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The package is ready to go, the vast majority of senators on both sides of the aisle want it. There's now only one thing holding us back the junior senator from Kentucky is preventing swift passage of Ukraine aid because he wants to add at the last minute his own changes directly into the bill. His change is strongly opposed by many members of both parties.
We all know that when the post office is forced to cut hours of operation or delivery routes or lay off workers, the rest of us are worse off, thankfully, for the past few months, Democrats and Republicans have been working together in good faith to reform some of the most troubled parts of Postal Service.
I look forward to a bicameral conference process that builds on the broad bipartisan support of the Senate-passed U.S. Innovation and Competition Act to supercharge microchip manufacturing here in America, to fix broken and strained supply chains, and invest in the innovation needed to ensure the critical products of today and tomorrow are made in America, we have no time to waste.
We will all confront a critical question: Shall members of this chamber do what is necessary to pass these bills? it is my hope that courage awakens within the heart of our Republican colleagues before the day is out. But if the Senate cannot protect the right to vote… under the existing rules, then the Senate rules must be reformed.
As we debate this issue, so critical to the wellspring of our democracy, we will all confront the critical question : Shall members of this chamber do what is necessary to pass these bills and move them to the President's desk ? It's my hope that courage awakens within the heart of our Republican colleagues before the day is out.
Senate Democrats are under no illusion that we face difficult odds, especially when virtually every Senate Republican is staunchly against legislation protecting the right to vote, but I want to be clear : when this chamber confronts a question this important, one so vital to our country, so vital to our ideals, so vital to the future of our democracy, you don't slide it off the table and say, never mind.
When this chamber confronts a question this important... you don't slide it off the table and say, ‘nevermind,’ win, lose or draw members of this chamber were elected to debate and to vote... And the public is entitled to know where each senator stands on an issue as sacrosanct as defending our democracy.
How can we in good conscience allow for a situation in which the Republican Party can debate and pass voter suppression laws at the state level with only a simple majority vote, but not allow the United States Senate to do the same? we will confront this sobering question and every member will go on record.
Make no mistake, the United States Senate will — for the first time this Congress —debate voting rights legislation beginning on Tuesday. Members of this chamber were elected to debate and to vote, particularly on an issue as vital to the beating heart of our democracy as this one. And we will proceed.
Last night, you may have seen Senator McConnell try to Rule-14 18 gotcha amendments. He was trying to say, ‘See, Democrats, you're not going to like 50 votes,' i challenged him and asked unanimous consent that we have 50 votes on those 18 plus the voting rights Act, the Freedom to Vote Act, and the John Lewis Act. And of course, he objected. So we're not afraid of 50 votes. We want 50 votes. And McConnell's gotcha activity didn't quite work.
The question before the Senate is how we will find a path forward on protecting our freedoms in the 21stcentury, the fight to protect our democracy is far from over in the United States Senate. Senate Democrats have made clear that voting rights is not like other issues we deal with in this chamber.
Republican obstruction on the debt ceiling over the last few weeks has been reckless, it's been irresponsible, but nonetheless today Republicans will have an opportunity to get exactly what they kept asking for. The first and easiest option is this : Senate Republicans can simply get out of the way and we can agree to skip the filibuster vote so we can proceed to final passage of this bill.
I have a brief, brief sentence, and that is that the White House, the House and the Senate have reached agreement on a framework that will pay for any final negotiated agreement. So the revenue side, this we have an agreement on. OK, thank you. it's a framework an agreement of a framework agreement.
Let's be clear. Democrats love tojust live it up and do all thesethings while the American peoplesuffer.Our border is wide open.Spending is a mess.Inflation is on the rise.The purchasing power of poorAmericans has been obliteratedwe have more than 10,000Americans locked behind Talibanlines in Afghanistan, and these people want to party.
Given the bipartisan nature of the bill, The Senate should be able to process this legislation rather quickly, we may need the weekend, we may vote on several amendments, but with the cooperation of our Republican colleagues I believe we can finish the bipartisan infrastructure bill in a matter of days.
