Opening Remarks

Today -

  • The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R. 5515, the NDAA.
  • At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will VOTE on the motion to proceed to H.R. 5515, the NDAA.


Senator McConnell: (3:07 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the NDAA.
    • "Challenges like an emboldened Iranian regime and its continued support of destabilizing forces in the Middle East. Challenges like a new era of great power competition as Russia and China expand their capabilities, but building on a time-honored process, this year's defense authorization will help our nation rise to meet these challenges with cutting-edge tools, top-notch training, and revitalized readiness. It's one of our most important jobs here in Congress. The 2019 defense authorization is the top item on our to-do list and we'll tackle it this week."
  • Spoke on the appropriations process.
    • "Last week, they reported out appropriation bills to fund the Departments of Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Veterans' Affairs as well as important military construction projects. This week they'll proceed to finalize measures for interior and environment, commerce, justice and science and the legislative branch, and I look forward to taking up these appropriation bills right out here on the Senate floor."
  • Spoke on government regulation.
    • "In 2016, under President Obama, it had to print nearly 39,000 -- 39,000 pages of rules, an all-time high, and another 21,000 pages in proposed rules. 39,000 pages of rules and another 21,000 pages of proposed rules in 2016. It's hard to wrap your mind around that. 60,000 pages of rules and proposed rules to pile on American workers and job creators. Well, we slashed those numbers in 2017 in that first year of our Republican government, the total number of total registered pages for rules and proposed rules plummeted by more than 50% - 50% less in 2017 than in 2016."
  • Spoke on Republican economic policy.
    • "Today, thanks in large part to tax reform and regulatory reform, more small businesses are saying it's a good time to expand operations than any point in the last 44 years - in the last 44 years more businesses are saying it's a good time to expand operation than at any point in the last 44 years. That, Mr. President, represents a 25% - percentage point lead in the number of Americans who say now is a good time to find a quality job. And 3.8% unemployment, the lowest nationwide level, in 18 years."