Opening Remarks

Today -

  • The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R. 5515, the NDAA.
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. to allow for the weekly policy lunches.


Senator McConnell: (10:05 a.m.)

  • Spoke on North Korea.
    • "Just a few hours ago, President Trump, Secretary of State Pompeo, Security Advisor Bolton and the rest of the delegation ended their meeting with North Korean officials. This was an historic first step in negotiations. In the words of the joint statement agreed to by the United States and North Korea, both sides committed to pursuing a lasting and robust peace regime and complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. The next steps in negotiations will test whether we can get to a verifiable deal which enhances our relationship with northeast Asia and our allies."
  • Spoke on the NDAA.
    • "This legislation builds on the landmark bipartisan budget agreement Congress and the president reached earlier this year. That deal established the outlines for the largest year-on-year increase on funding for American armed forces in 15 years. Now this NDAA will authorize the use of those resources for the priorities that matter most to the men and women who serve our country and to their commanders who plan for the future. The legislation will equip our all-volunteer force to meet a variety of challenges abroad, -- abroad, but its impact will be felt here at home where its service members will receive top-notch training and expanded support services for themselves and their families."
  • Spoke on Larry Kudlow's recent heart attack.
    • "And now on another matter, I want to share the Senate's warmest wishes for a speedy recovery of Larry Kudlow, assistant to the president, who is currently recovering at Walter Reed from what we were told was a small heart attack. Larry is not just a famously happy warrior for pro-growth, pro-opportunity economics, he's also widely regarded really as one of the best guys in Washington."
  • Spoke on Republican economic policy.
    • "By now it's no secret that under the last administration our nation's economic recovery was slow, stunted and almost exclusively focused on the largest urban centers. Between 2010 and 2016, that's where more than 90% of population growth happened. It's where nearly three-quarters of new jobs went. Most everywhere else in our small cities, small towns, rural areas, families heard lot of talk of what my Democratic friends called an economic recovery, but they saw none of these effects in the small towns and small communities. It's no surprise after seeing their communities suffer under eight years of Democrats' policies, millions of Americans are ready to take a different route."