Toomey, Merkley

Motion to Proceed to the NDAA (H.R. 5515)

Senator Toomey: (4:22 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the NDAA.
    • "So, earlier today, I objected to a consent request to get on the bill because I wanted an opportunity to offer an amendment I had based on the efforts of our chairman and his confidence that I will be able to offer this amendment, I'm prepared to agree to allow us to get on the bill and I look forward to doing that. I want to address two amendments that I am hopeful will be included, mine and one other. One of them has to do with the tariffs on - especially on steel and aluminum that come under Section 323 of our trade laws and another is an amendment that I intend to offer with respect to the CFIUS reform."


Senator Merkley: (4:51 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to the late Senator Robert Kennedy.
    • "Speaking at his younger brother's funeral, our former colleague, senator Ted Kennedy, said Robert Kennedy, quote, need not be idolized or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life. That he can be remembered simply as a good and decent man who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it. I was inspired by his efforts to right wrong and heal suffering and stop war. Inspired enough that when I became a U.S. Senator and was assigned an office that happened to be the former office of Robert Kennedy, I pointed that out to visitors, that here in my office once sat the great Robert Kennedy who did, in fact, see wrong and try to right it and suffering and heal it and war and stop it."