Cardin, Menendez, Flake, Inhofe

National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 1735)

Senator Cardin: (12:31 PM)

  • Spoke on the highway trust fund.
    • "The challenge is, can we find the revenue. And, of course, there we need to work together as Democrats and Republicans. I come to the floor to urge my colleagues, let's work together. That's what the American people expect us to do. They expect us to work together to solve a problem. I don't think there's a member of the Senate who would disagree we should have a robust reauthorization of a six-year transportation program for this country. That our states need it, our country needs it, and we need it for our economy. Let's put aside our own individual differences, let's sit down, work out a bill, let's start working out now, let's not wait to the next deadline."

 

Senator Menendez: (12:53 PM)

  • Spoke on Iran.
    • "There's no instantaneous snap-back of we'll put the sanctions back and they'll have effect immediately. You have to tell the world, you have to give them notice that in fact there are sanctions back in effect. You can tell companies that went and did business, you've got to give them time to disinvest from those businesses. And by the time you add that, if experience is a good barometer, we gave at a minimum six months leave time to tell the world this is going to be a sanctionable activity. And then by the time we actually pursued enforcement and implementation of those far beyond close to a year, well that happens to be the time that we're supposedly vying for breakout time. So I am going to continue to come to the floor to continue to shed a spotlight on the challenges that we have with Iran, on the shortcomings of the interim agreement as we hope for a good final agreement."

 

Senator Flake: (1:10 PM)

  • Spoke on earmarks.
    • "Not a year after the earmark ban was implemented in the Senate, the then-majority leader proclaimed "I've done earmarks all my career, and I'm happy I've done earmarks all my career." Others from both sides of the aisle have argued that a return to earmarking would help to lard up or incentivize votes. But taxpayers don't exist for political horse trading, nor as a reward for powerful members to dole out as tribute. Taxpayers need to remain vigilant against all these kinds of parochial spending that we cannot return to work as we knew it. Now, the moratorium on earmarks in 2010 did put an end to these kind of shenanigans, but as readers of Jurassic Pork will see, the spending on their legacy continues. Now, taxpayers have already seen the end of this movie. We don't need to be treated to a sequel."

 

Senator Inhofe: (2:21 PM)

  • Spoke on the National Defense Authorization Act.
    • "It is an amendment that already has about 21 cosponsors. There was a provision in the bill in the Senate that has to do with commissaries. It is viewed upon as privatizing commissaries. It is not really that. All it is, is an attempt to evaluate the idea of the commissaries being privatized by using five commissaries as test cells to see what kind of result we would get if we did privatize those. Now, what we're doing with my amendment is taking that language out and allowing us to go ahead and do the assessment before we do that. It wouldn't make sense to me that if we wanted to get this done, even if we felt very passionate about privatizing, that we would do it before we had an assessment. So the assessment would be in there first."