McConnell, Reid

Opening Remarks

Today –

  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will be in morning business for one hour, with Republicans controlling the first 30 minutes and Democrats controlling the second 30 minutes.
  • Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R. 1314, the legislative vehicle for the Trade Promotion Authority bill.


Senator McConnell: (9:33 AM)

  • Spoke on the Amtrak train derailment.
    • "Many of us awoke to terrible news this morning. We're still awaiting more information about what happened outside of Philadelphia, but we know this tragedy will touch the lives of many. The senate sends its condolence to the victims, those who were injured and their families and loved ones. We also reaffirm our gratitude to the nation's first responders."
  • Spoke on trade.
    • "It was really quite something to watch President Obama's party vote to filibuster his top domestic legislative priority yesterday. That's what we saw right here in the Senate. It left pretty much everyone scratching their heads. The Democratic leader made clear yesterday that he was not interested in debating, "the merits of the bill." In other words, he told us that this filibuster is for political reasons only. It makes sense, considering that this filibuster's all about appeasing a facts-optional crowd on the left that hasn't been able to Marshall much of a serious, fact-based argument to support its opposition to more American exports and more American trade jobs. You don't have to take my word for it. President Obama says the far left's arguments don't, "stand the test of fact and scrutiny." It's President Obama who says the far left is just, "making stuff up." And it's President Obama who warns the far left about, "ignoring realities." In other words, hardly anyone believes this there is a serious policy leg for these folks to stand on."


Senator Reid: (9:40 AM)

  • Spoke on the Amtrak train derailment.
    • "I join with the majority leader in extending my thoughts to the terrible situation in Pennsylvania. That accident occurred last night at 9:00 p.m. Now we have six reported dead and many, many, many injured. There were about 300 people on that train. So I join him in commending the first responders for the work they did and are doing as we speak."
  • Spoke on trade.
    • "It's a fact that virtually all legislation that passes the Senate needs a measure of bipartisan support. This year as an example, nearly every bill passed by the Senate has enjoyed the support of over 90% of Senate Democrats. It's just a reality. 114th Congress will take Democratic votes to get things done. Many Democrats don't support fast-track. I don't. A vast majority of Democrats don't. But without following all the lost leaders, the Red Herrings the Republican leader threw out, the Finance Committee reported out four bills, and it's only logical we consider all four of them. I've said and I say it again, it's only logical we take the Republican leader's words for what they are. He said let's get on the bill and then we'll start the amendment process. Well, he can't start the amendment process very well if you're not having an opportunity to amend and change the bills that aren't there. They would just be thrown to the winds. Customs, very important, enforcement, and of course the situation dealing with Africa trade."
  • Spoke on anti-Semitism.
    • "I look around the world today -- there are still glimpses of that same hate that we had hoped to extinguish those seven decades ago. It's still there. Hate wears many masks -- violence, intimidation, segregation, foul rhetoric and of course disenfranchisement. Anti-Semitism is that and more. Though it assumes different identities, in the end it is still hate. It pains me to say that there seems to be a resurgence of anti-Semitism across the world. I look the Israel, see the vicious attacks carried out against innocent Jews there, the slaughter of Jewish worshipers in the synagogue last November, a mosque campaign of terror indiscriminately targeting innocent Israelis with their thousands and thousands of rockets."