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services under chip. there are bipartisan discussions going on right now. i've talked to colleagues on both sides of the aisle this afternoon and this evening. i think those discussions have been productive. let's hope they're successful. let's hope we can resolve this thing tonight. let's hope we can have a vote to give the american people the certainty and predictability they're looking for. let's reopen government and let's get back to work. i hope all my colleagues will join me in doing that tonight. i yield back my in the senate.k my in here are senators from earlier this evening, talking about the government shutdown. there are a lot of americans who do not understand what is happening right now. republicans asked for control of the united states senate. they asked for control of the house of representatives and the white house. they got all three. they promised that by doing so, they would be able to more
effectively manage the affairs of state. that is clearly not happening right now. to governn inability as we are shutdown for the second day. tomorrow is an important day. despite the fact that we have made some progress on friday -- in orders floor thatach an agreement republicans and democrats can support. i am here with several of my colleagues to make some simple request of the united states senate. if we are really adults and will operate like grown-ups, we need to be true, responsible stewards of the government and keep the government open for a very short period of time while we negotiate a way out of this.
know, on thee democratic side and them of the republican colleagues do not think it is wise to do another month-long, continuing resolution. why don't we agreed to keep the government open tomorrow? why don't we all get together and say on monday that people will be able to access the federal government, and we can hopefully reach an agreement on a budget that is permanent, tog-term, to give certainty people by the end of the day tomorrow? i think we can do that. i will make a few more remarks. before i do, i will ask unanimous consent that the senate proceed to the immediate consideration of calendar 36 that the amendment that would provide for a continuing resolution to fund the government through monday,
january 22, 2018 be considered and agreed to. be bill as amended considered and passed, and the motion to reconsider be considered, made and laid upon the table with no intervening action or debate. objection? an >> i reserve the right to object. like theesident, gentleman from connecticut, i do not understand why the bar -- why we are here this weekend. provisions in it and has the broad support of both sides of the aisle. it has gotten to the point where we are putting so many people in jeopardy of getting critical services that they need. i think a simple request of extending the government for four weeks allows the program to be authorized for six years, it
makes a lot of sense. daca challenge is something that i am personally invested in . instead of us spending time on providing a solution to that problem, now we are talking about funding the government for 24 hours. that is not the way to conduct business for that purpose or reason. i object. >> objection is heard. >> thank you very much, mr. president. let me make a few remarks. i am sorry the gentleman has decided to object to this unanimous request to keep the government open and operating for 24 hours. let me address the central point the gentleman just made. i have heard it repeated by many members of republican leadership and of the republican senate congress.
there is no controversy because democrats agree to everything that is in the underlying continuing resolution. that is not true. three different continuing resolutions to just kick the can forward time and time again. the department of defense, as we were considering this continuing resolution on friday night, it decisionnprecedented to contradict the views of the commander in chief by stating that they did not want another continuing resolution because without real, long-term certainty for the department of defense funding, lee, the united states congress, was putting our national security at risk. democrats do not agree with -- we do notcause
believe that it is right for this government to continue to kick the can down the road. personally, there are other things and that continuing resolution that i object to as well. repeal ofs the revenue that comes into the federal government to pay for the affordable care act. it is not a straightforward continuing resolution. a further attempt by the dock then majority to affordable care act. are other provisions that many members of the senate have objections to as well. further, this idea that no negotiation happened between
republicans and democrats. that democrats are expected to a large, expensive piece of legislation with no input makes no sense either. votesrstand you need 60 to pass, but how the senate works is that in order to get the 60 votes, there has to be discussion between republicans and democrats. if i walk into a restaurant and waiter brings me a meal i did not order and then i had an obligation to pay for it, i might raise some objections. that is not how restaurants work. that is also not how the congress works. you cannot tell democrats that they have to support it, especially when there are provisions in it that many of us do not support.
