King, Reed, Inhofe

The NDAA (H.R. 5515)

Senator King: (4:53 p.m.)

  • Spoke on U.S. immigration policy.
    • "Now I've heard various justifications for this. We're just following the law. No. The law does not require separating children from their parents. This is a policy that was adopted by this administration in April and implemented in May. This is not required by the law. This is a policy decision, and it can be rescinded by a phone call from the president. It can be solved this afternoon by a phone call from the president. Crossing the border illegally is a misdemeanor. So is jaywalking. Are we going to have a policy that says we're going to separate children from their parents because of jaywalking? It doesn't have to be this way."

 

Senator Reed: (5:04 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the NDAA.
    • "Senator McCain and I both hoped that last year we would be able to return to regular order. But in the end, we were disappointed. Unfortunately this year, I, and I know many of my colleagues, are frustrated by the inability to be able to bring up debate and vote on worthy amendments. So comparison, during consideration of the fiscal year 1994 National Defense Authorization Act, there were 16 roll call votes on amendments. In 1995 during consideration of the fiscal year 1996 NDAA, there were 20 roll call votes and amendments. And the following year for the fiscal year 1997 NDAA, there were 19 roll call votes and amendments. On this bill there was not a single up-or-down vote on an amendment."

 

Senator Inhofe: (5:11 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the NDAA.
    • "We've said over and over again we wanted to have open amendments. We want to have people bring amendments down. We have a system that is probably not going to be changed but there's going to be some activity this next year on several if we're going to be involved in next year's authorization bill for the year 2020. And that is to see if we can't address the major problem. That is, we've allowed a system to take place where one person can stop 99 people from having an amendment. And that's wrong. The - in January President Trump and Secretary Mattis announced the new national defense strategy that rightfully identified that we're returning to a world of great power competition, one dominated by the capabilities by Russia and China."