Lee, Nelson, Blumenthal, Menendez

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 6147)

Senator Lee: (3:08 p.m.)

  • Spoke on 3-D printed guns.
    • "But I will say this. Any legislation that comes forth from this body that begins with the following words will attract my attention and should attract the attention of anyone who's concerned about our First Amendment and other constitutional rights. It begins with the words it shall be unlawful for my person to intentionally publish. That ought to be concerning to us, to each and every one of us, Democrats and Republicans alike. On that basis I object."


Senator Nelson: (3:09 p.m.)

  • Spoke on 3-D printed guns.
    • "And it's inexplicable that the administration is allowing this to go into effect at midnight tonight. It's dangerous. In fact, the president this morning tweeted that allowing these blueprints to go online, the president tweeted, quote, it doesn't seem to make sense, end of quote. I would say amen to that, Mr. President. But it's your administration that has allowed this to happen because after years of winning this issue in courts at every stage of litigation, the administration has surrendered to the crazed demands of a self-described an are anarchist who is going to put this up on the internet. He wants to sow chaos."


Senator Blumenthal: (3:15 p.m.)

  • Spoke on 3-D printed guns.
    • "We have joined together in this cause to prevent a new wave of lethal gun violence on our streets and communities, resulting from these plastic, undetectable and untraceable weapons. We're talking about assault rifles, pistols, shot guns. All of them homemade. They are ghost guns. They are the new frontier and new face of gun violence in this country. Our colleague from Utah raised a First Amendment objection. The fact is that the courts are dealing with that objective. It is the basis of a challenge brought by a group that so far has failed in the courts to stop this public health regulation. No right is absolute."


Senator Menendez: (3:19 p.m.)

  • Spoke on 3-D printed guns.
    • "To publish the ability to create a gun, a gun that is undetectable and untraceable. Why are we spending billions as we go through the airports of our country to ultimately secure ourselves? We saw it after September 11. And now we're going to undermine all of those billions and all of those securities by allowing anyone here or in the world to get access to the I.P. address that you download it and all of a sudden you can create a three-dimensional plastic gun that is as deadly as any other gun. And what draws us to the floor to ask the unusual effort of unanimous consent to ultimately bring this legislation to the floor is the failure of the administration in the first place not to allow this to happen."