i'm side that we cannot come to a simple agreement to keep this government open on monday, so that we have the time to put the pieces of a long-term government together. i think it is easier than many people think. cannot agreet we to this unanimous consent agreements. i hope we can continue to move through the night and tomorrow to make sure that we have a long-term budget agreement that makes sure that kids get their health care, the community helps hunters stay open and the military gets the funding that they need. >> senator from ohio. is inis not just what this resolution that concerns a number of us, including funding for the affordable care act. whereember the debate
members of congress have insurance paid for by taxpayers. insurance waye from so many of our constituents, constituents that make a dollars and $12 an hour. we have provided insurance through this bill. i am a democrat with my governor john kasich infighting that. what is not in this bill is what there should be for the community health centers. state,h carolina and my there are two hospitals closed. the announced closure. two major hospitals. slightly underwn 40,000 people. the closest hospital is 20 to 25
minutes away for emergency care in canton. a hospital in dayton that has announced closure, partly because of what this body, with its attacks on health insurance -- we know it has made our health care system less stable. we know how this bill has been written. down the hall, about 100 feet, senator mcconnell. the repeal act -- the tax reform bill, where 80% of the tax cuts went to the richest 1% of people was written in senator mcconnell's office by a bunch of wall street and corporate people. 49 democrats in this body and we represent more than half the
population of this country, yet we were not even included in the discussions. ,his is the first time, ever where one party controls the white house, the house, the senate and the pre-court, yet they have not even included -- they are not confident enough -- competent enough to run the government. this is the fourth resolution, the fourth continuing resolution since september. mr. president, i ask that you read will 19. -- will 19. 19.ule >>
, in states if any senator speaking or otherwise in that opinion transgresses the rules of the senate, the presiding officer shall on his own motion or at the request of another senator call to order. he shall take his seat and may not proceed without leave of the senate, which is granted shall be upon motion that he be allowed to proceed in order. any senator directing by the director to take his seat may appeal from the ruling of the chair, which appeal shall be open to debate. >> mr. president. >> senator from ohio. >> does that mean that what i said, that he did not have
writing? in his office is that what rule 19 means? >> the chair is merely reminding all senators of the rule. >> i am not impugning anyone's motives, i am just stating what i read in newspapers and what appears to be fact. add one other thing before making a motion. i appreciate the reminder from the senator from north carolina. -- i do notttis know if he is republican or democrat. he was confirmed by the senate and nominated by the president. he talked to us about the importance of giving some
permanent and predictability in the process. for us to continue to let the -- limp month at a time along one month at a time is not right. it is not a good thing for any of us. it will have damaging impacts. force secretary with whom i had breakfast with at the pentagon a few years ago is waned all the costs and expenses every time the far right wing of the republican party in the house threatened a government shutdown. the military has to spend money to prepare for if they shut the government down. we cannot run our government two weeks or three weeks at a time.
joined therom kansas banking committee. he said people want to make sure that we do not have a shutdown. people should know their options aside from doing another short-term cr. i was speaking to people in dayton today. it is the home of the wright-patterson air force base. i do not want people to go to work tomorrow morning, whether inside the fence, civilians or military, or outside the gate, i do not let them to go to work and find out that the government is closed. anotherwhy we have option. i am asking that we reopen the government right now. proceed tothe senate calendar 36, that the amendment
that would provide for continuing resolution to fund be considered and agreed to, the bills be considered and passed, the motions be considered and weighed upon the table with no intervening action or to be. -- debate. >> i reserve the right to object. i am glad to hear that the gentleman from ohio once to get the government-funded. i also think wright-patterson is a great military installation. i come from a state that is the home of the global response force in fort bragg. also home to 45% of all marines who served in the marine corps. lot about the message we're sending men and women in uniform when we cannot get our
act together. everybody here tonight is playing games with funding our government. a one days.ed for that did not happen. why don't we stay here until we get this done? not going tois come in eight or nine hours. he could get this done before 9:00 tomorrow morning. instead of asking for half measures, why don't we get in a room tonight and solve our problems? why are we kicking the can down the road a little bit? we are trying to get one month done, and for that reason, i object. >> objection is heard. senator from whole ie. >> -- hawaii. >> it sounds like you want to
