House Defeats Goodlatte-McCaul Bill, 193-231
Senate Session - June 14, 2018

The Senate voted to advance the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, which authorizes defense programs and policies for the upcoming fiscal year.

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  • 09:29:39 AM

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    WILL CONTINUE WORK ON DEFENSE DEPARTMENT PROGRAMS AND POLICY FOR 2019. A…

    WILL CONTINUE WORK ON DEFENSE DEPARTMENT PROGRAMS AND POLICY FOR 2019. A NUMBER OF AMENDMENTS ARE AWAITING ACTION, INCLUDING ONE THIS MORNING AT 10:30 EASTERN, SENATORS WILL VOTE ON MOVING FORWARD ON REQUIRING CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW OF FOREIGN INVESTMENT REGULATIONS. A FINAL VOTE ON THE BILL IS EXPECTED NEXT WEEK. ALSO, NEXT WEEK, THE SENATE BEGINS WORK ON FEDERAL SPENDING FOR THE NEXT BUDGET YEAR. LIVE SENATE COVERAGE NOW HERE ON C-SPAN2.

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  • 09:30:27 AM

    THE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE

    THE SENATE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE CHAPLAIN, DR. BARRY BLACK, WILL LEAD…

    THE SENATE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE CHAPLAIN, DR. BARRY BLACK, WILL LEAD THE SENATE IN PRAYER.

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  • 09:30:38 AM

    THE CHAPLAIN

    LET US PRAY. HOLY ONE, WHO PROMPTS US TO CONFORM TO YOUR WILL, CONTINUE TO…

    LET US PRAY. HOLY ONE, WHO PROMPTS US TO CONFORM TO YOUR WILL, CONTINUE TO SHINE IN THE HEARTS OF OUR LAWMAKERS, PROVIDING THEM WITH YOUR WISDOM. PURIFY THE DESIRES OF THEIR HEARTS, LEADING THEM BESIDE THE STILL WATERS OF CONTEMPLATION AND THANKSGIVING. LORD, EMBOLDEN THEM TO BECOME INSTRUMENTS OF YOUR SAVING POWER THAT COMFORTS, CHALLENGES, AND REFRESHES. REMOVE FROM THEM ANYTHING THAT HINDERS THEM FROM BRINGING GLORY TO YOUR NAME, AS YOU KEEP THEM FAITHFUL IN THESE SOMETIMES CONFUSING AND CHALLENGING TIMES. WE PRAY IN YOUR HOLY NAME. AMEN.

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  • 09:31:54 AM

    THE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE

    PLEASE JOIN ME IN RECITING THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO OUR FLAG. I PLEDGE…

    PLEASE JOIN ME IN RECITING THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO OUR FLAG. I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.

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  • 09:34:11 AM

    MR. McCONNELL

    MR. PRESIDENT.

  • 09:34:12 AM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE MAJORITY LEADER.

  • 09:34:14 AM

    MR. McCONNELL

    YESTERDAY I WAS PLEASED TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES ON THE SENATE AGRICULTURE…

    YESTERDAY I WAS PLEASED TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES ON THE SENATE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE TO APPROVE AND LANDMARK FARM BILL. UNDER THE FAIR AND BIPARTISAN LEADERSHIP OF CHAIRMAN PAT ROBERTS, OUR COMMITTEE HAS PRODUCED A BILL THAT WILL BOLSTER STRUGGLING AGRICULTURE COMMUNITIES ACROSS OUR CURRENT. SPEAKING FOR MY HOME STATE OF KENTUCKY, AGRICULTURE IS PART OF WHO WE ARE. KENTUCKY FARM FAMILIES PRODUCE EVERYTHING FROM POULTRY TO SOYBEANS. THIS LEGISLATION WILL ASSIST THEM, ENCOURAGE ECONOMIC GROWTH AND INCREASE INVESTMENT IN RURAL COMMUNITIES. THIS FARM BILL ALSO INCLUDES A BIPARTISAN PROVISION I CRAFTED WITH SENATOR WYDEN TO LEGALIZE INDUSTRIAL HEMP. AT PRESENT, WITH JUST A FEW LIMITED EXCEPTIONS, OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BANS DOMESTIC HEMP PRODUCTION. NEVER MIND THAT THIS IS A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT PLAN THAN ITS ILLICIT COUSIN, NEVER MIND THAT AMERICAN CONSUMERS ARE ALREADY BUYING HEMP PRODUCTS, EVERYTHING FROM CLOTHING TO AUTO PARTS, THEY ARE JUST PRODUCED BY FOREIGN COUNTRIES. IT SUBPOENA TIME TO REMOVE THE ROADBLOCKS AND LET AMERICAN FARMERS EXPLORE THIS GROWING MARKET. THIS HAS LONG BEEN A PRIORITY OF MINE. I CHAMPIONED HEMP PILOT PROGRAMS IN THE 2014 FARM BILL THAT HAVE SHOWN SUCCESS, IT'S TIME TO TAKE THE NEXT STEP. AGAIN, I'D LIKE TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP ON THIS SUBJECT. I WAS PLEASED TO JOIN THE OVERWHELMING BIPARTISAN MAJORITY THAT VOTED THE FARM BILL OUT OF COMMITTEE YESTERDAY MORNING AND I LOOK FORWARD TO TAKING IT UP HERE ON RT FLOOR IN THE NEXT -- HERE ON THE FLOOR IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS. MR. PRESIDENT, ON ANOTHER SUBJECT, FOR THE PAST WEEK THE SENATE HAS BEEN CONSIDERING THE JOHN S. McCAIN NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT. IT IS A BIPARTISAN BILL. THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE HAS HAD HEARING AFTER HEARING AND GATHERED TESTIMONY FROM THE TOP MILITARY LEADERS AND HEARD STRAIGHT FROM THE EXPERTS ABOUT THE GAPS BETWEEN THE CURRENT CAPABILITIES AND CURRENT CHALLENGES AND TAKING THIS INTO ACCOUNT IN THE COMMITTEE, THEY CONSIDERED AND INCLUDED 3 O O AMENDMENTS -- 3 O O IN THE VERSION THEY REPORTED TO THE SENATE. FOR DAYS WE HAVE DISCUSSED AND DEBATE IT HERE ON THE FLOOR. SENATORS INHOFE AND REED MODIFIED THE BILL TO INCLUDE 40 ADDITIONAL AMENDMENTS FROM MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES. I'M CONFIDENT NO SENATOR SEES THIS AS A PERFECT BILL. I'M SURE WE ALL HAVE FURTHER ISSUES WE WOULD LIKE TO TACKLE. SOME PERTAIN TO THE SUBSTANCE OF DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION, OTHERS HAVE CONCERNS ON DIFFERENT TOPICS. PERSONALLY, I WOULD HAVE LIKED TO HAVE SEEN MORE VOTES ON AMENDMENTS THIS WEEK, BUT ONE OF THE REALITIES OF THIS BODY IS THAT ANY SENATOR ON EITHER SIDE CAN OBJECT TO SETTING UP AMENDMENT VOTES. THE GOOD NEWS IS WHAT WE -- WHAT WE ALREADY HAVE IN HAND, AN EXCELLENT DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL THAT WILL FULFILL ONE OF THIS BODY'S MOST IMPORTANT RESPONSIBILITIES AND EMPOWER THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO VOLUNTEER TO PROTECT US. WE FULFILLED THAT RESPONSIBILITY FOR 57 CONSECUTIVE YEARS. WHEN THIS BILL PASSES, IT WILL BE 58 CONSECUTIVE YEARS. YOU MIGHT CALL THAT A ROUTINE, BUT IN THIS BODY, AS WE KNOW, WHAT CAN SEEM LIKE THE MOST IMPORTANT ROUTINE ACTIVITIES ARE OFTEN AMONG THE VERY MOST IMPORTANT. THIS DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL IS RIGHT AT THE TOP OF THE SENATE'S TO-DO LIST SO WE CAN DO RIGHT BY OUR MEN AND WOMEN SERVING IN UNIFORM AROUND THE WORLD. TODAY IS THE 243RD BIRTHDAY OF OUR UNITED STATES ARMY. I'M GLAD WE'LL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE TO KEEP ADVANCING THIS BILL IN JUST A FEW MINUTES. AS I DISCUSSED ALL WEEK THIS LEGISLATION IS CRITICAL TO IMPLEMENTING SECRETARY MATTIS' NEW NATIONAL DEFENSE STRATEGY. IT'S CRITICAL FOR SUPPORTING OUR ALLIES AND REGIONAL PARTNERS AROUND THE WORLD. IT'S CRITICAL FOR KEEPING AMERICA SAFE IN A WORLD THAT CONFRONTS US WITH EVERYTHING FROM TERRORIST THREATS FROM NON-STATE ACTORS TO GREAT-POWER COMPETITION. SO ONE WAY OR ANOTHER THE SENATE WILL PASS THIS BILL. WE'LL FULFILL OUR SOLEMN RESPONSIBILITY TO OUR MILITARY AND THEN WE'LL PROCEED TO OTHER IMPORTANT BUSINESS FOR OUR CONSTITUENTS. NOW, MR. PRESIDENT, ON ONE FINAL MATTER, DAY AFTER DAY, WEEK AFTER WEEK MORE EVIDENCE PILES UP THAT REPUBLICANS OVERHAUL OF THE U.S. TAX CODE IS IGNITING NEW GROWTH AND INCREASING OPPORTUNITY ALL ACROSS OUR COUNTRY. HERE'S WHAT TAX REFORM MEANS TO MIDDLE-CLASS FLORIDIANS. IT MEANS THOUSAND DOLLAR BONUSES FOR 26 EMPLOYEES AT A SOFTWARE COMPANY IN TAMPA, IT MEANS AN INCREASE IN THE BASE WAGE AT A BANK AT MORE THAN 6 O O LOCATIONS ACROSS FLORIDA AND AT A MIAMI BREWERY, IT MEANT TO INVEST IN $4 O O,000. FOR THE CUSTOMERS OF FLORIDA POWER AND LIGHT IT MEANT A LOWER MONTHLY BILL. THE UTILITY HAD PLANNED TO IMPLEMENT A NEW SURGE CHARGE AFTER REBUILDING AFTER HURRICANE IRMA. BUT TAX REFORM LET THEM COVER THE REBUILDING THEMSELVES AND KEPT THAT ADDED BURDEN OFF THE SHOULDERS OF FLORIDIANS. JUST A FEW OF THE WAYS THAT TAX REFORM IS HELPING JUMP-START PROSPERITY UP AND DOWN THE STATE OF FLORIDA. SENATOR RUBIO VOTED TO PASS THIS ONCE-IN-A-GENERATION LAW. IT'S TOO BAD THAT HIS COLLEAGUE STOOD WITH EVERY SINGLE DEMOCRAT SENATOR IN THE SENATE AND EVERY DEMOCRAT IN THE HOUSE. HE APPARENTLY PREFERRED THAT THE MONEY REMAIN WITH THE I.R.S. I CALL THAT A CURIOUS DECISION. PERHAPS OUR DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES QUITE DON'T UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF A THRIVING ECONOMY. WE RECENTLY HEARD THAT SOME REVEALING COMMENTS FROM THE HOUSE DEMOCRATIC LEADER. HERE'S WHAT SHE SAID. HIP, HIP HOORAH, SHE SAID. UNEMPLOYMENT IS DOWN. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN TO ME AND MY LIFE, SHE SAID. UNEMPLOYMENT, AS LOW AS IT'S BEEN SINCE 1969. -- THE LOWEST ITS BEEN SINCE 1969. SOARING CONFIDENCE BY CONSUMERS AND SMALL BUSINESSES, MORE JOB OPENINGS THAN AMERICANS LOOKING FOR WORK FOR THE FIRST NAME AT LEAST 20 YEARS. NO BIG DEAL SAY OUR DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES, NOTHING TO SEE HERE. THEY REALLY THINK AN OUTSTANDING JOB MARKET DOESN'T MATTER TO AMERICAN FAMILIES? THAT MIGHT HAVE EXPLAINED THEIR VOTING RECORD ON TAX REFORM AND OTHER ISSUES, BUT I SUSPECT THIS IS JUST PURE PARTISANSHIP BECAUSE IT'S REPUBLICAN POLICIES THAT ARE HELPING GENERATE THIS SUCCESS. OUR FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE WANT TO DENY REALITY AND IGNORE THE OBVIOUS IMPROVEMENT FOR WORKERS, FAMILIES, AND JOB CREATORS. FORTUNATELY, MR. PRESIDENT, THE FACTS ARE THE FACTS. AMERICANS KNOW SUCCESS WHEN THEY SEE IT, AND REPUBLICANS WILL KEEP FIGHTING TO UNLEASH MORE PROSPERITY FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS.

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  • 09:42:42 AM

    MR. McCONNELL

    I MOVE TO PROCEED TO CALENDAR NUMBER 449, H.R. 5895.

  • 09:42:50 AM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT.

  • 09:42:52 AM

    THE CLERK

    MOTION TO PROCEED TO CALENDAR NUMBER 449, H.R. 5896, AN ACT MAKING…

    MOTION TO PROCEED TO CALENDAR NUMBER 449, H.R. 5896, AN ACT MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT AND SO FORTH AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 09:43:03 AM

    MR. McCONNELL

    I SEND A CLOTURE MOTION TO THE DESK ON THE MOTION TO PROCEED.

  • 09:43:08 AM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT.

  • 09:43:10 AM

    THE CLERK

    CLOTURE MOTION: WE, THE UNDERSIGNED SENATORS, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE…

    CLOTURE MOTION: WE, THE UNDERSIGNED SENATORS, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF RULE 22, DO HEREBY BRING TO A CLOSE DEBATE ON THE MOTION TO PROCEED TO CALENDAR NUMBER 449, H.R. 5895, AN ACT MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT, AND SO FORTH AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES, SIGNED BY 17 SENATORS.

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  • 09:43:34 AM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE READING OF THE NAMES BE WAIVED.

  • 09:43:37 AM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 09:43:38 AM

    MR. McCONNELL

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE MANDATORY QUORUM CALL BE WAIVED.

  • 09:43:42 AM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 09:44:32 AM

    MR. SCHUMER

  • 09:44:33 AM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE DEMOCRATIC LEADER.

