May 19 2015 10:17 AM
- 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. 1314, the legislative vehicle for the Trade Promotion Authority bill.
- At 12:30 PM, the Senate will recess until 2:15 PM for the weekly caucus luncheons.
Senator McConnell: (10:02 AM)
- Spoke on trade.
- "Let me again encourage members to work with the bill managers to get the amendments moving. We want to process as many amendments as we can, that we know we already lost a week to needless filibustering and delaying of this bill, which means one less week to have amendments considered. So we need cooperation from the leadership across the aisle to ensure we don't lose any more time … One study tells us that knocking down unfair trade barriers in places like Europe and the pacific could boost our economy by as much as $173 billion. And that it could support as many as 1.4 million additional American jobs. In Kentucky, the study says it could bring almost $3 billion in new investment and support more than 18,000 additional jobs. That's in my state alone. We know a lot in the commonwealth about the benefits of trade. More than half a million Kentucky jobs are already related to international trade. And we know that that kinds of jobs typically pay more than other jobs."
Senator Reid: (10:07 AM)
- Spoke on the National Security Agency.
- "Congressman Boehner: "If we scorn this opportunity to deliver sound reforms to this illegal program, we're handling our duties irresponsibly here in the Senate." To stand in the way of reforming these practices is to ignore the voice of the American people. Just yesterday a new poll commissioned by the American Civil Liberties Union showed 82% of Americans are concerned that the federal government is collecting and storing the personal information of Americans, and they don't like it. If we're unable to reform these practices we're ignoring the ruling of the second circuit and we're not allowing the American people's voice to be heard. And I think just most importantly, if the senior senator from Kentucky does not allow this commonsense reform simply with a vote on this Senate floor about what happened in the House, they're ignoring the rare bipartisan support we have."
- Spoke on the highway trust fund.
- "It's about to expire. And what are we are going to do? Nothing. There's no program to extend this bill. It's already been extended short term 33 times. Think about that. We used to do bills here for five years, six years, so that the directors of transportation and all these states around the country could plan ahead. We are being penny wise and pound foolish. We're having these short-term extensions which are very expensive, creating no jobs. For every $1 billion we spend on these highway programs, we create 47,500 jobs, and my Republican colleagues are ignoring this."