMMIGRATION REFORM. I WAS PLEASED TO SEE THEY PUT ON THEIR WEB SITE A -- WEBSITE A SUMMARY OF THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION, IT DEALS WITH THE DREAMERS, BORDER SECURITY, AND VISAS AND THOSE IN TEMPORARY STATUS AND REUNIFICATION AND MIGRATION. THE DRAFT LEGISLATION THAT WE SAW WOULD PROVIDE A 12-YEAR PATHWAY FOR CITIZENSHIP FOR DREAMERS WITH TWO YEARS OF CREDIT FOR TIME WITH DACA. THEY MUST HAVE ENTERED THE UNITED STATES BY JUNE 15, 2012, WHEN PRESIDENT OBAMA AND HOMELAND SECURITY ANNOUNCED THE CREATION OF DACA. I THINK MOST OF US KNOW THAT DACA STANDS FOR DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS. LET ME TALK FOR A FEW MINUTES ABOUT THE DREAMERS. THESE ARE INDIVIDUALS WHO ENTERED THE COUNTRY AS MINORS. WHEN THEY WERE BROUGHT HERE BY THEIR PARENTS TO SEEK A BETTER LIFE. UNDER THE DACA PROGRAM THEY ARE ENTITLED TO A TWO-YEAR RENEWABLE WORK PERMIT WITHOUT FEAR OF DEPORTATION. EACH ONE HAS TO GO THROUGH A CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK, NEED TO BE ENROLLED IN SCHOOL, HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES OR IN THE U.S. MILITARY. IN THE UNITED STATES TODAY WE HAVE 800,000 WHO ARE REGISTERED UNDER THE DREAMERS. THERE ARE ABOUT 10,000 IN MY STATE OF MARYLAND AND THEY ARE CONTRIBUTING A HALF BILLION DOLLARS TO MARYLAND'S GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT. THEY ARE A KEY PART OF OUR ECONOMY. THEY ARE THE NEXT GENERATION OF TEACHERS, DOCTORS, ENGINEERS, AND ENTREPRENEURS. THEY ARE GOING TO HELP BUILD AMERICA AND NO OTHER COUNTRY BUT THE UNITED STATES -- AND KNOW NO OTHER COUNTRY BUT THE UNITED STATES WHICH IS THEIR HOME. OUR VALUES WHICH MAKES AMERICA THE GREAT NATION THAT IT IS, WE ARE A WELCOMING COUNTRY. WE ARE A COUNTRY THAT PEOPLE HAVE COME TO OVER THE YEARS TO BUILD THIS NATION. THAT IS AMERICA'S PG STRENGTH. LET -- AMERICA'S STRENGTH. ARE WE GOING TO TURN OUR BACK ON THE VALUES THAT BUILT THIS NATION? ARE WE GOING TO RIP FAMILIES APART? IS THAT WHAT AMERICA STANDS FOR? I WOULD FIND THAT HARD TO IMAGINE. AT THE SAME TIME WE WOULD HURT THE ECONOMY AND HURT OURSELVES. I MET MANY DREAMERS. I MET ONE IN MY OFFICE WHO HAD TEARS IN HER EYES. SHE SAID, I HAVE AN EXPIRATION DATE ON MY BACK. SHE DOESN'T KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN WHEN THAT DATE OCCURS. TO ME, AND I HOPE TO ALL AMERICANS, THIS COUNTRY IS NOT WHERE SOMEONE SHOULD HAVE TO LIVE UNDER THOSE FEARS. WE NEED TO TAKE ACTION TO HELP THE DREAMERS. I'VE HAD SEVERAL ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS WITH DREAMERS IN MARYLAND. I'VE HAD THEM IN COLLEGE PARK, BALTIMORE, AND OTHER AREAS THROUGHOUT AMERICA. LET ME JUST MENTION TWO DREAMERS I MET WITH. ADAM WAS ORIGINALLY BORN IN CANADA, HE WAS BORN IN PAKISTAN. BECKY WAS BORN IN PERU AND CAME HERE WITH HER PARENTS TO THE UNITED STATES. I MENTIONED THEM COLLECTIVELY BECAUSE THEY ATTEND THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND COLLEGE PARK. OUR STATE ALLOWS DREAMERS TO GET IN-STATE TUITION. THEY NEEDED WORK PERMITS BECAUSE THEY HAVE TO WORK. OTHERWISE THEY NEVER WOULD HAVE BEEN ABLE TO GET THROUGH SCHOOL. THEY NEED A DRIVER'S LICENSE. ADAM NEEDED A DRIVER'S LICENSE SO HE COULD GET TO A MAGNET SCHOOL. THAT WAS ALL POSSIBLE, THE ABILITY TO GET A DRIVER'S LICENSE, THE ABILITY TO WORK BECAUSE OF PRESIDENT OBAMA'S EXECUTIVE ORDER, DATA CAN A PROGRAM. NOW ALL THAT HAS BEEN PUT IN DOUBT BECAUSE OF PRESIDENT TRUMP'S ANNOUNCEMENT THAT THE PROGRAM WILL END. THIS PUTS THEIR LIVES ON HOLD AND THEY WONDER WHETHER THEY NEED TO GO INTO THE SHADOWS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THIS WAS A CRISIS CREATED BY PRESIDENT TRUMP WHEN HE A NNOUNCED THE END OF THE DACA PROGRAM IN SIX MONTHS. THAT WILL EXPIRE IN MARCH. PRESIDENT TRUMP'S ACTIONS TO RESCIND THE DACA PROGRAM WAS WRONG. WE CAN CORRECT IT. THAT'S WHAT CONGRESS CAN DO AND WE MUST DO. OUR UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY IN MARYLAND STRONGLY SUPPORTS THE DACA PROGRAM. I'VE HEARD FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND SYSTEM, JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY, AND MANY OTHER OF THE SCHOOLS IN OUR STATE. THIS FALL I RECEIVED A JOINT LETTER FROM THE PUBLIC SCHOOL'S SECONDARY SYSTEMS OF PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTIES AS WELL AS BALTIMORE CITY. THE SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENTS WROTE TO ME THAT, AND I QUOTE, MARYLAND IS A NATIONAL LEADER IN PROVIDING STUDENTS WITH A WORLD-CLASS EDUCATION. ESSENTIAL TO OUR SUCCESS IS OUR COMMITMENT TO PROVIDING CHILDREN IN OUR SCHOOLS WITH A SAFE AND WELCOMING ENVIRONMENT TO LEARN. TERMINATION OF DACA WILL HAVE A DIRECT AND DAMAGING EFFECT ON THE MARYLAND STUDENTS WHO ARE CURRENTLY BENEFICIARIES. THE SCHOOL LETTER CONTINUES, IT IS A DIRECT THREAT TO MARYLAND'S ECONOMIC STABILITY AND SAFETY AS IT WILL STRIP STUDENTS OF THEIR ABILITY TO WORK AND DRIVE LEGALLY, PAY TAXES, AND PURSUE POST SECONDARY OPPORTUNITIES. PARENTS WHO LOSE WORK AUTHORIZATIONS WILL FACE DEPORTATION OR BE MOVED INTO DANGEROUS UNDERGROUND ECONOMY, CAUSING FINANCIAL UNCERTAINTIES FOR THEIR FAMILIES AND HARMFUL STRESS ON THEIR CHILDREN. OUR STUDENTS. IN ADDITION, THE DACA DECISION COULD IMPACT OUR ABILITY TO MOTIVATE OUR YOUNG, OUR YOUTH TO REMAIN COMMITTED TO THEIR EDUCATION IN PURSUING COLLEGE AND CAREERS AND WILL LEAD TO THE WORSENING ECONOMIC HARDSHIPS OF OUR DACA COMMUNITY. ALL FROM OUR SCHOOL SYSTEMS IN MARYLAND. I HEARD SIMILAR CONCERNS FROM LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS. TOM MANGER, WHO COCHAIRS THE LAW ENFORCEMENT IMMIGRATION TASK FORCE, IS THE POLICE CHIEF IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY WROTE, OUR SUPPORT FOR A LEGISLATIVE SOLUTION FOR DREAMERS IS CONSISTENT WITH OUR LONG-STANDING SUPPORT FOR BIPARTISAN REFORM OF OUR IMMIGRATION SYSTEM. WE SUPPORT MEASURES ALLOWING LAW-ABIDING PEOPLE TO FEEL SAFE AND SECURE IN THEIR COMMUNITIES, WHICH REINFORCES TRUST AND COOPERATION WITH STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT. BEYOND THE SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION DREAMERS MAKE TO OUR COMMUNITIES, WE ARE CONCERNED THAT THE ABSENT ACTION BY CONGRESS, DREAMER POPULATION WILL BE DRIVEN BACK INTO THE SHADOWS AND BE HESITANT TO REPORT CRIMES AND COOPERATE WITH INVESTIGATIONS. SUCH AN OUTCOME WOULD RISK UNDERMINING COMMUNITY SAFETY. WHEN DREAMERS AND ALL IMMIGRANTS FEEL SAFE, ENGAGING WITH LOCAL POLICE, ALL OF OUR COMMUNITIES ARE SAFER. I CERTAINLY AGREE WITH CHIEF MANGER. A SIMILAR GROUP TO THE DREAMERS ARE THOSE WHO ARE HERE IN TEMPORARY PROTECTIVE STATUS OR T.P.S. THERE ARE 437,000 PEOPLE FROM EL SALVADOR, SOMALIA, SUDAN, SOUTH SUDAN, YEMEN. IN MARYLAND, 22,500 PEOPLE ARE HERE FROM EL SALVADOR, HONDURAS, AN HAITI, THE LARGEST NUMBER FROM EL SALVADOR. SO OUR T.P.S. POPULATION IN MARYLAND EXCEEDS THE DACA POPULATION. MY OWN STATE RECIPIENTS CONTRIBUTE $1.2 BILLION TO THE GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT OF MY STATE. SO THIS IS A MAJOR PART OF THE MARYLAND ECONOMY. THIS IS A VERY SIMILAR SITUATION TO THE DREAMERS. THEY GET A SIX- TO 18-MONTH EXTENSION. THEY HAVE BEEN HERE FOR DECADES BECAUSE OF THE UNDERLYING CONDITIONS IN THE COUNTRIES FROM WHICH THEY CAME STILL EXISTS. BENEFIT LISTEN TO CENTRAL -- I HAVE BEEN TO CENTRAL AMERICA. I CAN TELL YOU THAT IT IS NOT SAFE FOR PEOPLE TO RETURN TO THEIR GANG COMMUNITIES. THEY HAVE THE SAME OR SIMILAR SITUATION. THEY NO KNOW NO OTHER COUNTRY BUT AMERICA. IF THEY ARE REQUIRED TO GO BACK IT WILL TEAR FAMILIES APART. WE NEED TOAGE OF-- WE NEED TO ACT IN ORDER TO PROTECT THIS GROUP OF CITIZENS. I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE FACT THE LEGISLATION THAT WAS INTRODUCED -- I JOIN MY COLLEAGUES SENATOR VAN HOLLEN, FEINSTEIN, AND OTHERS THAT WILL PROVIDE A LEGISLATIVE EFFECT, S. 23144, THE SECURE ACT. I AM PLEASED THAT THE OUTLINE OF THE DURBIN-GRAHAM COMPROMISE LEGISLATION INCLUDES RELIEF FOR T.P.S. RECIPIENTS. THE LEGISLATION WOULD MAKE CHANGES TO THE DIVERSITY VISA LOTTERY PROGRAM AND REALLOCATE HALF THE ANNUAL VISAS TO RECIPIENTS OF T.P.S. THAT WOULD AMOUNT TO ABOUT 27,000 VISAS ANNUALLY. UNDER THE DRAFT T.P.S. RECIPIENTS WOULD MAINTAIN LEGAL STATUS AND WORK AUTHORIZATION WHILE AWAITING VISAS. THIS WOULD GIVE T.P.S. RECIPIENTS FROM DEPORTATIONS, GREEN CARDS AND ULTIMATELY A PATHWAY TO CITIZENSHIP. AFTER T.P.S. BACKLOG IS CLEAR, WHICH COULD TAKE ROUGHLY A DECADE TO DO GIVEN THE 300,000-PLUS RECIPIENTS OF T.P.S. IN THE UNITED STATES TODAY, THE ANNUAL VISAS WOULD BE ALOE CAUGHTED TO NATIONS NATIONS ON -- ALLOCATED TO NATIONS ON PRIORITY PRIORITY. THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY HAS PLACED TERMINATION DATES ON T.P.S. FOR THOSE FROM EL SALVADOR AND HAITI AND HAS EXTENDED THE DEADLINE FOR DECISION IN HONDURAS. THESE INDIVIDUALS ARE AT RISK. WE NEED TOAGE OFACT. MARYLAND HAS A LARGE NUMBER OF EL SALVADORANS. I AM GRAVELY CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THESE INDIVIDUALS, MANY MIXED-NATIONALITY FAMILIES WHO HAVE BEEN PART OF THE AMERICAN COMMUNITY FOR SO LONG. PHOTOPHORE NEARLY A DECADE, EL SALVADOR HAS CANNOTLY SUFFERED PER CAPITA MURDER RATES THAT HAVE BEEN THE WORST IN THE WORLD. IN 2016, THE PEOPLE OF EL SALVADOR WOULD VICTIMS OF OVER 250,000 HOMICIDES, MORE THAN 80 PER 100,000. THE HIGHEST GLOBALLY. EL SALVADOR HAS LIMITED CAPACITY TO ABSORB THE NEARLY 200,000 INDIVIDUALS WHO COULD BE SUBJECTED TO IMMEDIATE DEPORTATION. WE WELCOME THESE INDIVIDUALS TO AMERICA TO SAVE THEM FROM DANGER. IN THE CASE OF HAITI, AS ANOTHER EXAMPLE, HAITI HAS MADE IMPORTANT STRIDES TOWARDS RECONSTRUCTION. IT'S CAPACITY TO EFFECTIVELY MANAGE REPATRIATION EFFORTS HAVE FACED SET 13 BACKS, INCLUDING THE CONTINUING CHOLERA EPIDEMIC. ADDITIONALLY, THE CONDITIONS IN HAITI WERE FURTHER COMPLICATED BY TWO CATEGORY-5 HURRICANES IRMA AND MARIA. THESE RECENT DEVELOPMENTS EXACERBATE FRAGILE CONDITIONS IN HAITI. AS THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY OWN MEMORANDUM FROM APRIL 2017 OUTLINED, AN STIMED 30% OF THE POPULATION SUFFER FROM FOOD AND SECURITY AND 40% OF THE POPULATION LACKS ACCESS TO FUNDAMENTAL HEALTH AND NUTRITION SERVICES. IN OTHER WORDS, MR. PRESIDENT, IT'S NOT SAFE FOR THOSE INDIVIDUALS TO HAVE TO GO BACK TO HAITI. THEY'VE BEEN HERE. THIS IS THEIR HOME. THEY WANT TO MAKE THIS THEIR HOME. WE SHOULD GIVE THEM THAT OPPORTUNITY. MET ME CONCLUDE BY QUOTING FROM BECKY AGAIN. ONE OF THE DREAMERS I MET AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND AT COLLEGE PARK. SHE SAID THE BEST PRESENT SHE EVER GOT WAS ON HER 13th BIRTHDAY WHEN PRESIDENT OBAMA EXECUTED THE EXECUTIVE ORDER THAT GAVE HER LEGAL STATUS AND HOPE HERE IN AMERICA. WELL, WE CAN GIVE HER EVEN A BETTER PRESENT RIGHT NOW. WE CAN GIVE HER THE PRESENT OF CONGRESS ACTING TO PROVIDE PROTECTION FROM THE -- FOR THE DREAMERS AND THOSE ON T.P.S. SO THEY DON'T HAVE TO WORRY AGAIN AND THEY KNOW THAT THEY'RE HOME HERE IN MERGE I URGE MY COLLEAGUES -- HERE IN AMERICA. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO PASS LEGISLATION THAT WILL PROTECT THE DREAMERS AND T.P.S. AND, MR. PRESIDENT, I CERTAINLY HOPE THAT WE WILL DO WHAT IS THE MINIMUM TO GET DONE BY THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES AND PASS A BUDGET BEFORE THE DEADLINE OF TOM -- OF TOMORROW EVENING. WITH THAT, I YIELD THE FLOOR. A SENATOR: MR. PRESIDENT?

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  • 05:30:25 PM

    A SENATOR

  • 05:30:26 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR FROM LIE HIGH.

  • 05:30:28 PM

    MS. HIRONO

    -- FROM HAWAII.

