United States Senator from California. On Facebook at: https://t.co/RVLkJPLS9Y
After four years of tumultuous leadership, our troops deserve a steady hand to lead them. And our allies need a secretary of defense who speaks reliably on behalf of the president. I intend to vote in favor of granting Lloyd Austin a waiver to serve as the next defense secretary.
I will work with the new administration to immediately block this rule change when President Biden takes office next week. The desert plan carefully balances recreational use, energy production and preservation. There is no reason to amend it now.
The Paycheck Protection Program now provides more flexibility on how loan funds can be used, including for seasonal small businesses and for modifying initial PPP loans. Find more information here:
General Austin retired from the Army nearly five years ago, and I am confident he will uphold the foundational principle of civilian control of the military while at the same time leveraging the vast experience he gained during his remarkable career as an Army officer.
The Trump administration’s last-ditch effort to amend the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan endangers 2.2 million acres that were set aside for conservation. We won’t let them undermine the plan days before leaving office.
The U.S. government then put those children in cages. That is unconscionable. I look forward to hearings in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee to hear from the inspector general and to hold to account those who were responsible for these terrible actions.