Opening Remarks

Today –

  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will be in morning business for one hour, with senators permitted to speak for up to 10 minutes each.
  • Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R. 2048, the USA FREEDOM Act.
  • Note: Cloture has been filed on H.R. 2048, and the amendment tree has been filled. 
  • Note: Cloture has also been filed on the motion to proceed to H.R. 1735, the National Defense Authorization Act.


Senator McConnell: (12:02 PM)

  • Spoke on the National Security Agency.
    • "One amendment would ensure that there's adequate time to build and test a system that doesn't even exist yet. Another would require that once the new system is actually built, the director of national intelligence reviews it and certifies that it actually works. Let me say that again. The second amendment would require that once the new system is actually built, the director of national intelligence reviews the new system and certifies that it actually will work. Amendment number three would require simple notification if the providers decide to change their data retention policies. Three amendments to improve the bill. These fixes are commonsense and whatever one thinks of the proposed new system, there needs to be basic assurance that it will function as its proponents say that it will. The Senate should adopt these basic safeguards. Now, I'd hoped to see committees working hard to advance bipartisan compromise FISA legislation this week, which is why I had offered several temporary extensions of the existing program to allow the space for that to occur, but these proposed short-term extensions were either voted down or objected to, including a very narrow extension of some of the least controversial tools contained within the program that we're considering."