tv U.S. Senate Senator Schumer on Federal Spending Gun Legislation CSPAN September 19, 2019 4:33pm-4:48pm EDT
progress. let chairman shelby and senator lahey conduct a bipartisan committee process. as time grows short shorter before the end of september, i hope the critical defense honey thecr democrats lost yesterday e soon in the same kind of productive treatment. because i don't think the american people will have much patience for the notion that the democrats first responsibility is irritating the white house and funding the department of defense. we can reroute this process and move forward for the sake of our senate process for the sake of stable funding for the federal government and for the sake of our nations security. >> his responding about federal spending the need to pass election security and gun background checks inflation.
>> madam president, i thanks unanimous unanimous consent. they failed to advance yesterday, emotions to proceed to a package of appropriations abills. demonstrating something that leaders mccall and a radio.no there are not enough votes in the senate for the presidents wall. the senate refuses to fund the border wall the president promised mexico would pay for. especially not at the expense of our troops and their families an important public health programs like childcare and headstart. just yesterday, the pentagon warned the dire outcomes of the money to fund the military it's not provided. read today's washington post. our military people are upset with this. their chain of command, the not going to publicly say it but we know it. over a hundred and 20 military projects stand to lose funding. we are talking about parking
lots, were talking about military readiness. were talking about medical facilities for troops in norse carolina. were talking about schools for military families in kentucky. were talking about explosives stored in unsafe conditions. were talking about the very important engineering lab at west point. the train, our future soldiers. even hurricane recovery projects in florida are atre risk. the dent defense department was very clear that went out this funding dives would be at rest. but that is what republicans on the appropriations committee proposed.t the senate wisely rejected that idea. there when he publicly leader is staying we are hurting the military. gimme a break. we are defending the military. how much does the majority leader think the american public will solo. they're taking money out of the military but in the wall.
and when he says, that we are hurting the military. zero no, leader mcconnell you know hurting the military and we defended them. because we want the money to go to the military. not to the wall. and by the way, in that regard, leader mcconnell did not stick with the agreement. the agreement was not only on this but the bipartisan agreement on where the money on the defense side and the non-defense side would be distributed. instead of consulting democrats, they tried to jam something down arthur's spring taking money out of defense, out of headstart and other programs in the health and human services budget andl. putt into the wall. will that wasn't going to stand. and it i will not stand. leader mcconnell, i hope you've learned her lesson. shutting down the government or trying to go forth the wall, isn't going to work.
let's look at roll up our sleeves and work together. leadernd the republic shelby have now shown the that they tried again to fund this wall.gain they see once again that the votes are not there. they've seen once again that when the senate republicans do the presidents betting, and refused to engage in democrats, the only thing they accomplished is wasted time. the pattern repeats itself are t is it too frequently. the same impulse to do the presidents betting are so afraid of thisue president. and that's what led to the 35 shut down let's not repeat that for republicans, let's learn our lessons. staying led the republicans puerto rico. but in each case, both of it be taking money out of need it places like the military, or putting it into the wall, were not being fair to puerto rico
when it came to aid they had to relent and work with democrats. glad they did for the good of the country. so enough times have, leader mcconnell, chairman shelby, sit down at his side for you to sit down and negotiate withoc democrats on the wall forward. now there's another bright spot, well let's talk about the cr, the short-term cr. there is released last night. the continuing resolution is an important measure to keep the government open until late november and allow appropriators to get a bipartisan agreement for fiscal year 2020.ee one program that is not received enough attention is the agriculture relief program. the commonlyow is that chrome commodity corporation. it's an important program that should help all farmers suffering from certain ,residencies of the market. like price declines and natural disasters. importantly, the past year, the
president turned this important agriculture relief program that we all support, into a giant slush fund. the relief payments have gotten political. hops in red states, have received outside subsidies while crops in bluee states was short changed. cut in and example is gotten a huge subsidy compared to dairy and specialty crops. fruits and vegetables. dependents, were not left to the damage caused to eachd crop. even soybeans, had the beginning was shortchanged. even now, carson is even being treated better. in addition, and just as bad if not worse, there is been a huge amount of wastef and abuse in te program. large agribusinesses, including some foreign agribusiness like a brazilian beat corporation, are receiving funding through this program all american dairy farmers are passover.
