Ayotte (UC), Shaheen, Wyden, Murkowski

MTP to Trade Promotion Authority Vehicle (H.R. 1314)

Senator Ayotte: (2:51 PM)

  • Unanimous Consent –
    • The Senate proceed to the immediate consideration of H.R. 606, the Don't Tax Our Fallen Public Safety Heroes Act.
    • The Senate pass H.R. 606.
  • (Without objection)
  • Spoke on the Don't Tax Our Fallen Public Safety Heroes Act.
    • "That's what this bill does today, to make sure that they don't have to wait to receive benefits that they should receive, that they don't have to go through a rigmarole with the I.R.S. to make sure that these benefits aren't taxed. And I also want to mention that, unfortunately, every state experiences the loss of our public safety officers for what they do hon our behalf. And in New Hampshire, not only have we, unfortunately, lost Patrolman Steven Arkel a year ago, but in 2012 we also lost Greenland Chief of Police Mike Maloney, who was about to retire. Both of those families have been down here for this Police Week, and our prayers continue to be with their families. And for the families of every single law enforcement and fire chief and firefighter, all those who make sure that we are safe every single day, and I'm so glad in this legislation has passed during national police week."


Senator Shaheen: (2:58 PM)

  • Spoke on the Don't Tax Our Fallen Public Safety Heroes Act.
    • "When the worst happens in the line of duty to a loved one, the last thing a surviving family should have to worry about is navigating the federal tax code. And for too long, families of police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty have had to wrangle with the I.R.S. to exempt death benefits from taxation. They've had to hire lawyers and wait years for a ruling from the I.R.S. and in the meantime, their urgently needed benefits are held up. This is just unacceptable. And today, it ends. Thankfully, the House and Senate have passed a bill to exempt these death benefits from taxation and end any ambiguity that may have existed. So this is legislation that should not just help the Arkell family but should help families across this country."


Senator Wyden: (3:02 PM)

  • Spoke on trade.
    • "All the evidence suggests that in 2025, there are going to be a billion middle-class workers in the developing world. These are going to be workers, with money, money to spend. And they a going to buy computers and helicopters, bicycles. Their companies will buy planes. The list goes on and on. It's my hope, and I think the hope of every member of the United States Senate, that we have a trade policy that ensures that our workers can have want opportunity to export what we make here and what we grow here, and the products of the united States to this billion-parson middle-class market. Let's take this opportunity, a bipartisan opportunity, to have a fresh new trade policy that increases the prospect of having American workers, the best and most competitive workers on the planet, be able to sell the goods and services that they make and deliver to that enormous market that wants to buy American."


Senator Murkowski: (3:19 PM)

  • Spoke on trade.
    • "We have engaged in study after study after study. There has been about eight different very reputable studies out there and each and every one of them has come to the same conclusion, that allowing for the lifting of the export ban will not increase the price of gas to the consumer, and I think it's important to reaffirm that. But I would urge my colleagues who are ready to vote for Trade Promotion Authority to consider joining my effort. My colleague, Senator Heitkamp from North Dakota is working with me on the other side to again lift this ban, to extend the principle of free trade to crude oil exports. We export natural gas, we export diesel, jet fuel, gasoline, natural gasoline, propane, coal, so many other petroleum products. And I should end by reminding people that the ban that we have in place does allow for certain limited amounts of export."