Sessions, Nelson, Thune

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

Senator Sessions: (11:47 AM)

  • Spoke on trade.
    • "It's time for us to move away from a religious view on trade and go by what's happening in the real world. If our businesses, our manufacturers and our American workers are not being treated fairly on the world stage, we should take action to ensure that they are. I believe in trade and I've supported it over the years, but I think it's time for us, in light of declining wages, declining middle class, surging trade deficits, to ask ourselves - can't we do better with our trade agreements? And here we have this huge one representing 40% of the world economy, creating a new commission with all kinds of powers to be able to add new members that we may not approve of. And we're just going to pass it, hardly without reading it? Very few senators have been to the secret room to see what's in the document."


Senator Nelson: (12:14 PM)

  • Spoke on trade.
    • "If it were subject to the amendatory process here in the Senate and the House, it would get pecked to death. It would never survive the legislative wars. And thus the need for this Trade Promotion Authority, the T.P.A. that we have in front of us. I believe that we will pass it. I believe that it will be an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote, and I believe that a big vote out of the Senate will send a significant message to the House where there are some rumblings of problem, but at the end of the day, when the joint commanders in chiefs come in front of you and say that this is one of the most important things for them, for the national security interests of the United States in that region of the world, the pacific arena, then at the end of the day, it likely will pass. And in this senator's judgment, it will be in the interests of our country."
  • Spoke on the PATRIOT Act.
    • "And so this senator from Florida is going to support the U.S.A. Freedom Act because it is so necessary that by the end of this month, the PATRIOT Act does not cease to exist because of all the other provisions in it that allow our intellectual property rights to try to get the information to protect us before the terrorist can strike. I can tell you as a former member of the Intelligence Committee at a time that this PATRIOT Act was drawn up and later amended, I can tell you as a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, it is my judgment that this is clearly in the national security interest, we cannot take the risk to let the PATRIOT Act cease to exist so that we do not have the tools to protect ourselves. My final comment is, every day these bad guys are trying to do us in. Every day they're trying all kinds of things to find what is the little nuance or what is the little defect in our defenses."


Senator Thune: (12:37 PM)

  • Spoke on ISIS.
    • "We need our president to show absolute conviction that defeating ISIS is his number-one priority. Not trying to reach a mediocre compromise on an Iranian nuclear deal, not having Secretary Kerry fly to Sochi to shake hands with Putin while he occupies the territories of other countries, not a summit at Camp David to lecture our allies on what America thinks is in their best interest, there is a terror organization killing people as we speak in a country that we fought to liberate from a brutal dictator. We had won in Iraq. We had defeated this insurgency until it was determined for political reasons we should pack up and go home. The president claims he doesn't want to get dragged into another prolonged war. Unfortunately, that is exactly what he is doing. There is no way to beat ISIS with half measures. There is no way to negotiate with ISIS. Unless ISIS is defeated, it will grow and spread like a cancer. This president throughout his administration has shown himself to be crippled by indecision. Against ISIS we need decisive action and we need it now."
  • Spoke on Memorial Day.
    • "The maturation of our air combat capabilities from the origins of aerial combat from biplanes to the sophisticated air frames and advanced weapons systems on which we rely today rests heavily upon the courage of American fighter aces. These aviators represent the best of our American armed forces and helped shape history with their courage. As we reflect on the gallant service of America's fighter aces, may we also remember all of those who answered the call to serve, all of those who supported the effort on the home front, and those to whom, we are forever indebted, those who made the ultimate sacrifice. This Memorial Day, as a free and grateful nation, may we remember those who have fought and died for this country."