Whitehouse, Van Hollen, Wyden

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 6147)

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

  • Spoke on climate change.
    • "But is that support for pricing carbon emissions real, or is it just P.R., just screen washing by companies desperate to improve their images? Senator Schatz and I introduced a carbon price bill in 2014 to put a fee on products that produce carbon dioxide emissions, and we've reintroduced it in every Congress since. If the oil companies really supported putting a price on carbon emissions, you'd think that they might have come to see us, the authors of that price on carbon bill. You'd think if the oil companies really supported putting a price on carbon emissions, they might have supported our bill or lobbied other senators to support it. Or even come to us to say, you know, we'd like to support your bill, but you need to change this or that. Well, they've done none of that."

 

Senator Van Hollen: (5:30 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the NDAA.
    • "First, Mr. President, Z.T.E. Z.T.E. is a Chinese telecommunications company. It's a telecommunications company that has been exhibit a in the mix of Chinese companies that have stolen U.S. technology. In fact, when Secretary Pompeo was before the Senate a while ago talking about the relationships between the Chinese government and Chinese companies and talking about how they were stealing U.S. intellectual property secrets for their own purposes, Z.T.E. would be on the top of that list. It's one of the most notorious leaves of intellectual property anywhere in the world. In the United States alone, they've been sued for patent infringement 126 times in the last five years."

 

Senator Wyden: (5:44 p.m.)

  • Spoke on Medicare.
    • "Medicare and Medicaid have stood the test of time because the American people have long understood the value of a health care guarantee, particularly for seniors and the most vulnerable among us. Medicare - and my colleagues on the Finance Committee, we talk a fair amount about it - isn't a piece of paper. It isn't a voucher. It is a guarantee. And Americans have always understood that that was the case. Wasn't that long ago when there wasn't a guarantee. Getting older and falling on hardship meant health care was one of the first of life's necessities to go out of reach. It wasn't that long ago when there were really poor farms -- literally poor farms - to try to meet the needs of older people."