there are limits on the ccc program if you make over 900,000, you get up to, you shouldn't get any money, the most any farm can get is 250,000. if there are two farmers in the family. a husband and wife. both don't abate either so we are very pleased that republicans exceeded to our wi wish. democrats were able to inject transparency into the agriculture relief program. in the short-term cr, and require reporting on both of the funding has gone to foreign sources. a justification for my money where we were a did. were going to look at this report. before we moved to the full appropriations bill in a month or two. to make sure the money is going to our american farmers who need it. not foreigners, not wealthy agribusiness not slanted to one product like trenton when there
are so many a other needs. this is the good victory for the project. another bright spot, election security. this morning, after months and months of republican resistance, and months of insistent democratic pressure, senate republicans have finally agreed to support our democratic request for additional election security funding. in advance of the 2020 elections. this is similar to amendment the democrats are from last year his appropriations process. part in the infrastructure to protect against russian or other interdependence. a year ago, a republican (unfortunately, rejected this amendment. maybe just maybe, republicans are coming down around to argue. that americans don't believe their elections are on the up
and up, was us is country and a democracy. it's not the money requested and does include a reform that virtually everyone knows we need, but it's a start. leader mcconnell kept staying we don't need the money. i made umpteen speeches here at this chair, the republican leader tonight's any. but now, think on eocene light. we need more money as collection officials democrats or officials or republicans. i hope today's vote means senate republicans are beginning to see the light on election security. while this finding is important, something only thing we need to do to secure our elections from russians. chinese and iranian or any other foreign o country. there are multiple bipartisan pieces of lettuce in legislation awaiting action on the floor. there were counter foreign
operations against our democracy. safeguard our elections and the turks foreign adversity from attempting to interfere. we been warned time and time again by our national security leaders. nearly all of them. that china and of course russia, our potential threats in 2020. we cannot sin our hands. while our adversaries try to outdo us from 2016. leader mcconnell should bring the bipartisan bills were getting thehe money to folks but we need more legislation.ut refine where the dollars go. leader mcconnell, now that you've seen the light of the money, one step further, bring a bipartisan bills, the defending elections american security from aggression act, to secure elections act and to tour act. read to the floor and debate and about. otherwise, the job will remain incomplete in our democracy vulnerable.
finally on guns, yesterday according to reports, the attorney general bar came capitol hill to discuss a one pagead proposal that when he had put together. it became clear soon after, the white house seemingly out of fear of reprisal by the near are a was unwilling to embrace his own attorney general his proposal. once in the right just refused to take those stand and what they propose to do on the question. of gun violence. president trump and senateav republicans are trying to find a way to have your cake and eat it is it too. surfing for a plant that the public will accept and would offend the nra. it's a fools errand. leader mcconnell, president trump, you can't please the nra and at the same time do good gun legislation that will save lives. you cannot please the nra and as you do something that is either the best toothless. get it through your head. that's how it is.
so if you want to do something real on gun legislation is the lives, you have to reject the nra's administrations. the nra's wildly out of step with the views of the american public. his policies are reactionary, his leadership reap castleton, and divided. look no further than the universal background check bill. ninety-three percent of americans in the great majority of gun owners, 80 percent of republicans, support the idea. but not the nra. f azria hisli race plan, floated t the republican attorney general, a plan that would only modestly expand background checks, but presented to the nra a call it a nonstarter. the views of the nra and the views of the american public fundamentally incompatible. president trump leader mcconnell senate republicans, which side are you on.
are you with the nra or are you with the american people. i yield the floor. >> president trump and milani are trump will host a second dinner. watched his rivals and dinner toasts, knife coverage on friday at 6:30 p.m. eastern on c-span online at cspan2 .org or listen on the freight c-span radio app. cspan2 is back on des moines iowa this saturday. for live campaign 2020 coverage beginning at 2:00 p.m. eastern where 18 presidential candidates will take stage for speeches. you can listen live on the go using the free radio app.
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