Cornyn, McConnell (UC)

Vehicle for Trade Promotion Authority (H.R. 1314)

Senator Cornyn: (11:07 AM)

  • Spoke on the PATRIOT Act.
    • "As I pointed out yesterday, just as we have done on many times previous, members of the Senate and the Congress generally have regular or periodic, at least, briefings on these intelligence programs as part of our oversight responsibilities. And for the Second Panel Circuit to suggest that Congress didn't know what it was talking about when it authorized these programs and when it wrote this provision of the law is simply erroneous. And the third point that General Mukasey makes is that judges didn't even stop the program in the first place. So it makes you really wonder why they handed down their opinion about three weeks before the expiration of this provision, when Congress was going to have to take up this matter anyway unless they wanted to have some impact on our deliberations here. So what General Mukasey suggests is I think good advice, is that there needs to be an appeal to the Second Circuit en banc court and then to the United States Supreme Court to get a final word. We don't need to settle on what he calls a Rube Goldberg procedure that would have data stored and searched by the telephone companies who he says whose computers can be penetrated and whose employees have neither the security clearance or the training of the N.S.A. staff."


Senator McConnell: (11:30 AM)

  • Unanimous Consent –
    • At 1:00 PM, the Senate proceed to executive session to consider Executive Calendar #80, Sally Quillian Yates, to be deputy attorney general.
    • There be one hour of equally divided debate time on the nomination.
    • At 2:00 PM, the Senate VOTE on confirmation of Executive Calendar #80.
  • (Without objection)