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Tuesday, February 9, 2021

U.S. Senate Record highlights, 2/8/2021

Senator Grassley spoke about The 1776 Report.
As I have often said, our Nation is unique in human history in that it was founded not on the basis of common ethnic identity or loyalty to, let's say, a Monarch but on certain enduring principles. …

Our patriot forefathers concluded that these principles were worth fighting for and took up arms in an improbable quest to defeat the largest and best trained military at that particular time.

This included many Black patriots who fought for American independence--a unifying fact that I believe deserves a monument on the National Mall, something that I have been working toward for years. …

America's foundation is very different from that of most other nations. However, our foundation is increasingly under attack from both the right and the left. Both the 1619 Project and White nationalists assert that America's founding principles are alive and that the United States was founded along ethnic lines.
Senator Grassley spoke about Russia.
I appreciate now-President Biden's more recent tough talk on Russia. I like his rhetoric better than many things that President Trump said. However, I like Trump's actions, like sanctions against the Nord Stream Pipeline, arming and training the Ukrainian military, and partnering with our frontline allies. …

I hope that President Biden's future actions more closely match his words, and he scraps all vestiges of the Obama Russian reset policy that he announced 12 years ago this weekend.

Leader Schumer spoke about impeachment.
The trial will also accommodate a request from the former President's counsel to pause the trial during the Sabbath. The trial will break on Friday afternoon before sundown and will not resume until Sunday afternoon.

Leader McConnell remembered Secretary George P. Schultz
Famously, when new Ambassadors met with him on their way abroad, the Secretary would spin a globe and ask them to point out “their country.”

The unlucky ones who fell for the trap and pointed to their foreign destinations were swiftly corrected.

“No,” he said. “Your country is always America.
Leader McConnell spoke about the coronavirus.

Leader McConnell spoke about Burma.
The people of Burma in the streets today are putting their lives on the line. As one protestor told the New York Times over the weekend, “I don't care if they shoot because under the military, our lives will be dead anyway.”

Today, these protestors are joining in the same refrain heard repeatedly in places like Hong Kong, where democratic progress is too often met with jackboots. They are standing up for basic freedoms, and they are paying close attention to who will stand with them.

Sen. Menendez introduced S.Res. 37 about Cuba.

Sen. Rubio introduced S.Res. 44 about Venezuela.

Sen. Sullivan remembered Secretary George P. Schultz.
There are people who have lived history, and there are people who have made history. Secretary Shultz made history. He lived a life in full, and he was always giving back to his country, to his fellow Americans. …

Who does that when they are 100—put out a pamphlet on trust? Well, George Shultz did that. In the pamphlet, Secretary Shultz wrote that one lesson he learned as a child and retained over and over again was the importance of trust. As he says in this pamphlet:
When trust was in the room, whatever room that was—the family room, the schoolroom, the coach's room, the office room, the government room, or the military room—good things happen. When trust was not in the room, good things did not happen.

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