McConnell, Reid

Opening Remarks

Today –

  • 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. 1735, the National Defense Authorization Act.


Senator McConnell: (9:31 AM)

  • Spoke on ObamaCare.
    • "So the truth is this: ObamaCare never had a web site problem. It had an ObamaCare problem. No amount of wishful thinking or fast talk is going to change that reality. It's not going to change the failures I just mentioned, not going to change the failures I haven't, like the failed class act, the troubled co-ops, the debacle of giving people the wrong amount of subsidy or what we learned yesterday that the I.R.S. may not even be able to verify that many of the people who received a tax credit for health insurance actually bought the health insurance. I'm asking ObamaCare's defenders in the White House and in Congress to redirect their efforts away from the spin and toward the reality instead. We all know that ObamaCare is a law filled with broken promises, higher costs and failure. So let's work together to start over with real health care reform instead. That's the kind of health care outcome that actually would be fabulous for our constituents. It's something that really would be, "Wonderful for America." And it's what we can work together to achieve once Washington politicians move past the failure of ObamaCare."
  • Spoke on cyber security.
    • "The massive cyber-attack Americans read about reminds us all of the need for action on this issue. Building America's public and private cyber defenses won't be easy, but the bipartisan cyber security measure that passed out of the intelligence committee with the support of every single Republican and every single Democrat but one - 14-1 - will increase the ability of the public and private sector to share information and to make us safer. That's why we're going to take it up as part of the defense authorization bill now before us. I hope senators of both parties will come together to support that bipartisan amendment when it comes to a vote."
  • Spoke on the National Defense Authorization Act.
    • "From coast to coast, there is no end of examples of how our troops and our military enrich the fabric of our communities while at the same time keeping us safe. They're our neighbors. They're our friends. They're our daughters. They're our sons. They're not chess pieces for Democratic leaders to wield in some partisan game. If Democratic leaders are really this worried about fattening up the I.R.S. or adding a new coat of paint to their congressional offices, we can have that discuss. But let's leave our troops out of it and leave their families out of it."


Senator Reid: (9:44 AM)

  • Spoke on ObamaCare.
    • "The latest poll shows a majority of Americans support the law, as they should. So I don't know why my friend has to come here and make up things. ObamaCare has been an important, important thing for American families, an important program for American families. In Nevada, all over America. So I am very disappointed with the state of non-reality that my friend has come here each day this week to talk about ObamaCare and what is wrong with it. Before this law came into being, patients, the American people were subject to premium increases without any notice, cancellations without notice, denials for preexisting conditions I have already talked about and arbitrary limits on how much care insurance would cover."
  • Spoke on the National Defense Authorization Act.
    • "We have 400 amendments filed and we're not going through these amendments. So he wants to be able to check off the box, saying well, I did cybersecurity. He hasn't done cybersecurity. I have a quote here from him on cybersecurity just a short time ago. "Any issue of this importance deserves serious consideration and open debate." This is what the Republican leader said. He talks about oh, we've done double the amendments done the last couple of bills. It takes two sides in the United States Senate to have amendments heard. The Republicans would not let us have open debate on the armed services bill the last two Congresses. We never even had a debate here. What happened is the two chairs of the committee met in secret and came up with a bill that came to the Senate floor, and we were able to get that done, but for people to come here and say this is the 53rd year we've done a bill, that's a little fictitious itself."
  • Spoke on the budget.
    • "Like ostriches with their heads buried deep in the sand, the majority leader and the Republicans continue to deny the need for a bipartisan budget. They deny the need to fix sequestration, just as they deny the urgent need to authorize the export-import bank, which employs 165,000 people in America as we speak. It expires at the end of this month. They deny the urgent need to fix our roads, rails and bridges. That program's going to expire in six weeks. Creating millions of jobs, millions of jobs. But regardless of what Republicans tell themselves, they can't wish these important issues just to disappear. It's our job to address these matters that affect working Americans. Here we are in June months before funding for the government runs out. We have plenty of time to sit down and work out an agreement that both sides can live with. It appears to me what the Republicans are doing that we're headed for another shutdown."