It’s not just an idea whose time has come; it’s long overdue, we have all seen the agony of a young person arrested with a small amount of marijuana in his or her pocket. And because of the historical over-criminalization of marijuana, they have a very severe criminal record they have to live with their whole lives.
It is not a final deadline for legislative text. It is not a cynical ploy, it is not a fish-or-cut-bait moment. It is not an attempt to jam anyone. It is only a signal that Senate Democrats is ready to get the process started – something Senate Democrats has routinely done on other bipartisan bills this year.
Start debate on what ? You know, we don't have a product yet. And we won't have a product until we can finish the negotiations properly, again, this is a complex bill -- it involves several committees, it involves, you know, a lot of very tough issues because we've got to resolve them between us first, so again we're meeting today. ... We're moving as fast as we can.
The budget resolution with instructions will be $ 3.5 trillion. You add that to the $ 600 billion bipartisan plan, you get to $ 4.1( trillion), which is very, very close to what President( President Biden) Biden asked us for, every major program that President Biden has asked us for is funded in a robust way.
One of our goals in the upcoming Build Back Better plan is to extend this way beyond December 31. Many of us would like to make this permanent, but we're going to extend it. It will be extended for sure, for a very a significant amount of time, and we will see if we will get the permanence we are fighting for, so this is very, very important for everybody.
Republicans across the country are deliberately targeting all the ways that younger, poorer, nonwhite and typically Democratic voters access the ballot, republicans claim they’re making it easier to vote and harder to cheat in an election; but in reality, they are making it harder to vote and easier to cheat an election.
Tomorrow, I'm convening a meeting with all 11 Democratic members of Senate Budget Committee regarding a fiscal year'22 budget resolution and now that President Biden's fiscal'22 budget request has been received by Congress, Senate Budget Committee can begin the important work of producing a budget resolution, both are moving forward -- the bipartisan track and the track on reconciliation and both we hope to get done in the month of July, both the budget resolution and the bipartisan bill.
Senate Republicans mounted a partisan filibuster against a very straightforward piece of legislation to help provide equal pay to women, it's shocking that my Republican colleagues believe that the Senate has no role to play in defending the rights of women who are unfairly and illegally discriminated against in the workplace.
We're pursuing, a two-path proposal, on the one hand, there's bipartisan negotiations, and those are continuing. ... We all know, as a caucus, we will not be able to do all the things the country needs in a totally bipartisan, a bipartisan way. ... And so at the same time, we are pursuing the pursuit of reconciliation.
Literally, dozens of bipartisan amendments were added to the bill before it ever reached the floor, here on the floor, we are going to continue working through a series of amendments from both sides with such a depth of cooperation and consensus between our two parties, there is no reason we can't wrap up this bill this week and achieve a strong result for our country.
Every Republican in this room knows Joe Biden won the election fair and square. Every Republican knows that Donald Trump perpetrated the big lie. But the price of admission in today’s Republican Party is silence in the face of provable lies, aren’t there a few Republicans who will refuse to follow the rush of their party? Who will follow the example of a Liz Cheney?
S. 1 is going to be voted on by the committee on Monday, it will be voted by the floor of the Senate, Senate Democrats hope Senate Democrats Republican colleagues will join Senate Democrats because this is just democracy and common sense, if not, everything will be on the table, Senate Democrats must get it done.
To have someone with such a background in civil rights at this time in American historyis so important and so vital to the country, and I'm so glad that the Senate has now approved herand she can do her vital job, including dealing with the systemic bias we've seen in policing and inlaw enforcement throughout the country.
If our Republican colleagues, we welcome them on amendments throughout the bill, but if they don't see the big, bold need for change in infrastructure and climate that the nation sees and wants and that we see and want, we will have to move forward without them. But our first preference, let's see if they can work in a bipartisan way.
I think this is a careful, thought-out plan. Now, there are questions that remain. I’m happy to let you know that the administration has agreed to a classified briefing for all senators which we’ll have shortly so questions can be answered, you want to make sure that this Sept. 11 date is ... a date that sticks and it’s not kicking the can down the road.
