Reid, Brown, McConnell

Morning Business

Senator Reid: (5:22 PM)

  • Spoke on trade.
    • "I haven't had the opportunity to express my appreciation for the hard, hard work of the chairman and ranking member of the Finance Committee. The senior senator has gone through a lot the past two weeks trying to help us get to the point we are today. I admire the work they have done and I look forward to the fair amendment process that we're going to have next week."


Senator Brown: (5:27 PM)

  • Spoke on trade.
    • "President Obama on South Korea trade agreement and now on T.P.P. make big promises about trade numbers and increased jobs, big promises about higher wages. Unfortunately, those big promises end up with bad results. We know it from South Korea most recently. We see it throughout the last 20 years of trade. That's why this number of dollars authorized and appropriated for the trade adjustment assistance needs to be increased, so that it will take care of those people that lose their jobs because of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and because of TTIP, which this Congress could very well agree to in the next year or so. I ask for support of Brown Amendment #1242. My understanding is that vote will come on Monday night. And I appreciate the support of all of the members of this body."


Senator McConnell: (5:54 PM)

  • Spoke on law enforcement.
    • "Sadly, the occasion of National Police Week is also the time we pay tribute to the brave and honorable peace officers who have fallen in the line of duty over the last year. And so I want to remember and say a few words about Kentucky's own Deputy Sheriff Ernest T. Franklin of the Baron County who died on April 2, 2014. Deputy sheriff Franklin was killed on Kentucky route 90. He was 58 years old and had served with the sheriff's office for seven years. He is recalled as a friendly man who always had a kind woman for everyone. He worshiped at hope well Baptist church, volunteered at the local community center and soup kitchen and was, by all accounts, an excellent chef. Deputy Sheriff Franklin put his lave on the line every day to protect his fellow Kentuckians and I want to extend my deepest condolences to his family and all those who knew and loved him."