McConnell (UC), Paul

USA FREEDOM Act (H.R. 2048)

Senator McConnell: (3:42 PM)

  • Spoke on the National Security Agency.
    • "It's time to get go the job done on FISA. It's time to get the job done. From the beginning of this debate, I had aimed to give senators a chance to advance bipartisan compromise legislation through the regular order. That's why I offered extension proposals that sought to create the space needed to do that. But as we all know, by now every effort to temporarily extend important counterterrorism tools, even noncontroversial ones, was either voted down or objected to. So here's where we are. Ourselves in a circumstance where important tools have already lapsed. We need to work quickly to remedy this situation. Everyone has had ample opportunity to say their piece at this point. Now is the time for action. That's why in just a moment I'll ask for a consent to allow the Senate to consider cloture on the House-passed FISA bill, along with amendments to improve it today not tomorrow, but today."
  • Unanimous Consent –
    • At 6:00 PM, the Senate VOTE on the motion to invoke cloture on H.R. 2048, the USA FREEDOM Act.
    • If cloture is invoked, the Senate immediately VOTE on the pending amendments.
    • Upon disposition of the amendments, the Senate VOTE on passage of H.R. 2048, as amended, if amended.
  • (Senator Paul objects)


Senator Paul: (3:44 PM)

  • Spoke on the National Security Agency.
    • "I would be happy to agree to dispensing with the time and having a vote at the soonest possibility, if we were allowed to accommodate amendments for those of us who object to the bill. I think the bill could be made much better with amendments. And if we could come to an arrangement to allow amendments to be voted on, I would be happy to allow consent. But at this point I object."


Senator McConnell: (3:44 PM)

  • Spoke on the National Security Agency.
    • "Without consent to speed things up, a cloture vote will occur an hour after the Senate convenes tomorrow on Tuesday. Therefore, senators should expect the cloture vote at 11:00 AM tomorrow."