McConnell, Brown, Sanders, Cornyn

Vehicle for Trade Promotion Authority (H.R. 2146)

Senator McConnell: (11:33 AM)

  • Spoke on trade.
    • "I want to say to our colleagues this this is a very important day for our country. We've demonstrated we can work together on a bipartisan basis to achieve something that is extremely important for America. Not only when we confirm this Trade Promotion Authority will we have the mechanism in place for the president to finalize an extraordinarily important deal with a number of different Asian countries, it will indicate that America is back in the trade business, it will also send a message to our allies that we understand there's somewhat wary about Chinese commercial and potentially military domination and that we intend to still be deeply involved in the pacific."


Senator Brown: (11:35 AM)

  • Spoke on trade.
    • "While they say it's a net increase in jobs, they also acknowledge that people lose their jobs because of decisions we make. So we make decisions here today that throw people out of work, we know that, across the political spectrum that's acknowledged, but we today don't do anything to help those workers that lose their jobs so we make a decision to throw people in Mansfield, Ohio and Cleveland, Ohio out of work but then we don't take care of those workers that lost their jobs because of our decisions. It's shameful."


Senator Sanders: (11:37 AM)

  • Spoke on trade.
    • "This trade agreement is supported by Wall Street, by the pharmaceutical industry who want to charge people in poor countries higher prices for the medicine they desperately need. This agreement was opposed by every union in this country, working for the best interests of working families by almost every environmental group and many religious groups. In my view, this trade agreement will continue the policies of NAFTA, CAFTA, permanent normal trade relations with China, agreements that have cost us millions of decent-paying jobs. We need a new trade policy in America, a policy that represents working families and not just the big money interests I strongly disagree with the majority leader who called this a great day for America. It is not a great day. It's a great day for the big money interests, it is not a great day for working families."


Senator Cornyn: (11:37 AM)

  • Unanimous Consent –
  • At 12:30 PM, the Senate recess until 2:15 PM for the weekly caucus luncheons.  
  • At 4:00 PM, the Senate recess until 5:00 PM for an all-senators briefing.
  • (Without objection)  
  • Spoke on trade.
    • "We're not through yet because there are other parts of this trade package that we're going to need to process this week but the promise and commitment we made on this side of the aisle said if our colleagues across the aisle trust us to move through the Trade Promotion Authority bill, we will continue to work with them and keep our commitments to them and hopefully more than just the trust that produces these pieces of legislation will result from this increased confidence and trust in one another. We know we're going to find things we disagree on and we'll fight like cats and dogs when we need to, but when we actually agree on the policy and can find it within ourselves to work together, the American people are the beneficiaries."