Barrasso, Warren, Markey, Reed

The NDAA (H.R. 5515)

Senator Barrasso: (12:50 p.m.)

  • Spoke on tax reform.
    • "It's people who work at the Bachman Group in Sheridan, Wyoming. It is a local business that specializes in fencing and excavation. I had to chance to meet with all of those people. They said the employer - the employees would be getting raises for one reason and it's because of the tax law. The owner actually said that with this tax cut he would now move ahead with starting two new businesses this year, employing more people. That means more jobs, more economic opportunities for people in northeast Wyoming. Now, another thing, Madam President, that we had a chance to talk about when the tax law was passed was how this would affect people's utility bills. Well, it started happening right away. Americans noted their utility bills started going down. "


Senator Warren: (1:04 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the NDAA.
    • "I rise today to speak in favor of the Reed-Warren amendment. For months I have been voicing concerns about the Trump administration's plans to use more low-yield nuclear weapons. This bill authorizes the Pentagon to begin developing a new low-yield warhead which the Trump administration wants to put on our nation's submarine-launched ballistic missiles. I think this decision is strategically unwise for many reasons. I am concerned about discrimination and the risk of rapid escalation into a nuclear conflict. As many experts have publicly suggested, Russia may not be able to distinguish between an incoming trident missile that poses an existential threat to their nation and a low-yield nuclear missile that is intended to serve more of a warning."


Senator Markey: (1:11 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the NDAA.
    • "I strongly support this amendment, and I want to explain why. A nuclear weapon is a nuclear weapon, period. They are the only human-made force that could destroy all of humanity in a matter of minutes. They annihilate utterly and completely. The size of the bomb does not matter. Using any nuclear weapon is a step so grave that it is in and of itself an act of war. It also invites nuclear retaliation. That's why President Ronald Reagan was right when he said a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought. Nuclear weapons are fundamentally different than any other military capability we possess. Congress must have a role in determining when these weapons are developed, how they are managed, and if, heaven forbid, we must ever use them again."


Senator Reed: (1:15 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the NDAA.
    • "The loss of life and destruction was sobering. I recommend all of my colleagues participate in such a war game because it brings home the complexity and the essential role that Congress has in overseeing the development of nuclear weapons. I would like to convey one point made to me at the conclusion of the war game is that his number one job is to ensure that nuclear weapons never be used in the first place and they act as a deterrence to their use. With that, Mr. President, I will make a few observations on the amendment before us. The 2018 Nuclear Posture Review recommends that the United States undertake the deployment of a submarine low-yield nuclear weapon."