We are open to strengthening the bill. There's an effort underway to add a bipartisan amendment, sponsored by Senators Blumenthal and Moran, one a Democrat one a Republican, as an amendment, and their bill would provide resources to state and local law enforcement to improve hate crime reporting, increase training, and establish pathways to rehabilitation, as majority leader, it's my intention to make the first amendment a bipartisan one, but I can't do that unless our Republican colleagues allow us to debate the bill.
Addressing infrastructure, climate and environmental justice together, and creating millions of good paying jobs, is just the right combination to meet head on the challenges that America now faces, this will not only make clean energy and clean transportation affordable, it will create millions of new jobs with good wages, which always occurs when we invest in infrastructure and manufacturing as we will be doing here.
Secretary Yellen told the Democratic caucus yesterday that it is her belief that if Congress fails to dedicate the necessary resources to meet the needs of the American people and survive this crisis, we will see long-term scarring in our economy, and our country would be mired in the COVID crisis for years.
Mr. Mayorkas’ qualifications are unassailable: he is a seven-year veteran of the DHS and has already been confirmed by this chamber three—three—times, like most of President Biden’s Cabinet nominees, his nomination is also history-making: He will be the first Latino and first immigrant to hold the top job at DHS.
I regret to say for 45 Republican senators to vote for a spurious constitutional objection to the coming impeachment trial was deeply, deeply irresponsible, only five Republican senators are willing to take a principled stand against this reckless and ill-advised effort by members of this body who are eager to excuse President Trump's campaign to overturn the election, and apparently, to excuse President Trump incitement to the mob that every one of us experienced in this Capitol.
Now, I have heard some of my Republican colleagues argue that this trial would be unconstitutional because Donald Trump is no longer in office, an argument that has been roundly repudiated, debunked by constitutional scholars left, right and center, and defies basiccommonsense, it makes nosensewhatsoever that a president — or any official — could commit a heinous crime against our country and then be permitted to resign so as to avoid accountability and a vote to disbar them from future office. It makes nosense.
This argument has been roundly debunked from constitutional scholars from the left, right and center, it defies precedent, historic practice and basic common sense. It makes no sense whatsoever that a president or any official could commit a heinous crime against our country and then defeat Congress' impeachment powers by simply resigning.
I'll ask consent for the final time that The Senate set a time for a vote on the House bill to provide $ 2,000 checks. I've done it every day this week. This is it -- the last chance for the 116th Congress to pass $ 2,000 checks and to say to regular Americans that help is on the way. Let's have a vote.
I just heard Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell say Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's going to put another partisan proposal on the floor, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's going to talk to Kevin McCarthy and President Donald Trump and put something on the floor, the obvious fact of the matter is, the biggest impediment to getting an agreement is the Republican leader refusing to negotiate in a bipartisan way.
When you flip your vote a few weeks before the election, the American people see right through it. Vulnerable Republican senators are worse off today no matter how Vulnerable Republican senators voted because Vulnerable Republican senators flip-flopped, vulnerable Republican senators can't hide from all Vulnerable Republican senators votes to repeal the ACA and this new vote only shows Vulnerable Republican senators hypocrisy.
Republicans came to us with this resolution, but it ignored Justice Ginsburg's dying wish, what Justice Ginsburg called Justice Ginsburg most' fervent wish' that Justice Ginsburg not be replaced until a new president is installed, so we simply have added it to the exact same text of the resolution the Republicans gave us.
If we pass emergency rental assistance and extend the evictions moratorium, we'd help families and individuals pay the bills, stay in their homes and stabilize the rental market and help owners keep up with their property taxes and mortgages, so, once again, I say to Leader Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, to Senate Finance Republicans, work with us to get something done.
That means a dramatic expansion and reform of unemployment insurance ; we need unemployment insurance on steroids, some are calling it employment insurance.It must be easier to access. It must cover many more Americans during this crisis, including Americans who have non-traditional employment. And it must provide more generous benefits. Workers who are laid off should receive a paycheck equal to what they were receiving while employed. Workers must be protected whether they work for businesses small, medium or large. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Democrats have also proposed including additional $ 200 per month of Social Security benefits for recipients, as well as to suspend all student loan payments throughout the entirety of the national emergency. President Trump, on Friday, announced that he would suspend all federal student loan payments, penalty and interest free, for at least the next 60 days. Despite the disagreements from GOP senators, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Senate Democrats are.
