McConnell, Hatch, Nelson

Vehicle for Trade Promotion Authority (H.R. 1314)

Senator McConnell: (10:57 AM)

  • Spoke on trade.
    • "I'm very happy the Senate has decided to take another step forward on this very important initiative not only of the president but of the majority party as well and I thank the folks on the other side who are also similarly inclined. And let me just make it clear, Senator Hatch and Senator Wyden have done a terrific job on this. They are hope to continue to try to get amendments. We still have the opportunity to do that. As everyone knows, it requires some level of cooperation because anybody can object to somebody else getting an amendment. But Senator Hatch and Senator Wyden are anxious to do additional business, to open it up for more amendments and with everybody's cooperation, that could be achieved."


Senator Hatch: (10:58 AM)

  • Spoke on trade.
    • "I want to thank all our colleagues for their support in helping us get this far. This last vote was a major step forward on this important legislation. We've got a few more votes that we're going to have to do and we're getting very close to maybe doing this very important bill. And I hope that now that we've taken this step, we can find a way to let us finish this legislation in short order. I'm willing to work with my colleagues to get us there. Once again, I just want to thank everyone for who supported this today. It means a lot to me personally."


Senator Nelson: (1:27 PM)

  • Spoke on oil spills.
    • "Today I am introducing legislation that implements many of the hard lessons learned in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon B.P. oil spill. This legislation is going to make sure that NOAA and the Coast Guard have the tools to prevent, to prepare for, and to respond to marine oil spills. The bill is going to give gulf coast communities a seat at the table in the decisions about oil drilling that affect their way of life. It will strengthen state-level planning for oil spills or seismic exploration. But, most importantly, the bill will protect Florida from big oil's reach by keeping the eastern Gulf of Mexico off-limits beyond 2022 in statute until 2027. Back in 2006 we passed the bipartisan Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act. In that act, that's what we did in establishing this off-limits in law. But now some of our neighboring states, at the behest of big oil, are trying to drill again and to drill off of Florida. We're going to do everything that we can to make sure we don't lose another tourism season."