Monday, Feb. 5, 2018

Senate Opening

Senate Opening

Feb 05 2018 03:00 PM

The Senate convened.  

Hatch

Morning Business

Feb 05 2018 03:27 PM

Today -

  • The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak therein for up to ten minutes each.
  • At 5:00 p.m, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and begin consideration of Executive Calendar #570, Andrei Iancu, of California, to be Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, with thirty minutes of debate equally divided in the usual form.
  • At 5:30 p.m, the Senate will VOTE on confirmation of Executive Calendar #570, Andrei Iancu, of California, to be Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

 

Senator Hatch: (3:14 p.m)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Andrei Iancu to be Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
    • "I was gratified to see the Supreme Court last year strike a blow against abusive shopping in the T.C Hartman decision. In my remaining months in this body, I intend to continue ahead full bore on intellectual property reform. Digital music licensing royalties and are just a few of my intellectual property priorities this year. Given my focus, I take a keen interest in the Patent Trademark Act in our office and in the individual selected to run the office. I have to say I couldn't be more pleased by President Trump's nomination of Andre Iancu to be the next U.S P.T.O director." 

Schumer, Leahy, Cornyn

Morning Business

Feb 05 2018 04:43 PM

Senator Schumer: (3:25 p.m)

  • Spoke on government funding legislation.
    • "We want to fund defense, absolutely, but we also want to fund programs that help the middle class like education, like infrastructure, like scientific research. We're standing up and say we must do both. That's how this boat - this body works. Different people have different views and we compromise. Maybe there are some on my side who don't want to spend as much on defense as the Republican side does, but it's a compromise. I for one appreciate that we need robust defense spending. Now, sending a cromnibus to the senate, one that just funded defense and cut programs crucial to the middle class, would be barreling head first into a dead end."
  • Spoke on tax reform.
    • "Now a word on the Republican tax bill. Even as corporations plow tens of billions of dollars into share buybacks and stock repurchasing programs instead of raising wages or hiring more workers, President Trump and congressional Republicans are doing their best to portray their $1.5 trillion corporate giveaway as a boost to working Americans. I'm sure that president trump's address in Ohio today will focus on the few companies that have given bonuses, but I wonder how many of those bonuses delivered around Christmas were annual and would have been given any way?"
  • Spoke on the Nunes Memo.
    • "On Friday the Trump Administration declassified and released the contents of the deceptive Nunes Memo. It's the latest distraction concocted by Republicans to protect a president of their party from the conclusions of an independent, a truly independent investigation. Shamefully, it's the latest abuse in a long line of partisan broad sides against the F.B.I, the nation's premier law enforcement agency. These attacks erode faith in the rule of law. At least the American people can now see the Nunes Memo for what it truly is, an impotent document of G.O.P talking points."

 

Senator Leahy: (4:05 p.m)

  • Spoke on the budget.
    • "We have had 128 days to fulfill our basic responsibility of funding the government. We have not. Congress has not reached a bipartisan budget deal, even though in past years we always would have by this time, so the government is on auto pilot. Across America, just as I find in Vermont when I'm at families' kitchen tables, they are asking for help in addressing the opioid crisis. Veterans ask us why it takes months to get a doctor's appointment in the V.A. People are worrying about having to stop working, but they can't qualify and get - or they can't get quality and affordable child care. So many stop me in the street and talk to me about struggling to pay off college loans."
  • Spoke on the Nunes Memo.
    • "But in case anyone believes this memo represents a serious attempt to address a series of problems within the F.B.I or within our FISA surveillance authorities, I want to raise a few points they might consider, because if they think it actually addresses serious problems, they either haven't read it or they don't understand the serious problems. For years, I have been leading calls in the Senate to protect our civil liberties and reform our surveillance authorities under FISA. I'm appreciative of the number of Republicans and Democrats who have joined me in that call. But this memo has absolutely nothing to do with improving FISA, nor does a partisan memo like this have anything to do with serious oversight of FISA authorities."

 

Senator Cornyn: (4:21 p.m)

  • Spoke on government funding legislation.
    • "Well, it's the same reason that they shut down the government last week. It's over an unrelated immigration issue, which I'll get to in a moment. But they appear not to have learned any lesson from the shutdown which clearly the American people did not want and did not agree with. We have two distinct issues that need to be handed separately. Funding the government, particularly funding our military, shouldn't be held hostage to immigration issue, especially when we continue to work together in good faith on border security and on the young adults who are affected by the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals or DACA."

McConnell

Morning Business

Feb 05 2018 05:34 PM

Senator McConnell: (4:45 p.m)

  • Spoke in tribute to Christopher Foley.
    • "His truck collided with an Amtrak train carrying many of my fellow lawmakers. He was just 20, leaves behind a fiancé, Adriana and a 1-year-old son. All those who were injured in the accident are in our prayers, our heart-felt thanks are with the first responders who rushed to the scene."
  • Spoke on government funding legislation.
    • "Since the passage of the Budget Control Act, it has been increasingly obvious that current funding levels are not sufficient for our armed forces to accomplish each of the mission task that our nation asks for them. Secretary Mattis said that it will require new investment and short-term continuing resolutions harm the readiness of our forces. I'm pleased that we're making real headway on negotiations over spending caps and other important issues, but there's no reason why our war fighters need to continue to face uncertainty until all the other issues are resolve."
  • Spoke on tax reform.
    • "Last week U.P.S, the largest employer in my hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, announced a tax reform will enable them to have $12 billion to fund employee pensions many their chairman and C.E.O had this to say. We applaud president trump and congress for their bold action. Tax reform is a tremendous catalyst. On Thursday, another major American employer, Lowe's, announced it will give bonuses up to $1,000 to more than a quarter million hourly employees and expand family friendly employee programs."

Wrap Up (The Senate Stands Adjourned)

Wrap Up

Feb 05 2018 06:36 PM

Tomorrow -

  • The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak therein for up to ten minutes each until noon, with the time equally divided between the two leaders or their designees.
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30 p.m until 2:15 p.m to accommodate the weekly policy lunches.