Gardner (UC), Blumenthal

Vehicle for Trade Promotion Authority (H.R. 1314)

Senator Gardner: (12:48 PM)

  • Spoke on trade.
    • "There's been economists who've talked about pillars of our economy. One pillar being low taxes, one pillar being spending restraint, one pillar being lessening the regulatory burden on businesses around this country. But another pillar is trade and the ability to create goods here in the United States, to send them overseas. That creates jobs and opportunity for all of us. Whether it's our agricultural commodities, when it is manufacturing in Colorado, aerospace or technology, we know that we will benefit from a strong agreement that tears down barriers, giving big and small businesses alike the opportunity to enter into a promising economic opportunity that we will all share in."
  • Unanimous Consent –
    • Following the remarks of Senator Blumenthal, the Senate recess until 2:00 PM.
  • (Without objection)

 

Senator Blumenthal: (12:57 PM)

  • Spoke on the PATRIOT Act.
    • "I continue to believe that one of the central core provisions of the U.S.A. Freedom Act is that it requires transparency and the adversarial process, containing reforms that I propose to make sure that this court, the FISA court, is no longer a secret tribunal considering arguments in secret and issuing secret opinions. Exactly the kind of court that prompted our rebellion from the English. And when it operates and when it hears arguments, it should hear both sides. It should hear from an adversary to the government that offers a different point of view. Courts make better decisions when they hear both sides of the argument, and that's why I have proposed from the start a constitutional advocate that will make arguments against the government, without compromising the need for timely warrants and other surveillance and without in any way reducing the secrecy of this court where it's appropriate. I hope that this body reaches a result that includes the U.S.A. Freedom act."