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Nov 01 2017

President Trump pledged to support biofuels during his campaign. A strong [Renewable Fuel Standard] is consistent with that pledge and President Trump should be applauded for keeping his word to the

Oct 31 2017

I don't know how you could improve things by interfering. The process just ought to

Oct 31 2017

It's ridiculous for anybody to be asking me about firing. That's not an issue in the White

Oct 27 2017

She wants to do what she wants to do and we're doing a lot of things together. Over 30 years I've been an equal opportunity

Oct 26 2017

Since strict-liability crimes do not set forth a state of mind, the House bill would change all of them to require that the defendant act 'knowingly'. That would jeopardize public health and

Oct 20 2017

We're kind of an odd couple, Franken and I. But I hope it also holds a

Oct 20 2017

A student is a consumer of the product of education. Greater transparency is going to empower the

Oct 20 2017

Let people compare apples to apples instead of apples to

Oct 20 2017

There are so many problems here, it's hard to know where to start. This is bad for national security, bad for Afghan military readiness, and bad for U.S. taxpayers. If the U.S. government can't keep tabs on foreign military trainees, maybe the training shouldn't take place in the United

Oct 20 2017 - EPA

It's a great day for Iowa and a great day for rural America. Administrator Pruitt should be commended for following through on President Trump's commitment to

Oct 18 2017 - American politics

I don't know about the Republican side, but I expect on the Democrats' side, you're going to have a lot of repetitive questions that were asked in the Intel

Oct 11 2017 - Russia

The idea that the FBI and associates of the Clinton campaign would pay Mr. Steele to investigate the Republican nominee for president in the run-up to the election raises further questions about the FBI's independence from politics, as well as the Obama administration's use of law enforcement and intelligence agencies for political

Oct 10 2017 - American politics

And I think it would help if the president would be the first to cool

Oct 04 2017 - DACA

Any potential DACA agreement has to include robust border security and by that, I don't mean a

Oct 04 2017

With the recent breach, the SEC and the SEC OIG need to make sure they didn't overlook any warnings or calls for improvements that might have prevented a breach. An agency that protects the integrity of public securities has to be up to speed on threats and how to prevent

Sep 29 2017 - EPA

I'll do all I can to see if this proposal is really moving forward, and if so, I'll work to shut it

Sep 22 2017 - American politics

I could maybe give you 10 reasons why this bill shouldn't be considered. … But Republicans campaigned on this so often that you have a responsibility to carry out what you said in the campaign. That's pretty much as much of a reason as the substance of the

Sep 22 2017 - Russia

If the FBI did provide a defensive briefing or similar warning to the campaign, then that would raise important questions about how the Trump campaign

Sep 22 2017 - American politics

Republicans campaigned on this so often that we have a responsibility to carry out what you said in the campaign. That's pretty much as much of a reason as the substance of the

Sep 19 2017 - Republican Party

I think we need that because we're going to have to operate within what can be signed by the

Sep 19 2017 - Republican Party

We are still in the process of negotiating

Sep 14 2017 - DACA

Morn news says u made deal w Schumer on DACA/hv ur staff brief

Aug 30 2017 - Russia

I presume that [the transcript] will be

Aug 26 2017

Dont mke same mistake Pres Bush made w

Aug 17 2017

There are serious problems here. The government's own watchdog said the taxpayers may have overpaid for EpiPen by as much as $1.27 billion over 10

Aug 17 2017

He should be 100 percent sticking to ideas and forget about

Aug 11 2017

Evidently that's not going to

Jul 28 2017

We had to hold the town meetings outdoors, and the audience, I never had that sort of anger. You have every right to

Jul 26 2017 - LGBT

I have respect for what she has to say, and I think I would let it go at that until I've looked into it deeper and had conversations with

Jul 26 2017 - Russia

Faced with issuance of a subpoena, we are happy that Mr. Manafort has started producing documents to the Committee and we have agreed to continue negotiating over a transcribed interview. It's important that he and other witnesses continue to work with this committee as it fulfills its oversight

Jul 26 2017 - Russia

We want Manafort to come like we want Trump Jr. to come and other people that we are going to call in and the point is that we are willing to give all sorts of

Jul 20 2017

He does everything to make sure he's

Jul 20 2017

Beyond credentials, I believe Mr. Wray has the right view of the

Jul 19 2017

It could be before the day's out we'd have a date

Jul 14 2017

I think I have a legal right to tell my

Jul 12 2017


Jul 07 2017

I don't even know if we're going to get a bill

Jun 28 2017

He's opposed to it. But I don't think there's a conflict between his wanting to maintain mandatory sentencing and what we try to do, because I believe in mandatory sentencing, but also believe that there's some unfairness in

