Thune, Rubio

Executive Session (Zais Nomination)

Senator Thune: (5:06 p.m.)

  • Spoke on tax reform.
    • "We cut tax rates across the board, nearly doubled the standard deduction and doubled the child tax credit. And Americans are already seeing this relief in their paychecks. But we knew that tax cuts, as helpful as they are, weren't enough. We needed to make sure that Americans had access to good jobs, good wages, and good opportunities, the kinds of jobs and opportunities that would set them up for security and prosperity for the long term. And since jobs and opportunities are created by businesses, that meant reforming our tax code to improve the playing field for businesses so they could improve the playing field for their workers. And that's what we did."
  • Spoke on net neutrality.
    • "Mr. President, I also want to take a moment to discuss the partisan net neutrality resolution we'll be taking up this week. There are senators from both parties for passing it and Democrats know it. Instead of moving forward with bipartisan discussions on a net neutrality bill, certain Democrats decided that they wanted to play politics. So instead of bipartisan legislation this week, we're taking up a partisan resolution that will do nothing, nothing to provide a permanent solution on the issue of net neutrality."
  • Spoke on the nomination of Gina Haspel to be C.I.A. Director.
    • "I am also looking forward to confirming another important nomination in the near future and that is Gina Haspel's nomination to be director of the C.I.A. Acting director Haspel is one of the most qualified candidates for the C.I.A. that we've ever had. She spent 33 years in the agency. She served overseas and here at home and during both the Cold War and Global War on Terrorism many she served in the trenches and she's held important leadership positions in the agency. And, Mr. President, she's won several awards for her work, including the Intelligence Medal of Merit, the George H.W. Bush Award and Donovan award. "


Senator Rubio: (5:18 p.m.)

  • Spoke on China.
    • "Every single one of them says no. Which is why I was pleased a couple of weeks ago when the commerce department brought sanctions against Z.T.E. It was because on top of the spying and everything else, Z.T.E. helped China, Iran, and North Korea evade international sanctions, and so the penalty was that American companies could no longer sell component pieces to Z.T.E., which has led them to being on the brink of being out of business. No one should feel sorry for Z.T.E. This is a company heavily subsidized by the Chinese government, protects them in China, subsidizes them in China, but exports them abroad with the hopes that they can help them steal secrets and monitor and be an arm in the tool of intelligence for them."