Schumer, Cardin, Whitehouse, Menendez, Schatz

National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 1735)

Senator Schumer: (12:15 PM)

  • Spoke on immigration.
    • "In my home state, dreamers like Kersi are doing amazing thing, studying medicine, working at start-up tech companies and more. If Republicans in the House had their way, these talented people would be putting their skills to use to compete against us rather than working to make America stronger. Like the millions who came here before them, like your ancestors, and my ancestors, they came here because they wanted to be Americans, not because they wanted to get a benefit, not because they wanted to be a leach on society. They wanted to be a full-fledged productive member of the society. Somehow these kids in the House -- I don't even know if they know who these kids are - want to stop that from happening. As we remember this anniversary, we should remember the real human stories behind the DACA program and think how our nation could be made better by sensible immigration reform now."


Senator Cardin: (12:22 PM)

  • Spoke on the National Institute of Health.  
    • "During an 18-month pilot project, the mind at home program helped participants stay safely in their homes for an average of 9.5 months longer than would have been otherwise possible while also improving their quality of life. We have an opportunity to improve the lives of millions of Americans suffering from Alzheimer's and the lives of their family members by building on the success of programs like mind at home. This June in honor of national Alzheimer's and brain awareness month, let us pledge to provide robust, sustained funding for N.I.H. so it can support much-needed research on this devastating disease and let us pledge to support innovative programs like mind at home to improve the quality of life of those currently living with Alzheimer's and their family caregivers."


Senator Whitehouse: (12:28 PM)

  • Spoke on climate change.
    • "We are now at the stage in the Republican presidential primary where candidates caper and grovel before the fossil fuel industry's political machine, hoping - hoping - that they will be the chosen beneficiaries of fossil fuel election spending. Remember, $900 million from just one group. It looks like that earns the industry a lot of graveling and capering. Eventually - eventually - the Republican Party is going to have to find its true voice on climate change. It can't continue indefinitely as the political arm of the fossil fuel industry in environment in which 80% of Americans want climate action and a majority of youth think that climate denial is ignorant, out of touch or crazy, according to words they selected in the poll. Ultimately the Republican Party is going to have to find its true voice. But until then, America is presented the unseemly spectacle of Republican presidential candidates fighting to have the best position on climate change money can buy."


Senator Menendez: (1:25 PM)

  • Spoke on Iran.
    • "I am going to conclude but I will be back to point out the unfolding problems dealing with the Mullahs in Tehran, what it means to the national security of the United States, and to our allies in the Middle East and to the stability of the region and to what I am increasingly concerned is the moving of goal posts that move increasingly in the direction of Iran. I remember when we started off this conversation, these negotiations, Iraq, the plutonium reactor. We were told they will dismantle it or we will destroy it. Well, this agreement allows Iraq to continue, reconfigured somewhat but it can be reconfigured back. The president himself has said that there was no need for fordo. Deeply built under a mountain facility enrichment facility. If you want a peaceful nuclear facility program, you don't go deeply into a mountain to ultimately do enrichment, but that's what the Iranians did."


Senator Schatz: (1:39 PM)

  • Spoke on climate change.
    • "The facts are undeniable. Climate change is real. It's caused by humans. It's happening now, and it's solvable. One solution to climate change is putting a fair price on carbon pollution. Last week, Senator Whitehouse and I introduced a bill, S. 1548, to do just that and to return all of the revenue to American families and businesses. I want to thank Senator Whitehouse for his leadership on this bill, but we want a Republican dance partner. We want conservative leadership on this great challenge of our time. Climate change increases the severity and frequency of storms and natural disasters. This is not only a humanitarian problem but also an economic issue."