  • 09:44:35 AM

    MR. SCHUMER

    IT'S NOW BEEN TWO DAYS SINCE THE SINGAPORE SUMMIT BETWEEN PRESIDENT TRUMP…

    IT'S NOW BEEN TWO DAYS SINCE THE SINGAPORE SUMMIT BETWEEN PRESIDENT TRUMP AND CHAIRMAN KIM CONCLUDED. AMERICA REMAINS TROUBLED BY THE LACK OF DETAIL ON THE JOINT STATEMENT SIGNED BY BOTH PARTIES AS WELL AS SOME OF THE REMARKABLE CONCESSIONS MADE BY PRESIDENT TRUMP, ESPECIALLY THE FREEZE OF JOINT MILITARY EXERCISES WITH SOUTH KOREA. IN THE WAKE OF THIS FIRST MEETING, IT'S BECOMING CLEARER AND CLEARER THAT CHAIRMAN KIM SECURED FAR MORE CONCESSIONS THAN PRESIDENT TRUMP. AND YET, DESPITE ALL THE EVIDENCE, PRESIDENT TRUMP IS ACTING LIKE HE JUST SECURED WORLD PEACE. THE PRESIDENT IS CONDUCTING AN ALTERNATIVE REALITY PRESIDENCY. AND THE RECENT SUMMIT WITH NORTH KOREA REVEALS IT BETTER THAN EVER. PRESIDENT TRUMP SAYS WE'RE NO LONGER ON THE BRINK OF WAR WITH NORTH KOREA AFTER PRESIDENT TRUMP HIMSELF WAS THE ONE WHO BROUGHT US THERE IN THE FIRST PLACE, THROUGH BELLICOSE RHETORIC AND BRINKMANSHIP ON TWITTER. NOW THE PRESIDENT TAKES A VICTORY LAP FOR UNDOING A PROBLEM HE CREATED IN THE FIRST PLACE. HE PATS HIMSELF ON THE BACK, SAYING WE'RE NOW AT PEACE. WE WERE ON THE BRINK OF WAR. HE FORGETS THAT HE BROUGHT US THERE. WHAT KIND OF PRESIDENCY IS THIS? AGAIN, PRESIDENT TRUMP TWEETED YESTERDAY, QUOTE, THERE IS NO LONGER A NUCLEAR THREAT FROM NORTH KOREA. SAYING IT, MR. PRESIDENT TRUMP, DOES NOT MAKE IT SO. ONCE AGAIN, AN ALTERNATIVE REALITY PRESIDENCY. DESPITE WHAT THE PRESIDENT SAYS, CHAIRMAN KIM HAS NOT AGREED TO DISMANTLE NORTH KOREA'S NUCLEAR INFRASTRUCTURE. HE HAS NOT AGREED TO STOP ENRICHING PLUTONIUM AND URANIUM. HE HAS NOT AGREED TO ANY SORT OF INSPECTIONS REGIME. WHEN CHAIRMAN KIM WENT HOME TO NORTH KOREA, HE DID NOT EVEN MENTION HIS VAGUE COMMITMENT TO COMPLETELY DENUCLEARIZE. TO SAY THERE IS NO LONGER A NUCLEAR THREATS FROM NORTH KOREA AFTER ONE MEETING, AFTER SIGNING ONE SHEET OF PAPER IS LIVING IN AN ALTERNATIVE REALITY, AND THAT'S WHERE IT SEEMS PRESIDENT TRUMP LIVES THESE DAYS MORE THAN EVER BEFORE. FINALLY, IN PLACE OF SERIOUS, ARDUOUS NEGOTIATIONS, PRESIDENT TRUMP PREFERRED SIGNING CEREMONIES AND PROCLAMATIONS. IT'S A PATTERN IN THIS PRESIDENCY. FLASH OVER SUBSTANCE. SIGNED DOCUMENTS IN FRONT OF CAMERAS, BUT SKIP OUT ON THE HARD WORK BEHIND THE SCENES. THE IDEA IS TO MAKE IT LOOK AS IF THE PRESIDENT IS GETTING STUFF DONE BUT NOT TWEAGHT DOING THE HARD WORK AND GETTING IT DONE. WE CAN'T HAVE A PRESIDENT WHO IS INTERESTED ONLY IN PLAYING THE ROLE OF PRESIDENT. HE'S GOT TO DO THE JOB OF PRESIDENT. ON A MATTER AS SERIOUS AS NEGOTIATIONS WITH NORTH KOREA, THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR THE HARD WORK OF REAL DIPLOMACY. ONLY IN PRESIDENT TRUMP'S ALTERNATIVE REALITY PRESIDENCY DO PHOTO-OPS AND HANDSHAKES SUFFICE. ESPECIALLY, ESPECIALLY WHEN NORTH KOREA STILL PRESENTS SUCH A GREAT DANGER TO US. IF TOMORROW MORNING KIM JONG-UN DID A 180-DEGREE REVERSAL, HAVING GOTTEN WHAT HE WANTS, THE HANDSHAKE, THE SUMMIT, THE REDUCTION OF SANCTIONS, WE WOULD BE IN REAL DANGER, AND PRESIDENT TRUMP ACTS LIKE IT'S ALL OVER. AN ALTERNATIVE REALITY PRESIDENCY, BUT WHEN IT COMES TO SOMETHING AS SERIOUS AND DANGEROUS AS NORTH KOREA, IT'S NOT A JOKE. IT'S SERIOUS STUFF. THE HARD DETAILS, THE CONCRETE CONCESSIONS, THE DIPLOMATIC GAINS FOR THE UNITED STATES, SAFETY FROM A DANGEROUS, STILL-DANGEROUS NORTH KOREA, THOSE SIMPLY HAVE TO WAIT IN PRESIDENT TRUMP'S WORLD, AND IT DOESN'T EVEN SEEM TO MATTER IF THEY NEVER HAPPEN. WE HOPE SINCERELY THAT THOSE HARD DETAILS DO COME. WE HOPE SINCERELY THAT THE SINGAPORE SUMMIT WAS ONLY THE FIRST STEP RATHER THAN THE FINAL RESULT, BECAUSE WE ALL WISH TO SEE A DIPLOMATIC RESOLUTION TO THE CONFLICT ON THE KOREAN PENINSULA. 99% OF ALL AMERICANS DON'T JUST WANT A PHOTO-OP. AND WE'RE GLAD THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP IS ACTUALLY TRYING AT LEAST TO CHANNEL DIPLOMACY, BUT HE NEEDS TO STOP BEHAVING LIKE ALL THE HARD WORK IS BEHIND HIM AND OPEN HIS EYES TO THE REALITY THAT BRINGING AN END TO A NUCLEAR NORTH KOREA IS NOT AS EASY, SIMPLE, OR AS QUICK AS A FEW DAYS OF PHOTO-OPS. NOW, ON ANOTHER SUBJECT, THIS AFTERNOON, WE EXPECT TO RECEIVE THE REPORT OF THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE INSPECTOR GENERAL WHO HAS BEEN REVIEWING THE CONDUCT OF THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND THE F.B.I. IN THE RUNUP TO THE 2016 ELECTION. ALTHOUGH WE HAVE NOT YET SEEN THE INSPECTOR GENERAL'S REPORT, THERE IS NO REASON, NO REASON TO BELIEVE IT WILL PROVIDE ANY BASIS TO CALL THE SPECIAL COUNSEL'S WORK INTO QUESTION. THE ILLINI I.G.'S REPORT CONTAINS AN ENTIRELY SEPARATE INVESTIGATION FROM THE RUSSIA PROBE THAT SPECIAL COUNSEL MUELLER IS CONDUCTING. THE I.G. REPORT CONTAINS ISSUES THAT STARTED LONG BEFORE THE SPECIAL COUNSEL MUELLER WAS EVEN APPOINTED AND CONCLUDED BEFORE HE BEGAN HIS INVESTIGATION. FURTHERMORE, THE ONE THING WE DO KNOW ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED IN LATE 2016 IS THAT CERTAIN ACTIONS TAKEN BY THE F.B.I. INTENTIONALLY OR NOT HELPED THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN AND HURT THE CLINTON CAMPAIGN. IS THE RELEASE THAT CANDIDATE CLINTON WAS UNDER INVESTIGATION, THE RELEASE OF COMMENTS ON WHAT SHE HAD OR HAD NOT DONE HURT HER. IT WILL TAKE AN AWFUL LOT OF SPIN, AN AWFUL LOT OF STRETCHING FOR REPUBLICANS TO TWIST THAT AROUND AND PORTRAY THE PRESIDENT AS SOME KIND OF VICTIM. BUT REGRETTABLY, PEOPLE LIKE CHAIRMAN NUNES, LIKE FOX NEWS, LIKE SOME OF THE REPUBLICAN SUPPORTERS OF THE PRESIDENT IN CONGRESS, AND EVEN LIKE THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF HAVE BEEN RUNNING A CYNICAL CAMPAIGN TO UNDERMINE THE RUSSIA INVESTIGATION. IT SEEMS THE ONLY LIMITS TO THE WILD CONSPIRACIES THEY HAVE COOKED UP IS THEIR IMAGINATIONS. THIS HURTS AMERICA. WE'VE HEARD NEW REPORTS THAT RUSSIA'S LOOKING TO MEDDLE IN OUR 2018 ELECTIONS. IF FARN POWERS CAN MEDDLE IN OUR ELECTIONS WITH IMPUNITY, THIS DEMOCRACY'S IN TROUBLE, IN TROUBLE. BOTH IN WHAT THE IMPORTANT IMPORTANT -- FOREIGN POWERS MAY DO AND THE LACK OF FAITH IT INSTILLS IN DEMOCRACIES HERE AND AROUND THE WORLD. AND OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES WHO USE THIS, OUR PRESIDENT WHO USES THIS AS A POLITICAL WHIPPING BOY ARE HURTING OUR DEMOCRACY. SO ALMOST REGARDLESS OF WHAT THE I.G. REPORT SAYS, YOU CAN PROBABLY EXPECT THE PRESIDENT, MR. NUNES, SOME OF THE FOX NEWS COMMENTATORS AND OTHERS TO INVENT NEW CONSPIRACY THEORIES AND NEW CALLS FOR MORE SPECIAL COUNSELS TO INVESTIGATE THE INVESTIGATORS. AMERICANS OF ALL STRIPES ARE BEGINNING TO SEE THESE THEORIES FOR WHAT THEY ARE. DISTORTIONS MEANT TO UNDERMINE DISTRACT FROM SPECIAL COUNSEL MUELLER'S INVESTIGATION INTO THE VERY SERIOUS EFFORTS OF RUSSIA TO INFLUENCE THE OUTCOME OF OUR ELECTIONS. WELL-MEANING MEMBERS OF BOTH PARTIES, BOTH PARTIES SHOULD CALL THEM OUT FOR WHAT THEY ARE. WE'RE WAITING TO HEAR FROM SOME OF OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE ON THIS. TOO FEW VOICES. TOO FEW VOICES ON SOMETHING SO SIGNIFICANT. ON ANOTHER MATTER, AND THIS ONE OF SOME BIPARTISANSHIP, I'M HAPPY TO SAY. THE SENATE CONTINUES TO PROCESS THE JOHN S. McCAIN NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT IN A BIPARTISAN WAY TO GIVE OUR MILITARY THE SUPPORT AND CERTAINTY IT NEEDS AND TO MAKE CRUCIAL UPDATES TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY POLICY, AND ONE STRONG BIPARTISAN ACTION IN THIS BILL IS DEALING WITH THE CHINESE TELECOM GIANT Z.T.E. LET ME REMIND THIS BODY, Z.T.E. HAS VIOLATED U.S. SANCTIONS, LIED ABOUT IT, BUT EVEN MORE IMPORTANTLY, ITS TECHNOLOGY HAS BEEN DEEMED A NATIONAL SECURITY THREAT. A NATIONAL SECURITY THREAT TO THESE GREAT UNITED STATES BY THE F.B.I., THE PENTAGON, AND THE F.C.C., ALL APPOINTED REPUBLICANS -- BY REPUBLICANS. PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS FLAT-OUT WRONG WHEN HE DECIDED TO GO EASY ON Z.T.E. AND ALLOW IT TO START SELLING ITS TECHNOLOGY IN THE UNITED STATES. IF YOU BELIEVE SOME REPORTS, HE DID IT ONCE AGAIN ON A WHIM. A PHONE CALL FROM PRESIDENT XI, PRESIDENT XI, OUR ENEMY ON ECONOMIC MATTERS WHO IS ROBBING AMERICAN JOBS AND STEALING OUR TECHNOLOGY, CALLS HIM UP AND SAYS LET'S UNDO THIS. PRESIDENT TRUMP, SEEMINGLY WITHOUT PREPARATION, WITHOUT BRIEFINGS BY THE MILITARY OR INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES OR OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES, JUST DOES IT, HURTING AMERICA. THE GOOD NEWS -- BIPARTISAN EFFORTS IN THIS BODY AND IN THE HOUSE TO UNDO WHAT THE PRESIDENT DID AND REIMPOSE THE PENALTIES ON Z.T.E. THAT THEY DESERVE. PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS FLAT-OUT WRONG WHEN HE DECIDED TO GO EASY ON Z.T.E. AND ALLOW IT TO START SELLING ITS TECHNOLOGY IN THE U.S. AGAIN. THAT PUTS AMERICA AT SEVERE RISK, THE RISK OF A CHINA-BACKED COMPANY SPYING ON AMERICANS' PRIVATE INFORMATION, SPYING ON BUSINESSES, SPYING ON OUR MILITARY. Z.T.E. IS ALLOWED TO COME IN HERE -- IF Z.T.E. IS ALLOWED TO COME IN HERE, EVERY AMERICAN SHOULD BE WORRIED WHEN THEY TALK ON THEIR IPHONE THAT CHINA'S SPYING ON THEM. EVERY AMERICAN BUSINESS SHOULD BE WORRIED THAT CHINA'S SPYING ON THE BUSINESSES AND THEIR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. AND MOST OF ALL, OUR MILITARY LEADERS SHOULD BE WORRIED THAT CHINA IS PURLOINING SECRETS THAT HELP KEEP US SAFE. THAT'S WHY WE'VE INCLUDED A BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT. I WANT TO SALUTE SENATORS COTTON AND VAN HOLLEN FOR LEADING THE CHARGE. I WANT TO ABSOLUTE FOLKS -- SALUTE FOLKS LIKE SENATOR RUBIO WHO HAVE BEEN SO STRONG ON THIS ISSUE, PUTTING COUNTRY FIRST. I WANT TO SALUTE THE MANY ON OUR SIDE WHO HAVE AGREED WITH THAT. IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO TO NOT ALLOW Z.T.E. TO BE HERE, FOR BOTH NATIONAL SECURITY INTERESTS, AS WELL AS THE ECONOMIC IMPORTANCE OF BEING TOUGH ON CHINA. YESTERDAY, IT WAS REPORTED, OF COURSE, THAT THE WHITE HOUSE WILL OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT AND MAY SEEK TO STRIP IT OUT OF THE BILL. WE HOPE COOLER HEADS IN THE ADMINISTRATION, SECRETARY MATTIS, CHIEF OF STAFF KELLY, AND OTHERS WHO HAVE HAD A MILITARY BACKGROUND CAN INFORM THE PRESIDENT HOW ILL-ADVISED HIS ACTIONS ARE. BOTH PARTIES IN CONGRESS MUST BE RESOLUTE IN BLOCKING THE PRESIDENT'S BAD PRO-CHINA Z.T.E. DEAL. PROTECTING AMERICA'S NATIONAL AND ECONOMIC SECURITY IS PARAMOUNT, AND ANY DEAL THAT JEOPARDIZES THEM SHOULD BE STOPPED IN ITS TRACKS. SENATOR CORKER MADE A POINT THIS WEEK. HE'S FREED OF THE POLITICAL CONSTRAINTS AND CAN SAY WHAT HE THINKS. HE MADE A POINT PASSIONATELY THAT THIS BODY DOES NOT HAVE TO ASSENT TO EVERY WHIM OF THE PRESIDENT. IT'S NOT EASY WHEN YOU'RE OF THE SAME PARTY AS THE PRESIDENT. I KNOW THAT. BUT AS EVERYONE IN THIS CHAMBER KNOWS, ON SOME MAJOR ISSUES, I OPPOSED PRESIDENT OBAMA BECAUSE I THOUGHT HE WAS WRONG. AND I KNOW HOW DIFFICULT IT IS. I KNOW HOW DIFFICULT IT IS. BUT SOMETIMES DUTY AND COUNTRY AND PATRIOTISM REQUIRE IT. ON A MATTER AS VITAL AS THIS ONE, HAVING TO DO WITH AMERICA'S NATIONAL AND ECONOMIC SECURITY, WE CANNOT BACK OFF. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES, PARTICULARLY MY FRIENDS, SENATORS COTTON, RUBIO, AND CORNYN, WHO HAVE BEEN SO STRONG AND RIGHT ON THIS ISSUE, HANG TOUGH. ESPECIALLY WHEN WE GET TO CONGRESS. AND I WANT TO THANK OUR CHAIR -- OUR ACTING CHAIR, IS IT? ACTING CHAIR OF THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE FOR UNDERSTANDING THE SECURITY RISKS AMERICA HAS AND FOR WORKING IN A BIPARTISAN WAY TO DO IT. NOW FINALLY, MR. PRESIDENT, INDULGE ME A FEW MORE WORDS. THEY ARE PERSONAL BUT THEY ARE MEANINGFUL. TODAY'S FLAG DAY. IT'S ALSO MY FATHER'S 95th BIRTHDAY. IT IS THIS UPCOMING WEEKEND ON FATHER'S DAY. MY FATHER IS A WORLD WAR II VET. OVER IN BURMA. WHEN HE CAME BACK TO BROOKLYN AFTER THE WAR, HE TOOK OVER A SMALL EXTERMINATING BUSINESS FROM HIS FATHER, MY GRANDPA. I OFTEN JOKED WE'RE THE ONLY FAMILY WHO ASSOCIATES THE SMELL OF D.D.T. WITH LOVE, BECAUSE MY DAD WOULD COME HOME FROM THE OFFICE SMELLING OF ALL THOSE CHEMICALS. MY FATHER HATED HIS JOB. HE WOULD PACE THE FLOOR SUNDAY NIGHTS, 2:00 A.M., UNABLE TO SLEEP, DREADING TO GO TO WORK ON MONDAY. BUT THERE WAS GREAT HONOR IN WHAT HE DID. HE NEVER COMPLAINED. HE WAS SUPPORTING A FAMILY, EVEN IF IT WAS IN A JOB HE WAS STUCK WITH AFTER GETTING BACK FROM WORLD WAR II. AND HIS PASSION AND HIS IDEA OF SERVING WITHOUT COMPLAINING IS SOMETHING HIS CHILDREN, GRANDCHILDREN, AND, GOD WILLING IN NOVEMBER, HIS SOON-TO-BE FIRST GREAT GRANDCHILD -- MY DAUGHTER'S PREGNANT -- HE GAVE US THE IDEA THAT WE COULD FOLLOW OUR DREAMS, STANDING ON HIS STRONG AND WEARY SHOULDERS. MINE LED ME HERE. I WILL NEVER STOP BEING GRATEFUL TO MY DAD FOR THAT. SO, MR. PRESIDENT, ALLOW ME TO WISH MY FATHER A HAPPY BIRTHDAY TODAY AND TO SAY I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING HIM AND MY MOM SELMA WHO TURNED 90 JUST ON D-DAY, AS WELL AS MY WIFE AND TWO DAUGHTERS THIS WEEKEND FOR FATHER'S DAY, AND I WISH ALL AMERICANS THE SAME JOY IN CELEBRATING FATHER'S DAY THIS WEEKEND. I YIELD THE FLOOR..

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  • 10:00:30 AM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    MR. PRESIDENT?

  • 10:00:30 AM

    MR. INHOFE

  • 10:00:41 AM

    THE CLERK

    CALENDAR NUMBER 442, H.R. 5515, AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE APPROPRIATIONS FOR…

    CALENDAR NUMBER 442, H.R. 5515, AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2019 FOR MILITARY ACTIVITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AND SO FORTH AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 10:00:58 AM

    MR. INHOFE

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR FROM OKLAHOMA.

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    MR. INHOFE

    MR. PRESIDENT, FIRST OF ALL, LET ME MAKE SURE THAT WE GET INTO THE RECORD…

    MR. PRESIDENT, FIRST OF ALL, LET ME MAKE SURE THAT WE GET INTO THE RECORD AND ACCURATELY AS I'M SAYING IT RIGHT NOW THAT -- TO ABE SCHUMER THAT HIS LITTLE BOYS' MOST PREDICTABLE ADVERSARY WISHES HIM TODAY A HAPPY BIRTHDAY. ALL RIGHT. YOU'RE VERY WELCOME.

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    MR. SCHUMER

    I THANK THE SENATOR.

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    MR. INHOFE

    MR. PRESIDENT, I WANT TO START TODAY BY GIVING AN UPDATE AS TO WHERE WE…

    MR. PRESIDENT, I WANT TO START TODAY BY GIVING AN UPDATE AS TO WHERE WE ARE IN THE PROCESS FOR THE NDAA. AT 10:30 WHICH IS COMING UP SHORTLY HERE, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A CLOTURE VOTE ON TOOMEY'S AMENDMENT THAT APPLIES TO THE CFIUS RULE-MAKING PROCESS. I THINK WE ALL KNOW WHAT THAT IS. WE ALL KNOW THERE'S A LOT OF OPPOSITION ON THE DEMOCRAT SIDE ON THAT. IF THAT VOTE FAILS, WE'LL IMMEDIATELY ROLL INTO A CLOTURE VOTE ON THE SUBSTITUTE AMENDMENT. THAT'S OUR AMENDMENT THAT WE'LL BE CONSIDERING AS THE BILL. THEN WE HOPE TO INVOKE CLOTURE ON THE UNDERLYING BILL THIS AFTERNOON BEFORE WE HEAD OUT OF TOWN. IF WE'RE ABLE TO DO THAT, WE'LL HAVE A FINAL PASSAGE VOTE ON MONDAY WHEN WE RETURN. NOW, WE'RE ALSO WORKING DILIGENTLY AS WE SPEAK TO CLEAR ADDITIONAL MANAGERS' PACKAGE. ONE OF THE THINGS WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT HERE AND I'VE BEEN SOMEWHAT CRITICAL OF SOME OF MY FELLOW MEMBERS, THE FACT THAT WE HAVE OPERATING UNDER RULES AND WE'VE GONE THROUGH THIS IN YEARS PAST, IT'S ALMOST PREDICTABLE THAT ONE INDIVIDUAL WILL TRY TO USE THIS BILL AS A MUST-PASS BILL. EVERYBODY KNOWS IT'S GOING TO PASS. IT'S PASSED FOR THE LAST 57 YEARS. AND SO THAT'S LOGICALLY WHERE YOU'D PUT AN AMENDMENT THAT'S VERY DIFFICULT TO PASS. I DON'T BLAME THEM FOR THAT. I'D DO THE SAME THING. BUT NONETHELESS, I WOULDN'T DO IT IF IT CAUSED ALL OTHER AMENDMENTS TO NOT BE CONSIDERED. WHAT I'M HOPING WHAT WILL HAPPEN IS WE'LL BE ABLE TO HAVE A MANAGERS' PACKAGE AND I HAVE REASON TO BELIEVE, I'M OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THAT. IT WOULD BE A GREAT THING TO HAVE. BECAUSE THESE AMENDMENTS, I DON'T KNOW HOW MANY WOULD BE ULTIMATELY IN THE MANAGERS' PACKAGE. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT A LOT OF AMENDMENTS. AND WE'VE ALREADY CLEARED MANY AMENDMENTS. AND ANYONE WHO CRITICIZES THE PROCESS THAT WE'RE GOING THROUGH RIGHT NOW IS NOT AWARE THAT WE HAVE DONE HOW MANY AMENDMENTS WE HAVE CONSIDERED IN OUR WORK ON IN IN COMMITTEE. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT SOME 300 AMENDMENTS. WE HAVE SINCE THAT TIME HAD COUNTLESS AMENDMENTS THAT HAD BEEN AGREED TO ON BOTH SIDES AND THAT'S WHERE WE ARE TODAY. SO IT WOULD BE A GREAT VICTORY FOR ALL OF US IN THIS CHAMBER IF WE COULD GET THE MANAGERS' AMENDMENT AGREED TO AND HOPEFULLY THAT WILL BE TRUE. I CAN'T NEGLECT THAT TODAY IS THE ARMY'S 243rd BIRTHDAY. I CAN REMEMBER I ACTUALLY ATTENDED A BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR THE UNITED STATES ARMY QUITE A WHILE BEFORE A LOT OF YOU GUYS WERE EVEN BORN. THAT WAS WHEN I WAS IN FORT LEE, VIRGINIA, IN THE UNITED STATES ARMY. THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN THE 100 -- 180th BIRTHDAY WE WERE CELEBRATING THEN. BACK WHETHER WE WERE CELEBRATING THE 180th BIRTHDAY AND I NEVER DREAMED I WOULD BE AROUND TO CELEBRATE THE 243rd BIRTHDAY OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY. THE ARMY IS ACTUALLY OLDER THAN THIS COUNTRY IS, 1775 BRAVE AMERICANS JOINED THE CAUSE TO FIGHT FOR THE LIFE AND LIBERTY THAT WE HOLD SO DEAR NOW. IT'S MY SAME MOTIVATION THAT STILL INSPIRES THE SERVICE OF THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO JOINED THE ARMY AND, INDEED, ALL OF THE SERVICE BRANCHES TODAY. IT'S FOR THOSE MEN AND WOMEN THAT WE ARE HERE TODAY. THAT'S WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT, THE NDAA THAT WE'RE CONSIDERING TODAY. IT'S -- IT'S THE PROVISIONS FOR THEM, INDIVIDUALS. IT HAS SPECIFIC PROVISIONS FOR OUR MEN AND WOMEN ON THE GROUND IN HARM'S WAY. A PAY RAISE THAT'S THE LARGEST IN TEN YEARS, THAT MODERNIZES THE OFFICE OF PERSONNEL SYSTEM. IT MEANS MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR QUALIFIED SERVICE MEMBERS TO RECEIVE PROMOTIONS THROUGHOUT THEIR CAREER. AND I THINK IT'S A RECOGNITION THAT THIS IS A TIME THAT THIS IS TAKING PLACE WHERE THERE'S A NEW EMPHASIS ON DEFENDING AMERICA. I DON'T SAY THIS CRITICALLY BUT THE LAST ADMINISTRATION HAD A POLICY THAT SAID WE CAN'T PUT IN ANY MORE MONEY IN SEQUESTRATION IN THE MILITARY UNLESS WE DO THE SAME THING FOR THE NONDEFENSE SPENDING. A LOTS OF PEOPLE AGREE WITH -- A LOT OF PEOPLE AGREE WITH THAT. I DON'T AGREE WITH THAT. WE ARE AT THE POINT WHERE WE'VE BROKEN PARITY. I SAY TO THOSE INDIVIDUALS MAKING CAREER DECISION, HELP IS ON ITS WAY. THIS IS A GOOD TIME TO DO IT. PART OF THAT IS BECAUSE OF THE MODERNIZATION OF THE PERSONNEL SYSTEM THAT IS IN THIS LEGISLATION. IT ALSO HAS -- AUTHORIZES $40 MILLION FOR SUPPLEMENTAL IMPACT AID SUPPORT. IN MY STATE OF OKLAHOMA, WHEN YOU HAVE AN EXPANSION OF MILITARY ACTIVITY, THEN OF COURSE YOU -- THOSE MILITARY ACTIVITY, INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE INVOLVED, THEY DON'T -- THEY'RE EXEMPT FROM THE TAXES THAT SUPPORT OUR SCHOOLS. THAT'S THE PROBLEM WE V. EVERY STATE HAS A PROBLEM. IT'S PROBABLY MORE SEVERE IN OKLAHOMA THAN I THINK ELSEWHERE. I WOULD LIKE THIS STATEMENT TO LET THOSE INDIVIDUALS KNOW, THOSE INDIVIDUALS THROUGHOUT MY STATE OF OKLAHOMA IN FIVE DIFFERENT MILITARY INSTALLATIONS THAT HELP IS ON ITS WAY AND WE'RE GOING TO TRY TO DO A BETTER JOB WITH SUPPLEMENTAL IMPACT AID THAN WE'VE DONE IN THE PAST. THIS BILL DOES THAT. IT INCREASES FUNDING FOR MILITARY PERSONNEL, IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR THE FAMILIES. AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, IT INCREASES END STRENGTH. NOT AS MUCH AS I'D LIKE TO SEE BUT IT DOES GROW THE FORCE SO SERVICE MEMBERS CAN HAVE SUFFICIENT TIME TO BE WITH THEIR FAMILIES AND TRAIN BEFORE REDEPLOYING. AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE DOING RIGHT NOW. IT'S GOING TO TAKE A LOT -- IT'S GOING TO TAKE A LOT OF ADDITIONAL FUNDING. WE ARE AUTHORIZING THAT FINISHING, AND WE'RE GOING TO BE REBUILDING. I HAVE TO REMIND PEOPLE ON THE OUTSIDE WORLD, THE PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT HERE IN WASHINGTON, THAT WE DO HAVE A PROBLEM, THIS ASSUMPTION THAT AMERICA HAS THE BEST OF EVERYTHING. AT ONE TIME IT WAS TRUE BUT IT'S NOT NOW. I ALWAYS DOCUMENT THAT BECAUSE THAT'S A PRETTY STRONG STATEMENT. IF YOU LOOK AT ARTILLERY, ARTILLERY IS MEASURED IN TERMS OF RAPID FIRE AND RANGE. AND RIGHT NOW BOTH RUSSIA AND CHINA HAVE BETTER RANGE AND RAPED FIRE THAN WE HAVE -- AND RAPID FIRE THAN WE HAVE IN THE UNITED STATES. WE HAVE DONE NOTHING WITH THE NUCLEAR ARSENAL THE LAST TEN YEARS. AT THE SAME TIME OUR TRIAD SYSTEM HAS BEEN STEADY AND YET RUSSIA AND CHINA HAVE IMPROVED THEIRS. THEY'RE AHEAD OF US IN THAT AREA. THERE IS ANOTHER AREA THAT IS A NEW TYPE OF DEFENSE SYSTEM THAT ACTUALLY HAS A DEFENSE MECHANISM THAT GOES FIVE TIMES THE SPEED OF SOUND. AND IT'S STILL IN THE EXPERIMENTAL STAGE BUT BOTH CHINA AND RUSSIA ARE AHEAD OF US. THIS BILL THAT WE'RE CONSIDERING NOW IRONICALLY ON THE BIRTHDAY OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY IS GOING TO CORRECT THAT. IT'S GOING TO TAKE A LITTLE WHILE, BUT IT IS ULTIMATELY GOING TO CORRECT THAT. I'M HOPING THAT ANY INDIVIDUALS, WE HAVE 20 MORE MINUTES BEFORE WE CAST THE TWO VERY SIGNIFICANT VOTES THAT I JUST MENTIONED. THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD. AND I'M HOPING, I REALLY BELIEVE THAT SOME OF THE INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE REALLY BEEN SOMEWHAT OF AN OBSTACLE IN THE PAST ARE COOPERATING AT A NEW LEVEL AND I'M VERY EXCITED ABOUT THAT. AND I'M HOPING THAT WE'LL BE ABLE TO STAY ON THE SCHEDULE I JUST ARTICULATED A FEW MINUTES FOR. WITH THAT, I YIELD THE FLOOR AND ASK FOR A QUORUM CALL.

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  • 10:09:14 AM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE CLERK WILL CALL THE ROLL. QUORUM CALL: QUORUM CALL:

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    CALL

    QUORUM CALL:

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    CALL

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    Quorum Call

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    CALL

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    Quorum Call

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR FROM OKLAHOMA.

