Monday, Jun. 11, 2018

Tomorrow -

  • The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R. 5515, the NDAA.
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. to allow for the weekly policy lunches.


Senator Inhofe: (6:42 p.m.)

  • Spoke on NDAA.
    • "Mr. President, for the information of all senators, we have just worked out a managers' package with Ranking Member Reed and the majority and majority leaders that includes the text of 44 bipartisan amendments and the modification, and the modified substitute amendment. Those 44 bipartisan amendments are as follows: Rounds #2273. Rounds #2275. Inhofe #2278. Reed 2283. Warner 2285. Fischer 2286. Shaheen 2291. Feinstein 2293. Peters 2313. Gillibrand 2335, as modified. Heitkamp 2338. Smith 2340. Cardin 2347. Wicker 2351. Inhofe 2353. Menendez 2360. Cortez Masto 2367. Hoeven 2368. Perdue 2380. Heller 2392. Inhofe 2402. Sullivan 2408. Nelson 2424. Van Hollen 2426. Inhofe 2429. Gardner 2430. Collins 2436. Young 2463. Cruz 2469. Nelson 2489. Wicker 2503. Manchin 2508. Roberts 2513. Cotton 2514. Udall 2527. Stabenow 2537. Donnelly 2542. Lankford 2553. Fischer 2554. Cardin 2562. Rubio 2564. Reed 2636. Schumer 2757. Menendez 2683, and Smith 2523."

Rubio, Inhofe, Reed, Corker

Motion to Proceed to the NDAA (H.R. 5515)

Jun 11 2018

Senator Rubio: (5:02 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the American Institute in Taiwan.
    • "What China has made very clear is that their intention is to continue to both pressure and entice - and I say entice; probably the right word is bribe -- additional countries to do the exact same thing. They do if it with - they do it with the promise of loans. Go and look at the history of these loans and enticements and investments. You'll see how bad they ultimately are for the country that accepts them. They all come with troubling strings attached. The Chinese government by the way has even been success until in bullying American companies when it comes to Taiwan or other topics, for that matter, that they deem too sensitive to the Communist Party."


Senator Inhofe: (5:09 p.m.)

  • Spoke on NDAA.
    • "We can say the same thing about the triad nuclear progress. We've done virtually nothing in the last ten years while we've watched China and Russia go beyond us. And of course these are the things that we are addressing. On Memorial Day, the "Oklahoman" discussed how China and Russia have artillery capabilities. Artillery capabilities are generally looked at in terms of rapid-fire and range and they're ahead of us in both of these areas. So this idea that America has the best of everything is something that most people believe, and we've fallen behind and we need to not be critical of how we got behind. That's not important now. We know where we are."


Senator Reed: (5:13 p.m.)

  • Spoke on NDAA.
    • "And then, like Senator Inhofe, I would like to see a process where we have a series of amendments from both sides, adequate time to debate the amendment and then a vote on the amendment as they move forward. And then be able to do so at a -- in a very deliberate, thoughtful way and reach, we hope, in a timely manner a point where we have discussed the major concerns all of our colleagues, voted on many of them, and then asked for a final passage of a bill that is worthy of passage, a understand each -- and each year we've done so and la begin to set us on a path to conference with the House of Representatives and then a final conference report here."


Senator Corker: (5:19 p.m.)

  • Spoke on NDAA.
    • "I think many people here are aware that I have an amendment that deals with the 232 tariff issue, and I know there's a lot of interest in that amendment. We have actually strong bipartisan support from a range of very respected senators. There has been a blue slip issue that's been raised. I was asked by Senator Inhofe and also Senator McConnell to solve the blue slip issue. I want you to know we talked to the parliamentarian and I do plan to ask unanimous consent after we vote to move on the bill for a very short paragraph to be consented to that would then solve the blue slip issue and then cause my amendment to be able to be heard without in any way tainting the bill should it move across the Senate floor to the House."

Schumer, Markey, Nelson, Moran, Gardner

Motion to Proceed to the NDAA (H.R. 5515)

Jun 11 2018

Senator Schumer: (4:00 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the NDAA.
    • "Mr. President, this week the Senate continues its consideration of the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act. Among important provisions related to our military readiness and operations abroad, the NDAA presents crucial opportunities to address other matters of national security. In addition to the critical improvements to CFIUS we must make in this bill, one of the most concerning issues is the decision by the trump administration last week to reduce the harsh penalties previously imposed and then provide relief to the Chinese telecom giant Z.T.E."
  • Spoke on judicial nominations.
    • "That seems to be a trademark of so many of the nominees of this administration and this Republican Senate. He is not once but twice defended the gerrymandering of congressional districts by North Carolina's Republicans. And probably worst of all, he defended North Carolina's restrictive I.D., voter I.D. law which, quote, targeted African Americans with almost surgical precision. And that's not some politician's word. Those are the judges of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, a rather conservative court. For somebody who target African Americans and say let's make it less likely they vote and give them less power is everything -- is such a grand step backward in this country."
  • Spoke on net neutrality.
    • "On another matter, the Republican-led F.C.C.'s repeal of net neutrality goes into effect today. The rules enacted by the Obama administration to bar large internet service provides from charging customers more for certain content are gone. The rules to bar large internet providers from slowing down certain websites are gone. The rules ensuring an open, free internet with a level playing field for small businesses, public schools, rural Americans, people without a lot of money, communities of color are gone."
  • Spoke on health care reform.
    • "Finally, I want to address a bit of news on health care. On Thursday evening the trump administration made a startling announcement. It would no longer defend the constitutionality of protection for Americans with preexisting conditions. The decision is a shameful capstone in the Trump administration's years' long campaign of sabotaging our nation's health care system. It is the most dangerous, most potent example of sabotage to date."


