Cornyn, Nelson

The NDAA (H.R. 5515)

Senator Cornyn: (12:04 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
    • "As majority leader, Senator McConnell is a member of a storied group that includes the likes of Charles Curtis, the first official majority leader of the Senate, who was fame use for his - famous for his Native American ancestry and racing horses, I'm told. The group includes Robert Taft from Ohio, who would work latest into the night studying the rules of the Senate. It includes Lyndon Baines Johnson from my state, who would go on to become president as well as Mike Mansfield from Montana, Johnson's whip, who went on to serve as majority leader for 16 years. And in more recent times there's been great statesmen like Bob Dole, Trent Lott and Bill Frist."


Senator Nelson: (12:15 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
    • "Mr. President, while the senator from Kentucky is here, I want to get his attention and just to say the very laudatory comments that the majority whip has said about the senator, I can add to the accolades of the senator from Kentucky by pointing out that he and I have a common trait, a common denominator between us. We both married above ourselves. And the fact that his wife, the Honorable Elaine Chao, now our secretary of transportation, former secretary of labor, it is truly one of the remarkable couples in the nation's capital of political leadership. And I congratulate him on the comments from the majority whip today."
  • Spoke on the Pulse nightclub shooting.
    • "They were there celebrating Latin American night at a gay nightclub in one of the largest massacres in U.S. history only to be eclipsed by the massacre a year ago in Las Vegas of 59 people, eclipsing 49 deaths. But in that carnage, a number of people severely wounded. And of those who did not actually have the physical wounds, the mental and emotional wounds that are not unlike the PTSD that our soldiers suffer and have to be treated for years and years. Well, that's true in the Orlando community as a result of the massacre at the pulse nightclub. And so Orlando is mourning again at this two-year mark."