Jun 28 2017

The unfairness in it is taken care of by our sentencing reform where people get a second bite at the apple, so that a judge at a second step can look to see if there's unfairness about it. And that unfairness can be then judged independently from mandatory sentencing. And so I would like to impress upon Senator Sessions, now [Attorney] General Sessions, that there's no conflict between what he wants to do and what we want to

Jun 28 2017

The committee needs all of these documents to evaluate fully the FBI's and the Justice Department's actions in this

Jun 21 2017

The government's total failure to establish an efficient process and meaningful oversight of the placement of these children has led to the current MS-13 crisis. No one takes responsibility for these children after they are placed with a sponsor. Your agencies repeatedly pass the buck to each other. As a result, children are allowed to disappear. When these children disappear without any supervision, they are vulnerable to join dangerous gangs like

Jun 09 2017 - American politics

It obstructs what ought to be the natural flow of information between agencies and the committees, which frustrates the Constitutional function of

Jun 09 2017 - American politics

I urge you to take off your partisan hats for a moment. Imagine if the shoe were on the other foot. This case has broad implications for the ability of the elected representatives of the American people to do our constitutional duty to act as a check on the executive branch. Clearly, Congress needs to do

Jun 07 2017 - Trump Presidency

Christopher Wray's legal credentials and law enforcement background certainly make him a suitable candidate to lead the

Jun 07 2017

No president should expect a person in Comey's position to compromise anything in their job because of quote-on-quote loyalty. If it's a general statement of loyalty, that's one

Jun 07 2017 - Trump Presidency

Leading the Office of Special Counsel requires a deep appreciation for the patriotic work that whistleblowers do to shine a light on fraud or misconduct in government. Carolyn Lerner has been a steadfast advocate for government whistleblowers, and I am grateful for her service at OSC. Her leadership should be a road map for future leaders of this

Jun 06 2017

I would draw the conclusion that they were misleading us because the information was probably embarrassing. It's a crime that veterans are being treated this way. The appearance of an attempt to mislead the committee about the extent of the wait times in these facilities is extremely

May 31 2017

The fact that Mylan is unwilling to cooperate and provide documents voluntarily makes me wonder what there is to hide and whether a subpoena is the only way to get to the bottom of

May 31 2017

The fact that the EpiPen overpayment is so much more than anyone discussed publicly should worry every taxpayer. Mylan and the Obama administration reportedly were close to settling the overpayment for much less than $1.27 billion. CMS recently provided records to the committee that show Mylan was made aware of the misclassification years ago but did nothing. It looks like Mylan overcharged the taxpayers for years with the knowledge EpiPen was misclassified, and the previous administration was willing to let the company off the

May 30 2017 - Republican Party

You've got to have 60 votes and we don't have 60 votes at this

May 23 2017

As a senior member of the United States Senate, I have consistently worked to ensure that the business of the Government is done in as open and transparent manner as

May 17 2017

I'm concerned that a hastily developed study, which appears to pre-determine that variable, renewable resources such as wind have undermined grid reliability, will not be viewed as credible, relevant or worthy of valuable taxpayer

May 16 2017 - NAFTA

It sounds to me like it's going to be trilateral unless there's problems that come up with that sort of machinery, then of course they would do it

May 15 2017

The more that Congress experiences the laws we pass, the better the laws are likely to

May 15 2017

The difference between the assessment and the actual recovery is striking and demands an

May 12 2017 - Trump Presidency

That wld be wrong. Even We in Senate follow those

May 11 2017 - Trump Presidency

Because it has failed to make this clear, speculation has run rampant. Wild speculation that the FBI is targeting the president in a criminal or intelligence inquiry is not just irresponsible and

May 11 2017 - China

It is appropriate for the Department to clarify and affirm that no foreign investors will receive preferential treatment, that applications will be processed in the order in which they are received – subject to any existing backlog – and that future applications will be subject to the proposed regulations, when

May 10 2017 - Trumpcare

The attached memorandum contains no exception whatsoever for lawful, protected communications with

May 10 2017 - Trump Presidency

I think it gave them a chance to get back to something that they argued about a month ago, and it was losing steam; to have a special prosecutor or have a commission to look into

May 10 2017 - Trump Presidency

The handling of the Clinton email investigation is a clear example of how Comey's decisions have called into question the trust and political independence of the FBI. Over the course of the last several months, Director Comey's decisions on controversial matters have prompted concern from across the political spectrum and from career law enforcement experts. The effectiveness of the FBI depends upon the public trust and confidence, and unfortunately his has been

May 04 2017 - Trump Presidency

The Defense Department appears to have acted in good faith by retracting the original statement and releasing a statement of regret. I appreciate that officials are making efforts to get to the bottom of how this horrible language came about. I look forward to seeing the new policy and will reserve judgment until that

