Kennedy, Schumer, Hatch

The NDAA (H.R. 5515)

Senator Kennedy: (9:46 a.m.)

  • Spoke on North Korea.
    • "We also know that Kim Jong-un is not coming to the table out of the goodness of his heart. President Trump and the United States Congress has hit him with sanctions. We have hit him so hard, he is coughing up bones. I hate to do that to the people of North Korea, but we had no choice. I think Kim Jong-un is coming to the table also because he understands that for the first time in a long time, America means what it says and that a military option is on the table. He saw what happened to Assad in Syria, not once, but twice. So we enter into this discourse with North Korea as I see it with eyes wide open."


Senator Schumer: (9:50 a.m.)

  • Spoke on North Korea.
    • "Mr. President, talks between President Trump and Chairman Kim in Singapore, as we all know, concluded yesterday. Certainly, we are all heartened to see the two leaders engage in a dialogue. We feel much better when both President Trump and Chairman Kim are talking rather than trading insults and military threats. We all want this diplomacy to succeed. But now that the dust is settling after the Singapore summit, three things are clear. First, Chairman Kim achieved far more than President Trump did."
  • Spoke on health care reform.
    • "The days when hardworking Americans who fall on hard times are made to suffer, deny health care coverage precisely because they need it so desperately. How wrong, how backward, how immoral that system was. That's where President Trump wants to take us again. So we Democrats are going to spend the next few months, including the August work period, focusing on the nation's health care system, the critical issue, trying to get premiums down, costs down, better health care, not the deterioration we have seen under President Trump and the Republican congressional leadership."
  • Spoke on the Mueller Investigation.
    • "Now, we hope our Republican colleagues don't take the cynical track of trying to spin the report's contents to somehow sully the completely separate and ongoing investigation into Putin's meddling in the 2016 election. The D.O.J. inspector general report is likely to focus on the conduct of the Justice Department and the F.B.I. In handling the Clinton e-mail investigation in the run-up to 2016. Mueller was not appointed at that point. He wasn't a gleam in anyone's eye."


Senator Hatch: (10:22 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the LGBT suicide epidemic.
    • "That's why today, in honor of pride month, I wish to devote a significant portion of my remarks to them, my young friends in the LGBT. Mr. President, the prevalence of suicide, especially among LGBT teens, is a serious problem that requires national attention. No one should feel less because of their orientation. They deserve our unwavering love and support. They deserve our validation and the assurance that not only is there a place for them in this society but that it is far better off because of them. These young people need us and we desperately need them. We need their light to illuminate the richness of God's creations."