tv U.S. Senate Sen. Schumer on Police Week Other Issues CSPAN May 16, 2019 1:15am-1:29am EDT
police week we all remember the men and women in law enforcement who have made the ultimate sacrifice also thank you to all of our police officers who worked day and night to keep our community safe. i willnf share a special thanks to all law enforcement members from new york who in my view are the gold standard of police work i grew up in a neighborhood with police officers and you would always know even as a kid when that phone rang and the spice on - - the spouse almost always the wife and said i hope this not the call that i dreaded this is the job of a police officer and their family and that isthat to risk their safety for our safety and they do a great job. and as we recognize the contributions we should
acknowledge what we can do in congress to make their jobs safer and easier. make our streets safer to have comprehensive background check legislation. help law enforcement combat foreign opioids by passing by partisan acts to provide devices so when a police officer can tell if sentinel is part of the crime scene and take precautions to protect themselves because we know how deadly it is even if it gets on your skin or in your nostrils and do more to care for the families for fallen officers. that's why i am proud to fight alongside with my colleagues senator gillibrand and so manyto others for this september 11th compensation fund to make sure it has the necessary funding the new york police department n.y.p.d. added the names of 50 police officers to the 9/11 memorial wall those
who died of 9/11 related illnesses it is our duty to take care of theseed families and the first step is to ensure the victims compensation fund is in the fund to compensateat so to law enforcement thank you for your service it is an honor to represent you in the senate and for your sacrifices you have made every day. now during the same week we mark the 60th anniversary of the historic brown v board of education leader mcconnell has scheduled votes on nominees whose views directly contradict t the spirit and equality of justice that brown represents. it is appalling putting somebody on the bench after we have made so much progress consider the nomination fromun texas he has peddled
conspiracies of widespread voter fraud once called obama and un-american imposter bows to arab sheiks this is the man we put on the bench? is supposed to see both sides that hard right ideologues who will do damage to this country for a generation. and approved by the republican senate yesterday to sit on the district court in texas he will sit on the bench for life. you always try to put on the bench people that are o moderate clinton and barack obama hear we have a parade of narrow ideologues and that is not who should be on the bench
here is another one kenneth lee of california. his writingspp reveal shocking positions on race and diversity and affirmative-action women's reproductive freedoms he once wrote it is a malodorous sickness and that sexism that wwe have all seen and heard with more than half of our population experiences is irrelevant pouting. that's a man to put on the bench? he was confirmed today to preside over cases dealing with gender discrimination. consider wendy vedder nominated to the eastern district once promoted the idea contraceptives cause cancer and claimed that planned parenthood kills 150,000 women annually and00 also said brown v board was incorrectly decided on the very anniversary to be voted on in lockstep of all those on
the republican side she refuses to acknowledge brown v board was correctly decided and said instead the decisions are the benefit of hindsight whatever that means and in the same district the first african-american child to attend the all white school in the south the senate confirmed who claimed hindsight was needed to understand why the decision would go to the same school as a white child that is who we are putting on the bench not just conservatives but republicans but hard right narrow ideologues? with no understanding for sympathym or people who don't look like them or pray like them or mary like them. what is wrong? if you need the benefit of hindsight to understand their brown v board of education put
an end to school segregation leading to the end of apartheid was correctly decided then you should not be a federal judge. in the spirit of the brown anniversary and what it takes to oppose the nomination this afternoon now to puerto rico. briefly mister president as negotiations on a final package of disaster aid continue, i want to stress to everyone we must remain focused on reaching an agreement as swiftly as possible disaster stricken americans the west and south and 3 million of puerto rico congress to deliver relief. and in some cases that is over one year ago the republicans were not willing and originally they just bow
down. they thought they could rollover the house democratic minority didn't think we would stand up but we did it now thankfully we are making progress puerto ricans cannot be left out of the package so now we must avoid the poison pill it willid cost and as for something unreasonable to delay disaster aid once again. so to my republican colleagues, let's do this together and do it in the right way. let's do it in the way that can pass the house and president trump will sign the bill. we have to make sure this legislation gets across the finishsh line every time the president intervenes it is held up.
so now the alabama abortion bill last night the republican senate passed perhaps the most abortion my in the country bands abortion at every stage of pregnancy imposes criminal penalties for any doctor that performs one no exception in the case of rape or incest. even if the victim is a child who is raped then has to have the baby. the alabama bill is as extreme as itk gets and doesn't have that woman's constitutional right to make private medical decisions to deeply turn women into criminals to make personal medical decisions the alabama abortion bill should never have passed it should not be signed and if she does it should be swiftly struck
down by the courts. now with iran over the past two days coming to light with public reporting that the trump administrationna team has reviewed a plan to place as many as 120,000 us troops in the mideast should tensions with iran escalate i was stunned to read this report yesterday in "the new york times" to have a maximum pressure campaign of sanctions against iran but is that simultaneously reviewing plans for war? the president meanwhile denies the report while also saying he would absolutely send ground troops to the middlet east and i'm'm paraphrasing how we learn the lessons for the last decade?
there is an alarming lack of clarity to come up with a strategy to make it clear to congress under 20000 troops it should be discussed with congress ahead of time. open hearings and close briefings any potential increase of the military presence should have caused - - consultation with congress anything beyond that requires this body to act president trumpwh what is his strategy?
where are you headed and why are you talking to congress about it? finally, it was reported the department of hud proposed rule to bar families with mixed immigration status from receiving public housing assistance even if everyone but one member is a legal resident of the family of six and there are american citizens but a husband is not and not here legally they will out.them all the risk of displacing tens of thousands of legal residence who are american citizens including 55000 children. the administration has created a crisis after crisis with the immigration community will they create another to take 555,000 young american children almost all of whom are citizens and just kick them out on the stree
street. we know there's very little affordable housing but it is another example of the trump administration's desire to separate families and disrupt communities. there is nothing to say about this proposed rule but that it is cruel and wrong and even more chaos that the administration has created already in an effort to appear more punitive the administration has conjured up o the rulesam for tens of thousands of homelessness for away from theirge families so scrap this idea now. i yield the floor mr. president. the presiding officer: the senator from missouri. mr. hawley: are we in a quorum call? call? . >> mister president it is an honor to rise