Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) applauded a court ruling requiring the Obama administration to release its redacted legal justification for killing a U.S. citizen in Yemen, but said he wants some lawmakers to be able to read the whole report.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said NATO members needed to spend at least 2 percent of their GDP on defense in order to stop Russia from invading neighboring countries.
“Considering what President Putin is doing right now in Ukraine, it is more important than ever for every NATO ally to spend at least 2 percent of its GDP on defense,” McCain said.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) defended Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) Monday, saying comments that she is too “emotional” was condescending.
Reid was referring to remarks former CIA director Michael Hayden made on “Fox News Sunday.”
Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) defended herself Thursday from Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), who said Wednesday that she isn’t “effective.”
“I’ve been called many things on this floor … but I’ve never been called ineffective. So it was a little bit shocking to me,” Landrieu said. “Maybe my colleague was having a bad day, so I’m going to let it go.”
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) mourned the tragedy at Fort Hood, saying his thoughts are with the victims.
“We have to reflect on what took place in Fort Hood yesterday — another tragedy,” Reid said on the Senate floor Thursday. “Our hearts are all broken at yet another tragedy at this military facility.”
Senate Democrats urged the Navy to stop the sale of tobacco products on ships and bases.
Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) sent U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus a letter over the weekend expressing their opinion on the issue the Navy is currently considering.
Backlog is "nothing short of a black eye for our government," he said.
Three House lawmakers proposed a resolution Tuesday that says Russia is violating an 1987 agreement with the United States to abandon the use of intermediate-range missiles, and says the U.S. should consider leaving the treaty if Russia fails to adhere to it.
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said he hopes Russia’s annexation of Crimea will “dispel” President Obama of his “naïveté” in believing the Russian-U.S. relationship has been “reset.”
The Obama administration had sought to “reset” the relationship with Russia. But Cornyn accused the president of looking weak and ignoring other aggressions from Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.) is introducing an amendment that would slap sanctions on Russian state arms firm Rosoboronexport.