The verdict of this kangaroo court will be meaningless. By refusing the facts, by refusing witnesses and documents the Republican majority has placed a giant asterisk, the asterisk of a sham trial, next to the acquittal of President Donald Trump, written in permanent ink, acquittal in an unfair trial with this giant asterisk, the asterisk of a sham trial, is worth nothing at all to President Donald Trump or anybody else.
Until we hear from the witnesses, until we get the documents, the American people will correctly assume that those blocking their testimony were aiding and abetting a cover up, plain and simple, president President Donald Trump, release the emails, let the witnesses testify, what are you afraid of ?
President Donald Trump on Wednesday was insulting, particularly to the speaker. Speaker Pelosi kept Speaker Pelosi cool completely, but President Donald Trump on Wednesday called Speaker Pelosi a third-rate politician, this was not a dialogue, it was sort of a diatribe. A nasty diatribe, not focused on the facts.
It's critical that we respond to the Chinese Communist Party's actions against the people of Hong Kong as they exercise their right to freedom of expression and other fundamental democratic rights, we must take action to demonstrate to President Xi that the United States Senate stands shoulder to shoulder with the people of Hong Kong.
The United States Military Academy at West Point was founded as an engineering school, designed to ensure that our Army's leaders had access to the best resources and education that would enable them to succeed in their military careers in defense of our nation, now, we find out that funds that Congress appropriated to design and build a state-of-the-art engineering center at West Point have been redirected for an expensive and ineffective wall at the southern border.
I talk to her three, four, five times a day. I think we have the same view. Let's get the facts. Let's get all the facts, and then we'll make decisions, every member of the House and Senate is going to do what he or she thinks is appropriate. I think, as I said, Speaker Pelosi is handling this appropriately.
Its clear that Rep. Ratcliffe was selected because Texas Republican Rep. John Ratcliffe exhibited blind loyalty to President Trump with Texas Republican Rep. John Ratcliffe demagogic questioning of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller, if Senate Republicans elevate such a partisan player to a position that requires intelligence expertise and non-partisanship, it would be a big mistake.
President Trump is missing an opportunity to nominate a fighter for workers, like a union member, to be Americas next Labor Department Secretary, instead, President Trump has again chosen someone who has proven to put corporate interests over those of worker rights. Workers and union members who believed President Trump when President Trump campaigned as pro-worker should feel betrayed. In 2005, Walmart hired Antonin Scalia to defend against whistleblower lawsuitsby employees who alleged wrongdoing in the company. Antonin Scalia also helped overturn a Maryland law in 2006 that would have required big companies such as Walmart to spend more on employee health care in the state. That law ran afoul of a federal statute aimed at reducing red tape for certain national employers, who otherwise would have had to afford significantly differentbenefits to employees depending on their state of employment. The Wall Street Journal wrote in 2012 that Antonin Scalia.
I hope today's briefing provides members with specific information about what the departments and agencies are doing to combat the threat to our elections and what we ought to do next, after it concludes, we can not let this issue sit on the backburner. Senate Democrats and Senate Republicans alike must roll up Senate Democrats sleeves and get to work, the Majority Leader included.
Why isn't Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer moving bills onto the floor -- bipartisan bills to deal with election security in 2020. FBI Director( Christopher) Wray said it's going to be worse in 2020 than it was in 2016. And because the Russians laid off in 2018, a non-presidential year, doesn't mean we can sit and do nothing. And yet that seems to be what Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to do.
This action only proves President Donald Trump and Donald Trump Department of Justice would rather make political points than defend our health care law that protects the 133 million Americans with pre-existing conditions, has provided tens of millions more Americans with health insurance coverage, and has lowered prescription drug costs for millions of seniors, president Trump wants to take all of that away from the American people, jacking up health care costs and leaving millions without coverage.