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    MR. INHOFE

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE QUORUM CALL BE VITIATED.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. INHOFE

    MADAM PRESIDENT, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TWO VOTES COMING UP. THE FIRST VOTE…

    MADAM PRESIDENT, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TWO VOTES COMING UP. THE FIRST VOTE IS GOING TO BE ONE THAT I STRONGLY SUPPORT. IT'S IN THE -- THE -- SENATOR TOOMEY IS LOOKING IN THIS AMENDMENT TO DO SOMETHING THAT HAS BEEN VERY SUCCESSFUL, AND THAT IS TO GIVE A LITTLE MORE OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO BE OVERSEEING THE -- SOME OF THE OVERREGULATIONS THAT ARE OUT THERE. I WAS VERY PLEASED TO BE -- TO HAVE THE FIRST C.R.A. THAT WAS MINE THAT I AUTHORED TO BE ENACTED INTO LAW, AND WE'VE NOW HAD 16 C.R.A.'S, THAT'S CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW ACT. IT'S INTERESTING BECAUSE WE WENT 20 YEARS WITHOUT HAVING ANY OF THEM THAT WERE TAKEN AND NOW WE'VE BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN DOING THAT. IT'S JUST A STRONGER POSITION FOR THOSE OF US IN THE SENATE TO BE ABLE TO GET SOME THINGS DONE. WE CAN SAFEGUARD THE IMPORTANCE OF DEREGULATION, ESPECIALLY FOR THE FUTURE, BY PASSING THIS LEGISLATION TODAY. SENATOR TOOMEY'S AMENDMENT WOULD SIMPLY GIVE CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT OVER THE CFIUS RULEMAKING PROCESS, WHICH EVERYONE HERE KNOWS NEEDS TO BE DONE. IT WOULD NOT SLOW DOWN THE IMPLEMENT PROCESS AND STILL GRANT CFIUS. AFTER THAT, WE ARE GOING TO HAVE THE VOTE TO IS GOING TO ALLOW US TO MOVE TO A PACKAGE, I'M HOPING THAT WE'LL BE ABLE TO DO IT BECAUSE THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF TALK ABOUT NOT BEING ABLE TO GET AN OPEN AMENDMENT PROCESS. WE HAVE NOT HAD ONE, AND THAT'S UNFORTUNATE. BUT IF WE CAN JUST GET THIS PACKAGE OF AMENDMENTS PUT TOGETHER, IT'S GOING TO BE QUITE A FEW OF THEM, ALL OF THEM WILL BE CLEARED ON BOTH SIDES. IT WILL BE ONE THAT PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE VERY ANXIOUS TO GET SON. IT'S GOING TO GIVE VOICE MANY OF THE MEMBERS, PROBABLY SOME 40 MEMBERS WHO OTHERWISE WOULD NOT HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE THEIR AMENDMENT AGREED TO, OR AT LEAST HEARD. SO I THINK WE'LL HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY. IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE DO IT NOW AND I THINK THAT'S -- HOPEFULLY THAT PACKAGE OF AMENDMENTS IS GOING TO BE ONE THAT WILL BE FAVORABLY APPROVED. WITH THAT, I YIELD THE FLOOR AND SUGGEST THE ABSENCE OF A QUORUM.

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  • 10:27:20 AM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE CLERK WILL CALL THE ROLL.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    ROLL.

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    CALL

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    CALL

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    CALL

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    CALL

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    CALL

    A SENATOR: MADAM PRESIDENT.

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    Quorum Call

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE MAJORITY WHIP.

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    MR. CORNYN

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THE QUORUM CALL BE DISPENSED WITH.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. CORNYN

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SPEAK FOR UP TO ONE MINUTE.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. CORNYN

    MADAM PRESIDENT, I APPRECIATE THE BROAD SUPPORT THAT WE'VE SEEN FOR…

    MADAM PRESIDENT, I APPRECIATE THE BROAD SUPPORT THAT WE'VE SEEN FOR PLUGGING THE HOLES IN OUR ABILITY TO EVALUATE FOREIGN INVESTMENT FOR NATIONAL SECURITY RISKS HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. WE KNOW THAT CHINA, FOR EXAMPLE, HAS BEEN QUITE EXPLICIT ABOUT WHAT IT'S TRYING TO DO TO SURPASS THE UNITED STATES ECONOMICALLY AND MILITARILY, AND THERE HAVE BEEN VERY AGGRESSIVE AND -- AND THEY HAVE BEEN VERY AGGRESSIVE AND VERY STRATEGIC IN THE WAY THEY HAVE TRIED TO ACQUIRE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND KNOW-HOW FOR FOREIGN INVESTMENT IN THE UNITED STATES. THAT'S WHY THIS LEGISLATION IS SO IMPORTANT. I ADMIRE THE SENATOR FROM PENNSYLVANIA AS ONE OF THE MOST PRINCIPLED CONSERVATIVES IN THIS BODY AND IN CONGRESS, BUT HE AND I DIFFER OVER WHETHER THE REINS ACT, WHICH WOULD REQUIRE UP-OR-DOWN VOTES ON IMPLEMENTING REGULATIONS SHOULD BE A PART OF THIS IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS NATIONAL SECURITY LEGISLATION. I NEVER DREAMED THAT WE WOULD DO THAT IN A NATIONAL SECURITY CONTEXT AS OPPOSED TO ECONOMIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL LEGISLATION. SO RELUCTANTLY, I OPPOSE THE SENATOR FROM PENNSYLVANIA'S AMENDMENT AND WOULD ENCOURAGE ALL OF OUR COLLEAGUES TO DO THE SAME. I WOULD JUST CONCLUDE BY SAYING THAT I SHARE HIS CONCERNS WHEN IT COMES TO USING NATIONAL SECURITY AS A PRETEXT ON ECONOMIC LEGISLATION AND TRADE ISSUES, AND I LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING TO WORK WITH HIM AND ALL OF MY OTHER COLLEAGUES OUTSIDE OF THE NATIONAL SECURITY CONTEXT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE -- WE SUPPORT FREE AND FAIR TRADE, ONE THAT PROTECTS THE UNITED STATES INTEREST AS WELL AS OVERSTEPPING THE REGULATORY BOUNDS BY THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH ON OCCASION. I'M ALL FOR ROLLING THAT BACK WHERE WE CAN BUT NOT IN THE NATIONAL SECURITY CONTEXT LIKE THIS. I YIELD THE FLOOR. I HAVE SUGGEST THE ABSENCE OF A QUORUM.

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  • 10:37:36 AM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE CLERK WILL CALL THE ROLL. QUORUM CALL:

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    CALL

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    MR. TOOMEY

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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    MR. TOOMEY

    I ASK THE QUORUM CALL BE VITIATED.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. TOOMEY

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE BODY FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

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    MR. TOOMEY

    THANK YOU, MADAM PRESIDENT. I SIMPLY WANT TO MAKE THE CASE THAT THIS…

    THANK YOU, MADAM PRESIDENT. I SIMPLY WANT TO MAKE THE CASE THAT THIS AMENDMENT WE'RE ABOUT TO VOTE ON IS A SIMPLE QUESTION OF WHETHER WE THINK THAT WE OUGHT TO BE ACCOUNTABLE, THAT WE OUGHT TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE LEGISLATIVE AUTHORITY THAT WE DELEGATE. RULE MAKING IS A LEGISLATIVE FUNCTION, AND IN THIS BILL, THE CFIUS REFORM BILL THAT IS IN THE NDAA, AS IN MANY OTHER OCCASIONS, WE DELEGATE A PORTION OF THAT AUTHORITY, WE DELEGATE THAT RULE MAKING TO THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH, WHICH IS FINE. BUT WE HAVE GOT A RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY GET IT RIGHT. THIS ADMINISTRATION AND FUTURE ADMINISTRATIONS. AND SO THIS AMENDMENT HAS A SIMPLE MECHANISM THAT REQUIRES A SIMPLE UP-OR-DOWN VOTE. IT CAN'T BE FILIBUSTERED, IT CAN'T BE DELAYED. IT'S A SIMPLE MAJORITY VOTE TO AFFIRM THAT THE RULEMAKING ACTUALLY WILL ACHIEVE THE LEGISLATIVE ATTEMPT. ANYTHING -- A NO VOTE IS REALLY A VOTE TO SHIRK OUR OWN RESPONSIBILITY, OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY SINCE ALL LEGISLATIVE AUTHORITY IS INVESTED IN THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES. I URGE A YES VOTE.

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  • 10:39:17 AM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE MOTION TO INVOKE CLOTURE.

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    THE CLERK

    CLOTURE MOTION. WE, THE UNDERSIGNED SENATORS, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE…

    CLOTURE MOTION. WE, THE UNDERSIGNED SENATORS, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF RULE 22 OF THE STANDING RULES OF THE SENATE, DO HEREBY MOVE TO BRING TO A CLOSE DEBATE ON SENATE AMENDMENT NUMBERED 2700 TO AMENDMENT NUMBERED 2282 TO H.R. 5515, AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2019, AND SO FORTH AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES, SIGNED BY 17 SENATORS.

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  • 10:39:41 AM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    BY UNANIMOUS CONSENT, THE MANDATORY QUORUM CALL HAS BEEN WAIVED. THE…

    BY UNANIMOUS CONSENT, THE MANDATORY QUORUM CALL HAS BEEN WAIVED. THE QUESTION IS, IS IT THE SENSE OF THE SENATE THAT DEBATE ON AMENDMENT NUMBERED 2700, OFFERED BY THE SENATOR FROM KENTUCKY, MR. McCONNELL, FOR THE SENATOR FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. TOOMEY, TO H.R. 5515, AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2019 FOR MILITARY ACTIVITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, FOR MILITARY CONSTRUCTION, AND FOR DEFENSE ACTIVITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY TO PRESCRIBE MILITARY PERSONNEL STRENGTHS FOR SUCH FISCAL YEAR, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES, SHALL BE BROUGHT TO A CLOSE. THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE MANDATORY UNDER THE RULE. THE CLERK WILL CALL THE ROLL. VOTE: VOTE: VOTE:

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    VOTE

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    VOTE

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    VOTE

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    VOTE

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    VOTE

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    VOTE

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    ARE THERE ANY SENATORS IN THE CHAMBER WISHING TO VOTE OR CHANGE THEIR…

    ARE THERE ANY SENATORS IN THE CHAMBER WISHING TO VOTE OR CHANGE THEIR VOTE? IF NOT, THE YEAS ARE 35, THE NAYS ARE 62. THE MOTION IS NOT AGREED TO. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE MOTION TO INVOKE CLOTURE.

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  • 11:14:27 AM

    THE CLERK

    CLOTURE MOTION: WE, THE UNDERSIGNED SENATORS, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE…

    CLOTURE MOTION: WE, THE UNDERSIGNED SENATORS, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF RULE 22 OF THE STANDING RULES OF THE SENATE, DO HEREBY MOVE TO BRING TO A CLOSE DEBATE ON SENATE AMENDMENT NUMBER 2282 ASSED TOIFIED TO H.R. 5515 AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 23019 AND SO FORTH AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES, SIGNED BY 17 SENATORS.

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  • 11:14:46 AM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    BY UNANIMOUS CONSENT, THE MANDATORY QUORUM CALL HAS BEEN WAIVED. THE…

    BY UNANIMOUS CONSENT, THE MANDATORY QUORUM CALL HAS BEEN WAIVED. THE QUESTION IS, IS IT THE SENSE OF THE SENATE THAT DEBATE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 2282, AS MODIFIED, OFFERED BY THE SENATOR FROM OKLAHOMA, MR. INHOFE, TO H.R. 5515, AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2019 FOR MILITARY ACTIVITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, FOR MILITARY CONSTRUCTION, AND FOR DEFENSE ACTIVITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY TO PRESCRIBE MILITARY PERSONNEL STRENGTHS FOR SUCH FISCAL YEAR AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES, SHALL BE BROUGHT TO A CLOSE. THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE MANDATORY UNDER THE RULE. THE CLERK WILL CALL THE ROLL. VOTE: VOTE: VOTE: VOTE:

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  • 11:15:30 AM

    Senate Vote 124 - On the Cloture Motion S.Amdt. 2282 to H.R. 5515 (National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019)

    Cloture Motion Agreed to (83 - 14)
    Yea

    Vote Details: Yea - 83
    Republican - 45
    Democratic - 37
    Independent - 1

    Vote Details: Nay - 14
    Democratic - 9
    Republican - 4
    Independent - 1

    Vote Details: Not Voting - 3
    Republican - 2
    Democratic - 1

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    VOTE

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    VOTE

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    VOTE

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    VOTE

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    VOTE

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    VOTE

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    VOTE

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    VOTE

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    VOTE

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

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    MR. INHOFE

    MR. PRESIDENT.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR FROM OKLAHOMA.

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    MR. INHOFE

    I MAKE A POINT OF ORDER THAT AMENDMENT 2366 IS NOT GERMANE.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE POINT OF ORDER IS WELL TAKEN. THE AMENDMENT FALLS.

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    MR. INHOFE

    I MAKE A POINT OF ORDER THAT AMENDMENT 2700 IS NOT GERMANE.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    POINT OF ORDER IS WELL TAKEN. THE AMENDMENT FALLS.

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    MR. INHOFE

    I CALL UP AMENDMENT NUMBER 2276 ON BEHALF OF SENATOR BOOZMAN.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT.

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    THE CLERK

    THE SENATOR FROM OKLAHOMA, MR. INHOFE, FOR MR. BOOZMAN, PROPOSES AN…

    THE SENATOR FROM OKLAHOMA, MR. INHOFE, FOR MR. BOOZMAN, PROPOSES AN AMENDMENT NUMBERED 2276 TO AMENDMENT NUMBER 2282 AS MODIFIED TO H.R. 5515.

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  • 11:49:09 AM

    MR. INHOFE

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT READING OF THE AMENDMENT BE WAIVED.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. REED

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    MR. PRESIDENT.

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    MR. REED

    I CALL UP AMENDMENT 2885 TO 2276.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT.

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    THE CLERK

    THE SENATOR FROM RHODE ISLAND, MR. REED, PROPOSES AN AMENDMENT NUMBERED…

    THE SENATOR FROM RHODE ISLAND, MR. REED, PROPOSES AN AMENDMENT NUMBERED 2885 TO AMENDMENT NUMBER 2276.

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    MR. REED

    I ASK CONSENT THE READING OF THE AMENDMENT BE WAIVED.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. INHOFE

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR FROM OKLAHOMA.

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    MR. INHOFE

    I CALL APAMENDMENT 2273 TO THE UNDERLYING BILL.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT.

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    THE CLERK

    WILL REPORT.

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    MR. CORNYN

    MR. PRESIDENT.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE MAJORITY WHIP.

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    MR. CORNYN

    MR. PRESIDENT, I'M GLAD WE'RE MAKING SUCH GREAT PROGRESS IN THE DEFENSE…

    MR. PRESIDENT, I'M GLAD WE'RE MAKING SUCH GREAT PROGRESS IN THE DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL, AND I KNOW SOME ADDITIONAL WORK NEEDS TO BE DONE. BUT I WANTED TO COME TO THE FLOOR AND COMMENT BRIEFLY ON THE MEETING THAT OCCURRED THIS LAST WEEK, THIS HISTORIC MEETING WITH NORTH KOREAN OFFICIALS IN SINGAPORE. PRESIDENT TRUMP, SECRETARY OF STATE POMPEO, NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR BOLTON AND THE REST OF THE AMERICAN DELEGATION ARE TO BE CONGRATULATED FOR HAVING THIS MEETING. IT WAS AN HISTORIC FIRST STEP, AND I APPLAUD PRESIDENT TRUMP FOR TAKING IT. BUT I REITERATE, IT WAS A FIRST STEP. TO ME, IT REMINDS ME OF BOXERS ENTERING THE RING AND TOUCHING GLOVES BEFORE THE FIGHT BEGINS. IT'S A WARMUP FOR SOMETHING LONGER AND MUCH MORE DIFFICULT. WE NEED TO REMAIN CLEAR-EYED ABOUT WHO WE'RE DEALING WITH AND NOT ASSUME THAT THERE ISN'T HARD WORK TO BE DONE. AS ONE COMMENTATOR RECENTLY PUT IT, NORTH KOREAN DUPLICITY IS NORMAL. WE NEED TO REMIND OURSELVES OF OUR OWN HISTORY OF NEGOTIATING WITH NORTH KOREA AND OUR COUNTERPART'S RECORD OF SAYING ONE THING AND SIMPLY DOING ANOTHER. THE JOINT AGREEMENT SIGNED BY PRESIDENT TRUMP AND KIM JONG UN SET BROAD GOALS WHEREBY THE U.S. MADE UNSPECIFIED SECURITY GUARANTEES AND KIM JONG UN RECOMMITTED TO WORK TOWARD THE COMPLETE DENUCLEARIZATION OF THE KOREAN PENINSULA. THIS AGREEMENT SET THE STAGE FOR FUTURE ENGAGEMENTS BETWEEN OUR SECRETARY OF STATE AND HIS NORTH KOREAN COUNTERPART. BY SAYING IT'S A FIRST STEP ARE LIKE TWO BOXERS TOUCHING GLOVES BEFORE THE FIGHT BEGINS, I DON'T WANT TO SUGGEST IN ANY WAY THAT THIS WAS UNIMPORTANT. I THINK IT'S DRAMATICALLY IMPORTANT BECAUSE I CAN'T THINK OF ANY OTHER PLACE IN THE WORLD WHERE WE, A MISSTEP OR MISCALCULATION COULD LEAD TO SO MUCH BLOODSHED AND HEARTACHE AND CONFLICT. AND WHILE WE KNOW THAT THE MILITARY OPTION MUST ALWAYS BE THE LAST OPTION, DIPLOMACY IS ALWAYS WELCOME AND IS FACILITATED BY A STRONG MILITARY AND PREPAREDNESS. BUT NOW THE FOLLOW-UP NEGOTIATIONS WILL BE LED BY SECRETARY POMPEO, AND I HAVE EVERY CONFIDENCE THAT HE WILL ABLY LEAD THOSE. HE SAID THAT THE U.S. HOPES TO ACHIEVE MAJOR DISARMAMENT OF NORTH KOREA'S NUCLEAR ARSENAL DURING THE NEXT TWO AND A HALF YEARS, BUT ADDED EMPHATICALLY THAT WE WILL RESUME JOINT MILITARY EXERCISES WITH SOUTH KOREA IF THE TALKS STALL. I THINK THIS REPRESENTS THE RIGHT APPROACH. AIMING FOR THE BEST WHILE REMAINING VIGILANT AND PREPARED FOR ALL POSSIBLE OBSTACLES AND OUTCOMES. PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS SAID THAT SANCTIONS AGAINST NORTH KOREA WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL WE'RE SURE THAT NUCLEAR WEAPONS ARE NO LONGER A FACTOR. I APPLAUD THIS STANCE OF MAXIMUM PRESSURE, AND WE SHOULDN'T TAKE OUR FOOT OFF THE GAS AT THIS POINT, BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT BROUGHT US TO THIS HISTORIC MEETING IN THE FIRST PLACE. I BELIEVE THE UNITED STATES SHOULD REMAIN COMMITTED TO THE PERMANENT VERIFIABLE AND IRREVERSIBLE DISMANTLING OF NORTH KOREA'S WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION, AND I WISH SECRETARY POMPEO LUCK AS HE CONTINUES FOLLOW-UP DISCUSSIONS IN SOUTH KOREA TO HELP ACCOMPLISH THE GOAL THAT WE SEEK AS SPEAKER RYAN SAID LAST WEEK, PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS NOW DISRUPTED THE STATUS QUO. I LIKE THE WAY HE EXPRESSED THAT. PRESIDENT TRUMP, IF NOTHING, IS GOOD AT DISRUPTING THE STATUS QUO. BUT HERE WHEN IT COMES TO NORTH KOREA, IT IS ENORMOUSLY POSITIVE. WHEN THE STATUS QUO INCLUDES A BRUTAL DICTATORSHIP THAT COMMITS FLAGRANT HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS, HAS A STATE-CONTROLLED ECONOMY STARVING ITS OWN PEOPLE IN ORDER TO BUILD NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND HAS SHOWN CONTEMPT FOR INTERNATIONAL NORMS AND GLOBAL DIPLOMACY, I SAY THE CAREFUL AND CAUTIOUS KIND OF DISRUPTION IS EXACTLY THE RIGHT THING TO DO. OUR COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE SEEM TO AGREE, AND I'M GRATEFUL FOR THAT. NOT EVERYTHING NEEDS TO BE A PARTISAN ISSUE HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C. IN A STATEMENT, THE JUNIOR SENATOR FROM VERMONT CALLED THE SUMMIT EARLIER THIS WEEK A POSITIVE STEP IN DEESCALATING TENSIONS. I SAW FORMER DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE JAMES CLAPPER MADE SIMILAR POSITIVE REMARKS. WE'LL HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE HOW THIS STORY UNFOLDS, BUT THE PRESIDENT IS TO BE COMMENDED FIRST FOR ENSURING THAT THE SUMMIT TOOK PLACE AT ALL, AND THEN PROVIDING US WITH HOPE FOR A PATH FORWARD. MR. PRESIDENT, ANOTHER ITEM OF BUSINESS TODAY IS THE FARM BILL WHICH I HOPE WE WILL TAKE UP PROMPTLY HERE IN THE SENATE. FORTUNATELY IT PASSED THE AG COMMITTEE YESTERDAY, THE SENATE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE BY A VOTE OF 20-1. THANKS TO CHAIRMAN ROBERTS AND RANKING MEMBER STABENOW, THIS BIPARTISAN COMPROMISE IS A FAIR AND EQUITABLE BILL THAT DOES NOT FAVOR ONE REGION OF THE COUNTRY OVER ANOTHER. I FOUND IN MY TIME IN THE SENATE, AGRICULTURE ISSUES IN THE FARM BILL DOESN'T PIT DEMOCRATS AGAINST REPUBLICANS SO MUCH AS IT PITS ONE REGION OF THE COUNTRY AGAINST ANOTHER, WHICH MAKES IT EVEN MORE CHALLENGING. KIND OF A RUBIK'S CUBE TO FIGURE OUT. BUT THE NEAR UNANIMOUS VOTE IS A TESTAMENT TO THE COLLABORATION AND BIPARTISANSHIP OF THE LEADERS OF THE COMMITTEE, AND THEY DESERVE THE RESPECT AND APPRECIATION OF US ALL, ESPECIALLY THOSE OF US WHO HAIL FROM STATES WHERE AGRICULTURE HAS SUCH A DOMINANT PRESENCE, LIKE MY STATE, LIKE THE PRESIDING OFFICER'S STATE. THE FARM BILL IS ALWAYS A SIGNIFICANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION BECAUSE IT HELPS ENSURE THAT AMERICANS AND MANY OTHER PEOPLE WHO DEPEND UPON OUR FOOD SUPPLY ENJOY THE ACCESS TO THE SAFEST, MOST AFFORDABLE AND MOST RELIABLE FOOD SUPPLY IN THE WORLD. WE HAVE TO REMEMBER THAT IN MANY NONWESTERN COUNTRIES YOU CAN'T JUST WALK UP TO A STORE AND KNOW THAT WHAT YOU WANT WILL BE THERE ON THE SHELF OR THAT IT WILL BE AFFORDABLE, OR THAT IT WILL BE SAFE TO EVEN EAT. THE FARM BILL HELPS ENSURE WE CONTINUE TO ENJOY EACH OF THOSE THINGS, KNOWING THAT WE CAN WALK INTO A STORE, THAT WE'LL FIND WHAT WE WANT, THAT IT WILL BE AFFORDABLE AND THAT IT WILL BE SAFE TO EAT. THIS YEAR'S FARM BILL WILL BE HUGELY IMPACTFUL FOR FARMERS AND RANCHERS IN MY STATE, TEXAS. AMONG ITS MOST NOTEWORTHY PROVISIONS ARE PROTECTING SEED COTTON ELIGIBILITY FOR THE SAFETY NET. IN THE FUNDAMENTAL BILL WE PASSED LAST FEBRUARY, WE WORKED HARD TO INCLUDE THIS LANGUAGE, RETURNING COTTON TO THE SAFETY NET, THE COTTON GROWERS COMPETE ON A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD AFTER YEARS OF DEPRESSED PRICES. SO I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN ROBERTS AND RANKING MEMBER STABENOW FOR ENSURING, AS WELL AS THE REST OF THE COMMITTEE FOR ENSURING THAT THIS POLICY CONTINUES AND THAT COTTON FARMERS HAVE THE LONG-TERM PREDICTABILITY THEY DESERVE UNDER THE FARM BILL. THIS YEAR'S BILL ALSO RETAINS AND STRENGTHENS THE PRICE LOSS COVERAGE PROGRAM TO HELP PROVIDE TEXAS PRODUCERS WITH PREDICTABILITY THROUGHOUT UNSTABLE WEATHER AND NATURAL DISASTERS. THAT COMES AS GREAT NEWS THIS YEAR, ESPECIALLY WHEN WE'RE ALL WELL AWARE THAT MUCH OF THE TEXAS PAN HANDLE AS WELL AS MUCH OF THE REST OF MY STATE REMAINS UNDER SEVERE OR EVEN EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT CONDITIONS. ADDITIONALLY THE BILL PROMOTES ANIMAL HEALTH AND REAUTHORIZES DISEASE RESEARCH PROGRAMS, INCLUDING A CRUCIAL ONE THAT WILL HELP THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE RESEARCH AND CONTAIN THE STRED OF CATTLE -- THE SPREAD OF CATTLE FEVER. THIS IS A PARASITE CARRYING INSECTS WITH THE POTENTIAL TO WIPE OUT CATTLE HERDS AND CAUSE DEVASTATING FINANCIAL LOSSES. AND THE RESEARCH PROGRAMS THAT WE'RE PROMOTING WILL HELP FARMERS AND RANCHERS ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY. I KNOW THE SENIOR SENATOR FROM MINNESOTA, FOR EXAMPLE, HAS BEEN CONCERNED ABOUT AVIAN INFLUENZA IN HER STATE AND I'M GLAD WE ARE ABLE TO WORK TOGETHER TO MAKE SURE THESE IMPORTANT RESEARCH PROGRAMS, WITH ALL OF THEIR IMPLICATIONS ARE AUTHORIZED IN THE BILL. ON TOP OF THAT, THE FARM BILL WILL STRENGTHEN CROP INSURANCE AND OTHER CROP MANAGEMENT TOOLS AND ENHANCE INCENTIVE PROGRAMS THAT HELP THE AG COMMUNITY CONSERVE SOIL AND WATER. FINALLY THE BILL ENCOURAGES THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE RESEARCH PARTNERSHIPS INCLUDING THOSE IN PLACES LIKE TEXAS A&M, TEXAS TECH AND PRAIRIE VIEW A&M TO PROMOTE MORE PRODUCTIVE AND PROFITABLE FARMING AND WILL ASSIST TEXAS FARMERS AND RANCHERS IN SELLING THEIR PRODUCTS IN FOREIGN MARKET. I KNOW WE'LL TAKE THE FARM BILL ON THE FLOOR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AND I LOOK FORWARD TO SUPPORTING ITS SWIFT PACKAGE. A SENATOR: MADAM PRESIDENT.

