December 22, 2020 01:56 AM

Schedule for Pro Forma Sessions and Tuesday, December 29, 2020

The Senate stands adjourned to convene for pro forma sessions with no business conducted on the following dates and times:

 

Thursday, December 24th at 10:00am

Monday, December 28th at 10:00am.

 

When the Senate adjourns on Monday, it will next convene at 12:00 Noon on Tuesday, December 29th.

 

On Tuesday, December 29th, following Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each. Roll call votes are possible on Tuesday.

 

Senator McConnell’s remarks on the schedule:

FOR THE INFORMATION OF ALL SENATORS, HERE IS

           WHERE WE ARE ON THE STATUS OF THE DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL.

           THE SENATE HAS PASSED ITS ANNUAL BILL TO SUPPORT OUR SERVICE

           MEMBERS AND OUR NATIONAL SECURITY EVERY YEAR FOR THE LAST 59

           YEARS. AS I INDICATED WHEN I FILED CLOTURE ON THE NDAA

           CONFERENCE REPORT AFTER THANKSGIVING, MY INTENTION WAS AND IS

           TO ENSURE THE SENATE CONTINUES FULFILLING OUR OBLIGATION TO THE

           MEN AND WOMEN OF OUR ARMED FORCES. I HOPE THE PRESIDENT WILL

           NOT VETO THIS BILL, WHICH REDOUBLES OUR COMMITMENT TO

           MODERNIZATION, ADVANCES CUTTING-EDGE CAPABILITIES, AND EQUIPS

           OUR MILITARY WITH THE TOOLS AND RESOURCES THEY NEED TO COMPETE

           WITH OUR GREAT POWER ADVERSARIES ON LAND, ON SEA, IN THE AIR,

           AND IN CYBERSPACE. THESE ARE THE STEPS WE NEED TO TAKE TO

           CONTINUE TO COMPETE WITH RUSSIA AND CHINA. IN THE EVENT THAT

           PRESIDENT TRUMP DOES ELECT TO VETO THIS BIPARTISAN BILL, IT

           APPEARS THE HOUSE MAY CHOOSE TO RETURN AFTER THE HOLIDAYS TO

           SET UP A VOTE TO CONSIDER THE VETO. THE DEMOCRATIC LEADER AND I

           HAVE AGREED TO A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST AS FOLLOWS -- THE

           SENATE WILL MEET FOR PRO FORMA SESSIONS ONLY UNTIL DECEMBER 29,

           WHEN WE WILL RETURN TO SESSION. IN THE EVENT THAT THE PRESIDENT

           HAS VETOED THE BILL AND THE HOUSE HAS VOTED TO OVERRIDE THE

           VETO, THE SENATE WOULD HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PROCESS THE VETO

           OVERRIDE AT THAT TIME.