stay here all night and get this done. and you be willing to work on a unanimous consent request? to regularo get order. i want to provide certainty to men and women in uniform. certainty tovide the military men and women working hard to protect this nation. >> the senator from hawaii has the floor. >> i thought i heard the senator from north carolina suggest that we stay in and get this done tonight. i think we have a chance to get a.m., andbefore 1:00 the -- if we do not get it done at 1:00 a.m., i do not think we should adjourn. i think we should be embarrassed
i this. we should stay in until we get it done. it is disappointing to me that i hear all of that, and yet when i ask you whether you would be willing to work on a unanimous intent request, the answer was no. >> senator from ohio. >> i agree from -- with the senator from hawaii. give us one day so that we can reoffend the government, so if the -- we do not finish by 7:00 in the morning -- the government is close right now. we know that. if they can just give us that day or two, all of us are willing to stay here all night. we will work as long as we need to work. to seet want the public closed signs all all -- on all
these offices. i do not want to see workers inside and outside the gate finding out that their lives have changed. up now andvernment give us a couple days to do that. from north carolina. >> let's get back to what we tried to accomplish a couple days ago. a four-week cr that funded our military for six years. then we can get on to all the other things we want to do. i have a lot of passion for the daca solution. it will not happen tomorrow or the day after tomorrow, but i believe it will happen. i prefer to get on to funding for government and then all these other matters. >> senator from new jersey. >> we have just witnessed what the problem is.
this should not be a situation where americans are being hurt. right now, americans are being hurt. we all agree that americans right now are getting hurt. we do not have to do that. senatorheard one project a simple idea. idea.ects a simple we can stay in our seats and get this done. easy way forward and no one gets hurt. .ne day let's do one day. that was rejected. said wefrom carolina should stay to the night. instead of having people worried and missing paychecks, let's
stay here all night and make everyone feel uncomfortable. it seems like the senator from north carolina has produced his own idea -- reduced his own idea. he was hounding about the military. the military itself has said a four-week cr, if i remember exactly, would be wasteful and disastrous. military leaders are saying that what we are doing is wrong. let's not kick the ball down for weeks and instead stop hurting people and get the work in the senate done. i am willing to stay here all night. it sounds like the senator from north carolina is willing to stay here all night. let's minimize the damage of this and do what we can to not hurt people.
if three days is rejected and one day is rejected, if staying here all night and working on this to get this done is rejected as well, let's take some of the most horrible people in the united ace of america -- states of america off the table. amendmenty i have an for the insurance program for community health centers. children have been pushed into a political debate. nobody denies that they are in favor for providing health care for our children. the program expired 112 days ago. for those of you who think this will cost money to provide health insurance for children, it does not cost any money.
it saves the government money. why? because when you protect children, neonatal children, babies, you save long-term health care costs. here is something that would provide millions and millions of dollars in savings, taking vulnerable children out of this political debate. if we cannot do something for our most vulnerable children, i do not know what that says about our body. 112 days this has been expired, and somehow that has been put into a four-week cr. it seems to me that we are trying to use our children as a political pawn. so many kids being affected by this. 9 million nationwide, 159,000 kids in new jersey. what is 7000 and hawaii.
hawaii. believe this is something that is common sense. it should be a matter of conscience. i would like to make sure that the children in this political fight are not hurt. i would like to make sure that our community health centers all over our country serve 25 million people nationwide. we are concerned about our military and we should be concerned about our veterans. let me say again. the health centers serve the children. let's fund them both. let's not been -- inject them into a political debate to be for as ponds -- pawns leverage.
mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that the senate proceed to the immediate consideration .f calendar number 36 the casey brown amendment for a permanent extension of the children's health insurance, a five-year extension of the community health centers program and other expired medicaid, medicare and health centers be agreed to. the bill as amended be considered, read a third time and passed and motions to reconsider be laid upon the table with no intervening action or debate. >> is there objection? >> i agree with the gentleman from new jersey. the chip to fund program, which is why we voted to extend it for six years a couple days ago.
they voted against it. i agree that the states are beginning to run out of money and we need to come up with a resolution soon. this looks more like a way to atone for a bad vote that was made a couple days ago on the part of people on the floor today. fund theo go back and government. i care about the veterans that would have been covered by the continued resolution. i care about the military and military families affected by the cr. instead of doing these sorts of measures that give some level of cover or comfort for those who voted against these same things a couple days ago, let's get back on funding the government, opening it back up and making the right decision come resulting our differences, but not through half measures. i object.