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  • 12:01:03 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR FROM CONNECTICUT.

  • 12:01:06 PM

    MR. BLUMENTHAL

    THANK YOU, MADAM PRESIDENT. I ASK AT THE OUTSET, MADAM PRESIDENT, THAT BY…

    THANK YOU, MADAM PRESIDENT. I ASK AT THE OUTSET, MADAM PRESIDENT, THAT BY UNANIMOUS CONSENT MY DEFENSE FELLOW, UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS OFFICER ALEXANDER MONTIBY, BE GRANTED FLOOR PRIVILEGES FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE DEBATE ON THE DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT.

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  • 12:01:29 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. BLUMENTHAL

    THANK YOU, MADAM PRESIDENT. MADAM PRESIDENT, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO…

    THANK YOU, MADAM PRESIDENT. MADAM PRESIDENT, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SET ASIDE THE PENDING AMENDMENT IN ORDER TO CALL UP AMENDMENT NUMBER 2304.

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  • 12:01:42 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    IS THERE AN OBJECTION?

  • 12:01:46 PM

    MR. INHOFE

    MADAM PRESIDENT, I OBJECT.

  • 12:01:49 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    OBJECTION IS HEARD.

  • 12:01:54 PM

    MR. BLUMENTHAL

    MADAM PRESIDENT, THIS AMENDMENT VERY SIMPLY DIRECTS THE POSTMASTER GENERAL…

    MADAM PRESIDENT, THIS AMENDMENT VERY SIMPLY DIRECTS THE POSTMASTER GENERAL TO ISSUE A FOREVER STAMP TO HONOR GOLD STAR FAMILIES WHO HAVE LOST A FAMILY MEMBER IN COMBAT. IT IS ABOUT AS SIMPLE AND STRAIGHTFORWARD AS AN AMENDMENT TO THIS IMMENSELY COMPLEX AND COSTLY MEASURE COULD BE. WE ARE NOW IN THE SECOND DECADE OF THESE WARS IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN AT HUMONGOUS COST TO OUR NATION IN TREASURE, SOME $5 TRILLION, AND IN LIVES, CLOSE TO 7,000 AMERICANS HAVE PERISHED THERE. ON THIS FLAG DAY, AND AT THE BEGINNING OF THE FATHER'S DAY WEEKEND, I ASK THAT THIS BODY APPROVE AN AMENDMENT THAT VERY SIMPLY WOULD ISSUE AND DIRECT THE POSTMASTER TO DELIVER A FOREVER STAMP COMMEMORATING THE SACRIFICE AND LOSS OF OUR GOLD STAR FAMILIES. ALL OF US IN THIS BODY HAVE ATTENDED FUNERALS. WE HAVE SEEN FIRSTHAND THE LOSSES SUFFERED BY THE BRAVE AMERICANS -- THEIR FAMILIES, THEIR LOVED ONES, THEIR FRIENDS, THEIR DADS, AND THEIR MOMS. AND ALL OF US OUGHT TO BE JOINING IN PAYING TRIBUTE TO THOSE FAMILIES BY DIRECTING THE POSTMASTER GENERAL TO ISSUE A FOREVER STAMP THAT WILL BE VALID FOR WHATEVER TIME IT IS USED. THERE IS PRECEDENT FOR THIS KIND OF STAMP. IN FACT, I WAS REMINDED OF IT BY A FRIEND AND CONSTITUENT, JOE CALICO, OF GREENWICH, CONNECTICUT, WHO WAS INSPIRED BY HIS CHILDHOOD STAMP COLLECTION TO SUGGEST A FOREVER GOLD STAR STAMP. THE STAMP WAS ISSUED IN 1947 FOR GOLD STAR MOTHERS. IT EXPIRED ABOUT A YEAR THEREAFTER. SINCE THEN, THIS NATION HAS NEVER ISSUED SUCH A STAMP AGAIN, BUT THERE IS NO BETTER TIME THAN NOW TO RECOGNIZE THIS SERVICE AND SACRIFICE. THIS AMENDMENT IS A VERY SIMPLE WAY TO PAY TRIBUTE TO AMERICANS WHO HAVE LOST LOVED ONES IN WARS THAT WE HAVE PERMITTED AND AUTHORIZED TO GO FORWARD, INDEED, THIS DEFENSE BILL HAS MORE THAN $700 BILLION, AND A GOOD PART OF IT WILL BE IN SUPPORT OF THE CONTINUED AMERICAN SERVICE AND SACRIFICE IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN. AND SO MY QUESTION TO COLLEAGUES IS, WHO KNOWS BETTER ABOUT WHETHER THIS STAMP OUGHT TO BE ISSUED, THE POSTMASTER GENERAL OR OURSELVES? THEIR OBJECTION IS THAT SOMEHOW THERE IS A BAD PRECEDENT HERE IN CONGRESS AUTHORIZING A FOREVER STAMP. WELL, WE OUGHT TO BE PROUD OF THAT PRECEDENT BECAUSE THIS CAUSE IS DIFFERENT, AND ESPECIALLY AS WE PASS A MEASURE THAT WILL SUPPORT CONTINUED WAR EFFORT IN DEFENSE OF OUR NATION, PROTECTING OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. WE OUGHT TO BE ESPECIALLY MINDFUL OF THE NEED TO REMEMBER AND TO PAY TRIBUTE TO FAMILIES WHO HAVE SACRIFICED LOVED ONES IN THE SERVICE OF OUR COUNTRY. I KNOW EVERY ONE OF MY COLLEAGUES JOINS ME IN THIS FEELING. I HOPE THAT EVERY ONE OF MY COLLEAGUES WILL JOIN ME IN MAKING THAT FEELING KNOWN TO THE POSTMASTER GENERAL. THIS AMENDMENT IS ONE WAY OF DOING IT, AND TO -- ALL OF US WHO'S SONS AND DAUGHTERS HAVE SERVED, AS TWO OF MINE HAVE, DURING THIS PERIOD OF WAR, WE MUST BE HAUNTED BY THE IDEA THAT WE COULD BE ONE OF THEM. WE COULD BE ONE OF THOSE GOLD STAR FAMILIES, AND NO DOUBT SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES HAVE BEEN TOUCHED DIRECTLY AND IMMEDIATELY. IN FACT, I WOULD SAY ALMOST ALL OF US BY KNOWING FRIENDS, NEIGHBORS, RELATIVES WHO HAVE SUFFERED THESE LOSSES. LET US REMEMBER THEM IN THIS SPECIAL WAY AS THE NATION DID AFTER WORLD WAR II. LET US REMEMBER THE MOMS AND THE DADS ON FATHER'S DAY, ON FLAG DAY, EVERY DAY. I WANT TO SPEAK MORE GENERALLY ABOUT THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT BECAUSE IT IS A VITAL AND PROFOUNDLY SIGNIFICANT STEP TOWARDS SUSTAINING OUR NATIONAL DEFENSE AND SECURITY IN AN ERA OF UNPRECEDENTED THREATS TO OUR GREAT NATION. THE DANGERS HAVE NEVER BEEN GREATER. THE NEED FOR THIS DEFENSE, PARTICULARLY IN AREAS AND DOMAINS WHERE WE ARE POTENTIALLY AT A DISADVANTAGE, LIKE CYBER, IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT. THE UNITED STATES IS THE STRONGEST AND GREATEST NATION IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD. MILITARILY WE HAVE NO PEER, BUT OTHER NATIONS ARE RAPIDLY ADVANCING IN MANY OF THE SPACES AND DOMAINS WHERE OUR ADVANTAGE WAS SECURE -- IN UNDERSEA WARFARE AND SPACE AND CYBER AND ROBOTIC COMBAT, WE MUST INVEST. AND WE NEED TO INVEST NOT ONLY IN THE HARDWARE BUT IN THE PEOPLE -- IN THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO FIGHT, WHO PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE, WHO WEAR THE UNIFORM, EQUALLY IN THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO MAKE THE ARMS AND EQUIPMENT AND WEAPONS PLATFORMS THAT THEY TAKE INTO COMBAT. THEY SHOULD NEVER HAVE A FAIR FIGHT AND THE DEFENSE INDUSTRIAL BASE REQUIRES SKILLS AND TRAINING SO THEY CAN MAKE THE SUBMARINES AND HELICOPTERS AND JOINT STRIKE FIGHTERS THAT WE DO IN CONNECTICUT AND IN STATES AROUND THIS COUNTRY. THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO MAKE THAT STUFF ARE EQUALLY IMPORTANT TO OUR NATIONAL DEFENSE AND THEIR SKILL TRAINING AND JOBS ARE VITAL TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. AND SO I THINK WE NEED TO RECOGNIZE THAT EDUCATION AND TRAINING IS A VITAL PART OF OUR DEFENSE EVEN THOUGH IT MAY NOT BE INCLUDED IN THIS BILL. I WAS PROUD TO AUTHOR A PROVISION THAT WILL ENSURE THAT SURVIVORS OF MILITARY SEXUAL TRAUMA, ASSAULT, AND HARASSMENT ARE ELIGIBLE FOR, QUOTE, LIBERAL CONSIDERATION, END QUOTE, DURING DISCHARGE UPGRADE PETITION. THROUGHOUT MY SERVICE IN THE SENATE, I'VE WORKED TO IMPROVE DISCHARGE UPGRADE PROVISIONS TO ENSURE THAT SERVICE MEMBER PETITIONS ARE TREATED FAIRLY AND EXPEDITIOUSLY. THIS POLICY CHANGE WAS A CRUCIAL NEXT STEP IN REFORMING THAT DISCHARGE PETITION UPGRADE PROCESS. ANOTHER PROVISION I LED WILL REQUIRE A ZERO-TOLERANCE POLICY TOWARD DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN THE MILITARY. A LONG OVERDUE PROVISION THAT WILL ENSURE THAT OFFENDERS IN THE ARMED SERVICES ARE HELD ACCOUNTABLE AND REFERRED TO THE F.B.I. AND IN DEFENDING OUR NATION AGAINST RUSSIAN CYBER ATTACKS, A PROVISION IN THIS YEAR'S NDAA WILL AUTHORIZE CYBER COM TO DETECT, SECURE, AND DEFEND AGAINST RUSSIAN CYBER WAR FARE WANES THAT TARGET GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS. WE SHOULD BE VASTLY MORE AGAINST CYBER ATTACKS FROM RUSSIA AND OTHER ADVERSARIES AROUND THE WORLD RATHER THAN CODDLING AND COZYING UP TO THEM AS THIS ADMINISTRATION SEEMS WANT TO DO REPEATEDLY. WE SHOULD BE RECOGNIZING THEY ARE ATTACKING US LITERALLY DAILY IN THE CYBER DOMAIN. THIS LEGISLATION WILL INVEST IN THAT DEFENSE INDUSTRIAL BASE THAT IS SO VITAL IN CONNECTICUT AND ELSEWHERE. I'M PROUD THAT CONNECTICUT PLAYS SUCH A VITAL ROLE IN OUR DEFENSE INDUSTRY. 5% OF OUR COUNTRY'S DEFENSE CONTRACT SPENDING IS DONE IN CONNECTICUT AND EVERY DOLLAR OF IT IS CRITICAL TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY INVOLVING PRODUCTION OF SUBMARINES AND ELECTRIC BOATS AND F-35 ENGINES AT PRATT & WHITNEY AND HELICOPTERS AT SYCORSKY, NOTABLY THE HEAVY LIFT, AND THE SUBMARINES AND HELICOPTERS ARE PROUDLY PRODUCED IN THIS ASKER NAPE OF DOMESTIC -- ARSENAL. GROTTEN, CONNECTICUT, IS WHERE MANY SUBMARINES ARE MADE AND WE HAVE $4.4 BILLION FOR TWO VIRGINIA-CLASS SUBMARINES. I FOUGHT TO INCLUDE AN ADDITIONAL $250 MILLION IN FUNDING ABOVE THE PRESIDENT'S REQUEST FOR OVER $3 BILLION IN ADVANCED PROCUREMENT OF ADVANCED SUBMARINES TO ACHIEVE THE NAVY'S GOAL OF 66 ATTACK SUBMARINES FOR THE 355-SHIP NAVY. THIS IS NOT A LUXURY OR CONVENIENCE. THEY ARE THE STEALTHIEST, MOST VERSATILE, STRONGER WEAPONS PLATFORM WE HAVE, CAPABLE OF SURVEILLANCE AND OTHER VITAL MEANS OF WAR. I'VE ALSO CHAMPIONED MORE THAN $10.4 BILLION IN FUNDING FOR 75F-35 JOINT STRIKE FIGHTERS ACROSS AIR FORCE, NAVY, AND MARINE CORPS SERVICES FOR THE ONLY FIFTH GENERATION FIGHTER IN PRODUCTION. I'M SO GLAD THE ADMINISTRATION IS NOW SUPPORTING THE F-35 AFTER THE PRESIDENT EXPRESSED DOUBTS AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS ADMINISTRATION, AND THE BILL ALSO INCLUDES $1 BILLION TOWARD F-35 MODERNIZATION AND SPARES. THE 2019 NDAA INCLUDES VERY ROBUST FUNDING FOR HELICOPTER PRODUCTION, SWAKORSKY HELICOPTERS HAVE SERVED OUR NATION FOR DECADES, AND IT WILL SUPPORT COLLABORATION INVOLVING THE UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT AND THE NAVY, $25 MILLION ABOVE THE PRESIDENT'S REQUEST FOR WORKSHIP PARTNERSHIP. AS WE CONSIDER THESE FLOOR AMENDMENTS, MADAM PRESIDENT, I WANT TO EMPHASIZE ONE AMENDMENT THAT I HAVE OFFERED CONCERNING THE CURRENT IMMIGRATION CRISIS, SPECIFICALLY THE PREDICAMENT OF UNACCOMPANIED MINORS. IN MAY, ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF SESSIONS DECLARED THAT THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT WOULD PROSECUTE EVERY PERSON WHO ILLEGALLY ENTERS THE COUNTRY AND SEPARATE -- SEPARATE CHILDREN FROM THEIR PARENTS. PREVIOUSLY, FAMILIES APPREHENDED AT THE BORDER WERE RELEASED AS THEY WAITED FOR CIVIL DEPORTATION HEARINGS, BUT THIS NEW CRUEL POLICY WILL TEAR APART COUNTLESS FAMILIES. ALREADY IT HAS SEPARATED THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN, LITERALLY THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN OF IMMIGRANT FAMILIES FROM THEIR MOMS, AND, YES, ON THIS FATHER'S DAY FROM THEIR DAD. THESE HEARTLESS SEPARATION POLICIES ARE MADE EVEN MORE INHUMANE WITH THE ANNOUNCEMENT THAT THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION PLANS TO HOUSE THESE IMMIGRANT CHILDREN WHO HAVE BEEN SEPARATED BY THEIR PARENTS, HOUSE THEM ON MILITARY BASES. THE ONLY REASON THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS EVEN CONSIDERING DETAINING CHILDREN ON MILITARY INSTALLATIONS IS BECAUSE THE NUMBER THAT THEY ARE TEARING AWAY FROM THEIR MOMS AND DADS EXCEEDS THE FACILITIES THEY HAVE AVAILABLE RIGHT NOW. THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES HAS ALREADY VISITED FOUR MILITARY INSTALLATIONS, BOTH IN TEXAS AND ARKANSAS, TO ASSESS WHETHER THEY CAN BE USED TO SHELTER CHILDREN. JUST THIS WEEK, WE ALSO HEARD THAT THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS LOOKING TO CONSTRUCT TENT CITIES -- YES, TENT CITIES ALONG THE SOUTHERN BORDER TO HOUSE UNACCOMPANIED MIGRANT CHILDREN. THIS PRACTICE OUGHT TO MAKE US ASHAMED AND EMBARRASSED AS AMERICANS. IT IS APPALLING. I AM ASHAMED THAT THE UNITED STATES IS NOT ONLY ACTIVELY DESTROYING FAMILIES AND INDEFINITELY DETAINING CHILDREN BUT USING MILITARY BASES TO DO IT. TURNING MILITARY INSTALLATIONS INTO DETENTION CAMPS IS A DISSERVICE TO OUR BRAVE MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN. USING OUR MILITARY INSTALLATIONS TO IN EFFECT IMPRISON CHILDREN SEPARATED FROM THEIR PARENTS MOCKS THEIR PURPOSE AND DISRESPECTS OUR BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM WHO RIGHTLY USE THEM IN THE DEFENSE OF OUR NATION. MY AMENDMENT TO THE NDAA WOULD EXPLICITLY PROHIBIT THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE USING ANY FUNDING AUTHORIZED IN THIS DEFENSE SPENDING PACKAGE TO REVISE OR REBUILD OR RENOVA MILITARY BASES TO HOUSE THESE UNDOCUMENTED, UNACCOMPANIED MINORS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SPEAK OUT ABOUT THIS DISGUSTING AND DANGEROUS POLICY, NOT ONLY THE SEPARATION OF CHILDREN FROM THEIR MOMS AND DADS BUT ALSO THE USE OF OUR CHERISHED MILITARY BASES FOR THAT PURPOSE. I AM PROUD ALSO TO HAVE WORKED WITH MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO STAND UP TO THE THREAT POSED BY TWO CHINESE TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMPANIES, HUAWEI AND Z.T.E. THIS BIPARTISAN OPPOSITION TO THEIR CONTINUED BUSINESS IS A TESTAMENT TO OUR ABILITY TO WORK ACROSS THE AISLE IN DEFENSE OF OUR NATION. OUR MILITARY AND INTELLIGENCE LEADERS HAVE REPEATEDLY WARNED THAT Z.T.E. AND HUAWEI THREATEN THE SECURITY OF OUR NETWORKS DUE TO THEIR CLOSE TIES TO THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT. THEY HAVE ALSO VIOLATED OUR SANCTIONS, BROKEN OUR LAW, AND PROVIDED EQUIPMENT AND SERVICES TO ROGUE REGIMES SUCH AS IRAN AND NORTH KOREA. PRESIDENT TRUMP AND COMMERCE SECRETARY WILBUR ROSS MAY BE WILLING TO OVERLOOK Z.T.E.'S TRACK RECORD, BUT CONGRESS WILL NOT DO SO. OUR AMENDMENT WHICH HAS BEEN CLUED IN THE MANAGERS' PACKAGE WILL PROHIBIT Z.T.E. AND HUAWEI TECHNOLOGY AND EQUIPMENT FROM ENTERING THE NETWORKS OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT AND ITS CONTRACTORS FOR THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF ALL OF US. IT'S NOT JUST -- AN INTELLECTUAL POINT. IT IS A PRACTICAL SECURITY MEASURE. THESE TWO COMPANIES ARE INSTRUMENTS OF CHINESE INFLUENCE, AND THEY ARE PEDDLING THAT INFLUENCE THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. WE WILL ASSURE THROUGH THIS PROVISION THAT THESE TWO TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMPANIES BEHOLDEN TO THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT ARE NOT A PART OF OUR COMMUNICATION SYSTEM IN THIS GREAT NATION. MADAM PRESIDENT, I AM PROUD TO SUPPORT THIS NDAA, AND I YIELD THE FLOOR. A SENATOR: MADAM PRESIDENT.

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  • 12:21:49 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR FROM MICHIGAN.

