Boozman, Heitkamp, Sullivan

Morning Business

Senator Boozman: (4:44 PM)

  • Spoke on the National Defense Authorization Act.
    • "We live in a dangerous world. We have to stay ahead of those who would seek to harm us, not fall behind them. This is no time to be dismissive of our national security needs. It's also about the livelihood of over 1.4 million men and women on active duty and 718,000 civilian personnel. We're talking about the nation's largest employer. The NDAA help us ensure we're doing everything we need to help them. So I think we can all agree that there's much in this bill that needs to get done. Unfortunately, the White House is taking what should be a bipartisan bill and using it to push for its own political end game, to increase domestic spending and, worse yet, the president has somehow convinced Senate Democrats to go along with this misguided strategy."

 

Senator Heitkamp: (5:14 PM)

  • Spoke on Vietnam veterans.
    • "Today, as I have for a number of weeks, I rise to speak about 11 North Dakotans who did not come home from the Vietnam War. Each of these men gave his life for our country. Before I begin speaking about the 198 North Dakotans who died during Vietnam, I want to thank my great friend, bill Anderson, of Rutland, North Dakota. Bill is a marine, and he's a veteran of the Vietnam War."

 

Senator Sullivan: (5:42 PM)

  • Spoke on the National Defense Authorization Act.
    • "If leaders on the other side of the aisle believe that protecting the country, taking care of the men and women in uniform, and keeping our promises to them is a waste of time, then we don't belong to different parties; we belong in different universes. In this world, in this universe, in the U.S. Senate, our most important job is to protect this country, and to take care of the men and women who so courageously serve our country. It's not a waste of time to be doing that. It's the most important thing we're sent here to do. We took on oath. We swore to solemnly defend the constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. That's what this bill does, and that's what we, members on both sides, are trying to do in terms of improving it with amendments."