McConnell, Reid

Opening Remarks

Today –

  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R. 2146, the legislative vehicle for the Trade Promotion Authority bill, with the time until 11:00 AM equally divided.
  • At 10:30 AM, there is a filing deadline for all second-degree amendments to both H.R. 2146, and H.R. 1295, the preferences and Trade Adjustment Assistance bill.
  • At 11:00 AM, the Senate will VOTE on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R. 2146.


Senator McConnell: (10:02 AM)

  • Spoke on trade.
    • "So this is where we are. Let's vote today. Let's vote today to move ahead on T.P.A., an important accomplishment for the country. Then we can vote to move ahead on T.A.A. and AGOA and preferences. And then we can vote to move ahead on customs. If we all keep working together and trusting each other, then by the end of the week the president will have T.P.A., T.A.A., and AGOA and preferences on his desk. With customs in the process of heading his way as well. Today is a very big vote. It's an important moment for the country. It sets in motion the completion of a project we set out on literally months ago. Completing work on all four of the bills reported by the Finance Committee. That is what my friend on the other side said they wanted and that is what can be achieved by continuing to work together."


Senator Reid: (10:08 AM)

  • Spoke on the South Carolina shooting.
    • "The confederate flag has no place in the future of South Carolina. It belongs in the past every place in America, not just South Carolina. Everyone who desires to fly that flag on private property can do so but no state in this great nation should allow this flag to soar above the capitol. We must always stand for what is right. We must stand for equality and justice, to act and defend. We must preserve the rights of every American not because it is the safe thing to do, not because it is popular. We must stand and defend equality and justice because it is the right thing to do. We must take meaningful action to ensure the safety of our citizens."
  • Spoke on gun violence.
    • "Fort Hood, 13 Americans killed. This was on a military base. Tucson, Arizona, six Americans killed. Carson City, Nevada; four Americans killed. Connecticut, 27 Americans dead, 22 innocent little children. Boulder, Colorado - a movie theater - 12 killed. The Navy Yard, here, just a few, maybe a mile from here at the most, here in the District of Columbia, 12 killed. Charleston, South Carolina, of course we know, nine killed. These are not all the violent acts. These are but a handful. All these violent events occurred within the past few years. Our country, the United States, is the only advanced country where this type of mass violence occurs. The only country. Per capita, in America, we kill each other with guns at a rate 297 times higher than Japan, 49 times higher than France, 33 times higher than Israel. In every other country - this is by far, far too much. We can do something about this sad, violent reality. Let's do something. We can expand, for example, background checks for people wanting to buy guns, to prevent a criminal from buying guns. Is that asking too much?"