U.S. Senate Sen. Schumer on Immigration Policy Infrastructure Budget CSPAN February 12, 2018 9:05pm-9:18pm EST
sheen sure a fair amendment process gives senators a opportunity to present propole sals for consideration and votes. i hope we can make progress towarding secure the borer, reforming immigration policy and achieving a resolution for individuals brought to our country illegally when they were young. the american people have heard no shortage of rhetoric on this issue. they've heard many of my colleague across the aisle insist this issue requires swift action. now is the time to back up the talk with the hard work of finding a workable solution. that means finding an agreement that can pass the senate, pass the house, and which the president will sign. not just making a point. a number of my colleagues, senator grassley, corn anyone, tillis, purdue, langford, cotton and anti, will crow dues a balanced proposal that tries to
meet these requirements. support the president's proposal and my colleagueses' legislation to implement it. the secure and succeed act is fair, addresses both sides' most pressing concerns, conforming to the conditions the president has put forward. it offers a compassionate resolution for 1.8 million illegal immigrants brought to the united states as children. and in exchange this luigs delivers funding for president trump's promise to fully secure the border, reforms are approached to extended family chain migration, and reallocated arbitrary visa lottery into a more sensible merit based system this. legislation is a fair compromise that addresses the stated priorities of all sides. it's our best chance to produce a solution that can actually resolve these matters. which requires that a bill pass the senate, pass the house, and
earn the president's signature. it has my support. the time for political posturing is behind us. now we have an opportunity to resolve the issues. i hope we make the most of it. >> good afternoon, i ask unanimous consent that the quorum be dispensed with. >> without ox objection. >> mr. president i'd like to thank my friend, the republican leader, for his gracious invitation to the mcconnell center at the university of louisville. i learned today you don't say, as way a in new york, louisville. this morning. a great pleasure to speak to hundreds of bright kentucky students interesting in the future of the country. seeing these kids gives you faith in america. and it was my distinct pleasure to get the republican leadary bottle of brooklyn bosh bourbon
at a -- it was not a challenge to kentucky's pride but rather to suggest that maybe kentucky and new york aren't so different at all. our craft distilling industry is booming and we have very good bourbon made in brooklyn, new york. it's called, by the way, as long as it's made in america itening be called bourbon and i believe it -- i'm not sure if it can be called kentucky bourbon but can be call bourbon. now on to the business of the day. mr. president, on in the heels of passing significant bipartisan bug deal, the senate returns this week to grapple with one of the most contentious of issues, immigration. leader mcconnell, to his credit, has promise debate on a neutral pill with an amendment process fair to both sides. democrats and republicans are working hard to find a bill to protect the dreamers and provide border security that will garner six votes no easy task.
it's like threading a needle. i'm sure we'll have the opportunity to vote on a few ways to do it, but the key is to find a consensus bill, largely acceptable to significant number of members in both parties. the purpose here is not to make a point, as the republican leader just said. that's easy. the purpose is to get something done. that's hard. but it really is so important. it won't be easy. it is certainly achievable. democrats are fully committed to protecting dreamers and have long supported effective border security. many rockans are in the same -- republicans are in the same boat. the only enemy is overreach. now is not the time place -- nor the place to reform the entire legal immigration system, rather this is the moment for narrow bill, and every ounce of our energy is going into finding one that can pass.
just like on the budget. this is an opportunity for the senate to lead the nation. let the same spirit of bipartisanship and compromise that generated the budget deal, carry forward this week as we debate the fate of the dreamers. now on infrastructure. today the trump administration released its infrastructure plan. democrat reese lead our own plan over a year ago. and have waited just as long to see this plan because flux -- infrastructure is an issue we thought we could find common ground. unfortunately the president's proposal would do very tootles make our-under failing infrastructure better. instead of proposing direct federal investment to help all part on the country this, trump infrastructure plan relies on private parties or state and localities to put up the lyon's share of the money. in turn,
those entities would either have to charge local taxpayers new tolls, or raise taxes and other fees to pay for the new infrastructure. so, a word that describes so much of the president's bill, probably about 80% of it is trump tolls. the trump infrastructure plan is like a hollywood facade. it may look real from afar but in truth it's a flat mirage. the trump plan has the skip of an infrastructure plan but it lacks the guts. the lack of direct investment would leave out large parts of america, particularly ruralmer, where local governments don't have the money or the traffic to attract private sector investment. small towns and cities throughout the heartland have waited too long for upgrades to their schools and roads and water systems, as well as access
to high-speed internet. just as franklin roosevelt said, that every rural home should have electricity in the 1930s, democrats believe every rural home should have high access -- have access to high-speed internet in the 201st century. roosevelt called for the rea in the 30s and on enough it took awhile, every rural home had electricity. we democrats are calling for the 21st century version of roosevelt's vision. every rural home should have access to high-speed internet. and that ought to be one of our goals in the 21st century. very little to revitalize rural america than they plan which we got a state any budget bus we insisted on a certain amount of money being allocated for that. not enough to get the job done beau start. now the administration's infrastructure would also result
in tolls, trump tolls, across america. wealthy investors, large banks, will only invest in projects that generate a profit. how do they get the profit? they charge middle class americans hundreds of dollars a year in tolls. in fact, it's written into page 20 in the plan. page 20 of the trump infrastructure proposal has section entitled: providing states tolling flexibility. so, mr. president, the middle class need not ask for whom this bill tolls. this tolls for thee. the middle class is already struggling with everrising costers of health care and childcare, college tuition, prescription drug. they don't need higher taxes and trump
tolls. this is the kind of plan you'd expect from a president who surrounds himself with bankers and financiers and wealthy people who don't mind paying a $20 toll every time they go to work. it's a plan designed to reward rich developers, large banks and the president's political allies. not to rebuild the country. it would but unsustainable burdened on local governments which are hurting right now and it would lead to trump tolls all over the country, particularly in middle size cities, small cities and rural america. no investor is going to invest in a bridge in springfield or hannahmore because they don't have the revenue to repay it. so, those folks will be stuck as will much of america. and at the same time, the trump
proposal undermines important protections like buy america. we believe the stuff, the steal and the pipes and the concrete and everything else ought to be made in america. and employ people, americans and they left enthusiast to the he bill. democrats want to work in a bipartisan way to improve our infrastructure and we put forward a real plan that woulden and access to high-speared internet, rebuild roads and bridges, modernize or electric grid and create million offices middle class construction jobs. unfortunately the president's plan falls short. and i remind my republicans colleagues, the fer government investmented in infrastructure and rode building for a very along time.
henry clay, from the great state of kentucky, called for internal improvements and, believe it was in the 18 -- mid-1800s. because lewaned and knew the economic benefits of connecting places called the far west, kentucky, tennessee, ohio, with all the people who lived on the eastern sea board. divide d eisenhower -- henry clay was a whig but that would predecessor party of the republicans, dwight d. eisenhower, republican president in the 50s, started the interstate highway premier which has benefited so much america, and ronald reagan never cut back on infrastructure, even though he cut back on lots of other programs. it's brand new that president trump is about the first president in a long, long line of democrats and republicans, who doesn't really believe that the federal government should be at the forefront of billing our
infrastructure, whether it's highways, roads, bridges, water, sewer, power grid, high-speed internet. president trump is way off base on this and we should come together ourselves because people on both side offered the aisle have always believed in investing in infrastructure. now, a final word on the president's budget request. for next year we already now have debt with this year's budget request but he nut a budget request for next year which was just sent to congress. we just passed a two-year budget on friday. so the trump administration should have no illusions about its budget becoming law. it won't become law. but presidential budgets are still important to the statement of administration priorities.