Klobuchar, Carper, Nelson, Lankford

Executive Session

Senator Klobuchar: (4:42 PM)

  • Spoke on synthetic drugs.
    • "The Salts Act amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow consideration of a number of factors when determining whether a controlled substance analog was intended for human consumption, including looking at the marketing, the advertising and labeling of a substance and its known use. That is a much more honest way to look at what is actual consumption. You don't just look at the fact that there is a label on it that says it because that's what they do to protect themselves, the drug dealers. Instead what you do is you look at what is actually going on here. You look at the marketing, the advertising, the labeling and the known use. The bill also says that the existence of some pieces of evidence that a substance was not marketed advertiser labeled for human consumption should not stop prosecutors from being able to establish based on all the evidence, the totality of the evidence that the substance was, in fact, intended for human consumption."

 

Senator Carper: (5:11 PM)

  • Spoke on the Neffenger nomination.
    • "I want to thank Chairman Johnson and his staff for acting swiftly on the nomination so it could be acted swiftly on the Senate today. In less than two weeks we will celebrate the 239th anniversary of our nation's Independence. On the days surrounding that celebration, millions of Americans will be traveling to spend time with their families and friends. We owe it to each of them to have a permanent senate-confirmed T.S.A. administrator in place."

 

Senator Nelson: (5:16 PM)

  • Spoke on the South Carolina shooting.
    • "It was announced in the press this afternoon that the governor of South Carolina has said, let's take that battle flag down from the capitol grounds in Columbia, South Carolina, put it in a museum. We'll see the ensuing fight that occurs with regard to the legislature and changing the law. It was a few years ago that a very courageous Republican governor that led the effort to take that battle flag off of the top of the capitol of South Carolina and put it at that confederate monument still on the capitol grounds, and that courageous Republican governor lost his next election as a result of that. So it's time for us to move on."
  • Spoke on the Neffenger nomination.
    • "The nominee that the senator from Delaware just spoke about for T.S.A., Coast Guard Vice Admiral Peter Neffenger, he's obviously had a distinguished career. His reputation precedes him, 34 years in a variety of capacities. He has an expertise in critical areas of crisis management and port security. It'll serve him well as the head of T.S.A., which I believe that the Senate will confirm him today. He was involved in that disastrous oil spill in the gulf. He was the national incident commander, and he helped lead that emergency response to which we are still seeing the results of that spill, those of us on the gulf coast. That disaster required coordination between all levels of government and all of its agencies as well as the management of people in technology."

 

Senator Lankford: (5:28 PM)

  • Spoke on ObamaCare.
    • "In the days ahead the Supreme Court will rule on this. And I believe strongly they're going to rule for the plain text of the law. Not just about ObamaCare, but because they have to make a decision as the Supreme Court, does the law mean what the law says, or can any administration on any law in the future reinterpret it based on their preferences? If there is one area that would be a great path for us to follow, it is in the days ahead we get back to the government is about the law, and we follow the law. Because we are a nation of laws. Not just a nation of leaders. And the law is to be king in our nation. So let's interpret it the way it's written and let's give people back the freedom that they want and need, let's put the patient back in health care."