Wrap Up (The Senate Stands Adjourned), Tillis, Shaheen, Ernst, Merkley, Sasse

Wrap Up

Tomorrow -

  • 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 Tillis: (5:38 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to Pastor Andrew Brunson.
    • " I went to Turkey about two months ago, visited him in a Turkish prison after almost 17 months of being in prison without any charges. They brought charges against him that are some of the most bogus excuses for evidence that you could possibly imagine. And I am certain that if it was somebody with these charges in the United States jail system or prison system that they'd be released the day the charges were filed. This is Pastor Brunson. He's a little over 50 years old. Since he's been in prison he lost 50 pounds and spent almost 17 months in a prison cell designed for eight people that had 21 people in it, that entire time without a single formal charge levied against him."


Senator Shaheen: (5:45 p.m.)

  • Spoke on Turkey.
    • "Yet, supporting Turkey and the Turkish people should not mean appeasing the Turkish president. It is clear that the less we push back as a nation against Turkish President Erdogan, the more emboldened he becomes. Five years ago if you asked any diplomat or American official if Turkey would stoop so low to take an American hostage and leverage them for political gain, no one would say that's a possibility, yet, that's where we are today. Turkey not only joined the ranks of Iran, Syria, North Korea, and Venezuela as a hostage take he but it has shifted its orientation away from NATO and toward Russia for no other reason except for Erdogan's financial and electoral gain."


Senator Ernst: (6:02 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the NDAA.
    • "I'm disappointed that we were not able to come together and work through a robust bipartisan amendment process this year on the floor. We had a great markup, and I'm thankful my colleagues across the aisle were so willing to work together in a bipartisan manner on this piece of legislation. As the chair of the Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee, I worked hard with my ranking member, Senator Heinrich of New Mexico, to ensure the NDAA invests additional funding in innovative technologies so that we can maintain U.S. technological superiority over near peer adversaries, particularly in the areas of hypersonics, unmanned systems, directed energy, and artificial intelligence."


Senator Merkley: (6:09 p.m.)

  • Spoke on U.S. immigration policy.
    • "What the attorney general put forward was that should you flee oppression overseas and find yourself washed up on the shores of the United States of America, we will not greet you with a fair chance to present your case and thrive. We will instead grab you, treat you as a criminal, rip your children outer your arms, and lock you up. That's the new policy. That's the Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump, John Kelly policy of the United States of America. When I heard about this, I didn't really believe it was possible that we could adopt, any administration could adopt a policy of inflicting deliberate trauma onto children. There is no moral code in the world that supports such an action."


Senator Sasse: (6:32 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the NDAA.
    • "Unfortunately, this call has fallen on deaf ears in both the legislature and the executive branch, both Democratic and Republican administrations. There is far too little urgency and when you speak with generals, when you speak with C.I.A. station chiefs around the world, nobody disputes this. Everyone knows we're unprepared and we're underinvested in this domain, and yet no one is really in charge. Fortunately, we are talking a major step in this NDAA to address this deficit in our war planning. While no one piece of legislation and no single proposal can possibly address all of our cyber deficits, there is nonetheless some very good news in this NDAA for both the public as a whole and for those of us who are losing sleep about our cyber under-preparedness."