McConnell, Reid

Opening Remarks

Today –

  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R. 2146, the legislative vehicle for the Trade Promotion Authority bill, post-cloture.
  • At approximately 5:30 PM, absent an agreement, all post-cloture time on H.R. 2146 will expire.
  • Note: The amendment tree is filled with respect to H.R. 2146.


Senator McConnell: (9:33 AM)

  • Spoke on trade.
    • "The Senate's work on trade doesn't end today. I said the Senate would finish pursuing the rest of the full trade package, and it will. We'll take another cloture vote today to that end. That process continues. But the key victory for American workers and products stamped "Made in the U.S.A." comes today. The bill we're about to pass will assert Congress authority throughout the trade negotiation process. It will ensure we have the tools we need to properly scrutinize whatever trade agreements are ultimately negotiated and it will make clear that the final say rests with us. We had plenty of bumps along the road. Frankly, a few big potholes too. But we worked across the aisle to get through all of them. That's an example of how a new Congress is back to work for the American people. I thank everyone who helped us get where we are. Now let's vote again to support the American worker and American middle class by approving the bipartisan T.P.A. bill."
  • Spoke on cyber security.
    • "Here's what the American people were really looking for the O.P.M. director to address. Accountability. Accountability. A plan for the future. Confidence in the ability of the bureaucracy they hire. And rarely, if ever, can fire to break out of the stereotype and show they can put the people's concerns first. I thank Chairman Boozman for holding that hearing. We learned a lot but it's not the end of the story. The O.P.M. director will testify tomorrow before Chairman Ron Johnson's Homeland Security Committee. I hope she'll better address the legitimate concerns of the American people. That means a resolve to get to the bottom of what happened. That means giving the American people renewed confidence in a creeping bureaucracy. And that means pledging to work with policy-makers to enact real, real reforms rather than simply accepting failure … Whatever happens tomorrow, one thing doesn't change. The need for the Intelligence Committee's cybersecurity bill we tried to pass earlier this month. I'm going to continue working with my colleagues toward that end."


Senator Reid: (9:41 AM)

  • Spoke on cyber security.
    • "We could name 25 companies, 50 companies, 100 companies that have been hacked and hacked very badly. Not the least of which is Sony, Target. It is hard for me to comprehend that my friend, my counterpart, is here talking about the need to do something for cyber security when he as the leader of the Republicans has stopped us from doing this. I would hope there is a bill, it's not a perfect bill, it's far from it; bipartisan bill, has the support of the chairman and ranking member of the Intelligence Committee. We can get to work on that right now, and we should do that. I repeat, it's not perfect legislation but it's certainly a step forward."
  • Spoke on the highway trust fund.
    • "Their legislation will modernize our nation's crumbling infrastructure. The bill that the E.P.W. Committee will consider is $275 billion. That includes modest increases in funding over the next six years. But modest increases, more importantly, won't allow us to vestments that our transportation system really needs. Every day we learn of new examples about the state of disrepair of our roads, bridges, our highways, and of course our transit systems. The highway trust fund is no longer sufficient to fund invests we so desperately need to rebuild them. Why? Because people's habits have changed. Vehicles have changed. People don't drive every car they have - every car they have isn't a gas-guzzer. We have electric cars. We have cars that run sometimes on gasoline, sometimes electricity. We have cars that run on gasoline all the time, but they don't burn much gasoline. So the trust fund, which was set to take care of all the road needs we have - surface transportation needs - we don't have the resources. So we have to look for other resources because the highway trust fund is no longer sufficient to fund these investments we so desperately need to rebuild them."