Coats, Cardin, Corker, Menendez

Executive Session

Senator Coats: (4:41 PM)

  • Spoke on Waste of the Week.
    • "In other words, overpayment, mistake made by the Social Security agency. 1.8% had financial resources exceeding the limit at which they were supposed to get. 1.7% had a change in their living arrangements. They moved abroad; no longer eligible. 5% fell under another category of reasons. The bottom line is an inspection was made. A study was plowed into in terms of how this came about. We now have the information, and money was returned, brought back through legal process. But there's still $8.7 billion out there that we didn't get back. And we want to make sure that measures are now put in place so that this doesn't continue and some senator will be on the floor five years or ten years from now saying let me tell you about the latest study of the Social Security inspector general."


Senator Cardin: (5:07 PM)

  • Spoke on nominations.
    • "Shortly our colleagues will have an opportunity to vote on two nominations that are being recommended by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. I see that Senator Corker is on the floor, and I want to thank him for his help in bringing these two confirmations to the floor of the United States senate. Both of these individuals are well qualified, and I would urge our colleagues to support both nominations. One is the nomination of Matthew McGwire to be the United States executive director of the International Bank for reconstruction and development. And the other is the nomination of Gentry Smith to be the director of the office of foreign missions."


Senator Corker: (5:13 PM)

  • Spoke on nominations.
    • "I wanted to rise in support of these two nominations, and I appreciate the ranking member, the distinguished ranking member, Senator Cardin, reading out their bios. They are, in fact, Foreign Service officers. They have been in government service for - or they have been in government service for some time. I applaud their desire to serve at this level and certainly plan to support them here at our 5:30 vote and hope other members of the Senate will. And to the point regarding nominations, I think our committee in the last year couldn't have acted in a more speedy fashion in getting nominees out. I know there are some. We're starting a new Congress, and there is a little bit of a backlog that takes place."


Senator Menendez: (5:21 PM)

  • Spoke on immigration.
    • "72% of Americans believe undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States have a path towards permanent residency and ultimately to legal citizenship. Americans continue to overwhelmingly support fixing our broken system and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals success should further encourage Congress to move forward fortified by the conviction that comprehensive immigration reform is a fight worth fighting for. Let me close by saying I join my colleagues in commemorating DACA's anniversary as a day that marks three years of smart, successful policies, as a step in the right direction, as a foundation upon which we can continue to build. It's an opportunity for the American dream to be realized by some of the youngest and best and brightest that we have in the nation, many of these young men and women, I've met them are valedictorians. We need to use their internet, energy and creative talents to build a better America."