Rubio, Whitehouse, Blumenthal, Durbin

Motion to Proceed to the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act (S. 2155)

Senator Rubio: (5:03 p.m)

  • Spoke on gun control.
    • "There were clear signs. It's one of the things you see in every single one of these events. It isn't like from one moment to the next they woke up one morning in a bad mood and do -- these sorts of things. They had been showing signs for a significant period of time in case after case after case. If we know this, should we not then create systems in this country to identify people before they act and stop them? On that point I believe there is broad consensus and on that point is I think where we should start. Let's act. If there's a law we can pass or a program we can put in place to prevent one of these things from happening, let's do it. "


Senator Whitehouse: (5:20 p.m)

  • Spoke on Russian election interference.
    • "You would think with something like this that we have an election that has been attacked by a hostile foreign country, you'd think that would be the kind of thing that would bring our country together, that would get the president's attention. He swore an oath to protect and defend the constitution. The last I heard, the elections are a part of our constitution. And yet, nothing. Crickets. Where's the proposal? Where are the congressional hearings on our proposals? Where are the markups? Where are the bills? We're seeing an extraordinary lack of interest and initiative on something about which we have been very, very forcefully warned."


Senator Blumenthal: (5:36 p.m)

  • Spoke on Russian election interference.
    • "That's because this doing absolutely nothing to make Russia pay a price, and that is the testimony, in effect, from representatives of the intelligence community, including most recently today, the director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, and General Robert Ashley. When I asked what was being done to deter counter or retaliate against the Russians, director coats said, in effect, it is everyone's responsibility, which means, in effect, it is no one's responsibility that it was -- responsibility, that it was the whole of government responding, which means no single agency, and there is no plan and no action under way. There is, at most, perhaps some kind of study of what should be done."


Senator Durbin: (5:50 p.m)

  • Spoke on Russian election interference.
    • "Mr. President, I was home over the week in Springfield, Illinois, of course the state capital, and ransom into a fella who works for the state board of elections. We talked for a few minutes about the experience we had in our state in the last election cycle when the Russians hacked into the computer network of the Illinois state board of elections. We were the only state of those that were hacked to come forward and identify the culprit. It was Russia. We also came forward and notified hundreds of thousands of our voters that their identity, at least in terms of the state election agency is concerned, had been compromised by the Russians."