Cruz (UC), Cardin, Portman, Carper, Inhofe

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

Senator Cruz: (4:58 PM)

  • Spoke on Iran.
    • "I urge my colleagues to adopt the Cruz-Toomey amendment which is a commonsense fix that will give this bill real teeth by removing the resolution of disapproval and instead would allow an Iran deal to go into effect only if Congress approves it. In the spirit of this legislation, it is purely procedural so it is germane to this bill. And yet Senate Democrats have blocked a vote on it. They have refused even to vote on this amendment. All this amendment does is ensure that the burden is on President Obama to persuade Congress and the American people that the deal is a good one, or at a very minimum, is not a terrible threat to the national security of the United States of America. This should be something we come together, not as Republicans, not as Democrats, but as senators who have a responsibility to protect our constituents, to protect the American people and to defend the constitution."
  • Unanimous Consent –
    • When the Senate resumes consideration of H.R. 1191, the legislative vehicle for the Iran nuclear agreement review act, Senator Cruz be recognized to offer Amendment #1152 to H.R. 1191.
  • (Senator Cardin objects)


Senator Cardin: (5:27 PM)

  • Spoke on Iran.
    • "There are three basic problems with my friend's amendment if it were to be adopted. One, it would either defeat the bill, which is very possible because it changes the fundamentals of this bill. We are looking at reviewing an agreement that does not require consent because Congress, in fact, may decide it does not want to take the issue up. That's one of the options. Secondly, if it were adopted, it could very well affect our ability to negotiate with Iran. They may say, gee, we've got to negotiate with the president, then we've got to negotiate with the Congress and our negotiating partners who don't have those circumstances might very well say, that's the end of the negotiations. And then the United States is blamed and we are isolated as the country that prevented a diplomatic solution to this very, very difficult problem. Or, third, it puts our negotiators in a tough position because they don't have the united position. Therefore, we won't negotiate, won't have the strength to negotiate the strongest possible deal."


Senator Portman: (5:36 PM)

  • Spoke on Iran.
    • "Regardless of what we ends up doing with regard to the Iranian nuclear agreement - and I'm very concerned about what I see in the framework agreement - we have to be careful about relieving sanctions because Iran is the number-one state sponsor of terrorism in the world. That's based on our own State Department. With us providing them sanctions relief, it frees up resources that they can then use for some of their terrorist activity around the globe. I returned from Israel a couple of days ago and got some briefings that were troubling with regard to Iran's support of Hezbollah, additional and more sophisticated missiles and guidance systems, what's happening even with the other groups in the region including a Sunni group, Hamas in providing rockets there."
  • Spoke on the Permitting Improvement Act.
    • "One, it does strengthen coordination and deadline setting, creates an interagency council to identify best practices, deadlines for reviews and approvals of important infrastructure projects, strengthens cooperation between the state and local permitting authorities to avoid the duplication you see too often as you try to get a permit and build something. Facilitates greater transparency, more public participation with an online dashboard, so you can find out who's holding this up, how can we get it moving. It requires the agencies to accept comments from stake holders early in the process with the goal of identifying problems early on so it doesn't end up stopping the project. Finally, it institutes some very sensible litigation reforms. I thank my colleague from Delaware. It reduces the statute of limitations on lawsuits, from six years down to two years. This is legislation that can unite both of our parties, help get our economy going, something the president's own jobs council has called for, something also the business groups have called for including the chamber of commerce and business roundtable."


Senator Carper: (5:44 PM)

  • Spoke on the Public Service Recognition Week
    • "I rise today, though, to recognize the efforts of the men and women who serve their neighbors every day as federal, state, county municipal workers. In 1985, the Public Service Round Table started the first public service recognition to honor the hard work of public employees and the sacrifices they often make. Since then, the first week of May has been officially designated by Congress as the Public Service Recognition Week and this week is the 30th anniversary and I think a perfect opportunity for each of us to show our appreciation to the millions of public servants in our communities and across our country. Over the past several months, I have been coming to the Senate floor, as some of my colleagues know, to highlight the important work being done by public employees at the Department of Homeland Security."


Senator Inhofe: (5:53 PM)

  • Spoke on climate change.
    • "Now, here are the three tenets of climate change alarmism that can be found in any related speech which we heard the president recite during his recent Earth Day speech. Those three tenets are, number one, climate change is human-caused. Number two, climate change is already wreaking havoc across the globe. And, number three, we must act today, now, before terrible things happen, the world coming to and he. Now, these three main tenets can be found on just about every administrative agency page and they are creeping into every federal policy determination … all evidence, archaeological evidence, scriptural evidence, is that climate has changed. We all accept that. The big issue is, is it because of human emissions? And that's where the science now shows clearly that it's not."