McConnell, Reid

Opening Remarks

Today –

  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R. 1735, the National Defense Authorization Act, with the time until 11:30 AM equally divided.
  • At 11:30 AM, the Senate will VOTE on McCain-Feinstein amendment #1889 to H.R. 1735.
  • At 12:15 PM, there is a filing deadline for all second-degree amendments to both H.R. 1735, and McCain substitute amendment #1463.
  • At 12:30 PM, the Senate will recess until 2:15 PM for the weekly caucus luncheons.
  • At 2:15 PM, the Senate will conduct up to three VOTES on:
  1. Ernst amendment #1549 to H.R. 1735 (60-vote affirmative threshold);
  2. Gillibrand amendment #1578 to H.R. 1735 (60-vote affirmative threshold); and
  3. Motion to invoke cloture on McCain substitute amendment #1463 to H.R. 1735.


Senator McConnell: (10:03 AM)

  • Spoke on the National Defense Authorization Act.
    • "One option is for senators to follow the bipartisan example of the House of Representatives and the Senate Armed Services Committee, both of which passed defense authorization legislation with bipartisan backing. It means reaching across the aisle to support the men and women who support us every single day. It means voting to transform bureaucratic waste and to crucial investments for brave troops and their families, raises they've earned, quality of life programs they deserve and the kind of medical care and mental health support they should expect when injured on the battlefield or haunted by its memories at home. It means ensuring our military has the tools it needs to help America navigate a treacherous world beset by an ever-growing array of challenges. It means advancing a bill that contains ideas and priorities from both parties and one that gives President Obama the exact level of funding authorization he asked for in his own budget request. It also means endorsing the senate's return to considering defense authorization bills through the regular order, allowing real bipartisan debate and real bipartisan amendment process, as we have done this year."


Senator Reid: (10:09 AM)

  • Spoke on the Internal Revenue Service.
    • "165,000 people are working today because of export bank. It's an important function of our government. But a large number of the Republicans are trying to kill this program, as indicated at how unserious they are about doing something about it by focusing on the defense bill, an amendment that they filed and moved to table their own amendment just so they could check off the box. Well, we tried to do something on export-import bank. Cybersecurity. We are being hacked on a daily basis. They're not only hacking businesses, they're hacking our government, everything. And to show how unserious the Republicans are about this issue, which we have been trying to do something as Democrats for four years. The Republicans file an amendment on this bill knowing that the president has already said he is going to veto the bill."
  • Spoke on the Food Safety Modernization Act.
    • "By keeping sequestration in place Republicans are hampering efforts to stamp out food borne illness. Nobody should have to worry about dying from eating ice cream or being hospitalized from eating spinach. Congress must act to strengthen the food safety of our country and the Food Safety Modernization Act and we must do it now. Let's stop sequestration. Let's go ahead and authorize the bills but remember, we cannot fund them with funny money. I can't imagine my Republican friends - I said before my friend, the chairman of the Armed Services Committee, allowing this bill to go forward with this deficit spending that they call O.C.O."