  • 12:21:51 PM

    MR. PETERS

    MADAM PRESIDENT, THE CONSTITUTION CHARGES CONGRESS WITH THE AUTHORITY AND…

    MADAM PRESIDENT, THE CONSTITUTION CHARGES CONGRESS WITH THE AUTHORITY AND THE RESPONSIBILITY TO RAISE AND SUPPORT ARMIES AND PROVIDE AND MAINTAIN A NAVY. IT IS A RESPONSIBILITY THAT THIS BODY TAKES VERY SERIOUSLY. THAT IS WHY FOR OVER 50 YEARS, THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT HAS BEEN SIGNED INTO LAW EACH AND EVERY YEAR. IT IS THE ONLY PIECE OF LEGISLATION WITH THIS LONG HISTORY OF CONSISTENTLY BEING PASSED BY CONGRESS AND SIGNED INTO LAW BY THE PRESIDENT. THIS HISTORY IS A REFLECTION OF THE IMPORTANCE OF THE POLICIES AND FUNDING AUTHORIZATION WITHIN THE BILL, AND I AM PARTICULARLY PROUD THAT THIS BILL INCLUDES SUPPORT THE MICHIGAN'S IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTIONS AND SUPPORTS THOSE CONTRIBUTIONS TO NATIONAL DEFENSE. FOR EXAMPLE, THE 127th WING AT SOUTH RIDGE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE FLIES THE A-10, AND IN 2015 DEPLOYED IN THE FIGHT AGAINST ISIS. AS A RESULT OF THEIR OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE, THE 127th WING WON THE SPATZ TROPHY AS THE TOP FLYING UNIT IN THE AIR NATIONAL GUARD, AS WELL AS THE MERITORIOUS UNIT AWARD FOLLOWING THEIR DEPLOYMENT. THE A-10 IS WITHOUT QUESTION A GREAT AIRPLANE, BUT IT IS ALSO GETTING OLD, AND THE A-10 FLEET WILL REQUIRE WING REPLACEMENTS IN ORDER TO CONTINUE TO FLY THOSE SO-IMPORTANT MISSIONS. THAT IS WHY I WORKED TO INCLUDE AN AUTHORIZATION FOR AN ADDITIONAL $65 MILLION FOR A-10 WING REPLACEMENT, BRINGING THE BILL'S TOTAL INVESTMENT IN NEW A-10 WINGS TO OVER $144 MILLION. THESE FUNDS WILL HELP PAY FOR NEW WINGS FOR A FULL SQUADRON'S WORTH OF A-10 AIRCRAFT WHICH ARE VITAL FOR CLOSE AIR SUPPORT AND COMBAT SEARCH AND RESCUE MISSIONS. OUR TROOPS ON THE GROUND KNOW THAT WHEN THEY HEAR THE ICONIC ROAR OF AN A-10, THAT HELP IS ON THE WAY. A-10 PILOTS AND MAINTAINERS ARE PROUD OF THEIR MISSION, AS THEY SHOULD BE. THIS BILL WORKS TO ENSURE THAT THESE AIRCRAFT WILL KEEP FLYING. THE LEGISLATION ALSO INCLUDES AN ADDITIONAL $70 MILLION FOR THE NEXT GENERATION COMBAT VEHICLE PROTOTYPE. THE DETROIT ARSENAL IN WARREN WILL BE THE HOME OF THE ARMY'S CROSSFUNCTIONAL TEAM FOR THE NEXT GENERATION COMBAT VEHICLE REPORTING TO THE ARMY'S FUTURES COMMAND. THIS IMPORTANT WORK ON DEVELOPING THE FUTURE OF THE ARMY'S GROUND VEHICLE WILL CONTINUE TO OCCUR IN SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN, TAKING ADVANTAGE OF MANY OF THE OUGHT MOTIVE MANUFACTURERS AND SUPPLIERS THAT ARE SHAPING THE FUTURE OF MOBILITY. JUST AS THE COMMERCIAL OUGHT MOTIVE INDUSTRY IS DEVELOPING CONNECTED AND AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES WHICH WILL CHANGE THE FUTURE OF TRANSPORTATION FOREVER, THE NEXT GENERATION COMBAT VEHICLE AND OTHER CONCEPTS DEVELOPED BY THE ARMY'S TANK OUGHT MOTIVE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT AND ENGINEERING CENTER WILL CHANGE THE FUTURE OF WARFARE. ALL SELF-DRIVING VEHICLES, WHETHER THEY ARE DEVELOPED FOR THE MILITARY OR FOR THE AUTO INDUSTRY, RELY ON ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND MACHINE LEARNING. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE POWERS AUTONOMOUS SYSTEMS BUT CAN ALSO REFORM THE BUSINESS PRACTICES OF THE PENTAGON. A.I. CAN HELP WITH PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT AND PURCHASING PRACTICES AND FIND INSIGHTS AND EFFICIENCIES THAT ARE DIFFICULT TO FIND UNLESS YOU CAN MANIPULATE AND ANALYZE THE DEPARTMENT'S MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF DATA. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE WILL HAVE AN ENORMOUS IMPACT ON OUR ECONOMY, AND THAT IS WHY IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT THE UNITED STATES MAKE SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENTS AT A.I. DEVELOPMENT AND THAT WE LEAD THE WORLD IN DEVELOPING THIS CAPABILITY. WE KNOW THAT OUR COMPETITORS ARE TAKING A.I. VERY SERIOUSLY. CHINA HAS DEVELOPED A NATIONAL STRATEGY TO DEVELOP ITS A.I. CAPABILITIES, AND VLADIMIR PUTIN HAS SAID WHOEVER LEADS IN A.I. WILL RULE THE WORLD. THE UNITED STATES MUST LEAD THE WAY ON ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE TO BEST SHAPE THE FUTURE ECONOMY AND OUR COUNTRY, TO STRENGTHEN OUR NATIONAL SECURITY, AND TO ADDRESS THE MORAL AND ETHICAL QUESTIONS THAT ARISE WITH ANY NEW TECHNOLOGY. WITHOUT QUESTION, THE UNITED STATES NEEDS OUR OWN COORDINATED STRATEGY ON A.I. THAT IS WHY I WROTE A PROVISION IN THE BILL THAT DESIGNATES A SENIOR OFFICIAL FOR ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AT THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, CUTS RED TAPE, LETTING THAT PERSON UTILIZE ALL OF THE FLEXIBILITY THAT CONGRESS HAS PROVIDED TO THE PENTAGON. IT'S ALSO IMPORTANT THAT WE TAKE STEPS TO PROTECT AMERICAN INGENUITY AND INNOVATION GENERALLY. THAT'S WHY I ALSO AUTHORED A PROVISION IN THE BILL THAT WILL ALLOW THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE TO REQUIRE THAT COMPANIES AND RESEARCHERS RECEIVING DEFENSE CONTRACTS DO NOT SHARE NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND CAPABILITIES DEVELOPED WITH ANY FOREIGN ENTITY, AND IF THEY DO, THEY WILL LOSE THE RIGHTS TO THAT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. THIS WILL HELP ENSURE THAT INVESTMENTS MADE BY DARPA AND AT THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE LABS ARE NOT SHARED WITH OUR COMPETITORS. ADDITIONALLY, THIS BILL ALSO INCLUDES REFORM OF THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN INVESTMENT IN THE UNITED STATES KNOWN AS CFIUS. CFIUS WORKS TO ENSURE THAT INVESTMENTS IN U.S. COMPANIES MADE BY FOREIGN INVESTORS DO NOT THREATEN NATIONAL SECURITY BY PROVIDING OTHER COUNTRIES WITH ACCESS TO THE CROWN JEWELS OF U.S. TECHNOLOGY. IN CLOSING, MADAM PRESIDENT, I'D LIKE TO POINT OUT THAT THIS BILL IS NAMED FOR CHAIRMAN JOHN McCAIN. WE ALL KNOW HIS PRESENCE IS MISSED ON THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE, AS WELL AS THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE SENATE. I WISH HIM A SPEEDY RECOVERY, AND I AM KEEPING HIM AND HIS FAMILY IN MY PRAYERS. THANK YOU, MADAM PRESIDENT. I YIELD THE FLOOR. AND I WOULD SUGGEST THE ABSENCE OF A QUORUM.

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  • 12:28:03 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE CLERK WILL CALL THE ROLL. QUORUM CALL: QUORUM CALL: QUORUM CALL:

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    CALL

    QUORUM CALL: QUORUM CALL:

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    CALL

    QUORUM CALL:

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    Quorum Call

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    CALL

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    Quorum Call

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    MR. McCONNELL

    MADAM PRESIDENT?

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    MAJORITY LEADER.

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    MR. McCONNELL

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT FURTHER PROCEEDINGS UNDER THE QUORUM CALL BE…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT FURTHER PROCEEDINGS UNDER THE QUORUM CALL BE DISPENSED WITH.

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  • 12:55:29 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

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    MR. McCONNELL

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT NOTWITHSTANDING RULE 22, ALL POSTCLOTURE TIME…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT NOTWITHSTANDING RULE 22, ALL POSTCLOTURE TIME EXPIRE AT 1:45 P.M. TODAY.

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  • 12:55:36 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    IS THERE OBJECTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. McCONNELL

    FOR THE INFORMATION OF SENATORS, THIS SETS UP A SERIES OF VOTES THIS…

    FOR THE INFORMATION OF SENATORS, THIS SETS UP A SERIES OF VOTES THIS AFTERNOON. WE SHOULD EXPECT THREE TO FOUR VOTES DURING THIS SERIES. I HAVE FOUR REQUESTS FOR COMMITTEES TO MEET DURING TODAY'S SESSION OF THE SENATE. THEY HAVE THE APPROVAL OF THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS.

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  • 12:56:00 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    DULY NOTED. AA SENATOR: MADAM PRESIDENT?

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR FROM FROM WASHINGTON.

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    MS. CANTWELL

    IS THERE A QUORUM CALL?

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THERE IS NOT.

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    MS. CANTWELL

    MADAM PRESIDENT, I COME TO THE FLOOR TODAY TO HONOR WASHINGTON STATE'S…

    MADAM PRESIDENT, I COME TO THE FLOOR TODAY TO HONOR WASHINGTON STATE'S FINEST, SPOKANE NATIVE AND WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY COUGAR STEVE GLEASON. I KNOW MY SENATE COLLEAGUES WILL BE HERE THIS AFTERNOON TO DO THE SAME. MY COLLEAGUES FROM LOUISIANA AND WASHINGTON HAVE INTRODUCED LEGISLATION TO AWARD STEVE THE CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL, CONGRESS' HIGHEST HONOR. I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING THIS LEGISLATION PASSED LATER TODAY BY UNANIMOUS CONSENT. MANY WASHINGTONIANS REMEMBER STEVE AS A STANDOUT STUDENT ATHLETE WHOSE DEDICATION IN THE CLASSROOM EARNED HIM REPEATED ACADEMIC HONORS AND WHOSE DOMINANCE ON THE FOOTBALL FIELD HELPED BOTH IN HIS EFFORTS WITH DAZZLING RECORDS AND SHOWING THE UNBELIEVABLE DETERMINATION TO FANS. AND EVERYBODY BACK HOME IS PULLING FOR STEVE. FOR STEVE TO GO FROM THE SEAHAWKS INSTEAD SIGNING WITH THE NEW ORLEANS SAINTS -- I MEAN, THAT IS WE WANTED HIM TO BE AT THE SEAHAWKS AND HE WENT TO THE CENTS -- HE QUICKLY BECAME A FAN FOR HIS WORK, HIS ETHIC AND THE JOY HE BROUGHT TO THE GAME. IN HIS FIRST GAME UNDER THE SUPER-DOME, HE BLOCKED A PUNT. IT IS A PLAY THAT FANS STILL REMEMBERED FONDLY. BUT IT IS NOT STEVE'S ATHLETIC FEATS AT THE UNIVERSITY OR IN THE SUPER-DOME THAT MAKE HIM RECOGNITION. IT IS HIS PERSEVERANCE, HIS DETERMINATION, AND HIS UNBREAKABLE SPIRIT IN THE FACE OF A.L.S. AND HIS ADVOCACY, HIS DOGGED ADVOCACY FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN IMPACTED BY THIS DISEASE. THAT IS WHY STEVE IS SUCH AN INSPIRATION TO THE PEOPLE OF SPOKANE, THROUGHOUT THE STATE OF WASHINGTON, AND ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. THROUGH HIS PUBLIC ADVOCACY IN COLLABORATION WITH CONGRESS, STEVE HELPED PASS THE STEVE GLEASON ACT WHICH ENSURES THAT PEOPLE WITH A.L.S. AND DEGENERATIVE DISEASES CAN ACCESS SPEECH-GENERATING DEVICES WHETHER AT HOME OR IN A HEALTH FACILITY. HIS LEADERSHIP WITH THE GLEASON INSTITUTE AND THE FOUNDATION TOGETHER WITH A.L.S. RESEARCH HAS REPRESENTED US IMPROVE THE LIVES OF COUNTLESS INDIVIDUALS WHO'VE BEEN IMPACTED BY THIS DISEASE. WE COULD NOT BE MORE PROUD OF HIM AND THAT IS WHY WE'RE HERE TODAY TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS LEGISLATION GIVES THAT APPROPRIATE RECOGNITION. STEVE GLEASON SAID, QUOTE, OUR POTENTIAL IS NOT CONTAINED IN OUR PHYSICAL BODIES BUT, RATHER, IN OUR MIND AND IN OUR SPIRIT, END QUOTE. I SO APPRECIATE ALL HE HAS DONE TO HELP FIGHT THIS DISEASE AND TO BE SUCH A LEADER IN COMMUNICATING THE NEEDS AND THE PROGRESS THAT WE ALL CAN MAKE. I THANK THE PRESIDENT, AND I YIELD THE FLOOR.

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  • 01:01:33 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR FROM UTAH.

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    MR. LEE

    MADAM PRESIDENT, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE FOLLOWING AMENDMENTS BE…

    MADAM PRESIDENT, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE FOLLOWING AMENDMENTS BE CALLED UP EN BLOC. AMENDMENT 2289, 2295, 2230, 22323, 2236, 2240, 2241, 2464, 2486, 2509, 2540, 2550, 2589, 2588, 2600, 2611, 2611, 2623, 2633, 2634, 2653, 2654, 2686, 269 # #, 2695, 2721, 2723, 2729, 2737, 2742, 2755, 2758, 2768, 2794, 2799, 2800, 2810, 2815, 2818, 2830, 2862, 2863, 2887. I FURTHER ASK CONCEPT THAT THESE AMENDMENTS BE CONSIDERED EN BLOC, THAT IT BE IN ORDER FOR THE LEE AMENDMENT NUMBER 2366 TO BE CALLED UP AND THERE BE UP TO AN HOUR OF DEBATE ON THE AMENDMENTS TO RUN CONCURRENTLY AND FOLLOWING THE USE OR YIELDING BACK OF THAT TIME THE SENATE VOTE ON THE EN BLOC AMENDMENT AND ON THE LEE AMENDMENT.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    IS THERE OBJECTION?

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    MR. GRAHAM

    YES, MADAM PRESIDENT, RESERVING THE RIGHT TO OBJECT, AND I WILL OBJECT. A…

    YES, MADAM PRESIDENT, RESERVING THE RIGHT TO OBJECT, AND I WILL OBJECT. A VERY SMART MAN ON THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE LIKE I AM -- I DON'T KNOW IF I'M SMART BUT WE'RE ON THE SAME COMMITTEE. WE'RE MAKING PROGRESS HERE, VERY BRIEFLY. SENATOR CRUZ HAS HAD AN AMENDMENT THAT SAYS IF SOMEONE IS SUSPECTED OF BEING PART OF AN ENEMY FORCE YOU'LL HAVE A HEARING TO STRIP THEIR CITIZENSHIP WHICH AVOIDED PROBLEM THAT SENATOR LEE AND I HAVE, AND HE'S TRYING TO COMBINE THAT WITH HIS AMENDMENT. UNFORTUNATELY THERE IS NO ABILITY TO HOLD THEM AS AN ENEMY COMBATANT DURING THAT PROCESS, AND MAYBE WE CAN WORK THAT OUT LATER. SO I OBJECT.

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  • 01:03:51 PM

    MR. LEE

    MADAM PRESIDENT.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    OBJECTION IS HEARD.

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    MR. LEE

    MADAM PRESIDENT.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR FROM UTAH.

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    MR. LEE

    I APPRECIATE THE EFFORTS MADE BY MY FRIEND AND DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUE,…

    I APPRECIATE THE EFFORTS MADE BY MY FRIEND AND DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUE, THE SENATOR FROM SOUTH CAROLINA. I WISH TO SPEAK CONCERNING THE PURPOSE FOR MY MAKING THIS REQUEST. AND I DO SO WITH GREAT RESPECT FOR THIS BODY, FOR ITS CUSTOMS, ITS TRADITIONS, ITS RULES AND FOR EACH OF ITS MEMBERS. AT THE SAME TIME IT'S IMPERATIVE THAT WE POINT OUT HERE WHAT'S HAPPENING. WE'VE GOT A BILL, ONE OF THE MOST CONSEQUENTIAL PIECES OF LEGISLATION WE VOTE ON EACH YEAR, THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT. AND WE'VE BEEN EFFECTIVELY SHUT OUT OF A MEANINGFUL AMENDMENT PROCESS, ONE THAT HAS HISTORICALLY MARKED THIS BODY IS ONE OF ITS DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS, ONE THAT HAS HISTORICALLY HELPED THIS BODY REFER TO ITSELF AS THE WORLD'S GREATEST DELIBERATIVE LEGISLATIVE BODY. WE'VE TESTED THAT IN RECENT MONTHS AND YEARS AS MEMBERS HAVE STARTED OBJECTING WITH INCREASING FREQUENCY TO TPHEUPBL GETTING A VOTE ON -- TO ANYONE GETTING A VOTE ON ANY AMENDMENT THEY DON'T LIKE THAT THEY OBJECT TO. THE AMENDMENT AT ISSUE HERE IS BASED ON A BIPARTISAN PIECE OF LEGISLATION CALLED THE DUE PROCESS GUARANTEE ACT. I'M THE LEAD SPONSOR ALONG WITH MY LEAD COSPONSOR, THE SENIOR SENATOR FROM CALIFORNIA, SENATOR FEINSTEIN. THE PURPOSE OF THIS AMENDMENT IS SIMPLE. IT'S TO MAKE SURE THAT THE U.S. GOVERNMENT HAS NO AUTHORITY AND CLAIMS NO AUTHORITY TO INDEFINITELY DETAIN U.S. CITIZENS APPREHENDED ON U.S. SOIL. NOW MOST PEOPLE LISTENING TO THIS, ANYONE LISTENING TO IT MIGHT THINK WHY ON EARTH WOULD WE NEED LEGISLATION STATING SOMETHING SO OBVIOUS. THE FACT IS THAT WE SHOULDN'T. IT IS THE COMMAND OF THE FOURTH, FIFTH AND SIXTH AMENDMENTS NOT TO MENTION OTHER STATUTORYRY PROTECTIONS THAT THE -- INDEFINITE DETENTION, THESE KINDS OF THINGS ARE ANATHEMA TO OUR WAY OF LIFE, OUR CONSTITUTIONAL SYSTEM OF LAWS. WHY THEN DO WE NEED THIS AMENDMENT? WELL, ABOUT SEVEN YEARS AGO TOWARD THE END OF 2011 WHEN CONGRESS WAS CONSIDERING AND THEN ULTIMATELY PASSED THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2012, CONGRESS INCLUDED IN THAT LEGISLATION A PROVISION, SECTION 1021 OF THAT BILL, THAT PURPORTED TO GIVE THE U.S. GOVERNMENT THAT AUTHORITY IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES. IN OTHER WORDS, THERE WERE CIRCUMSTANCES IN WHICH BASED ON THE ACCUSATIONS AGAINST YOU AS AN AMERICAN CITIZEN COULD POTENTIALLY BE APPREHENDED ON U.S. SOIL AND HELD INDEFINITELY WITHOUT CHARGE OR TRIAL. THIS VIOLATES EVERYTHING WE KNOW ABOUT OUR SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT. IT VIOLATES EVERYTHING WE KNOW ABOUT THE LAWS OF ANY BASIC, DECENT NATION, ANY NATION THAT RECOGNIZES THE FUNDAMENTAL ESSENTIALLY ETERNAL DIGNITY OF THE HUMAN SOUL. THIS IS NOT SOMETHING WE DO HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. I RAISED OBJECTIONS TO IT AT THE TIME. I TRIED TO FIX IT AT THE TIME. IT DIDN'T HAPPEN. THE FOLLOWING YEAR, LATE IN 2012 WHEN WE WERE ADDRESSING THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2013, TOWARD THE END OF 2012, I INTRODUCED AN AMENDMENT THAT IS SUBSTANTIALLY IDENTICAL TO THE ONE THAT I'M TRYING TO SEEK A VOTE ON TODAY, AND IT PASSED BY A BIPARTISAN SUPERMAJORITY VOTE OF 67. 67 MEMBERS VOTED FOR THIS. THAT IS MORE THAN A MAJORITY, OF COURSE. IT'S MORE THAN THAN THE THREE-FIFTHS NEEDED TO CLOSE DEBATE. IT'S EQUAL TO THE SUM THAT'S REQUIRED WHEN YOU'RE PROPOSING A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT OUT OF THIS BODY OR TRYING TO OVERRIDE A PRESIDENTIAL VETO. THAT'S WHAT WE HAD AND YET FOR REASONS THAT ESCAPE ME, THAT PROVISION WAS REMOVED IN THE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE, WHILE THE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE WAS TRYING TO RECONCILE COMPETING HOUSE AND SENATE VERSIONS OF THE BILL. IN THE SUBSEQUENT SIX YEARS I'VE TRIED REPEATEDLY TO GET A VOTE ON THIS AMENDMENT AGAIN, RECOGNIZING THAT IT PASSED OVERWHELMINGLY AND THAT IT WAS INEXPLICABLY REMOVED FROM THE BILL DURING THE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE. AFTER PROMISE, PROMISE AFTER PROMISE HAS BEEN MADE TO HELP ME GET AN AMENDMENT, VOTE, ON THAT AMENDMENT EVER SINCE THEN AND IT HASN'T PANNED OUT. SO WE'VE GOT AN OPPORTUNITY TO CONSIDER IT HERE. YESTERDAY SOMETHING INTERESTING HAPPENED. YESTERDAY THERE WAS A MOTION TO TABLE THIS AMENDMENT. IN OTHER WORDS, THERE WERE SOME MEMBERS OF THIS BODY WHO DIDN'T WANT TO CONSIDER IT AT ALL. THEY MADE A MOTION TO TABLE IT. WHEN YOU TABLE SOMETHING IN THE SENATE YOU'RE SETTING IT ASIDE SAYING WE'RE NOT GOING TO ADDRESS THAT. YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENED? 68 PEOPLE VOTED AGAINST THAT MOTION TO TABLE. 68 PEOPLE VOTED, IN OTHER WORDS, THAT WE SHOULD HAVE A VOTE ON THIS AMENDMENT. 68 MEMBERS. THAT'S MORE THAN A MAJORITY. THAT'S MORE THAN THE THREE-FIFTHS OR 60 NEEDED TO CLOSE DEBATE AND THAT'S UNFORTUNATE THRESHOLD REQUIRED TO OPPOSE A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT OR OVERRIDE A PRESIDENTIAL VETO. WHY THEN ARE WE NOT DISCUSSING THIS? WHY ARE WE NOT VOTING ON IT? SO THEN WE HAVE A NUMBER OF AMENDMENTS. YOU MAY HAVE HEARD ME RECITING A SERIES OF ABOUT THREE DOZEN FOUR-DIGIT NUMBERS, EACH REFERRING TO A SEPARATE AMENDMENT BEING PROPOSED FOR A SO-CALLED MANAGERS' PACKAGE. IF WE'RE GOING TO FURTHER AMEND THIS BILL, WE NEED TO CONSIDER THOSE WITH A VOTE, AND WE NEED A VOTE ON MY AMENDMENT. 68 MEMBERS OF THIS BODY AGREE THAT WE SHOULD BE CONSIDERING THIS. ASK ANY AMERICAN YOU KNOW, YOUR FRIENDS, YOUR NEIGHBORS. I DON'T CARE WHAT STATE THEY LIVE IN, WHAT PARTY THEY IDENTIFY WITH, WHERE THEY GO TO CHURCH OR SYNAGOGUE, WHETHER THEY ARE BELIEVERS IN GOD OR NOT, REGARDLESS OF THEIR BACKGROUND, THEIR SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS, WHAT THEY DO FOR A LIVING, YOU ASK PEOPLE FROM ALMOST ANY BACKGROUND, AND I CAN ALMOST GUARANTEE YOU THEY'RE GOING TO CALL THIS A NO-BRAINER. WHY WOULD WE NOT WANT TO REMOVE A PERNICIOUS PROVISION FROM A PIECE OF FEDERAL LAW THAT PASSED A FEW YEARS AGO PURPORTING TO AUTHORIZE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO INDEFINITELY DETAIN U.S. CITIZENS WITHOUT CHARGE OR TRIAL OR JURY OR COUNSEL BASED MERELY ON THE NATURE OF THE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST THEM? THIS IS WRONG. AND THE WRONGNESS OF THAT PROVISION WHICH WOULD BE CORRECTED BY MY AMENDMENT IS COMPOUNDED STILL BY THE REFUSAL OF THIS BODY, BY THE REFUSAL OF ONE MEMBER OF THIS BODY. ONE MEMBER OUT OF 100 TO ALLOW US TO GET A VOTE ON THIS. WE MUST VOTE ON THIS. IF WE'RE GOING TO LAY CLAIM TO ANY TYPE OF STATUS AS THE WORLD'S GREATEST DELIBERATIVE LEGISLATIVE BODY, WE'VE GOT TO START VOTING ON AMENDMENTS AGAIN. WE HAVE STEADILY SADLY, TRAGICALLY RELINQUISHED THAT RIGHT BY ACQUIESCENCE AND AS OF TODAY I SAY NO MORE. IT HAS TO STOP. LET US VOTE ON THIS. WE WILL CONTINUE TO PUSH THIS. THE LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE PRINCIPLES THAT GOVERN THE BEHAVIOR OF DECENT PEOPLE EVERYWHERE DICTATE THAT WE SHOULD CORRECT THIS ERROR IN THE LAW. I IMPLORE MY COLLEAGUES, I IMPLORE MY DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUE, THE SENIOR SENATOR FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, LET US VOTE ON THIS AMENDMENT. THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. A SENATOR: MR. PRESIDENT.

