Flake, Cornyn, King, Rounds

The NDAA (H.R. 5515)

Senator Flake: (1:33 p.m.)

  • Spoke on Trump administration foreign policy.
    • "Or how Kim loves his country very much. While at the same time calling the Canadian prime minister obnoxious, weak, and dishonest for merely pushing back on proposed tariffs, or declaring that the European Union is, quote, solidly against the United States when it comes to trade policy. Consistently ridiculing our allies by suggesting that they are somehow abusing us while voicing admiration for despots and dictators represents a fundamental departure in behavior for American administrations. It represents a fundamental misunderstanding of our relationship with our allies. Now, it is understandable that we will have disagreements with our allies, but that does not justice offend upending the international framework painstakingly constructed and cultivated by previous generations of leaders."


Senator Cornyn: (1:39 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the NDAA.
    • "Earlier this month, the senate armed services committee voted overwhelmingly 25-2 to advance this important legislation to the floor. There are 1.8 million Americans around the world on active duty, according to the Department of Defense. The United States has 737 military installations worldwide. And the department of defense is the world's largest employer. Supporting all of these people and these facilities is a herculean task, and the defense authorization bill is one very important way that we do that. It's how we make sure that the men and women in uniform are paid, our alliances are strengthened and that military facilities are properly modernized and maintained."


Senator King: (1:49 p.m.)

  • Spoke on food labeling regulations.
    • "And it would actually undermine the good work that's been done by the maple syrup industry and the honey industry, honey business over the years, to explain to consumers the difference between pure honey, pure maple syrup and other products which have things in them and may have sugar added. This is where maple syrup comes from. This is a maple tree. The farmer is tapping it. These tubes all lead to a maple house. Making maple syrup is not easy. It takes 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup. That's why we call it liquid gold. It's a wonderful product. It's a pure product. And there's nothing that's added between the tree and the jar that you buy in your grocery store, if, indeed, it is real maple syrup."


Senator Rounds: (2:01 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the NDAA.
    • "The federal government's number-one responsibility is to provide for the defense of our nation. This year's NDAA, the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act, honors our chairman who has dedicated his life to serving our country. Few people are more passionate about our troops and our military readiness than Chairman McCain and the courage he has exhibited during his years of service and in his current battle has inspired all of us. I'm pleased we were able to put together legislation bearing his name that I would say builds on last year's efforts to provide adequate tools so our forces can fully rebuild our military and adequately address the challenges which they face. But the most important capability we have is our people, the men and the women in uniform who defend our nation and the families who give them the strength to do so."