Kaine, Murray, Manchin, Toomey

The NDAA (H.R. 5515)

Senator Kaine: (3:56 p.m.)

  • Spoke on healthcare reform.
    • "Because Senate colleagues joined together on the floor nearly a year ago to defeat efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, even as the sabotage has been going on, there has been an advance in my state that is very, very significant. Two weeks ago my state legislature, after a four-year debate, decided to become the 33rd state that accepted Medicaid expansion. Mr. President, and to my colleagues, if you want to know whether what you do in this chamber matters, that vote in August of last year that preserved the Affordable Care Act enabled my state to embrace Medicaid expansion, and in one stroke of one vote, for 100,000 - 400,000 Virginians have the ability now to have health insurance, many of them for the first time in their life."


Senator Murray: (4:02 p.m.)

  • Spoke on healthcare reform.
    • "As we've talked about, last week the Trump-Pence administration showed once again that there is no limit to how low and how baseless they will go to appeal to extreme Republican donors and their special interests. President Trump's Department of Justice announced it will ignore years of precedent and abandon its duty to defend our laws in court. It will abandon our laws that prevent insurers from denying people with preexisting condition coverage or charging people more because of their gender or raising premiums without limit for seniors."


Senator Manchin: (4:08 p.m.)

  • Spoke on healthcare reform.
    • "An insurance company faced with underwriting my daughter simply will not insure her ever unless mandated by government to cover preexisting conditions. She has had multiple trips to the emergency that would have bankrupted her and had she not been covered. Please do not forget her when you tell stories on the Senate floor. This is not Democrat or Republican. This is about all of us. We all face this in all of our states. And what we're saying is this, moving down this pathway because of not enforcing that part of the Affordable Care Act, when we have a fix, truly a Democrat-Republican fix, bipartisan, led by Lamar Alexander, our senator from Tennessee; Patty Murray, our senator from the state of Washington."


Senator Toomey: (4:17 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the NDAA.
    • "Let me start by reminding my colleagues something that I hope we all learned a long time ago, and that is the very, very first provision of the United States Constitution after the preamble, the very first operative portion of our Constitution, Article 1, Section 1, states, and I will quote, all legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States which shall consist of a Senate and a House of Representatives. I can't think of a more clearer, succinct and straightforward and unambiguous way to make the point that writing laws is the domain, it is the responsibility of Congress."