Cornyn, Scott, Cotton, Carper, Sessions

MTP to Trade Promotion Authority Vehicle (H.R. 1314)

Senator Cornyn: (2:47 PM)

  • Spoke on Iran.
    • "This legislation is vitally important because it is a congressional back stop against an Iranian regime that is well known for its lies and international deception, guaranteeing the time and the opportunity for Congress to scrutinize this misguided deal is essential, and providing the American people with the kind of transparency that they deserve and understanding what has been negotiated on their behalf is absolutely critical. America's elected representatives - that would be us - must be able to get any and every detail on this emerging deal. That's one reason why I think this legislation is so important. And we need the time and space to review it. This bill provides for that, and it gives us an opportunity to understand its terms and debate its implications."


Senator Scott: (2:56 PM)

  • Spoke on the opportunity agenda.
    • "It is time for us to have a national conversation about solving some of the problems that we see arising in communities around the nation, whether those communities are in Ferguson, Baltimore, Ohio, Oklahoma, or in my hometown of North Charleston, South Carolina. Finding solutions is critical. I believe that a part of the puzzle includes body cameras, body-worn cameras by our officers. Now, body cameras are simply not a panacea, but it is a part of a larger puzzle to provide solutions to communities that are distressed. I know firsthand that the solutions in my opportunity agenda, they work. As a kid growing up in a single-parent household, I drifted in the wrong direction. I struggled in school. I had a difficult time. I was the hopeless kid in a challenging situation. And I will tell you that as I look around the nation, many of the challenges that we see today are kids like me growing up in places like I grew up, looking for hope, looking for leadership. I believe that embedded in my opportunity agenda, we have some of the solutions that can help heal and restore as well as direct and instruct these communities into places of hope and opportunity."


Senator Cotton: (4:13 PM)

  • Spoke on Robert L. Height.
    • "Today I recognize a distinguished American hero, Lieutenant Colonel Robert L. Height of Camden, Arkansas, who died last month at the age of 95. Just months after the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, a group of courageous young pilots flew Army Air Force bombers over the Pacific Ocean to carry out a dangerous low altitude bombing attack on Japan's islands. The Do-Little Raid provided an enormous morale boost for Americans with a crushing blow to the imperial regime in Tokyo. Among these brave men was an Arkansan, Colonel Robert L. Height. Colonel Height enlisted as an aviation cadet in 1940, later commissioned as a second lieutenant and as a pilot on May 29, 1941, almost bumped from the mission because of space limitation, Colonel Height was assigned as a co-pilot to the B-25 bat out of hell."


Senator Carper: (4:56 PM)

  • Spoke on Public Service Recognition Week.
    • "This week marks the 30th annual public service recognition week. Number 30. And serves as an important opportunity for those of us here in the Senate to show our appreciation for their dedication and service to our communities and to our nation. Throughout my time in public office, including during my time on the Homeland and Government Affairs Committee which I've been a member of now about 14 years, and chaired it for the last two, but I've had the great pleasure of meeting with any number of dedicated and accomplished public servants. In talking with them, I've been able to learn more about their work, their families, learn more about their commitment to public service that they share with all of us. Today I'd like to take a couple of minutes to highlight the outstanding service of some of our public service across our federal government."


Senator Sessions: (5:09 PM)

  • Spoke on trade.
    • "This is one of the largest international compacts in the history of the United States and amounts to about - countries involving 40% of global G.D.P. Yet this agreement will be kept a closely guarded secret until after Congress agrees to yield its institutional powers and provide the administration with a guaranteed fast-track option. In other words, we are going to agree in advance before we see the completed treaty, before it's made public, to allow this agreement to pass into effect without the ability to have any amendment to it or to fully understand it. I think that is a big ask of Congress. It's always been problematic to use this fast-track procedure. I have voted for it, I acknowledge, in the past, and maybe it's helped us some. But I do believe it's time for us to be a lot more careful today with the trade agreements that we sign, ask a lot more rigorously what impact it will have on working Americans, not just some capital group on the canyons of Wall Street."