tv U.S. Senate Sens. Mc Connell Schumer on Immigration Schedule CSPAN February 13, 2018 6:37pm-6:43pm EST
dealing with so-called sanctuary cities and a proposal by chris coons and senator john mccain on daca. democrats blocked that effort twice today including just a few minutes ago. there had been long periods of silence on the senate floor, quorum calls where no senators have come to the floor to speak. that's because discussions on immigration are largely happening off the floor. next up on c-span2 we will show you the senate leaders talking about the effort earlier today to bring forth those first two amendments. >> mr. president, for months senators have been clamoring for floor debate on daca, border security and other urgent issues pertaining to immigration. we certainly have had ample time to prepare. week we set aside for this debate has arrived.for this the week my democratic colleagues insisted we dedicate to this issue.
the clock is ticking but the debate has yet to begin. that's because her democratic colleagues have yet to yield back in at the post-culture time so we can begin this important debate. it were going to resolve these matters this week we need to get moving. in my view the proposal unveiled yesterday by senator grassley at a number of other senators offers our best chance to find the solution. i've committed that an amendment process will be fair. both sides will have the opportunity to submit ideas for debate for votes. but for that to happen our colleagues left to actually introduce their own and then with rather talk about them. my colleague, senator toomey, for example, has done just that. he put forward an amendment to address one of the most glaring aspects of ourat nation's broken immigration system, sanctuary
cities. i i see no reason to further dey consideration of this and other substantive proposals. so let's start bynd setting up vote ont his amendment and an amendment for my democratic colleagues, an amendment of their choosing, not mine, with their consent we can start the debate and have the first to amendment of votes. so, mr. president, consistent with that, i would ask consent that at 215 thymic today the motion to proceed to h.r. 2579b agreed to an ascii names consent senator toomey or his designee budesonide -- recognized to offer amendment 1948 and that the democratic leader or his designee budesonide to offer an amendment. further that the time until 3:3n the leaders or their designees and that following views are yielding back at that time the senate vote on the amendment in the order listed with 60 affirmative votes required for
adoption. and that no second-degree amendments be in order prior to the votes. finally, if any of the limits are adopted they become original text for purpose of further amendment. >> is their objection?ht >> reserving the right to object. >> the democratic leader. >> i appreciate the process the majority leader agreed to this week but the proposal he just offer does not address the underlying issues of this debate, why we're here to get his address dreamers nor does it for security. as i said this morning, the senate must focus on finding a bipartisan solution that addresses those two issues, dreamers and border security. rather than the partisan proposal offered by the republican leader, i suggest we consider to proposals inside the scope of debate. one for each side. that the republicans offer the president'sy plan in the form f legislation carried by the senators from iowa and arkansas
in which the leader supports. and the democrats will offer the bipartisan coons-mccain bill now a legislation that legislation that protects the dreamers, boost border security and as resources for immigration courts. each of the opening for a common one for democrats and one for republicans, and can start the process and let us know where we stand. our legislation is ready to go and we'd be happy to vote as soon as republicans have their proposal drafted ready for an amendment vote. to begin this debate as the republican leader suggests, with the getting off on the wrong foot. unrelatedfo to daca, very partisan. respectfully, i suggest we moved to the bills offered by senators grassley and senator coons instead. let's get this debate started on the right foot so i just to the leaders request. >> objection is heard. >> the first of two effort earlier today by the majority
leader to get the debate started with a couple of different amendments, democrats objecting both times. the senate will continue immigration debate tomorrow. they gambled in the ten and we expect a vote on moving forward to debate officially around 10:30 eastern. live coverage here on c-span2 but tonight highlight some today's immigration debate that is coming up at 8:00 eastern on c-span2. next at the white house briefing which today included transportation secretary elaine chao talking about the trump administration infrastructure proposal. >> hello. good afternoon. >> a good afternoon, everyone. many of you probably saw protective life corporations announcement this morning as a direct result of the trump tax cuts, , the alabama-based compay is raising the minimum wage to $15 per h