Paul, Graham, Corker, Inhofe

The NDAA (H.R. 5515)

Senator Paul: (2:43 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the NDAA.
    • "So some people oppose the Bill of Rights - opposed the Bill of Rights and said we don't need this because it's so obvious that no one in their right mind would ever argue that an American citizen or someone apprehended or accused of a crime in the United States would be held without limit, would be sent to a camp in another country and held forever without a trial. None of our Founding Fathers ever imagined that could happen. And yet, here we are. Here we are at a time where just four or five years ago, this body passed a bill that says an American citizen can be detained forever. That an American citizen accused of a crime in the United States could be sent to a foreign camp and held forever without trial. When you mention this to people, people are incredulous."

 

Senator Graham: (2:49 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the NDAA.
    • "For 33 years I was a military lawyer, a prosecutor, defense attorney, and a military judge. I think I know the difference between fighting a crime and fighting a war. When it comes to fighting a war, if you capture somebody who's part of the enemy force, senator Paul, the last thing we worry about is how to try them. We want to hold them under the law of war to gather intelligence, to make sure we understand what this person knows about enemy operations. We had 450,000 German and Japanese prisoners in the united States. Guess what? Not one of them had a lawyer."

 

Senator Corker: (3:10 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the NDAA.
    • "What our president has chosen to do in recent times is declare that almost everything that he's dealing with relative to tariffs is a national security issue. And when he does that, what that means is he does not have to lay down a grounds for having done that. He can just determine that it's in our national security interest to put in place tariffs on other countries, whether it's automobiles, whether it's steel, whether it's aluminum, or whether it's some other issue. He can just wake up one morning without going through any of those processes and decide that on national security grounds he is going to put tariffs in place. Article I of the Constitution declares that Congress is the determiner on tariffs."

 

Senator Inhofe: (3:16 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the NDAA.
    • "So a lot of people that want to put things that are non-germane and very often controversial, they want to put 0 on that because they know it's going to pass. Senator corker is not the only amendment that is a problem amendment to this. There are two other non-germane amendments, one by Senator Lee and one by Senator Paul. They say if I don't get a vote on my amendment, then I'm going to stop all other amendments from coming up, so nobody gets to have an amendment."