Opening Remarks

Today –

  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R. 2048, the USA FREEDOM Act, with the time until 10:30 AM equally divided.
  • At 10:00 AM, there is a filing deadline for all second-degree amendments to H.R. 2048.
  • At 10:30 AM, the Senate will VOTE on the motion to invoke cloture on H.R. 2048.
  • At 12:30 PM, the Senate will recess until 2:15 PM for the weekly caucus luncheons.
  • Note: On Sunday, cloture was filed on the motion to proceed to H.R. 1735, the National Defense Authorization Act.


Senator McConnell: (9:32 AM)

  • Spoke on the National Security Agency.
    • "One amendment would allow for more time for the construction and testing of a system that doesn't yet exist. Another amendment would ensure the director of national intelligence is charged with at least - at least - reviewing and certifying the readiness of the system. Another that would require simple notification if telephone providers, the entities charged withholding data under this bill, elect to change their data retention policies. Let me remind you that one provider has already said expressly and in writing that it would not commit to holding the data for any period of time under the House-passed bill unless compelled by law. So this amendment represents the least we can do to ensure we'll be able to know, especially in an emergency, whether the dots we need to connect have been actually wiped away. We'll also consider an amendment that would address concerns we've heard from the nonpartisan administrative office of the U.S. Courts. In other words, the lifetime federal judges who actually serve on the FISA court. In a recent letter, they wrote that the proposed amicus provision could "Impede the FISA court's role in protecting the civil liberties of Americans.""