Blunt, Inhofe

The NDAA (H.R. 5515)

Senator Blunt: (2:10 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
    • "He used the skills of understanding the uniqueness of the Senate - there's no other legislative body designed as this body was to be sure the minority is heard and to be sure that the time we take is adequate for points of view to be put out there - but during that time in the past year, Senator McConnell has led our conference and the Senate in delivering the biggest tax overhaul in three decades, in confirming a record number of circuit court judges, overturning unnecessary regulations that were holding the economy back; and that's not easy to do."
  • Spoke on the NDAA.
    • "This requires us to be sure that we're always ready. The secretary of defense Mattis and senior leaders of the department of defense have spent a lot of time crafting the national defense strategy. This bill makes it possible for us to pursue that strategy. This is not a bill where the members of the senate pretend to be the master strategists of our defense. This is a bill that allows the members of senate with oversight, with responsibility of the people we work for to be sure that that plan not only makes sense but is supported. So the national defense authorization act, there's a total of $716 billion."


Senator Inhofe: (2:22 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the NDAA.
    • "Congress has already required to authorize the development of nuclear weapons in each year's authorization appropriations bill. So the debate really isn't about the authorization. It's about the Nuclear Posture Review. The Nuclear Posture Review calls for the United States to develop a low-yield nuclear capability which some in Congress are against. And that's fine. That's what this system, that's what this vote is all about. We should debate it. We have debated it in the past. Certainly in our committee we have, and that's the reason that it is on the committee and would have to be taken off here on the floor if that's the desire of the majority of members."