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  • 01:11:50 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR FROM MONTANA.

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    MR. DAINES

    LAST YEAR JUST A FEW MILES DOWN THE ROAD IN VIRGINIA A DISABLED WORLD WAR…

    LAST YEAR JUST A FEW MILES DOWN THE ROAD IN VIRGINIA A DISABLED WORLD WAR II VETERAN RICHARD COHEN TO BURNS, AN AMERICAN FLAG ON HIS DOORSTEP. RICHARD COHEN, WOUNDED BY THE GERMAN, GERMAN MACHINE GUNFIRE WHILE DEFENDING FREEDOM IN WORLD WAR II WOKE UP TO HIS AMERICAN FLAG DESECRATED ON HIS DOORSTEP. UNFORTUNATELY THIS IS JUST ONE OF MANY ASTONISHING STORIES OF OUR AMERICAN FLAG BEING RUINED. IN FACT, SINCE 2014, THERE HAVE BEEN 50 KNOWN OFFENSIVE ACTS OF AMERICAN FLAG BURNING. THAT'S 50 TIMES THAT OUR SYMBOL OF FREEDOM, THAT THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS HAVE PAID THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE FOR, WAS DESTROYED. THAT'S WHY I'M HERE TODAY. IT'S FLAG DAY. TO SPEAK ABOUT MY CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT THAT WOULD PROHIBIT THE BURNING OF THE AMERICAN FLAG. THE COLORS OF THE FLAG, RED, WHITE, AND BLUE THAT SYMBOLIZE PERSEVERANCE. IT REPRESENTS OUR NATION'S HISTORY AND THE CHARACTER OF OUR NATION'S FOUNDING FATHERS. BEGINNING WITH THOSE FOUNDING FATHERS THE AMERICAN FLAG REPRESENTS THE PATRIOTISM AND DEDICATION OF MEN AND WOMEN WHO FOUGHT TO DEFEND OUR NATION'S FREEDOM FROM WHEN OUR COUNTRY WAS FOUNDED MORE THAN 200 YEARS AGO TODAY. THOUSANDS OF BRAVE AND SELFLESS MEN AND WOMEN HAVE GIVEN THEIR LIVES IN SACRIFICE AND SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY AND IN DEFENSE OF OUR FLAG. AND THAT'S WHY I'VE INTRODUCED THIS CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO PROVIDE CONGRESS WITH THE AUTHORITY TO PROHIBIT BURNING OF THE AMERICAN FLAG. OUR FLAG SHOULD BE PROTECTED IN HONOR OF THE COUNTLESS AMERICAN SERVICE MEMBERS WHO HAVE PAID THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE TO DEFEND IT. IT'S NO WONDER BY OVERWHELMING MAJORITIES OUR VETERANS, ORGANIZATIONS LIKE THE AMERICAN LEGION SUPPORT THIS. BECAUSE THEY HAVE BEEN ON THE FRONT LINES DEFENDING OUR FREEDOM. OUR VETERANS ARE THE BEST EXAMPLE OF WHY AMERICA IS STILL THE GREATEST COUNTRY ON EARTH AND WHY OUR FREEDOMS AND OUR LIBERTIES ARE WORTH DEFENDING. IN THE WORDS OF THAT WORLD WAR II VETERAN, RICHARD COHEN, AND I QUOTE, I SERVED UNDER THAT FLAG, AND I BLED FOR IT. REALLY. AND IT WAS A PERSONAL AFFRONT. THE AMERICAN FLAG HAS BEEN A SYMBOL OF HOPE, A SYMBOL OF FREEDOM FOR CENTURIES, AND IT OUGHT TO BE RESPECTED. ON THIS DAY, FLAG DAY, MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS OUR TROOPS, OUR VETERANS, AND THIS GREAT UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. A SENATOR: MR. PRESIDENT.

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  • 01:15:00 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    . SENATOR FROM MONTANA.

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    MR. DAINES

    I SUGGEST THE ABSENCE OF A QUORUM.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE CLERK WILL CALL THE ROLL. QUORUM CALL:

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    CALL

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    MR. HELLER

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR FROM NORTH DAKOTA.

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    MR. HELLER

    I ASK THAT THE QUORUM CALL BE VITIATED. A SENATOR: --

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    MR. HOEVEN

    THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. THERE IS A REASON WE PASSED THE NATIONAL DEFENSE…

    THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. THERE IS A REASON WE PASSED THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT EVERY YEAR FOR THE PAST 57 YEARS, AND THAT'S BECAUSE IT'S VITAL FOR THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR DEFENDING OUR COUNTRY. PASSING THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS THAT WE DO IN THIS CHAMBER AND I LOOK FORWARD TO PASSING THE BILL THAT WE HAVE BEFORE US OUT OF THE SENATE AND GETTING IT THROUGH CONFERENCE AND SIGNED INTO LAW VERY SOON. I WANT TO START BY BRIEFLY THANKING THE BILL MANAGERS FOR INCLUDING A NUMBER OF MY AMENDMENTS, BUT ONE THAT I WILL MENTION THAT THEY HAVE ADDED TO THE MANAGERS' PACKAGE IS AN AMENDMENT THAT REQUIRES THE AIR FORCE AND THE NATIONAL NUCLEAR SECURITY ADMINISTRATION TO SUBMIT A JOINT PROGRESS REPORT EVERY SIX MONTHS ON THEIR EFFORTS TO DEVELOP A NEW NUCLEAR CRUISE CAPABILITY. THIS WILL HELP ENSURE THAT THEIR EFFORTS ARE SINKIZED AND THAT WE STAY ON SCHEDULE IEWM. THE NUCLEAR CRUISE MISSILE IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF OUR DETERRENT AND I'M GREAT FOR AWR COMMITTEE -- FOR OUR COMMITTEE'S WILLINGNESS TO WORK ON IT AND INCLUDED IN THE MANAGERS' PACKAGE. THIS LEGISLATION CONTAINS NOTEWORTHY PROVISIONS, AND I WON'T MENTION ALL, BUT I DO WANT TO TALK ABOUT SOME OF THEM. IT AUTHORIZES A 2.6% PAY RAISE FOR THE MEMBERS OF THE ARMED SERVICES, WHICH IS THE HIGHEST PAY RAISE WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO INCLUDE IN MORE THAN A DECADE, SOMETHING THEY VERY MUCH DESERVE. THANKS TO THE GOOD WORK OF THE SENATE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE, THE BILL TAKES STEPS TO MODERNIZE THE PERSONNEL SYSTEM TO MAKE SURE THAT WE CAN MEET THE NEEDS OF THE PROFESSIONALS WHO SERVE ACROSS OUR MAGNIFICENT ARMED FORCES. IN ADDITION TO PERSONNEL MATTERS, THE LEGISLATION SUPPORTS OUR NATION'S STRATEGIC PRIORITIES AS REFLECTED IN THE NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY, THE NATIONAL DEFENSE STRATEGY, AND THE NUCLEAR POSTURE REVIEW. THOSE DOCUMENTS RIGHTLY POINT OUT THAT WE FACE EMERGING CHALLENGES FROM RUSSIA AND CHINA. AND WHILE WE HOPE TO AVOID CONFRONTATION WITH THESE NATIONS, THERE'S NO QUESTION THAT WE ARE IN COMPETITION WITH THEM, AND THIS YEAR'S NDAA HELPS ALIGN OUR FORCES TO MAKE SURE THAT WE MAINTAIN OUR COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE. THIS LEGISLATION ALSO AUTHORIZES SIGNIFICANT NUMBERS OF FIGHTER AIRCRAFT AND ADDITIONAL NUMBERS OF SUBMARINE AND SURFACE SHIPS. AND THE REASON WE'RE ABLE TO DO THAT IS BECAUSE WE, IN THE BUDGET AGREEMENT THIS YEAR, PROVIDED MORE FUNDING AUTHORITY FOR OUR MILITARY. AGAIN, SOMETHING THAT WE VERY MUCH NEEDED TO DO. THIS LEGISLATION ALSO FULLY AUTHORIZES THE NUCLEAR MODERNIZATION PROGRAM AIMED AT SUSTAINING AND MODERNIZING ALL THREE LEGS OF THE NUCLEAR TRIAD AND EXTENDING THE SERVICE LIVES OF OUR NUCLEAR WARHEADS. THIS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT FOR OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AS WELL AS TO MY HOME STATE. IN MY STATE, THE MODERN AIR FORCE BASE, IS HOME TO TWO OF THE THREE LEGS OF THE TRIAD. THESE MEN AND WOMEN IN THE MODERN AIR FORCE BASE ARE IN THE FRONT LINES AND THIS WILL HELP THEM TO CONTINUE TO FULFILL THIS VITAL ROLE. IN THE PAST FEW MONTHS I VISITED THAT BASE AND WE HAD ONGOING DEPLOYMENTS TO THE KOREAN PENINSULA AS WELL AS TO THE MIDDLE EAST IN TAKING AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN WHATS GOING -- WHAT'S GOING ON IN IRAQ AND SYRIA. I ALSO WANT TO HIGHLIGHT IN THIS LEGISLATION THE AIR FORCE PLANS TO REPLACE THE ENGINES ON THE B-52 AIRCRAFT. WE EXPECT THAT AIRCRAFT, WHICH HAS BEEN A WORKHORSE FOR US FOR MANY YEARS, IS A KEY ELEMENT OF NOT ONLY OUR NUCLEAR DETERRENT BUT IS IMPORTANT FOR OUR CONVENTIONAL BOMBER FORCE FOR DECADES TO COME AND NEW ENGINES WILL HELP KEEP IT FLYING AND ENSURE THAT IT CONTINUES TO FULFILL THOSE VITAL ROLES. THE LEGISLATION ALSO PROVIDES FOR SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENT IN EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES THAT WILL POSITION OUR FORCES TO STAY AS THE STRONGEST ON EARTH. ANOTHER BASE, GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, HAS THE GLOBAL HAWK MISSION, AND THIS LEGISLATION MAKES SURE THAT WE CONTINUE THAT SUPPORT FOR THE GLOBAL HAWK, WHICH IS AN UNMANNED AIRCRAFT THAT PROVIDES AN INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT ROLE IN I.S.R., INTELLIGENCE, SURVEILLANCE, AND RECONNAISSANCE, REALLY A GLOBAL REACH AND IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF OUR GLOBAL REACH. THE LEGISLATION ALSO AUTHORIZES THE ANNUAL MILITARY CONSTRUCTION PROGRAM WITH AN ARMY READINESS CENTER IN FARGO AND A HELICOPTER FACILITY AT THE M NIRCH OTE AIR FORCE BASE, THIS HAS BEEN MADE POSSIBLE THROUGH THIS LEGISLATION AND THINGS I WORKED HARD ON, AS WELL AS OTHER SUPPORT FOR OUR NATIONAL GUARD. IN MY STATE AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY, THIS BILL INCLUDES LANGUAGE THAT INCLUDES HIGHER WAGES FOR THOSE ON LENGTHY DEPLOYMENTS AND PROMOTIONS FOR NATIONAL GUARD AND RESERVE MEMBERS THAT PLAY SUCH AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN OUR ARMED FORCES. THERE ARE TOO MANY PROVISIONS TO GO THROUGH ALL OF THEM, OBVIOUSLY. BUT THE POINT IS WE NEED TO PASS THIS LEGISLATION FOR OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM. WE HAVE THE FINEST ARMED SERVICES IN THE WORLD AND THEY DESERVE OUR CAREFUL AND DELIBERATE ATTENTION TO ENSURE THAT THEY HAVE THE BENEFITS THEY DESERVE, THE TOOLS THEY NEED, AND THE SUPPORT THAT WE OWE THEM. AGAIN, I LOOK FORWARD TO COMPLETING WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION AND THEN, AS A MEMBER OF THE SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, AND I'M ON THE DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE AS WELL, I WILL WORK HARD TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE THE APPROPRIATE FUNDING TO GO WITH THIS AUTHORIZATION, THE AUTHORIZATION THAT WE PROVIDE IN THIS LEGISLATION TO MAKE ABSOLUTELY SURE THAT WE SUPPORT OUR INCREDIBLE MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM. WE OWE THEM SO MUCH. AND IT IS AN HONOR AND PRIVILEGE TO WORK ON THEIR BEHALF. WITH THAT, MR. PRESIDENT, I YIELD THE FLOOR AND I NOTE THE ABSENCE OF A QUORUM.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

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    CALL

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    CALL

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    Quorum Call

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    CALL

    A SENATOR: MR. CHAIRMAN?

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    CALL

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    Quorum Call

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR FROM ARKANSAS.

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    MR. BOOZMAN

    THANK YOU PLRKS CHAIRMAN. I ASK PERMISSION THE QUORUM CALL BE REMOVED.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. BOOZMAN

    AGAIN, THANK YOU PLRKS CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO THANK SENATOR INHOFE AND…

    AGAIN, THANK YOU PLRKS CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO THANK SENATOR INHOFE AND SENATOR REED, THEIR STAFFS FOR ALL OF THEIR HARD WORK ON GETTING US TO THIS POINT ON THE DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL WHICH IS SO, SO VERY IMPORTANT. THROUGH THE EUROPEAN DETERRENCE INITIATIVE, WE MADE IMPORTANT PROGRESS IN PREPARING U.S. FORCES AND ALLIES TO ADDRESS RUSSIAN THREAT TO AMERICAN INTERESTS AND THE INTERNATIONAL ORDER THAT PROTECTS THEM. I WAS JUST IN POLAND VISITING U.S. FORCES WITH SENATOR INHOFE, CAPITO, AND ENZI. WE SAW FIRSTHAND THE WORK THAT THEY ARE DOING TO PREPOSITION EQUIPMENT AND ESTABLISH THE NECESSARY FOOTPRINT TO SUSTAIN OPERATIONS. THE NDAA CONTAINS A PROVISION THAT WOULD REQUIRE THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE TO CONDUCT AN ASSESSMENT OF THE FEASIBILITY AND ADVISABILITY OF PERMANENTLY STATIONING A U.S. ARMY BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM IN POLAND. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD REQUIRE A REPORT TO ACCOMPANY THE ASSESSMENT DETAILING THE REQUIREMENTS FOR COMBAT ENABLERS TO DETER AGGRESSION BY RUSSIA AND EXECUTE THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE'S CONTINGENCY PLAN. COMBAT ENABLERS ARE THE ESSENTIAL NONCOMBAT FORCE THAT HELPS TO MAINTAIN OUR DEFENSE POSTURE AROUND THE GLOBE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AS THE SENATE CONTINUES TO PLAY ITS OVERSIGHT ROLE TO ENSURE WE DEFEND OUR INTERESTS AND OUR ALLIES IN EUROPE AGAINST RUSSIAN AGGRESSION. AND WITH THAT, I NOTE THE ABSENCE OF A QUORUM.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    QUORUM.

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    CALL

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    MR. ROUNDS

    MR. PRESIDENT?

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR FROM SOUTH DAKOTA.

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    MR. ROUNDS

    ILLITERATE ASK THAT THE QUORUM CALL BE ELIMINATED.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. ROUNDS

    I WOULD ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO WITHDRAW AMENDMENT 2273.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    IS THERE OBJECTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. ROUNDS

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    AMENDMENT IS WITHDRAWN.

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    MR. ROUNDS

    I WOULD ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE VOTES FOLLOWING THE FIRST VOTE IN…

    I WOULD ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE VOTES FOLLOWING THE FIRST VOTE IN THIS SERIES BE TEN MINUTES IN HELPING.

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  • 01:48:54 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. REED

    MR. PRESIDENT?

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR FROM RHODE ISLAND.

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    MR. REED

    MR. PRESIDENT, I WOULD ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE SENATE FOR ONE…

    MR. PRESIDENT, I WOULD ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE SENATE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 01:49:04 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    IS THERE OBJECTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. REED

    MR. PRESIDENT, THE REED AMENDMENT WOULD NAME A FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM ON…

    MR. PRESIDENT, THE REED AMENDMENT WOULD NAME A FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM ON BEHALF OF SENATOR JOHN McCAIN. I CAN'T THINK OF ANYTHING MORE FITTING IN ADDITION TO THE NAMING OF THIS BILL THAN NAMING THIS FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM ON BEHALF OF SENATOR McCAIN. I WOULD HOPE ALL MY COLLEAGUES WOULD JOIN ME UNANIMOUSLY IN VOTING FOR SENATOR McCAIN'S FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM. THANK YOU.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    UNDER THE PREVIOUS ORDER, ALL POSTCLOTURE TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION…

    UNDER THE PREVIOUS ORDER, ALL POSTCLOTURE TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION NOW OCCURS ON AMENDMENT 2885 OFFERED BY THE SENATOR FROM RHODE ISLAND, MR. REED. IS THERE A SUFFICIENT SECOND? THERE APPEARS TO BE. THE CLERK WILL CALL THE ROLL. VOTE: VOTE:

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    Senate Vote 125 - On the Amendment S.Amdt. 2885 to S.Amdt. 2276 to S.Amdt. 2282 to H.R. 5515

    Amendment Agreed to (97 - 0)
    Yea

    Vote Details: Yea - 97
    Republican - 49
    Democratic - 46
    Independent - 2

    Vote Details: Not Voting - 3
    Democratic - 1
    Republican - 2

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    VOTE

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    VOTE

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    VOTE

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    VOTE

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    VOTE

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    ARE THERE ANY SENATORS IN THE CHAMBER WISHING TO VOTE OR CHANGE THEIR…

    ARE THERE ANY SENATORS IN THE CHAMBER WISHING TO VOTE OR CHANGE THEIR VOTE? IF NOT THE YEAS ARE 97, THE NAYS ARE ZERO. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. THE QUESTION NOW OCCURS ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 2276 OFFERED BY THE SENATOR FROM OKLAHOMA, MR. INHOFE, FOR THE SENATOR FROM ARKANSAS, MR. BOOZMAN. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. ALL THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AYES APPEAR TO HAVE IT. THE AYES DO HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. THE QUESTION NOW OCCURS ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 2282 OFFERED BY THE SENATOR FROM OKLAHOMA, MR. INHOFE, AS MODIFIED AND AMENDED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. ALL THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES APPEAR TO HAVE IT. THE AYES DO HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. THE AMENDMENT AS MODIFIED AND AMENDED IS AGREED TO. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE MOTION TO INVOKE CLOTURE.

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    THE CLERK

    CLOTURE MOTION, WE, THE UNDERSIGNED SENATORS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE…

    CLOTURE MOTION, WE, THE UNDERSIGNED SENATORS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF RULE 22 OF THE STANDING RULES OF THE SENATE DO HEREBY MOVE TO BRING TO A CLOSE DEBATE ON CALENDAR NUMBER 442, H.R. 5515, AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2019, AND SO FORTH AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES, SIGNED BY 17 SENATORS.

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  • 02:12:58 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    BY UNANIMOUS CONSENT, THE MANDATORY QUORUM CALL HAS BEEN WAIVED. THE…

    BY UNANIMOUS CONSENT, THE MANDATORY QUORUM CALL HAS BEEN WAIVED. THE QUESTION IS, IS IT THE SENSE OF THE SENATE THAT DEBATE ON H.R. 5515, AN ACT TO GO AUTHORIZE APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2019 FOR MILITARY ACTS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE FOR MILITARY CONSTRUCTION AND FOR DEFENSE ACTIVITIES AT THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY TO DESCRIBE MILITARY PERSONNEL STRENGTH FOR SUCH FISCAL YEAR AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES SHALL BE CLOSE -- BROUGHT TO A CLOSE. THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE MANDATORY UNDER THE RULE. THE CLERK WILL CALL THE ROLL. VOTE: VOTE: VOTE:

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    Senate Vote 126 - On the Cloture Motion H.R. 5515

    Military Construction Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019

    Cloture Motion Agreed to (81 - 15)
    Yea

    Vote Details: Yea - 81
    Republican - 43
    Democratic - 37
    Independent - 1

    Vote Details: Nay - 15
    Republican - 6
    Democratic - 8
    Independent - 1

    Vote Details: Not Voting - 4
    Democratic - 2
    Republican - 2

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    VOTE

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    VOTE

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    VOTE

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    VOTE

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    VOTE

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    VOTE

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    ARE THERE ANY SENATORS IN THE CHAMBER WISHING TO VOTE OR TO CHANGE THEIR…

    ARE THERE ANY SENATORS IN THE CHAMBER WISHING TO VOTE OR TO CHANGE THEIR VOTE? IF NOT, THE YEAS ARE 81, THE NAYS ARE 15. THREE-FIFTHS OF THE SENATORS DULY CHOSEN AND SWORN HAVING VOTED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE MOTION IS AGREED TO.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR FROM LOUISIANA.

