Gardner, Barrasso, Murphy, Blunt, Cotton

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

Senator Gardner: (9:59 AM)

  • Spoke on North Korea.
    • "Today we are reaping the harvest of failed policies of engagement with a regime that has no respect for international agreements or international norms. As it negotiates with other rogue states that seek to obtain nuclear weapons to threaten the free world, I urge the administration to draw the appropriate conclusions from our failed North Korea policy. As we talk about human rights violations, as we talk about violations of international norms just in the reports today, headline stories, North Korea said to execute a top official with an antiaircraft gun. This is a country violating human rights, killing its own people and willing to watch as its own people starve to death. Now killing people in reports with antiaircraft guns. This is a regime that doesn't deserve strategic patience but deserves the full commitment of the United States in our efforts to make sure that we are bringing peace to the region and long-term peace to the world."


Senator Barrasso: (10:06 AM)

  • Spoke on trade.
    • "I know a lot of senators have serious concerns about how President Obama has abused his authority in unchecked and unprecedented ways. A lot of Americans have those same concerns. This bill is not just about this president. It's about the next president and the one after that. It's about American workers, American families, and growing the American economy for all of us. It's about making sure that America continues to lead and Americans continue to prosper. American exports to other countries are the key to this. This bill - this one right now on the floor - can make sure all of that happens, and it makes sure that the American people have their say. It's time for Senate Democrats to call off their destructive fight with the president. It's time for Senate Democrats to stop blocking trade, stop blocking jobs, and stop blocking progress for American families and for our economy."


Senator Murphy: (10:22 AM)

  • Spoke on gun violence.
    • "We don't endorse simple gun safety technology to make sure that the gun that was used to kill Officer Moore can't be used by someone that isn't its intended user, its owner. It's technology developing that we could help, that we could assist that would cut down on the use of stolen firearms in order to kill. In order to hurt people. And so I'll just keep coming down to the floor whatever chance I get to tell a handful of these tragic stories from Connecticut to New York to Chicago to Los Angeles, giving voices to the victims of gun violence so that someday, somehow the United States Senate will recognize, though we can't eliminate these numbers, though we can't bring them down to zero, by smart, commonsense legislation, we can make sure these numbers are much, much lower than they are today with much, much less tragedy visited on American families and much, much less cost to American taxpayers."


Senator Blunt: (10:47 AM)

  • Spoke on the Rafael Ramos and Jane Lu National Blue Alert Act.
    • "The Rafael Ramos and Jane Lu National Blue Alert Act. This bill created a national alert system to apprehend violent criminals who have seriously injured or killed police officers. These two officers were killed while in their squad car. This alert system would be used to quickly get that information to other police agencies and to the public as you are trying to find someone who would think about doing that sort of thing. We passed that bill on April 30. The House of Representatives passed it yesterday. It's now on the way to the president's desk and a good thing for us to step up and be willing to do. This is a job where you go to work every day not knowing what's likely to happen that day."
  • Spoke on trade.
    • "I was disappointed yesterday that we weren't able to move forward and not vote on a trade agreement but to vote on the framework that at some point in the future would allow us to negotiate a trade agreement. You can't get the final negotiation on a trade agreement unless the people you're negotiating with know that that trade agreement's going to be voted on yes or no by the United States Congress. It can't be an agreement that the Congress can go back and look at and say well, we really don't like that provision, and we don't like this provision. Let's send it back, let's not do what they said that they were willing to do as part of this negotiation. Trade is good for us."


Senator Cotton: (11:01 AM)

  • Spoke on foreign policy.
    • "We are reaping the fruits of President Obama's weakness in 2013. There are two simple lessons we must draw from the sad sequence of events. First, our country's word on the international stage must be good and it must be credible. When a president draws a red line and fails to back it up, it only emboldens our enemies and makes America appear as the weak horse. Remember, Osama bin Laden famously said that when given a choice between a weak horse and strong horse, people will by nature root for the strong horse. Under President Obama, America increasingly looks like the weak horse. Second, we cannot trust tyrannical regimes to abide by agreements unless we force them to do so. This means that any agreement with Iran about its nuclear weapons program must contain the most stringent conditions, impose most intrusive verification procedures and ultimately prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapons capability. The framework agreement President Obama has reached with meets none of those standards. The administration's concealment of Syria's cheating surely foreshadows how it will look the other way when Iran cheats on any final deal."