McConnell, Coats, Daines, Carper

Morning Business

Senator McConnell: (5:12 PM)

  • Spoke on the schedule.
    • "For the information of all senators, this means that we will be able to process all the other votes on trade by voice vote and so there'll be no further roll call votes this week. Having said that, the Senate will be in session tomorrow. There are multiple committee meetings that are going to occur, but no votes will be expected tomorrow."

 

Senator Coats: (5:22 PM)

  • Spoke on Iran.
    • "We must look at each and every detail of any agreement presented to us to reach a judgment on whether or not this so-called deal with Iran will prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons capability. Then and only then we must decide on that basis whether to approve or reject the deal that will be presented to us by the president and his secretary of state. To do anything less, anything less than fulfilling this obligation and this duty that each one of us has, it will be a failure for us as a duty of being a United States senator, with historic consequences if we get it wrong. My hope and prayer and wish and desire and admonition is that each one of us see this as something with historic consequences that will affect not only the future of our nation and our people but will affect the future of the world, and so therefore we must give full attention and every ounce of our best wisdom and judgment in determining not for political or party or any other reason other than finding out and determining whether this deal is acceptable or not acceptable and make our yes be yes and our no be no, well-reasoned and well-judged and well decided."

 

Senator Daines: (5:50 PM)

  • Spoke on PTSD.
    • "PTSD Awareness Day invites us to address the larger issues facing veterans who are suffering from posttraumatic stress. We do everything in our power to protect our service members while they're overseas. We must do the same to address their needs once they return home. That includes reducing the stigma attached to PTSD and doing more to help our brave vets find good-paying jobs in that transition back into civilian life. Now is the time to act and to work towards real solutions that protect our veterans here at home. They are an embodiment of the ideals this nation holds dear, and I believe it's our job to do everything in our power to protect them. Before I end my remarks, I want to encourage everyone if they or a loved one is struggling with mental illness or PTSD, there's help available. You can visit www.ptsd.va.gov. They will find resources that are available for our veterans."

 

Senator Carper: (5:57 PM)

  • Spoke on Iran.
    • "If Iran is serious about abandoning its nuclear weapons ambition - I hope they are -- they must agree to take action before being rewarded with sanctions relief. For two and a half years - two and a half years - our negotiating team has been working tirelessly to strike a deal with Iran that strengthens our nation's security, our allies' security, and the security of the broader Middle East. Whatever the outcome next week, we owe these negotiators a debt of gratitude for their service and dedication. At the end of the day, however -- at the end of the day, I feel confident that we'll reach a deal that blocks Iran's pathways it a bomb, subjects Iran to intrusive inspections, and only provides sanction relief after Iran takes action. If the final deal includes these three key provisions, then it will certainly have my support. Moreover, I think that if each senator who evaluates this deal on its merits, forts about the rhetoric, forgets about the preconceived notion and considers the alternatives, then this deal will enjoy broad support in this Congress."