  • 05:30:31 PM

    MS. HIRONO

    MR. PRESIDENT, THE REPUBLICANS CONTROL EVERY LEVEL OF THE FEDERAL…

    MR. PRESIDENT, THE REPUBLICANS CONTROL EVERY LEVEL OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THEY HOLD MAJORITIES IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE. THEY HAVE THE PRESIDENCY. AND YET THE VERY PEOPLE, REPUBLICANS WHO SET THE AGENDA IN WASHINGTON AND HAVE MAJORITIES IN BOTH THE HOUSE AND SENATE ARE DESPERATELY TRYING TO CONVINCE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN SHOULD BE BLAMED ON ANYONE ELSE BUT THEM. GIVE ME A BREAK. NOBODY WANTS A SHUTDOWN EXCEPT MAYBE THE PRESIDENT WHO SEEMS TO RELISH A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN AS A WAY OF, QUOTE, SHAKING THINGS UP, UNQUOTE, REGARDLESS OF WHO GETS HURT. BUT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS SHOULD KNOW BETTER AND REPUBLICANS SHOULD GET DOWN TO BUSINESS AND NEGOTIATE WITH DEMOCRATS IN GOOD FAITH. REPUBLICANS IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE HAVE BROUGHT US TO THE BRINK OF A SHUTDOWN BECAUSE THEY ARE TERRIFIED OF THE IDEOLOGICAL EXTREMEEXTREMISTS IN THEIR OWN PARTY WHO REJECT EVEN THE MOST REASONABLE BIPARTISAN COMPROMISES. THEY ARE TERRIFIED OF A HER CURE YAL -- MERCURIAL PRESIDENT WHO CHANGES HIS MIND ON A WHIM AND WHO HAS REPEATEDLY SAID THAT MAYBE WE NEED A GOOD GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN SO HE CAN GET HIS VANITY WALL. DONALD TRUMP AND THE REPUBLICANS WILL BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN. THEY'VE CREATED THE SITUATION AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE. DEMOCRATS HAVE BEEN OPEN AND TRANSPARENT ABOUT THE THINGS THAT WE'RE FIGHTING FOR. WE'RE FIGHTING TO REAUTHORIZE THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM, CHIP, SO THAT NINE MILLION KIDS ACROSS THE COUNTRY CAN CONTINUE TO ACCESS THE LIFE-SAVING HEALTH CARE THAT THEY NEED. WE'RE FIGHTING TO RESTORE FUNDING TO COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS THAT SERVE MILLIONS OF UNDERSERVED AMERICANS IN RURAL COMMUNITIES, WHETHER THEY LIVE IN KANSAS, OHIO, OR ANY OF THE OTHER STATES THAT TRUMP WON. WE'RE FIGHTING TO PROTECT THE DREAMERS WHO COULD BE DEPORTED TO COUNTRIES THEY NO LITTLE OF BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT UNNECESSARILY AND CRUELLY ENDED THE DACA PROGRAM. AND WE'RE FIGHTING FOR PARITY AND FUNDING FOR DEFENSE AND DOMESTIC SPENDING IN ANY BUDGET DEAL. THESE ARE NOT PARTISAN DEMOCRATIC PRIORITIES. IF YOU PUT EACH OF THESE PRIORITIES UP FOR A VOTE, THEY WOULD ALL PASS WITH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT IN THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE. IN FACT, WE COULD HAVE PASSED EACH OF THESE BILLS A LONG TIME AGO, BUT INSTEAD OF DOING SOMETHING THAT WOULD ACTUALLY HELP PEOPLE, REPUBLICANS SPENT MONTHS WORKING AS HARD AS THEY COULD BEHIND CLOSED DOORS TO GIVE THE WEALTHIEST 1% OF THE PEOPLE IN OUR COUNTRY AND CORPORATIONS HUGE TAX CUTS. AND NOW THEY'RE TRYING TO CONVINCE THE OTHER 99% OF THE AMERICAN PUBLIC THAT THIS TAX BILL WAS A GOOD DEAL FOR THEM. BUT THAT'S ANOTHER STORY AND THAT'S ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF MISPLACED PRIORITIES. GETTING BACK TO THE MATTER AT HAND, WHICH IS THE URGENCY OF PREVENTING A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN, THE HOUSE IS TRYING TO PASS ANOTHER SHORT-TERM SPENDING BILL THAT ONLY INCLUDES AL REAUTHORIZATION FOR -- A REAUTHORIZATION FOR CHILDREN'S HEALTH AND NOT THE OTHER IMPORTANT PRIORITIES THAT WE NEED TO SUPPORT. REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS ARE TRYING TO PIT COMMUNITIES, CHILDREN, FAMILIES, AND DREAMERS AGAINST ONE ANOTHER IN AN ATTEMPT TO DIVIDE AND CONQUER. THEY ARE HOPING THAT WE WILL SUPPORT YET ANOTHER GOVERNMENT FUNDING BILL THAT KICKS THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD BECAUSE THEY FUNDED CHILDREN'S HEALTH, EVEN AS IN THEIR BILL THEY ABANDON THE DREAMERS AND THE RURAL COMMUNITIES WHO DEPEND ON COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS. WE CANNOT ALLOW THIS CYNICAL REPUBLICAN PLOY TO SUCCEED. WE NEED TO KEEP FIGHTING FOR CHILDREN'S HEALTH, COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS, FOR DREAMERS, AND FOR PARITY. AND I WILL NOT VOTE FOR ANY GOVERNMENT FUNDING BILL THAT DOES NOT INCLUDE ALL FOUR OF THESE IMPORTANT AND URGENT PRIORITIES. WE CAN'T LEAVE ANYONE BEHIND BECAUSE IT'S CLEAR THAT DONALD TRUMP WON'T KEEP HIS PROMISE TO PROTECT THOSE YOU CALL THE DACA KIDS. I WAS AT THE WHITE HOUSE LAST WEEK WHEN THE PRESIDENT LOOKED US IN THE EYE AND SAID ON NATIONAL TV THAT HE WOULD SIGN A BIPARTISAN COMPROMISE ON DREAMERS. HE BARELY WAITED FOR US TO LEAVE THE WHITE HOUSE BEFORE RENEGING ON THAT PROMISE. AND WE ALL KNOW WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK DURING THE MEETING WITH SENATORS DURBIN AND GRAHAM AT THE WHITE HOUSE WHEN HE WAS PRESENTED WITH A BIPARTISAN COMPROMISE. WE CAN'T LET THE PRESIDENT'S IRRESPONSIBLE BEHAVIOR STOP US FROM FIGHTING FOR DREAMERS WHO DESERVE OUR SUPPORT AND PROTECTION. DREAMERS LIKE GETSY FROM BEAVER, OREGON, WHO I MET LAST MONTH WHEN THEY TRAVELED TO D.C. TO FIGHT FOR PASSAGE FOR THE DREAM ACT. HER PARENTS BROUGHT HER FROM MEXICO WHEN SHE WAS ONLY FOUR YEARS OLD. THE JOURNEY WAS LONG AND HARD AND HER SISTER WAS LEFT BEHIND. GROWING UP, HER PARENTS WARNED HER NOT TO TALK ABOUT HER IMMIGRATION STATUS BECAUSE EVEN MENTIONING IT TO THE WRONG PERSON COULD RESULT IN THEIR DEPORTATION. SHE LIVED IN CONSTANT FEAR. GROWING UP GETSY'S PARENTS ALWAYS EMPHASIZED THE IMPORTANCE OF OBTAINING HIGHER EDUCATION. WHILE HER MOM AND DAD ONLY COMPLETED FIFTH AND 12th GRADES RESPECTIVELY, THEY INSTILLED A LEVEL OF LEARNING IN THEIR DAUGHTER AND A DEEP DESIRE FOR HER TO GO TO COLLEGE. AFTER WORKING HARD IN HIGH SCHOOL, GETSY ENROLLED AT WESTERN OREGON UNIVERSITY WHERE SHE'S STUDYING TO BECOME A GERONTOLOGY NURSE. SHE WORKS INCREDIBLY HARD. SHE'S TAKING 20 CREDITS A SEMESTER. I REMEMBER WHETHER I WAS IN COLLEGE, 15 CREDITS WAS A LOT. SHE'S TAKING 20 WORKING FULL TIME AT AN ASSISTIVE LIVING FACILITY AND HAS RECENTLY BECOME A CERTIFIED ROCK CLIMBING INSTRUCTOR. SHE'S SCHEDULED TO GRADUATE A YEAR EARLY -- SHE'S TAKING 20 CREDITS -- A YEAR EARLY FROM WESTERN OREGON IN MAY. AFTER GRADUATION, SHE'S PLANNING TO ENROLL IN AN ACCELERATED NURSING MASTER'S PROGRAM SO THAT SHE CAN REALIZE HER DREAM OF BECOMING A JARENOLOGY -- GERONTOLOGY NURSE. SHE TALKED ABOUT WANTING TO CARE FOR PEOPLE LIKE HER GRANDMOTHER BACK IN MEXICO AND FOR HER PARENTS AS THEY GOT OLDER. WITHOUT THE PROTECTIONS DACA PROVIDES, GETSY WOULD LOSE HER WORK AUTHORIZATION AND IF SHE ISN'T ABLE TO WORK, SHE WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO PAY FOR SCHOOL AND WOULD BE UNABLE TO PURSUE HER DREAMS. WHEN I ASKED HER WHY SHE TRAVELED FOR DAYS TO COME TO WASHINGTON TO SHARE THIS MESSAGE WITH CONGRESS, HER RESPONSE WAS VERY MOVING. SHE SAID, QUOTE, I HAVE SO MANY DREAMS AND ASPIRATION AND I URGE PEOPLE HERE TO UNDERSTAND HOW MUCH THESE DREAMERS HAVE TO GIVE TO THE U.S. WE WERE BROUGHT AT SUCH A YOUNG AGE. WE DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT OUR HOMELANDS. I WANT TO BE ABLE TO STAY IN THE U.S., TO STAY WITH MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS, MY NIECES AND NEPHEW, EVERYONE WHO IS LOOKING UP TO ME. I WANT TO PROVE THAT MY PARENTS' SACRIFICE MEANT SOMETHING. END QUOTE. THIS IS A PIVOTAL MOMENT FOR CONGRESS. ARE WE GOING TO DO MORE THAN PAY LIP SERVICE TO DREAMERS LIKE GETSY BY DOING OUR JOBS TO PROTECT THEM AND PROVIDE HEALTH CARE TO MILLIONS OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY? OR ARE WE GOING TO BEND TO THE WHIMS OF AN UNPREDICTABLE AND UNRELIABLE PRESIDENT? RATHER THAN WAITING FOR THE PRESIDENT TO MAKE UP HIS MIND, I CALL ON THE MAJORITY LEADER TO RECOGNIZE THAT AS A SEPARATE BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT, CONGRESS SHOULD BE A CHECK ON THE EXCESSES OF THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH BRANCH. IT'S ABOUT TIME THE MAJORITY LEADER AND REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS STEP UP TO DO THEIR JOBS. MR. PRESIDENT, I YIELD THE FLOOR.

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  • 05:39:59 PM

    MS. HIRONO

    MR. PRESIDENT?

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR FROM HAWAII.

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    MS. HIRONO

    I NOTE THE ABSENCE OF A QUORUM.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

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    A SENATOR

    MR. PRESIDENT?

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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    MR. TILLIS

    MR. PRESIDENT, IS THE SENATE IN A QUORUM CALL?

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WE ARE.

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    MR. TILLIS

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE QUORUM CALL BE VITIATED.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. TILLIS

    THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. MR. PRESIDENT, MOST PEOPLE WATCHING TV OR…

    THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. MR. PRESIDENT, MOST PEOPLE WATCHING TV OR WATCHING C-SPAN KNOW WE'RE AT A VERY IMPORTANT PLACE HERE. WE'RE IN A POSITION WHERE MIDNIGHT TOMORROW NIGHT IF CONGRESS DOESN'T ACT, WE SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT. AND WHAT DOES SHUTTING DOWN THE GOVERNMENT MEAN? IT MEANS A LOT OF THINGS. IT MEANS THAT THERE ARE GOING TO BE A NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES THAT ARE WONDERING WHEN THEY GET THEIR NEXT PAYCHECK OR WHETHER OR NOT THEY'LL GET REPAID DEPENDING ON WHETHER OR NOT WE MAKE A DECISION TO PAY THEM FOR TIME WORKED. IT MEANS PEOPLE WHO HAVE DESPERATELY NEEDED SERVICES MAY BE WONDERING WHERE TO GET THOSE SERVICES. FOR NO OTHER REASON, IF THE MONEY IS THERE, IS THE DISTRACTION GOING TO SLOW DOWN SERVICES FOR A NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO RELY ON THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOR THEIR SAFETY NET. THE GAMES HERE THAT WE'RE PLANNING -- PLAYING IN THE SENATE ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE WORK THAT THEY'RE DOING TO PROTECT THE NATION AND PROTECT OUR ALLIES. IT'S GOING TO MEAN A LOT OF VERY NEGATIVE THINGS THAT SHOULD BE AVOIDED. I'M GOING TO TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT IT. WHAT I FIRST WANT TO DO IS JUST SUMMARIZE WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO, PEOPLE LIKE ME WHO ARE GOING TO SUPPORT THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION. NOW, TO BE HONEST WITH YOU, I HATE THE WHOLE CONTINUING RESOLUTION PROCESS. WHEN I WAS YOUNGER, THERE WAS A TIME WHEN OUR FAMILY WAS STRUGGLING AND MY FATHER WAS DOING CONSTRUCTION WORK. AND HE LITERALLY HAD TO BORROW MONEY TO PAY FOR THE MATERIALS HE NEEDED TO ACTUALLY DO THE JOB SO THAT HE COULD PAY THE BILLS FOR THE FAMILY. AND THE WAY YOU DID THAT AND THE WAY YOU DO TAKE STILL STRUGGLING FAMILIES, YOU GET THESE 90-DAY (music)(music) S. YOU GO TO A BANKER. YOU TELL THEM YOU HAVE A PROJECT TO WORK ON. YOU PAY THE MONEY BACK IN 90 DAYS. THAT'S HOW WE'RE RUNNING THE MOST IMPORTANT NATION THAT'S EVER EXISTED, ON 90-DAY NETS, A ONE-MONTH C.R., 12-MONTH C.R., THAT'S NOT THE WAY YOU RUN THE GREATEST NATION ON THE FACE OF THE PLANET. IT HAS A NUMBER OF PROBLEMS WITH IT, NOT THE LEAST OF WHICH IS YOU CAN'T GIVE THE MILITARY ANY CERTAINTY ON WHAT THEY CAN INVEST IN IN THE NEXT NEW GENERATION WEAPON FOR THE DEFENSE SYSTEM BECAUSE THEY DON'T KNOW IF THE MONEY WILL BE THERE FOR THEM TO MAKE THE INVESTMENT. IT MEANS WE'RE GETTING FAR LESS PRODUCTION FOR OUR DOLLAR. WE'RE INEFFICIENT. AND WE'RE SENDING A MESSAGE TO THE WORLD THAT WE'RE NOT SERIOUS ABOUT LONG-TERM INVESTMENTS THAT WE NEED TO MAKE FOR OUR SAFETY AND SECURITY. IT ALSO AFFECTS A NUMBER OF OTHER AGENCIES, BUT I THINK ITS EVERY IMPORTANT -- IT'S VERY IMPORTANT IN THESE TIMES WITH ALL THE HEIGHTENED THREATS ACROSS THE WORLD THAT WE SEND A MESSAGE WE'RE NOT HERE FOR THE LONG TERM AND ARE NOT WILLING TO MAKE THE LONG-TERM INVESTMENTS. THAT'S A BAD MESSAGE TO ASSUME AND THAT'S THE PROBLEM WITH C.R.'S, WHAT WE CALL REGULAR ORDER, SIT DOWN, PASS APPROPRIATIONS BILLS, GIVE THE MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM, GIVE THE GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEE, GIVE THE PEOPLE THAT RELY ON OUR SAFETY NET SOME CERTAINTY. THAT'S THE FAILURE OF OUR JOB. THAT'S WHY I SUPPORT A BILL SENATOR HELLER IS PROPOSING. IT'S CALLED NO BUDGET, NO PAY. I THINK WE SHOULD STOP THE SENATE MEMBERS, THE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE SHOULD NOT GET A PAYCHECK WHEN THEY FAIL TO DO THEIR JOB. DOING THEIR JOB MEANS YOU PASS APPROPRIATIONS BILLS, YOU PASS A BUDGET AND YOU DO THE JOB THAT YOU SWORE THAT YOU WOULD DO IF YOU WON A RACE IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE OR U.S. CONGRESS. I HOPE THAT BILL GETS A DEBATE ON THE U.S. FLOOR. I LOOK FORWARD TO SUPPORTING IT WHEN IT DOES. LET'S GO BACK TO THE C.R. IT'S PRETTY SIMPLE. IT'S FOUR WEEKS LONG. ALL IT REALLY DOES IS MAKE SURE WE HAVE FUNDING FOR OUR SERVICE MEMBERS AND MAKE SURE WE HAVE FUNDING FOR OUR VETERANS. IT MAKES SURE WE HAVE FUNDING FOR A CHILD PROGRAM, THE CHIP PROGRAM. IT ACTUALLY AUTHORIZES IT FOR SEVERAL YEARS. IT GIVES CERTAINTY TO STATES AND TO PEOPLE WHO NEED SUPPORT THAT IT'S GOING TO BE THERE. IT ALSO PROVIDES FUNDING FOR SMALL BUSINESS LOANS AND FUNDING FOR THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH. IT DOES A NUMBER OF