Opening Remarks

Today -

  • The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R. 6147, the minibus appropriations bill.
  • At 11:00 a.m., the Senate will VOTE in relation to the following amendments in relation to H.R. 6147, the minibus appropriations bill, in the order listed: Leahy Amendment 3464, with a 60-vote threshold required for adoption; Lee Amendment #3522, with a 60-vote threshold required for adoption; Baldwin Amendment #3524, with a 60-vote threshold required for adoption; and Cruz Amendment #3402.
  • Following disposition of the Cruz Amendment, the Senate will VOTE on passage of H.R. 6147, the minibus appropriations bill, as amended.
  • Note: on Thursday, July 26th, cloture was filed on the conference report to accompany H.R. 5515, the NDAA.
  • Note: the cloture motion with respect to H.R. 6147, the minibus appropriations bill, has been withdrawn.


Senator McConnell: (10:04 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "For for than a week, the Senate has carefully considered a set of four appropriations bills. Together they'll account for about one-eighth of the discretionary spending for the next fiscal year. They allocate funds for a variety of pressing neat needs in communities around the country, and they represent four more steps towards the goal this Senate has set to fund the government through regular appropriations and steer clear of another omnibus. A lot of of attention has been paid to two huge priorities where this legislation will bring major progress."
  • Spoke on the NDAA.
    • "Representing the Commonwealth of Kentucky, I know just how significant an impact this legislation had will have on some of our Nation's finest. At Fort Campbell, members of the 101st Airborne Division and a number of special operation divisions will benefit from the authorization of new investments in their training facilities. At Fort Knox, the Army's Human Resources Command and Recruiting Command will receive the support they need to modernize officer personnel management and the post will receive much-needed certainty and authority for its energy savings program."
  • Spoke on Republican economic policy.
    • "That's the fastest employers have increased what they spend on employee pay and benefits in any 12-month period since the one that ended in September of 2008. Given what we know about the labor market, this is hardly surprising. From main street businesses to manufacturers, job creators are faced with heightened demand. That means more Americans can come off the sidelines and find a quality job and that means that businesses compete to hire and retain workers."