McCaskill, Portman, Sullivan

Morning Business

Senator McCaskill: (2:26 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to a member of his staff.
    • "Back in November - excuse me, September of 2008, a young man came to work in my office as an intern, and now almost ten years later he is an essential part of my life. I'm not sure that people understand what the beating heart of a senate office is, but everything revolves around the schedule. So this young man, Lorenzo Dalbert, who came to work for me in 2008, worked his way up from intern to staff assistant, which means us answer the phones, then he became a legislative correspondent, then he ran the systems analysis and all the computer stuff in my office, and then eventually his talent was so obvious, I said, please come sit outside my office and make everything work right."


Senator Portman: (2:29 p.m.)

  • Spoke on recent congressional achievements.
    • "Mr. President, I want to start by congratulating Senator Klobuchar who was on the floor earlier to talk about the Congressional Accountability Act and also Senator Blunt for their hard work to enact legislation that will make this place work better and it's a rare display of bipartisanship coming together to improve our processes with regard to sexual harassment and other issues. So I thank them for that. Earlier this week, a number of us talked about the veterans' bill which passed this chamber. Another sign of bipartisanship, passed with a big vote. This will help our veterans in Ohio to be able to get the care they need where they want it."
  • Spoke on the opioid crisis.
    • "Which is when heroin became readily available and was less expensive actually than prescription drugs and many people turned to heroin. That heroin led to a lot more overdoses and other issues, including diseases associated with the use of needles, Hepatitis C and others. And now there's a new wave. And the new wave sadly is even more deadly than the first two. And that's what's called synthetic opioids or synthetic heroin, the one that you probably heard of is called fentanyl."


Senator Sullivan: (3:27 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the V.A. Mission Act.
    • "Mr. President, a lot of our colleagues have been coming to the floor today and yesterday talking about two things actually very connected, the V.A. Mission bill that we just passed, that's going to significantly transform how we treat our veterans, how we make sure our vets are getting the care that they earn and that they deserve and, appropriately as that bill just passed the Senate and is heading to the president's desk, we are also talking about Memorial Day and the Memorial Day weekend that is fast approaching, a very important, sacred time for our country and certainly my state, the great state of Alaska. What I'd like to do, Mr. President, is talk a little bit about the bill and reflect a little bit more on the importance of memorial day as we move forward into this weekend."