Durbin, Blunt, Blumenthal, Coats

Vehicle for Trade Promotion Authority (H.R. 2146)

Senator Durbin: (11:37 AM)

  • Spoke on ObamaCare.
    • "The law's helping seniors with their prescription drugs, as I mentioned earlier, and it's a savings of about $925 a year for each senior in America. So for those who are cheering and hoping that the Supreme Court will somehow derail the Affordable Care Act, my question then is very direct. What do you have to replace it? What will you do to deal with preexisting conditions and denying health insurance? What will you do to make sure that parents can keep their kids under their health insurance plans until the kids reach age 26? What will you do to fill the doughnut hole? What will you do to replace the deficit reduction which the Affordable Care Act has achieved? What will you do in terms of the long-term solvency of Medicare to make up for the 13 years that the Affordable Care Act has purchased? And the answer is they don't have an idea. They just don't like it. They don't like ObamaCare. And they don't want to hear these stories."
  • Spoke on Illinois tornadoes.
    • "I reached out to each of them last night, not surprisingly leaving voicemails. I know they were out and about, but we're there to help them if we can. As so often is the case with disasters like this, first responders, friends and family waste no time helping their neighbors. It isn't just a Midwestern thing, but we're pretty proud of it in the Midwest. I have no doubt that the people in Cole City, Sterling and all the others are going to stand up and help one another clean up, rebuild and get on with their lives. Our thoughts are with the many people today who have lost their homes and other property."


Senator Blunt: (12:28 PM)

  • Spoke on Iran.
    • "We are kidding ourselves and most of the world doesn't believe that we could do this either. Turkey and other countries outside of the immediate neighborhood will also want to view nuclear weapons capability as a new status quo in a dangerous world. An agreement that doesn't change the terror threat from Iran, an agreement that doesn't allow inspection for military facilities, an agreement that doesn't disclose past secret research for nuclear weapons, an agreement that doesn't ensure long-term inspections, an agreement that doesn't maintain sanctions in place until important compliance benchmarks are made is not agreement that would be good enough. We are facing a dangerous time. Iran is one of the chief perpetrators of terrorism in the world today. How we have let that country that has one example of bad behavior after another, one example of hatred for Israel after another, one example of contempt for the United States after another, how we have let that country become nuclear capable is amazing to me as it is to the world."


Senator Blumenthal: (12:43 PM)

  • Spoke on gun violence.
    • "So we are here in a marathon, not a sprint. We are here for the long haul. We're not going away, not giving up, not abandoning this fight, not surrendering to the forces of domestic terrorism or racial hatred or gun violence. We are better than that as a nation. And so, as we leave and go back home for this recess, I hope that we will not only share the grief and pain of those brave and courageous families in South Carolina who were so heroic in the face of evil, but resolve that we will redouble our efforts to raise awareness, to organize people who are of goodwill and want to stop gun violence and who need to be heard because the vast majority of the American people want us to take commonsense, sensible measures to make America safer and better."


Senator Coats: (12:58 PM)

  • Spoke on Waste of the Week.
    • "I have joined with a bipartisan group of my colleagues in supporting legislation, the Sugar Reform Act, introduced by Senator Shaheen from New Hampshire that would end the sugar subsidy if we could pass this legislation, it would result in the savings of at least $116 million according to the Congressional Budget Office. So today I add to our chart $116 million of savings that the government can incur, moving our chart ever closer to our goal of $100 billion of savings. We talk about how do we pay for essential programs here, where are we going to get the money, why don't we start here? Why don't we start by eliminating some of these programs - better yet, why don't we let the taxpayer keep their around-earned money than sending it to Washington to pay for waste and abuse that occurs almost on a daily basis here."