Opening Remarks

Today -

  • The Senate will convene at 2:00 p.m.
  • Following leader remarks and notwithstanding the orders of September 6, the Senate will proceed to the consideration of H.R. 6, the opioids bill, with the debate time on that bill running concurrently with the debate time on S. 2554, the Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act.
  • The debate time on both bills will expire at 5:30 p.m. with all other provisions of the orders of September 6 remaining in effect.
  • Note: at 5:30 p.m. the Senate will VOTE on the following:
    • Adoption of Lee Amendment #4011 to S. 2554, the Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act.
    • Passage of S. 2554, the Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act, as amended, if amended.
    • Passage of H.R. 6, the opioids bill, as amended.


Senator Hatch: (2:03 p.m.)

  • Spoke on Constitution Day.
    • "The framers of the Constitution recognized that the government derives its power from the people themselves. The government overturned the prevailing wisdom, or should I say the Constitution overturned the prevailing wisdom that men are made for governments declaring instead that governments are made for men. These principles and our nation's dedication to them are core to our American ethics. Today they set our country apart as a symbol of freedom and prosperity across the globe. The constitution is the culmination of centuries of human progress."
  • Spoke on tariffs.
    • "A miscellaneous tariff bill has not been enacted since 2010, and our businesses and manufacturers have been forced to wait too long for congress to act. I am pleased that we were finally able to end that wait. I am also pleased to report that this is the first miscellaneous tariff bill, to have been enacted under the new process set out in the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016. This new process was crafted to provide a robust consultation with both house and senate rules that would be transparent and open to all."
  • Spoke on opioid legislation.
    • "This isn't the first time that I've been talking about the opioid epidemic, and, unfortunately, it likely won't be my last, but I am happy to say that today's remarks will highlight some very good news. As part of a coordinated effort with four other committees, the Senate Finance Committee's package will be voted on tonight as part of the Opioid Crisis Response Act. But before I get to what is in that bill, I want to give some details of the unfortunate reality our country is facing. Last year more than 72,000 Americans died from a drug overdose. The majority of these overdoses involved prescription opioids, or illicit opioids like heroin or fentanyl."