Senator Markey: (4:11 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the net neutrality.
    • "Today is the day when net neutrality rules are just gone, even though there is a way in which we, the congress, can put them right back on the books. That's what happens in the Senate. Just three weeks ago we voted by 52-47 to put the net neutrality protections back on the books to ensure that they would be there for every American. And now, as Senator Schumer was just pointing out, the ball is in the court of the House of Representatives, Republican-controlled House of Representatives. We passed net neutrality here in the Senate on a bipartisan basis."


Senator Nelson: (4:38 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the situation in Puerto Rico.
    • "The former governor Pedro Roseo, and he shared with me that a George Washington University study is under way to more accurately count the deaths resulting from the hurricane, but there's no reason why there should be among U.S. Citizens such a discrepancy in these reports, and the latest findings are just another stain on the federal government's overall response to the ongoing disaster in Puerto Rico, which has not been too stellar. The people of Puerto Rico are our fellow American citizens. They have a right to know exactly what happened on the island as a result of not just one massive storm but the second one had hit as well."


Senator Moran: (4:51 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Mickey Bowman to be a member of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors.
    • "Today I want to talk about an opportunity we have that I think will be most beneficial to those of us who come from places like you and I do. I rise today to speak in support of Mickey Bowman. She was nominated recently, has had a hearing in front of our Banking Committee to be a member of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. Tomorrow our Banking Committee will consider her nomination. I want to make certain that my colleagues on the committee but certainly my colleagues in the United States Senate understand how valuable Mickey will be as a member of the board of governors of the Federal Reserve board and to understand her qualifications. She's a native of small town in Kansas."


Senator Gardner: (4:55 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the American Institute in Taiwan.
    • "But there's a lot of things going on in Asia on the 12th of June. The opening of this state of the art complex comes at a most opportune time as a demonstration of strong U.S. support for the people of Taiwan. I join my colleagues in congress in welcoming this new facility and thanking the men and women of our foreign service in Taipei and around the world for their service to our nation. The new A.I.T. facility will cultivate the relationship between the United States and Taiwan and further demonstrate the United States' commitment to bolstering its friendship and commercial and defense partnership with Taiwan."


Opening Remarks

Jun 11 2018

Today -

  • The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R. 5515, the NDAA.
  • At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will VOTE on the motion to proceed to H.R. 5515, the NDAA.


Senator McConnell: (3:07 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the NDAA.
    • "Challenges like an emboldened Iranian regime and its continued support of destabilizing forces in the Middle East. Challenges like a new era of great power competition as Russia and China expand their capabilities, but building on a time-honored process, this year's defense authorization will help our nation rise to meet these challenges with cutting-edge tools, top-notch training, and revitalized readiness. It's one of our most important jobs here in Congress. The 2019 defense authorization is the top item on our to-do list and we'll tackle it this week."
  • Spoke on the appropriations process.
    • "Last week, they reported out appropriation bills to fund the Departments of Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Veterans' Affairs as well as important military construction projects. This week they'll proceed to finalize measures for interior and environment, commerce, justice and science and the legislative branch, and I look forward to taking up these appropriation bills right out here on the Senate floor."
  • Spoke on government regulation.
    • "In 2016, under President Obama, it had to print nearly 39,000 -- 39,000 pages of rules, an all-time high, and another 21,000 pages in proposed rules. 39,000 pages of rules and another 21,000 pages of proposed rules in 2016. It's hard to wrap your mind around that. 60,000 pages of rules and proposed rules to pile on American workers and job creators. Well, we slashed those numbers in 2017 in that first year of our Republican government, the total number of total registered pages for rules and proposed rules plummeted by more than 50% - 50% less in 2017 than in 2016."
  • Spoke on Republican economic policy.
    • "Today, thanks in large part to tax reform and regulatory reform, more small businesses are saying it's a good time to expand operations than any point in the last 44 years - in the last 44 years more businesses are saying it's a good time to expand operation than at any point in the last 44 years. That, Mr. President, represents a 25% - percentage point lead in the number of Americans who say now is a good time to find a quality job. And 3.8% unemployment, the lowest nationwide level, in 18 years."