Nelson, Hatch, Cornyn, Sanders

Morning Business

Senator Nelson: (3:14 PM)

  • Spoke on commerce.
    • "Google certainly has the technical expertise to make sure unsuitable videos for kids are screened or filtered out, especially when Google markets the app as being suitable for children. Indeed, section 5 of the F.T.C. Act prohibits deceptive marketing practices. I applaud Google for its efforts to create healthy online experiences for children, but in this case, their efforts fell short. And I would expect Google to change this right away. Furthermore, YouTube kids should also be sensitive to the fact that younger children often don't understand the difference between advertisements and noncommercial content. So kids' online services that have commercial advertising should make sure that advertising is clearly distinguished from the other content. Google should not take advantage of this well-known vulnerability among children."


Senator Hatch: (3:23 PM)

  • Spoke on the South Carolina shooting.
    • "I wish to extend my first heartfelt condolences to our friends in Charleston, South Carolina. Last week we witnessed an unspeakable tragedy with the shooting at the Emanuel A.M.E. Church. This heinous act has left families reeling and the nation in disbelief. Words can little console nor can they heal hearts of those who have lost. Still I wish to say just a few words to the neighbors, families, and friends who have suffered most. Know that your nation suffers with you, no question about it. You are in our prayers, our thoughts. May you feel peace and love. May you find healing in god. And may the shooter be swiftly brought to justice."
  • Spoke on Iran.
    • "If Iran has failed to sufficiently address even the core cause of the sanctions against them, what confidence do we have in them moving forward? It is particularly tell that the U.N. expert panel assessed that a decline in reports by member states of Iranian violations results from one of two factors. Either Iran has decreased its prohibited activity significantly or member states have refrained from reporting noncompliance so as not to disrupt the negotiations process. In light of the revelations contained in this report, the latter appears far more likely. As the president continues to push for a permanent deal with Iran's leadership, this report is as alarming as it is timely. Past performance may not universally predict future behavior, but it certainly should be part of the consideration. Moreover, this report is far from the only sign of Iranian malfeasance. As recently as yesterday, the Iranian parliament voted to prohibit international inspections of known military sites, casting into serious doubt its commitment to a workable nuclear deal. Given these troubles moves, the president should explain to the American people what level of confidence he has negotiating with Iran given how it repeatedly violates the international community's mandates with impunity. The stakes are too high to act as if Iran is a trustworthy partner."


Senator Cornyn: (3:31 PM)

  • Spoke on ObamaCare.
    • "First and foremost, we are prepared to help the more than six million Americans, including nearly a million people in my home state of Texas, whose costs would suddenly skyrocket as yet another consequence of this disastrous legislation. But in doing so, we will empower the states to opt out of ObamaCare, allowing them the flexibility to more effectively lower costs and increase choices. We will promote not command and control solutions emanating from here in Washington under the philosophy that Washington knows best, we will promote market-based options without the threat of harmful, onerous, expensive mandates. Repealing these mandates will help the American people finally get the coverage they need at a price they can afford. So in short, we will do everything in our power to protect the people affected by this flawed legislation, but we will not protect the president's failed law."


Senator Sanders: (4:16 PM)

  • Spoke on the South Carolina shooting.
    • "I am not the governor of South Carolina. I am not in the South Carolina legislature, and I do not live in South Carolina. But I do believe that the time is long overdue for the people of South Carolina to remove the Confederate Flag from the statehouse grounds in Columbia. That flag is a relic of our nation's stained racial history. It should come down. If any good can come of the terrible tragedy in Charleston, it is that the people of South Carolina now have the opportunity to finally turn a page on our past. Frankly, the Confederate Flag does not belong on statehouse grounds. It belongs in a museum."