Rounds, Klobuchar, Gillibrand

The NDAA (H.R. 5515)

Senator Rounds: (3:30 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the NDAA.
    • "I will share with you that I thought what our friend from Tennessee was trying to do was an honest attempt to bring back to Congress Section 1 or Article 1 responsibilities that we have over a period of years allowed or delegated to the executive branch. I also share with the senator, I thought while the debate was a very healthy one, I felt at this stage of the game it would not be appropriate in that the president is operating with these tariffs and I probably could not support his bill, but I thought he should have an opportunity to have a debate. But let me now share what the chairman or the ranking member who was acting as the chairman in this particular case is doing is protecting the National Defense Authorization Act and making it as - as viable as possible long term to survive both in the House and in the Senate."


Senator Klobuchar: (3:40 p.m.)

  • Spoke on net neutrality.
    • "This bill received bipartisan support and was passed by the senate in this very room. Now it's up to the House to do the same. The internet should remain free and open for all who use it and fight to save net neutrality. Well, that fight is far from over. I have joined Senate Democrats in urging Speaker Ryan to immediately schedule a vote on the bill to save net neutrality protections. They can do this. So to keep the pressure on, it will take all of us working together. Private sector partners, business, small business, nonprofit advocates to tell our government officials at the local, state, and federal level let's take that vote, that good vote in the senate as a signing that it's - as a sign that it's time to change the policy."


Senator Gillibrand: (3:48 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the NDAA.
    • "I believe that our service members deserve a military justice system that is worthy of their sacrifice. That means one that is both professional and fair. And I think every one of my colleagues in this chamber agree that this is a priority no matter where you are from, no matter your background. Some of my newer colleagues may be less familiar with this issue so I'm going to tell you what I'm talking about. We all deeply revere our service members which means it's not easy to talk about problems in an institution that we treasure so greatly in this country. But the fact is the military has a problem with sexual assault. It is pervasive. It is destroying lives, and it's been going on for years."