Menendez, Wyden, Klobuchar, Nelson

Motion to Proceed to the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act (S. 2155)

Senator Menendez: (6:00 p.m)

  • Spoke on Russian election interference.
    • "Last week, he changed his positions on gun safety so many times in 24 hours, it could make your head spin. A few weeks before that, he rejected a bipartisan deal to protect dreamers that met the very specifications he outlined to my colleagues and me just days before. And throughout the past year, the president's remarks with respect to NATO's Article V, the alliance's bedrock principle which guarantees mutual defense, have been wholly inconsistent. But there is one thing that president trump has shown rock-solid consistency on since taking office, and that is his shameful embrace of Russian president Vladimir Putin and his refusal to protect American democratic institutions."

 

Senator Wyden: (6:17 p.m)

  • Spoke on Russian election interference.
    • "So I believe it is a great mistake for the executive branch, particularly Treasury Secretary Mnuchin and as ranking Democrat on the Finance Committee, we have jurisdiction over his agency, and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence to just punt on these issues that are central to the question tonight that Senator Whitehouse deserves great credit in terms of pursuing, which is holding the president accountable. Now the public in particular deserves the full story about financial entanglements between Russia and the president and his associates. Obviously the American people are constantly reading stories in the press about these connections."

 

Senator Klobuchar: (6:29 p.m)

  • Spoke on Russian election interference.
    • "He believed the people, the citizens of his country, are the ones should make the decisions about the elections, that they should be able to make their own opinions, not influenced by foreign countries acting like they are people in this country. It is you, Mr. President that made the statement that I have quoted so many times, that in the last election it was one candidate and one party and in the next election it could be the other candidate in the other party. We do not come here in a partisan way. We come here because the clock is ticking. Today marks an important day in the 2018 election cycle."

 

Senator Nelson: (6:38 p.m)

  • Spoke on Russian election interference.
    • "It spread divisive consent and it even organized political rallies in the U.S with the help of unwitting Americans all backed by one of Putin's cronies through a so-called catering company. This indictment tells a pretty remarkable and alarming story. And if you're still not sure just what this was all about, just read the front, the internet research agency's own words. Quote, information warfare against the United States of America. End of quote. That says it call. I know there's been a lot of discussion about Russian interference in our election, and there should be. We've got to get to the bottom of this. It's coming fast and furious and it's going to be happening in the elections of this year."