Daines, McConnell, Warren

Executive Session (Axon Nomination)

Senator Daines: (10:32 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the V.A. Mission Act.
    • "It's not just hank, all across Montana, we heard about how the V. A. Choice Program has consistently fallen short. Payment delays that take up to eight months. In fact, sometimes we've got bill collectors coming after our veterans for something they should not be responsible for, hour's long wait to talk to representatives about claims and veterans getting the run around on receiving the most basic services. This is unacceptable. Our veterans deserve better, and that's why the bipartisan mission act is so vitally important."

 

Senator McConnell: (10:39 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the cancelation of the August recess.
    • "Yesterday I announced the Senate's regularly scheduled August recess will not occur this year. Members will be able to meet with our constituents during a standard one-week state work period and then we will get back here and get back to work. The reason is simple, we have too much to do for the American people. 16 months into President Trump's presidency, we have a wide array of executive and judicial positions not filled."
  • Spoke on the recent Kentucky honor flight.
    • "My father fought in World War II so I was particularly grateful to hear these veteran stories and share these special moments of remembrance. One man I talked to is 100 years old. He was in the initial invasion when we got on offense in North Africa and fought in every theater in Europe and was there when the Germans surrendered May 8, 1954. He landed at Omaha Beach, he said it was two days after the invasion.
  • Spoke on the NDAA.
    • "Secretary Mattis' new national defense strategy spells out what our nation must do. Our landmark budget agreement set aside the funds our service members will require to put that plan into action. Now with this NDAA, Congress will take the next step toward getting those resources where they need to be. Its authorizations including quality of life improvements for service members and their families, improved capabilities for land, sea, and air weapons systems, and reforms to the acquisitions process to keep America's military on the cutting edge."

 

Senator Warren: (11:00 a.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to former Senator Robert Kennedy.
    • "Robert Kennedy lived his life with courage and conviction, never afraid to challenge a divided nation to face its moral failings. Bobby challenged us all to take a step back from the stale, cheap politics of the moment and to do better by each other. His service to this nation will never be forgotten. Today, 50 years after he was brutally assassinated, we pause to acknowledge the brilliance and beauty that rested in his vision of America, a vision that led him to seek the highest office in this land, a vision of love, wisdom, compassion, and justice. Bobby believed that we all have a shared responsibility to leave this world just a little bit better off than when we came."