Floor Updates

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Jul 23 2014 9:30 AM

The Senate convened.

Reid (UC), McConnell

Opening Remarks

Jul 23 2014 10:06 AM

Today -
  • Following the Leaders' remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S. 2569, the Bring Jobs Home Act, until 11:00 AM.
  • At 11:00 AM, the Senate will conduct up to four VOTES on:
  1. The motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S. 2569 (roll call vote expected);
  2. Executive Calendar #802, Julia Akins Clark, to be General Counsel of the Federal Labor Relations Authority (voice vote expected);
  3. Executive Calendar #786, Andrew H. Shapiro to be United States Ambassador to the Czech Republic (voice vote expected); and
  4. Executive Calendar #599, Madelyn R. Creedon, to be Principal Deputy Administrator, National Nuclear Security Administration (voice vote expected).
  • At 3:30 PM, Republicans will control the time until 4:30 PM.
  • At 4:30 PM, Democrats will control the time until 5:30 PM.
Senator Reid: (9:32 AM)
  • Unanimous Consent -
  • At a time to be determined, the Senate proceed to the immediate consideration H.R. 5021, the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014.
  • The only amendments in order to the bill be the following:
  1. Wyden Amendment #3582;
  2. Carper, Corker, Boxer Amendment #3583;
  3. Lee Amendment #3584; and
  4. Toomey Amendment #3585.
  • Each amendment have one hour of debate, equally divided.
  • There be two hours of debate on H.R. 5021.
  • Upon the use or yielding back of the debate time, the Senate VOTE on the amendments in the order listed.
  • Upon disposition of Toomey Amendment #3585, the Senate VOTE on passage of H.R. 5021, as amended, if amended.
  • The amendments and passage of H.R. 5021 be subject to a 60-vote affirmative threshold.
  • (Without objection)
  • Spoke on the Bring Jobs Home Act.
    • SUMMARY "Today we're considering legislation that would amend the U.S. tax code to fight outsourcing, to protect American jobs and to create job creation within our borders. The Bring Jobs Home Act would end senseless tax breaks for outsourcers while offering companies a 20% tax credit to help with the cost of moving jobs back to America. Much like the Bring Jobs Home Act, ending this corporate citizenship scam will encourage American companies to pay their fair share. It will also let corporations know that cheating the American people with a tax trick is not a viable business plan. Benjamin Franklin said this, "Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools with not wits enough to be honest." If corporations want to leave America, it's their right, but American taxpayers shouldn't be forced to foot the bill when U.S. corporations want all the benefits of commerce in this country without having to pay their fair share."
  • Unanimous Consent -
  • At 3:30 PM, Republicans control the time until 4:30 PM.
  • At 4:30 PM, Democrats control the time until 5:30 PM.
  • (Without objection)
Senator McConnell: (9:44 AM)
  • Spoke on the Democrats' campaign tactics.
    • SUMMARY "Instead of worrying about designed to fail legislation, we could be addressing things like the highway bill which already passed the republican-led House with massive, massive, bipartisan support, or addressing the humanitarian crisis on the southern border. That's where our focus should be, that's what the American people expect. The border patrol estimates that as many as 90,000 unaccompanied children will have crossed our border by the fall. It's a dangerous journey to the border and many have suffered heartbreaking mistreatment and abuse. That's why anyone who wants to help these children should be working overtime to spare them from this journey. A few weeks ago, the president made some modest policy recommendations that should be a part of any legislation that deals with this crisis. Unfortunately, the far left objected and the president has since wobbled… What we're saying is cut out the campaigning, tell your party's leadership in the Senate to get serious, and work with members of both parties to get this addressed."

Durbin, Pryor, Blunt, Stabenow, Walsh

MTP to the Bring Jobs Home Act (S. 2569)