OTHER THINGS BUT THOSE ARE CRITICALLY IMPORTANT. NOW WE HAVE SOME MEMBERS THAT ARE TRYING TO NEGOTIATE A DEAL FOR THE DACA POPULATION. THAT'S DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS. IT'S A PROGRAM THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA PUT INTO PLACE IN 2012. IT'S SOMETHING I'VE BEEN WORKING ON SINCE WE FILED A BILL IN AUGUST AND LONG BEFORE THAT TO TRY AND GET REASONABLE AMOUNT OF MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO COME UP WITH A SOLUTION THAT MAKES SENSE. BUT NOW WE HAVE PEOPLE WHO ACTUALLY WANT TO SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT BECAUSE WE HAVEN'T REACHED A BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT THAT I THINK IS NOT THAT FAR AWAY. THE PROBLEM THAT I HAVE WITH THAT IS I THINK IT'S GOING TO CREATE A TOXIC ENVIRONMENT IN WASHINGTON, D.C. THAT IT'S NOT ONLY GOING TO PROVIDE ALL THE UNCERTAINTY THAT I TALKED ABOUT ON THE PRIOR SLIDE, BUT IT'S EVEN GOING TO ALIENATE PEOPLE WHO ARE COMING TO THE TABLE TRYING TO NEGOTIATE A BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT. SO NOW WE'RE AT A POINT TO WHERE WE'RE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT IF WE CAN FUND GOVERNMENT EITHER THROUGH A VOTE SOMETIME TOMORROW OR A SHUTDOWN TOMORROW NIGHT. WHAT I FIND INTERESTING, AND I'VE ONLY BEEN HERE FOR ABOUT THREE YEARS -- I'VE BEEN IN POLITICS FOR ABOUT A DOZEN YEARS. I FIND IT INTERESTING HOW THINGS CHANGE OVERNIGHT, HOW THINGS THAT WERE UNTENABLE AND AWFUL A COUPLE OF MONTHS OR COUPLE OF YEARS AGO ARE JUSTIFIED TODAY BASED ON THE DISAGREEMENT THAT WE HAVE ON THE DACA DEAL THAT I'M CONVINCED THAT WE WILL GET DONE BEFORE THE MARCH 5 DEADLINE. AND I HOPE A LOT SOONER THAN THAT BECAUSE THERE'S A LOT OF YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN, GOOD PEOPLE, KIDS THAT CAME TO THIS NATION THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN, THROUGH A DECISION MADE BY AN ADULT, WHO DESERVE A PATH TO CITIZENSHIP, WHO DESERVE THE RESPECT OF THIS NATION AND WHO SHOULD WELCOME THEM BECAUSE THERE ARE A LOT OF GOOD KIDS. AND I'M GOING TO KEEP ON WORKING ON A SOLUTION. BUT NOW I'VE GOT PEOPLE THAT WANT TO DISTRACT US, NOT ONLY DISTRACT US FROM TRYING TO NEGOTIATE A REASONABLE OUTCOME FROM DACA, BUT ADD TO DISTRACTION AND CREATE THE TOXIC ENVIRONMENT THAT SHUTTING DOWN THE GOVERNMENT WILL CAUSE. IF YOU GO BACK, WHAT'S AMAZING TO ME IS THE VERY PEOPLE WHO ARE NOW SAYING WE SHOULD SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT MADE THESE KIND OF STATEMENTS IN THE PAST. THIS IS FROM FORMER SPEAKER PELOSI, MINORITY LEADER IN THE HOUSE. NOT TOO LONG AGO IT WAS AN UNTHINKABLE TACTIC TO USE IN A POLITICAL DEBATE. THERE'S A LONG LIST OF PEOPLE. SENATOR NELSON, YOU DON'T HOLD THE COUNTRY HOSTAGE. BUT THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT THEY'RE PROPOSING TODAY. SENATOR KING, THE CONSTANT HOSTAGE-TAKING SITUATION TO GET SOMETHING THAT THE PROCESS -- THAT IN THE PROCESS YOU CAN'T GET THROUGH THE NORMAL PROCESS. IT'S A HARD QUOTE TO READ. BUT THE POINT IS NOW THEY WANT TO TAKE HOSTAGES. NOW THEY WANT TO TO DO EXACTLY WHAT THEY THOUGHT NOT LONG AGO WAS INAPPROPRIATE, UNKIND, UNFAIR, UNCOMPASSIONATE. THEN WE HAVE SENATOR HEITKAMP, IT'S REALLY BULLYING BEHAVIOR WHEN THE SMALL MINORITY DOES THIS. WELL, I THINK IT WILL BE A MINORITY THAT WILL OPPOSE FUNDING THE GOVERNMENT. SO NOW PEOPLE WHO DIDN'T LIKE THE BULLYING BEHAVIOR ARE TRYING TO RASH NALAXONE IT THAT -- RATIONALIZE THAT IT'S OKAY. WE'VE BEEN GETTING CLOSE ON A FUNDING DISCUSSION AND DACA. I CAN'T SPEAK TO Y'ALL DIRECTLY, BUT IF I WERE SPEAKING TO THE PAGES, I WOULD ASK THEM WHETHER OR NOT THEY SAW THE PEANUTS CARTOON BECAUSE THERE'S A COMMON THING THAT WE TALK ABOUT THAT LUCY AND THE FOOTBALL. YOU'VE SEEN THE SCENE WHERE YOU'RE RUNNING DOWN, THINK YOU'RE ABOUT TO KICK THAT FOOTBALL AND JUST ABOUT THE TIME YOU'RE GOING TO DO IT, THERE'S A GROUP OF PEOPLE HERE THAT WANT TO PULL THE FOOTBALL AWAY. THAT'S WHAT THEY'RE DOING AGAIN. HONESTLY, YOU KNOW, IT GETS TIRING TO SEE US COME SO CLOSE, TO HAVE SO MANY REASONABLE-MINDED PEOPLE. NOW, GUESS WHAT? THERE ARE UNREASONABLE PEOPLE. IT'S A BIPARTISAN SITUATION WE HAVE HERE. WE HAVE, I HAVE FRIENDS, THEY ARE FRIENDS OF MINE, BUT ON CERTAIN ISSUES THEY BECOME UNREASONABLE. THEY'RE NOT PART OF THE SOLUTION. BUT ALL OF A SUDDEN THEY CREATE THESE COALITIONS AND THEY ARE THE LUCY TAKING AWAY THE FOOTBALL FROM THOSE OF US WHO JUST WANT TO SCORE, WANT TO ACTUALLY MAKE PROGRESS, WANT TO FUND THE GOVERNMENT, WANT TO ACTUALLY PROVIDE A SOLUTION FOR THE DACA POPULATION. BUT NOW WE'VE GOT ANOTHER LUCY IN THE FOOTBALL SCENARIO ON BOTH THE SPENDING BILL AND ALSO THE DACA BILL. NOW I ALSO HAVE TO TALK ABOUT THE CHIP PROGRAM. THE CLIP -- CHIP PROGRAM IS SOMETHING I WANTED TO REAUTHORIZE SINCE SEPTEMBER OF LAST YEAR. SEPTEMBER OF LAST YEAR WAS THE MONTH BEFORE THE PROGRAM TECHNICALLY EXPIRED. HOWEVER THERE WAS SUFFICIENT MONEY IN RESERVES FOR STATES TO RUN THE PROGRAM. THOSE STATES ARE STARTING TO RUN OUT OF MONEY INCLUDING STATES LIKE MINE IN NORTH CAROLINA. NOW WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO REAUTHORIZE IT FOR YEARS, TO PROVIDE CERTAINTY TO THIS CHILD POPULATION FOR YEARS. AND WE'RE GOING TO HOLD IT HOSTAGE BECAUSE WE HAVE AN HONEST DISAGREEMENT OVER THINGS THAT I THINK WE CAN WORK OUT WITH THE DACA PROGRAM. WE SEE WHAT PEOPLE HAVE SAID IN THE PAST. IN FACT, ONE OF THESE SENATORS HAS HAD A COUNTDOWN ON HOW MANY DAYS WE FAILED TO AUTHORIZE DACA. IT MAY VERY WELL BE WHEN WE TAKE THE VOTE TONIGHT THAT VERY SAME SENATOR IS GOING TO ACTUALLY VOTE AGAINST A MULTIYEAR AUTHORIZATION FOR THE CHIP PROGRAM. THAT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE. IT'S I ARE RATIONAL. IT DOESN'T SOLVE ANYTHING. IT CREATES A BIGGER PROBLEM WHEN IT COMES TO THE FUNDING DISCUSSION AND WHEN IT ULTIMATELY COMES TO A REASONABLE OUTCOME FOR THE DACA POPULATION. AND THEN FINALLY, WE CAN TALK ABOUT THE WORDS OF THE DEMOCRATIC LEADER. AND AGAIN, IT'S AMAZING TO ME HOW THINGS HAVE CHANGED. SO, DID YOU BELIEVE WHAT YOU WERE SAYING THEN? OR WHAT POSITION YOU'RE TAKING NOW, IS THAT WHO YOU REALLY ARE? PEOPLE NEED TO COME TO THE FLOOR AND LET ME KNOW. IS THIS WHAT YOU REALLY MEANT OR IS YOUR NEW POSITION WHAT YOU REALLY MEANT? YOU CAN'T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS? IN POLITICS PEOPLE TRY TO, BUT YOU NEED TO SAY SOMETHING AND STICK WITH IT. THEY NEED TO DEFEND WHICH IS THEIR REALLY POSITION. IF IT REALLY ARE THE POSITIONS OF THE PAST, LET'S PASS THE SPENDING BILL, LET'S WORK HARD ON GETTING DACA DONE AND STOP THIS THEATER THAT'S NOT HELPING ANYBODY. ALL THIS IS DOING IS MAKING PEOPLE WORK WHO RELY ON GOVERNMENTAL FUNDING, WORRY WHO RELY ON GOVERNMENT FUNDING, AND MAKING THE DACA POPULATION EVEN MORE WORRIED. EVERY NIGHT THEY GO TO BED THINKING THEY'RE ONE DAY CLOSER TO HAVING ILLEGAL STATUS HERE. THE SPEECHES YOU SEE ON THE FLOOR ABOUT THE DREAMERS, THE PEOPLE DOING IT WELL -- MOST OF THEM ARE, GOING TO SCHOOL, WORKING, SERVING IN THE MILITARY, I BELIEVE EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM. AND THERE ARE TENS OF THOUSANDS, HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF MORE EXAMPLES. THAT'S WHY I'M SO MOTIVATED TO COME UP WITH A SOLUTION AND THAT'S WHY I'M SO FRUSTRATED WE'RE PLAYING THESE GAMES WHEN WE'RE SO CLOSE. SO, NOW LET'S TALK ABOUT DACA. THERE IS A SO-CALLED GANG THAT'S PUTTING TOGETHER A BILL. LET ME BACK UP AND TALK ABOUT A MEETING THAT I ATTENDED IN THE WHITE HOUSE LAST TUESDAY. THE MEETING I HAD THE PRIOR THURSDAY WHERE REPUBLICANS MET WITH THE PRESIDENT AND SAID MR. PRESIDENT, THE WAY FOR US TO GET TO A SOLUTION IS TO CALL DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS INTO A ROOM, MEMBERS OF OF THE HOUSE AND SENATE, HAVE US AIR OUR DIFFERENCES AND THEN AGREE TO A TIME LINE FOR NEGOTIATING THE DEAL THAT WE CAN BRING TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND SOLVE THIS PROBLEM. WE ASKED THE PRESIDENT, AND HE RESPONDED BY CALLING A MEETING ON THAT TUESDAY. SOME PEOPLE MAY HAVE SEEN IT. IT WAS ABOUT 15 MINUTES OF PRESS COVERAGE. SENATOR GRASSLEY, THE CHAIR OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE WHO JUST CAME IN HERE, WAS A PART OF THAT MEETING. AND WE ALL FELT GREAT ABOUT IT. WE AIRED OUR DIFFERENCES. WE AGREED TO FOUR DIFFERENT PILLARS THAT WE WOULD USE AS A BASIS FOR NEGOTIATION. COME UP WITH SOMETHING THAT THE DACA POPULATION NEEDS. SOMETHING CLOSE. SOMETHING COMPASSIONATE. SOMETHING VERY SIMILAR OR SOMETHING BETWEEN A BILL THAT ME AND SENATOR LANKFORD AND SENATOR HATCH PROPOSED. BRIDGE THE DIFFERENCES. WE WERE MAKING PROGRESS. BUT WE KNEW WE HAD TO DEAL WITH THINGS LIKE THE DIVERSITY LOTTERY AND BORDER SECURITY AND WHAT SOME OF OUR COLLEAGUES CALL FAMILY UNIFICATION, WHICH HAS BEEN ABUSED. AND IT NEEDS TO BE FIXED. OTHERS CALL IT CHAIN MIGRATION. AT THE END OF THAT MEETING, WE AGREED THAT WHAT WE NEEDED TO DO WAOS HAVE -- WAS HAVE THE LEADERS, THE WHIPS OF THE HOUSE AND SENATE, THE DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS, AGREE TO A TIMELINE AND A SCHEDULE, AND THEN GET TOGETHER AND WORK OUT OUR DIFFERENCES. I FOR ONE THINK MOST OF THOSE MEETINGS SHOULD HAVE BEEN OPEN TO THE PUBLIC BECAUSE THEN I THINK THE PUBLIC WOULD RAOELDZ RAOELDZ -- REALIZE WE'RE NOT THAT FAR APART. UNFORTUNATELY WE'RE A WEEK AND A HALF LATER AND THE PARTIES HAVE NOT EVEN REACHED AN AGREEMENT ON A SCHEDULE TO BEGIN THE NEGOTIATION. NOW WE HAVE ANOTHER GROUP OF PEOPLE THAT SAY WE'VE GOT SOMETHING THAT'S PRETTY CLOSE AND WE MAY FILE A BILL, OR YOU NEED TO GET ON TO THE BILL. LET ME TELL YOU THE PROBLEM I HAVE WITH THAT BILL. OR THE CONCEPT OF A BILL. NUMBER ONE, HAS IT BEEN INTRODUCED? NO. NONE OF US CAN REALLY TALK ABOUT THE SPECIFIC PROVISIONS BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE SOMETHING THAT WE CAN SCORE, THAT WE CAN LOOK AT, THAT WE CAN UNDERSTAND THE BENEFITS AND THE RISK AND THE ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH IT AND WHETHER OR NOT WE CAN GET THE VOTES. THE QUESTION IS DOES THE BILL HAVE THE SUPPORT OF THE PRESIDENT. I THINK YOU SAW WHAT WAS VETTED ON THURSDAY WHICH WAS NOT SPECIFIC PROVISIONS. THAT MEETING LAST WEEK DIDN'T GO TOO WELL ON SEVERAL DIFFERENT LEVELS. BUT WE DON'T HAVE AN AGREEMENT. THE OTHER QUESTION IS IF YOU DON'T HAVE AN AGREEMENT WITH THE PRESIDENT, YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THE PROCESS OF THE CONGRESS. IF THE PRESIDENT WERE TO VETO THE BILL, WE'RE STRUGGLING TO GET 60 VOTES. BUT NOW WE'D HAVE TO GET 67. DOES ANYBODY HERE HONESTLY BELIEVE WE'LL GET 67 VOTES TO WITHSTAND A VETO OVERRIDE. WE'VE GOT IT TO GET BACK TO THIS ONE. GET THE PRESIDENT BEHIND IT BECAUSE THAT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. AND EVEN IF THAT COULD HAPPEN, THEN WE HAVE TO GO TO THE HOUSE, AND YOU CAN'T THINK ABOUT A SIMPLE MAJORITY OF THE HOUSE MEMBERS. YOU'VE GOT TO THINK ABOUT A SUPERMAJORITY OF HOUSE MEMBERS THAT WOULD OVERRIDE A PRESIDENTIAL VETO. RIGHT NOW BASED ON THE NUMBER OF MEMBERS WHO ARE IN THE HOUSE, THERE'S A COUPLE OF OPEN SEATS, THAT'S 288 VOTES. THAT ISN'T GOING TO HAPPEN. THAT'S NOT A VERY GOOD SCORE CARD. IT'S NOT A RECIPE FOR SUCCESS. I'M ONE OF THE ONES WHO WANT CHECK BOXES NEXT TO A BILL THAT THE PRESIDENT SUPPORTS, THAT THE SENATE WILL GET 60 VOTES AND THE HOUSE WILL GET MORE THAN HALF SO THAT WE CAN SOLVE THE PROBLEM FOR THE DACA POPULATION. SO I HOPE, AND THEUPBGDZ HAPPEN QUICKLY HERE AND HOPEFULLY THIS IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE WHERE THEY WILL, I HOPE THAT MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES RECOGNIZE THAT VOTING AGAINST THE FUNDING BILL IS A BAD IDEA. HOW DO YOU WORK OUT OF A SHUTDOWN? ALMOST CERTAINLY IT WILL NOT END WELL. SO I HOPE MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES WILL VOTE FOR THE SPENDING BILL, AND I HOPE A MAJORITY OR A GOOD NUMBER OF MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES WILL SO THAT WE GET THE SPENDING ISSUE OFF THE TABLE. AND THEN I HOPE THAT SAME GROUP OF PEOPLE WILL COME TOGETHER AND RECOGNIZE THAT THE GAPS ARE NOT THAT HARD TO BRIDGE FOR THE DACA SOLUTION, THAT THE BORDER SECURITY MEASURES ARE REASONABLE, THAT THE CHANGES AND THE ELIMINATION OF THE DIVERSITY LOTTERY AND A MORE REASONABLE WAY TO ALLOW MERIT-BASED IMMIGRATION MAKES SENSE. WE CAN DEAL WITH UNDERREPRESENTED COUNTRIES TO MAKE ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN THAT THE GOOD, HARDWORKING PEOPLE FROM THOSE COUNTRIES WHO WANT TO COME AND LIVE AND WORK IN AMERICA CAN DO IT. THIS IS NOT A DIFFICULT THING TO DO. IT'S ALMOST AS IF PEOPLE ARE GOING IN THE BACK ROOM TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO MAKE THIS MORE DIFFICULT THAN IT REALLY NEEDS TO BE. BUT I'M TELLING AND IMPLORING THE MEMBERS OF SENATE, WHETHER YOU'RE A REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT, VOTE FOR FUNDING THE GOVERNMENT. VOTE FOR OUR SOLDIERS. VOTE FOR OUR VETERANS. VOTE FOR OUR CHILDREN WHO REQUIRE THESE PROGRAMS, WHO ARE DESPERATELY IN NEED OF CERTAINTY. AND THEN QUICKLY GET ON DACA. AND VOTE FOR THE DREAMERS WHO NEED OUR SUPPORT. VOTE FOR BORDER SECURITY SO THAT WE CAN KNOW WHO'S COMING ACROSS THIS BORDER AND WE CAN MAKE THE NATION SAFER. THESE ARE COMMONSENSE, RATIONAL AND REASONABLE EXPECTATIONS. AND IF WE LOWER THE TEMPERATURE HERE, IF WE TREAT PEOPLE WITH RESPECT, AND IF WE ACTUALLY NOT LET THE POLAR OPPOSITES IMPACT WHAT THOSE OF US IN THE CENTER WANT TO DO, THEN WE CAN AVOID THIS CRISIS AND WE CAN DO GREAT THINGS FOR MILLIONS OF PEOPLE. THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. I YIELD THE FLOOR.

