Opening Remarks

Today -

  • The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R. 5515, the NDAA, with the time until the cloture vote equally divided between the bill managers or their designees.
  • At approximately 10:30 a.m., the Senate will VOTE on cloture on Toomey Amendment #2700 in relation to H.R. 5515, the NDAA.
  • Note: on Tuesday, June 12, cloture was filed on Inhofe Amendment #2282, as modified, to H.R. 5515, the NDAA.
  • Note: on Tuesday, June 12, cloture was filed on H.R. 5515, the NDAA.


Senator McConnell: (9:33 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the farm bill.
    • "Speaking for my home state of Kentucky, agriculture is part of who we are. Kentucky farm families produce everything from poultry to soybeans. This legislation will assist them, encourage economic growth and increase investment in rural communities. This farm bill also includes a bipartisan provision I crafted with Senator Wyden to legalize industrial hemp. At present, with just a few limited exceptions, our federal government bans domestic hemp production. Never mind that this is a completely different plan than its illicit cousin, never mind that American consumers are already buying hemp products, everything from clothing to auto parts, they are just produced by foreign countries."
  • Spoke on the NDAA.
    • "Senators Inhofe and Reed modified the bill to include 40 additional amendments from members on both sides. I'm confident no senator sees this as a perfect bill. I'm sure we all have further issues we would like to tackle. Some pertain to the substance of defense authorization, others have concerns on different topics. Personally, I would have liked to have seen more votes on amendments this week, but one of the realities of this body is that any senator on either side can object to setting up amendment votes. The good news is what we - what we already have in hand, an excellent defense authorization bill that will fulfill one of this body's most important responsibilities and empower the men and women who volunteer to protect us."
  • Spoke on tax reform.
    • "But tax reform let them cover the rebuilding themselves and kept that added burden off the shoulders of Floridians. Just a few of the ways that tax reform is helping jump-start prosperity up and down the state of Florida. Senator Rubio voted to pass this once-in-a-generation law. It's too bad that his colleague stood with every single Democrat senator in the Senate and every Democrat in the House. He apparently preferred that the money remain with the I.R.S. I call that a curious decision. Perhaps our Democratic colleagues quite don't understand the importance of a thriving economy."