Wrap Up (The Senate Stands Adjourned), Alexander, Flake

Wrap Up

Monday, September 17 -

  • The Senate will next convene for legislative business at 2:00 p.m.
  • Following leader remarks and notwithstanding the orders of September 6, the Senate will proceed to the consideration of H.R. 6, the opioids bill, with the debate time on that bill running concurrently with the debate time on S. 2554, the Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act.
  • The debate time on both bills will expire at 5:30 p.m. with all other provisions of the orders of September 6 remaining in effect.
  • Note: at 5:30 p.m. the Senate will VOTE on the following:
    • Adoption of Lee Amendment #4011 to S. 2554, the Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act.
    • Passage of S. 2554, the Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act, as amended, if amended.
    • Passage of H.R. 6, the opioids bill, as amended.


Senator Alexander: (7:12 p.m.)

  • Spoke on opioid legislation.
    • "And ten, more early intervention with vulnerable children who have experienced trauma. Those are the 70 provisions -- ten of the 70 provisions that changed the authorizing law. But in addition to that, we placed unprecedented amounts of federal dollars toward the opioid crisis. In March in the omnibus bill, Congress and the president directed $4.7 billion toward the opioids crisis. Tomorrow the conference report of the Labor, Health, and Human Services Committee will meet. And if that is approved as we expect and hope it will be by the end of the month, that's another $3.7 billion. So $8.4 billion in the last few months would have been directed toward the opioids crisis."


Senator Flake: (7:34 p.m.)

  • Spoke on President Trump's recent tweets.
    • "Mr. President, in the annals of the presidents say the darnedest things, last week's Twitter outbursts will stand out - at least for me. Because the president attacked the attorney general of the United States for simply doing the job that he swore an oath to do. Of course it wasn't the first time the president has so diminished himself. But this particular slander was leveled at the attorney general for having the temerity to prosecute public corruption by members of Congress who also happen to belong in the president's political party. That's right. The president attacked Mr. Sessions by name for refusing to cover up allegations of Republican misconduct."