Kaine, Nelson, Murkowski, Alexander

Motion to Proceed to the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (H.R. 1865)

Senator Kaine: (11:20 a.m.)

  • Spoke on gun control.
    • "First, I accept the ruling, holding, and principal announced by the Supreme Court that the Second Amendment conveys an individual right to bear arms and conveys that right to the American public. There was, and there remains, some controversy over the ruling. Some have argued that the text of the amendment only discusses the right to bear arms in the context of participating in a militia, which in 1787 was a necessary strategy for defending the nation during a time when we had no standing army. For years many scholars supported that notion and argued that the other amendments were different in that way. But in Heller, the Supreme Court ruled that the Second Amendment, like all the other amendments, conveys an individual right."


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

  • Spoke on the first St. Patrick's Day parade.
    • "Appropriately said and launched today since St. Patrick's Day is this Saturday. That the first St. Patrick's Day was not in Boston in 1737, nor was the first St. Patrick's Day parade in New York in 1762. But as discovered in the Spanish archives in Seville by Dr. Francis, the first St. Patrick's day was celebrated by an Irish priest Richard Arthur, better known as Ricardo Arturo in St. Augustine in 1600. To be followed by the first St. Patrick's day parade in the new world in St. Augustine in 1601. Needless to say, this is not going to make our friends in Boston and New York happy to hear that they were eclipsed by well over a century, a century and a half. "


Senator Murkowski: (11:37 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the Iditarod.
    • "When you want to talk about wind chill out there, it is real. It is extreme. This 46th annual running of the Iditarod hasn't been that challenging in terms of the cold, in terms of what they've seen in the past but there's always some bump, always something that causes the race to be a little bit different. This year the mushers had a scheduled check point on Eagle Island. This is a place where they take a mandatory eight-hour break. The game changer in the race this year was snow conditions. Because of the ceiling, planes could not drop food for the mushers."
  • Spoke in tribute to a member of her staff.
    • "He moved from Ohio to Alaska in 1976 to work as a reporter at the Juneau Empire in our capital. A few years ago later he became press secretary for then-Governor Jay Hammond. He to do followed that with a stint at the Department of Environmental Conservation and then he returned to reporting for a few more years. Chuck first came to the Senate in 1991. He was convinced by my father, Frank Murkowski, who was senator at the time, to move to Washington, D.C., to be his press secretary. And so he did. He made the move. Now 27 years later chuck is still part of the family here. "


Senator Alexander: (11:51 a.m.)

  • Spoke on health care.
    • "Can you imagine anything more frightening than approaching next year knowing that you might not be able to afford health insurance for your family and you're thinking, well, look, I'm doing everything I'm supposed to. The government has not gotten me on any kind of subsidy to buy health insurance. I'm out here working. I'm paying my taxes. Maybe I got a little tax cut that the Republicans put through last year, but the thing that's really a problem for me is my health insurance. If I'm making $60,000, $70,000, $80,000 a year, I cannot afford $15,000, $20,000 a year."