Sullivan, Booker, Nelson

The Auto Lending CRA Resolution of Disapproval (S. J. Res. 57)

Senator Sullivan: (10:41 a.m.)

  • Spoke on Coast Guard authorization.
    • "The coast guard is under the jurisdiction of the Commerce Committee, not the armed services committee and is under the executive branch jurisdiction of the Department of Homeland Security, not the Pentagon. But it's still an incredibly important organization for all of us. So that's what we're doing today. We are going to vote on a bill, the Coast Guard Authorization Act that we should be moving every year just like we move the NDAA because the men and women serving in the coast guard are some of America's finest citizens. I see my colleague from Mississippi, Senator Wicker, join me on the floor, but we have been working on this bill, the Coast Guard Authorization Act, for about a year now. We faced a lot of roadblocks, and we have moved forward on a bipartisan basis to finally get this important bill to the floor."

 

Senator Booker: (11:06 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the auto lending rule.
    • "This is a radical departure from a norm on statutory interpretation that will change the scope of the Congressional Review Act. What then could possibly so important and so urgent that today we would break from longstanding tradition and have a vote on something that could set an entirely new precedence for this body. What is the guidance of the Trump Administration and Republican leadership in this body are going so far out of their way to undo? What this guidance does is very simply and very clearly is try to prevent discrimination in purchasing. In 2013, the consumer financial protection bureau put this in place after well documented discrimination against Americans of color when financing the purchase of a car."

 

Senator Nelson: (11:22 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of James Bridenstine to be NASA Administrator.
    • "He was voted out of the committee on party lines and senators on both sides of the aisle have expressed doubts both publicly and privately to me on his qualifications for the job. The NASA administrator should be a consummate space professional. That's what this senator wants, a space professional, not a politician as the head of NASA. And that space professional ought to be technically and scientifically competent and a skilled executive. More importantly, the administrator must be a leader who has the ability to bring us together to unite scientists and engineers and commercial space interests and policymakers and the public on a shared vision for future space exploration."