Fischer, Cardin, Shaheen

Motion to Concur in the House Amendment to the Senate Amendment to the Defense Appropriations Bill (H.R. 695)

Senator Fischer: (5:28 p.m)

  • Spoke on defense appropriations.
    • "We have an opportunity before us today to fund key priorities that we all agree are important. The American people elected all of us to do a job, and that job is to provide for the most important functions of our government. For far too long, politics has prevented us from committing the resources necessary to sustain the most critical part of our government, the military that keeps us safe. This is a chance to cast aside partisan differences and give the department of defense the stable and consistent funding it needs so it can rebuild readiness and execute its mission."


Senator Cardin: (5:39 p.m)

  • Spoke on Russia sanctions.
    • "I appreciate Senator Whitehouse referencing a report that I authored on January - and released on January 10 of this year. It was the result of a full year operation by the staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to Mr. Putin's reckless assault against democratic institutions, universal values, and the rule of law. The asymmetric arsenal that he uses to accomplish that attack against democratic institutions, which includes cyber attacks, disinformation, support for fringe political groups, weaponnization of energy resources, organized crime, corruption, and, yes, military aggression."


Senator Shaheen: (5:57 p.m)

  • Spoke on Russia sanctions.
    • "In a report issued January 2017, the United States intelligence community found that Russia interfered in our elections. This was the unanimous conclusion of all 17 U.S intelligence agencies. Indeed, that Russian interference continues to this day, not only in the domestic affairs of the United States but in the affairs of our western allies. We have seen the Kremlin's hand in Great Britain, in Spain, in France, and in Mexico, all in an effort to determine the outcome and disrupt elections in those countries. Just last week, C.I.A Director Mike Pompeo confirmed Russia's ongoing interference in an interview with the BBC."