Wyden, Cantwell, Hassan, Klobuchar

Executive Session (Brennan Nomination)

Senator Wyden: (4:33 p.m.)

  • Spoke on net neutrality.
    • "I know a lot of folks are following this debate and seeing folks in the gallery through this. What a free and open internet is all about is after you pay your internet access fee, you get to go where you want, when you want, and how you want. And everybody gets treated the same. A local florist selling roses out of their shop in Camden, Oregon, a kid in Roseburg who wants to learn about artificial intelligence, a mom in Pendleton who wants to find out about child care - all of them get treated the same. And they get treated just like the big guys, the people with the deep pockets. Now, the head of the federal communications commission, a gentleman named Mr. Pai, wants something very different."

 

Senator Cantwell: (4:39 p.m.)

  • Spoke on net neutrality.
    • "In my state, Washington, they are always providing new innovations across many platforms and applications. As a result, 13% of our economy is based on innovation technology and economic activity that supports 250,000 jobs. So to say that the F.C.C.'s stymieing of the internet is acceptable is fighting words for the state of Washington. We know that increasing access to health care, whether it's telemedicine, making sure we find more affordable health care, reforestation after natural disasters - all of these are things that the internet is providing great tools and solutions for. "

 

Senator Hassan: (4:43 p.m.)

  • Spoke on net neutrality.
    • "This could particularly impact those in rural communities. Last year several members of the rural and agriculture business community in new England wrote to the F.C.C. To say - and this is a quote - repealing net neutrality will have a crippling effect on rural economies, further restricting access to the internet for rural businesses at a point in time when we need to expand and speed up this access instead. This would also impact consumers by giving internet service providers the power to discriminate against certain web pages, apps and streaming and video services by slowing them down, blocking them, or favoring certain services while charging more - charging consumers more for other services."

 

Senator Klobuchar: (4:53 p.m.)

  • Spoke on net neutrality.
    • "People who have never had that opportunity if we didn't have net neutrality. Today we took a major step forward on this issue by forcing the Senate to hold a vote on legislation to save net neutrality. I believe in the end we will have the votes to get this done. It will send an important message that the internet should remain free, open, and equal to all who use it. It will then be considered, we would hope, by the House because our goal is to actually get this done. Why? Because net neutrality is the bedrock of a fair, fast, open, and global internet."
  • Spoke on judicial nominations.
    • "The blue slip is a key check and balance and it is in view that it has promoted cooperation as well as resulted in better decision making for judges across party lines. Senators have a solemn obligation to advise and consent on the president's nominees to the federal courts and I take that obligation very seriously. I know that my colleague, Senator Baldwin, also takes that responsibility very seriously, and that is why she had a bipartisan process in place through which she worked with Senator Johnson in an effort to produce consensus nominees."
  • Spoke on the Iran deal.
    • "In 2015, I supported the Iran agreement, although I may have negotiated differently, but we had the agreement before us, and I supported it because I believed it was the best available option for putting the brakes on a nuclear weapon for Iran. I still believe that today. We cannot allow Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon, and as we had this critical into negotiations of North Korea's nuclear weapons, we cannot be backing away from international agreements and nuclear inspections."