Wrap Up (The Senate Stands Adjourned), Whitehouse, Murkowski

Wrap Up

Tomorrow -

  • The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of S. 2155, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act.


Senator Whitehouse: (5:05 p.m.)

  • Spoke on climate change.
    • "Since John Chafee, climate change had been a bipartisan concern. But in 2010 came the Supreme Court's disastrous Citizens United decision, which allowed the fossil fuel industry to unleash limitless dark money on our elections. The polluters' money and threats cast a shadow across any Republican who might work on carbon pollution, and it ended that bipartisanship. When I gave that first speech, even the White House had thrown in the towel on climate change. After letting Waxman-Markey die on the vine. You couldn't get them to put the words climate and change in the same paragraph, at least not until the president engaged on this issue in his speech in June of 2013."


Senator Murkowski: (5:25 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to Jim Balamicci.
    • "Jim was really a giant in Special Olympics, both at the local level and at the national level. And I think it is most fitting that the celebration of Jim's life will occur during the weekend of the Alaska Special Olympics Winter Games. This is going to provide an opportunity for the many Special Olympians, for the coaches, volunteers. I'm actually going to be there to help pass out awards there, but so many of us whose lives have been touched by Jim's inspiration will be able to gather together to show our love and our admiration for, again, a truly great man. Being born in Alaska affords one a certain quantum of bragging rights when it comes to leadership."