Hatch, Thune, Perdue, Scott (UC), Graham

Legislative Session

Senator Hatch: (3:35 PM)

  • Spoke on trade.
    • "Finally, also included in this bill is an extension of the Trade Adjustment Assistance, or T.A.A. program. I think I've said enough about my opposition to this program here on the floor over the past several weeks. I won't delve too deeply into that issue here. However, I do understand that for many of my colleagues who want to support T.P.A. and free trade, passage of T.A.A. is a prerequisite. From the outset of this debate over Trade Promotion Authority, I've committed to my colleagues to working to ensure that both T.A.A. and T.P.A. move on parallel tracks. I plan to make good on this commitment and today will show that. That is why despite my misgivings about T.A.A. and with the entire picture in view, I plan to vote for this latest version of the trade preferences bill."


Senator Thune: (3:48 PM)

  • Spoke on ObamaCare.
    • "If the Supreme Court abolishes out or faces out the ObamaCare subsidies, the Republicans will take action to provide assistance to affected Americans while we work to repeal the mandates that forced these Americans to buy government-approved insurance in the first place. Our plan will protect families while we move away from costly top-down, government-mandated health care and toward a system that will actually drive down cost and increase choices for American families. President Obama promised that his health care law would be a solution to the problems plaguing our health care system. The last five years have proved that ObamaCare is anything but. Not only did ObamaCare fail to solve the existing problems in our health care system, it's created entirely new ones."


Senator Perdue: (3:57 PM)

  • Spoke on ObamaCare.
    • "Achieving consensus on replacing ObamaCare with a patient-based alternative will require diligence and robust debate. I'm hopeful that we can achieve that goal. I urge my colleagues to continue to work to not just fight against ObamaCare but to fight to protect the millions of people that are hurt by it every day. We can create a health care system that offers the American people affordability, transportability and, yes, insurability. We can create commonsense health care policy that lowers costs and doesn't harm the economy like ObamaCare. And, yes, we can create a bipartisan solution that helps people by putting patients first and getting Washington out of the way. It won't be easy but it is achievable. It must be achievable for the sake of our kids and grandkids, we must do this, we must get rid of Obamacare once and for all."


Senator Scott: (4:31 PM)

  • Unanimous Consent –
  • The Senate proceed to the consideration of S. Res. 212, Condemning the Attack on Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina and Expressing Encouragement and Prayers for all Those Injured in the Assault.
  • The Senate agree to S. Res. 212.
  • (Without objection)
  • Spoke on the South Carolina shooting.
    • "The past week has been one of terrible tragedy and amazing unity. Last Wednesday night we experienced an unimaginable tragedy. Nine men and women, nine mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, sons, daughters lost forever. The hateful and racist actions of one deranged man has changed nine families forever. It has changed South Carolina forever. Charleston forever. But what we saw from the nine families at last Friday's bond hearing was simple, was powerful, and absolutely the best of who we are as Americans. Just a few minutes ago I was back in the Cloakroom and I had the opportunity to talk to one of the victim's sons, Daniel Simmons, Jr. I was talking to them back there and I said is there anything you want me to share when I go on the floor of the Senate? He said please share that God cares for his people God still lives. I was amazed. Then he said with great enthusiasm and energy, a sense of excitement that this evil attack would lead to reconciliation, restoration and unity in our nation."


Senator Graham: (4:39 PM)

  • Spoke on the South Carolina shooting.
    • "He said they were so nice, I almost backed out. That says a lot about them. It says a lot about him. But Tim mentioned something that I cannot get over. Within 48 hours of having your family member murdered, they appear in a public setting looking the guy in the eye and saying you have ruined my life, but I love you and I forgive you. That is a level of love and understanding that can only come from some higher authority. I don't have that within me. So when it comes to representing South Carolina, Tim and I will do our best, but on our best day we're nowhere close to these people."