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  • 06:01:26 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR FROM IOWA.

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    MR. GRASSLEY

    MR. PRESIDENT.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR FROM IOWA.

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    MR. GRASSLEY

    THANK YOU. BEFORE I SPEAK, BECAUSE SENATOR PERDUE WANTS TO SPEAK RIGHT…

    THANK YOU. BEFORE I SPEAK, BECAUSE SENATOR PERDUE WANTS TO SPEAK RIGHT AFTER ME, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT SENATOR PERDUE, ASSUMING HE SHOWS UP BEFORE I'M DONE, THAT HE BE THE NEXT ONE IN LINE TO FOLLOW ME.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. GRASSLEY

    OBJECTION.

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    A SENATOR

    A SENATOR: MR. PRESIDENT.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR FROM GEORGIA.

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    MR. PERDUE

    THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. YOU KNOW, AS AN OUTSIDEER TO THIS PROCESS, ONE…

    THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. YOU KNOW, AS AN OUTSIDEER TO THIS PROCESS, ONE OF THE FIRST REALIZATIONS WAS THAT AS I GOT HERE, THINGS DON'T ALWAYS MOVE IN A LINEAR FASHION FROM POINT A TO POINT B. MANY TIMES THE PEOPLE WHO ARE TRYING TO MOVE AN ISSUE FROM POINT A TO POINT B AREN'T INTERESTED IN GETTING TO POINT B. I'D LIKE TO TALK TONIGHT ABOUT ONE OF THOSE ISSUES, MR. PRESIDENT. I THINK THAT WE HAVE A SITUATION HERE WHERE BOTH SIDES IN THIS BODY -- AND I DARE SAY IN THE HOUSE -- PRETTY MUCH WANT THE SAME THING. BUT I'M AFRAID THAT POLITICS HAVE GOTTEN INVOLVED TO WHERE WE ARE FOCUSING MORE ON THE DIFFERENCES OF WHAT WE MIGHT HOPE FOR THAN ON WHAT WE AGREE UPON. THAT'S A SHAME BECAUSE NOT ONLY DO WE PUT A GREAT CONFUSION ON THESE ISSUES THAT I'LL TALK ABOUT TONIGHT, BUT WE LOSE THE CONFIDENCE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT WE CAN EVEN GOVERN UP HERE. LAST YEAR THIS PRESIDENT WANTED TO FOCUS ON GETTING THE ECONOMY GOING. HE WANTED TO FOCUS ON ENERGY. HE WANTED TO FOCUS ON REGULATIONS. HE WANTED TO FOCUS ON TAX. CHECK THE BOXES, WE DID THAT. AND I BELIEVE WE'RE SEEING SOME OF THE WHY ARE MANY MANIFESTATIONS OF THAT IN THE ECONOMY NOW WHERE 123 BUSINESSES JUST ANNOUNCED AT THE END OF THE YEAR, YEAR-END BONUSES RELATED TO THIS TAX BILL THAT WE PASSED LAST YEAR. SO IT'S AN EXAMPLE OF WHERE WE CAN GET TOGETHER AND MAKE THINGS HAPPEN. BUT I WAS IN THE CHAIR LAST NIGHT PRESIDING, MR. PRESIDENT, OVER AN HOUR AND LISTENING TO A CONVERSATION ABOUT A TOPIC THAT I BELIEVE IS VERY CRITICAL TO WHERE WE ARE TODAY. I HEARD SEVERAL DESCRIPTIONS OF A DACA BILL, BUT A BILL THAT NO ONE'S SEEN YET. IT HASN'T BEEN PRESENTED. THIS IS NEARLY ONE DAY BEFORE WE HAVE TO FUND THE GOVERNMENT, BEFORE MIDNIGHT TOMORROW NIGHT. IN MY OPINION, I THINK MOST PEOPLE IN AMERICA BELIEVE THAT'S IRRESPONSIBLE THAT MEMBERS OF THIS BODY ARE THREATENING TO SHUT DOWN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OVER THIS DACA ISSUE. MEMBERS OF THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE USED TO AGREE WITH THAT POSITION. IN 2013, THE CURRENT MINORITY LEADER SAID -- AND I QUOTE -- " AND OTHER PEOPLE HAVE TALKED ABOUT THIS TODAY,, QUOTE,, WE SHOULD SAY WE'RE SHUTTING DOWN THE GOVERNMENT UNTIL YOU PASS IMMIGRATION REFORM, IT WOULD BE GOVERNMENTAL CHAOS. WELL, THAT'S WHAT WE'RE FACING TONIGHT. AND I JUST DON'T THINK THERE'S ANY NEED FOR IT BECAUSE HONESTLY IF YOU WANT TO SOLVE THE DACA SITUATION, THERE'S A DEAL TO BE DONE. BUT SERIOUS NEGOTIATIONS AREN'T BE MADE RIGHT NOW BECAUSE ONE SIDE WANTS TO CREATE THIS ISSUE AND THREATEN TO SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT THINKING THEY CAN GET BOTH, A FINANCING DEAL THAT THEY FAVOR ALONG WITH THIS DACA PROPOSITION. THAT'S UNFORTUNATE. OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM, MR. PRESIDENT, DESERVE BETTER THAN THAT. YOU'RE AN EX-OFFICER, YOU KNOW WHAT I'M SAYING. IT IS ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS THAT WE'RE IN THE FOURTH MONTH OF THIS FISCAL YEAR, IN THE MIDDLE OF JANUARY -- OUR FISCAL YEAR STARTED OCTOBER 1, MR. PRESIDENT. IT IS ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS WE'RE SITTING HERE TODAY HAVING NOT FUNDED THE GOVERNMENT PERMANENTLY FOR THE BALANCE OF THIS YEAR. NO OTHER ENTITY THAT I KNOW OF ANYWHERE IN ANY BUSINESS OR ANY FACET OF OPERATION CAN DO THAT EXCEPT THE UNITED STATES FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THESE TWO ISSUES THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THE OTHER AND SHOULD NOT BE TIED TOGETHER. THAT IS THE DACA SOLUTION AND FUNDING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. GIVEN OUR GLOBAL SECURITY CRISIS -- AND I DO MEAN THE WORD CRISIS TODAY. I THINK THE WORLD'S MORE DANGEROUS THAN ANY TIME IN MY LIFETIME, MR. PRESIDENT. I CAN'T THINK OF ANYTHING WORSE THAN TO TIE UP THE FUNDING FOR OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM WITH AN ISSUE LIKE THIS THAT WE ALL WANT TO SOLVE ANYWAY. I'M SHOCKED THAT DEMOCRATS WOULD ADVOCATE WE SHOCK DOWN THE GOVERNMENT OVER A BILL NO ONE HAS SEEN YET AND AN ISSUE THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH GETTING THE GOVERNMENT FUNDED. CREATING A FALSE DEADLINE FOR A DACA SOLUTION, I BELIEVE, AND USING IT TO HOLD MILITARY CERTAINTY HOSTAGE IS NO WAY TO GOVERN. I THINK MOST PEOPLE BACK HOME AGREE WITH THAT. THAT'S WHAT'S WRONG WITH THIS INSTITUTION TODAY. WE NEED TO, BOTH SIDES NEED TO IS TO IT BUT RIGHT NOW WE NEED TPO GET TO A VOTE AND FUND THIS GOVERNMENT. I'D LIKE TO MAKE A FEW COMMENTS ABOUT THE CURRENT IMMIGRATION SYSTEM. IT SEEMS TO BE THE TOPIC OF THE DAY RECENTLY. WELL, I WANT TO TELL YOU THAT SOME OF US HAVE BEEN WORKING ON THIS FOR YEARS. SOME PEOPLE IN THIS BODY HAVE BEEN WORKING ON IT FOR AT LEAST THE LAST DECADE. THREE TIMES IN THE LAST 11 YEARS, MR. PRESIDENT, THIS BODY HAS TRIED TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM UNSUCCESSFULLY. I BELIEVE ONE OF THE PROBLEMS TO EACH OF THOSE SOLUTIONS OR ATTEMPTS AT SOLUTIONS WERE THEY TRIED TO BE COMPREHENSIVE. PEOPLE ARE MISUSING THAT WORD WHEN THEY TALK ABOUT WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO DO ON THIS SIDE. THESE THREE ATTEMPTS OVER THE LAST 11 YEARS ATTEMPTED TO SOLVE NOT JUST THE LEGAL OR ILLEGAL SITUATION, MR. PRESIDENT AND THE TEMPORARY WORK VISA SITUATION, BUT THEY ALSO TRIED TO SOLVE THE LEGAL SITUATION. THEY TRIED TO SOLVE ALL OF THIS. TODAY WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO ON OUR SIDE IS TO SOLVE JUST THE LEGAL IMMIGRATION SYSTEM BEFORE WE EVEN TALK ABOUT DACA. THE LEGAL SITUATION IS THIS, 1.1 MILLION GREEN CARDS ARE GIVEN OUT EVERY YEAR TO DATE. THAT IS UP FROM 300,000 IN 1965 WHEN THIS BILL THAT WAS THE LAW WE OPERATE UNDER TODAY WAS FIRST PASSED. 300,000 UP TO 1.1 MILLION TODAY. WHAT WE BELIEVE, THAT IF WE GET THIS DONE, THEN THE NEXT STEP WOULD BE TO MOVE TO THE TEMPORARY WORK VISAS WHERE WE GIVE OUT 2.2 MILLION TEMPORARY WORK VISAS EVERY YEAR. AND THOSE NEED DESPERATE WORK, MR. PRESIDENT. BOTH SIDES AGREE TO THAT. SOME CATEGORIES PROBLG NEED TO BE INCREASED, OTHERS NEED TO BE STREAMLINED. THERE MIGHT NEED FOB A NEW CATEGORY CREATED. BUT THAT NEEDS SPECIALTY WORK. THEN OF COURSE WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE PEOPLE WHO ARE HERE ILLEGALLY. REMEMBER, 40% OF THE PEOPLE HERE ILLEGALLY, MR. PRESIDENT, OR THEREABOUTS CAME INTO THIS COUNTRY UNDER A TEMPORARY WORK VISA OR A STUDENT VISA OR A, SOME OTHER FORM OF TEMPORARY VISA. AND OVERSTAYED THEIR VISA. WE'RE ONE OF THE FEW COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD THAT CAN'T TRACK OVERSTAYS. BUT THAT'S NOT WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO HERE. WE'RE TRYING TO BRING FOCUS TO AN ISSUE THAT WILL STOP THIS CONTINUING EVOLUTION OF IMMIGRATION PROBLEMS. I BELIEVE THAT THERE'S A BETTER WAY AND THERE IS A PROPOSITION TO DO JUST THAT. THERE WAS A MEETING IN THE WHITE HOUSE LAST WEEK, MR. PRESIDENT, ON TUESDAY. AND THE PRESIDENT STARTED OUT THAT CONVERSATION. IT WAS BIPARTISAN, BICAMERAL. YOU JUST HEARD MY COLLEAGUE FROM IOWA, SENATOR GRASSLEY, TALK BUDGET. AS PA -- TALK ABOUT THIS. AS PART OF THE MEETING I WAS MOVED BY HOW THE PRESIDENT INTRODUCED THE TOPIC. HE SAID WITH REGARD TO THE DACA SITUATION WE NEED TO DEVELOP A COMPASSIONATE APPROACH THAT DEMONSTRATES LOVE IN DEALING WITH THESE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ARE HERE ILLEGALLY BUT THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN. THE PRESIDENT AT THAT MEETING DEFINED THE SCOPE AND BROUGHT A SENSE OF URGENCY TO THIS TOPIC. HE UNDID WHAT WE BELIEVED WAS AN ILLEGAL ACT BY THE PAST PRESIDENT IN GIVING WORK STATUS TO THESE INDIVIDUALS AND SAID NOW, THIS PRESIDENT, PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS SAID THIS IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF CONGRESS TO PUT A LAW IN PLACE TO DEAL WITH THIS. I AGREE WITH THAT. BUT LET'S BE VERY CLEAR ABOUT WHAT'S GOING ON RIGHT NOW, MR. PRESIDENT. WE ARE NOT DEBATING WHAT TO DO WITH THE DACA INDIVIDUALS. MOSTLY AGED 15 TO 36. MY COLLEAGUES SPOKE LAST NIGHT ACT AS THOUGH THEY ARE THE ONLY ONES COMMITSED TO SOLVING THE DACA PROBLEM. THAT IS NOT TRUE. PEOPLE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE IN THIS BODY AND IN THE HOUSE BELIEVE WE NEED TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM. THESE INDIVIDUALS DID NOT BREAK THE LAW. THEIR PARENTS DID. WE ALL AGREE THERE'S A SOLUTION TO BE HAD. AGAIN, THE QUESTION IS WHETHER OR NOT WE'RE GOING TO SOLVE DACA WITHOUT DEALING WITH THE THINGS THAT CREATED IT IN THE FIRST PLACE. THE PRESIDENT WAS VERY CLEAR LAST WEEK, AND HE HAS BEEN CONSISTENT ON THIS ISSUE AS HAS THOSE OF US THAT HAVE BEEN WORKING ON THIS OVER THE LAST YEAR, THIS NEW FOCUSED APPROACH ON LEGAL IMMIGRATION. THE PRESIDENT MADE VERY CLEAR THAT THE SCOPE SHOULD INCLUDE ANY SOLUTION ON DACA HAS GOT TO INCLUDE BORDER SECURITY, INCLUDING A WALL, AN END OF CHAIN MIGRATION, AND AN END TO THIS PERVERSE DIVERSITY VISA LOTTERY. IF WE DON'T ACTUALLY SOLVE WHAT CREATED THIS WE'RE GOING TO BE RIGHT BACK HERE IN A FEW YEARS, AND THAT'S THE PROBLEM I HAVE WITH THE BILL THAT'S BEING DISCUSSED HERE, THE SO-CALLED GRAHAM-DURBIN EXERCISE. I JUST, I JUST DON'T KNOW WHY WE WOULD DO THAT AND KNOWINGLY PUT OURSELVES IN THE SAME POSITION IN JUST A FEW YEARS. HAVEN'T WE LEARNED OUR LESSON FROM WHAT WE DID IN 1986 AND 1991? WE KNOW KICKING THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD ON THIS IS NOT GOING TO GIVE US ANY SOLUTION. BUT WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY BECAUSE WE HAVE COMMONALITY HERE IN THIS BODY ABOUT WHAT WE NEED TO DO GOING FORWARD WITH NOT ONLY THE DACA SITUATION, BUT THIS LEGAL IMMIGRATION SYSTEM. THERE'S A GREAT DEAL OF COMMONALITY OF THOUGHT. I'VE DONE DEALS IN THE BUSINESS WORLD AND WHEN YOU GET THIS LEVEL OF COMMONALITY, A DEAL SHOULD GET DONE. THERE'S A LOT OF CEMETERY IF WE -- SYMMETRY IF WE CAN JUST TALK TO EACH OTHER AND PUT POLITICAL ISSUES ASIDE. IF WE GIVE DACA RECIPIENTS A PASS WITHOUT FURTHER SECURITY TO A WALL, WE ARE INCENTIVIZE A NEW WAVE OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. THE PRESIDENT HAS SAID THIS PUBLICLY. IT'S NOT NECESSARILY A 2,000-MILE WALL, BUT IT IS A SYSTEM OF CONSTRAINTS WHERE WE ARE PROTECT OUR BORDER. IT IS -- THERE HAVE BEEN TWO ACTS OF TERROR IN RECENT MONTHS. THE PLANS I HEARD LAST NIGHT DON'T ADDRESS THAT SERIOUSLY. A $1.8 BILLION ALLOCATION IS NOT A SERIOUS ATTEMPT AT THAT. WHEN THE DREAMERS ACT, THE ESTIMATE BACK THEN IN 2013, THE COST OF DOING THAT WAS $26 BILLION. TODAY WHO KNOWS WHAT THAT ESTIMATE WOULD BE. IT HAS TO BE GREATER THAN THAT. THE SECOND CRITERIA IS IF WE'RE GOING TO SOLVE THE DACA PROBLEM AND THE ISSUE AND GOING FORWARD, WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH HOW TO PROTECT THE PRIMARY WORKER. WE MUST PROTECT THE IMMEDIATE FAMILY OF THE PERSON WHO IS SPONSORED. I BELIEVE THERE IS A GREAT DEAL OF CONFUSION ABOUT THAT. THIS IS THE SO-CALLED CHAIN MIGRATION. THERE IS NOTHING DEROGATORY ABOUT THAT TERM. THIS WAS THE TERM USED BY THE GANG OF EIGHT. THE RANKING MEMBER, THE DEMOCRATIC LEADER, AND THE WHIP OF THE DEMOCRATS RIGHT NOW ALL USED THESE TERMS. THERE WAS NOTHING DEROGATORY AND NOTHING PREJUDICIAL ABOUT THAT TERM. IT WAS A MERE DESCRIPTION OF WHAT HAPPENS IN THE CURRENT LAW. THE CURRENT LAW SAYS THAT THE PERSON SPONSORED FOR CITIZENSHIP COMES IN AS A LEGAL PERMANENT RESIDENT AND OVER TIME THEY CAN BECOME A CITIZEN IF THEY APPLY. AS A CITIZEN, THEY CAN THEN SPONSOR THEIR SPOUSE, IMMEDIATE MINOR CHILDREN OR THEIR FAMILY, THEIR ADULT MARRIED CHILDREN, THEIR ADULT UNMARRIED CHILDREN, THEIR PARENT AND THEIR SIBLINGS. THE ONLY THING WE'RE TALKING ABOUT, MR. PRESIDENT, IS LIMITING THAT TO THE PRIMARY WORKER AND THEIR IMMEDIATE FAMILY. AND THAT WOULD BREAK THE SO-CALLED CHAIN ASCRIBED BY OUR MEMBERS ACROSS THE -- AS DESCRIBED BY THOSE ACROSS THE AISLE. 70% BELIEVE IT SHOULD BE LIMITED TO THE INDIVIDUAL WORKER, THEIR SPOUSE, AND IMMEDIATE FAMILY. THE ONLY DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THAT -- ETHOS IS THAT FAMILY AND THE SIBLINGS. WHOSE FAMILY ARE WE PROTECTING, THE FAMILY OF THE WORKER, OR THEIR PARENTS' FAMILY OR PARENTS, PARENTS SIBLINGS FAMILY? WHICH FAMILY? I BELIEVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN LOUD AND CLEAR ABOUT WHICH FAMILY. THERE'S A SIGNIFICANT PORTION THAT BELIEVE IT SHOULD BE JUST THE WORKER, BUT THAT'S NOT OUR POSITION. WE BELIEVE WE SHOULD PROTECT THE FAMILY-THAT IMMEDIATE WORKER. THERE ARE SOME WHO ARE TRYING TO GET TO A MERIT-BASED SYSTEM THAT CANADA HAS PROVEN WORKS, HELPS THEIR SOCIETY, BUILDS THEIR ECONOMY AND OPENS THE DOORS WITH A WELCOMING HAND TO THOSE WHO WANT TO COME. CANADA IS NO BASTION IN THEIR IMMIGRATION POLICY. WE'RE HAPPY TO WAIT TILL PHASE TWO, WHICH THE PRESIDENT TALKED ABOUT LAST WEEK AND PEOPLE HAVE DISCREDITED HIS WORDS AND CONFUSED THEM KNOWINGLY. WHAT THE PRESIDENT IS TALKING ABOUT RIGHT NOW IS FOCUS ON THE LEGAL IMMIGRATION SYSTEM, SOLVE DACA, SOLVE THE BORDER CRISIS, ELIMINATE THE CHAIN MIGRATION ISSUE AND THE DIVERSITY VISA LOTTERY. THE LAST IS SO EASY. WE KNOW IT NEEDS TO BE ELIMINATED. THE QUESTION COMES UP IN THEIR BILL THEY WANT TO REALLOCATE THE 50,000 PEOPLE COMING OUT TODAY. WE KNOW IT HAS BEEN RELATED TO ONE ACT OF TERRORISM AND IT NEEDS TO BE ELIMINATED. HOW TO DO IT IS THE QUESTION. LET'S TALK ABOUT THAT. THERE'S NO REASON WHY THAT CAN'T BE NEGOTIATED, MR. PRESIDENT. BUT THE GRAHAM-DURBIN BILL ENSURES THAT WE WILL BE RIGHT BACK HERE IN A FEW SHORT YEARS. WHEN WE WANT IS TO GIVE THE SOLUTION ON THE DACA SIDE AND PROTECT AMERICA FROM REPEATING THIS MISTAKE AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN. LET ME BE VERY CLEAR. IF WE DO WHAT'S ON TABLE TODAY IN THE GRAHAM-DURBIN BILL, IT WOULD ALLOWED THE PARENTS OF DACA RECIPIENTS LEGAL. IT WOULD PUT OTHER CHILDREN AT RISK AS THEY COME ACROSS THE BORDER ILLEGALLY. THANK GOD MOST OF US HAVE NEVER HAD TO DEAL WITH THAT. IMAGINE PUTTING YOUR CHILDREN AT RISK AND COMING ACROSS THE BORDER ILLEGALLY. BUT ACCORDING TO THIS PRECEDENT, THEY WILL BE GIVEN LEGAL STATUS AND BE ABLE TO SPONSOR THEIR PARENTS. HERE WE GO REIGNITING ANOTHER WAY. WE HAVE NOT DONE ANYTHING TO BEING RIGHT BACK HERE A FEW SHORT YEARS FROM NOW. I BELIEVE TIMES FOR ACTION. MY COLLEAGUES, LAST NIGHT, TALKED ABOUT, WELSHING NOBODY ELSE HAS OFFERED UP ANY SLIEWGHTSES. WITH, THAT'S NOT TRUE. THERE ARE THREE REPUBLICAN SENATE BILLS THAT RELATE TO THIS ISSUE, ACTIVE BILLS, THAT HAVE BEEN FILED. THE LANGUAGE IS OUT THERE. YOU CAN READ THEM. THERE IS ONE BILL IN THE HOUSE. THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE BROUGHT A BILL. IT IS NOT TRUE THAT WE DON'T HAVE THINGS TO TALK ABOUT ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE OF THIS ISSUE. WHAT IS MISSING IS A GOOD-FAITH EFFORT TO NEGOTIATE THE DEALS AND MAKE IT HAPPEN. TO MAKE AN END RUN ON THE PROCESS IS NOT GOING TO WORK. I DON'T BELIEVE IT AND I DON'T BELIEVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT IT. WHAT THEY WANT IS TO SOLVE DACA AND ENSURE WE'RE NOT DOING THIS AGAIN IN A FEW SHORT YEARS. THIS MEANS WE NEED AN INVESTMENT IN BORDER SECURITY AND PUT A FOCUS ON THE IMMEDIATE FAMILY AND THE SPONSORED CITIZEN AND INCOMING FAMILY AND END THE OUTDATED DIVERSITY VISA LOTTERY. THE SOLUTIONS ARE HERE, MR. PRESIDENT. I MIGHT NOT BE 100% HAPPY, THEY MIGHT NOT BE 100% HAPPY. BUT I PROMISE YOU IN MY EXPERIENCE THAT THIS IS CLOSER TO A NEGOTIATED DEAL RIGHT NOW BECAUSE BOTH SIDES WANT TO SEE AN END TO THE SITUATION WHERE THERE'S A QUESTION ABOUT THE DACA RECIPIENTS, BUT WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE'RE NOT BACK HERE IN FIVE YEARS OR EVEN SOONER DEALING WITH THE SAME PROBLEM AGAIN. THAT'S THE LESSON WE SHOULD HAVE LEARNED FROM 1986 AND 1991. MR. PRESIDENT, IT'S AN HONOR TO BE IN THIS BODY, BUT IT'S TIME FOR ACTION. IT'S TIME TO GET TO POINT B. WE KNOW WE HAVE B TRYING FOR OTHER A DECADE WITH MANY MEMBERS IN THIS BODY WELL INTENDED. I, FOR ONE, IS READY TO NEGOTIATE. THE PRESIDENT IS READY TO NEGOTIATE. LET'S MAKE THIS HAPPEN. IT IS TIME FOR ACTION. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DEMAND IT. BUT LET'S PLEASE DON'T TIE THIS TO THE FUNDING OF THE GOVERNMENT. OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM DESERVE BETTER, MR. PRESIDENT. WITH THAT, I YIELD THE FLOOR AND NOTE THE ABSENCE OF A QUORUM.

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  • 06:38:07 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE CLERK WILL CALL THE ROLL. QUORUM CALL:

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR FOR SOUTH DAKOTA.

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    MR. THUNE

    MR. PRESIDENT, IS THE SENATE IN A QUORUM CALL?

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    IT IS.