May 04 2017

I would expect a resignation this

May 03 2017

This move by leadership and appropriators cedes portions of this authority to the executive branch without a public debate. We understand the needs of employers who rely on seasonal H-2B workers if the American workforce can't meet the demand, but we are also aware of the potential side effects of flooding the labor force with more temporary foreign workers, including depressed wages for all workers in seasonal

May 03 2017

The bottom line is that this issue deserves more thoughtful

May 03 2017 - Trump Presidency

We need to know whether there was anything improper going on between the Trump campaign and the Russians, or if these allegations are just a partisan smear campaign that manipulated our government into chasing conspiracy

May 02 2017 - Trump Presidency

The American people deserve a full accounting of all waivers and recusals to better understand who is running the government and whether the administration is adhering to its promise to be open, transparent, and

May 01 2017

I'm not going to tell them what to do, but I am going to say that if they don't move pretty quickly, we oughta see what we can do in the United States

Apr 26 2017

I'm disappointed we couldn't go forward with Mr. Delrahim's hearing this morning. We are still waiting on one piece of paperwork, which we understood we'd have by now. And I imagine that will be transmitted to us within another day or two, and we look forward to including him on our next

Apr 04 2017

It's been clear for a long time that the IRS isn't collecting the debt that these contractors will focus on. Collecting tax debt that's due and not in dispute is a matter of fairness to the many taxpayers who pay what they

Apr 04 2017

It's important to note that the IRS doesn't take financial information over the phone, so any scammers who ask for such information are just

Apr 03 2017 - SCOTUS

He's a mainstream judge who's earned the universal respect of his colleagues on the bench and in the bar. He applies the law as we in Congress write it_as the judicial oath says, without respect to persons. And he refuses to compromise his

Apr 03 2017 - SCOTUS

This is America, where people can spend their money where they want to spend

Apr 03 2017 - Supreme Court

This nominee that we're voting on today is a judge's judge. He's a picture of the kind of justice we should have on the Supreme Court. I believe then and I believe now that we took the right course for the Senate and for the

Mar 31 2017

Cases like these send the wrong message about whistleblower retaliation. When accountability is lacking, retaliation continues. Good government

Mar 28 2017 - SCOTUS

It was a brilliant display before our committee. His testimony, and the testimony of those who actually know him, should create a dilemma for anybody who is desperate for a reason to vote no, because if you're voting on qualifications and not politics, you'd vote

Mar 27 2017

Before the hearing started we all knew how qualified the judge is. His resume speaks for itself. But last week we got to see up-close how thoughtful, articulate, and humble he is. He is clearly deeply committed to being a fair and impartial judge. And he isn't willing to compromise that independence to win votes in the

Mar 22 2017 - SCOTUS

Gorsuch will be confirmed. I just can't tell you exactly how that will happen

Mar 22 2017

Whistleblowers often face retribution for trying to tell the truth and make government better. Protecting them is an important, non-partisan job that the Office of Special Counsel has done well under Carolyn Lerner's

Mar 21 2017

The American people shouldn't be denied a

Mar 20 2017 - SCOTUS

Separation of powers is just as critical today as it was during the last

Mar 20 2017

In recent months I've heard that 'now more than ever' we need a justice who is independent, and who respects the separation of powers. Some of my colleagues seem to have rediscovered an appreciation for the need to confine each branch of government to its proper sphere. His grasp on the separation of powers – including judicial independence – enlivens his body of

Mar 20 2017

Fortunately for every American, we have before us today a nominee whose body of professional work is defined by an unfailing commitment to these principles. His grasp on the separation of powers_including judicial independence_enlivens his body of

Mar 16 2017

I've never seen a president's budget proposal not revised substantially. As a member of the Budget Committee, I'll carefully scrutinize and assess priorities as the president has with his

Mar 15 2017 - SCOTUS

They're asking things of Gorsuch that they didn't ask of

Mar 15 2017 - Wiretapping

It's just too bad that we have to go to this

Mar 14 2017

The Justice Department would like to get their deputy out of committee just as soon as they

Mar 07 2017

There is no mandatory public report or other finding at the end of the investigation if no charges are filed. The investigations can just disappear into a black hole without the public ever understanding what the facts

Mar 07 2017

There are times when special counsels are appropriate. But it's far too soon to tell at this time. And even if there were evidence of a crime related to any of these matters, once confirmed, Mr. Rosenstein can decide how to handle that matter. I know of no reason to question his judgment, his integrity, or his

Mar 03 2017

Attorney General Sessions did the right thing by recusing himself, and he did exactly what he said he'd do regarding potential recusals when he was before our committee. It's unfortunate that the Democrats didn't even have the decency to give him an opportunity to clear up confusion to the statement in

