Nelson, King, Menendez

Motion to Concur in the House Amendment to the Senate Amendment to the Defense Appropriations Bill (H.R. 695)

Senator Nelson: (4:35 p.m)

  • Spoke on the SpaceX launch.
    • "The test launch of the Falcon Heavy is a spectacular demonstration of the come-back of Florida's space coast and of the U.S commercial launch sector, which is succeeding in a big way. Last year we tried - we tied the all-time record for the number of U.S commercial launches. That's good news for the civil space program. It's good news for national security. It's good news for employment in the U.S and it's great news for jobs and the economy."
  • Spoke on offshore drilling.
    • "I just want to make a few comments since I have been at the center of this firestorm. I'm here again to talk about the mess that has been created by the five-year drilling plan. One of the reasons that I talked about it so much beyond the fact that it is so disastrous and dangerous, especially not only for all the coastal states, but our state of Florida that has more beaches than any other state, that is surrounded by test range."


Senator King: (4:37 p.m)

  • Spoke on offshore drilling.
    • "And the benefits are speculative at best, limited at best. And the costs are immediate and enormous challenge for us. The cost of a single incident along our coast which affected our lobster industry or affected our visitor industry in the summertime and in the spring and the fall would be catastrophic for our state. So I hope that the Interior Department will back off and enter into a process by which they make this decision by talking to the people that are most directly involved. I think this is a very important issue for all of the coastal states, and some may say this could be advantageous to us. But let's get the facts. Let's get the data. Let's understand the up side and the down side."


Senator Menendez: (4:48 p.m)

  • Spoke on offshore drilling.
    • "This issue goes from Florida across the entire Atlantic and of course Pacific as well. I rise in strong opposition to the Trump Administration's offshore drilling plan. I'm here to speak on behalf of New Jersey's shore businesses, the restaurants, the tackle shops, and bed and breakfasts that depend on this. Their voices deserve to be heard, their livelihoods are on the line. Yet this administration remains solely focused on big oil's bottom line."