Rubio, Inhofe, Reed, Corker

Motion to Proceed to the NDAA (H.R. 5515)

Senator Rubio: (5:02 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the American Institute in Taiwan.
    • "What China has made very clear is that their intention is to continue to both pressure and entice - and I say entice; probably the right word is bribe -- additional countries to do the exact same thing. They do if it with - they do it with the promise of loans. Go and look at the history of these loans and enticements and investments. You'll see how bad they ultimately are for the country that accepts them. They all come with troubling strings attached. The Chinese government by the way has even been success until in bullying American companies when it comes to Taiwan or other topics, for that matter, that they deem too sensitive to the Communist Party."

 

Senator Inhofe: (5:09 p.m.)

  • Spoke on NDAA.
    • "We can say the same thing about the triad nuclear progress. We've done virtually nothing in the last ten years while we've watched China and Russia go beyond us. And of course these are the things that we are addressing. On Memorial Day, the "Oklahoman" discussed how China and Russia have artillery capabilities. Artillery capabilities are generally looked at in terms of rapid-fire and range and they're ahead of us in both of these areas. So this idea that America has the best of everything is something that most people believe, and we've fallen behind and we need to not be critical of how we got behind. That's not important now. We know where we are."

 

Senator Reed: (5:13 p.m.)

  • Spoke on NDAA.
    • "And then, like Senator Inhofe, I would like to see a process where we have a series of amendments from both sides, adequate time to debate the amendment and then a vote on the amendment as they move forward. And then be able to do so at a -- in a very deliberate, thoughtful way and reach, we hope, in a timely manner a point where we have discussed the major concerns all of our colleagues, voted on many of them, and then asked for a final passage of a bill that is worthy of passage, a understand each -- and each year we've done so and la begin to set us on a path to conference with the House of Representatives and then a final conference report here."

 

Senator Corker: (5:19 p.m.)

  • Spoke on NDAA.
    • "I think many people here are aware that I have an amendment that deals with the 232 tariff issue, and I know there's a lot of interest in that amendment. We have actually strong bipartisan support from a range of very respected senators. There has been a blue slip issue that's been raised. I was asked by Senator Inhofe and also Senator McConnell to solve the blue slip issue. I want you to know we talked to the parliamentarian and I do plan to ask unanimous consent after we vote to move on the bill for a very short paragraph to be consented to that would then solve the blue slip issue and then cause my amendment to be able to be heard without in any way tainting the bill should it move across the Senate floor to the House."