WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, today released the following statement regarding remarks made by his colleagues on the Senate floor honoring his historic year in the Senate:
“I am humbled to hear Majority Leader McConnell, Minority Leader Schumer, and Vice Chairman Leahy speak about my achievements in the Senate this year. We have worked hard to move funding bills through regular order to restore the Senate’s appropriations process, as well as the faith of the American people. I am grateful to have been given this opportunity. Our progress so far is encouraging, and I hope we can continue on this path.
“Further, I am honored to have cast my 10,000th vote in the Senate this year. Thank you to the great people of my home state of Alabama who have voted to keep me in office for over 30 years, and to my colleagues and staff who have supported me along the way. This is truly a privilege.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) began the remarks and was followed by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.).
Leader McConnell noted that under Senator Shelby’s leadership, the Senate Appropriations Committee completed a markup process that reported out all 12 spending bills faster than it had in any year since 1988, three decades ago. He also pointed out that for the first time since 2000, the Senate has passed a majority of its annual appropriations measures before the beginning of August.