Rubio, Lankford

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 6147)

Senator Rubio: (6:53 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the NDAA.
    • "They still can't project power the way they used to during the Soviet Union. Yes, they're involved in Syria and other places and doing that more than ever before and have a veto vote on the United Nations Security Council. Their culture, people have much to be proud of. They contributed a tremendous amount to the world. But on a daily basis, Russia may be a nuclear and somewhat military peer competitor of the United States but not economically, not commercially. But the Russian view of America is different. The Russian government's view is different."


Senator Lankford: (7:17 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "The bill also provides funding to ensure that local offices of in my state like in Oklahoma City will be able to have face-to-face conversations with someone from the I.R.S. and the opportunity for them to be able to call directly if they have calls to the I.R.S. Many these important centers help Oklahomans resolve tax issues, change tax account information, arrangements, and - and this includes $159 million for the Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence. It's at the treasury department, but it levies the sanctions against terrorist organizations, international narcotics traffickers, rogue regimes and entities involved with weapons of mass destruction."