Wyden, Hatch, Ayotte, Nelson, Kirk

National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 1735)

Senator Wyden: (2:46 PM)

  • Spoke on cyber security.
    • "Even to the colleagues here who are inclined vote for this bill, I hope all senators will think about whether this is an appropriate process for this sort of legislation. I've already said I believe that senators here are going to be dealing with cybersecurity questions for the rest of their time in public service because in the digital age I think we are going to see a constant evolution in this field with respect to these threats in both the technical and political concerns that are raised by them. So should the Senate really be rushing a bill like this through by tacking it onto an unrelated defense measure? Is this the best way to show once again to the American people that security and liberty are not mutually exclusive, that it's possible to do both? If senators share the concerns I've raised, I hope that they will oppose the cybersecurity amendment, if it is brought up for a vote on the defense bill."

 

Senator Hatch: (3:20 PM)

  • Spoke on trade.
    • "Japan and Canada, two of our largest trading partners in the T.P.P., have both stated that they are reluctant to bring their final offers to the table until Congress provides the administration with T.P.A. Trade Promotion Authority ensures our partners that if they reach an agreement, it won't be unraveled when sent to Congress for approval. This allows our negotiators to get the best deal possible on both sides. But especially our negotiators. T.P.A. also ensures that Congress has a meaningful role in crafting the specifics of the agreement by setting objectives, mandating transparency, and requiring periodic up-dates. And under the Senate-passed bill, Congress will have more authority than ever to review and respond to the administration on individual trade agreements. Long story short, T.P.A. is absolutely necessary for advancing U.S. Interests abroad and protecting the opportunities for millions of Americans to earn and compete for our livelihood in an increasingly global trade environment."
  • Spoke on health care.
    • That is why I, joined by Senator Cornyn and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, have introduced legislation that would prevent the Obama administration from bypassing Congress in yet another attempt to subvert key features of welfare reform. I regret that we must take this action. In the past members of Congress have generally been able to find common ground and work on a bipartisan basis to address issues relating to child support. In fact, Congress recently passed and the president recently signed legislation that made improvements to child support enforcement policies. In 2013, the Senate Finance Committee reported a series of ambitious proposals related to child support enforcement. At that time we requested input on these proposals from the Obama administration. At no time did administration officials indicate that the department of health and human services was quietly working to amass a massive overhaul of child support enforcement, much less that it was planning on doing so without the help or input of Congress." 

 

Senator Ayotte: (3:51 PM)

  • Spoke on the ex-im bank.
    • "I am hopeful that Senator Kirk's amendment will get a vote on this Senate floor, that we can get this reauthorized before the expiration date at the end of this month, we can continue to allow this financing for American businesses to continue to sell their products to build them here, to sell them overseas and to create American jobs, because that's what this type of financing allows our businesses to do. This is very important when we think about making sure that we remain competitive, that we have more jobs here, and that we can continue to sell our great products built here in the United States of America around the world. I am very honored to support this amendment. I hope that we will get a vote on this amendment on the defense authorization or get a vote and make sure that we have this passed before the end of this month and this bank expires so that we can have that continuity in this important financing mechanisms for our businesses here in this country."

 

Senator Nelson: (3:58 PM)

  • Spoke on NASA.
    • "And what if this cut - is sustained, and this is a cut from a request of $1.24 billion for this competition for making American rockets safe and creating the spacecraft to take Americans to the space station, it's been cut to $900 million if that cut in the subcommittee is sustained in the full committee and ultimately in the final appropriation bill, it's going to delay us from being able to launch Americans on American rockets instead of 2017, just two years from now, it will delay us another four years, that's four more years of relying on the Russians. Now, I know there are a bunch of senators around here that don't like the fact of the aggressiveness of Vladimir Putin, well, this is one way to wean ourselves from having to depend on them."

 

Senator Kirk: (4:03 PM)

  • Spoke on the ex-im bank.
    • "I'd like to say the export-import bank is set to expire this year on June 30. It allows thousands of American companies to advance their technology overseas without these loans many American jobs would be ceded to China or Europe. 200,000 American workers now depend on ex-im plus 46,000 in my home state of Illinois, they work for these companies and depend on export-import backing to make it. Some people are looking to cut this, a government agency, but it's not, it makes, in the last three years it has earned the U.S. Treasury over $3 billion."