Opening Remarks

Today -

  • The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R. 5515, the NDAA, as amended, post-cloture.
  • Senator Sanders or his designee will be recognized to offer a budget point of order against Inhofe Amendment #2282, with a motion to waive the Budget Act having been considered made.
  • The Senate will VOTE on the motion to waive the Budget Act with respect to the Sanders point of order, if offered.
  • At 5:30 p.m. the post-cloture time on H.R. 5515 will be considered expired, and after disposition of the motion to waive the Senate will VOTE on passage of H.R. 5515, the NDAA, as amended.
  • Following disposition of H.R. 5515, the Senate will VOTE on cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R. 5895, the minibus appropriations bill.
  • Note: on Thursday, June 14, cloture was filed on the motion to proceed to H.R. 5895, the minibus appropriations bill.


Senator Schumer: (3:49 p.m.)

  • Spoke on U.S. immigration policy.
    • "So let me quote the "New York Post" editorial board, one of the most conservative newspapers in America. Hard right. Here's what they say. The immediate cause of the crisis is team Trump's decision to start prosecuting illegal border crossers rather than simply deporting them. And in the editorial they ought to go on to President Trump, fix this problem, stop blaming Democrats. They're not to blame. President Trump and Attorney General Sessions announced this zero tolerance policy in April. It went into effect in May. If there was a law requiring it, why hasn't it been going on since Trump became president? They just started it."
  • Spoke on healthcare reform.
    • "What made Minnesota so different than the other states. Why the - were the people of Minnesota allowed to breathe a sigh of relief that their insurance costs weren't going up whether it be the payments or deductibles or co-payment. Minnesota reinstituted a program helping back stop their health care market. This is what can happen when states support patients and fight back against what President Trump and congressional Republicans are doing. This is what happens when you try to strengthen our health care system instead of sabotaging it. Imagine if every state were like Minnesota."