Cornyn, Barrasso, Roberts

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

Senator Cornyn: (12:36 PM)

  • Spoke on criminal justice.
    • "We have introduced is something we call the national Criminal Justice Commission Act, which would create a commission to provide a top-down review of our entire criminal justice system. After completing a review of the system, this bipartisan commission would work for a unanimous recommendation on how to strengthen it and Congress could, much like the 9/11 Commission, take bits and pieces of it. We wouldn't need to embrace all of it, or any of it, for that matter, but at least we would have the good and thoughtful work product of some experts who would be able to make recommendations to us in a number of areas. I was just at a meeting where somebody asked about the over-criminalization of the regulatory state and that's a real problem. And the fact that you can commit a crime without even intending to commit a crime if you happen to violate some regulation somewhere. That's a real problem. So there are a number of areas that I think we need to look at. And as I know that our attention was riveted by what happened in Baltimore and Ferguson, I think that those are symptoms of a much bigger challenge and I think this commission would help us focus on building consensus and producing actionable results."


Senator Barrasso: (1:04 PM)

  • Spoke on Iran.
    • "It named 12 areas, 12 specific areas where Iran was going to address these concerns. The director general of that organization, the International Atomic Energy Agency, now says that Iran has addressed only one of the 12 that they promised to address. Only one of 12 things it was supposed to do under the last deal from 2013. What's changed since then to make President Obama and the Obama administration think that Iran is going to comply with this deal? Why should we suddenly trust Iran now? What is there in the agreement that will force Iran to do what it says that it will do? Congress needs to keep a very close eye on any final agreement. Whatever happens, the deal with Iran must be enforceable. It must be verifiable. It must be accountable. We know that President Obama is looking to finish out his time by polishing his legacy. Congress needs to make sure that this deal is about protecting America and protecting Americans, not protecting the president's diplomatic legacy."


Senator Roberts: (3:10 PM)

  • Spoke on Iran.
    • "A month ago, reports revealed Russia's intention to sell the S-300 to Iran. I was alarmed when I asked my colleagues what they knew about the immediacy of this sale before it was made public in news reports. More specifically, members of the Intelligence Committee. And it became apparent no one in the Senate had been fully briefed. I cannot imagine any of my colleagues not wanting to know who is and who may be planning to arm or why the administration would not be willing to share this information with the Congress - and know it themselves. Our intelligence community can and surely must do better. By requiring President Obama and future presidents as well to provide Congress with timely, actionable intelligence on Iran's weapons and their systems, my amendment ensures that Congress can make informed decisions with regard to our national security. For Congress to support an agreement, Congress must be kept informed. If a nuclear agreement with Iran has even the slightest chance of preventing a nuclear Iran, then weigh must be vigilant at least to insure other nations are not arming Iran and putting our allies in increased risk. My amendment strengthens this bill by ensuring Congress obtain oversight on every country, especially Russia, regarding weapon sales to Iran."