Reid, McConnell

Senate Opening

Today –

  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will be in morning business for one hour, with Republicans controlling the first half and Democrats controlling the second half.
  • After morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R. 1191, the legislative vehicle for the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act.
  • Note: On Tuesday, May 5, cloture was filed on Corker Substitute Amendment #1140 to H.R. 1191 and on H.R. 1191.  


Senator Reid: (9:33 AM)

  • Spoke on judicial nominations.
    • "So far this year the Senate has confirmed two judicial nominations. Just two. This has been in more than four months. By contrast, in 2007, my first year as majority leader, during the Bush Administration we had already confirmed 16 nominations. If the Republican majority keeps up their current trend of ignoring judicial nominees, by the end of this year we will have confirmed five for the entire year. The last time the Senate confirmed so few judicial nominations was, unsurprisingly, the Republican majority here in the Senate at the end of the Clinton administration. It's funny how history repeats itself. Federal courts depend on the Senate to do its job so justice can be dispensed in courtrooms all across the country. As of today, there are 55 federal court vacancies, 24 of which are classified as emergencies."


Senator McConnell: (9:42 AM)

  • Spoke on trade.
    • "One estimate shows that trade agreements with Europe and the pacific could support as many as 1.4 million additional jobs in our country, including over 18,000 in Kentucky alone. But in order to get there, we'll first need to lay down some clear and fair rules of the road for our trade negotiators. That's what the bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act would do. Number one, it would make Congress' priorities clear, issuing specific objectives for the administration's trade negotiators. Second, it would mandate transparency, forcing the administration to consult regularly with Congress and stakeholders. And it would reaffirm the supremacy of this body, requiring our explicit approval before trade agreements are enacted. The bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act is good bipartisan legislation that was endorsed overwhelmingly in the Finance Committee 20-6. It's good for the middle class, good for manufacturing, and oh yes, it's good for farming."