Roberts, Kaine, McCain (UC)

National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 1735)

Senator Roberts: (11:41 AM)

  • Spoke on the South Carolina shooting.
    • "I would like to express my deepest condolences to the victims of the shooting at the Emanuel Church in South Carolina as of last night. This was a senseless act of violence, and my thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families, and all affected by this horrible tragedy. I know we all hope the perpetrator is swiftly brought to justice, and I pray for the safety of the entire Charleston community. This was an act of senseless violence, to be sure, but, as I understand it, the perpetrator saved one woman and told her, "I want you to tell everyone what happened here." That is beyond sinister. That is evil. And that evil must be stopped and must be dealt with."
  • Spoke on ObamaCare.
    • "Perhaps some can afford the rising premiums, but can you actually go see your doctor and receive treatment? Or is your deductible too high? And is your doctor still available to you? Will your doctor spend at least five minutes - five minutes -- with you or more time filling out forms or electronic medical records? And are those records secure? Any day now the Supreme Court will hand out its decision in King vs. Burwell. This is the case that will determine the legality of the administration's regulation extending health insurance subsidies to people in states that use the federal insurance exchange. And we will see - we will see - if the court decides that the law should be implemented as written by this Congress. Most of us on this side, well, all of us on this side of the aisle voting "No" or implemented as interpreted by the administration."


Senator Kaine: (11:55 AM)

  • Spoke on the National Defense Authorization Act.
    • "Senator Flake and I have introduced a bipartisan proposal to show that there's bipartisan support for this mission and we've been pushing to have this matter heard. Yesterday in a debate on the House floor, the chairman of the committee stated plainly that it's time that we, "Ought to have a real AUMF debate." So I'm here to support the good work that the chair and the ranking member have done. I'm here to point out that on day 313, if we're willing to deal with narrow, small issues, we should be willing to address the most important issue we have before us. I challenge my colleagues to do this and to bring the same amount of attention and bipartisanship to debating whether we should send American troops to war as we are willing to apply to barracks mold and vehicle rust."


Senator McCain: (12:05 PM)

Unanimous Consent –

  • At 1:45 PM, all post-cloture time on H.R. 1735, the National Defense Authorization Act, expire.
  • The time until 1:45 PM be equally divided and be for debate only.
  • (Without objection)


Note: At 1:45 PM, the Senate will VOTE on:

  1. Passage of H.R. 1735; and
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R. 2685, the defense appropriations bill.