Lankford, Sullivan, Peters

Executive Session (Ring Nomination)

Senator Lankford: (11:46 a.m.)

  • Spoke on tariffs.
    • "Does it have to be equal with every country that they buy as much from us that we buy from them? Suddenly this has become a brand-new dialogue again. I would like to bring a couple of real-world moments beginning with a history lesson to say that trade and international trade has been important to us even before we were a country. We were gathering supplies from all over the world to do our basic production. We're still doing that today. For some reason I run into people that they think this whole S chain that's an international supply chain is something new in this generation. I tell them, you should look at your history and see that the United States has always had an international supply chain."


Senator Sullivan: (12:03 p.m.)

  • Spoke on China.
    • "The majority whip, my good friend and my good friend from Oklahoma both were talking about issues dealing with China and trade and strategy. And that's positive. And so is the administration. If you look at the national security strategy of the Trump Administration, they are starting to focus on this issue. Front and center. The return of great power rivalries with China as the leading, pacing threat, challenge, but also an opportunity for this great nation of ours. When you look at the history of our country, particularly post World War II, the United States set up the international system, the international trading system, security system. We've been leading that. "


Senator Peters: (12:14 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of John Ring to be a member of the National Labor Relations Board.
    • "In fact, he is the third labor attorney President Trump has nominated to the committee with zero - let me say that again -- zero track record of representing workers. He has only represented clients on the corporate and management side of labor issues. During Mr. Ring's tenure at one of the country's largest firms, he has advised corporations on how to undermine worker protections. He has also posted blogs opposing commonsense reforms to modernize union election procedures, saying it was one of the big - some of the biggest salts on employer rights in recent history."