Opening Remarks

Today –

  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will be in morning business for one hour, with Republicans controlling the first half and Democrats 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 Reid: (9:33 AM)

  • Spoke on the South Carolina shooting.
    • "The sanctity of a house of worship was violated as a gunman opened fire at a historically black Emmanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina. We know now at least nine people are dead. Others, of course, hurt. I don't know how else to describe it. This individual was like a sheep in wolf's clothing. He sat among the congregation for a substantial amount of time before he pulled out a weapon and started firing at people. The thought of people who are in a house of worship being gunned down as they gathered to pray is heart wrenching, devastating and is the ultimate act of cowardice and hatred. As our good chaplain said, our hearts go out to the families and friends of the people who were gunned down in that church. It's hard for me to comprehend anything so awful. So on behalf of the senate family, we send our support, our sympathy to the Charleston law enforcement as they try to capture this murderer. I hope the perpetrator will be swiftly apprehended and brought to justice."