Cornyn, Heller, Casey

Executive Session (Bridenstine Nomination)

Senator Cornyn: (12:29 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of James Bridenstine to be NASA Administrator.
    • "Madam President, the senate is expected to vote this afternoon to confirm Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma to be the next administrator of the national space administration. For more than 15 months, our national space agency has been without permanent leadership. Th -- this is far too long, especially considering the important work that NASA is undertaking. The agency is currently working within the commercial space industry to resume launches of American astronauts to the international space station rather than have to rely on the Russians to transport American astronauts into space."
  • Spoke on CFIUS.
    • "I've also been spending a lot of time looking at the long-term national security implications that China poses to our country, which is why I'm proud to join my colleague - our colleague, the senior senator from California, Senator Feinstein, who recently introduced legislation which will strengthen the process by which the committee on foreign investment in the United States, otherwise known as CFIUS, weighs profit risk. It wasn't originally designed to address today's rapidly involving technology as well as the threats to our technological edge, particularly when it comes to dual-use technology that is important for national security reasons, and the committee's current jurisdiction and the staffing is both too narrow and inadequate in order to address these evolving threats. China in particular has proven adept at circumventing the current CFIUS process."


Senator Heller: (12:40 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to Maj. Stephen Del Bagno, USAF.
    • "Madam President, today I rise to honor major Steven Del Bagno, a U.S. Air Force pilot who was killed when his f-16 falcon crashed at the Nevada test and training range. At just 34, Major Del Bagno's life was cut too short. But his life I have leadership and service to our country will be preserved by all those who had the privilege of knowing him. I'd like to begin by saying that my wife Lynn and I offer our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones. We join the Thunderbirds, Nellis Air Force Base in mourning this loss."


Senator Casey: (12:59 p.m.)

  • Spoke on bringing infants onto the Senate floor.
    • "I was on the floor today to first and foremost congratulate Senator Duckworth on the new addition to her family, which we're anticipating seeing a new baby, and now we can be able to meet that child right here on the Senate floor, but we do want to commend and salute Senator Duckworth, of course, long before today on her life of service, remarkable courage and sacrifice, and our nation owes her a debt of gratitude, not just for this recent news about her resolution, but also about her great service to the country. But this resolution is an important step forward for the United States Senate in terms of the people who are permitted to be on the floor, and we're glad that we have such consensus to make this possible for the youngest among us to get to the floor."
  • Spoke on Syria.
    • "I rise to talk about Syria, all of the horrors that we've been seeing over not just months, but years. And I think as many people around this nation as well as people within the, or in the international community or whether they are in refugee camps in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon, they could also be in bombed-out neighborhoods in Damascus or Aleppo. So many people around the country or across the world are wondering what will President Trump do next in Syria. Are we any closer to a resolution of this terrible conflict that will allow the Syrian people to rebuild their lives."