Portman, Markey, Shaheen

Morning Business

Senator Portman: (6:18 PM)

  • Spoke on trade.
    • "This will help in terms of adding employment in America, reducing the cost to consumers and making our economy more productive and more efficient, adding economic growth. So it's another example of where once we complete this package which includes, yes, expanding exports, which was very important. We had to do that today because America's been sitting on the sidelines for too long. We were losing market share for our farmers, on workers, our service providers. We needed to get back in the game. And send more products stamped "Made in America" around the world. That creates jobs here. That's good. Second, we needed to be sure that we have a level playing field. That we work on this issue of currency manipulation which has some unprecedented language and also the legislation we talked about today, the level the playing field amendment to make sure products are not being sold unfairly, and trade enforcement and finally conclude the customs bill and that we conclude all these provisions which are so important as package to make sure yes, we're expanding exports, we're letting people know they're going to get a fair shake."


Senator Markey: (6:31 PM)

  • Spoke on Alzheimer's
    • "For every $27,000 in 2015 that we are going to spend from the United States Senate on Alzheimer's out of the Medicare and Medicaid budget, the National Institutes of Health invest $100 in trying to find the cure. That's right, you heard me correctly. We're spending - for every $27,000 of federal money this year on an Alzheimer's patients, $100 to try to find the cure. The N.I.H. budget has to increase, it has to increase dramatically because in the long run, you cannot balance the federal budget if one disease in 30 years is going to consume as much federal money as the entire defense budget in our country. Every 67 seconds, someone new this this country develops Alzheimer's. In my state of Massachusetts, 12% of all seniors have Alzheimer's. We need a breakthrough in research."


Senator Shaheen: (6:43 PM)

  • Spoke on Russia.
    • "The U.S. must mobilize the alliance, our European partners and international financial institutions like the I.M.F. to provide generous economic support to Ukraine because no amount of security assistance can offset an economic collapse in Kiev. We also must recognize that the challenge for Mr. Putin is not only geopolitical, it is ideological. He has mobilized a vast propaganda campaign against what he calls decadent western values and western style democracy. The United States, along with our allies, must go on the offensive to champion our values and our democracy, just as we did during the cold war. We must develop a 21st century United States information agency and a radio-free Europe style campaign to counter Russia in the information space, including in the competition of ideas and values. Now, while American leadership is essential, our European allies must also step up."