tv U.S. Senate Sens. Corker Inhofe Rounds on Amendment Process CSPAN June 12, 2018 9:35pm-10:03pm EDT
sanctions and any agreement between united states andne north korea must be permanent. president trump and his team must take stock of what has happened what north korea has achieved and what we have yet to achieve with the sake of these national security but the safety of the american people the united states can no longer can settle for no less with permanent duty on --dash denuclearization. i yield the floor.
>> i rise to speak a be engaged in discussions we have a trade act from 1974 and 1962 to layout provisions how we would go about dealing with tariffs. section 232 with the president of the united states can declare something a national security, issue and when he does that it keeps them from having to go through the normal process one goes through to deal with tariffs.
physically when the president chooses a section of that bill, he has to go through a preswhen he decides what he wants to place on anoer country he has to go to another entity to show that somehow united states has been harmed. the reason he puts in place tariffs. wi o psident has chosen to do is declare that almost everything he is dealing with is a national security issue and when he does that, that means he does not ha to l down the grounds for having done that. just say it is in the national security interest and then place tariffs on other countries whether automobiles or steel or aluminum or another issue he can just wake up one morning and then to put
tariffs in placerticle one of the constitution declares congress is the decider on taff for the constitution weave been charged with the ability or actually the responsibility for tariffs as revenues and that is our responsibility. because i have been somewhat concerned we are using this national security issue as an ordinary course of business i have offered an amendment to deal with that it is a national security bill that the president can continue to deal with these other countries and try to work through trade agreements but at the end of the day to actually decide to put tariffs ein place, he has to come to
congress to get the up or down vote because we don't want to slow the administration down too much we put in this amendment the expedited that we will not drag this out forever so when he comes to that conclusion we will act in a timely fashion. so mr. president also because of another reason that if we as a country can claim that every single item is a national security issue that means other countries will do the same then avoid the process that takes place with those international nizationto prove t use a national security issue on automobiles and another country can do the same. semi amendment is one but it
is o both sis the aisle is is the most cosponsored amendment put forth and i am proud to work with senators who care about us economically and have congress perform appropriate laws to make sure if the tariff is put in ac thisy never in the history of our country then used as it is now used by the current president, we have the ability to at least have a say init this. yesterday the president went to singapore what they told us is they will negotiate their
process to help them to denuclearization so when they complete the process they plan to bring that to the united states senate to have a ratified treaty they are clear about that so it is the same kind of process except in this case even more so our responsibility to make sure if we tariff people under this unusual section up or down so i will call the amendment up and i appreciate the way the chairman of the committee has worked with me. i know there has been a lot of a vote on having this amendment i don't know why that is the case but ask unanimous consent senate procedure immediate consideration calendar number 30137 hr 2372 the national defense thorization act for fiscal year 2019 to be offered
as an amendment and agreed to hr 2372 as amended be considered for the purpose of further amendment. and as modified the pending with hr 2372 as amended and also be made pending as modified and as appending to the 2700 that it be set aside for the amendment 2381 modified it with changes at the desk and be made pending to amendment to 382 that 23266 premade pending 66 premade pending to amendment to the language proposed be stricken to 282 and that the senate vote on the corporate amendment at 4:00 p.m. today.
>> is their objection you just heard a lengthy explanation. ihink the senator from tennessee has every right to do what he can to get his amendment there are other opportunities other than the authorization bill. we have been doing these for years and years and they know it will pass it past 57 consecutive years so a lot of people that want to put things that are non- germane they want to put it on that because they know it will pass. now that is not the only
amendment there are two other non- germane amendments by senator lee that they s ii don't get a vote on my amendment and i will stop other all other amendments from coming up so nobody can have an t amendment so at the same time they say that about the paul in lee amendment we have other members such as senator grassley or senator graham say then we will make sure you don't get a vote on it. so you have opposing parties saying whatever the case is if you get a vote that i disagree with therefore i will stop all amendments from coming forth and in a way they can do that. that is happening right now. i would ask my friend because
i o will object not just because of the underlying bill but because its an amendment that changes the uering bill. i have talked to two members of the house was part of the conference committee who seriously object not so much on the content of the amendment but you have to go back into reconsider their bill. so i don't either want to jeopardize the defense authorization bill or delay the passage. i just got back from o afghanistan, kuwait and places all over the world where our troops are there ahey all know. this is the week help is on its way.
