McConnell, Reid

Opening Remarks

Today –

  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of S.J. Res. 8, the NLRB ambush elections resolution of disapproval.
  • At 10:15 AM, the Senate will VOTE on the motion to proceed to the conference report to accompany S. Con. Res. 11, the budget resolution.
  • At 12:15 PM, the Senate will recess until 2:15 PM for the weekly caucus luncheons.

 

Senator McConnell: (10:03 AM)

  • Spoke on the budget.
    • "Members of both parties debated it vigorously on the floor. They offered more amendments than just about anyone can count. And then a conference committee met to work out the differences between the version of this balanced budget passed by the House and the one we passed here in the Senate. That's the way the process is supposed to work. That's the way Congress is supposed to function. The budget reflects a lot of hard work from a lot of individuals. I'd particularly like to thank Chairman Mike Enzi and his counterpart in the House Chairman Tom Price and everyone on the House committee for their tireless efforts to agree on a framework that can pass. The balanced budget they produced won't solve every challenge, but it is a measure that will move us further down the path of positive reform. It's a budget that aims to make government more efficient, more effective and more accountable to the middle class. And it's a reminder that the new Republican majority is getting congress back to work for the American people."
  • Spoke on trade.
    • "This bill would enhance Congress's role in the trade process while ensuring presidents of either party have the necessary tools to secure strong, enforceable trade agreements for American workers. Here's why that's important, without this bipartisan legislation, American workers and farmers, including from my home state of Kentucky, will not be able to reap the rewards of selling more made in America goods to places like Europe and the pacific. This is a bill we should all want to support, so it won't surprise you to hear that this bill has substantial bipartisan support. It even passed the Finance Committee on an overwhelming vote of 20-6. 20-6. But of course we've heard of an attempt to stand in the way of an effort to pass this bipartisan legislation."

 

Senator Reid: (10:08 AM)

  • Spoke on Cinco de Mayo.
    • "The history of Cinco de Mayo is one of large area that is unfamiliar to most Americans, but to Mexican Americans, it's very familiar. It's a shame we don't know more about it, because the story of Cinco de Mayo is one of inspiration. It's the tale of a small force, small military force that was vastly outnumbered. It was 153 years ago a small force found itself unnumbered two to one by the French. The outmatched soldiers refused to give up. They couldn't. The future was not in their makeup because the future of Mexico rested on their shoulders. An unbelievably in spite of insurmountable odds the Mexican army refused to give up."
  • Spoke on the budget.
    • "Not by kicking families off their health insurance, as my friend, the Republican leader, said this budget is balanced in name only and really you can keep talking about how balanced something is. And if it's unbalanced, it's still unbalanced. But, I mean, they want to repeal Obamacare, 16.5 million people, and on and on and all the things that are good in that legislation that so changed America. Or in this budget, they want to strip children's financial aid to go to college. Or by cutting job training programs. And on and on with what they want to do in this budget. Talk about this great meeting that took place to come up with this final bill, conference that took about ten minutes. They knew what they wanted to do, and they did it very quickly. The Republican budget is unfair. It's unbalanced, unwise, and as some said it's immoral."
  • Spoke on the highway trust fund.
    • "It's hard to comprehend, but the Republican majority in the Senate has not held a single hearing on this most important piece of legislation. Not a single hearing. Nothing. We want to work with Republicans to address our nation's crumbling infrastructure. We understand the importance of transportation investments and working families across the country. Yet, stunningly, Republicans have effectively put our nation's transportation system on the back burner. And hearing the Republican leader's statement this morning, I guess that's going to continue. Procrastination is dangerous to American drivers and hurtful to our economy. The U.S. transportation system is central to our competitiveness, how we move goods and services. It is central to our families who use our roads and bridges to go to work and school. Congress should do more to support these working families and business. For every $1 billion we spend in infrastructure projects we create 47,500 jobs."