Inhofe, Flake, Nelson, Alexander- Correction

Executive Session (Marcus Nomination)

Senator Inhofe: (11:13 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the NDAA.
    • "We intend to do that. We were disappointed that there was objection to that yesterday. That's why we have been working on satisfying those objections. I think we have done this and I believe that by noon, or after the 12:30 p.m. vote, we're going to be in a position to go ahead and ask that the majority leader restate his motion to proceed and it will be passed without objection. I'm looking forward to that. I think we need to get started. I don't need to get into the arguments, others are waiting on the floor right now."


Senator Flake: (11:20 a.m.)

  • Spoke on tariffs.
    • "And if tariffs aimed at our adversaries produced disastrous results, what will happen when we target our allies. Imagine that imports from Canada represent a national security threat. Well, that's what we're doing. Canada is our largest trading partner, a partner with whom we have a trade surplus. Just yesterday we learned after phone call which Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau challenged the president's use of national security as a way of levying tariffs. These new tariffs imposed on our allies will not and are not going unanswered. A number of them have introduced retaliatory measures."


Senator Nelson: (11:37 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the Florida coastline.
    • "Now, the presiding officer represents the state that has the most coastline, Alaska, but next to Alaska, my state of Florida has more coastline than any other state, and I would venture to say that since Alaska has very few beaches, it ought to be very clear that the state of Florida has more beaches than any other state. And that of course is an attraction that becomes an economic engine because people from all over the world want to come to enjoy the sands of Florida's beaches and enjoy the bounty of nature that the lord has provided but we better watch out because we're starting to mess it up. Yesterday, NOAA, that's the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, released data that the contiguous United States had the warmest may on record."


Senator Alexander: (11:51 a.m.)

  • Spoke on tariffs.
    • "And already I'm hearing stories all across our state about the effect of tariffs, even before they're imposed. For example, not just auto parts. Electrolux, a big manufacturer plan ago new $250 million plant to make home appliances in Springfield, Tennessee, buys 100% of its steel in the United States but as soon as the steel tariffs were announced, it put that expansion on hold because when you raise the price of steel coming into the United States, then all the domestic suppliers raise their price and Electrolux said that even though it bought all of its steel from U.S. suppliers, it couldn't be competitive in the marketplace with tariffs on imported steel."
  • Spoke on the nomination of Kenneth Marcus to be Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights.
    • "Mr. President, if I may say one more thing about the vote that we will be having at 12:30, today the Senate is finally voting to confirm Ken Marcus, a well-qualified nominee to serve as assistant secretary for civil rights at the Department of Education. I worked to get a time agreement for this vote because Mr. Marcus did not deserve to be the subject to the Democrats' unreasonable and unnecessary obstructions and delays. One senator can do that or two senators. I want to thank Senator Murray from Washington and the Democratic leader, Senator Schumer, for helping to bring these delays to a conclusion today."