Jul 23 2014 11:06 AM

Senator Durbin: (9:50 AM)
  • Spoke on the Bring Jobs Home Act. 
    • SUMMARY "Incentivizing and rewarding companies that are making a difference, a positive difference in the lives of their employees, staying in the United States, committed to this country. How would I pay for that? Well, I have an idea. It would end the deductions currently available for corporations that want to move their jobs overseas. To me, that makes perfect sense. Encourage the payment of Americans in good-paying companies and discourage sending jobs overseas. Why won't the republicans discuss this with us? Why isn't this a bipartisan issue? Do they honestly believe that only democrats object to shipping American jobs overseas? Everyone objects to it. We want to keep good-paying jobs at home. We want to be able to walk into stores and see that label made in the USA more and more often. We want to encourage our companies to stay in America, to set the standard of America, to lead in the world. Let's have a tax code that helps us reach that goal."
Senator Pryor: (10:04 AM)
  • Spoke on the Bring Jobs Home Act. 
    • SUMMARY "The policy that we make here in the Senate or we don't make here in the Senate has a huge bearing on what the future of the nation looks like. Let's do the right thing here. Let's end this tax giveaway for the companies that ship their jobs overseas like Mexico and China and many other countries. Let's instead provide meaningful tax incentives for those jobs to come back home to create these good-paying middle-class jobs right here in the good old US of A. This from my standpoint is good commonsense policy, good commonsense economics, and I hope my colleagues will join me as well as many, many others of us here in the chamber in supporting this Bring Jobs Home Act."
Senator Blunt: (10:32 AM)
  • Spoke on ObamaCare.
    • SUMMARY "We need to understand the impact of what we do and the impact of what we fail to do. Failing to have a health care system that meets people's needs, failing to have a 40-hour workweek that we figure out how to encourage rather than discourage, failing to get people into that first job is a failure that lasts for a long time. If you don't advance in your 20's at work like you should, when you get to be 30, somebody else in a better economy in their 20's is likely to pass you because the opportunity you have was disrupted by circumstances the government couldn't control or in many cases today circumstances the government could control and works to make and actually works in a way that make those circumstances worse, not better. So, I'd like to see us do the kinds of things that get people to work, talk about the kinds of legislation that's bipartisan, that could pass both houses of Congress."
Senator Stabenow: (10:52 AM)
  • Spoke on the Bring Jobs Home Act. 
    • SUMMARY "First of all, if you are packing up and leaving this country, you shouldn't be able to write off the costs. The worker that helps pack the equipment that's going to be going overseas shouldn't be paying the bill through the tax code. The community that sees the factory empty once the business leaves shouldn't be paying through the tax code for the costs of the move. So this bill says no more write-offs if you're leaving the country. On the other hand, if you want to bring jobs home, you can write off those costs. Our tax code will allow you to take that as a business expense to bring jobs home, and because we think it's so important, we'll add another 20% tax credit on top of it. So very simply, if you want to come home, we're all in. We want to support you doing that."
Senator Walsh: (10:55 AM)
  • Spoke on the Bring Jobs Home Act. 
    • SUMMARY "So today I urge my colleagues to stand with American workers and vote for this bill. There are companies out there right now that are considering bringing businesses and activities back to the united States, and we must do everything we possibly can to help those companies create jobs and grow our American economy right here at home."

Vote Results (Cloture on the MTP)

MTP to the Bring Jobs Home Act (S. 2569)

Jul 23 2014 11:32 AM

Invoked, 93-7:
Cloture on the motion to proceed to S. 2569, the Brings Jobs Home Act.
The vote results will be posted here within one hour.

Udall-NM, Shaheen, Cornyn

MTP to the Bring Jobs Home Act (S. 2569)

Jul 23 2014 12:52 PM

Senator Udall-NM: (11:33 AM)
  • Spoke on the Bring Jobs Home Act.
    • SUMMARY "We need to be doing all we can to create jobs, to keep building our economy. The Bring Jobs Home Act would help. For a tax policy that brings jobs home, not one that rewards sending them away. Almost 2.5 million jobs are gone over the past ten years, shipped overseas and paid for by the American taxpayers, by families like those in Questa footing the bill. The Bring Jobs Home Act would do two important things: One, end the tax loophole for outsourcing jobs. If corporations want to send a job overseas, they can do so, but at their own expense, not at the expense of the American taxpayers. Two, create the right incentives, giving a tax credit for companies that bring jobs back home. This is a pretty simple idea. Let's reward what helps and stop rewarding what doesn't."
Senator Shaheen: (11:39 AM)
  • Spoke on the Bring Jobs Home Act.
    • SUMMARY "The Boston Consulting Group projected that production re-shored from China and higher exports due to improved U.S. competitiveness in manufacturing could create 2.5 million to 5 million American factory and related service jobs by 2020. So we could replace by 2020 more than the jobs that we've lost in the last decade, and that's the kind of behavior we should be encouraging. That's exactly what the bill before us does. And we know it will work because a 2012 MIT forum on supply chain management found bringing tax credits back to the United States would be one of the most effective ways to accelerate that process, along with other commonsense measures like enacting tax reform, which we all agree we've got to do, providing R&D incentives, ensuring a highly educated workforce and improving American infrastructure."
Senator Cornyn: (12:31 PM)
  • Spoke on immigration.
    • SUMMARY "We have an opportunity to address a genuine crisis, and I'd urge them to remember, as Charles Lange of of "The Washington Post" has written recently. He said the rule of law is one of the benefits immigrants seek in the United States. Step one, in dealing with the border crisis, should be to reestablish it. Those are wise words. In contrast, if we simply write the administration a blank check for $3.7 billion or $2.7 billion without fixing the problem, we'll find ourselves back here again and again and again as the numbers escalate from the 57,000 so far since October to the projected 90,000 that the administration says could come across this year alone to the 145,000 that are projected to come next year. So I'm, frankly, flabbergasted."