senator from ohio. >> i've heard my colleagues talk fort chip and take credit it. i am glad that they are in -- now actually for it. i have worked on chip are more than a decade. i am the only one in this room that is on the committee that worked on this. this expired september 30. earlier in september we asked to move on this. the middle of the tax bill we asked hatch to vote. ohio --r senator from it's not had a for vote. october, did not do anything. november, did not do anything. december, did not do anything.
january 21, more than a year after president trump was inaugurated and now they want to do something with chip. i care about this. the republicans control the white house. a control the senate and have majority of the house. you have had much more experience than i have. this program serving our for 112 has expired days. there have been crises and problems. experience, would that still have come to the floor for -- before 112 days? >> it would have come to the floor in september, before it expired. we talk a lot about issues and
numbers in this body, but think about this. , youe state of virginia are making nine dollars an hour and your wife is making $11 an hour. you qualify for chip because you do not have insurance. neither of you have insurance. you qualify for chip. happened to you in the last month? you got a letter from the state sorry, yoursaying health insurance is about to expire for your children. go out to the mailbox and you pick up the mail. utility envelope. you see -- you care that youlope open and see that are going to lose your health insurance. why? because the people who get we havent insurance --
insurance, but we do not care enough to do this? we had september, october, november, december, january. it is a political thing instead of genuinely caring about chip. do not try to tell us that they genuinely care about the chip beneficiaries in my state and the hundred thousand in connecticut, new jersey and hawaii. >> mr. president. >> senator from hawaii. of 19 to 22a group united states senators trying to find a pathway forward. senator schumer and o'connell had a meeting. we do not know how that went.
i think there are not that many reasons to be overly optimistic. there is a pathway out of this. we can get out of this mess. i think a lot of us understand, having served in the legislature level -- we understand how insane this is. we understand that we work very hard. i am looking at all of you and thinking about how difficult it was to arrive. whoetting, for the moment, has a temporary or long-term partisan advantage in light of this shutdown. we all know that shutdowns make this institution weaker. we all know that shutdowns make senators weaker. we do not fight tooth and nail to go through that awful
process. nobody necessarily looks forward to it. to do not go through that diminish the body in which you serve. by thisdiminished process. done more harm to the readiness of the military than the combined impact of spending cap and nine of the last 10 years, operating under cr. crs forever. purpose of the -- whatever our disagreements are, we have an opportunity pie -- by unanimous consent to not punish the american people. why not keep the government
of hawaii, we have noaa workers, we have -- we have incredible civilian dod. we have national park service people doing extraordinary work. with have lots of government employees, it is not their fault. it is not therefore. i have a very simple request. it is a little different than the others. the others were trying to avoid this cataclysm. unable tod we be avoid this cataclysm i think we should keep our government workers hole because they did not do this to us. we did this to them. my request is a simple thing, and make sure that whatever idiocy happens over the next six hours or six days or six weeks,
that they are held harmless. him so i ask unanimous consent that the senate proceed to the immediate consideration to provide for compensation of federal employees affected by lack of appropriations. that the bill be passed and the motion for reconsideration be considered late upon the table with no intervening action or debate. craig sizer and affection? reince senator from north carolina. >> reserving the right to object. i want to thank anybody who works for the federal government for all the hard work they do. i want to apologize to them on in thisf the people body that voted a couple days ago. i hope we get to the point where we can find the government and move on and resolve our differences. the daca issue is important to
me. as a practical matter, i think we will take care of the federal employees. they work hard. they deserve that. the effect is something that i will say is one of the reasons why i hate these continuing resolutions. or a shutdown is threatened to occur. one of the reasons why the short-term c.r.'s make no sense to me because tomorrow if you did a one-day c.r., then the good news is everybody would come to work tomorrow and tomorrow afternoon, you would say you're probably not going to come back on tuesday. or a three-day c.r., you go to work on -- work but then you don't know if you work on thursday many we need to fund the government and fund the chip program, based on the proposal that was voted down by my colleague who is offering this particular motion. that's not the way to do it. i want our leaders to get together. i want our members to get