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    MR. THUNE

    I ASK THAT THE QUORUM CALL BE SUSPENDED.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. THUNE

    MR. PRESIDENT, DEMOCRATS HERE IN THE SENATE HAVE REALLY RAISED OBSTRUCTION…

    MR. PRESIDENT, DEMOCRATS HERE IN THE SENATE HAVE REALLY RAISED OBSTRUCTION TO AN ART FORM IN THIS CONGRESS, PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEES THEY'VE OBSTRUCTED AND OBSTRUCTED SOME MORE, EVEN WHEN THEY PLAN TOLL ULTIMATELY SUPPORT -- PLAN TO ULTIMATELY SUPPORT THE NOMINEE. WE HAVE HAD MANY NOMINEES COME TO THE FLOOR THAT HAVE BEEN OBJECTED TO AND WE HAVE GONE THROUGH THE LONG POST-CLOTURE PROCESS ONLY TO GET TO THE END OF IT AND HAVE THOSE NOMINEES BE VOTED OUT, IN MANY CASES, UNANIMOUSLY. I HAVE SEEN THAT HAPPEN. THE COMMITTEE I CHAIR, THE COMMERCE, SCIENCE, AND TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE, WE HAVE NOMINEES THAT ARE NONCONTROVERSIAL HELD UP BY THE DEMOCRATS, MANY OF WHOM ARE IMPORTANT IN OUR GOVERNMENT. THE F.R.A., THE FEDERAL RAILROAD ADMINISTRATOR IS BEING HELD UP BY THE DEMOCRATS EVEN THOUGH HE IS SUPREMELY QUALIFIED FOR THE JOB AND WOULD HAVE A HUGE BIPARTISAN VOTE HERE IN THE SENATE WERE IT TO OCCUR. WE HAVE SEEN THIS CONSISTENT PATTERN OF OBSTRUCTION WHEN IT COMES TO NOMINEES AND GIVING THE PRESIDENT AN OPPORTUNITY TO FILL OUT HIS ADMINISTRATION WITH POSITIONS THAT ARE KEY TO NOT ONLY HIM GETTING HIS AGENDA DONE BUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SEEING HIS GOVERNMENT FUNCTION IN A WAY THAT REPRESENTS THEIR INTEREST. TAX REFORM. WELL, DEMOCRATS ABSOLUTELY REFUSED TO WORK WITH REPUBLICANS ON A BILL, FOUGHT HARD AGAINST PASSAGE, DESPITE THE DEMOCRAT THAT DEMOCRATS HAD PREVIOUSLY CALLED FOR REFORM AND SUPPORTED MANY OF THE VERY PROPOSALS THAT WERE INCLUDED IN THE LAW. OF COURSE NOW DEMOCRATS ARE THREATENING TO SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT AND BLOCK FUNDING FOR THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM, A PROGRAM THAT THEY CLAIM TO SUPPORT BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT HAPPY THAT THEY ARE NOT GETTING AN IMMIGRATION BILL THAT THEY WANT THIS WEEK. THAT'S RIGHT, MR. PRESIDENT. DEMOCRATS ARE THREATENING TO SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT AND BLOCK FUNDING FOR HEALTH INSURANCE FOR NIERN MILLION LOW- -- NINE MILLION LOW-INCOME CHILDREN BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT GETTING THE BILL THEY WANT WHEN THEY WANT IT. WELL, MR. PRESIDENT, MEMBERS ON ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE ARE -- ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE ARE LOOKING TO HAVE LEGAL STATUS FOR THOSE CHILDREN BROUGHT TO THIS COUNTRY THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN. THERE IS BROAD SUPPORT FOR THAT. IN FACT, THERE'S A GROUP THAT HAS BEEN MEETING EVERY DAY ON THAT VERY ISSUE IN AN AMENDMENT TO TRY AND PUT TOGETHER A SOLUTION THAT WOULD HELP ADDRESS THAT ISSUE IN A WAY THAT NOT ONLY RESOLVES THE STATUS OF THESE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO CAME TO THIS COUNTRY ILLEGALLY BUT ALSO ADDRESSES THE BROADER ISSUE OF BORDER SECURITY AND CHAIN MIGRATION AND VISA LOTTERIES AND ALL THOSE SORT OF THINGS. THERE ARE A SERIES OF ISSUES RELATED TO IMMIGRATION BEING WORKED ON NOW ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE IN HOPES THAT THEY CAN COME TO A SOLUTION ABOUT THAT. BUT THERE'S NO AGREEMENT JUST YET. AND WHILE WE HOPE TO GET TO A DEAL AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, THE DEADLINE FOR REACHING AN AGREEMENT IS NOT IMMINENT, NOT TO MENTION THAT PASSING A BILL ON THE STATUS OF DREAMERS IS COMPLETELY UNRELATED TO THE NEED TO FUND THE GOVERNMENT. IF THE DEMOCRATS CONTINUE WITH THEIR PLAN TO BLOCK GOVERNMENT FUNDING, THE GOVERNMENT WILL SHUT DOWN TOMORROW NIGHT. THAT MEANS THAT ALL KINDS OF GOVERNMENT SERVICES WILL BE AFFECTED IN AREAS RANGING FROM VETERANS TO PUBLIC HEALTH TO WORKER AND PRODUCT SAFETY TO NATIONAL PARKS AND MONUMENTS. FUNDING FOR OUR MILITARY WILL ALSO BE THREATENED WHICH REPRESENTS A PARTICULAR DANGER AS WE TRY TO REBUILD OUR MILITARY AFTER YEARS OF NEGLECT UNDER THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION. AND, OF COURSE, AS I MENTIONED, THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM WILL NOT GET FUNDED AND NINE MILLION LOW-INCOME CHILDREN WILL BE WELL ON THE WAY TO LOSING THEIR HEALTH CARE COVERAGE. MR. PRESIDENT, THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM EXTENSION THAT WE WANT IT PASS AS PART OF THIS BILL IS SOMETHING THAT HAS LONG BEEN SUPPORTED BY DEMOCRATS. IN FACT, THE POLICY IN THIS BILL IS VIRTUALLY IDENTICAL TO THE BIPARTISAN EXTENSION LEGISLATION THAT WAS INTRODUCED BY SENATORS HATCH AND WYDEN AND PASSED BY THE SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE EARLIER -- I SHOULD SAY LAST YEAR EXCEPT THAT WE INCLUDED AN ADDITIONAL YEAR OF FUNDING. I SERVED AS A MEMBER OF THE SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE. WHEN WE PASSED IT, IT WAS A FIVE-YEAR AUTHORIZATION. THE ONE THAT WE WILL HAVE IN FRONT OF US THIS EVENING INCLUDES A SIX-YEAR REAUTHORIZATION OF THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM. THAT WOULD MARK THE LONGEST EXTENSION OF THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM SINCE THE PROGRAM WAS CREATED BACK IN 1997. IT WOULD PROVIDE SIX YEARS OF GUARANTEED FUNDING SO THAT CARE FOR CHILDREN AND PREGNANT WOMEN CAN CONTINUE WITHOUT DISRUPTION. IT'S EXTREMELY DIFFICULT, MR. PRESIDENT, TO UNDERSTAND HOW THE SAME DEMOCRATS WHO HAVE STRONGLY ADVOCATED FOR THIS PROGRAM ARE NOW OPPOSING LEGISLATION TO EXTEND IT AND SEEKING TO SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT. IN FACT, MR. PRESIDENT, DEMOCRATS ARE NOW ACTIVELY BRAGGING THAT THEY HAVE THE VOTES TO SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT. WELL, MR. PRESIDENT, NOBODY THINGS THAT THE SHORT-TERM FUNDING BILL BEFORE US IS IDEAL. WE WOULD MUCH RATHER HAVE A LONG-TERM AGREEMENT AND EVENTUALLY WE WILL, BUT THIS BILL WILL FUND THE GOVERNMENT. IT WILL PROTECT THE MILITARY. AND IT WILL PROVIDE A VERY SIGNIFICANT EXTENSION OF AN ESSENTIAL HEALTH CARE PROGRAM FOR LOW-INCOME CHILDREN. THE DEMOCRATS' INTENTION OF OPPOSING THIS BILL BECAUSE THEY ARE UPSET BECAUSE THEY CAN'T GET EXACTLY WHAT THEY WANT, WHEN THEY WANT IT IS IRRESPONSIBLE, GIVEN THE GOOD-FAITH EFFORTS THAT ARE BEING MADE BY BOTH SIDES TO COME TO AN AGREEMENT WHEN IT COMES TO THE ISSUE OF IMMIGRATION. AND WHEN IT COMES TO THE ISSUE OF BROADER FUNDING DEBATE WE'RE HAVING HERE IN THE SENATE. MR. PRESIDENT, THIS ATTEMPT BY THE DEMOCRATS IS JUST TOTALLY SHORT IS THIS SIGHTED. IT IS A PARTISAN POLITICAL MANEUVER THAT WILL HARM OUR TROOPS AND SOME OF THE MOST VULNERABLE AMONG US. WE STILL HAVE TIME BEFORE THE GOVERNMENT SHUTS DOWN, AND I HOPE THAT THE MORE MODERATE ELEMENTS OF THE DEMOCRAT PARTY HERE IN THE SENATE WILL RETHINK THEIR LEADER'S OPPOSITION TO FUNDING THE GOVERNMENT AND TO EXTENDING HEALTH INSURANCE FOR LOW-INCOME CHILDREN AND FOR PREGNANT WOMEN. THAT'S WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT. THAT'S SIMPLY WHAT THIS DOES. THERE IS STILL TIME TO COME TOGETHER PASS THIS BILL A UNDERSTAND TO MOVE ON TO THE OTHER -- AND TO MOVE ON TO THE OTHER IMPORTANT PRIORITIES THAT ARE FACING OUR NATION, MR. PRESIDENT. AND I HOPE THAT COOLER HEADS WILL PREVAIL, THAT PEOPLE HERE IN THIS CHAMBER WILL COME TO THEIR SENSES AND THAT WE CAN PASS A FUNDING BILL THIS EVENING THAT WOULD AVOID A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN TOMORROW, WOULD FUND FOR SIX YEARS THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM, AND SET UP THE CONDITIONS THAT WOULD ALLOW THE DISCUSSIONS TO CONTINUE ABOUT HOW WE RESOLVE SOME OF THE OUTSTANDING AND UNRELATED ISSUES THAT ARE STILL -- THAT STILL NEED TO COME TO A RESOLUTION. SO, MR. PRESIDENT, THAT IS MY HOPE. I HOPE OUR COLLEAGUES WILL ON BOTH SIDES COME TO THE REALIZATION THAT THIS IDEA THAT'S BEING PUT FORWARD BY THE DEMOCRATS AND FOR, WHICH AS I SAID, THEY'RE TAKE BEING CREDIT NOW OF SHUTTING DOWN THE GOVERNMENT IS REALLY A BAD IDEA AND NOT IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NOR THOSE CHILDREN, THOSE 9 MILLION CHILDREN WHO WOULD BENEFIT FROM A LONG-TERM EXTENSION OF THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM. MR. PRESIDENT, I YIELD THE FLOOR AND I SUGGEST THE ABSENCE OF A QUORUM.

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  • 06:48:36 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE CLERK WILL CALL THE ROLL. QUORUM CALL: QUORUM CALL: QUORUM CALL:…

    THE CLERK WILL CALL THE ROLL. QUORUM CALL: QUORUM CALL: QUORUM CALL: QUORUM CALL: QUORUM CALL: QUORUM CALL:

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  • 06:48:44 PM

    Quorum Call

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    MR. LEAHY

    MADAM PRESIDENT.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR FROM VERMONT.

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    MR. LEAHY

    MADAM PRESIDENT, I ASK CONSENT THAT THE CALL OF THE QUORUM BE DISPENSED…

    MADAM PRESIDENT, I ASK CONSENT THAT THE CALL OF THE QUORUM BE DISPENSED WITH.

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  • 08:12:05 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 08:12:06 PM

    MR. LEAHY

    YOU KNOW, MADAM PRESIDENT, TO PARAPHRASE A REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT I ENJOYED…

    YOU KNOW, MADAM PRESIDENT, TO PARAPHRASE A REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT I ENJOYED KNOWING, HERE WE GO AGAIN. IN 1995 THE REPUBLICANS SHUT DOWN OUR GOVERNMENT. THEY WANTED TO RECKLESSLY CUT EDUCATION AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS. THEY EVEN WANTED TO RAISE MEDICAID PREMIUMS ON MILLIONS OF SENIOR CITIZEN AND THEY WERE WILLING TO SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT TO DO IT. OF COURSE MORE RECENTLY IN 2013, REPUBLICANS ONCE AGAIN SOUGHT TO STRIP THE HEALTH CARE OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. THEY WANT TO SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT IN THE FAILED EFFORT TO REPEAL THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. ACTUALLY, AS AN EFFORT, THEY CONTINUED THIS SUMMER, INSTEAD OF NEGOTIATING A BIPARTISAN DEAL, THEY WOULD RATHER WE BE IN THE SILLY SITUATION THAT WE FIND OURSELVES IN TODAY. ACTUALLY, GO BACK IN HISTORY TO 2015, REPUBLICANS CONTINUED THEIR ATTACK ON HEALTH CARE BY BRINGING US TO THE BRINK OF YET ANOTHER GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN IN AN ATTEMPT TO DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD EVEN THOUGH PLANNED PARENTHOOD OFFERS HEALTH CARE TO MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. MILLIONS OF AMERICANS, TENS OF THOUSANDS OF VERMONTERS IN MY STATE TRUST AND DEPEND ON PLANNED PARENTHOOD FOR THEIR BASIC HEALTH CARE NEEDS, INCLUDING ANNUAL HEALTH EXAMS, CERVICAL AND BREAST CANCER SCREENINGS, H.I.V. SCREENINGS. IT'S TERRIBLE THAT THEY MIGHT PROVIDE THAT CARE TO AMERICANS AND THEY TRIED TO SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT BECAUSE OF IT. ALSO IN 2015 THE REPUBLICANS BEGAN THEIR ATTACK ON DREAMERS. THEY ATTEMPTED TO SHUT DOWN THE ENTIRE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, THE PART THAT PROTECTS OUR SKIES, OUR BORDERS AND EVERYTHING ELSE. THEY WERE RISKING OUR NATIONAL SECURITY BECAUSE THEY WANTED TO BLOCK, THE DREAMERS BILL -- BLOCK DAWRKS THE DREAMERS -- DACA, THE DREAMERS BILL. NOW, IF THESE WERE TALKING POINTS OR POLITICAL PLOYS, THAT WOULD BE ONE THING. LET'S TAKE ONE THING, THE 2013 REPUBLICAN SHUT DOWN DEALT A DEVASTATING BLOW TO ECONOMIC GROWTH. AN ESTIMATED $1.5 BILLION FROM THE STATE OF A SIZE OF VERMONT, AND THAT IS A LOT OF MONEY, $1.5 BILLION FOR EACH OF THE DAYS OF THE SHUT DOWN AND THERE WERE 16 OF THOSE DAYS. THAT'S ECONOMIC GROWTH WE LOST WE'LL NEVER GET BACK. HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF FEDERAL WORKERS ARE FURLOUGHED THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN. A COMBINED TOTAL OF 6.6 BILLION DAYS. LIFESAVING RESEARCH ON CANCER, ON DIABETES, ON HEART CONDITIONS GROUND TO A HEART. THE DOORS AND FENCES AT OUR ICONIC NATIONAL PARKS AND MONUMENTS THAT AMERICANS HAVE ALWAYS RELIED ON TO GO AND SEE, THEY WERE SHUTTERED. NOW IN 2018 THE PRESIDENT -- PRESIDENT TRUMP -- WANTS TO SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT OVER A CYNICAL AND MIS-BEGOTTEN BIG, BEAUTIFUL WALL. AND HE WANTS THAT BIG, BEAUTIFUL WALL, WHATEVER IT MIGHT BE, TO BE PAID FOR BY U.S. TAXPAYERS, NOT MEXICO. HE'S USING THE DREAMERS AS NEGOTIABLE COMMODITIES, AS THOUGH THEY'RE SOME KIND OF MONEY INSTEAD OF PEOPLE. TO MEET HIS UNREASONABLE DEMANDS, TO ALLOW US TO SPEND $18 BILLION ON LAST CENTURY'S DECKNOLOGY AFTER HE PROMISED US -- TECHNOLOGY AFTER HE PROMISED US, TAXPAYERS, IT WOULDN'T COST US A CENT BECAUSE MEXICO WOULD PAY FOR T IF HE REALLY BELIEVES THAT, OPEN A BANK ACCOUNT. LET MEXICO SEND THE MONEY. WHEN THEY SEND THE MONEY, WE'LL BUILD THE WAY. I MEAN, BE SERIOUS. HE SAID THEY'LL BUILD IT. NOW HE WANTS THE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS WHO ARE STRAPPED ON SO MANY THINGS TO BUILD LAST CENTURY'S TECHNOLOGY. LET MEXICO SEND US THE MONEY. WHEN THEY DO, WE'LL BUILD IT. IF HE'S TELLING THE TRUTH, THEY'LL SEND IT. IF HE'S NOT TELLING THE TRUTH, OF COURSE THEY WON'T. BUT HE'S ALSO JUST CONTINUING IN THE REPUBLICAN TRADITION OF BEING THE SHUTDOWN PARTY. NOW, WE HAD SOME VERY RESPONSIBLE REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS IN THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE. I'VE NOT HEARD A SINGLE ONE EVER THEM SAYING WE NEED A GOOD GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN. I TAKE IT BACK. ONE REPUBLICAN HAS. DONALD TRUMP -- THE REAL DONALD TRUMP, NOT PRETEND, BUT A REAL DONALD TRUMP, SAID OUR COUNTRY NEEDS A GOOD SHUTDOWN. THAT'S THE ONLY PERSON I'VE HEARD, REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT, SAY THEY WANT A SHUT IT DOWN. I WONDER IF THAT'S WHAT HE'S NOW ASKED HIS OWN PARTY TO ANGLE FOR, A MANUFACTURED CRISIS. I CAN SAY THIS AS THE VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, I KNOW THAT DEMOCRATS HAVE BEEN READY AND WILLING TO NEGOTIATE A SPENDING AGREEMENT SINCE WAY LAST JUNE. INSTEAD OF WORKING TOWARD THAT GOAL, CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP SPENT THE LAST YEAR OVERTURNING CONSUMER PROTECTIONS PROTECTIONS, THEY STRIPPED HEALTH CARE FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS, THEY REMOVED PROTECTIONS AGAINST ACTIVITYIES IN THE WORKSHOP THAT ENDANGER WOMEN, THEY PASSED A MASSIVE TAX CUT FOR BIG CORPORATIONS AND WEALTHY AMERICANS, THEY PAID FOR -- BEING PAID FOR BY MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICANS AND FUTURE GENERATIONS BECAUSE IT ADDS TRILLIONS TO THE DEFICIT. BUT DURING THAT TIME, THEY CONTINUED TO KICK THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD. THEY FAILED TO DO THEIR JOBS TO PASS SENSIBLE SPENDING BILLS, TO KEEP OUR GOVERNMENT OPEN. THEY'VE CAST ASIDE CONGRESS' FUNDAMENTAL RESPONSIBILITIES IN PURSUIT OF A HYPER PARTISAN AGENDA. NOW, WE'VE -- AS A RESULT, WE HAVEN'T REACHED A BIPARTISAN BUDGET DEAL THAT WOULD ALLOW US TO STRENGTHEN OUR MILITARY. THAT'S SOMETHING BOTH REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS WANT. WE HAVEN'T REACHED A BIPARTISAN BUDGET DEAL THAT WOULD ALLOW US TO INVEST IN OUR COMMUNITIES, SOMETHING I BELIEVE BOTH REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS WANT. WE ALL AGREED TO THAT THE CONSEQUENCES OF CONSERVATION WOULD BE DEVASTATING. EVERY REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRAT I TALK WITH SAY THEY HAD HAD DO. BUT WE HAVE TO INVEST EQUALLY IN OUR MILITARY AND OUR COMMUNITIES, BECAUSE OUR NATIONAL SECURITY IS INTRINSICALLY LINKED TO THE INVESTMENT WE MAKE IN OUR COMMUNITIES, EVERYTHING BUT EDUCATION AND HEALTH CARE. WE'RE THE GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD EXACTLY BECAUSE WE MAKE A COMMITMENT TO INVEST IN EDUCATION, INFRASTRUCTURE. WE BACK OFF ON THAT COMMITMENT, WE'RE NO LONGER GREAT. WE PROVIDE THE NECESSARY RESOURCES TO COMBAT THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC. AND WE STRIVE TO ENSURE NO CHILD GOSS SCHOOL HUNGRY. BUT IF WE GO HAVE DEFENSE AND NONDEFENSE PARITY IN SPENDING, WE WANT ACHIEVE THESE GOALS. WE'VE NOT PASSED A COMPREHENSIVE DISASTER RELIEF PACKAGE THAT TAKES INTO CONSIDERATION THE UNIQUE NEEDS OF PUERTO RICO AND THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS. THESE ARE AMERICANS, AMERICAN CITIZENS. THEY'VE BEEN LIVING WITHOUT POWER, WITHOUT ACCESS TO CLEAN DRINKING WATER, IN COMMUNITIES DEVASTATED BY NATURAL DISASTERS FOR MONTHS WITHOUT ADEQUATE HELP FROM THEIR OWN COMPANY, THE UNITED STATES -- THEIR OWN COUNTRY, THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, AND PEOPLE ARE DYING. THE DREAMERS, WHO ARE AMERICAN CITIZENS IN EVERY WAY BUT ON PAPER, HAVE BEEN THROWN INTO CRISIS, A CRISIS OF PRESIDENT TRUMP'S OWN MAKING, A CRISIS THAT THREATENS TO TEAR THEM FROM THE ONLY LIVES THEY'VE EVER KNOWN. REMEMBER, THE PRESIDENT IS SOLELY RESPONSIBLE -- NOT MEMBERS HERE BUT THE PRESIDENT -- FOR CREATING THIS UNTENABLE SITUATION FACED BY THE DREAMERS. THE PRESIDENT ALL BY HIMSELF ACTING AS A PARTY OF ONE RESCINDED THE DACA POLICY. NOW, WE HAVE A PATH FORWARD PUT TOGETHER BY REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS TO MEET THE REQUIREMENTS THE PRESIDENT LAID OUT HIMSELF. BUT HE INSTEAD, HE CONTINUES TO FAVOR GOVERNING BY CHAOS AND CONTINUES TO MOVE THE GOALPOST, HE CONTINUES PUSHING THE AGREEMENT FURTHER OUT OF REACH, HE CONTINUES TO SAY OUR COUNTRY NEEDS A GOOD SHUTDOWN SO MUCH FOR THE ART OF THE DEAL. I WOULD NEVER HIRE SOMEBODY TO MAKE A DEAL LIKE THAT. THE LATEST EFFORT TO KICK THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD, WHICH REPUBLICANS PASSED OUT OF THE HOUSE THIS EVENING, DOES NOT ADDRESS ANY OF THESE ISSUES. IT'S AN ATTEMPT TO ADDRESS THE NEEDS OF THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM. IT'S PUBLIC RELATIONS, BUT IT'S INADEQUATE. AND, BASED ON THE PRESIDENT'S OWN TWITTER FEED, WHICH I GET DIZZY TRYING TO FOLLOW, GOES IN AND OUT OF FAVOR WITH THE PRESIDENT HOURLY. WHY DOES THE BILL ONLY EXTEND CHIP FOR SIX YEARS WHEN EXTENDING THIS PROGRAM FOR TEN YEARS WOULD ACTUALLY SAVE THE TAXPAYERS -- SAVE THE TAXPAYERS -- $6 BILLION? WHY ARE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS, WHICH MILLIONS OF AMERICANS AND CHIP RECIPIENTS DEPEND UPON FOR THEIR PRIMARY CARE NOT EXTENDED? WHY DON'T WE PROTECT AMERICANS -- AMERICANS -- AND THEIR COMPANIES? AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, WHY WAS THIS PROGRAM ALLOWED TO EXPIRE AND USED AS A NEGOTIATING PAWN IN THE FIRST PLACE? THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP, LED BY THE PRESIDENT, HAS BROUGHT US TO THE BRINK OF A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN. NOW, I'VE BEEN HERE A LONG TIME. I'VE LOOKED AT A LOT OF GOOD LEGISLATION AND BAD LEGISLATION. AND I WANT TO SAY, THE MOST CHARITABLE THING POSSIBLE ABOUT THE HOUSE BILL BECAUSE I KNOW THE RESPECT WE SHOW BACK AND FORTH. MADAM PRESIDENT, THE HOUSE BILL IS A JOKE. AND IS IT DOES NOT HAVE MY SUPPORT. IT LEAVES TOO MUCH UNDONE BUT ATTEMPTS TO ADDRESS IS WOEFULLY INADEQUATE. IF THE MAJORITY NOW WANTS BIPARTISAN SUPPORT, WHY NOT DO AS WE ALWAYS USED TO -- WORK WITH DEMOCRATS? INSTEAD OF APPEALING FOR OUR SUPPORT ONLY AFTER THEY'VE WRITTEN A MISHMASH, LAUGHABLE BILL CRAFTED BEHIND CLOSED DOORS. NOW, I'VE BEEN HERE OVER 40 YEARS. I UNDERSTAND REALITY. THE REPUBLICANS CONTROL THE HOUSE. THE REPUBLICANS CONTROL THE SENATE. THE REPUBLICANS CONTROL THE PRESIDENCY. IF REPUBLICANS WANT THE GOVERNMENT TO STAY OPEN, IT'LL STAY OPEN. IF REPUBLICANS WANT THE GOVERNMENT TO SHUT DOWN, THEY'LL SHUT IT DOWN. I WISH THEY'D STOP I CANNING CAN THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD -- I WISH THEY'D STOP KICKING THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD AND START GARTING IN GOOD FAITH, AS SENATORS IN BOTH PARTIES HAVE BEEN WILLING TO, PASS DECENT APPROPRIATIONS BILLS, PASS THE BILLS BEFORE US, KEEP OUR GOVERNMENT OPEN, AND SHOW RESPECT TO THOSE WHO LIVE HERE IN THIS COUNTRY WHO CONSIDER THEMSELVES AMERICANS. MADAM PRESIDENT, I ASK CONSENT TO ADD OTHER THINGS, IF NEEDED, TOED RECORD.

