Cornyn, Menendez, Schatz

National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 1735)

Senator Cornyn: (2:57 PM)

  • Spoke on the National Defense Authorization Act.
    • "These amendments aim to help NATO and our other allies in Europe diversify their energy resources and lessen their dependency on energy supplies of some of our major adversaries like Russia and Iran. The first amendment would point out the existing authorities the president already has under a current law, related to energy exports if he determines that it is in our national interests, and of course this is an authority under current law that applies not only to the present occupant of the white house, it would also apply to his successor. This amendment expresses a sense of the Congress that the president should exercise these current authorities to aid our allies and partners in Europe and elsewhere. To help the United States get smart on how Russia currently uses its energy program as a weapon against our allies and partners, this amendment would mandate also an intelligence assessment to better understand the vulnerabilities of NATO and our other allies and partners in Europe."

 

Senator Menendez: (4:10 PM)

  • Spoke on Iran.
    • "I think it is incredibly important on what I believe is one of the most significant national security and international security order questions that will come before the Senate that we not just look the other way but we challenge when these facts continue to come forward about what is the truth behind them and what does it mean for any political agreement and how we continue to judge Iran's actions in the light of any potential agreement. I know that we're told constantly this is a hope and it's all going to be verified, it's not on trust but will be verified but I have to be honest with you, depends what you keep defining what is permissible and not. From my perspective, this, where we're headed, is not what I think is in the national interest and security of the United States."

 

Senator Schatz: (4:36 PM)

  • Spoke on climate change.
    • "The old standard used to be a maximum of 15% of intermittent energy onto the grid. But we have parts of our grid that are in the 25% to 35% intermittent energy, and so there are real challenges in upgrading our grid system, upgrading our electricity system and creating a smart grid that can accommodate it all of this distributed generation. But it also provides opportunities for innovation and the development of new American markets. This is not in the distant future. This is happening now. Each home, each business, each farm is now within reach of controlling its own energy future. Often with carbon-free clean energy. Distributed energy is a real solution to climate change both in the United States and around the world."