Cantwell, Lee, Daines, Hoeven

The NDAA (H.R. 5515)

Senator Cantwell: (12:57 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to Steve Gleeson.
    • "For Steve to go from the Seahawks instead signing with the New Orleans Saints - I mean, that is we wanted him to be at the Seahawks and he went to the Saints - he quickly became a fan for his work, his ethic and the joy he brought to the game. In his first game under the Superdome, he blocked a punt. It is a play that fans still remembered fondly. But it is not Steve's athletic feats at the university or in the super-dome that make him recognition. It is his perseverance, his determination, and his unbreakable spirit in the face of A.L.S. and his advocacy, his dogged advocacy for people who have been impacted by this disease. That is why Steve is such an inspiration to the people of Spokane, throughout the state of Washington, and across the United States."


Senator Lee: (1:01 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the NDAA.
    • "I wish to speak concerning the purpose for my making this request. And I do so with great respect for this body, for its customs, its traditions, its rules and for each of its members. At the same time it's imperative that we point out here what's happening. We've got a bill, one of the most consequential pieces of legislation we vote on each year, the national defense authorization act. And we've been effectively shut out of a meaningful amendment process, one that has historically marked this body is one of its distinguishing characteristics, one that has historically helped this body refer to itself as the world's greatest deliberative legislative body."


Senator Daines: (1:11 p.m.)

  • Spoke on Flag Day.
    • "Beginning with those Founding Fathers the American flag represents the patriotism and dedication of men and women who fought to defend our nation's freedom from when our country was founded more than 200 years ago today. Thousands of brave and selfless men and women have given their lives in sacrifice and service to our country and in defense of our flag. And that's why I've introduced this constitutional amendment to provide congress with the authority to prohibit burning of the American flag. Our flag should be protected in honor of the countless American service members who have paid the ultimate sacrifice to defend it."


Senator Hoeven: (1:16 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the NDAA.
    • "Those documents rightly point out that we face emerging challenges from Russia and China. And while we hope to avoid confrontation with these nations, there's no question that we are in competition with them, and this year's NDAA helps align our forces to make sure that we maintain our competitive advantage. This legislation also authorizes significant numbers of fighter aircraft and additional numbers of submarine and surface ships. And the reason we're able to do that is because we, in the budget agreement this year, provided more funding authority for our military."