Nelson, Lankford, Jones

The NDAA (H.R. 5515)

Senator Nelson: (12:13 p.m.)

  • Spoke on health care reform.
    • "Let me give you some examples of preexisting conditions. Alzheimer's, cancer, acne. How about simply being a woman? Let me repeat - being a woman was a preexisting condition before these protections were put in law, that an insurance company could not have to cover you and that your rate had to be fair. So having faced multiple times the Republicans trying to dismantle this law, the Trump administration is now trying administratively and through the courts to take away the health coverage away."


Senator Lankford: (12:30 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the Republican economic policy.
    • "For the first time in 20 years there are more job openings than there are people looking for work. And that came from CNN. The strong economy that we're facing shows that we have a 44-year low right now of people pursuing unemployment insurance. People out there looking for a job that have lost a job. 44-year low nationwide. Three million new jobs have been created since November of 2016. There is a job opening for every jobless person in America right now. During the height of the recession just a few years ago, there were six people looking for work for every one job open. Now there is at least one job, at least one job open for every single person in America. Unemployment fell to 3.8%, the lowest in 17 years."
  • Spoke on the NDAA.
    • "Since the air refueling tanker plays key component to our nation's overall military strategy and our worldwide reach including our readiness and operational capability, KC46a is a very welcome and long-awaited asset for the Air Force air refueling capability. They're scheduled to arrive later this year in just a few months at the air force base. So our men and women of the Air Force can step up and be ready to be trained. The Air Mobility Wing is responsible for that formal training for the KC46 aircraft for the active duty, guard, and reserve air crew while maintaining that global reach."


Senator Jones: (12:45 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the NDAA.
    • "In Alabama, we know all too well about the need for national security and good economy. From Redstone arsenal, from maximum we will air force base and for all of our reserve and national guardsmen and women in the state of Alabama, they are on the front lines. In addition to the tens of thousands of civilians that support their work, Alabama is home to a first-class workforce that supports our national security mission every single day. So it only makes sense that this legislation continues to support the work of Alabamians to include a well-deserved 2.6% pay raise for our troops, and just as important, it also includes funds for the missile defense agency at Redstone arsenal in Huntsville."