Gillibrand, Cornyn, Sanders, Inhofe (UC), Hatch

The NDAA (H.R. 5515)

Senator Gillibrand: (3:57 p.m.)

  • Spoke on U.S. immigration policy.
    • "Mr. President, I know that we have disagreements about immigration policy in this chamber, and I know we have disagreements about how we should fix our immigration system, which we've desperately needed to fix for decades. But surely we must be able to agree that federal agents should not be tearing young children from the arms of their parents. We must be able to agree that families with infants should not be forcibly separated. Where is the outrage? Where is the urgency? I hear my colleagues speak all the time about federal government overreach. Well, if this isn't federal government overreach, what is?"


Senator Cornyn: (4:07 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the NDAA.
    • "Supporting all these people in these facilities is no easy task, and the defense authorization bill is one very significant way which we do exactly that. It's how we make sure that all the men and women in uniform are paid and that our alliances are strengthened and that military facilities are properly modernized and maintained. The bill we're voting on will support an appropriation of up to $716 billion for those tasks. I might add that's a huge number, but this is the number one responsibility of the federal government. In my opinion, everything else the federal government does comes after providing for the common defense because nobody else, no local government, no state government, no private sector could possibly provide for the common defense."
  • Spoke on U.S. immigration policy.
    • "Some have presented themselves lawfully at ports of entry, but others have tried to enter illegally. For example, if you are attempting to claim asylum, you can show up at one of our bridges or ports of entry and claim asylum without breaking the law. But if you enter the country through - between the ports of entry, through the Wild, Wild West I'll call it of the Texas frontier and border region, you enter the country illegally. And then you can claim asylum but you still enter the country illegally so your asylum claim has to be considered in that context. The Trump administration has made a decision to enforce all of our laws by prosecuting adults in criminal court when they're apprehended crossing our borders illegally. I approach that - I support that approach, zero tolerance approach by adults violating our immigration laws."


Senator Sanders: (4:17 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the NDAA.
    • "Madam President, I want to take this moment to thank my colleagues for their very hard work on the Department of Defense authorization bill. Unfortunately for a number of reasons which I will articulate right now, I intend to vote against it, and certainly one of those reasons is that when you have legislation that expends billion, it is totally unacceptable that we do not have a serious debate on the floor of the Senate, that amendments are not accepted to improve this legislation. Now, I had submitted a number of amendments. Other colleagues I know have done the same, but I do want to express my strong feelings about our nation's bloated military budget, particularly in light of the many unmet needs we face as a nation."


Senator Inhofe: (4:44 p.m)

  • Unanimous Consent –
    • That the vote on the motion to waive the Budget Act with respect to the Sanders point of order against H.R. 5515, the NDAA, occur at 5:30 p.m. today.
    • (Without Objection)


Senator Hatch: (4:45 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the NDAA.
    • "The policies and authorizations we've debated on the floor over the last week represent people. They represent soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen and the civilian workforce, all of whom are family, friends, neighbors, and fellow citizens. Since first coming to the Senate in 1977, I have witnessed the use of military force for good access - for good across the globe. I was personally involved in helping use our military tools to counter Soviet expansionism in central Asia. It was around that time that I helped establish the National Endowment for Democracy, an initiative in which Senator McCain was intimately involved. The National Endowment for Democracy embodies our commitment to promoting the virtues of freedom and liberty across this globe."