Nelson, Blunt, Toomey

Executive Session (Bounds Nomination)

Senator Nelson: (3:48 p.m.)

  • Spoke on tariffs.
    • "Now I came here to talk about trade, and here's another example of extremes. Is the United States taken advantage of by other countries? You bet, and especially China. And we've been letting them get away with it for years. But you don't all of a sudden try to correct that situation by suddenly saying I'm going to impose a tariff, as the president has, on imported steel and aluminum, 25% on steel, 10% on aluminum. Because what happens, the people that use those products in the manufacturing, whatever their business is, that's going to cost - cause the cost of those goods to go up. The consumers are going to be the one that's hurt."


Senator Blunt: (4:04 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to the Homestead Grays.
    • "There were great teams in that league. The Homestead Grays had won the Negro League World Series in 1943, which was 75 years ago, and they had a great exhibit here in town of that team and about that team and about the history of that league. The museum, which was founded in 1990, is located in Kansas City, Missouri. It's dedicated to highlighting and preserving that important part of our history, of our sports history, the history of African American baseball. Bob Kendrick runs that museum, and it's a museum I'd encourage all of my colleagues to visit."
  • Spoke on the opioid epidemic.
    • "We do feel like in our committee and in the congress that it's unlikely that the best way to deal with this in one place is necessarily the best way to deal with it in other places. My state, Missouri, received $10 million last year. We'll receive $28 million this year if this grant funding is approved. And other states will be proportionately, they'll go up exactly as we did. Now what do we do in Missouri to use that money in our state to see what you can do to deal with this epidemic? 1,700 people received evidence-based medical treatment for opioid use disorder. 1,700 people in the last few months received that. More than 4,300 kits of nalaxone, which is what you take when you've overdosed."


Senator Toomey: (4:23 p.m.)

  • Spoke on tax reform.
    • "The direct savings for, according to the tax foundation, for a Pennsylvania family with an income in the $50,000 to $70,000 range, it will be about $1,400 in savings. And in addition to the direct savings from the lower federal tax bill, because of the savings that Pennsylvania utilities have on their federal tax bill, they're required to pass that on to their customers, and that's exactly what they're doing. There is so far a combined $320 million in annual savings to Pennsylvania consumers in the form of lower utility bills as a result of our tax reform. So there's no question, tremendous direct personal individual benefits across the board. But related to that is the fact that the economy is just taking off. The economy has been on fire. This year it's been tremendous."