Barrasso, Wyden, Lankford, Cardin

Motion to Proceed to the NDAA (H.R. 5515)

Senator Barrasso: (2:29 p.m.)

  • Spoke on congressional Republican's accomplishments.
    • "We have just seen new numbers on Friday showing that the American economy has created more than one million new jobs since we passed the tax relief and jobs act in December. Since president trump was elected, we've actually gotten more understand that 3 million more Americans working. Unemployment is now at 3%. That matches the lowest rate in 50 years. Even "The New York Times" ran a headline saying, "We ran out of words to describe how good the jobs numbers are." Think about that. "The New York Times," "We ran out of words to describe how good the jobs numbers are." Well, Mr. President, every month we've been adding thousands of new jobs in construction, manufacturing, health care, and mining."


Senator Wyden: (2:45 p.m.)

  • Spoke on hemp.
    • "Our original sponsors were Senator Merkley and Senator Paul and since then we have added as cosponsors 28 additional a members of the United States Senate on as cosponsors. So what I'm going to do this afternoon for just a few minutes is talk about why it is so important that our bipartisan legislation now cosponsored by almost a third of this body get enacted and be included as part of the farm bill. Now, Mr. President, it is Hemp History Week again, and that is why I am back on the Senate floor to talk about the only schedule one controlled substance that you can sew into a t-shirt and where through T.S.A. And here as we start is the real head scratcher."


Senator Lankford: (3:05 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the cancelation of August recess.
    • "And will slow down government just as much. That doesn't help us long term. We have got to be able to get out of this cycle, and we're in a downward cycle of trying to be able to deal with nominees. We need to be here in August to work through nominees because we have not had enough time because 100 days have been lost just sitting on a cloture vote waiting on that to happen. The second aspect of this I want to remind people of is this -- we need to be here in August to be able to work through this time period because appropriations need to be done. 18 of the last 20 years, this Congress has done an omnibus bill."


Senator Cardin: (3:13 p.m.)

  • Spoke on North Korea.
    • "Mr. President, next month will be the 65th anniversary of the armistice that ended the battles and bloodshed of the Korean War. As I am sure my colleagues know, the Korean War was never officially ended. Over the last 65 years, we have seen hostility on the Korean peninsula. We have seen North Korea develop nuclear weapons, raising security concerns, active and cyberattacks, human rights violations, and the list goes on and on and on. In the context of a formal state of war between the north and the south. The United States has made major investments in this region as a result of our security concerns and our national interests."