Thune, Cantwell, Carper, Wyden

Motion to Concur in the House Amendment to the Senate Amendment to the Defense Appropriations Bill (H.R. 695)

Senator Thune: (3:34 p.m)

  • Spoke on tax reform.
    • "But we want more for American workers than just a tax cut as valuable as those are. We also want American workers to have access to the kinds of jobs and opportunities that will set them up for security and prosperity for the long term. Good jobs, good wages, and good opportunities were in short supply during the last presidency, and we are determined to improve things for American workers. So we took action to improve the situation for American businesses since the only way that individual Americans thrive is if American businesses and the American economy thrive. Prior to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, American businesses large and small were weighed down."
  • Spoke on defense spending.
    • "Democrats have blocked a defense appropriation bill six times over the past almost three years now and they look set to block that bill once again. Mr. President, that's not acceptable. Funding the government by continuing resolution rather than by appropriations bills is never ideal but it's particularly problematic for the military."


Senator Cantwell: (3:59 p.m)

  • Spoke on offshore drilling.
    • "We must incorporate lessons we learned from the disasters like Deepwater Horizon, which is part of this picture, or the Exxon Valdez to improve oil prevention, response and safety. There are still fish from Prince William Sound that have not fully recovered after the Exxon Valdez, so telling our fishermen that this is a great idea when Washington fisheries, whether it's crab or other fisheries, should be susceptible to these kinds of spills is just not something our fishermen want to hear. So despite these efforts which have been repeatedly blocked in the past to drill off our coast, President Trump wants to roll back important safety regulations that we put in place for Deepwater Horizon, like blowout preventers, well control and production safety and nor Secretary Zinke wants to open these coastal areas."


Senator Carper: (4:19 p.m)

  • Spoke on offshore drilling.
    • "My view, though, of the administration's recent proposal to expand drilling off of our coasts into new areas is not necessary at this time -- unnecessary at this time. Just eight years ago, we saw very clearly with the Deepwater Horizon disaster that oil spills do not stay to state boundaries. And the cost of oil spills sometimes lasts not just for years, but for generations. A spill along the east coast could affect not just the pristine beaches of Delaware and the tourism that they rely on to drive their local economies, each year Delaware's coast, the Maryland line to just north of Lewis, Delaware, but each year Delaware's coasts generate $7 billion."


Senator Wyden: (4:28 p.m)

  • Spoke on offshore drilling.
    • "Mr. President, my views on this issue can be summed up in a tweet that I sent on Saturday. I was home having town meetings - I go to every county every year - and I had just wrapped up in Astoria and we stopped at rockaway beach on the spectacular Oregon coast, and I decided I would send a tweet and start it off with a question: Drilling on the Oregon coast? And the answer was: You've got to be kidding me. And on my watch, that's going to be the policy we're going to have for protecting the Oregon coast."