Jun 18 2015 05:55 PM
Senator Cardin: (2:39 PM)
- Spoke on World Refugee Day.
- "I rise today to introduce a resolution to mark World Refugee Day, June 20, and to address the growing global crisis of people forcibly displaced by persecution and conflict. According to the united nations high commissioner for refugees, for the first time since World War II, over 60 million people have been forced from their homes and displaced in their own countries or forced to flee abroad. Yet last year alone, 14 million people were up-rooted by violence and persecution, most escaping conflicts in Syria, Iraq, South Sudan, Ukraine, Burma and Afghanistan. There are more and more protracted crises, and the result is an increase in humanitarian needs. The worldwide displacement from wars, conflicts, and persecution in 2014 was the highest level recorded and accelerating fast to 60 million last year from 52.1 million in 2013, a dramatic increase from the 37.5 million a decade ago. "
Senator Sullivan: (3:10 PM)
- Spoke on the National Defense Authorization Act.
- "The Department of Defense, United States Army, should not even contemplate moving one single soldier out of America's arctic until all of this has been completed. And they should look hard at this bill that we hope the president will not veto with regard to the direction of the Congress on the importance of increasing U.S. military forces in the Asia pacific to add credibility to our rebound strategy. That means keeping appropriate troop levels in appropriate places like the Asia pacific, like the arctic and like Alaska as required by the bill that we just passed by an overwhelming majority. Alaska is the northern anchor of the pacific rebalance. It is the gateway to the arctic. It is what makes America an arctic nation. It is our only arctic state, and it probably is the single greatest repository of untapped energy resources that will power our nation's future."
Senator Murphy: (3:35 PM)
- Spoke on the South Carolina shooting.
- "First, let me say before turning to the topic at hand, those of us from Connecticut, especially those of us in and around Sandy Hook, Connecticut, our hearts go out to the community in Charleston, the grief and tragedy that they're working and sifting through today. It's hard for anyone to imagine. All I can say is I hope that they will find, as we did, in Newtown, Connecticut, that internal strength over time comes from unlikely spots, that friends arrive from far-off places. There is a community that is much bigger than one church or one city that is going to wrap its arms around the families and the friends of the victims during this terrible time."
- Spoke on ObamaCare.
- "I think it's important to say at the outset that most of us that have followed the Affordable Care Act and its legal interpretation think that this is a sham of a case. This is the political attack on the Affordable Care Act masked as a legal case. There is absolutely no question that the Affordable Care Act was built in a way to deliver subsidies to both state exchanges and federal exchanges. I won't go into all of the details as to why that's the clear case, but although we're talking about what might happen if King V. Burwell comes down for the plaintiffs, many of us think that that would be an absolutely ludicrous legal result, one that would be a stunning act of judicial overreach. Essentially the political substitution of the court for the legislature."
Senator Stabenow: (3:45 PM)
- Spoke on ObamaCare.
- "If you're an American, then you deserve the opportunity to receive tax cuts that will make your health care affordable, whether you get your plan on an exchange run by the state or through healthcare.gov. This is about moms and dads in Michigan and across the country being able to go to bed at night without having to say a prayer that says please, God, don't let the kids get sick because what am I going to do? The Affordable Care Act has provided an answer and the peace of mind for millions of Americans. And we certainly hope that the Supreme Court will not take that away."
Senator Baldwin: (3:53 PM)
- Spoke on ObamaCare.
- "We know that the Affordable Care Act is providing access, affordability and quality in the state of Wisconsin. We also know that in the United States of America, health care should be a right guaranteed to all and not just a privilege reserved for the few. That is what we have fought far and that's what we're going to continue to fight for as we move the Affordable Care Act forward. I want to once again thank my colleagues, Senator Stabenow, Senator Murphy, for joining me on the floor this afternoon. We have a case that's about to be decided by the United States supreme court. We have effort after effort in the Congress of the United States to repeal or defund all or part of the Affordable Care Act. But it is providing lifesaving coverage and good news to Wisconsinites and people across America."
Senator Sessions: (4:30 PM)
- Spoke on trade.
- "I think this country needs to go through a serious evaluation of that, number one. And secondly, we absolutely -- colleagues, absolutely we should not fast-track a movement to the establishment of an international commission or international union, and maybe creating two more of them, as part of two more trade agreements, the three trade agreements that will be part of fast-track, if it passes. And, of course, any number of other trade agreements for the next six years could be accelerated through this fast-track process, if it passes."
Senator Heitkamp: (5:49 PM)
- Spoke on Vietnam veterans.
- "I rise today again to speak about the North Dakotans who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country in the Vietnam War. Since March I've had the honor of learning from families about the lives of their sons, brothers, husbands, fathers and uncles who died during the Vietnam War."