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  • 08:24:45 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 08:24:48 PM

    MR. LEAHY

    MADAM PRESIDENT, I WOULD SUGGEST THE ABSENCE OF A QUORUM.

  • 08:24:50 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE CLERK WILL CALL THE ROLL. QUORUM CALL: QUORUM CALL:

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    Quorum Call

  • 08:37:15 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    MADAM PRESIDENT.

  • 08:37:18 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE MAJORITY LEADER.

  • 08:37:19 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    I ASK CONSENT THAT FURTHER PROCEEDINGS UNDER THE QUORUM CALL BE DISPENSED…

    I ASK CONSENT THAT FURTHER PROCEEDINGS UNDER THE QUORUM CALL BE DISPENSED WITH.

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  • 08:37:24 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 08:37:26 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    MADAM PRESIDENT, THE HOUSE HAS SENT US A BILL THAT WOULD BE AN EASY YES…

    MADAM PRESIDENT, THE HOUSE HAS SENT US A BILL THAT WOULD BE AN EASY YES VOTE FOR EVERY SENATOR IN THIS CHAMBER -- AN EASY YES VOTE. THIS BILL CONTINUES GOVERNMENT FUNDING, PREVENTS A NEEDLESS SHUT DOWN, AND EXTENDS A KEY HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM FOR VULNERABLE CHILDREN FOR SIX YEARS. ITS CONTENT IS BIPARTISAN. THERE ARE NO PROVISIONS THAT ANY OF MY DEMOCRATIC FRIENDS OPPOSE. IT'S A SIMPLE STEP THAT WILL LET US CONTINUE BIPARTISAN TALKS WITHOUT THROWING THE GOVERNMENT INTO DISARRAY FOR NO REASON -- NO REASON. AMERICANS ARE SURPRISED THIS IS EVEN A DEBATE. I DON'T BLAME THEM. I SHARE THEIR SURPRISE. THAT SOME DEMOCRATIC SENATORS SEE THE PROSPECT OF A GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN FOR MORE THAN 300 MILLION AMERICANS, TO SEE A POSSIBLE LAPSE IN HEALTH COVERAGE FOR NINE MILLION VULNERABLE AMERICAN KIDS, AND ARE TEMPTED TO HOLD ALL OF THAT HOSTAGE -- ALL OF THAT HOSTAGE -- UNTIL WE RESOLVE A NONIMMINENT PROBLEM RELATED TO ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. THE SURPRISE IS COMPOUNDED FOR ANYONE WHO LISTENS TO THE PUBLIC STATEMENTS OF MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES AND TAKE THEM AT THEIR WORD. LESS THAN A WEEK AGO, THE SENIOR SENATOR FROM COLORADO WAS ASKED WHETHER IT WAS PRUDENT TO SHUT THE GOVERNMENT DOWN OVER THE ISSUE OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. HE INSISTED IT WAS NOT. LAST MONTH MY FRIEND, THE SENIOR SENATOR FROM WEST VIRGINIA, HAD THIS TO SAY, THAT I'M NOT GOING TO MAKE 300 MILLION PEOPLE SUFFER BECAUSE I CAN'T GET THE PROCESS WORKING THE WAY IT SHOULD. THE JUNIOR SENATOR FROM VIRGINIA PUT IT EVEN MORE CLEARLY. THIS IS WHAT HE HAD TO SAY. HE SAID I WILL EXERCISE EVERY BIT OF LEVERAGE I CAN, BUT IF THERE IS A VOTE THAT WILL LEAD TO A SHUT DOWN, THAT IS WHERE I DRAW THE LINE. HE SAID. AND NOT MORE THAN TWO DAYS AGO THE SENIOR SENATOR FROM MISSOURI SAID SHE WASN'T INTERESTED IN DRAWING A LINE IN THE SAND BECAUSE, QUOTE, THAT'S HOW NEGOTIATIONS GET BLOWN UP. WELL, I HOPE THEIR VOTES THIS EVENING REFLECT THOSE RECENT STATEMENTS. NOW, SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES SAY THEY ARE RELUCTANT TO SUPPORT THIS MEASURE, NOT BECAUSE OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, BUT SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY ARE TIRED OF CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS. THEY POINT OUT THAT THIS IS A SUB OPTIMAL WAY TO FUND OUR GOVERNMENT, ESPECIALLY OUR WAR FIGHTERS. THAT IS PRECISELY WHY REPUBLICANS WORKED HARD ALL LAST MONTH AND ALL THIS MONTH -- ALL LAST MONTH AND ALL THIS MONTH -- TO TRY AND NEGOTIATE A LONG-TRM SPENDING -- LONG-TERM SPENDING CAP AGREEMENT THAT WOULD BRING STABILITY BACK TO GOVERNMENT FUNDING. BUT, MADAM PRESIDENT, THE DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP MADE IT CLEAR THEY WOULD NOT BE SERIOUS ABOUT THESE SPENDING TALKS UNTIL THIS UNRELATED IMMIGRATION ISSUE WAS SOLVED. SO NOW, UNFORTUNATELY, A CONTINUING RESOLUTION IS THE ONLY OPTION OUR ARMED FORCES HAVE THIS EVENING. LET'S NOT PRETEND FOR A MOMENT, NOT A MOMENT, THAT OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM AND THEIR FAMILIES BENEFIT FROM A GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN. THIS IS HOW WE GOT HERE. MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES DEMAND ON ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION AT THE BEHEST OF THEIR FAR-LEFT BASE HAVE CROWDED OUT ALL OTHER IMPORTANT BUSINESS -- CROWDED IT ALL OUT -- OVER THE ISSUE OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. AND NOW THEY ARE THREATENING TO CROWD OUT THE NEEDS OF VETERANS, MILITARY FAMILIES, OPIOID TREATMENT CENTERS, AND EVERY OTHER AMERICAN WHO RELIES ON THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. ALL OVER ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. THERE'S NO IMMINENT DEADLINE FACING THE DACA PROGRAM. CONGRESS HAS AT LEAST UNTIL MARCH TO ARRIVE AT A BIPARTISAN SOLUTION THAT IS ACCEPTABLE TO REPUBLICANS, DEMOCRATS, AND THE PERSON WHO NEEDS TO SIGN THE BILL, THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. DO VETERANS, OPIOID TREATMENT CENTERS, AND THE FAMILIES OF FALLEN SOLDIERS NEED TO SUFFER UNTIL A COMPROMISE IS REACHED? DEMOCRATIC SENATORS FIXATION ON ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION HAS ALREADY BLOCKED US FROM MAKING PROGRESS ON LONG-TERM SPENDING TALKS. NOW THAT SAME FIXATION, THAT SAME FIXATION, HAS THEM THREATENING TO FILIBUSTER FUNDING FOR THE GOVERNMENT OVER ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. NOW, YEARS AGO, MY FRIEND THE DEMOCRATIC LEADER, DESCRIBED HOW IT WOULD BE TO SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT OVER IMMIGRATION. HE SAID IT WOULD RESULT, QUOTE, IN GOVERNMENTAL CHAOS. THAT'S MY FRIEND THE DEMOCRATIC LEADER A WHILE BACK. BUT EARLIER TODAY ON THE FLOOR HE INSISTED THAT WE PUT EVERY OTHER AMERICAN PRIORITY ON HOLD -- PUT IT ON HOLD -- UNTIL WE RESOLVE IMMIGRATION. ONLY THEN, HE SAID, CAN WE WORK ON DEFENSE SPENDING OR DOMESTIC SPENDING OR CHIP OR DISASTER RELIEF. ALL OF THAT ON HOLD OVER THE ISSUE OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION WITH NO IMMINENT DEADLINE AND ONLY NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED BY MARCH. WELL, THAT'S APPARENTLY HOW OUR DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES RANK THEIR PRIORITIES. IT'S NOT HOW I WOULD RANK MINE. I DON'T THINK IT'S HOW MANY OF OUR COLLEAGUES ON EITHER SIDE WOULD RANK THEIRS EITHER, BUT WE'LL HAVE A CHANCE TO FIND OUT IN THE COMING DAYS. IT'S CERTAINLY NOT HOW THE AMERICAN PEOPLE EXPECT US TO ACT. I THINK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CLEARLY WOULD NOT EXPECT US TO ACT THIS WAY. THE BILL BEFORE US IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO CORRECT COURSE. IT IS A CHANCE FOR MY COLLEAGUES TO REMEMBER THAT WE REPRESENT MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF AMERICAN CITIZENS. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OPEN FOR VETERANS, MILITARY FAMILIES, AND THE VULNERABLE. THEY WANT FOOD AND DRUG INSPECTIONS TO CONTINUE WITHOUT DISRUPTION. THEY WANT DEATH BENEFITS TO CONTINUE TO GO TO FAMILIES OF SERVICE MEMBERS KILLED IN ACTION. THEY WANT FAMILIES AND LOW-INCOME CHILDREN TO CONTINUE RECEIVE INCOME THROUGH SCHIP. THEY WANT A SENSIBLE SOLUTION ON IMMIGRATION. BUT THEY CANNOT FOR THE LIFE OF THEM UNDERSTAND WHY -- WHY -- SOME SENATORS WOULD HOLD THE ENTIRE COUNTRY HOSTAGE UNTIL WE ARRIVE AT A SOLUTION TO A PROBLEM THAT DOESN'T FULLY MATERIALIZE UNTIL MARCH. MILITARY FAMILIES, VETERANS, AND CHILDREN BENEFITING FROM THE S CHIP PROGRAM DON'T NEED TO BE SHOVED ASIDE, DON'T NEED TO BE SHOVED ASIDE WHILE WE CONTINUE GOOD-FAITH NEGOTIATIONS. SO WE OUGHT TO PASS THIS RESOLUTION, AND WE OUGHT TO GET BACK TO WORK.

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  • 08:46:24 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE DEMOCRATIC LEADER.

  • 08:46:26 PM

    MR. SCHUMER

    I WILL HAVE MORE TO SAY AFTER THIS VOTE ON THE MOTION TO PROCEED WHICH…

    I WILL HAVE MORE TO SAY AFTER THIS VOTE ON THE MOTION TO PROCEED WHICH DEMOCRATS WILL SUPPORT, BECAUSE WE WANT TO MOVE FORWARD. WE WANT TO GET SOMETHING DONE. WE DON'T WANT TO KEEP KICKING THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD. BUT I JUST HAD TO ANSWER THE LEADER BRIEFLY. THE LEADER IS LOOKING TO DEFLECT BLAME, BUT IT JUST WON'T WORK. WE ALL KNOW WHAT THE PROBLEM IS. IT'S COMPLETE DISARAY ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE. THE BOTTOM LINE IS VERY SIMPLE -- OUR LEADER, OUR REPUBLICAN LEADER, HAS SAID THAT HE WILL NOT NEGOTIATE UNTIL HE KNOWS WHERE PRESIDENT TRUMP STANDS. THAT'S WHY NEGOTIATIONS HAVEN'T GOTTEN ANYWHERE. LET ME QUOTE HIM. HERE'S WHAT THE LEADER SAID JUST YESTERDAY. I'M LOOKING FOR SOMETHING THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP IS GOING TO SUPPORT. AND HE HAS NOT YET INDICATED WHAT MEASURE HE'S WILLING TO SIGN. HE SAID, MITCH McCONNELL DID, THAT HE STILL HAS TO, QUOTE, FIGURE OUT WHAT THE PRESIDENT IS FOR. HOW CAN YOU NEGOTIATE WHEN THE PRESIDENT, WHO HAS TO SIGN THE LEGISLATION, IS LIKE A SPHINX ON THIS ISSUE, OR SAYS ONE THING ONE DAY AND ONE THING THE NEXT? SO HERE'S WHAT WE CAN DO TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM. WE COULD SOLVE IT RIGHT NOW. THE FOUR LEADERS COULD SIT DOWN -- THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF DISCUSSION -- AND COME TO AN AGREEMENT AND DO WHAT THE PRESIDENT SAID AT ONE POINT. SEND IT TO HIS DESK AND HE'LL SIGN T WE COULD GET THAT DONE BEFORE THE DEADLINE OF TOMORROW NIGHT EXPIRES. OR WE COULD GIVE THE PRESIDENT A FEW DAYS TO COME TO THE TABLE, NOW THAT HE KNOWS THIS PLANNING WON'T WORK. AND WE COULD GET THIS DONE IN A FEW SHORT DAYS AND NOT KICK THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD. THIS IS THE FOURTH C.R. THAT WE HAVE DONE AND ACCOMPLISHED NOTHING. THERE IS NO PROMISE AND NO LIKELIHOOD THAT ANOTHER KICKING OF THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD WILL GET SOMETHING DONE. WE HAVE TO SIT DOWN TOGETHER AND SOLVE THIS. WITH THE PRESIDENT OR WITHOUT. UNTIL THAT HAPPENS, NO AMOUNT OF C.R.'S WILL GET THIS DONE. I WOULD SUGGEST WE ALL VOTE FOR THE MOTION TO PROCEED, BUT INSTEAD MOVE A VERY SHORT-TERM C.R. AND WE WILL EITHER NEGOTIATE IT OURSELVES OR THE PRESIDENT WILL JOIN US AND WE CAN GET THE JOB DONE. I YIELD THE FLOOR.

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  • 08:49:10 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    MADAM PRESIDENT, I'D -- NOT TO PROLONG THE DEBATE, BUT THE PRESIDENCY…

    MADAM PRESIDENT, I'D -- NOT TO PROLONG THE DEBATE, BUT THE PRESIDENCY UNDER OUR SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT IS NOT IRRELEVANT. HE IS THE PERSON TO SCIENCE THE LAW. MOST OF US ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE WERE INTERESTED IN WHAT HIS VIEWS ARE AND THOSE HAVE NOT BEEN MADE FULLY APPARENT YET. WHEN WE HAVE BEFORE US -- WHAT WE HAVE BEFORE US DEALS WITH A REAL EMERGENCY. TOMORROW NIGHT AT MIDNIGHT. WHAT OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE ARE PUSHING IS NOT AN EMERGENCY. DOESN'T HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH WHAT'S BEFORE US, COMPLETELY IRRELEVANT. -- TO THE ISSUE OF.

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  • 08:49:53 PM

    MR. REED

    ING A -- TO THE ISSUE OF AVOID AGO GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN AND TAKING CARE OF…

    ING A -- TO THE ISSUE OF AVOID AGO GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN AND TAKING CARE OF 300 MILLION AMERICANS MOST OF WHOM DEPEND ON THE GOVERNMENT IN ONE WAY OAR ANOTHER.

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  • 08:50:00 PM

    Senate Vote 13 - On the Motion to Proceed H.R. 195

    Federal Register Printing Savings Act of 2017

    Motion to Proceed Agreed to (97 - 2)
    Yea

    Vote Details: Yea - 97
    Republican - 48
    Democratic - 47
    Independent - 2

    Vote Details: Nay - 2
    Republican - 2

  • 08:50:04 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    I UNDERSTAND THE SENATE HAS RECEIVED A MESSAGE FROM THE HOUSE TO ACCOMPANY…

    I UNDERSTAND THE SENATE HAS RECEIVED A MESSAGE FROM THE HOUSE TO ACCOMPANY H.R. 195.

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  • 08:50:08 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR IS CORRECT.

  • 08:50:11 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    MOVE THE CHAIR LAY BEFORE THE SENATE THE MESSAGE AND ASK FOR THE YEAS AND…

    MOVE THE CHAIR LAY BEFORE THE SENATE THE MESSAGE AND ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS ON MY MOTION.

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  • 08:50:17 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    IS THERE A SUFFICIENT SECOND? THERE APPEARS TO BE. YEAS AND NAYS ARE…

    IS THERE A SUFFICIENT SECOND? THERE APPEARS TO BE. YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL CALL THE ROLL. VOTE: VOTE: VOTE:

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  • 09:29:05 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    ARE THERE ANY SENATORS IN THE CHAMBER WISHING TO VOTE OR TO CHANGE THEIR…

    ARE THERE ANY SENATORS IN THE CHAMBER WISHING TO VOTE OR TO CHANGE THEIR VOTE? IF NOT, THE YEAS ARE 97, THE NAYS ARE 2. AND THE MOTION IS AGREED TO. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE SENATE THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE.

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  • 09:29:28 PM

    THE CLERK

    RESOLVED THAT THE HOUSE AGREE TO THE SENATE WITH THE BILL H.R. 195…

    RESOLVED THAT THE HOUSE AGREE TO THE SENATE WITH THE BILL H.R. 195 ENTITLED AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 44 UNITED STATES CODE AND SO FORTH AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES WITH AN AMENDMENT.

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  • 09:29:42 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    MR. PRESIDENT.

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    MR. McCONNELL

    I MOVE TO CONCUR ON THE HOUSE AMENDMENT TO THE SENATE AMENDMENT TO H.R.…

    I MOVE TO CONCUR ON THE HOUSE AMENDMENT TO THE SENATE AMENDMENT TO H.R. 195. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THERE NOW UP TO TEN MINUTES OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED ON THE MOTION TO CON TUR AND -- CONCUR AND FOLLOWING THE USE OR YIELDING BACK OF TIME THE SENATE VOTE ON THE MOTION TO CONCUR WITH NO INTERVENING ACTION OR DEBATE.

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  • 09:30:05 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    IS THERE OBJECTION?

  • 09:30:08 PM

    MR. SCHUMER

    RESERVING THE RIGHT TO OBJECT.

  • 09:30:10 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE DEMOCRATIC LEADER.

  • 09:30:13 PM

    MR. SCHUMER

    MR. PRESIDENT, I WOULD LIKE TO READ A LETTER FROM DANA W. WHITE,…

    MR. PRESIDENT, I WOULD LIKE TO READ A LETTER FROM DANA W. WHITE, SPOKESPERSON FOR THE PENTAGON. QUOTE, WE HAVE BEEN WORKING ON A CONTINUING RESOLUTION FOR THREE YEARS NOW. OUR CURRENT C.R. EXPIRES 19 JANUARY. THIS IS WASTEFUL AND DESTRUCTIVE. WE NEED A FULLY FUNDED FISCAL YEAR 2018 BUDGET OR FACE RAMIFICATIONS ON OUR MILITARY. THE LEADER WANTS TO MOVE THAT VERY C.R. THAT THE PENTAGON OBJECTS TO, EVEN WITHOUT A 60-VOTE MARGIN. I STRENUOUSLY OBJECT.

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  • 09:30:50 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    MR. PRESIDENT.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    OBJECTION IS HEARD. THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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    MR. McCONNELL

    I SEND A CLOTURE MOTION TO THE DESK ON THE MOTION TO CONCUR.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE CLOTURE MOTION.

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    THE CLERK

    CLOTURE MOTION. WE, THE UNDERSIGNED SENATORS, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE…

    CLOTURE MOTION. WE, THE UNDERSIGNED SENATORS, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF RULE 22 OF THE STANDING RULES OF THE SENATE, DO HEREBY MOVE TO BRING TO A CLOSE DEBATE ON THE MOTION TO CONCUR IN THE HOUSE AMENDMENT TO THE SENATE AMENDMENT TO H.R. 195, SIGNED BY 17 SENATORS AS FOLLOWS.

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  • 09:31:18 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    I ASK THE READING OF THE NAMES BE DISPENSED WITH.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. McCONNELL

    I MOVE TO CONCUR IN THE HOUSE AMENDMENT TO H.R. 195.

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    MR. SCHUMER

    RESERVING THE RIGHT TO OBJECT. NO, SORRY. I'M NOT OBJECTING. MR. PRESIDENT.

  • 09:31:33 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    MR. PRESIDENT, I --

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE MAJORITY LEADER HAS THE FLOOR.

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    MR. SCHUMER

    GO AHEAD.

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    MR. McCONNELL

    I MOVE TO CONCUR IN THE HOUSE AMENDMENT TO 195 WITH A FURTHER AMENDMENT.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT.

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    THE CLERK

    THE SENATOR FROM KENTUCKY, MR. McCONNELL, MOVES TO CONCUR IN THE HOUSE…

    THE SENATOR FROM KENTUCKY, MR. McCONNELL, MOVES TO CONCUR IN THE HOUSE AMENDMENT TO THE SENATE AMENDMENT TO H.R. 195 WITH AN AMENDMENT NUMBERED 1903.

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  • 09:31:55 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    I ASK THE READING BE DISPENSED WITH.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. McCONNELL

    I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS ON THE MOTION TO CONCUR WITH AMENDMENTS.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    IS THERE A SUFFICIENT SECOND? THERE APPEARS TO BE. THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE…

    IS THERE A SUFFICIENT SECOND? THERE APPEARS TO BE. THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED.

