Lee, Durbin, Tillis (UC)

National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 1735)

Senator Lee: (4:49 PM)

  • Spoke on L. Tom Perry
    • "I rise today to pay tribute to elder L. Tom Perry, a member of the Quorum of 12 Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Elder Perry passed away on Saturday, May 30, 2015, at the age of 92. L. Tom Perry was a giant of a man, with an even larger soul. His enthusiasm for life energized and inspired all who came under his extraordinary influence. It has been said that ideas go booming through the world like cannons. Thoughts are mightier than armies. And principles have achieved more victories than horse men or chariots. Inspiring ideas, transformational thoughts and powerful principles, these were the driving force in elder Perry's life and ministry and what made him such a positive force for good throughout the world."


Senator Durbin: (4:54 PM)

  • Spoke on the National Defense Authorization Act.
    •  "I am embarrassed to say we did an across-the-board cut at the National Institutes of Health. It was so damaging to N.I.H., which is the premier medical research agency in the world, it was so damaging they are still trying to recover today. Before we went into sequestration, consider this. If you had an application for a medical grant at N.I.H., your chances before sequestration were one out of three. One out of three. After sequestration in the cuts that took place, one out of six … The Senate should be providing real sequestration relief, not only to the Department of Defense but to all of the agencies of our government that do such important work. That should be our focus. Not a budget gimmick using overseas contingency funds to get through one year with the Department of Defense, but something more befitting a nation like ours that deserves real leadership."


Senator Tillis: (5:20 PM)

  • Unanimous Consent –
    • Thursday, June 4, following leader remarks, the Senate resume consideration of H.R. 1735, the National Defense Authorization Act, and there be 30 minutes of equally divided time.
    • Upon the use of time, the Senate VOTE on the following amendments to H.R. 1735:
  1. Portman Amendment #1522; and
  2. Bennet Amendment #1540.
    • No second-degree amendments in order to any of these amendments prior to the votes.
  • (Without objection)