Vitter, Stabenow, Daines, Donnelly

Morning Business

Senator Vitter: (2:56 PM)

  • Spoke on the Environmental Protection Agency.
    • "Last fall, we took a similar vote while I was in the House of Representatives to repeal this harmful regulation. And my colleague from Wyoming, Senator John Barrasso, has a bill, the Federal Water Quality Protection Act. It's a good bill that provides clarity for how the E.P.A. should and should not define waters of the United States. I know the chairman of the environment and public works committee, the senator from Oklahoma, Senator Inhofe, intends to move this bill through his committee soon, and I'd like to offer my support for that legislation. We've seen time and again that this administration will attempt to overreach the limits of what the executive branch should do, and when it comes to the E.P.A.'s overreach, the waters of the United States isn't the exception, it is the norm."


Senator Stabenow: (3:03 PM)

  • Spoke on the National Defense Authorization Act.
    • "So when we look at overall, securing those things at home and abroad, whether it's making sure beyond Department of Defense, that we are funding our border security, cybersecurity, counterterrorism, police and fire, stopping W.M.D.'s, airport security, Ebola protections or it's investing in our own people in all of this to create the opportunity for strong businesses and entrepreneurs and educated work force or infrastructure, making sure that we have those airports and we have those roads. We need next week to vote "yes" on Senator Reed's amendment, because that's what it's all about. Safety, real security, growing the economy of our country. Our people deserve better than budget gimmicks that are in this bill."


Senator Daines: (3:15 PM)

  • Spoke on ObamaCare.
    • "In 2007 President Obama said himself that by the end of his first term, Obamacare would, "Cover every American and cut the cost of a typical family's premium up to $2,500 a year." Montanans haven't seen their premiums decrease by $2,500 a year. It's not even close. Unfortunately, this is the predictable resort and result of forcing a partisan piece of legislation through Congress without transparent consideration or bipartisan input. We need to ensure health care is affordable and it needs to be accessible for all Montanans and that starts with repealing ObamaCare, repealing its costly mandates, repealing its burdensome taxes and repealing the senseless regulations. ObamaCare is not working and it isn't popular. This law is a bureaucratic nightmare that hurts small businesses."


Senator Donnelly: (3:31 PM)

  • Spoke on the National Defense Authorization Act.
    • "Finally, a cooperative threat reduction program at the Department of Defense will continue to secure weapons of mass destruction all around the world, as it did with Syria's chemical weapons and dangerous pathogens. This has made a noticeable difference in reducing threats to our country. I take particular pride in this program, since the enduring legacy of my fellow Hoosier Senator Richard Lugar, who has done our nation and the world a great service as a champion for nuclear nonproliferation. He and Senator Sam Nunn were extraordinary leaders, and we are proud to try to follow in their tradition. Let me again thank senator sessions for the productive and bipartisan relationship we have had on this subcommittee and members on the subcommittee for taking part in our hearings and in crafting the provisions under this subcommittee's jurisdiction. I look forward to working with our colleagues to pass this important legislation."