Fischer, Flake, Inhofe, Paul

The NDAA (H.R. 5515)

Senator Fischer: (4:34 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the NDAA.
    • "In Europe, a newly emboldened Russia, under the control of Putin, seeks every opportunity to exert its malign influence, undermine democracies, flaunt international law, and bully our NATO allies. In Asia, expansionist China is working to coerce its neighbors, invest millions in military modernization, construct illegal, artificial islands, and challenge American leadership across the globe. In short, we have reentered an era of great power competition. If we value our security and our prosperity, we must be prepared to support the men and women of our military so that they are able to win in this environment. Earlier this year Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis presented Congress with the national defense strategy. This blueprint for the nation's defense thoroughly emphasis is the fact that interstate competition is now the focus of our United States national security."


Senator Flake: (4:44 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to Senator John McCain.
    • "As we all know, Senator McCain has been a fixture in the Senate during every NDAA debate, wagging his finger and raising his voice, he mustered the rest of us to support and defend our troops. He made it a priority to reduce wasteful spending and crack down on waste, fraud, and abuse. Year after year under Senator McCain's leadership, the Senate Armed Services Committee has identified billions of dollars in unnecessary spending at the Department of Defense, and because of his efforts, we have reinvested savings in providing critical military capabilities for war fighters, meeting the unfunded priorities of our service chiefs, and our combatant commanders and supporting critical national security priorities."


Senator Inhofe: (4:52 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the NDAA.
    • "Mr. President, it was my intent - and I will be doing it but I wanted to give a chance for Senator Paul to be on the floor when I do this. As we have said over and over again. I have to say senator reed and I have worked very closely in trying to get these amendments in place. I can remember years in the past when there were people who objected to any amendments and we ended up without amendments and we had to pass a bill that didn't have an open amendment process on the floor. We wanted an open amendment process on the floor. I'm talking about we being the Democrats, Republicans, the leadership on both sides of the aisle. We have committed to that. We have tried to do that. Unfortunately under the Senate rules, one senator can stop and object to moving on an amendment."


Senator Paul: (4:54 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the NDAA.
    • "A few minutes ago on the Senate floor, 68 senators voted to give a vote on the Senate floor on whether or not anybody accused or captured and accused of a crime will get a trial by jury. It's in the Bill of Rights. Over two-thirds of the Senate voted for it, enough to pass a constitutional amendment voted for it, and one person is denying a vote on this. The senior senator from South Carolina does not believe the Bill of Rights applies to people accused of a crime."