Boozman, Grassley, Nelson, Feinstein, Warner, Graham

National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 1735)

Senator Boozman: (1:49 PM)

  • Spoke on the Environmental Protection Agency.
    • "Under this modest bipartisan legislation, the E.P.A. will be able to protect federal waters without expanding its power. I appreciate Senator Barrasso for his efforts. Last week my colleagues and I who serve on the environment and public works committee moved this legislation forward. This is a step in the right direction, to protecting the rights of landowners while protecting our nation's waters. I look forward to supporting this commonsense legislation on the senate floor and encouraging my colleagues to do the same. Congress must build on the progress that we've made toward better water quality and we can do this best by protecting the role of states, local communities, and private citizens to be a part of the process. "


Senator Grassley: (1:56 PM)

  • Spoke on the bill Transitions to Independence Act.
    • "The federal government can't just order states to do better. The Supreme Court's made that clear. The federal government needs to provide states the right incentives to achieve better outcomes. That is the goal of the bill that I'm introducing, Transition to Independence Act. This bill creates a five-year, ten-state Medicaid demonstration program. States participating in the demonstration program will receive Medicaid bonus payments for meeting achievement targets for individual integrated employment. Simply stated, as states move people with disabilities to integrated settings, they get more money. States can also achieve additional funding for agreeing to give up new congregate placements. States can achieve additional funding for ending vocational rehabilitation for congregate settings. States can achieve funding for taking action that will grow the work force serving people with disabilities. Finally, states can achieve funding for taking steps to improve interagency collaboration. Too much of our disability policies occur in isolated silos where people in charge of a policy don't talk to each other. So the basis of my legislation is the left hand ought to do what the right hand is doing."


Senator Nelson: (2:08 PM)

  • Spoke on climate change.
    • "Just last month, experts at C.B.O. estimated that with climate change, hurricane damage will skyrocket over the next 60 years. Why? As the Earth heats up, because when the sun rays reflect off the Earth and reflect back into space, if the greenhouse gases are there, they act as a shield. It traps the heat. Where does 90% of the heat go? It goes in the world's oceans. The hotter the water, the more fuel for a more ferocious hurricane. Floods, droughts, heat waves, sea level rise, wildfires, melting sea ice, these are costly and deadly consequences. And regardless of what it takes, the science, the economics, the corporate executives, the moral imperative, and the Pope, they've all called attention to let's not suffer the same fate as other canaries in the coal mine."


Senator Feinstein: (2:21 PM)

  • Spoke on the NBA championship.  
    • "It was an amazing performance. All season long Clay Thompson was an offensive dynamo stepping up when the team needed him most. And of course Dramond, Harrison Barnes and others and what a season for rookie coach Steve Kerr. He spent his whole life in basketball but only a hand full of months as coach under his belt. And he took an undersized team with little playoff experience all the way. It was a dream come true. I'd like to congratulate the Warriors owners as well as the team's president. I've had the privilege of meeting these three people. Oakland can be very proud of them, and they are building a new arena in San Francisco, so the whole bay area will have an opportunity to participate in this team's glory."


Senator Warner: (2:28 PM)

  • Spoke on technology.
    • "If we have an economy increasingly built on sharing and renting and not ownership, that could have tremendous ramifications. I mentioned five years ago no one had ever heard of Air BND or Uber. While we don't know what the disruptive technologies like tomorrow might look like, we know that same-day drone deliveries and 3-d printing are right around the corner. What we do know is this: That some version of this sharing economy is here to stay. As policy-makers, we need to ask the right questions, discuss the appropriate rules of the road, and how and when we need to get out of the way. Instead of trying to make this new economy look like the old, Washington should encourage more innovation. And we need to work to create more opportunities and more up-ward equal mobility for everyone."


Senator Graham: (2:45 PM)

  • Spoke on Iran.
    • "There are three things the IAEA wants to look at before they can pass judgment over how far the nuclear military program has gone down the road and I can't imagine any deal that doesn't fully and completely answer every question about possible military dimensions of the Iranian nuclear program. Because if you don't understand what they've done in the past, you don't know where you are in terms of going forward. You can't have a meaningful inspection regime until you understand what they tried to do in terms of a military dimension. So I really do appreciate Secretary Kerry calling me. The one thing we learned about the Iranians and their nuclear program, they cannot be trusted. They have lied, they have cheated at every turn. There can be no wiggle room. Anytime, anywhere inspections is absolutely a must. Understanding their possible military dimensions is an absolute ingredient along with others. So I'm glad I received this phone call from Secretary Kerry, but all of us need to be aware of who we're dealing with when it comes to the Iranians and get every I dotted and T crossed before you entertain a deal with the Iranians."