Wicker, Cassidy, Brown

Motion to Proceed to the NDAA (H.R. 5515)

Senator Wicker: (2:19 p.m.)

  • Spoke on Republican economic policy.
    • "We passed 16 Congressional Review Act regulations, put them on the president's desk that first day to repeal harmful, burdensome, well-intended, but job-killing regulations that had come forward in the last days of the Obama administration. We passed the economic growth regulatory relief and consumer protection act to provide relief for our small businesses, for our community banks so we're not treating them like some New York bank or some of the largest banks in the country. We freed up the small banks to have a little more ability to loan money to job creators, to small business people seeking to borrow funds and expand their workforce, to allow families to get a loan just a little bit easier with a little bit less regulation so that they can lead the kind of lives that they have wanted to."


Senator Cassidy: (2:51 p.m.)

  • Spoke on prescription drug prices.
    • "One of the reasons why college tuitions have risen so much and along with it the amount of money that college students have to borrow to get through state universities is that the amount of state general fund dollars going for state university support has declined, as Medicaid expenditures have risen. So whether it is Medicare, Medicaid, or the individual family, risings health care costs are significant. One more thing. From 200 to 2014, if you look at middle-income families, the amount they've had to spend on health care has risen by 25%, even the though the amount they've spent on other things has fallen. So, Mr. President, we have to decrease the cost of - we have to decrease the cost of drugs and the cost of health care."


Senator Brown: (3:03 p.m.)

  • Spoke on Z.T.E.
    • "So, Mr. President, it's pretty galling to learn that early this morning, the Commerce Department announced yet another agreement with this Chinese telecommunications giant to enable it to interact with U.S. companies. So they committed that kind of offense. Then they lied about that kind of offense. And now we're saying it's okay. You can come back into our country. You can do business with us. What gives here? We can't allow a Chinese company or a company anywhere - I'm not picking on China in this case. But China is a country we've had, have difficulty with, that is habitually breaking international trade laws and has trouble with the truth like some people in the White House have."