Mar 02 2017

They don't seem to have a reason as to why his name hasn't come

Feb 23 2017

The American people deserve a full accounting to better understand who is running the government and whether the administration is adhering to its promise to be open, transparent, and accountable. I'm not asking for anything the director of the Office of Government Ethics doesn't already have the legal authority to

Feb 21 2017

I don't think people had a chance to hear me as much as they normally would at a town hall meeting because there were long speeches and there was applause and some interference. They didn't get my point of view but if they want me to listen to them I am willing to listen to

Feb 21 2017

The only times I need Tums is when I have chocolate ice cream before I go to

Feb 16 2017

He's a mainstream judge. He's displayed independence. He's met with dozens of senators who have nothing but positive things to say. He is well-qualified and

Feb 16 2017

It's time for him to have the opportunity to speak for himself before the judiciary

Feb 14 2017

If a specific individual is likely to be violent due to the nature of their mental illness, then the government should have to prove it. The Second Amendment, as a fundamental right, requires the government to carry the burden to show a person has a dangerous mental illness. This regulation obviously and simply does not achieve

Feb 08 2017

We all know him to be a man of deep integrity, a man of his word, and a man committed to

Feb 02 2017 - H-1B

We need programs dedicated to putting American workers first. When skilled foreign workers are needed to meet the demands of our labor market, we must also ensure that visa applicants who honed their skills at American colleges and universities are a priority over the importation of more foreign

Feb 01 2017

By all accounts, he has a record of deciding cases based on the text of the Constitution and the law. That's important, because in our system of government, Congress, not judges, make the

Jan 31 2017 - Democratic Party

It's not clear to me why it would be a problem even if he had been

Jan 24 2017 - Trans Pacific Partnership

I like trade and we need to negotiate down barriers. It's just not an easy thing to

Jan 04 2017

I think both opponents and proponents of filling the vacancy are going to want it filled as fast as they

Nov 30 2016

With drug prices through the roof, the way drug and device makers spend money is of more public interest than

Nov 29 2016

Democratic members of the committee have pledged a fair process. Based on those commitments, I trust the other side will resist what some liberal interest groups are clearly hoping for – an attack on his

Nov 28 2016

A lot of earlier payments to doctors were under the umbrella of Continuing Medical Education. We shouldn't create a loophole that would let drug and medical device companies mask their payments to doctors under a payment category that's too broad and could gut the spirit and the letter of the Sunshine

Nov 21 2016

This happened because either the agencies in charge dropped the ball, the company gamed the system, or

Nov 06 2016

The growing number of unanswered questions demand

Nov 02 2016

We need to determine whether taxpayers overpaid for the EpiPen through the Department of Defense and the VA and whether they deserve a rebate, as they do with Medicaid. Spending that isn't warranted squeezes the health care

Oct 27 2016 - Fiat Chrysler

Americans deserve to know what the government is doing to hold Mylan accountable, recoup lost tax dollars and prevent similar behavior in the

Sep 09 2016

There isn't much discussion of what analyses went into the price-setting in response to my question. There also isn't much of a description of the product features and value that the company says have helped to justify the price increases. The company say a large number of patients have benefited from patient assistance programs but the outrage Congress is hearing seems to indicate that a lot of people aren't seeing those benefits. It may be that the newly announced expanded patient assistance program will make a difference, but that's to be determined.

Sep 09 2016

In the meantime, I'll continue to work on my two pending bills that would help bring more generic drugs to the market to help

Sep 08 2016

Wasting investigative resources on cases that go nowhere raises concerns about the responsible use of tax

Aug 30 2016

If we have the election, and there was a majority of the Senate changed their mind about doing it in the lame duck, as opposed to January 20, I don't feel that I could stand in the way of that. But I don't think I can promote that

Aug 17 2016

I also am concerned that further concentration in the industry will impact the price and choice of chemicals and seed for farmers, which ultimately will impact choice and costs for consumers. Finally, I am concerned that further consolidation will diminish critical research and development

Jul 27 2016

Do you believe there is potential for exploitation of the catastrophic benefit as it is currently framed?feedback

Jun 30 2016

They'll say if a territory can receive unprecedented authority from Congress, then why shouldn't a state?feedback

Jun 14 2016

Balancing the cost of developing lifesaving medications with the need to make available affordable prescription drugs to consumers has always been a difficult task. It's a consistent topic at my town

Feb 16 2016

I would wait until the nominee is made before I would make any decision. In other words, take it a step at a time. I think I have a responsibility to perform and I can't worry about the election. I've got to do my job as a senator, whatever it is. And there will be a lot of tough votes between now and the next

Jun 20 2013 - Wiretapping

Does the FBI use drones for surveillance on US soil?feedback

Jun 20 2013

I want to go onto a question….feedback

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