In previous meetings, the president has said, 'If these investigations continue, I can't work with you.' He didn't bring it up. And so, I believe we can do both at once, we can come up with some good ideas on infrastructure. We want to hear his ideas on funding. That's going to be the crucial point, in my opinion. And the House and the Senate can proceed in its oversight responsibilities. The two are not mutually exclusive and we were glad he didn't make it that way.
Republicans want to force this political stunt to distract from the fact that they neither have a plan nor a sense of urgency to deal with the threat of climate change, everyone knows it's a stunt, including the majority leader himself. He put something on the floor and then votes no. What's the point of that ?
This issue transcends partisan politics, and I urge all senators -- Democrats and Republicans -- to support this resolution to terminate the president's emergency declaration when it comes up for a vote in the Senate, identical companion legislation to the House resolution will soon be introduced in the Senate.
Stacey Abrams offers a welcome, stark contrast to President( Donald) Trump's politics of division and lack of leadership as American families are still feeling the impacts of Stacey Abrams self-imposed shutdown, stacey Abrams is a present and future leader in this country. She is a dynamic, moral leader ; she delivered results on the issues that matter most to Americans ; and she tirelessly pursues fairness and justice for everyone in her state.
Secretary Zinke was one of the most toxic members of the cabinet in the way Secretary Zinke treated our environment, our precious public lands, and the way Secretary Zinke treated the government like it was Secretary Zinke personal honey pot, the swamp cabinet will be a little less foul without Secretary Zinke.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell owes an apology to Dr. Ford for labeling her allegations a' smear job.' Let me repeat that, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell owes an apology to Dr. Ford for labeling her allegations a' smear job' and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell should apologize to her immediately, it is galling -- galling for the Republican leader who has done more than maybe anyone else to politicize the Supreme Court nomination process, to make these trumped up, hyperbolic charges.
I'll ask him all about these documents and about what he intends to do about This FOIA request. He can't duck -- he can't duck This FOIA request. This FOIA request's his documents, he should say -- he should have said already he wants them released if he is an open, fair, wonderful man Supreme Court justice that he's trying to portray himself to be.
Every day, Republican obstruction of Kavanaugh's record gets worse and worse, not only is a massively conflicted Republican lawyer, who previously worked for Judge Judge Kavanaugh, cherry-picking what documents Senate Judiciary Committee can see, he is now telling the Committee what the rest of the Senate and the American public can see -- and Republicans are playing along.
First, I don't believe the meeting should take place but if it is going to happen, President Trump must press Putin hard on the issue of election interference. He can't simply raise it, accept Putin's denial and then let him off the hook, second, the President must demand that the 12 Russians named in the indictment be sent to the U.S. to stand trial. And third, President Trump should not agree to weaken, lift, or curtail any of the sanctions on Russia.
I understand those who are outraged at the hypocrisy of this President when he complains about bullying, harassment and nastiness when it's used against him or his allies and he uses it as a regular tool every day, but the President's tactics and behavior should never be emulated. It should be repudiated by organized, well-informed and passionate advocacy.
To opponents of the President's policies, the best way to limit what he can do to show that America is not as coarse, as mean, as hypocritical as his behavior suggests, the best solution is to win elections, that is a far more productive way to channel the legitimate frustrations with the President's policies than harassing members of his administration.
For every Republican at the table, there should be the Democratic counterpart, if Devin Nunes is there,( top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee Adam) Schiff should be there. If Sen.( Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer) Grassley is there, Sen.( Dianne) Feinstein should be there. It should be bipartisan.
It is because I believe Iran will not change, and under this agreement it will be able to achieve its dual goals of eliminating sanctions while ultimately retaining its nuclear and non-nuclear power, better to keep U.S. sanctions in place, strengthen them, enforce secondary sanctions on other nations, and pursue the hard-trodden path of diplomacy once more, difficult as it may be.
Mr. Bolton’s tendency to try to solve every geopolitical problem with the American military first is a troubling one, i hope he will temper his instinct to commit the men and women of our armed forces to conflicts around the globe, when we need to be focused on building the middle class here at home.
