McConnell, Reid

Opening Remarks

Today –

  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will be in morning business for one hour, with Democrats controlling the first half and Republicans controlling the second half.
  • Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R. 1735, the National Defense Authorization Act.
  • Note: Cloture has been filed on the motion to proceed to H.R. 2685, the Defense Appropriations bill.


Senator McConnell: (9:32 AM)

  • Spoke on the defense appropriations bill.
    • "One democratic friend called the appropriation bill a key investment in our national security that funds a number of Hawaii's defense needs. Another Democrat noted it would fund a program that's one of her top priorities. And here's what another Democrat said of the bill, "it will directly protect and grow Connecticut's defense manufacturing industry and the hundreds of thousands of jobs it supports across our state." And he went on to say "it will implement a well-deserved pay raise for our troops who put their lives on the line each and every day." He concluded by saying "it's a victory for Connecticut," a victory for Connecticut. Now, there is a rousing endorsement of the bill we'll vote on tomorrow. It's no wonder each of these Democratic colleagues voted to endorse the appropriation bill. It's good news for our troops and for their families. It's good news for our country. These Democratic friends must not want to see a victory for Connecticut squashed or one of their top priorities sacrificed for the sake of some ploy to funnel a few more dollars to Washington's big bureaucracies."


Senator Reid: (9:39 AM)

  • Spoke on sequestration.
    • "Having a secure nation also is to make sure we have a good education system, we have a good transportation system, we have a good program to maintain research for health. The most famous in the history of the world organization for investigating disease, national institutes of health, and we know what sequestration did to them once, and they're about to do it again if this little magic game the Republican leader is engineering goes on. They will be cut, just like everybody else, just not defense. And the one thing he fails to mention is the fact that it's all borrowed money. $100 billion, approximately, to get this, what he wants done, is borrowed money, this so-called Overseas Contingency Fund. So, we're going to do what we think is appropriate for the country."
  • Spoke on the highway trust fund.
    • "We need a Republican party that sees what President Eisenhower saw 50 years ago, half a century ago, that investing in our infrastructure is a shot in the arm to our economy. There are thousands of shovel ready jobs waiting for Congress to act. On the other hand, if we fail to meet our infrastructure needs, it will be catastrophic. The American Society of Civil Engineers predicts our economy would lose $1 trillion unless we invest in surface transportation. $1 trillion. Let's not forget the safety implications of sitting on our hands. Half of our roads are in poor condition. Tens of thousands of bridges across the country are structurally deficient, railroads are without important life-saving breaking systems and need to be refurbished and parts of them reinvented. Doing nothing is not and should not be an option."