Barrasso, Carper

MTP to the Bring Jobs Home Act (S. 2569)

Jul 23 2014 2:13 PM

Senator Barrasso: (1:00 PM)
  • Spoke on ObamaCare.
    • SUMMARY "Republicans are not going to quietly accept the terrible side effects of the president's health care law. We're going to keep coming to the floor. We're going to keep standing up for American families that are being hurt by this law. We're going to keep offering new solutions, real solutions for better health care without all of these tragic side effects. Well, that means patient-centered reforms that get people the care that they need from a doctor they choose tower costs. It means giving people choices, not Washington mandates. It means allowing people to buy health insurance that works for them and their families because they know what's best for them. Democrats who voted for this health care law have failed to answer the real concern of the American people, which was affordable, quality care. American families will not go quiet about the harm the democrats have done to them with this health care law."
Senator Carper: (1:47 PM)
  • Spoke on the 9/11 Commission Report.
    • SUMMARY "I rise to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the final report of the national commission on terrorist attacks upon the United States, also known as the 9/11 Commission Report. As the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, a committee on which I proudly serve with the presiding officer, I can tell you this report has been and continues to be incredibly important to the work that we do in the committee, that Dr. Coburn and I are privileged to lead in this congress. Nearly 13 years ago as we recall, our nation suffered the most devastating attack on our soil since Pearl Harbor. Almost every American alive today will remember where they were on the day that the twin towers collapsed, when the Pentagon was hit, and when they saw the wreckage in the fields of Shanksville, Pennsylvania."

Toomey, Hatch, Murray

MTP to the Bring Jobs Home Act (S. 2569)

Jul 23 2014 3:01 PM

Senator Toomey: (2:13 PM)
  • Spoke on the Bring Jobs Home Act.
    • SUMMARY "We are doing this to ourselves. It's madness. I have to say I'm very disappointed with how we're responding in this body. We know that this is a problem. This is very real, and it's growing. And we're not taking it seriously. What we're going to vote on later this week, I think, or whenever the vote comes up, is not a serious attempt to solve this problem. It's a completely political show vote; the Walsh-Stabenow bill would do nothing to stop these ongoing inversions. It does nothing about the fundamental underlying cause that's driving these inversions. It does nothing to encourage the repatriation of all of this money. And, by the way, it's attached to a vehicle that is unconstitutional. We can't originate a tax bill in the senate… I don't want to see any more of these inversions. We're going to do that by lowering marginal corporate tax rates so there isn't a huge advantage in being anywhere else other than America, and to adopt a territorial system, a system where once a company pays the tax it owes to the country in which it's located, we don't punish them for bringing that money home and investing it in America. That's the answer. That's the solution to this.  This is no great mystery. The rest of the world has figured it out and they're ahead of us on this. If we would get serious about this very real problem and we made these reforms, what would the net result be? Up to maybe over $1 trillion of money that's trapped overseas would be invested back in America."
Senator Hatch: (2:24 PM)
  • Spoke on the Bring Jobs Home Act.
    • SUMMARY "When you add in the other part of the bill, the 20% credit for expenses associated with in-sourcing, the Bring Jobs Home Act actually loses revenue - loses revenue, adding $214 million to the deficit over ten years. So why are we debating this bill? It's obviously not about raising revenue to pay for anything. It's clearly not about impacting businesses' economic decision making. And it's not about improving or simplifying our tax code. Instead, this bill is about politics, pure and simple. It was all about politics the last time we debated this bill in 2012. And it's about politics this time around. I, for one, am getting sick of it. I'm so sick of this body not doing its job. The democrats, both in the Senate and the White House, think they gain some traction by talking about, "Economic patriotism" and trying to paint republicans as the party of outsourcing. Give me a break. The bill is yet another election-year gimmick, pure and simple. And they ought to be ashamed."
  • Spoke on disabilities. 
    • SUMMARY "I will continue to be a champion for disability legislation, but I cannot support this disability treaty. I will support those who have disabilities, who have difficult times, as I did back then. And, frankly, I still remember both my great friend from Iowa and myself walking off the floor to a hall filled with persons of disabilities, all of whom were crying and happy that we had done this in America. America leads the world in our approach towards disabilities issues. In all honesty, I don't want to lose our sovereignty on this issue, nor do I want to turn over our rights in our own self-interest to the United Nations, as good as it may be from time to time. I've also seen where it hasn't been so good from time to time as well."
Senator Murray: (2:49 PM)
  • Spoke on the highway trust fund.
    • SUMMARY "I'm very hopeful that in the coming weeks and months we cannot only avoid a construction shutdown, but also really lay the groundwork for smart investments in our country's roads and bridges and waterways. And I'm glad my republican colleagues are making it clear that they don't want another fight over keeping the government open, and I think we should build on that by working together to replace more of the harmful sequestration cuts that we are going to face in 2016."
  • Spoke on the Bring Jobs Home Act. 
    • SUMMARY "Instead of simply avoiding self-inflicted wounds to jobs in the economy, we should be taking important steps like the Bring Jobs Home Act that encourage our companies to invest and hire right here at home. Of course there's much more to do as well, and I never meant to suggest any of this would be easy. As we all know, compromise is not easy. But legislation like the bipartisan Budget Act and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act show us that when both sides are ready to come to the table and make tough choices, we can make real progress."