Cotton, Van Hollen, Perdue, Donnelly

The NDAA (H.R. 5515)

Senator Cotton: (4:58 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the NDAA.
    • "I hope those up in the gallery aren't using a Huawei or Z.T.E. product. If you are, you might want to buy a different one. That's because these companies are dangerous to our national security and to your privacy. Huawei and Z.T.E. are part of the Chinese Party. It was an engineer for the People's Liberation Army. The company's livelihood consists of largely a steady stream of government contracts and its greatest claim to fame is stealing the secrets of American companies. That's why it's under investigation by the Department of Justice and for violating sanctions against Iran. And Z.T.E. is no better. They broke our laws by doing business with North Korea and Iran and then it lied about it to U.S. investigators."

 

Senator Van Hollen: (5:05 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the NDAA.
    • "That was the House Intelligence Committee report in the year 2012. And since then, the evidence has grown even stronger. We know that the government of China exercises significant control over its telecommunications firms and that Z.T.E. and Huawei have close and very long-standing ties to the government. We also know that China is one of the world's most active perpetrators of economic espionage and cyber attacks in the United States. In 2015, the F.B.I. issued a report on Huawei making it clear that the government of China relies on signals intelligence to spy on American citizens."

 

Senator Perdue: (5:27 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the NDAA.
    • "Now, Mr. President, that's not dissimilar to a commerce violation right here in the United States. If someone violates the rules and laws of our land, there are fines, penalties, and compliance measures that go along with that. In regards to these harsh penalties, Secretary Ross has just said, and I quote, the strictest and largest settlement fine that has ever been brought by the Commerce Department against a violator of export controls, end quote. The Commerce Department has leveled a harsh but justified penalty. I agree. We need to send a strong message, and I think this does just that. However, the current NDAA managers' package would trample on the separation of powers and undercut the Trump administration's authority to impose these penalties."

 

Senator Donnelly: (5:30 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the NDAA.
    • "I'm told that next month the last foraging equipment will come to the facility for Hoosier workers to manufacture these components. Honeywell is planning to send the manufacturing work for the F-35 overseas to a plant in Turkey. While Turkey is a member of NATO, it is on a concerning path of crumbling Democratic norms, and it's in the process of purchasing a missile defense system from Russia. That's not the kind of place where we should be manufacturing critical components for one of the most advanced war-fighting machines in our arsenal, particularly when we have trained, experienced, talented, patriotic, devoted American workers in South Bend, Indiana, who want to continue doing this work, protecting our men and women, and keeping our nation safe."