Sanders, Gillibrand, Rubio

Executive Session (Quattlebaum Nomination)

Senator Sanders: (11:17 a.m)

  • Spoke on war powers.
    • "Congress shall have the power to declare war. The Founding Fathers gave the power to declare war to Congress because Congress is that body most accountable to the people. For far too long Congress on the Democratic and Republican administrations has abdicated its constitutional role in authorizing war. The time is long overdue for congress to reassert its constitutional authority. If you think that a military intervention makes sense, then let us have that debate here on the floor of the Senate and in the House and cast a vote. But that is not what we have been seeing for a number of years. And what Senator Lee and Senator Murphy and I are doing with privileged resolution S.J 54 is demanding that Congress once again takes its constitutional responsibility for war and peace seriously."

 

Senator Gillibrand: (11:27 a.m)

  • Spoke on gun control.
    • "Or will Congress continue to give the lip service of thoughts and prayers and then do absolutely nothing? We have to act because once again, there was a massacre on American soil. Once again it was inside a school. Once again American children were gunned down. We keep living through a nightmare of gun violence that repeats itself in schools, movie theaters, churches, nightclubs, concerts, and every single day on the streets of the cities in every state around this country. Sandy Hook, Aurora, Charleston, San Bernardino, Orlando, Las Vegas, Sutherland Springs, and most recently Parkland, Florida. Mr. President, we can help stop this."

 

Senator Rubio: (11:41 a.m)

  • Spoke on gun control.
    • "And I imagine that those debates and those differences will not be easily resolved and will continue. But I also know that there is widespread support and agreement that we must act now as soon as possible to do everything we can to prevent another tragedy like Parkland from happening anywhere else ever again. That is a consensus position. No matter where you fall on this debate, no matter how far or how restricted restrictions on gun sales in America should be, no matter what your views are on that, I don't know of anyone who is in favor of school shootings and I don't know of anyone who is in favor of seeing another one happen."