Flake, Warner, Rubio

Morning Business

Senator Flake: (5:37 p.m)

  • Spoke in tribute to Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Joe George.
    • "Joe threw a heaving line to rescue the wounded sailors from the sinking ship. Suspended 40 feet in the air, the six sailors climbed 70 feet high hand over hand or 70 feet hand over hand across the rope to safety aboard the Vestal. These sailors did all this while enduring injuries so severe that two would succumb to their wounds in the weeks following the attack. As they struggled across the heavy line, Joe George remained close by all the while encouraging the men to push on. The four sailors who survived their injuries reach returned to serve with honor during World War II. And went on to live long lives. I spoke with two of them and hearing about the injuries that they had and still they were able to return to service in - in the Second World War was amazing. Joe's legacy of heroism will remain alive in their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren of the four sailors who survived the infamous day thanks to Joe's incredible bravery and service."

 

Senator Warner: (5:42 p.m)

  • Spoke in tribute to government intelligence professionals.
    • "Mr. President, too often our federal workers are disrespected and demeaned by those who attempt to use them as scapegoats for all that is allegedly wrong here in Washington. In reality, thousands of our nation's dedicated civil servants work tirelessly every day to make our government work for and by the people. Today I wish to focus for a moment on one such group of outstanding federal employees, those who work across our nation's intelligence agencies to keep our nation safe. Most of these professionals work in anonymity. Many risk their lives far away from the limelight. That is how it should be, for they are sworn to secrecy, even from their families and loved ones. Over the last decade and a half, our intelligence professionals have increasingly been deployed overseas into war zones and other high-threat environments. Regrettably, some have made the highest sacrifice, laying down their lives for their country. For their service, the risk they take, and the sacrifices they make every day and because they do not hear this nearly enough, let me say thank you to the intelligence community. As a senator from the Commonwealth of Virginia, I'm proud to represent thousands of current and former members of the intelligence community who live, work, or retire in our great state. I'm also proud to represent these individuals in my current capacity as vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee."

 

Senator Rubio: (6:01 p.m)

  • Spoke on FDA reauthorization.
    • "However, this provision in the law, it specifically exempts cancer drugs. In essence it says to a pharmaceutical company, if you are going to study the saved and efficacy of a drug, if there is a real population out there that suffers in children, you have to test it on cancer as well, except if it is a cancer drug. One of the reasons why that is in there is because technology, medical technology at the time that that law was put in place, it didn't allow researchers to target the genetic structure of cancer. In essence, at the time it didn't allow them to say we can go in and find the genetic markers of a cancer and test against it. And as a result that's why it didn't have that requirement. Even now, however, we do have that capability. Today the technology exists to pinpoint the similarities in adult and childhood cancer genomes. So the technology has now reached a point where you can treat the specific genome of a cancer, whether it is an adult or in a child. That's where the technology has gone to. But the law has not been updated to keep up with it. The result is there are a lot of adult advances being made and we don't know if it works in children. Because we haven't - they haven't been forced to test it and so the race for children's act, which is the law that Senator Bennet and I offered and is included in the F.D.A reauthorization, it closes that loophole."