Hatch, Stabenow, Enzi, Gardner

National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 1735)

Senator Hatch: (10:34 AM)

  • Spoke on trade.
    • "Without T.P.A. in place, our negotiating partners have no guarantees that the deal they sign will be one Congress will consider. Without those guarantees, they are less likely to put their best offers on the table, because they will have no assurance that our country can deliver on the deal or any deal they enter into with us. And make no mistake, we need to get good deals at the negotiating table. More than 95% of the world's consumers live outside of our country, the United States. If our farmers, manufacturers, and entrepreneurs are going to compete on the world stage, they need access to these customers. History has shown that high standard free trade agreements expand market access for U.S. exporters and reduce our trade deficits. Most importantly, they grow our economy and create good, high-paying jobs for workers here at home and improve living standards for our citizens and for our trading partners. If the U.S. is going to advance its values and interests in the international marketplace, we need to be writing the rules and setting the standards. We cannot do that if we are sitting on the sidelines."


Senator Stabenow: (10:50 AM)

  • Spoke on ObamaCare.
    • "It puts an expiration date on the tax credits that make health coverage affordable. Conveniently enough, though, it extends the tax cuts until after the 2016 election. And there's the real danger that when the guarantee of these tax cuts expires in September, 2017, they will not be renewed. By putting that expiration date after the election, it's clear that this bill's first priority isn't finding a way to make health care affordable. Its priority is delaying a massive tax increase until after the election. Its priority is to win election first, dismantle affordable health care coverage second. My hope and frankly my prayer is that the court recognizes what I know to be true, what I know to be true, that the language of this law is consistent with the original intent, which is clear from the very first words of the law."


Senator Enzi: (11:21 AM)

  • Spoke on the Environmental Protection Agency.
    • "Now the administration's moving forward on a back-door cap and tax proposal. They believe the best way to reach their goals at promoting alternative energy sources is to make current sources more and more expensive to produce and to use. This hurts consumers, it hurts jobs, it hurts the economy. It's a simple fact - make it more expensive to mine coal and the coal industry will be less profitable. Make it more expensive to use coal to produce energy and consumers will see a hit on their energy bills each and every month. Make it more difficult to turn a profit with coal and coal workers find themselves with fewer benefits, less job security and a lot less employment, which costs the government for unemployment."


Senator Gardner: (11:29 AM)

  • Spoke on coal.  
    • "In the case of the Colowyo Mine, the 2007 permit is being brought into question by federal court that has given this mine 120 days, the office of surface mining, 120 days to rectify a decision made back in 2007, a court case brought eight years after the 2007 permit was granted, if the 120 days go by and the court decides that the review wasn't complete by the office of surface mining it could result in a shutdown of the Colowyo Mine. As you mentioned this will result in 220 layoffs. Communities in person Colorado of Craig and Meeker will be devastated. This mine is responsible for about $200 million in economic impact to western Colorado, it pays millions, almost $10 million to the federal government in terms of taxes. It pays about a million dollars to the state of Colorado in terms of severance taxes."