Cornyn, King, Markey, McCain

National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 1735)

Senator Cornyn: (9:53 AM)

  • Spoke on the South Carolina shooting.
    • "In light of the horrific news that we all woke up to this morning I want to just touch briefly on the tragic events that have unfolded overnight in Charleston, South Carolina. Though we don't know all the facts, by all appearances the gunman targeted worshipers while they were in church in a way that certainly shocks all of our conscious and sensibilities. And is the sort of act that I think we all find hard to understand and is truly unspeakable. But law enforcement is doing what it does best, which is conducting its investigation, including looking for the suspect, and I think it's appropriate that we all offer our thoughts and perhaps a private prayer for all of those who were affected by this senseless and horrific tragedy."


Senator King: (10:07 AM)

  • Spoke on the South Carolina shooting.
    • "I want to express my profound sorrow, sympathy and condolences to the people of South Carolina and the people of Charleston for the tragedy which occurred last night. To my colleagues, Senator Scott and Senator Graham, and to all the people of South Carolina. These things are very hard to understand, very hard to fathom, and I think I speak for all of our colleagues when I say our heart goes out to the people of South Carolina this morning about - concerning this unspeakable tragedy."
  • Spoke on climate change.
    • "I realize that we will have differences about how to solve this problem, we'll have differences about the exact exemptions of it, we'll have differences about what the resolution should be and the technology that we should use and how we should get there and transitions and all of those kinds of things. That's perfectly legitimate. But fundamentally we have to think of this as a moral and ethical issue. As a moral and ethical issue, the obligations that we owe to other people in this country, to other people in the world who have no voice, in the use of the resources that are being taken away from them, and particularly to the people that we don't yet know who are going to follow us on this wonderful home that we have been given to steward, to preserve, to use, but to pass on in as good or better shape than we found it."


Senator Markey: (10:20 AM)

  • Spoke on the South Carolina shooting.
    • "First I want to begin by extending my deepest condolences and prayers to the families and loved ones of those lost in the heinous church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina. Our hearts break for the people of Charleston, and especially for the congregation of this house of God, a place of refuge, a place of peace, a place of love. The perpetrator of this hate crime must be found and swiftly brought to justice."
  • Spoke on climate change.
    • "Oh, yes, there is a national security incentive for us. Oh, yes. We can just tell the Middle East at least we don't need their oil any more than we need their sand. We're going to provide our own power and we're going to give other countries in the world the capacity to produce their own power. But we can do it as well because it's a moral imperative, because God's Earth, his creation is back now in jeopardy. We have to be the leaders. We have to answer this moral cause, and we can't say that we can't do it. We can't say that we can't invent our way out of this potential catastrophe for the entire planet. The Pope is calling upon us to be the world's leader, morally and economically. We can do it."


Senator McCain: (10:36 AM)

  • Spoke on the National Defense Authorization Act.
    • "Because anybody believes that ISIS would be content to remain in the Middle East and not export that terror to the United States of America has not listened to the director of the C.I.A. and the head of the F.B.I. and every other military expert. ISIS is bent on harming America. When Mr. Baghdady left cam Buka, Mr. Baghdady is the leader of ISIS, he spent four years in Iraq, when he left he said, "I'll see you in New York." He wasn't kidding. ISIS is bent on attacking us. Can they destroy us? No. But the ability of ISIS to be able to launch some attacks on the United States of America grows every time there are thousands of young men and some young women who go to Syria and Iraq, and are radicalized even more and return, sooner or later, to the country from which they came. So I would ask my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to put aside the smaller differences that we have - and there are differences with my colleagues on this side of the aisle concerning, for example, the sage grouse. And considering on that side of the aisle a number of other provisions in this bill. I would urge my colleagues to put aside those differences, and they are in the view of many significant differences, and vote in favor of this legislation and send the message that at least on the issue of defending the nation and providing the men and women who are putting their lives on the line in our behalf."