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    MR. CASSIDY

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THE SENATE BE IN A PERIOD OF MORNING BUSINESS WITH…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THE SENATE BE IN A PERIOD OF MORNING BUSINESS WITH SENATORS PERMITTED TO SPEAK THEREIN FOR UP TO TEN MINUTES EACH.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. CASSIDY

    I YIELD. A SENATOR: MR. PRESIDENT.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR FROM WASHINGTON.

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    MRS. MURRAY

    MR. PRESIDENT, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THE QUORUM CALL BE LIFTED.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. WE ARE NOT IN A QUORUM CALL. THE SENATOR IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MRS. MURRAY

    THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. MR. PRESIDENT, I RISE TODAY TO JOIN MY…

    THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. MR. PRESIDENT, I RISE TODAY TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUE, SENATOR CASSIDY, AND MANY OF OUR COLLEAGUES IN RECOGNIZING ONE OF WASHINGTON STATE'S FAVORITE SONS, SPOKANE'S OWN STEVE GLEASON. I HAVE TO SAY AS A FELLOW COUGAR SPONSORING THIS LEGISLATION TO RECOGNIZE STEVE'S LEGACY OF EXCELLENCE FROM MARTIN STATE IN PULLMAN TO THE NFL TO HIS AVID WORK AS AN ADVOCATE IN THE HEALTH WORLD WAS A NO-BRAINER FOR ME. BUT, MR. PRESIDENT, OUR BILL TO AWARD STEVE THE CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL, THE HIGHEST HONOR CONGRESS CAN BESTOW ON AN AMERICAN CITIZEN, HAS BEEN EMBRACED AND COSPONSORED BY MORE THAN 70 MEMBERS OF THIS CHAMBER FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE IS A TESTAMENT, NOT JUST TO THE INCREDIBLE RESPECT STEVE HAS GARNERED ACROSS OUR NATION AS A STANDOUT ATHLETE, BUT TO HIS INSPIRING LEADERSHIP AND TIRELESS ADVOCACY THAT HAS MADE AN INDEL BL IMPACT ON OUR NATION AND OUR CULTURE. NOW, OF COURSE, STEVE'S SKILLS AND TALENTS ON THE FOOTBALL FIELD ARE LEGENDARY. MANY WON'T SOON FORGET THAT ICONIC BLOCKED PUNT AT THE SUPERDOME IN 2006, A PLAY THAT HELPED LIFT UP THE SPIRITS OF AN ENTIRE COMMUNITY STRUGGLING IN THE AFTERMATH OF HURRICANE KATRINA. BUT, MR. PRESIDENT, IT HAS BEEN STEVE'S WORK OFF THE GRIDIRON THAT HAS HAD PERHAPS THE MOST LASTING IMPACT ON OUR COUNTRY AND ON OUR FUTURE. SINCE HE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH A.L.S. IN 2011, STEVE HAS BECOME A PASSIONATE WARRIOR FOR A.L.S. SURVIVORS AND THEIR FAMILIES. THROUGH HIS GLEASON INITIATIVE FOUNDATION, STEVE ACTIVELY SUPPORTS CRITICAL RESEARCH EFFORTS TO COMBAT A.L.S. AND HAS HELPED RAISE MUCH-NEEDED PUBLIC AWARENESS ABOUT THE CONDITION, WHILE ALSO PROVIDING A.L.S. PATIENTS WITH LEADING EDGE TECHNOLOGY, EQUIPMENT, AND SERVICES TO HELP THEM NOT ONLY LIVE WITH THEIR A.L.S. DIAGNOSIS BUT THRIVE. MOTIVATING OTHERS BOY HIS -- BY HIS LIVED TOGETHER, STEVE TOGETHER WITH HIS WIFE, HIS MOTHER, AND EVERYONE AT TEAM GLEASON HAS INSPIRED HOPE IN INDIVIDUALS THROUGHOUT WASHINGTON STATE AND ACROSS THE GLOBE. HE HAS UNDOUBTEDLY CHANGED COUNTLESS LIVES FOR THE BETTER. MR. PRESIDENT, FEW PEOPLE MAKE WASHINGTON STATE AS PROUD AS STEVE GLEASON, AND I AM DELIGHTED TO SPONSOR THIS LEGISLATION TO AWARD HIM THE CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL. SO I URGE OUR COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT OUR EFFORTS, AND I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, SENATOR CASSIDY, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS AND WORKING WITH ME ON REALLY AN IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT WILL RECOGNIZE AN INCREDIBLE HUMAN BEING. THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. I YIELD THE FLOOR.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR FROM LOUISIANA.

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    MR. CASSIDY

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ANDREW HAMPTON, AN INTERN IN SENATOR…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ANDREW HAMPTON, AN INTERN IN SENATOR SULLIVAN'S OFFICE, BE GRANTED FLOOR PRIVILEGES FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE DAY.

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  • 02:39:28 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR FROM LOUISIANA.

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    MR. CASSIDY

    MR. PRESIDENT, I'M HERE TO SPEAK ABOUT HONORING STEVE GLEASON WITH THE…

    MR. PRESIDENT, I'M HERE TO SPEAK ABOUT HONORING STEVE GLEASON WITH THE CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL. STEVE IS WELL KNOWN IN LOUISIANA THROUGH THE GULF COAST AND TO FOOTBALL FANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. HE'S A WASHINGTON STATE NATIVE, AS SENATOR MURRAY RECENTLY SPOKE, BUT NOW LIVES IN NEW ORLEANS WITH HIS WIFE, MICHELLE, AND HIS SON, RIVERS. STEVE PLAYED IN THE NFL FOR EIGHT SEASONS, MOSTLY WITH THE NEW ORLEANS SAINTS, FAMOUS FOR THE NEW ORLEANS SAINTS BECAUSE ON SEPTEMBER 25, 2006, MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL, THE FIRST GAME BACK IN THE SUPERDOME WHEN THE SUPERDOME REOPENED AFTER HURRICANE KATRINA, THE SAIFNTSES WERE PLAYING THEIR ARCH RIERVAL THE HATED ATLANTA FALCONS. PROBABLY THE PRESIDING OFFICER LIKES THE FALCONS. THE FALCONS WERE PUNTING DEEP IN THEIR OWN TERRITORY. STEVE BROKE THROUGH THE LINE, BLOCKED THE PUNT, THE BALL RECOVERED FOR A TOUCHDOWN. THE STADIUM ERUPTED. 70,000 FANS IN A DOMED STADIUM. I WAS WATCHING ON TV. AL MICHAELS WAS BLOWN AWAY. AN INCREDIBLE MOMENT, NOT JUST FOR THE FOOTBALL TEAM BUT BECAUSE IT WAS WHEN THE GAME JUST OPENED AFTER HURRICANE KATRINA THAT ALMOST DESTROYED A CITY AND INDEED THE WHOLE GULF COAST. IT HAD THAT MUCH MORE MEANING. THE EMOTION WAS ABOUT A PLAY BUT FOR AS MUCH AS WHAT THE PLAY SYMBOLIZED AS FOR THE GAME. AND STEVE GLEASON'S BLOCKED PUNT SYMBOLIZES STEVE WOULD SAY NO WHITE FLAGS. NEW ORLEANS, THE GULF COAST IS BACK. DESPITE KATRINA'S DEVASTATION, WE WOULD NOT SURRENDER. NOW, STEVE DEMONSTRATES THAT NO WHITE FLAGS NOW IN ANOTHER ARENA. IN 2011, STEVE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH A LATERAL SCLEROSIS ALSO COULD LOU GEHRIG'S DISEASE. HE CAN'T SPEAK AND EXCEPT FOR MOVING HIS EYES AND BLINKING, HE CANNOT MOVE BUT STEVE CAN STILL THINK AND BECAUSE HE CAN THINK AND WHAT HE HAS DONE WITH HIS THOUGHTS IS WHY HE INSPIRES AND WHY WE WISH TO HONOR HIM WITH THE CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL. HE HAS A DIFFICULT CHALLENGE BUT HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS ADDRESSING THAT CHALLENGE IS WHAT IS NOTEWORTHY. AFTER HIS DIAGNOSIS, STEVE AND HIS WIFE BEGAN A MISSION TO SHOW THAT PATIENTS WITH DISEASES LIKE A.L.S. CANNOT ONLY LIVE BUT THEY CAN THRIVE. STEVE DECLARED THAT THERE WOULD BE NO WHITE FLAGS AND THAT BECAME THE MANTRA OF SOMETHING HE BEGAN WHICH IS THE GLEASON INITIATIVE FOUNDATION. NOW, THIS FOUNDATION HELPS PROVIDE INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE NEUROMUSCULAR DISEASE OR OTHER INJURIES WITH CUTTING EDGE TECHNOLOGY, EQUIPMENT, AND SERVICES. IT RAISES GLOBAL AWARENESS ABOUT A.L.S. TO FIND SOLUTIONS AND AN END TO THE DISEASE. IT HAS ALSO HELPED HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE WITH A.L.S. EXPERIENCE LIFE'S ADD VEN STURS -- ADVENTURES THEY NEVER THOUGHT POSSIBLE. STEVE'S MISSION HAVE BEEN CHRONICLED BY NATIONAL AND LOCAL MEDIA OUTLETS AS WELL AS A 2016 DOCUMENTARY GLEASON WHICH SHOWED WHAT HIS LIFE HAS BEEN LIKE SINCE 2011. AND WHEN YOU FIRST MEET STEVE, YOU EXPECT TO FEEL PITY. AND YET AS YOU WALK IN AND MEET HIM AND SEE WHAT HE HAS DONE AS HE SPEAKS TO YOU THROUGH THE MACHINES HE'S HELPED DEVELOP, YOU FEEL INSPIRED. AND HIS PERSEVERANCE AND COMMITMENT TO GIVING HOPE TO OTHERS IS AMAZING. MR. PRESIDENT, SINCE HIS DIAGNOSIS, LET ME GIVE YOU A PARTIAL LIST OF THAT WHICH HE HAS DONE. HE AND HIS WIFE. AGAIN, HE FOUNDED THE FOUNDATION OF WHICH I JUST SPOKE. STEVE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH MICROSOFT -- AND I HAVE A POSTER HERE TO DEMONSTRATE. HERE'S STEVE. THE MICROSOFT TEAM. IN PARTNERSHIP WITH MICROSOFT DEVELOPED EYE TRACKING TECHNOLOGY WHICH ALLOWS HIM TO COMMUNICATE AND TO MOVE. SO STEVE LOOKS UP HERE. AGAIN, HE CAN ONLY MOVE HIS EYES AND BLINK HIS EYES. SO HE CAN LOOK AT THIS KEYBOARD AND IF HE SAYS TURN MY WHEELCHAIR TO THE RIGHT, HE LOOKS THERE AND BLINKS HIS EYES, THEN HIS WHEELCHAIR WILL TURN TO THE RIGHT. HE'S GOT SOME PRERECORDED STATEMENTS SO IF YOU WALK IN, HE'S GOING TO BLINK AT A PRERECORDED STATEMENT. IT SAYS HELLO, MY NAME IS STEVE GLEASON, HOW ARE YOU? THEN IF HE WISHES TO SAY SOMETHING SPONTANEOUSLY, HE CAN BLINK, BLINK, BLINK AND IT WILL SAY, WELL, LET'S DISCUSS THIS FURTHER. NOW, IT'S NOT ALL JUST -- IT'S NOT JUST ALL KIND LET'S TALK BUSINESS. HE HAS HIS I TUNES ON THERE. HE CAN BLINK AND GET HIS FAVORITE SONG. SO THERE'S A MULTIPLICITY OF FUNCTION HERE THAT ALLOWS THE MAN TO LIVE. AND NOT JUST HIM BECAUSE AMONG THE OTHER ACCOMPLISHMENTS STEVE GLEASON AND HIS WIFE, MICHELLE, HAVE ACHIEVED IS HE LED EFFORTS TO ENACT LEGISLATION, THE STEVE GLEASON'S GIVE THEM A VOICE ACT, I BELIEVE IT WAS CALLED, TO MAKE DEVICES AVAILABLE TO THOSE SUFFERING FROM NEURODEGENERATIVE DISEASES. IT WAS A BILL I WAS PRIVILEGED TO INTRODUCE AND WHICH WAS PASSED INTO LAW. STEVE CONTINUES TO CHALLENGE THE HEADS OF INDUSTRY AND MEDICINE SO IMPROVE THE TECHNOLOGY AND THE SCIENCE TO FIND A CURE FOR A.L.S. HE ALSO OPENED THE TEAM GLEASON HOUSE FOR INNOVATIVE LIVING WHERE 18 PEOPLE CAN LIVE AS PRODUCTIVELY AND INDEPENDENT AS POSSIBLE. A FEW YEARS AGO STEVE HOSTED A GLOBAL SUMMIT BRINGING TOGETHER RESEARCHERS, PATIENT, CAREGIVERS, AND OTHERS IN THE A.L.S. COMMUNITY. THE SUMMIT RESULTED IN THE SINGLE LARGEST COORDINATED AND COLLABORATIVE A.L.S. RESEARCH PROJECT IN THE WORLD CALLED ANSWER A.L.S. IT HAS NEARLY TWO DOZEN RESEARCH INSTITUTIONS, A THOUSAND PATIENT, AND 20 TRILLION DATA POINTS THAT WILL HELP DEFINE UNKNOWN PATHWAYS TO LEAD TO NEW TREATMENTS OR TO CURES. IN RECOGNITION OF STEVE'S WORK, IN APRIL I INTRODUCED LEGISLATION WITH SENATORS MURRAY, KENNEDY, AND CANTWELL TO HONOR STEVE GLEASON WITH THE CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL. STEVE'S STORY IS SO COMPELLING THAT IN LESS THAN TWO MONTHS OVER 70 OF OUR COLLEAGUES JOINED TO AFFIRM STEVE'S INSPIRING STORY AND IMPACT UPON -- AND IMPACT UPON HIS FELLOW AMERICANS TO MAKE HIM WORTHY OF THE HIGHEST HONOR CONGRESS CAN BESTOW. HE IS AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT MAKES OUR COUNTRY GREAT. HE HAS GIVEN HOPE TO MANY. HE GIVES HOPE TO ALL THOSE WHO HAVE EVER RECEIVED A DEVASTATING DIAGNOSIS, AND HIS MESSAGE IS SIMPLE -- YOUR LIFE STILL HAS MEANING. YOUR BEST YEARS CAN STILL BE AHEAD OF YOU. STEVE IS A ROLE MODEL NOT JUST FOR THOSE IN THE DISABILITY COMMUNITY BUT FOR ALL AMERICANS. I SUSPECT THAT HE MAY APPRECIATE -- THAT WHAT YOU MAY APPRECIATE MOST ABOUT THIS HONOR IS THE ATTENTION IT BRINGS TO FIND SOLUTIONS AND CURES FOR THOSE WITH DISEASES SUCH AS A.L.S. I'D LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES, THEIR STAFF, AND EVERYONE ELSE WHO HAS HELPED BUILD SUPPORT THOR THIS LEGISLATION, INCLUDING MICROSOFT, THE A.L.S. ASSOCIATION, THE NFL, AND THE NEW ORLEANS SAINTS. I WISH TO ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES IN THE HOUSE TO COSPONSOR THIS LEGISLATION AND TO PASS IT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. AND I'D LIKE TO THANK STEVE FOR CONTINUING TO BE AN EXAMPLE OF COMMITMENT, PERSEVERANCE, AND INSPIRATION. NOW, MR. PRESIDENT, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE COMMITTEE ON BANKING, HOUSING, AND URBAN AFFAIRS BE DISCHARGED FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF S. 2652 AND THAT THE SENATE PROCEED TO ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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  • 03:01:56 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT.

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    THE CLERK

    S. 2652, A BILL TO AWARD A CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL TO STEVEN MICHAEL…

    S. 2652, A BILL TO AWARD A CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL TO STEVEN MICHAEL GLEASON.

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  • 03:02:07 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE COMMITTEE IS DISCHARGED. THE SENATE WILL PROCEED TO…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE COMMITTEE IS DISCHARGED. THE SENATE WILL PROCEED TO THE MEASURE. A SENATOR: I ASK CONSENT THAT THE BILL BE READ A THIRD TIME AND PAPS AND THAT THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER BE CONSIDERED MADE AND LAID UPON THE TABLE.

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  • 03:02:19 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. CASSIDY

    I YIELD THE FLOOR.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR FROM OHIO.

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    MR. PORTMAN

    I UNDERSTAND WE'RE NOT IN A QUORUM CALL.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

