McCain, Vitter, Schumer, Rounds, Cotton

National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 1735)

Senator McCain: (11:35 AM)

  • Spoke on the National Defense Authorization Act.
    • "There is no argument for the continued purchase of these rocket engines from the Russians, from Vladimir Putin and his cronies. One of whom is involved in the management, who has been sanctioned by the United States of America. I have confidence that America is capable of building our own rocket engines, and I am confident that we can do that in a reasonable period of time, like one to two years. For us to commit to continued use of these rocket engines and making millions and millions of dollars - in this case $300 million - for Vladimir Putin and his cronies is - the question has to be asked of individuals who want to continue the purchase of these rocket engines from this Russian shell company, why do you want to help Vladimir Putin?"

 

Senator Vitter: (12:03 PM)

  • Spoke on the National Defense Authorization Act.
    • "It deals with brigade combat teams in the Army, making sure we don't cut through fat into meat and bone with regard to that essential part of our force, and I urge bipartisan support of this commonsense amendment in the underlying bill. There's already language that does similar things on the Air Force side and on the Navy side with regard to major, significant, key units in those forces, and it's the same principal that would be applying to the army's brigade combat teams. And this amendment is strongly supported by the national organizations built around both the Army National Guard and the regular Army."

 

Senator Schumer: (12:06 PM)

  • Spoke on the National Defense Authorization Act.
    • "If the Republican leader truly wants a season of bipartisan solutions, well, the winds are blowing in one direction. Sit down with Democrats and let's start negotiating a sensible budget and let's start doing it now. We're ready to sit down this afternoon. We're ready to sit down at any moment that he gives us a signal. Let's get in the room and start the real work of finding bipartisan agreement on the budget. Plain and simple. And one other thing. When the American people ask why is Washington so gridlocked, just look how the majority leader is handling one of the most important parts of what the government does. Where the dollars go. There's gridlock when one side insists it has to get all of its way and not sit down with the other side."

 

Senator Rounds: (12:14 PM)

  • Spoke on the National Defense Authorization Act.
    • "I'm proud of my colleagues who serve with me on the Armed Services Committee for coming together to achieve a truly bipartisan, comprehensive bill. Our bill will support our troops and meet the demands of a military that needs to continue its dynamic evolution in the face of ever-more sophisticated threats. I was pleased that a number of the provisions I offered were included in the package we are debating today. Now that we've completed our work in committee and Leader McConnell has brought our bill to the full Senate for debate, we must come together to pass the NDAA, as the Senate has done each year for more than five decades."

 

Senator Cotton: (12:20 PM)

  • Spoke on Israel.
    • "Earlier this week, the Supreme Court wrongly decided the case of Zbetosky V. Kerry, a decision that impairs Congress' role in foreign policy and is an affront to our close ally Israel. The case concerned the executive branch's refusal to implement a law passed by Congress. The law required State Department officials to offer U.S. persons born in Jerusalem the option of listing Israel as their location of birth on passports and other consular documents. The State Department's practice had been to list the place of birth only as Jerusalem, reflecting the president's policy of not recognizing any national sovereign authority over the holy city. Despite the fact that the president signed the statute into law, the executive branch has fought tooth and nail for 13 years to free itself from what it viewed as the heavy burden of writing the word "Israel" on one line in a tiny number of U.S. passports. And it argued its case all the way to the Supreme Court."