McConnell (UC)

Opening Remarks

Today -
  • Following the leaders' remarks, the Senate will be in morning business, with Senators permitted to speak for up to 10 minutes each.
  • Note: There will be no VOTES during today's session.

Senator McConnell
: (10:33 AM)
  • Unanimous Consent -
    • Tuesday, February 3 at 2:30 PM, the Senate VOTE on the motion to invoke cloture on H.R. 240, the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2015. 
    • If cloture is invoked, all post-cloture time be yielded back, and the Senate VOTE on the motion to proceed to H.R. 240. 
  • (Without objection)
  • Spoke on the Clay Hunt SAV Act. 
    • SUMMARY "First we'll be voting on a bipartisan measure that's been championed by the chairs of the veterans and Armed Services Committees. We lose thousands of our heroes every year to suicide, which is a tragic situation, and Senators McCain and Isakson are leading efforts to do something about it. Their legislation would provide more of the mental health and suicide prevention support our veterans deserve. The measure already passed unanimously through the House of Representatives. Now we hope for a bipartisan outcome here on the Senate floor."
  • Spoke on the Department of Homeland Security. 
    • SUMMARY "The same should also be said of a second piece of legislation we'll consider. It's a debate that will challenge our colleagues on the other side with a simple proposition. Do they think presidents of either party should have the power to simply ignore laws that they don't like? Well, will our Democratic colleagues work with us to defend key democratic ideals like separation of powers and the rule of law? Or will they stand tall for the idea that partisan exercises of raw power are good things? The House-passed bill we'll consider would do two things. Fund the Department of Homeland Security and rein in executive overreach. That's it. It's simple, and there's no reason for Democrats to block it."