Inhofe, Reed, Markey

The NDAA (H.R. 5515)

Senator Inhofe: (11:27 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the NDAA.
    • "So anyway, we have been trying to set that up, and we have not been shortchanging or shortcutting anyone's ability to be heard on their amendment because we've already gone through 300 of these in committee and it passed unanimously to the floor. That's something that doesn't happen very often. And I hope that we can have more amendments throughout this process. We're working to get consent to do that. And I think we can make it happen. We want an open amendment process. Everybody wants that. I recently got back from visiting with American troops around the word, Afghanistan, Poland, Kuwait, just to name a few. When I meet with these troops, I go and talk to the enlisted guys in the mess hall. You can find out a lot more sitting down and eating with the guys in the mess hall in Afghanistan than you can having a hearing here in Washington, D.C. One of the things I learned last week is that our troops want to know if we're really doing all we can."


Senator Reed: (11:34 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the NDAA.
    • "Let me thank the senator from Oklahoma for being very thoughtful and informative of all the current procedural status. We all hope to work through another package of managers' amendments that could be submitted. Looking at the amendments that we've seen so far, they all, regardless of what position you take on their position, all seem to be serious, substantive and in our view worthy of a vote. We just have to work out the procedure to get to those votes. There may be something in the future that's offered that seems to be very difficult, and I won't say that we have not in the past on our side stood up and said, you know, we object. But at this juncture, we seem to be - Senator Inhofe and I - in harmony in trying to find ways to vote for the proposals that we've seen presented to us and ask and request votes on those proposals by our colleagues."


Senator Markey: (11:36 a.m.)

  • Spoke on North Korea.
    • "Now, after witnessing heated rhetoric from both sides, the unexpected turn towards diplomacy by President Trump and Kim Jong-un was, by all account, a very welcome development. As there is no military solution to the North Korean crisis, I was encouraged to see direct engagement and I have long advocated for this approach. However, I am concerned that the agreement signed this morning does little to address the threats and challenges we face. First, the text of the statement was the most vague and least detailed of any signed by North Korea over the past three decades."