together and solve these problems. these are half-measures that do in the address the root problem. the root problem is getting people together, getting them in a room to fund the government. for that reason i object joint commission on taxation. the presiding officer: objection is -- i object. the presiding officer: objection is heard. mr. schatz: i agree that it would be a half measure to open the governmentor 24 hours. it would be a half measure to pass just chip. it would be a half measure to open the government for 72 hours. but the alternative is that we're doing nothing. sure, it's a little goofy to keep the government for 24 hours as we negotiate. it's absolutely goofy. it's embarrassing. it's less embarrassing than shutting the government down while we negotiate. opening the government for 72 hours, a little strange. not our highest watermark in terms of our legislative
prowess, pretty embarrassing. what's more embarrassing? shutting the government down. passing chip after it's expired by consent, awful. you know, not the world's deliberative body's greatest moment. what's worse? objecting to doing that. we want to make sure that our federal employees are made whole and i agree with the senator from north carolina. this is a half measure. but you know what? if i'm a federal employee, i'll take a half measure because right now we're giving them nothing. i yield the floor. the presiding officer: the senator from north carolina. mr. tillis: i want to reiterate to the federal employees, i fully believe, just like these dramas in the past, that we will fund the government, they will be paid and i apologize for those who voted against the c.r. a few days ago that they are being taken through this process. i, for one, have been here three years. i have never voted against a
debt-ceiling increase because i believe we need to pay the bills that we obligated ourselves to. i never voted for a government shutdown because i believe we should do the work that we're paid here to do. i will say, in closing, that i also agree that senator heller has a great idea. when we get into this mode and we cannot actually fund the government, then why on earth should we be paid for what we're doing? i don't think any u.s. senator should be paid a dime or get health care every single day that we fail to do our job. that's something we hopefully can get unanimous consent tonight to put forth that until we solve this problem maybe we shouldn't get paid, maybe not get health care and put our money where our mouth is and then maybe we can get some things done. i yield the floor. the presiding officer: the senator from connecticut. mr. murphy: thank you, mr. president. i appreciate the senator from
north carolina offering an apology for other members on this side of the body so let me return the favor. let me offer an apology for the republican majority for the governance disaster that has occurred in the united states congress over the last year. why are we here today? we are here today because last year republicans spent all of their time and energy trying to steal health insurance from 30 million americans, trying to rescind protections for people with preexisting conditions. they spent the first half of the year trying to take insurance away from 30 million people. they were not successful because the american people rose up and told this congress that was a terrible idea. they spent the second half of the year trying to push through successfully this time a massive tax cut for the wealthy, 80% of that tax cut going to the richest 1% of americans, equally as unpopular as the health care
repeal, that one was successful. meanwhile during 2017, three disasters hit the united states in text, it, florida, -- in texas, florida, and puerto rico, and they did not pass the assistance package that is it anotherly automatic after a disaster hits. meanwhile republicans let the children's health insurance program expire and millions of frightened parents got notifications that their toddler's health care would cease to exist. meanwhile health centers in this country which provide some of the most important care to the indigent had their funding expire and all of a sudden had to make budgets -- budget plans for 2018 with half as much money as they thought they were going to get. meanwhile, republicans didn't pass a budget, forgot to pass a
single appropriations bill and c.r. after c.r. after c.r. were required. i'm sorry, on behalf of my republican friends, that they didn't do their job in 2017. i'm sorry that the american people gave control of the house and the senate and the presidency to the republican party, and they didn't pass a budget, they didn't pass disaster assistance, they didn't reauthorize the children's health care insurance program, they didn't provide assistance to health centers. we're trying to be the adults here and say that it's time to do our job. it's time to get assistance to these disaster areas. it's time to pass children's health care reauthorization for the long term, get those health centers the money that they need to keep their doors open. the department of defense needs a budget, not just for four months but for a full year.
