Blumenthal, Coons, Cantwell, Carper

McConnell (for Crapo) Amendment #2151, as modified, to the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act (S. 2155)

Senator Blumenthal: (10:24 a.m.)

  • Spoke on gun control.
    • "Today is a momentous one in the capitol because the students of America are giving us a real-life lesson in the American Constitution. Their energy and passion is a civics lesson for America, and what a proud and wonderful moment today is for our democracy. Sad, indeed tragic that this lesson must concern gun violence that has taken such a devastating toll, most recently in Parkland, Florida. But literally that toll is true of America in 90 deaths every day. We can never become numb to the costs, the catastrophic costs of gun violence in America today. I have the honor to read the names of some of those victims of gun violence. Indeed, the Sandy Hook victims."


Senator Coons: (10:50 a.m.)

  • Spoke on gun control.
    • "Today is one month to the day when 17 high school students lost their lives. As many of my colleagues have do I come to the floor to remember them, to honor their loss, to speak to their classmates, colleagues, and families, and to share from the experience of my own home state of Delaware. There are this morning today high school students across our country, across my home state of Delaware who are walking out of class to try and draw the attention of those of us here in Washington to the urgent need that we work across the aisle to tackle the plague of gun violence that affects families all over this country. That's why we see young people not just across the country but including in my home state of Delaware demanding we take action."


Senator Cantwell: (11:00 a.m.)

  • Spoke on gun control.
    • "No student should fear for their live while attending school, and I will continue to work on solutions here to curb gun violence. We in Washington have been able to make progress by passing initiatives to close gun show loopholes and to move forward on extreme person legislation. I should say that was passed by the citizens of our state. We should look at the example of Washington's initiatives and the success we've made in our state in curbing gun violence as commonsense solutions that should be considered here in Washington, D.C."


Senator Carper: (11:03 a.m.)

  • Spoke on gun control.
    • "Big advocate for using common sense with respect to weapons. My dad was not only just a hunter, but he was also a gun collector. He would buy and sell guns to other people that he knew. My dad was from the time my sister and I were little kids, he would always say, just use some common sense. He said a lot to us growing up. He said it very often. My dad would say - somebody who has - shares mental health problems or somebody that is like a felony record, to be able to go into a gun show and buy a weapon, that doesn't make a lot of sense. The idea people who can't fly in an airplane because they are on a terrorist watch list, to be able to go and buy guns, my dad would say that didn't make a whole lot of sense."
  • Spoke on Dodd-Frank relief.
    • "Starting off with questions from Senator Jon Tester of Montana, who is a senior member of the banking committee. The first question he is asking is, it was asked last November and he asked the person who would be nominated to the Federal Reserve. It was James Powell. He was nominated with 80 or 90 votes. But he asked then governor -- not a governor of the state but within the Federal Reserve System. He asked Jay Powell, this bill is eliminating the Volcker Rule compliance for community banks that have less than $10 billion in assets as long as they have less than 5% in trading assets and liability."