Barrasso, Nelson, Portman

Executive Session (Quattlebaum Nomination)

Senator Barrasso: (2:48 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the Endangered Species Act.
    • "We also have to make sure that the species that are most in need get the resources first. Again, it isn't some idea that someone came up with behind closed doors in Washington, D.C. No, not at all. This whole effort is based on feedback from the states and from the 19 states and three U.S. territories that are part of the Western Governors Association. Wyoming Governor Matt Meade testified at a recent hearing that my bill is in line with what the states are looking for. He said it represents a reasonable way, he said, to start a national dialogue on the subject, just like the western governors did. That's why 130 organizations have already written to express their support for this effort."


Senator Nelson: (3:08 p.m.)

  • Spoke on offshore drilling.
    • "The training and testing not only takes place in the air over the gulf of Mexico but also takes place on the surface as well as, in some cases, under water as well. So the United States military has asked us, don't mess with the gulf training range, and yet, as we speak in this report in "Politico" today, efforts are being made by the oil industry to get the trump administration to allow up to 75 miles off the coastline of Florida to be drilled. Mr. President, I want to show you what that would do to the heart of the gulf testing and training range."
  • Spoke on tariffs.
    • "If the manufacturer has to add on 25% to the cost of his garbage can, obviously that's not going to be competitive since he's selling that garbage can and can still just make it at the same price that you can import that garbage can from China. This is - unless that tariff, that tax is turned off by President Trump, those jobs are going to be lost. That old warehouse facility which has been modernized with all of this state of the art robotic equipment, $15 million worth of equipment, all of that is going to go away. That's not what we want. That's not what is good for America. We want to keep the manufacturing jobs here."


Senator Portman: (3:48 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the opioid crisis.
    • "It was the culmination of four years-worth of work of conferences here in Washington, bringing some of the best minds from around the country together, looking at some of the best practices to say have you actually focused on this issue of the opioid epidemic in a comprehensive way because we know that's what has to be done. It was about evidence-based prevention, strategies about evidence-based treatment, about longer-term recovery. It actually was the first time congress had ever passed legislation dealing with longer-term recovery, and that's because we heard so much testimony, me back home in Ohio and members around the country and experts about the chances for success when you go into treatment particularly for this opioid epidemic, the trances for success increase dramatically enough longer term recovery."