McConnell

Opening Remarks

Today -

  • The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R. 5515, the NDAA.
  • Note: on Tuesday, June 12, cloture was filed on McConnell (for Toomey) Amendment #2700 to Inhofe Amendment #2282, as modified, to H.R. 5515, the NDAA.
  • Note: on Tuesday, June 12, cloture was filed on Inhofe Amendment #2282, as modified, to H.R. 5515, the NDAA.
  • Note: on Tuesday, June 12, cloture was filed on H.R. 5515, the NDAA.

 

Senator McConnell: (9:33 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the farm bill.
    • "It's a landmark piece of legislation that will benefit farmers and communities throughout our country. I'll have much more to say on the subject in the days and weeks ahead, particularly when it arrives here on the floor. I'm particularly excited that the legislation being considered today includes provision from the Hemp Farming Act of 2018 of which the occupant of the chair is an original cosponsor which I introduced earlier this year. This will empower farmers to realize the potential for industrial hemp. I thank Chairman Roberts for his leadership and congratulate him and all of our colleagues on the committee for their bipartisan collaboration and the impressive bill that it has produced."
  • Spoke on the NDAA.
    • "This year's NDAA is rightly named for our friend and colleague, Senator McCain. It would authorize $716 billion to equip and train America's 21st century forces to meet and overcome today's challenges. As the Iranian regime continues its aggressive efforts to expand its influence through -- throughout the Middle East this power will help us in the region. As China continues to test the boundaries of its power in the pacific region the NDAA will extend the authority of the Indo-Pacific security mission and extend the reach of naval and air forces within the U.S. Pacific Command."
  • Spoke on Republican economic policy.
    • "It's good news, plain and simple. It is not so simple for our friends across the aisle. While Republicans and the rest of the country are cheering on this new prosperity for working families, our Democratic friends are trying to pretend that the facts don't matter and things aren't actually getting better. Here's how the leader of the house Democrats from San Francisco tried to sarcastically brush away the facts a few days ago."