Fischer, Cornyn, Warren, Blunt

Motion to Proceed to the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (H.R. 1865)

Senator Fischer: (1:09 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to a fallen soldier.
    • "On May 18, 2006, while on patrol in Baghdad, Sergeant Allen's humvee was struck by an improvised explosive device killing him and three other service members. Sergeant Allen's memorial service was held at the Kay park chapel in Belleview. Over 500 people attended the standing room-only ceremony to pay their respect, including over 200 patriot riders who lined up with American flags. Calvin was laid to rest on May 30, 2006, in Arlington national cemetery, the day after Memorial Day."


Senator Cornyn: (1:46 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to Rex Tillerson.
    • "I respect both of these men immensely but want to talk about Secretary Tillerson's public service. I know it was quite a transition, but he provided able leadership to the Department of State during a period of transition from one presidency to the next and a period of diplomatic turbulence. He worked hard to strengthen and in some cases repair our global alliances. I've known Secretary Tillerson for a long time. He is a man of character who has led the Boy Scouts, which continues to be one of his abiding passions, developing young men as persons of character. And I respect that. At the same time he advanced his own career as the head of one of the largest businesses in the world, at the pinnacle of success as we count success."
  • Spoke on gun control.
    • "I'm here again to talk about the fix NICS bill, a bill I introduced with the junior senator from Connecticut. Just as a refresher, fix NICS is about fixing the broken background check that's used when somebody purchases a firearm, but in the case of my constituents in Sutherland springs, because of the failures of the federal government, notably in this case the U.S. Air Force, to upload felony convictions and convictions for domestic violence into the background check system, no derogatory information was reported, and ultimately the individual there in the - the gunman in Sutherland springs took the life of 26 innocent people and shot 20 more. "


Senator Warren: (1:55 p.m.)

  • Spoke on RFK's presidential race.
    • "In 1968, in his speech at the University of Kansas, he spoke eloquently about the differences between them. And here is what he said: Our gross domestic product counts air pollution and cigarette advertising and ambulances to clear our highways of carnage. It counts special locks for our doors and the jails for people who break them. It counts the destruction of the redwood and the loss of our natural wonder in chaotic sprawl. It counts nay palm and counts nuclear warheads and armored cars for the police to fight the riots in our cities. It counts Whitman's rifle and spec's knife and the television programs which glorify violence in order to sell toys to our children. Yet, the gross national product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education, or the joy of their play."


Senator Blunt: (2:14 p.m.)

  • Spoke on preventing sex trafficking.
    • "We have a bill that passed the House, all we have to do is pass that bill and send it right to the president or make some changes that Senator Portman and others may want to suggest -- send the bill back to the house where hopefully it can be dealt with in the same overwhelming way they passed it the first time and get this bill on the president's desk and do just exactly what Congresswoman Wagner said this bill will do. It's time for us to do everything we can to end this. We'd be foolish to think that one piece of legislation ends this, but working with law enforcement, looking at trafficking, looking at locations like at intersection of major highways where it is easy to pass people along to someone else, not only are they disoriented, but your actual contact with that person doesn't last very long before you give them to somebody else or sell them to somebody else who can use them in a terrible way."
  • Spoke on medical research funding.
    • "I think everybody should work on this. We know a lot about these topics. I think our debate is a good debate, but it is not nearly as good of a debate unless every senator had a chance to debate on it. There's a wide variety of programs here that need to be funded and I want to spend a few minutes talking about some of the priorities that we're looking at that need to be part of this bill and create a sense that this is really a process that matters."