Moran, Cornyn, Murray

Executive Session (Marcus Nomination)

Senator Moran: (12:04 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the NDAA.
    • "Both the Department of Defense and the Army fortunately are experiencing much-needed period of time in which there is growth, opportunities for us to spend additional dollars to defend our nation. Our armed forces are modernizing and increasing their readiness and lethality to be in a position to better deter, confront and defeat potential adversaries in a security environment more complex, more difficult, more volatile than probably any time in our country's history, certainly within recent time. During this moment of growth, the Army ought not miss the opportunity to conduct due diligence in all of their decisions and invest wisely to pay down the cost in the future."


Senator Cornyn: (12:09 p.m.)

  • Spoke on U.S. visa policy.
    • "We hope to shed light on policies and procedures that are in place, what should be in place but which is not, and to address what has become a growing source of concern. That is foreign countries taking advantage of their international students studying in the United States and turning them into intelligence assets or otherwise using them to gain information that will help other countries grow their economy and their military in a way that undermines U.S. leadership in both of those areas. The issue relates primarily, though, to China's aggressive plan to surpass the United States on all fronts, militarily, economically and technologically and to do so by whatever means necessary."


Senator Murray: (12:22 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Kenneth Marcus to be Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights.
    • "Secondly, madam president, I want to thank this nominee, Kevin Marcus, for his service and his clear commitment for the goal of halting discrimination on college campuses, which is an issue the O.C.R. will face with hateful violence occurring on our campuses and in schools. Madam President, I respect Mr. Marcus' commitment, but right now in this administration, it's not enough. We are a bit more than 500 days into President Trump's term, and when it comes to his record and rhetoric on civil rights, I haven't been surprised once."