Opening Remarks

Today –

  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will be in morning business for one hour, with senators permitted to speak for up to ten minutes each.
  • Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R. 1735, the National Defense Authorization Act.
  • At 4:00 PM, there is a filing deadline for all first-degree amendments to both H.R. 1735, and McCain substitute amendment #1463.
  • At 5:30 PM, the Senate will conduct up to two confirmation VOTES on:
  1. Executive Calendar #131, Matthew T. McGuire, to be United States executive director of the International Bank for reconstruction and development; and
  2. Executive Calendar #132, Gentry O. Smith, to be director of the Office of Foreign Missions. 


Senator Reid: (2:03 PM)

  • Spoke on immigration.
    • "In the Senate, Republicans have tried to repeatedly stop President Obama's efforts. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program has transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of young people over the past three years. Shutting down this program would cause deportation of young men and women to countries they don't know. We with the president will do everything in our power to protect and defend this program and to fight the baseless lawsuit that is preventing over five million additional people from the American dream. The Supreme Court has been clear that presidents have the authority to set federal immigration enforcement priorities. I'm confident the president's actions will ultimately be upheld. I will continue to fight to protect those programs and keep families together. I look forward to the day to programs like DACA, replaced with permanent immigration reform. So vitally important."