Washington, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor on the Senate advancing appropriations legislation. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:
In a moment, Senator Murray will move to suspend rule 16, and file cloture on that motion. This is an effort to move forward on the minibus, and keep the appropriations process on track here in the Senate.
It’s unfortunate that one member—who does not represent the views of most Senators—prevented us from moving forward last week.
But I believe a majority of Senators want to keep moving forward. Our Republican colleagues have asked for regular order and we have worked with them to let that happen. It was with the cooperation and guidance of Republican appropriators that we brought these three appropriations bills to the floor. And we have said we will allow amendments. In short, we are doing what our Republican colleagues have properly asked for: pursuing regular order.
So I hope Senators from both sides will vote to allow the appropriations process to continue. A deep debt of gratitude and thank you for the hard work to Chair Murray, Vice Chair Collins, and appropriators on both sides of the aisle.