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  • 09:32:11 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    I HAVE A SECOND-DEGREE AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT.

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    THE CLERK

    THE SENATOR FROM KENTUCKY, MR. McCONNELL, PROPOSES AN AMENDMENT NUMBERED…

    THE SENATOR FROM KENTUCKY, MR. McCONNELL, PROPOSES AN AMENDMENT NUMBERED 1904 TO AMENDMENT NUMBERED 1903.

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  • 09:32:24 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    I ASK THE READING BE DISPENSED WITH.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. McCONNELL

    I MOVE TO REFER THE HOUSE MESSAGE ON H.R. 195 TO THE COMMITTEE ON…

    I MOVE TO REFER THE HOUSE MESSAGE ON H.R. 195 TO THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS TO REPORT BACK FORTHWITH WITH INSTRUCTION.

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  • 09:32:38 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT.

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    THE CLERK

    THE SENATOR FROM KENTUCKY, MR. McCONNELL, MOVES TO REPORT THE HOUSE…

    THE SENATOR FROM KENTUCKY, MR. McCONNELL, MOVES TO REPORT THE HOUSE MESSAGE ON H.R. 195 TO THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS TO REPORT BACK FORTHWITH WITH INSTRUCTIONS BEING AMENDMENT NUMBERED 1905.

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  • 09:32:54 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS ON MY MOTION.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    IS THERE A SUFFICIENT SECOND? THERE IS. THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED.

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    MR. McCONNELL

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT TO THE INSTRUCTIONS.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT.

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    THE CLERK

    THE SENATOR FROM KENTUCKY, MR. McCONNELL, PROPOSES AN AMENDMENT NUMBERED…

    THE SENATOR FROM KENTUCKY, MR. McCONNELL, PROPOSES AN AMENDMENT NUMBERED 1906 TO THE INSTRUCTIONS OF THE MOTION TO REFER H.R. 1905 TO THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS.

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  • 09:33:25 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    I ASK THE READING BE DISPENSED WITH.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 09:33:28 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS ON MY AMENDMENT.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    IS THERE A SUFFICIENT SECOND? THERE IS. THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED.

  • 09:33:36 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    I HAVE A SECOND-DEGREE AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT.

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    THE CLERK

    THE SENATOR FROM KENTUCKY, MR. McCONNELL, PROPOSES AN AMENDMENT NUMBERED…

    THE SENATOR FROM KENTUCKY, MR. McCONNELL, PROPOSES AN AMENDMENT NUMBERED 1907 TO AMENDMENT NUMBERED 1906.

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  • 09:33:57 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE DEMOCRAT LEADER.

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    MR. SCHUMER

    MR. PRESIDENT, TO DELAY A VOTE ON CLOTURE WHEN WE ALL KNOW THE OUTCOME…

    MR. PRESIDENT, TO DELAY A VOTE ON CLOTURE WHEN WE ALL KNOW THE OUTCOME MAKES NO SENSE. THE GOVERNMENT'S FUNDING EXPIRES TOMORROW NIGHT AT MIDNIGHT. LET US VOTE TONIGHT ON CLOTURE SO WE CAN MOVE FORWARD, SO PERHAPS WE CAN BRING THE PRESIDENT TO THE TABLE. IF NOT, SO WE CAN UNDERGO SERIOUS NEGOTIATIONS TO GET THINGS DONE. YOU HAVE JUST HEARD FROM THE PENTAGON. THE PENTAGON THINKS THIS C.R. IS WRONG FOR OUR MILITARY. THE STATEMENT, AGAIN, FROM DANA WHITE, CHIEF PENTAGON SPOKESPERSON. I WANT TO REPEAT IT SO MY COLLEAGUES CAN ALL HEAR IT. WE HAVE BEEN WORKING UNDER A CONTINUING RESOLUTION FOR THREE YEARS NOW. OUR CURRENT C.R. EXPIRES TOMORROW, JANUARY 19. THIS IS WASTEFUL AND DESTRUCTIVE. WE NEED A FULLY FUNDED FISCAL YEAR 2018 BUDGET OR FACE RAMIFICATIONS FOR OUR MILITARY. BECAUSE OF THE URGENT NEEDS WE FACE, THE MILITARY AND SO MANY OF THE OTHERS, OPIOIDS, VETERANS, PENSIONS, WE SHOULD NOT DELAY ANY FURTHER. WE SHOULD MOVE CLOTURE TONIGHT, SEE THE OUTCOME. I THINK WE ALL KNOW IT WILL BE DEFEATED, AND START SERIOUS NEGOTIATIONS TOMORROW MORNING. THAT IS WHAT WE SHOULD DO. SO I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE MANDATORY QUORUM CALL BE WAIVED AND THAT NOTWITHSTANDING RULE 22, THE CLOTURE MOTION FILED ON THE MOTION TO CONCUR IN THE HOUSE AMENDMENT TO THE SENATE AMENDMENT TO H.R. 195 RIPEN AT 10:00 P.M. THURSDAY, JANUARY 18, 10:00 P.M. TONIGHT.

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  • 09:35:49 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    IS THERE OBJECTION?

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    MR. McCONNELL

    I OBJECT.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    OBJECTION IS HEARD.

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    MR. SCHUMER

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE DEMOCRAT LEADER.

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    MR. SCHUMER

    DOES THE LEADER HAVE ANY MORE MOTIONS? NO. OKAY. MR. PRESIDENT, LET ME…

    DOES THE LEADER HAVE ANY MORE MOTIONS? NO. OKAY. MR. PRESIDENT, LET ME ADDRESS -- THE LEADER ADDRESSED WHAT WAS HAPPENING BEFORE THE VOTE ON THE MOTION TO PROCEED EXTENSIVELY. I'D LIKE TO ADDRESS THAT NOW. THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HAS SENT THE SENATE A CONTINUING RESOLUTION CONSTRUCTED BY THE REPUBLICAN SPEAKER AND PASSED WITHOUT THE CONSULTATION OF HOUSE DEMOCRATS OR -- COULD WE HAVE ORDER, PLEASE?

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  • 09:36:31 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    ORDER IN THE CHAMBER, PLEASE.

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    MR. SCHUMER

    A CONTINUING RESOLUTION CONSTRUCTED BY THE REPUBLICAN SPEAKER AND PASSED…

    A CONTINUING RESOLUTION CONSTRUCTED BY THE REPUBLICAN SPEAKER AND PASSED WITHOUT THE CONSULTATION OF THE HOUSE DEMOCRATS OR SENATE DEMOCRATS WHATSOEVER. THE REPUBLICAN LEADER IS NOW SAYING TO US TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT. HERE'S WHY MEMBERS FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE WANT TO LEAVE IT. WE HAVE BEEN SKATING BY ON CONTINUING RESOLUTION AFTER CONTINUING RESOLUTION FOR ALMOST SIX MONTHS. FIRST WE PASSED A THREE-MONTH C.R. THEN WE PASSED A TWO-WEEK C.R. THEN A ONE-MONTH C.R. NOW WE'RE OFFERING ANOTHER MONTH-LONG DELAY OF THE INEVITABLE. WE CAN'T KEEP KICKING THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD AND SHUFFLING OUR FEET AFTER IT. IN ANOTHER MONTH, WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK HERE AT THIS MOMENT WITH THE SAME WEB OF PROBLEMS AT OUR FEET AND NO BETTER POSITION TO SOLVE THEM. THE GOVERNMENT OF THE MOST POWERFUL NATION IN THE WORLD SHOULD SIMPLY NOT BE RUN THIS WAY. THESE SUCCESSIVE SHORT-TERM FUNDING BILLS HURT OUR MILITARY, AS I HAVE MENTIONED. JUST ASK SECRETARY MATTIS IF THIS IS WHAT HE WOULD PREFER WE DO. ANOTHER CONTINUING RESOLUTION OR AN HONEST TO GOODNESS BUDGET THAT ALLOWS OUR DEFENSE DEPARTMENT TO PLAN AHEAD AND MEET THEIR OBLIGATIONS. WE ALL KNOW HE WOULD PREFER THE LATTER. THAT'S WHY SOME OF MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES HAVE ALREADY SAID THEY JOIN WITH DEMOCRATS TO REJECT THIS BILL. THEY KNOW, LIKE I KNOW, THIS IS NO WAY TO DO OUR BUSINESS. IT'S NOT A PARTISAN ISSUE. WE SHOULD BE UNITED IN TRYING TO COME TO A SOLUTION, NOT JUST KICK THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD, AND THE TRUTH IS WE DON'T HAVE TO DO IT THIS WAY. THE MAJORITY LEADER IN HIS SPEECH EARLIER, MY FRIEND, TRIED TO REDUCE THIS TO A BINARY CHOICE. TAKE MY BILL OR ELSE SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT. THAT'S NOT THE CASE, IT'S SIMPLY NOT. THESE AREN'T THE ONLY OPTIONS AVAILABLE TO HIM OR TO ANY OF US. DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS HAVE BEEN NEGOTIATING FOR MONTHS ABOUT SEVERAL ISSUES. A BIPARTISAN DEAL IS WITHIN REACH ON LIFTING THE CAPS FOR BOTH DEFENSE AND DOMESTIC SPENDING, ON HEALTH CARE ISSUES, ON DISASTER RELIEF, ON IMMIGRATION ISSUES. A BIPARTISAN DEAL COULD HAVE BEEN REACHED, I HAVE BEEN PART OF THOSE NEGOTIATIONS, ON ALL THESE ISSUES, AND NOW IS THE TIME TO REACH IT, NOT A MONTH FROM NOW. ONE REASON WE HAVEN'T GOTTEN ONE ALREADY, FRANKLY, IS BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN IMPERVIOUS TO COMPROMISE FOR SEVERAL MONTHS. AND ANOTHER IS HE CAN'T MAINTAIN A CONSISTENT POSITION. WE ALL KNOW THAT. HE ACCEPTS BIPARTISAN OVERTURES ON ONE DAY ONLY TO REJECT THEM ON THE NEXT. HE MAKES AND THEN RESCINDS AND THEN REMAKES DEMANDS. HE ENCOURAGES COMPROMISE ONE DAY ONLY TO THWART IT THE NEXT BY SAYING HE WILL ONLY ACCEPT A DEAL THAT GIVES HIM 100% OF WHAT HE WANTS. THAT'S NOT WHAT A GREAT DEAL MAKER DOES. AND, FOLKS, HERE IN CONGRESS IN HIS OWN PARTY, THE PEOPLE IN CONGRESS IN HIS OWN PARTY DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT HE WANTS. I FEEL FOR THEM. I FEEL FOR OUR LEADER. HE'S IN AN AWFUL DIFFICULT POSITION. I KNOW THAT. WE ALL KNOW THAT. LEADER McCONNELL YESTERDAY SAID HE IS STILL TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT THE PRESIDENT IS FOR. ONLY A FEW MOMENTS AGO, THE LEADER SAID THE PRESIDENT'S VIEWS HAVE NOT BEEN MADE FULLY APPARENT YET. LETTING THIS AMBIVALENCE AND CHAOS CONTINUE FOR ANOTHER MONTH IS JUST NOT THE ANSWER. IT'S NOT A GOOD WAY TO GET A DEAL. IT'S NOT THE RIGHT WAY TO RUN OUR COUNTRY, OUR DEAR, BELOVED COUNTRY. TONIGHT OR TOMORROW, THE PRESIDENT WILL SEE -- I HAD HOPED IT WOULD BE TONIGHT. CAN'T WASTE ANY TIME. BUT THE PRESIDENT WOULD SEE THAT THIS APPROACH WAS REJECTED ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS. HOPEFULLY, HE'LL SEE THE LIGHT, COME TO THE TABLE, NEGOTIATE SERIOUSLY FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THIS LENGTHY PROCESS. ULTIMATELY, THE ANSWER HERE MIGHT BE TO PURSUE AN IDEA FLOATED BY A FEW OF MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES. PASS A CLEAN EXTENSION OF GOVERNMENT FUNDING FOR FOUR OR FIVE DAYS TO GIVE US A HARD, FINAL DEADLINE TO FINALIZE A DEAL. PASSING A SHORT-TERM CONTINUING RESOLUTION ENSURES THAT BOTH SIDES REMAIN AT THE TABLE AND CAN QUICKLY REACH A DEAL THAT FUNDS OUR MILITARY, OUR DOMESTIC PRIORITIES LIKE THE FIGHT AGAINST OPIOIDS, PROTECTS DREAMERS, FUNDS HEALTH CARE AND AID FOR THOSE HARMED BY RECENT DISASTERS. EVERYONE IN THIS CHAMBER WANTS SOME OF THOSE THINGS IF NOT ALL. FRANKLY, I THINK WE CAN STILL SOLVE THIS BY THE DEADLINE TOMORROW. AS MY FRIEND FROM SOUTH CAROLINA SAID, WE COULD SOLVE ALL THIS IN 30 MINUTES IF ONLY FOLKS WERE WILLING. IT MAY NOT QUITE BE 30 MINUTES, BUT KNOWING THE NEGOTIATIONS AS I DO, WE COULD DO IT RATHER QUICKLY. CERTAINLY, IT WOULDN'T TAKE US 30 DAYS. HOPEFULLY, AFTER THE C.R. GOES DOWN, FOLKS WILL BE WILLING, AND WITH A LITTLE MORE TIME ON OUR HANDS, MAYBE THE MAJORITY LEADER -- WE'RE TRYING TO HELP YOU, MITCH -- CAN PIN DOWN JUST WHAT PRESIDENT TRUMP WANTS IN ORDER TO GET A DEAL. NOBODY, NOBODY WANTS TO SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT, MR. PRESIDENT. DEMOCRATS DON'T WANT TO SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT. REPUBLICANS DON'T WANT TO SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT. I BELIEVE THAT SINCERELY. THE ONLY PERSON WHO HAS EVER ROOTED FOR A SHUTDOWN, FRANKLY, IS OUR PRESIDENT WHO SAID OUR COUNTRY COULD USE A GOOD SHUTDOWN. A GOOD SHUTDOWN ONLY PRESIDENT TRUMP COULD COME UP WITH THAT PHRASING. NOBODY ELSE THINKS IT'S A GOOD SHUTDOWN. OF COURSE, NO SHUTDOWN CAN BE GOOD FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I FERVENTLY PRAY AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, LET US STRIVE TO AVOID ONE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECT THIS MEASURE FOR THE REASONS I MENTIONED. IT WASN'T FAIR. WE WEREN'T CONSULTED. IT WAS TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT. THAT'S NOT HOW IT SHOULD WORK. THAT'S HOW ALMOST NONE OF US WANT THIS TO WORK. AND IF WE CAN'T FIGURE THIS OUT BY TOMORROW NIGHT, I URGE THE MAJORITY LEADER IN PARTICULAR AND THE MAJORITY TO SUPPORT A CLEAN EXTENSION OF FUNDING FOR A FEW DAYS SO THAT WE CAN FINALLY COME TO A RESOLUTION AND GET DOWN TO THE SO MANY OTHER THINGS WE NEED TO DO IN THIS CHAMBER. I YIELD THE FLOOR.

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  • 09:44:01 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    MR. PRESIDENT.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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    MR. McCONNELL

    THIS ISN'T TERRIBLY COMPLICATED. WE HAVE BEEN IN DISCUSSIONS FOR A COUPLE…

    THIS ISN'T TERRIBLY COMPLICATED. WE HAVE BEEN IN DISCUSSIONS FOR A COUPLE OF MONTHS ON ALL OF THE ISSUES THAT ARE URGENT. THE FUNDING OF THE GOVERNMENT, THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM, AND OTHER MATTERS THAT WE ALL KNOW NEED TO BE DEALT WITH. MY GOOD FRIEND, THE DEMOCRATIC LEADER, IS SAYING WE HAVE HAD TOO MANY CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS BUT SUGGESTS WE PASS YET ANOTHER ONE. AND THE BILL THAT'S BEFORE US THAT WE JUST VOTED TO PROCEED TO I BELIEVE ENJOYS THE SUPPORT, EVERY ELEMENT OF IT ENJOYS THE SUPPORT OF ALMOST EVERYBODY ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. SO IT'S APPROPRIATE TO ASK THE QUESTION WHY ARE WE WHERE WE ARE? ONLY ONE REASON. THE CONTINUED INTERJECTION OF AN ISSUE ABOUT WHICH THERE IS NO URGENCY INTO A DISCUSSION ABOUT HOW TO DEAL WITH A POTPOURRI OF ISSUES THAT DO NEED TO BE URGENTLY MET. AND THAT'S THE ISSUE OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. SO WHAT OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE ARE SAYING HERE IS, THEY'RE PREPARED TO SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT OVER THE ISSUE OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. NOW, ON THAT ISSUE, THERE'S A BIPARTISAN INTEREST IN SOLVING THE DACA PROBLEM, BUT THE PRESIDENT HAS GIVEN US UNTIL MARCH. THE LAST TIME I LOOKED THIS WAS JANUARY. MY COLLEAGUES, WHERE IS THE URGENCY HERE? THERE ISN'T ANY. SO THE REASON THESE TALKS HAVE GONE ON SO LONG IS BECAUSE THEY'VE CONSISTED CONTINUOUSLY ON THROWING THE ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION ISSUE INTO THE POOL OF THESE OTHER ISSUES AND ARE NOW SAYING TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, WE'RE GOING TO SHUT THE GOVERNMENT DOWN IF WE CAN'T HAVE OUR WAY ON THIS ISSUE RIGHT NOW. EVEN THOUGH IT ONLY BECOMES A PROBLEM IN MARCH. SO I HOPE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE UNDERSTAND WHY WE ARE WHERE WE ARE. NO AMOUNT OF TRYING TO OBFUSCATE THIS TO CONFUSE IT WITH ALL OF THESE OTHER ISSUES MAKES ANY SENSE AT ALL. THERE'S PRETTY BROAD BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT WE NEED TO ADDRESS EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THESE ISSUES. BUT THE REASON WE'RE HERE RIGHT NOW IS OUR FRIENDS ON THE THE OTHER SIDE SAY, SOLVE THIS ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION PROBLEM RIGHT NOW OR WE'RE GOING TO SHUT THE GOVERNMENT DOWN. THAT IS A FACT. THAT'S NOT SPIN. THAT'S A FACT. THAT'S THE ONLY REASON WE ARE WHERE WE ARE TONIGHT. SO I HOPE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL NOT BE CONFUSED ABOUT THIS. WE WANT TO FUND THE GOVERNMENT. WE WANT TO SOLVE THE SCHIP PROBLEM AND A VARIETY OF OTHER ISSUES THAT ALMOST ALL OF US AGREE ON. WE WANTED TO DO IT BEFORE TOMORROW NIGHT. BUT MY ASSUMPTION AT SOME POINT BETWEEN NOW AND TOMORROW NIGHT 41 MEMBERS OF THE OPPOSITION PARTY ARE GOING TO PREVENT US FROM PASSING A MEASURE, THE DETAILS OF WHICH THEY ALL SUPPORT, BECAUSE THEY CAN'T GET THEIR WAY ON THIS ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION ISSUE, WHICH REALLY ONLY BECOMES URGENT IN MARCH. I YIELD THE FLOOR.

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  • 09:48:03 PM

    MR. SCHUMER

    MADAM PRESIDENT?

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE DEMOCRATIC LEADER.

