Whitehouse, Portman, Rounds, McConnell, Thune

Morning Business

Senator Whitehouse: (4:34 PM)

  • Spoke on climate change.
    • "June 10, I will introduce my carbon fee proposal at an event hosted by the American Enterprise Institute. I hope that once my colleagues see the details, they will take seriously the promise of a free-market solution to climate change. For any senator who wants to engage on this issue, I'm interested. I'll gladly work with any Republican colleague. What we can't do is stay in denial. For both our environment and our economy and indeed our honor, we can't afford to keep sleepwalking."

 

Senator Portman: (4:53 PM)

  • Spoke on the National Security Agency.
    • "And as currently practiced, I'm not aware of any phone companies that retain this data for the five years that our intelligence officials believe is the necessary time frame to provide the security that they would like to provide. There was another problem, it seems to me, with the U.S.A. FREEDOM Act, and that is it's entirely possible that the time period contemplated for establishing the software that will enable the government to query the many different private phone company databases, that that time frame won't be long enough. We don't know whether it's going to be long enough. We'll just find out, I suppose, when the time comes, but this is a complex exercise that has to be carried out in real time and the U.S.A. FREEDOM Act simply creates a deadline."

 

Senator Rounds: (5:05 PM)

  • Spoke on his maiden speech.
    • "The bipartisan legislation that we have introduced, Senate Concurrent Resolution 17, would create a joint select committee on regulatory reform whose purpose includes reviewing regulations currently on the books and proposing a new rules review process that includes the elected representatives of the American people. It's rooted in South Dakota common sense and the principles that have made this country great, making government work for Americans rather than against them. This committee would make several recommendations to Congress to rebalance this broken regulatory scheme. First, the committee would be tasked with exploring options for Congress to review regulations written by agencies before they are enacted, providing much-needed oversight through the possibility of a permanent joint rules review committee. This would be tasked with reviewing rules with a cost of $50 million or more."

 

Senator McConnell: (5:22 PM)

  • Spoke on Senator Rounds.
    • "Let me say to our new colleague from South Dakota how much all of us enjoyed his first major speech, and also congratulate him on focusing on what I think is the single biggest problem confronting our country, creating the slow growth rate that we've had throughout the Obama presidency. So the senator from South Dakota has focused on the biggest drag on our economy, the single biggest thing holding this country back from reaching its potential. So I would say to my friend from South Dakota you picked the perfect subject, and you've laid out a good solution to it, and I hope lots of colleagues on both sides of the aisle will rally around this excellent proposal as a good way forward to deal with the single biggest domestic problem we have retarding the future growth of our country."

 

Senator Thune: (5:23 PM)

  • Spoke on Senator Rounds.
    • "I congratulate the senator from South Dakota on his remarks and am grateful for his great service to our state in so many ways already and now adding to that here as a member of the United States Senate where we have big problems, big challenges, but he meets that with not only big enthusiasm, but big experience when it comes to knocking down these barriers and making it more possible for people in this country to live more prosperous lives, safer lives, and hopefully more fulfilled lives when they can get government out of the way and allow their greatest aspirations to surface and so I hope we have the opportunity to deal with a lot of those issues and do it in a way that creates greater prosperity for the people across South Dakota and across this country."