McConnell, Reid

Opening Remarks

Today –

  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R. 1735, the National Defense Authorization Act, for 30 minutes of equally divided debate time.
  • At approximately 10:15 AM, the Senate will conduct up to two VOTES on the following amendments to H.R. 1735:

1.Portman Amendment #1522 (Stryker lethality upgrades); and

2.Bennet Amendment #1540 (VA medical facilities).


Senator McConnell: (9:32 AM)

  • Spoke on the National Defense Authorization Act.
    • "The Senate the will continue its work on the National Defense Authorization Act today. Both the Republican and Democratic bill managers have called for senators on both sides to get their amendments offered so we can get the process moving. I would urge all of my colleagues to do so."
  • Spoke on ObamaCare.
    • "I speak to you now in the wake of a bombshell admission from the administration that many insurers are now requesting to raise premiums by double digits all across the country. Numbers for Kentucky, for instance, just came out yesterday. Most of the insurers on the commonwealth's ObamaCare exchange are looking to raise premiums. Some of the proposed increases are as high as 25%, and some Kentuckians may now face double-digit premium increases for the second or even the third year in a row. This is more bad ObamaCare news for the people I represent, and in some states the proposed increases are even more alarming, if you can believe it. Kentuckians can look next door for proof of that where some Hoosiers could be hit with a 46% jump in their premiums, or they can look south to Tennessee, they'll see the premium hikes of 36% have been proposed."
  • Spoke on Shew Mann.
    • "I had the pleasure of meeting with Shew Mann, the speaker of the Burmese Parliament on his visit to Washington. It was the third time we've met. We had a cordial but frank discussion about the challenges and opportunities facing his country in 2015. There are obviously many issues that fall into both categories. When it comes to challenges, there's the need for the government to do all it can to protect and assume responsibility for members of a long-suffering religious minority group, the Rahinga, thousands who have been faced to take to the high seas to escape persecution. There's the long-standing need for the government to continue its work with other ethnic minorities toward a permanent peace agreement that calls for political settlements. In order to end a conflict as old as the modern Burmese state itself."


Senator Reid: (9:46 AM)

  • Spoke on ObamaCare.
    • "So people are extremely satisfied with health care. And the Supreme Court should understand seven million people who are happy with their health care, who are receiving subsidies for their insurance to take care of themselves would lose that. They would lose these subsidies. It would be a devastating blow to seven million people but also to the economy. And those people who don't need subsidies benefit significantly. The people who have had increased premiums, my friend was very, very selective in who he chose because people having increases are very, very minimal. I'll have more to say about that at some subsequent time in the near future, I should say. ObamaCare is working. Reports out this week, all the targets have been met as to people who purchased insurance, and they're paying their premiums."
  • Spoke on sequestration.
    • "The congressional Republicans incorporated sequestration into their recent budget resolution. That resolution leaves sequestration cuts in place for parts of the budget that affect the middle class, and it also directly threatens national security. There are many examples of this. How does it affect the middle class? The list is really endless. Cuts investments in roads and bridges, rail and transit. That costs jobs, lots and lots of jobs, hundreds of thousands of jobs, and put travelers at risk and weakens our economy. Sequestration cuts education. That means fewer children with a shot at going to school. They can't do that. They don't have a shot at success. Fewer Americans who can afford college; that's the way it is. Less economic opportunity for millions of Americans. Sequestration cuts research. Leaves fewer chances to beat cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer's."