Washington, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor to provide an update on government funding legislation before a vote to confirm Franklin Parker as Assistant Secretary of the Navy. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks:
It was a very late night for those of us who were here and the staff. It was 2:00 AM when we finished; 2:01, to try to finish an agreement on the omnibus bill.
We are getting ever closer to reaching an agreement but we are still not there.
I hope that we will lock an agreement in sometime later this morning.
In the meantime, we will start today with a vote on the confirmation of Franklin Parker to serve as Assistant Secretary of the Navy.
I want to thank my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for their cooperation. I thank the clerks for being here late, late last night as we waited and waited and waited for an agreement which hasn't yet come. And thank you for showing up early this morning.
And I hope we can finish the omnibus today. There's no reason why we can't. The bill is so important to get done because it will be good for families, for veterans, our national security, even for the health of our democratic institutions.
To go to a C.R. Or even worse, a government shutdown, would be a huge disservice at any time, and particularly at holiday season, to the American people.
To ensure that we minimize any delays I ask members to stay near the floor and be ready to get voting when the time comes. If we can keep this process moving then we can finish in time for members and staff to get home for Christmas safely before the blizzard wreaks havoc across much of the country.