Rubio, Van Hollen, Reed, Inhofe

The Conference Report Accompanying the NDAA (H.R. 5155)

Senator Rubio: (1:32 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the NDAA.
    • "Madam president, this - we are now halfway through my eighth year in the United States Senate and in my time year, I have never once spoken against, voted against, or opposed in any way any of the national defense authorization acts that have come before the Senate. And the reason being that despite whatever flaws one might find on most occasions in any piece of legislation, the defense of our country is the fundamental obligation of our federal government. It comes before anything else. State governments run schools and build roads and do all sorts of activities at the state level. Communities do all sorts of things at the local level. But nothing is more important than the defense of our country in terms of a federal obligation. And so I had never opposed an NDAA, and I have supported every single one of them, despite the fact that they didn't have everything I wanted or everything I liked - until today."


Senator Van Hollen: (1:44 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the NDAA.
    • "All of them have said it would be a great danger to our national security and the privacy of millions of Americans to let them anywhere near our telecommunications networks. So first they steal our technology. Second, they plan to use a lot of that, they stole from us to spy on us. And then they went about violating U.S. sanctions on North Korea and on Iran. And not just once. Twice, and then they were caught again. Each time they were warned but they continued to flagrantly violate our sanctions. And that is why the secretary of commerce, Wilbur Ross, finally got fed up with everything they were doing, and he imposed sanctions on Z.T.E., including what's called a denial order saying that U.S. companies should not be transferring technology to Z.T.E. Which was then using that technology both to get market advantages but also to potentially spy on the United States."


Senator Reed: (1:55 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the NDAA.
    • "And we understand also that there are some Chinese companies in the video surveillance equipment business that also are threats. They also have been banned going forward with respect to government acquisition or government contractor acquisitions. So we have recognized this issue and we have done, I think, what we could do to ensure that our national security is not compromised in the future by Z.T.E. or Huawei equipment, and with that, madam president, I would suggest we move forward and pass this legislation which does a remarkable job helping the men and women of our armed forces."


Senator Inhofe: (1:57 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the NDAA.
    • "This is the 58th consecutive year we had a defense authorization bill. This is dedicated, this one is named after Senator McCain, John S. McCain defense authorization bill. We're very proud of the input that we had from his staff and from him, and it went through in record time. So I thank all - I certainly thank my counterpart here, senator reed. He and I worked very, very close together for many, many years."