Manchin, Rounds, Coons

Morning Business

Senator Manchin: (11:23 a.m)

  • Spoke on bipartisanship.
    • "Civility and trust. And I rise to discuss them because they have been lost in Washington. And I look around and we're all friends, but for some reason we lost the trust of each other, and we don't seem to spend enough time with each other. I can remember Senator Robert C. Byrd, the longest serving senator, I think, in the history of the United States Senate. And he always told me what a place this was. He said the Senate is something special. He even wrote a book about it, about how the Senate is to operate, the founding fathers, what the intent was for the bipartisan, bicameral body that George Washington explained so eloquently, and what our role was as the most deliberative body in the world and the whole world kind of depends on us cooling things off and making things work."


Senator Rounds: (11:36 a.m)

  • Spoke on defense appropriations.
    • "I would like to address a few readiness issues addressing our force. The first are the issues plaguing our Navy. And the need to not only fund our Navy, but all branches of our armed forces. The first issue concerns the F- 18 Hornet aircraft. This is the one people see on a regular basis on film clips showing them taking off for the carriers. This is the primary Navy attack aircraft. This is the one we use for air-to-air combat, we also use this to do the attacks in Iraq and Syria as well. The first issue is plaguing our Navy, and what they do is demonstrate the need to adequately fund not only our Navy, but as I said once again, all of the different branches."


Senator Coons: (12:20 p.m)

  • Spoke on offshore drilling.
    • "My colleagues here know that I make an effort to promote pragmatic and bipartisan ideas. It's one of my top priorities day in and day out to work across the aisle and do what's right for our constituents and for the United States, so let me be clear. My view is not based in an anti-oil or natural gas message. I support an all of the above energy strategy, and advance legislation that would embrace an all of the above energy strategy, and I acknowledge there are many places in the United States where we can and do safely produce these resources, both on shore and offshore."