we're not asking for much. we're just asking for congress to do its job. at some point somebody here has to be the grownup. somebody has to be the adult. and so we're saying let's keep the government open for a day, three days, as long as it takes for us to do our job but to pass another month-long continuing resolution with no hope in site for the department of defense that needs their money, the disaster areas, the kids, the health centers, it's just not what we got elected to do. this has been a governance disaster over the last year. this place has not been doing its job. and we ought to start right now. i love the suggestion of staying all night. the senator from north carolina is right, you're not going to get an agreement on all of these complicated issues this evening,
but, boy, we could try. and had we made the decision to at least keep the government open and operating for a day, three days, the pain at least would not be felt by the americans who depend on these services because of the governance disaster that has been visited upon this place over the past year. thank you. i yield the floor. a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from hawaii. mr. schatz: i have one last unanimous consent request. i appreciate the participation from the senator from north carolina. 9 last request is very simple. it's the same one with a small modification that senator mack r mccaskill made on saturday night. every time we've done a shutdown -- i've been involved in one. it was the green eggs and ham affordable care act shutdown. it was the worst period of time i ever spent in the senate.
sherrod brown always says no whining on the yacht. don't feel sorry for yourself for serving in the united states senate. it is a bridge. it is -- it is a privilege. it is a great job but shutdowns are miserable. but during that shutdown and during every other shutdown that i'm aware of, we always took care of our service members. and so senator mccaskill on friday night made sure that we just put that u.c. in so that we made sure that everyone who is serving in harm's way or prepared to serve in harm's way supports our military, gets paid. and frankly, i understand in the heat of the moment on friday night when there's still a lot of -- there's a lack of claritity whether we're going to get through it without a shutdown, i understand nobody wanted to allow a u.c. request of any sort to go through. but then friday comes and it's
not at all clear that we're going to move on this thing. and now we're into sunday and i don't know where we are with this but i'm getting increasingly worried. and so it's really hard for me to understand why we wouldn't unanimously consent to pay our service members. so, mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that the senate proceed to the immediate consideration of calendar number 36, h.r. 1301, that the amendment at the desk providing for the continuing appropriations for pay and death benefits for members of the armed services be considered agreed to, the bill as amended be considered read a third time and passed, and that motions to reconsider be considered made and laid upon the table with no intervening action or debate. the presiding officer: is
there objection? mr. tillis: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from north carolina. mr. tillis: mr. president, reserving the right to object. i want to go back and talk about the concept of doing our jobs. so loud, i could hear myself. we've done a lot of stuff over the last 12 months. for people to say we haven't done anything, then let's go back and talk about the 12 circuit judges, neil gorsuch on the supreme court, extraordinary regulatory reform, a number of very positive things. i know that your perspective is different based on what side of the aisle you're on, but i'm actually very proud of what we as a congress have accomplished and what this president has accomplished. now -- reserving the right to object. i do object. mr. president, i would like to ask unanimous consent that the senate proceed to immediate consideration of calendar 31,
h.r. 1301, that the amendment at the desk which provides for the full funding for authorized activities in the national again taition authorization act be considered agreed to, the bill as amended be considered read a third time and passed, the motion to consider be considered -- reconsider be considered and made and laid on the table with no intervening action or debate. mr. schatz: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator -- the objection has been heard to the request from the senator from hawaii. is there objection to the request from the senator from north carolina? mr. schatz: mr. president, reserving the right to object. i'm a member of the defense appropriations subcommittee on the appropriations committee. and the way as the senator from north carolina knows, that we do defense appropriations is with great care. we have markups. we find out what each service branch needs in terms of
personnel, in terms of bases and installation, in terms of new acquisitions. and that process takes a fair amount of time. and that markup is not done. and so i would love to move on dense appropriation -- defense appropriations, but from the standpoint of responsibly spending hundreds of billions of dollars, we're not there yet. so, therefore, i be dispensed w. the presiding officer: is there objection? without objection. mr. mcconnell: mr. president, i wanted to give all of our colleagues an update on where we are. i want to that right by thanking senator graham, senator flake, and senator collins who have been working across the aisle to help resolve the impasse we find ourselves in. when the democrat filibuster of the government funding bill ends, when it comes to an end, the serious bipartisan