Timothy Cama 07/28/14 04:15 PM EDT
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) said the House-passed highway funding bill fails to provide the kind of certainty states need to invest in long-term infrastructure projects.
Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) said money for the Coast Guard should be included in an emergency funding bill to deal with the crisis at the border.
“If we could have a greater percentage of those drugs interdicted then we would seriously start to diminish some of this migration to the north,” Nelson said.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) called on Congress to immediately pass legislation to provide Israel emergency funding for its Iron Dome missile defense system.
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report shows that thousands of Department of Defense (DOD) employees and contractors owe the government more than $700 million in taxes.
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) demanded the “essential precondition” that any bill passed to deal with the influx of immigrant children include language prohibiting President Obama from issuing more executive actions on immigration laws.
With only a week left to pass legislation to fund the Highway Trust Fund and border security before the August recess, lawmakers will spend Monday debating nominations and suspension bills.
Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) introduced a bill Thursday that would require the administration to ensure that funds made available to Iran through sanction relief aren't used to support terrorism.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing next week on gun violence against women.
Blumenthal called on the DOJ to investigate scammers targeting relatives of migrant children.