She had deep convictions – on both issues important to the people of Rochester, and for the integrity and honesty of the political system, throughout her entire career, Louiseworkedwithpeoplefrom so many different philosophies and backgrounds, because she wassuch a genuinehuman spirit.The ferocity of her advocacy was matched only by the depth of her compassion and humanity.
Because of the White House’s glacial pace, there are hundreds and hundreds of Senate confirmable positions without any pending nominee from the administration, and just 7 pending nominees before the Senate, instead of pointing fingers of blame, the administration ought to roll up their sleeves and send qualified nominees to the Senate.
We can decide, today, to commit to solving this problem. Each side can stop pointing fingers. Each side can lay down their arms, each side can put aside the resentments built up after years of trench warfare on nominees--We can decide, today, to talk about a way out of this impasse instead of changing the rules.
If he aims a proposal aimed at the middle class and the poor people, doesn't give breaks to the rich -- they're doing great, God bless them, I'm glad they're doing great; they don't need another tax break -- we could work with them, but I don't think they're headed in that direction, and they're going repeat the same mistake they made on Trumpcare with tax reform.
It is unseemly to be moving forward so fast on confirming a Supreme Court justice with a lifetime appointment while this big gray cloud of an FBI investigation hangs over the presidency, you can bet if the shoe were on the other foot and a Democratic president was under investigation by the FBI the Republicans would be howling at the moon about filling a Supreme Court seat in such circumstances. Elizabeth Warren added on Twitter :.
I have some real doubts about He has been a judge who has favored the wealthy interests over the middle class, judge Gorsuch has repeatedly sided with corporations over working people, demonstrated a hostility toward women’s rights, and most troubling, hewed to an ideological approach to jurisprudence that makes me skeptical that he can be a strong, independent Justice on the Court.
I welcome the president’s blueprint for next year’s budget, which turns the page from the last eight years, we are determined to work with the administration to shrink the size of government, grow our economy, secure our borders, and ensure our troops have the tools necessary to complete their missions. I look forward to reviewing this with the Appropriations Committee and our entire conference.
We hope our Republican colleagues will work with us in a bipartisan way so that the appropriations process meets the needs of the American people, if Republicans insist on inserting poison pill riders such as defunding Planned Parenthood, building a border wall, or starting a deportation force, they will be shutting down the government and delivering a severe blow to our economy.
The Senate and American people deserve to know that these cabinet nominees have a plan to avoid any conflicts of interest, that they’re working on behalf of the American people and not their own bottom line, and that they plan to fully comply with the law, senate Republicans should heed the advice of this independent office and stop trying to jam through unvetted nominees.
For positions of such influence in our government, it’s the responsibility of The Senate to guarantee that we have all the information we need on each nominee in a timely fashion, the slate of nominations selected by President-elect Trump has made this process, standard for nominees of presidents of both parties, immensely difficult.
Reports of the CIA’s conclusion that Russia actively sought to help elect Donald Trump are simultaneously stunning and not surprising, given Russia’s disdain for democracy and admiration for autocracy, senate Democrats will join with our Republican colleagues next year to demand a congressional investigation and hearings to get to the bottom of this.
Advocates on both sides have strong cases for their point of view that cannot simply be dismissed. This has made evaluating the agreement a difficult and deliberate endeavor, and after deep study, careful thought and considerable soul-searching, I have decided I must oppose the agreement and will vote yes on a motion of disapproval.
There are some who believe that I can force my colleagues to vote my way, while I will certainly share my view and try to persuade them that the vote to disapprove is the right one, in my experience with matters of conscience and great consequence like this, each member ultimately comes to their own conclusion.
Republicans should be warned right here, right now, Democrats are not going to help you pass appropriations bills that lock in senseless, automatically triggered cuts that hurt the middle class, instead, we'll be eager to work with our Republican colleagues to prevent those cuts from taking effect and restoring both defense spending and vital middle class funding in an even way; $1 for defense, $1 for the middle class.
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