The CIA Inspector General’s report describes actions by the CIA that are appalling and deeply threatening to our system of checks and balances. Congress has a constitutional responsibility to conduct oversight and the CIA’s actions were an attempt to undermine that responsibility.
efore we finish our business and Senators return home, I want to let everyone know about our September work schedule. Following the August recess, the Senate will convene on September 8th, and our target date to adjourn will be September 23rd, the day before Rosh Hashanah begins. If we need to be here the week of September 29th, we will be. But September 23rd is our target date to adjourn until after the election. That leaves us with just a little more than two weeks to get a lot of things done. That’s not a lot of time.
“Today’s House vote is nothing more than a political stunt designed to distract from Republicans’ bankrupt agenda, which does nothing to create jobs or strengthen America’s middle class. Rather than acting to fix our broken immigration system, working to raise the minimum wage, or fighting to ensure a fair shot for all Americans, House Republicans are pursuing a meritless lawsuit at a cost of millions of dollars to American tax payers. Speaker Boehner should put aside this ill-fated venture, end stunts like Republicans’ calls for impeachment, and leave the chest-bumping and dirt kicking charade to baseball managers.”
Today, Senate Republicans have voted yet again to keep American workers from having a fair shot at a good, secure job. This bill would have ended the ridiculous practice of American taxpayers picking up the tab for companies moving abroad and sending American jobs overseas. In Nevada alone, this bill would have protected 150,000 jobs.
The Bring Jobs Home Act tackles the growing problem of American jobs being shipped overseas. By fighting “outsourcing,” as it’s called, the Bring Jobs Home Act could potentially protect over 21 million American jobs. Any time an American company closes a factory or a plant in America, and moves operations to another country, taxpayers pick up part of the moving bill. The Bring Jobs Home Act ends senseless tax breaks for outsourcers. It ends the ridiculous practice of American taxpayers funding the outsourcing of their own jobs.
Hamas perpetrated this conflict. They wantonly fire rockets into Israel, and they don’t care who they hit. Hamas has fired over 2,500 rockets into Israel during this 3-week conflict. In fact, on the very day the UN Human Rights Council exonerated Hamas, Hamas fired dozens of rockets into Israel. And these aren’t firecrackers. These rockets are very violent, powerful weapons.
The Senate has taken a strong step toward getting the VA on the right track. As a respected graduate of West Point, and through his tenure as CEO of Proctor and Gamble, Robert McDonald has proven himself as a soldier and a respected business leader.
The legislation crafted by Senator Sanders and Representative Miller will help prevent more American veterans from falling through the cracks of a broken VA system. The compromise will allow veterans facing long delays in health care to seek care outside of the VA, at private doctors’ offices, community health centers, or military bases.
Right now our friends, the people of Israel, are under attack. Hamas continues to indiscriminately fire thousands of rockets into Israel, with the sole objective of inflicting casualties on somebody, anybody. I was watching the News Hour, and they had commentary section from David Brooks and Mark Shields. David Brooks aptly noted that what Hamas is doing represents “a rare moment in military history where a party rejects a cease-fire in order to get more of their own people killed.” And that is what is happening; Hamas is saying ‘kill some more of our people.’
“I am committed to fixing the problems at the VA. This bipartisan legislation ensures that veterans in Nevada, and throughout the country, receive the care they deserve. Chairmen Sanders and Miller produced a good bill. We will need cooperation from Republicans to move this legislation quickly but I am optimistic that we will be able to pass it this week.”