in the last ten years during the obama administration in a negative way but i will say he did not have a strong national defense as top do anything about sequestration with defense unless we do the same thing for the non-defense programs. that's all shoe there is no priority tome defend america. that is not what the constitution says that should be a priority. as a result we have a lot of systemsen going down as the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff said we are limiting our competitive edge and he said that two years ago as we have lost and artillery is a good example measured by two means by rapidfire and range both china and russia have better artillery than we have in the united states some
people don't believe that talk to our military high persona is the new weapon to operate five times the speednd of sound that is something we have been working on and working against our competitors china and russia and they are ahead of us. they are ahead of us in the areas of the nuclear triad. we haven't done anything to our nuclear program in years and they are ahead of us. all of these things are happening they know the pay raise is in this bill and benefits are in this bill and it is a good bill and it should pass endlessly in the united states. but if you start to put something on it that never belonged on it and number two is one that could be
detrimental to our tros and an to find another bill i will do all i could but not to the defense authorization bill and i cannot let that happen and for that reason i object. >> your objection is heard. >> i will make a few comments thank you to senator inhofe for his work in working with me. i realize there is a lot happening here and i know he of his ability with this bill and i will just leave iten at that. i was asked to find a solution
d i found one that is used customarily as waking up in the morning it happens all thee. time this is in a way has any effect on the pass in a timely fashion but i am in a way countering the person who just spoke and he knows i'm not. i will speak to a larger issue. but before i do that, i want to point out the mda usually passes each year in november or december not normally in june. so even if there were w something that needed to be worked out, we are way ahead of us for th and that really
as it expressed concern directly. they are worried about. auto manufacturers are worried about canada and mexico and what is happening in europe. i have heard a person is not a degree of concern to say you negotiate when you finish come andet us vote up or down. i know the powers that be i understand what is happening. they came up with another solution with another objection there will be an objection if we named this will be an objection to this the because people are concerned on this side of the aisle. some people not everybody there are some great
cosponsors who want to assume our responsibilities we have a lot of great cosponsors who understand we are abdicating our responsibility national security section 2321 every single tara and not have to justify why do this they know that'sav the problem they have signed on most respected senators be habitable size have sned on by now there is a majority of here who do not want to take up issues of debate and responsibility in thunited states senate and i know a lot of what i do this will be objected to i will not object to and paul have an amendment or anyone on the other side of the aisle i am disappointed in where we are in the united states senate today where we have had one amendment vote in a year and a half with the same cycle
occurs every time somebody wants to bring something up. i know way take this out of my friend from oklahoma. he is doing his job and with that i yield the floor to make the senator south dakota. >> mr. president listening to the debe i wh this woulgon regn united states senate i think it is healthy and wish there was a process so every single amendment brought up could have this type of discussion and debate and proposals could actually be amended on the floor to improve them and i will share with you that i thought o fend from tennessee trying to do was an honest attempt to bring back to congress in section one article one of responsibility that we have over a period of years that
are dedicated to the executive branch. also i thought while the debate was healthy at this stage of the game probably not in it current form would bee approprie if the president s rey on ese terroris and i thought i could probably not support the bill but i thought he should have the opportunity and the process for debate. but now let me now confirm what they are doing is protecting national defense authorization act making it is viable possible long-term survivable in the house and in the senate. to those who are wondering what we are talking about any nebulous sort of way when senator corker try to do was the tariffs which the president has proposed for
national defense purposes under 1962 law if those were appropriately determined to be a national securityer threat. that was the language which congress had delivered to the president he made his choice of the number of members who feel that they think he overstepped with regard to whether or not they were actually national security important. senator corker wanted to have that discussion and i agree he should be able to have that passion however i think it is to be in a different order and he is making it too tough wanted margin and i also that
national defense authorization act because everything else that infinite at the same time as they have committed the item of discussion w the appropriate use of tariffs for different purposes that is a healthy debate to have and it should be with such a passion and a very straightforward debate to put that legislation on its own not init connection with others. . . . .
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