Reid, McConnell

Opening Remarks

Today –

  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will be in morning business for one hour, with Democrats controlling the first 30 minutes and Republicans controlling the second 30 minutes.


Tuesday, July 7 –

  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to the consideration of S. 1177, the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015.
  • At 5:30 PM, the Senate will VOTE on the confirmation of Executive Calendar #81, Kara Farnandez Stoll, to be United States circuit judge for the Federal Circuit. 


Senator Reid: (9:52 AM)

  • Spoke on voting rights.
    • "Senator Leahy, introduced robust legislation to repair the damage from the Supreme Court Shelby County Decision. I'm happy to support the efforts made by the senior senator from Vermont. His bill would restore the heart of the Voting Rights Act. It would create a new nationwide coverage formula that applies to any state with repeated voting rights violations in the last 25 years. It would also establish a targeted process for reviewing voting charges and also any changes these jurisdictions would make all around the country and have a record of discrimination against voters. This bill requires reasonable public notice for voting changes and allows the attorney general to request federal observers to present in places where a serious threat to racial discrimination may occur. We must do everything we can to restore and reestablish and defend the Voting Rights Act."


Senator McConnell: (10:01 AM)

  • Spoke on trade.
    • "The road to yesterday's win for the middle class on T.P.A. was never going to be an easy one. It was hardly a quick one. We always knew that was going to be the case, but I thought we owed it to the working men and women of our country to push ahead anyway. So we did. Through every bump and every twist along the way Republicans and Democrats held together in achieving something that can present more opportunities for working families we proved new ideas in the Republican Congress in passing legislation that can facilitate the lowering of barriers and the lifting up of our workers in the 21st century we proved this is a new Congress that's back to work on behalf of the American people."
  • Spoke on Warrior Games 2015.
    • These men and women are taking part in Warrior Games 2015, an annual D.O.D.-organized sporting event for both veterans and wounded, ill and injured service members from every corner of the country. This year's games featured approximately 250 athletes from across the Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force and Marine Corps. All these wounded warriors gave it their all in heated competition. Their bravery and their perseverance through adversity serves as a source of inspiration to the rest of us. Their determination serves as a continuing reminder that heroism endures long after events on the battlefield. It was a great honor to meet some of these courageous athletes and their families yesterday afternoon. They were right here in the Capitol. I shared the thanks of a grateful nation with many men and women who wear our nation's uniform or who recently have."
  • Spoke on PTSD Awareness Day.
    • "Sadly, post-traumatic stress disorder is an affliction that touches too many veterans. Raising awareness and fighting the myths that surround it are important. There are effective treatments for PTSD and all of us can do a few simple things in honor of PTSD awareness day. First we can learn more about PTSD by getting the facts on the condition and its treatment. We can also reach out to someone who might have PTSD or be at risk, particularly among the veterans community. Finally, we can pass along what we learned to others to continue to raise awareness. So I hope Americans will take action this PTSD awareness day to shed some light on an often misunderstood condition and hopefully to reach out to someone in need."