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    MR. SCHUMER

    JUST A BRIEF REJOINEDDER. FIRST, THERE HAVE BEEN VERY GOOD ATTEMPTS,…

    JUST A BRIEF REJOINEDDER. FIRST, THERE HAVE BEEN VERY GOOD ATTEMPTS, BIPARTISAN ATTEMPTS, TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM. THREE DEMOCRATS, THREE REPUBLICANS MET THE PROBLEM RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE. IT WAS THE OTHER SIDE, YOUR SIDE, LEADER, THAT DIDN'T WANT TO GO ALONG WITH THAT AGREEMENT. IT'S A FAIR AND DECENT AGREEMENT WHERE EACH SIDE GAVE. AND IT'S AN IMPORTANT AGREEMENT. AND IT'S A VITAL AGREEMENT. AND NO ONE -- NO ONE, NO ONE -- HAS FIGURED OUT A WAY TO PASS A BILL INDEPENDENTLY IN FEBRUARY. ANY VOTE, ANY BILL THAT MIGHT GET A MAJORITY OF THE REPUBLICANS IN THE HOUSE ON THIS ISSUE WILL NOT GET DEMOCRATS. AND ANY BILL THAT GETS A MAJORITY OF DEMOCRATS WILL NOT GET A MAJORITY OF THE REPUBLICAN SIDE IN THE HOUSE AND WILL NOT BE PUT ON THE FLOOR. SO THIS IS THE WAY TO GO ON THIS ISSUE. BUT THERE ARE MANY OTHER ISSUES OUT HERE, TOO. MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT. OPIOIDS-- OUR NATIONAL DEATH RATE HAS DECLINED -- OUR NATIONAL -- HOW LONG WE LIVE HAS DECLINED BECAUSE OF OPIOIDS. WE HAVEN'T FUNDED IT. EVERY ONE OF US IN OUR STATES KNOWS WE NEED THAT. THIS RESOLUTION DOES NOTHING ON OPIOIDS. VETERANS -- IN MY STATE, IN YOUR STATES, VETERANS ARE WAITING ONLINE FOR TREATMENT AFTER THEY RISKED THEIR LIVES FOR US. THIS RESOLUTION DOESN'T FUND IT. AND YOU SAY, WELL, MAYBE WE'LL DO IT AFTER A MONTH. WELL, WE SURE HAVEN'T DONE IT FOR SIX MONTHS. WHAT ABOUT PENSIONS? THE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS, WORKING PEOPLE, WHO HAVE PAID IN MONTH AFTER MONTH, WHO LOST SALARY, THEY DECLINED SALARY INCREASES SO THEY KNOW THEY COULD LIVE A LIFE OF DECENCY -- HARDLY WEALTH -- WHEN THEY RETIRE. THAT'S BEING EXTINGUISHED. WE HAVE AN URGENT OBLIGATION TO DEAL WITH A THOSE PEOPLE. WE FEEL IT AND I KNOW MANY PEOPLE ON THE OTHER SIDE FEEL IT. SO MANY OTHER ISSUES -- HEALTH CARE ISSUES. I SEE MY FRIEND FROM MAINE. WE HAD A DISCUSSION LAST NIGHT. I TALKED SUBSEQUENTLY TO MY FRIEND FROM WASHINGTON STATE AND MY FRIEND FROM FLORIDA. WE COULD COME TO AN ARRANGEMENT ON THAT RATHER QUICKLY AND DEAL WITH THAT ISSUE. AND DISASTER RELIEF -- FOR -- AND DISASTER RELIEF FOR TEXAS, PUERTO RICO, AND FLORIDA AND FOR THE WEST. WE NEED TO DEAL WITH THAT ISSUE AS WELL. SO THERE ARE LOTS OF ISSUES TO DEAL WITH. AND ON ALL OF THESE IMPORTANT ISSUES, ALL OF THEM, THIS RESOLUTION KICKS THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD AND GIVES US NO REASON TO BELIEVE THAT IT'LL BE ANY DIFFERENT THAN THE FIRST C.R., THE SECOND C.R., THE THIRD C.R., AND THE FOURTH C.R. WHAT WE'RE PROPOSING IS NOT ORIGINAL WITH US. IT WAS PROPOSED BY THREE OR FOUR MEMBERS ON THAT SIDE OF THE AISLE -- A VERY SHORT-TERM INCREASE WOULD FORCE THE FROZE TABLE HOPEFULLY, BECAUSE THAT'S BEEN THE BARRIER IN THE WORDS OF THE MAJORITY LEADER, TO SOLVING THE DACA PROBLEM AND OTHER ISSUES, AND IT WOULD GET US TO ACT. THESE ARE NOT SUCH EASY ISSUES. WITHOUT A DEADLINE, WE MAY NEVER GET THEM DONE, AND THE FEARS OF THE PENTAGON -- SO WELL-STATED TONIGHT BY THE D.O.D. SPOKESPERSON -- WILL GET WORSE AND WORSE AND WORSE. SO I WOULD, IN AN ACT OF BIPARTISANSHIP -- NOT ACCUSING ONE SIDE OR THE OTHER; I DIDN'T ACCUSE ONE SIDE OR THE OTHER OF SHUTTING DOWN THE GOVERNMENT. I'M NOT TRYING TO PLAY FOR POLITICAL POINTS, EVEN FALSE ONES. I AM TRYING TO GET US TO COME TOGETHER ON A BIPARTISAN NATURE TO GET SOMETHING DONE. I HOPE ALL OF US ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE RISE TO THE OCCASION. I YIELD THE FLOOR.

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  • 09:52:30 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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    MR. McCONNELL

    THE DEMOCRATIC LEADER HAS MENTIONED A VARIETY OF ISSUES, ALL OF WHICH WERE…

    THE DEMOCRATIC LEADER HAS MENTIONED A VARIETY OF ISSUES, ALL OF WHICH WERE BEING DISCUSSED OVER THE LAST TWO MONTHS, IN THE HOPES THAT WE COULD REACH AN AGREEMENT TO ADDRESS THEM ALL. SO NOW I GATHER HE'S SAYING HE OPPOSES THE BILL BECAUSE IT DOESN'T HAVE EVERYTHING WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT IN IT EVEN THOUGH THE THINGS THAT ARE IN THE BILL HE DOES LIKE. SO THE COMPLAINT NOW IS IT DOESN'T HAVE THE OTHER ISSUES IN IT. THE REASON IS DOESN'T IS BECAUSE WE HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO REACH A GLOBAL AGREEMENT ON HOW MUCH WE'RE GOING TO SPEND. THESE TALKS HAVE BEEN GOING ON ENDLESS I.LY. MANY OF YOU HAVE BEEN NOT BEEN INVOLVED IN IT. WE'RE EXHAUSTED. EVERYTHING WHAT THE DEMOCRATIC LEADER HAS MENTIONED. WHY DO THEY NEVER LET US REACH AN AGREEMENT? ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. THAT'S WHAT THEY'VE SHOEHORNED INTO ALL OF THIS, SHOEHORNED THAT ISSUE RIGHT INTO IT, AND SAID WE WON'T SOLVE ANY OF THIS OTHER STUFF UNTIL WE DEAL WITH THIS. NOW, I GATHER THE DEMOCRATIC LEADER IS QUESTIONING THE GOOD FAITH OF SOME OF US ABOUT WHETHER WE WANT TO DEAL WITH THE DACA ISSUE. I DO. I SEE SENATOR COTTON BACK HERE AND SENATOR TILLIS. I THINK WE'D ALL LIKE TO DEAL WITH THE DACA ISSUE. BUT THERE ARE SOME SERIOUS PROBLEMS WITH LEGAL IMMIGRATION. AND THIS IS A BIG ENOUGH ISSUE TO WARRANT BEING DISCUSSED ALL BY ITSELF WITHOUT BEING SHOE SHOEHORNED INTO A BILL FULL OF LEGAL EMERGENCIES, BECAUSE THERE IS NO REAL EMERGENCY IN THE IMMIGRATION AREA. WE HAVE UNTIL MARCH TO DEAL WITH IT. SO MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT, WE ARE WHERE WE ARE FOR ONE REASON AND ONE REASON ONLYING WITHIN A DAY OF A GOVERNMENT SHUT -- AND ONE REASON ONLY, WITHIN A DAY OF A GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN -- AND THAT THE INSISTENCE OF OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE THAT WE DEAL WITH THIS NONEMERGENCY RIGHT NOW BECAUSE THEY WERE UNWILLING TO CLOSE OUT ALL OF THESE OTHER ISSUES WE'VE BEEN DISCUSSING, AD NAUSEAM, LITERALLY FOR MONTHS.

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  • 09:55:02 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE ASSISTANT MAJORITY LEADER.

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    MR. CORNYN

    MR. PRESIDENT, I APPRECIATE THE MAJORITY LEADER CLARIFYING FOR US WHAT…

    MR. PRESIDENT, I APPRECIATE THE MAJORITY LEADER CLARIFYING FOR US WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT AND ACTUALLY I HAVE TO THANK THE DEMOCRATIC LEADER FOR CLARIFYING THAT THIS IS REALLY ABOUT THE ISSUE OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. THAT'S THE REASON WHY THERE HAS BEEN NO AGREEMENT ON SPENDING CAPS, BECAUSE OUR FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE DON'T WANT TO AGREE ON SPENDING CAPS BECAUSE THEY WANT TO USE EVERYTHING ELSE AS LEVERAGE IN ORDER TO GET AN OUTCOME ON THIS DISPUTE OVER ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. AND, AS THE MAJORITY LEADER POINTED OUT, THIS ISN'T SO MUCH ABOUT WHAT'S IN THE BILL AS WHAT THEY SAID SHOULD BE IN THE BILL, BECAUSE I PRESUME OUR COLLEAGUES ARE FOR THE SIX-YEAR REAUTHORIZATION OF THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM. IT WAS VOTED ALMOST UNANIMOUSLY OUT ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS IN THE SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE. THE MATTER OF VETERANS THAT THE DEMOCRATIC LEADER MENTIONED? WELL, VETERANS ARE GOING TO BE HURT BY WHAT THEY HAVE DONE OR WILL DO TOMORROW, I PRESUME, IN DEFEATING THIS ONE-MONTH CONTINUING RESOLUTION. I FIND IT RATHER DISINGENUOUS TO SAY THAT WE'RE AGAINST THIS SHORT-TERM CONTINUING RESOLUTION BECAUSE WE WANT ANOTHER SHORT-TERM CONTINUING RESOLUTION, GUARANTEEING THAT THERE WILL YET AGAIN BE ANOTHER SHORT-TERM RESOLUTION. ONCE THE SPENDING CAPS ARE AGREED TO, IT'S GOING TO TAKE A COUPLE OF WEEKS FOR THE BILL TO BE PUT TOGETHER SO WE CAN ACTUALLY VOTE ON IT. SO OUR COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE SAY THEY WANT ANOTHER THREE OR FOUR-DAY CONTINUING RESOLUTION. THAT GUARANTEES YET ANOTHER CONTINUING RESOLUTION. AND ALL OF THIS IS REALLY CAMOUFLAGE TO HIDE THEIR TRUE INTENTION, AS THE MAJORITY LEADER POINTED O TRYING TO -- AS THE MAJORITY LEADER POINTED OUT. TRYING TO FORCE A DECISION WHERE THERE IS NOT YET CITIZEN SUCCESS AND A WILLINGNESS OF THE PRESIDENT TO SUPPORT IT ON THE ISSUE OF DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS. THAT DEADLINE FOR PEOPLE WHO CAN NO LONGER RESIGN UP IS MARCH 5. IN THE MEANTIME, NOBODY IS IN ANY JEOPARDY, NONE OF THE 690,000 YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WERE BROUGHT HERE AS CHILDREN ARE IN ANY KIND OF JEOPARDY. AND WE ARE HAVING DISCUSSIONS ON A DAILY BASIS. WE HAD ONE TODAY THAT SENATOR DURBIN, STENY HOYER, THE DEMOCRATIC WHIP, THE MAJORITY LEADER IN THE HOUSE KEVIN McCARTHY AND I AGAIN MET WITH THE WHITE HOUSE AND THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO TRY TO MAKE SOME PROGRESS. AND I THINK THERE WAS A BEGINNING OF SOME REAL PROGRESS TOWARD A RESOLUTION. BUT I FIND IT DISINGENUOUS TO TRY TO CLAIM THAT WE ARE KILLING THIS ONE-MONTH C.R., CONTINUING RESOLUTION, BECAUSE WE DON'T WANT TO HURT THE MILITARY. THIS DAMAGES THE MILITARY BECAUSE IT CREATES FURTHER CHAOS AND UNCERTAINTY WHEN IT COMES TO LONG-TERM SPENDING DEAL BECAUSE OUR MILITARY HAS BEEN UNDERFUNDED FOR WAY TOO LONG. WHY? BECAUSE OUR DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES WON'T AGREE TO FUND OUR NATIONAL DEFENSE UNTIL WE AGREE TO RAISE SPENDING ON NONDEFENSE MATTERS. SO IT STRIKES ME AS VERY ODD THAT YOU WOULD SAY YOU'RE VOTING AGAINST THIS CONTINUING RESOLUTION BECAUSE YOU'RE AGAINST CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS, ONLY TO GUARANTEE WE'LL HAVE AT LEAST TWO MORE AND THEN TO CLAIM IT'S ABOUT SOMETHING ELSE WHEN REALLY IT'S ABOUT THE MATTER OF I WILLILLEGAL AIMMIGRATION.

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  • 09:58:57 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE ASSISTANT DEMOCRATIC LEADER.

  • 09:58:58 PM

    MR. DURBIN

    LET ME SAY AT THE UTSET WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO ACHIEVE IS TO FUND THE…

    LET ME SAY AT THE UTSET WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO ACHIEVE IS TO FUND THE MILITARY AND THE CRITICAL AGENCIES OF OUR GOVERNMENT IMMEDIATELY AND TO DO IT WITH A BUDGET, TO DO IT WITH APPROPRIATIONS BILLS. I HAVE TO USE THAT TERM AND REMIND YOU, YES, WE USED TO HAVE APPROPRIATIONS BILLS IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE. NOT ANYMORE. WE DEAL WITH CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS. WE MR. CHAIRMAN. LURCH FROM WEEK TO WEEK, DAY TO DAY, MONTH TO MONTH. WE AREN'T DOING THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE MILITARY ANY FAVORS WITH THIS KIND OF APPROACH. SO MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT, THE DEMOCRATS ARE SOUNDLY BEHIND OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND WE WANT TO FUND THEM PROPERLY RATHER THAN THE WAIT THEY'VE BEEN FUNDED TO THIS DATE. BUT LET ME ADDRESS ANOTHER ISSUE THAT'S BEEN RAISED, AND MY NAME HAS BEEN MENTIONED. -- BY MY FRIEND FROM TEXAS. THERE'S BEEN SAID ON THE FLOOR TONIGHT THERE'S NO URGENCY. WHERE'S THE URGENCY WHEN IT COMES TO DACA? WHERE'S THE URGENCY WHEN IT COMES TO DREAMERS? IF YOU WANT TO KNOW THE URGENCY, LOOK INTO THE GALLERY BEHIND ME. LOOK AT THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE GATHERED HERE LATE THIS NIGHT WHO ARE FOLLOWING EVERY WORD THAT WE ARE DEBATING. WHY ARE THEY HERE IF THERE IS NO URGENCY? THERE IS AN URGENCY. THERE IS AN URGENCY IN THEIR LIVES BECAUSE OF THE UNCERTAINTY OF TOMORROW. WHETHER TOMORROW WILL MEAN DEPORTATION FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES, WHETHER THEY WILL BE ABLE TO WORK, COMPLETE SCHOOL, HAVE A LIFE IN AMERICA. YES, THERE IS A REAL URGENCY. AND LET ME TELL YOU WHAT WE HAVE DONE ABOUT THAT URGENCY. A GROUP OF US, THREE DEMOCRATS AND THREE REPUBLICAN SENATORS SAT DOWN FOUR MONTHS AGO TO ANSWER PRESIDENT TRUMP'S CHALLENGE TO REPLACE DACA. WAS THERE A MEETING OF A COMMITTEE IN THIS SENATE ON THE SAME SUBJECT? THERE WAS ONE PUBLIC HEARING, BUT NO BILL, NO MARKUP, NOTHING. THE ACTIVITY REALLY CAME FROM, EVOLVED FROM THE SIX OF US WORKING TOGETHER. THREE DEMOCRATS AND THREE REPUBLICANS. WE REACHED AN AGREEMENT. IT WASN'T EASY. ASK THE SENATORS INVOLVED IN YOUR SIDE OF THE AISLE OR ON OUR SIDE OF THE AISLE. WE PRESENTED IT TO THE SENATE. WE HAVE DEFENDED IT OVER THE LAST SEVERAL WEEKS. AND I WANT TO THANK THE ADDITIONAL FOUR REPUBLICAN SENATORS WHO HAVE JOINED US IN THIS EFFORT TO FINALLY ENACT A BIPARTISAN SOLUTION TO THIS. SO TO SAY WE HAVE DONE NOTHING, WE HAVE SO MUCH TIME, LET ME TELL YOU THERE IS A SENSE OF URGENCY HERE. JUST THIS WEEK WHEN THE SECRETARY OF D.H.S. TESTIFIED BEFORE THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, SHE CONCEDED THE FACT THAT THE PRESIDENT DOES NOT HAVE AUTHORITY TO EXTEND THIS DEADLINE OF MARCH 5, THAT WE ARE GOING BACK AND FORTH IN COURT AS TO WHETHER THERE WILL BE ANY PROTECTION FOR THESE YOUNG PEOPLE WHATSOEVER, AND SHE ACKNOWLEDGED THAT HER DEPARTMENT HAS SAID IT WILL TAKE THEM SIX MONTHS TO WRITE THE REGULATIONS ONCE WE PASS THE LAW THAT WILL AFFECT THEIR LIVES AND THE LIVES OF HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS. YOU KNOW HOW I FEEL ABOUT THIS ISSUE. SOME OF YOU HAVE PRESIDED OVER THE SENATE, HAVE SEEN THE PRESENTATIONS WE HAVE MADE. OVER THE YEARS, I HAVE BROUGHT 107 PHOTOGRAPHS TO THE FLOOR SO THAT PEOPLE COULD SEE THE URGENCY AND NEED FOR THIS ISSUE NOW. IT IS SAD. IT IS UNFORTUNATE THAT THOSE WHO STAND ON THE FLOOR TONIGHT CONTINUE TO JUST CHARACTERIZE THESE AS ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS, ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS. CHILDREN, TODDLERS, INFANTS BROUGHT TO THE UNITED STATES WHO HAVE LIVED THEIR WHOLE LIFE HERE AND ARE SIMPLY ASKING FOR A CHANCE TO BE PART OF OUR FUTURE ARE BEING SWEPT AWAY AS ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS. THEY ARE MORE THAN THAT. THEY ARE THE SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF AMERICA WHO WANT TO BE PART OF OUR FUTURE. THEY ARE PEOPLE WHO INSPIRE ME EVERY DAY. THEY ARE FOLKS THAT GUARANTEE TO US THAT THE AMERICAN DREAM WILL BE ALIVE FOR ANOTHER GENERATION BECAUSE THEY ARE WILLING TO WORK FOR IT, TO STUDY FOR IT, AND TO FIGHT FOR IT. THIS IS WORTH OUR ATTENTION. WE HAVE PRODUCED THIS BIPARTISAN MEASURE. A LOT OF HARD WORK WENT INTO IT. WE SIMPLY ASK THAT THE SENATE TAKE UP A MEASURE THAT WE PRODUCED OR PRODUCE A BETTER ONE, AND THE LEADERSHIP HAS REFUSED. THAT'S PART OF THE REASON WE FIND OURSELVES AT THIS MOMENT. I WANT TO ASSURE YOU IT IS AN URGENT MATTER. THEIR LIVES MATTER, TOO.

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  • 10:03:20 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    MR. PRESIDENT.

  • 10:03:21 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE MAJORITY LEADER.

  • 10:03:23 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT WHEN THE SENATE COMPLETES ITS BUSINESS TODAY,…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT WHEN THE SENATE COMPLETES ITS BUSINESS TODAY, IT ADJOURN UNTIL 11:00 A.M. FRIDAY, JANUARY 19. FURTHER, THAT FOLLOWING THE PRAYER AND PLEDGE, THE MORNING BUSINESS BE DEEMED EXPIRED, THE JOURNAL OF PROCEEDINGS BE APPROVED TO DATE, THE TIME FOR THE TWO LEADERS BE RESERVED FOR THEIR USE LATER IN THE DAY, AND MORNING BUSINESS BE CLOSED. FINALLY, FOLLOWING LEADER REMARKS, THE SENATE RESUME CONSIDERATION OF THE MOTION TO CONCUR IN THE HOUSE AMENDMENT TO THE SENATE AMENDMENT TO H.R. 195.

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  • 10:03:50 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    IS THERE OBJECTION? THE SENATOR FROM MAINE.

  • 10:03:53 PM

    MR. KING

    I OBJECT. I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY WE'RE ADJOURNING WHEN WE'RE IN THIS…

    I OBJECT. I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY WE'RE ADJOURNING WHEN WE'RE IN THIS URGENT SITUATION. WE CAN VOTE TONIGHT ON CLOTURE AND HAVE AN ENTIRE DAY TOMORROW TO WORK ON THIS MATTER. WE ARE -- THIS IS SIR RESPONSIBLE. I JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND IT. SO I OBJECT TO THE MOTION.

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  • 10:04:11 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    OBJECTION IS HEARD. THE CLERK WILL CALL THE ROLL. QUORUM CALL:

  • 10:04:33 PM

    Quorum Call

  • 10:14:39 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    MR. PRESIDENT.

  • 10:14:40 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE MAJORITY LEADER. ORDER IN THE CHAMBER.

  • 10:14:46 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    I ASK CONSENT THAT FURTHER PROCEEDINGS UNDER THE QUORUM CALL BE DISPENSED…

    I ASK CONSENT THAT FURTHER PROCEEDINGS UNDER THE QUORUM CALL BE DISPENSED WITH.

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  • 10:14:51 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    IS THERE OBJECTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 10:14:53 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    I RENEW MY CONSENT PROPOUNDED EARLIER.

  • 10:14:57 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    IS THERE OBJECTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 10:15:02 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    IF THERE IS NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE SENATE, I ASK THAT IT…

    IF THERE IS NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE SENATE, I ASK THAT IT STAND ADJOURNED UNDER THE PREVIOUS ORDER.

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  • 10:15:08 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

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