The NDAA (H.R. 5515)
Jun 14 2018 10:28 AM
Senator Schumer: (9:44 a.m.)
- Spoke on North Korea.
- "President Trump says we're no longer on the brink of war with North Korea after President Trump himself was the one who brought us there in the first place, through bellicose rhetoric and brinkmanship on Twitter. Now the president takes a victory lap for undoing a problem he created in the first place. He pats himself on the back, saying we're now at peace. We were on the brink of war. He forgets that he brought us there. What kind of presidency is this? Again, President Trump tweeted yesterday, quote, there is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea. Saying it, Mr. President Trump, does not make it so."
- Spoke on the DoJ inspector general report.
- "Furthermore, the one thing we do know about what happened in late 2016 is that certain actions taken by the F.B.I. intentionally or not helped the Trump campaign and hurt the Clinton campaign. Is the release that Candidate Clinton was under investigation, the release of comments on what she had or had not done hurt her. It will take an awful lot of spin, an awful lot of stretching for Republicans to twist that around and portray the president as some kind of victim. But regrettably, people like Chairman Nunes, like Fox News, like some of the Republican supporters of the president in congress, and even like the president himself have been running a cynical campaign to undermine the Russia investigation."
- Spoke on the NDAA.
- "The Senate continues to process the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act in a bipartisan way to give our military the support and certainty it needs and to make crucial updates to our national security policy, and one strong bipartisan action in this bill is dealing with the Chinese telecom giant Z.T.E. Let me remind this body, Z.T.E. has violated U.S. sanctions, lied about it, but even more importantly, its technology has been deemed a national security threat."
- Spoke on Flag Day.
- "Now finally, Mr. President, indulge me a few more words. They are personal but they are meaningful. Today's Flag Day. It's also my father's 95th birthday. It is this upcoming weekend on father's day. My father is a World War II vet. Over in Burma. When he came back to Brooklyn after the war, he took over a small exterminating business from his father, my grandpa."
Senator Inhofe: (10:00 a.m.)
- Spoke on the NDAA.
- "Mr. President, I want to start today by giving an update as to where we are in the process for the NDAA. At 10:30 which is coming up shortly here, we're going to have a cloture vote on Toomey's amendment that applies to the CFIUS rule-making process. I think we all know what that is. We all know there's a lot of opposition on the Democrat side on that. If that vote fails, we'll immediately roll into a cloture vote on the substitute amendment. That's our amendment that we'll be considering as the bill. Then we hope to invoke cloture on the underlying bill this afternoon before we head out of town. If we're able to do that, we'll have a final passage vote on Monday when we return."