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    MR. PORTMAN

    TODAY I COME BACK TO THE FLOOR OF THE SENATE TO TALK ABOUT THE OPIOID…

    TODAY I COME BACK TO THE FLOOR OF THE SENATE TO TALK ABOUT THE OPIOID CRISIS THAT GRIPPED THE COUNTRY AND MY STATE OF OHIO. I WANT TO FOCUS ON FENT KNELL. IT IS -- FENTANYL. IT IS CAUSING THE MOST OVERDOSES AT AT TIME WHEN WE HAVE AN UNPRECEDENTED NUMBER OF OVERDOSES. FENTANYL IS COMING THROUGH THE MAIL, IT'S COMING MOSTLY FROM ONE COUNTRY, CHINA. IT IS THE POISON THAT HAS CONTRIBUTED MORE IN THE LAST FEW YEARS TO THE RISE IN OPIOID USE THAN ANYTHING ELSE. OVER THE PAST WEEK WE'VE MADE SOME SIGNIFICANT PROCESS IN PUSHING BACK AGAINST FENTANYL AND I WANT TO ARE REPORT ON THAT. THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IS GOING TO TAKE UP LEGISLATION CALLED THE STOP ACT THAT WE HAVE BEEN WORKING HERE IN THE SENATE ON FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS I'M VERY PLEASED ABOUT THAT. I SUSPECT THE VOTE TODAY WILL BE BIPARTISAN. I SUSPECT IT WILL PASS THE HOUSE. I ALSO WANT TO REPORT THAT HERE IN THE SENATE WE'VE HAD A BREAKTHROUGH IN THE LAST WEEK. NOT ONLY HAVE WE NEGOTIATED SOMETHING WITH THE HOUSE THAT IS, IN MY VIEW, AN IMPROVEMENT FROM THE LEGISLATION THAT HAD PASSED THE HOUSE, WAYS, AND MEANS COMMITTEE, BUT ALSO IN THE SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE THIS WEEK, WE HAD A MARKUP AND HAD A COMMITMENT FROM THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER OF THAT COMMITTEE THAT THE FINANCE COMMITTEE WILL MARK UP THE IDENTICAL LEGISLATION THAT WILL IS LIKELY TO PASS THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TODAY. I WANT TO THANK ORRIN HATCH AND RANKING MEMBER RON WYDEN FOR WORKING WITH US TO ENSURE THAT WE COULD GET THIS LEGISLATION MARKED UP IN COMMITTEE AND ON TO THE FLOOR OF THE UNITED STATES SENATE AS PART OF WHATEVER WE DO IN TERMS OF THE OPIOID CRISIS HERE IN THE COMING DAYS AND WEEKS. I ALSO WANT TO OF COURSE, COMMENT MY HOUSE COLLEAGUES ARE TO THE VOTE TODAY AND THE WORK THEY'VE DONE ON THIS, PARTICULARLY THE WAYS -- WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, BILL RICKERT AND BILL PASINEL. MY HOPE IS THAT THE BILL THAT PASSES THE HOUSE TODAY WILL BE IDENTICAL TO THE BILL THAT WE'LL TAKE UP HERE ON THE FLOOR OF THE UNITED STATES SENATE SO THAT WE CAN ENSURE THAT WE GET THIS BILL TO THE PRESIDENT FOR HIS SIGNATURE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. THIS IS AN URT ISSUE. THIS IS NOT -- URGENT ISSUE. IT IS NOT JUST AN IMPORTANT ISSUE, IT IS URGENT. WE NEED TO PUSH BACK AND PUSH BACK HARD. THIS DRUG FENTANYL IS SO DANGEROUS THAT A FEW FLECKS OF IT CAN KILL YOU. AGAIN, IT IS SOMETHING THAT IS CAUSING THE MOST OVERDOSES RIGHT NOW IT'S NOT JUST AFFECTING THOSE WHO ARE OVERDOSING ON IT, IT'S AFFECTING ALL OF US, INCLUDING OUR FIRST RESPONDERS AND YOUNG CHILDREN WHO COME IN CONTACT WITH IT. THE STORIES ARE REALLY HEARTBREAKING OF KIDS EXPOSED TO THE FENTANYL BECAUSE SOMEBODY LEFT IT BEHIND AT A PARTY OR BECAUSE THEIR PARENTS OR OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS LEFT IT BEHIND AND THESE YOUNG CHILDREN ARE OVERDOSING AND DYING. IT'S HAPPENING IN MY STATE AND AROUND THE COUNTRY. FIRST RESPONDERS ARE BEING AFFECTED. I HEAR THE STORIES AT HOME, WHETHER IT'S A FIREFIGHTER OR WHETHER IT'S SOMEONE IN THE HEALTH CARE TRIOR SOMEBODY WHO IS IN -- HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY OR SOMEBODY IN LAW ENFORCEMENT. ONE POLICE OFFICER IN LIVERPOOL, HE PULLS OVER SUSPECTS, SEES WHITE POWDER THAT THEY ARE TRYING TO HIDE, WISELY HE PUTS ON GLOVES AND A MASK AND WHEN HE'S BACK AT THE POLICE STATION BOOKING THE INDIVIDUALS, NOT FOR THE TRAFFIC VIOLATION SO MUCH AS FOR THE FENTANYL. HE LOOKS AT HIS SHIRT AND NOTICES A COUPLE OF FLEX OF SOMETHING WHITE ON HIS SHIRT, HIS FINGERS ARE EXPOSED TO THE FENTANYL. HE FALLS TO THE GROUND AND HAS TO BE REVIVED BY NARCAN, NOT ONCE, NOT TWICE, BUT CHRIS GREEN WHO IS A BIG GUY, 204 POUNDS, FOUR CANS OF NARCAN WAS NECESSARY TO SAVE HIS LIVE. WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED IF HE HAD GONE HOME AND HAD THOSE FLECKS ON HIS SHOULDER AND HUGGED HIS KIDS. THIS IS AN INCREDIBLY DANGEROUS SUBSTANCE AND WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH IT. LAST YEAR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS IN MASSACHUSETTS SAID THEY REVIVED A MAN WITH TWO DOSES OF NARCAN WHO SAID HE HAD ONLY BEEN SMOKING MARIJUANA. HOW CAN THIS BE? BECAUSE FENTANYL WAS MIXED IN WITH THE MARIJUANA. I HEARD THIS LAST WEEK IN LORAIN, OHIO. I WAS THERE FOR A PEATING -- MEETING OF A LOT OF FOLKS INVOLVED WITH THE LAW ENFORCEMENT AND TREATMENT PROVIDERS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT TOLD US A STORY VERY MUCH THE SAME. A YOUNG MAN HAD TO BE REVIVED BY USING NARCAN. HE SAID, I WAS JUST SMOKING DOPE, IT COULDN'T BE. WHEN THEY CHECKED IT, THEY FOUND OUT THAT THE MARIJUANA WAS LACED WITH FENTANYL. IT IS GOING INTO CRYSTAL METH. CRYSTAL METH IS NOW A BIGGER PROBLEM IN MY STATE OF OHIO AND WE KNOW IT IS A BIGGER PROBLEM IN PART BECAUSE IT IS BEING MIXED WITH FENTANYL. THE DAYTON AREA RECENTLY RELEASED ITS COUNTY OVERDOSE REPORT. THE DAYTON AREA EXPERIENCED THREE TIMES AS MANY CRYSTAL METH OVERDOSE DEATHS IN 2015. THE COUNTY CORONER FROM SINCE CINCINNATI SAID SHE HAS SEEN FENTANYL MIXED WITH COCAINE AND MARIJUANA. IT IS NOW THE DEADLIEST DRUG OF THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC. ONE OF THE TAKAWAYS FROM MY MEETINGS AROUND THE STATE TALKING ABOUT HOW TO PUSH BACK ON FENTANYL IS A GROWING CONSENSUS THAT WE NEED TO MAKE MUCH MORE PROGRESS FROM KEEPING THE FENTANYL COMING INTO OUR COMMUNITIES IN THE FIRST PLACE. WE KNOW, AGAIN, THAT THIS IS WHAT IS CAUSING THE BIG INCREASE IN OVERDOSE AND DEATHS AT A TIME WHEN WE'RE DOING MORE TO ADDRESS THE OPIOID CRISIS. WITHOUT THE FENTANYL, I STRONGLY BELIEVE WE WOULD MAKE BE MAKING PROGRESS. THIS BODY PASSED THE KARA LEGISLATION -- KARA LEGISLATION AND THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT. I HAVE BEEN TO A FEW DIFFERENT PLACES IN THE STATE WHERE THEY ARE USING THE FUNDING WELL TO DO THINGS LIKE QUICK RESPONSE WHEN SOMEBODY IS CONSCIOUS -- WHO SURVIVED WITH NARCAN AND MAKING SURE THAT YOU GETS THAT PERSON INTO TREATMENT WITH SOCIAL WORKERS AND OTHERS. THEY ARE USING FUNDING FROM THE KARA LEGISLATION AND 80% OF THE PEOPLE THEY ARE COMING INTO CONTACT WITH ARE GOING INTO TREATMENT. THAT IS A TREMENDOUS IMPROVEMENT FROM WHAT HAS BEEN HAPPENING WHICH IS THAT MANY PEOPLE GO FROM THE NARCAN OVERDOSE, SAVING THE PERSON'S LIFE INTO TREATMENT, WE'VE GOT TO DEAL WITH THAT GAP. SO WE'RE MAKING PROGRESS AND YET THE FENTANYL IS SORT OF OVERWHELMING THE SYSTEM. IT'S TIME FOR US TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO PUSH BACK AND PUSH BACK HARDER. SINCE 2015, WE HAVE EXPERIENCED A 1,000 INCREASE OF FENTANYL DEATHS. MORE THAN 90% OF THE DRUGS CEASED BY THE LAW ENFORCEMENT CONTAINED FENTANYL. MOST OF THE DRUGS THAT WE TALKED ABOUT PUSHING BACK AGAINST, THINK OF COCAINE, THINK OF HEROIN, EVEN CRYSTAL METH COME IN OVERLAND, MOSTLY ACROSS THE SOUTHERN BORDER FROM MEXICO. WHAT LAW ENFORCEMENT AND THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY TELLS US IS THAT FENTANYL COMES IN PRIMARILY BY THE U.S. MAIL SYSTEM. INSTEAD COMING OVERLAND AND THE NEED TO COVER OUR SOUTHERN BORDER IS CLEAR, PARTLY BECAUSE OF THAT, WE HAVE A SITUATION WHERE THIS DRUG IS COMING IN THROUGH THE UNITED STATES MAIL SERVICE MANY THEY TELL US IT COMES PRIMARY MARELY FROM ONE -- PRIMARILY ONE COUNTRY, CHINA. IT IS MADE IN A LAB IN CHINA AND SHIPPED HERE. WE WENT UNDERCOVER AND CONTACTED A LOT OF DIFFERENT WEBSITES AND THEY ALL TOLD US THE SAME THING, WHICH IS IF YOU'RE GOING TO BUY FROM US, SHIP IT BY U.S. MAIL, IF IT COMES BY U.S. MAIL, WE CAN FIND ANOTHER DELIVERY. IF IT IS NOT THROUGH U.S., WE'RE NOT SURE WE CAN GUARANTEE IT. WHY IS THAT? BECAUSE THIS BODY AFTER THE 9/11 TRAGIC INCIDENCES DECIDED TO TIGHTEN UP PACKAGES COMING INTO OUR COUNTRY. SO WE REQUIRED THE PRIVATE CARRIERS, THINK OF U.P.S. AND OTHERS TO PROVIDE LAW ENFORCEMENT ABOUT DATA ABOUT THE PACKAGES WHERE IT WAS FROM, WHAT WAS IN IT AND WHERE IT'S GOING. THEY HAD TO PROVIDE THAT DATA ELECTRONICALLY AND IN RESPONSE TO USE ANALYTICS TO DETERMINE WHAT PACKAGES WERE SUSPECT TO BE ABLE TO PULL THEM OFF THE LINE. I'VE BEEN TO THOSE FACILITIES WHERE THIS HAPPENS. IT'S VERY IMPRESSIVE. IT'S ALSO VERY DANGEROUS. THESE PACK JIANGS -- PACKAGES, ONE IDENTIFIED, HAVE TO BE TAKEN INTO A ROOM WHERE THERE ARE PRECAUTIONS TAKEN, BUT THE UNITED STATES POST OFFICE WAS NOT REQUIRED 16 YEARS AGO TO PROVIDE THAT INFORMATION. INSTEAD, THE LEGISLATION SAID THAT THE POST OFFICE NEEDED TO STUDY THE ISSUE, LEAVING IT CLEAR IN THE LEGISLATIVE HISTORY THAT CONGRESS CONSIDERED IT A PROBLEM BUT WANTED TO GIVE THE POST OFFICE TIME TO LOOK INTO IT. SPECIFICALLY THEY ASKED THE POSTMASTER GENERAL AND HOMELAND SECURITY TO COME UP WITH A REPORT. IT NEVER HAPPENED. SO HERE WE ARE 16 YEARS LATER, THE POST OFFICE DOESN'T HAVE THAT REQUIREMENT AND THESE OTHER WAYS THAT YOU COULD MAIL INTO THE UNITED STATES DO HAVE THAT REQUIREMENT. GUESS WHERE THE PACKAGES GO. THE POST OFFICE HAS BEGUN TO STEP UP THEIR EFFORTS. I BELIEVE THEY DID IT BECAUSE OF OUR HEARINGS AND PRESSURE HERE FROM CONGRESS AND THE LEGISLATION CALLED THE STOP ACT. THEY NOW SAY THAT THEY ARE SCREENING ABOUT 36% OF THEIR PACKAGES. AGAIN, THAT'S A BIG IMPROVEMENT. HOWEVER, THERE ARE ABOUT 900 MILLION PACKAGES A YEAR, THAT MEANS 315 MILLION PACKAGES THAT ARE BEING LOOKED AT IS -- IS A BIG IMPROVEMENT, BUT WE STILL HAVE SO MANY HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF PACKAGES THAT ARE NOT RECEIVING THAT KIND OF SCREENING. IN ADDITION, WE LEARNED THROUGH OUR HEARINGS AND THROUGH OUR INVESTIGATION THAT 20% OF THE TIME WHEN LAW ENFORCEMENT HAD IDENTIFIED A POSTAL SERVICE PACKAGE THAT WAS SUSPECT, IT WAS NOT PRESENTED TO LAW ENFORCEMENT. IN OTHER WORDS, IT WENT INTO THE COMMUNITY ANYWAY. SO CLEARLY WE'VE GOT A BIG PROBLEM. WE'RE NOT SCREENING ADEQUATELY. WE'RE NOT PROVIDING THE INFORMATION FOR ENOUGH PACK JIANGS, AND WE'RE -- PACKAGES AND WE'RE NOT GIVING LAW ENFORCEMENT THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO DO THEIR JOB. WITH REGARD TO THE PRIVATE CARRIERS, IT'S 100%. IT'S REQUIRED. THE LEGISLATION WE'RE PROPOSING IS TO TELL THE POST OFFICE, YES, THIS POISON HAS TO BE STOPPED IN EVERY WAY WE POSSIBLY CAN. THIS IS A CRISIS. IT IS SOMETHING THAT WE WANT YOU TO ADDRESS. SO IT SAYS THAT BY 2020 WE HAVE TO HAVE 100% OF PACKAGES SCREENED AND WE HAVE TO GIVE LAW ENFORCEMENT THE TOOLS THAT THEY NEED. LAW ENFORCEMENT IS, OF COURSE, DESPERATE TO GET THIS INFORMATION. IF THEY HAVE THE INFORMATION, THEY CAN HELP. THEY CAN HELP TO KEEP THESE PACKAGES OUT OF OUR COUNTRY. THEY CAN ALSO HELP TO RAISE THE PRICE. SOME PACKAGES THAT ARE STOPPED, OF COURSE, WOULD HAVE OTHERWISE GONE TO A P.O. BOX OR SOMEONE'S HOME OR ABANDONED WAREHOUSE AND BEEN DISTRIBUTED. PACKAGES IN MY STATE OF OHIO THAT HAVE BEEN SEIZED THAT COULD KILL HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE. THEREOF A PACKAGE IN NEBRASKA THAT COULD HAVE KILLED MILLIONS OF PEOPLE. SO IN A RELATIVELY SMALL YOU CAN'TY THIS IS INCREDIT -- QUANTITY, THIS IS INCREDIBLY POWERFUL. NOW WE WILL ABLE TO GET THEM OFF LINE. ONE OF THE REASONS THAT FENTANYL HAS TAKEN OVER AND PUSHED OUT SOME OF THESE OTHER DRUGS, AND BY THE WAY, IT'S 50 TIMES MORE POWERFUL THAN HEROIN, ONE REASON IS BECAUSE IT'S RELATIVELY INEXPENSIVE. THIS WILL RAISE THE PRICE AND REDUCE THE VOLUME AND HELP TO BE ABLE TO SAVE LIVES. WE HAVE OVER ONE-THIRD OF THE UNITED STATES SENATE AS COSPONSORS OF THIS LEGISLATION, INCLUDING SENATOR HATCH AND SENATOR WYDEN. AGAIN, I APPRECIATE THEIR WORK AND SUPPORT ON THIS. WE HAVE ABOUT HALF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THAT HAVE SUPPORTED THE STOP ACT ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE CHAMBER. IT'S TIME FOR US TO ACTUALLY TAKE THE NEXT STEP, PASS THIS LEGISLATION, GET IT IN PLACE AND IMMEDIATELY TELL COUNTRIES LIKE CHINA IF YOU WANT TO SEND PACKAGES TO US, YOU'VE GOT TO PROVIDE THIS INFORMATION. WE HAVE DONE EVERYTHING WE CAN IN OTHER WAYS TO ENCOURAGE CHINA TO CRACK DOWN ON THESE LABS, THESE EVIL SCIENTISTS THAT ARE MAKING THIS PRODUCT AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO THAT. WE'RE TAKING OTHER STEPS, OF COURSE, TO DEAL WITH THIS ISSUE IN TERMS OF INCREASED PREVENTION AND EDUCATION EFFORTS. THAT'S IN THE CARA LEGISLATION. THERE'S $10 MILLION RIGHT NOW AVAILABLE FOR THE ADMINISTRATION TO COME UP WITH A NATIONAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN THAT I WOULD STRONGLY SUPPORT. THEY ALREADY STARTED A SMALLER MEDIA CAMPAIGN WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR. I SUPPORT THAT AS WELL. WE NEED TO PUSH BACK EVERY WAY WE CAN LETTING PEOPLE KNOW THE DANGERS, INCLUDING THE FACT THAT ANY STREET DRUG YOU TAKE NOW POTENTIALLY CAN HAVE DEADLY CONSEQUENCES, INCLUDING THIS FENDLE. -- FENTANYL. WE NEED TO DO MORE IN TERMS OF GETTING PEOPLE INTO TREATMENT. THIS IS A DISEASE AND NEEDS TO BE TREATED AS SUCH. WE'RE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO MAKE PROGRESS UNLESS WE TAKE PEOPLE WHO ARE ALREADY ADDICTED, GET THEM INTO THE TREATMENT AND LONGER-TERM RECOVERY THEY NEED. LONGER-TERM RECOVERY IS FUNDED BY CARA AND CURES. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME CONGRESS HAS DONE THIS. IF YOU GET PEOPLE INTO A LONGER-TERM RECOVERY PROGRAM, SOBER HOUSING AND GROUP DISCUSSION, HELPING TO SUPPORT THEM, YOU HAVE A MUCH HIGHER LIKELIHOOD OF SOMEBODY GETTING CLEAN, BEING SUCCESSFUL, BEING ABLE TO GET ON TRACK, GETTING BACK WITH THEIR FAMILY AND THEIR JOB. FINALLY, WE'VE GOT TO DO MORE IN TERMS OF HELPING LAW ENFORCEMENT AND AGAIN, THAT'S PARTLY WHAT WE'RE DOING HERE, GIVING THEM THE TOOLS TO BE ABLE TO STOP SOME OF THIS POISON FROM COMING IN IN THE FIRST PLACE. SO I AM ENCOURAGED WITH THE PROGRESS WE'VE MADE JUST IN THE LAST WEEK. WE NOW HAVE A HOUSE BILL THAT'S BEING VOTED ON AS I SPEAK. WE NOW HAVE A SENATE BILL THAT HAS BEEN AGREED TO BE ROCIALTED OUT OF COMMITTEE -- REPORTED OUT OF COMMITTEE COMING ON TO THE FLOOR. THEY'RE IDENTICAL. THEY BOTH DO THE JOB. THEY BOTH TELL THE POST OFFICE WE'VE GOT TO CHANGE BEHAVIOR. BY THE WAY, IN TERMS OF THE POST OFFICE, SOMEONE TOLD ME TODAY THAT THE POSTAL UNION WAS CONCERNED ABOUT THIS LEGISLATION. I WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU TO TALK TO RANK AND FILE MAIL CARRIERS, POSTAL CARRIERS AND ASK THEM WHAT THEY THINK. THEY DON'T WANT TO BE CARRYING THIS POISON INTO OUR COMMUNITIES. THEY DON'T WANT TO BE POTENTIALLY EXPOSED TO THIS POISON SHOULD A PACKAGE LEAK BECAUSE OF THE DANGER OF IT. THEY AGREE, THE PEOPLE I TALKED TO, THAT WE ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO CRACK DOWN ON THIS. WE'RE NOT ASKING THE POST OFFICE TO DO IT ALONE. WE'RE PROVIDING FUNDING TO CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION TO BE THERE WITH THEM. THE POSTAL INSPECTORS, THE FOLKS WHO ARE ACTUALLY -- LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT ARE DESPERATE TONE SURE WE CAN DO THIS BECAUSE THEY'RE TIRED OF IT. THEY'RE TIRED OF SEEING THIS STUFF JUST COME IN LIKE AN AVALANCHE COMING INTO OUR COUNTRY AND CREATING ALL THESE PROBLEMS ACROSS THE BOARD IN OUR COMMUNITIES, EVERY SECTOR OF OUR COMMUNITY BEING AFFECTED. PEOPLE ARE DESPERATE FOR SOLUTIONS BECAUSE THEY ACKNOWLEDGE THE PROBLEM. I HAD A TELE-TOWN HALL MEETING LAST WEEK HERE IN WASHINGTON WHERE I CALL IN AND SPEAK TO THOUSANDS OF OHIOANS AT ONCE. WE DO THIS ON A MONTHLY BASIS. WE HAVE FOR THE LAST FEW YEARS BEEN ASKING AMONG OUR SURVEY QUESTIONS ONE ABOUT OPIOIDS. IT'S A VERY SIMPLE QUESTION. IT SAYS, HAVE YOU BEEN DIRECTLY AFFECTED, HAS ANYBODY YOU KNOW BEEN DIRECTLY AFFECTED BY THIS OPIOID CRISIS? UNBELIEVABLY, WE HAVE GOTTEN TYPICALLY ABOUT 50% OF THE PEOPLE ON THE CALL, AGAIN THESE ARE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE RANDOMLY SELECTED, SAYING YES, MY FAMILY OR SOMEONE I KNOW HAS BEEN DIRECTLY AFFECTED BY OPIOIDS. AT THE CALL LAST WEEK, TWO-THIRDS, TWO-THIRDS OF THE PEOPLE ON THE CALL SAID THEY HAD BEEN DIRECTLY AFFECTED OR SOMEONE THEY KNOW HAS BEEN DIRECTLY AFFECTED. THAT'S WHY PEOPLE ARE DESPERATE FOR A SOLUTION BECAUSE IT'S AFFECTING THEM. IT'S AFFECTING THEIR LIVES. IT'S AFFECTING THEIR FAMILIES. IT'S AFFECTING OUR COMMUNITIES. IT'S AFFECTING EVERY SINGLE AS PEGHT OF THE OUR -- ASPECT OF OUR COMMUNITY, THE FOSTER CARE SYSTEM, THE PRISON SYSTEM. IT'S TIME FOR US TO STEP UP AND DO MORE. YES, PREVENTION, TREATMENT, LONGER-TERM RECOVERY BUT ALSO HELPING LAW ENFORCEMENT TO BE ABLE TO PUSH BACK, TO STOP SOME OF THIS POISON FROM COMING INTO OUR COMMUNITIES IN THE FIRST PLACE. LET'S PASS THE STOP ACT TO GIVE LAW ENFORCEMENT THE TOOLS THEY NEED AGAINST THIS NEW SCOURGE, THIS EPIDEMIC, AND BY DOING SO WE WILL SAVE LIVES. THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. I YIELD BACK. PORT MR. PRESIDENT, I NOTE THE ABSENCE OF A QUORUM.

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  • 04:20:15 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    QUORUM.

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    CALL

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    Quorum Call

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    CALL

  • 04:30:45 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    MR. PRESIDENT?

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    MAJORITY LEADER.

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    MR. McCONNELL

    I ASK CONSENT THAT FURTHER PROCEEDINGS UNDER THE QUORUM CALL BE DISPENSED…

    I ASK CONSENT THAT FURTHER PROCEEDINGS UNDER THE QUORUM CALL BE DISPENSED WITH.

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  • 04:30:52 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. McCONNELL

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE BE DISCHARGED FROM FURTHER…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE BE DISCHARGED FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION AND THE SENATE NOW PROCEED TO S. RES. 503.

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  • 04:31:01 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT.

  • 04:31:03 PM

    THE CLERK

    SENATE RESOLUTION 503, COMMEMORATING THE TRICENTENNIAL OF THE CITY OF SAN…

    SENATE RESOLUTION 503, COMMEMORATING THE TRICENTENNIAL OF THE CITY OF SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS.

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  • 04:31:11 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THERE OBJECTION TO PROCEEDING TO THE MEASURE? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE…

    THERE OBJECTION TO PROCEEDING TO THE MEASURE? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE COMMITTEE IS DISCHARGED AND THE SENATE SHALL CONSIDER IT.

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  • 04:31:20 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    CONSIDER IT.

  • 04:31:32 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE TABLE. THE PRESIDING OFFICER: WITHOUT OBJECTION. CHANT I ASK UNANIMOUS…

    THE TABLE. THE PRESIDING OFFICER: WITHOUT OBJECTION. CHANT I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THE SENATE PROCEED TO THE CONSIDERATION OF S. RES. 547, SUBMITTED EARLIER TODAY.

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  • 04:31:42 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT.

  • 04:31:44 PM

    THE CLERK

    SENATE RESOLUTION 547, DESIGNATING JUNE 19, 2018, AS JUNETEENTH…

    SENATE RESOLUTION 547, DESIGNATING JUNE 19, 2018, AS JUNETEENTH INDEPENDENCE DAY AND SO FORTH.

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  • 04:31:53 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THERE OBJECTION TO PROCEEDING TO THE MEASURE? WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 04:31:58 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE RESOLUTION BE AGREED TO, THE PREAMBLE BE…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE RESOLUTION BE AGREED TO, THE PREAMBLE BE AGREED TO, AND THE MOTIONS TO RECONSIDER BE CONSIDERED MADE AND LAID UPON THE TABLE, WITH NO INTERVENING ACTION OR DEBATE.

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  • 04:32:08 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 04:32:10 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    NOW, MR. PRESIDENT, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT WHEN THE SENATE COMPLETES…

    NOW, MR. PRESIDENT, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT WHEN THE SENATE COMPLETES ITS BUSINESS TODAY, IT ADJOURN UNTIL 3:00 P.M. MONDAY, JUNE 18. FURTHER, THAT FOLLOWING THE PRAYER AND PLEDGE, THE MORNING HOUR BE DEEMED EXPIRED, THE JOURNAL OF PROCEEDINGS BE APPROVED TO DATE, THE TIME FOR THE TWO LEADERS BE RESERVED FOR THEIR USE LATER IN THE DAY, AND MORNING BUSINESS BE CLOSED. I FURTHER ASK THAT FOLLOWING LEADER REMARKS, THE SENATE RESUME CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 5515. I FURTHER ASK IT BE IN ORDER FOR SENATOR SANDERS OR HIS DESIGNEE TO RAISE A SINGLE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET ACT POINT OF ORDER, THAT LAY AGAINST AMENDMENT NUMBER 2282 ON THE BILL, AS AMENDED, AND THAT A MOTION TO WAIVE THEN BE CONSIDERED TO HAVE BEEN MADE AND THE SENATE VOTE ON THE MOTION WONTS INTERVENING ACTION OR DEBATE. FINAL I WILL NOTWITHSTANDING THE PROVISIONS OF RULE 22, ALL POSTCLOTURE TIME ON H.R. 5515, ADD AMENDED, EXPIRE AT 5:30 P.M. MONDAY AND THE CLOTURE MOTION FILED TODAY RIPEN FOLLOWING DISPOSITION OF H.R. 5515.

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  • 04:33:15 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    IS THERE OBJECTION IN? WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 04:33:20 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    IF THERE IS NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE SENATE I ASK THAT IS IT…

    IF THERE IS NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE SENATE I ASK THAT IS IT STAND ADJOURNED UNDER THE PREVIOUS ORDER.

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  • 04:33:25 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    PREVIOUS ORDER.

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