Monday, Sep. 24, 2018

Senate Opening

Senate Opening

Sep 24 2018 03:00 PM

The Senate convened.  

McConnell

Opening Remarks

Sep 24 2018 03:25 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 10 minutes each.
  • At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will proceed to the en bloc consideration of Executive Calendar #849, Jackie Wolcott, of Virginia, to be Representative of the United States of America to the International Atomic Energy Agency and Executive Calendar #850, Jackie Wolcott, of Virginia, to be Representative of the United States of America to the Vienna Office of the United Nations, with 10 minutes of debate equally divided in the usual form.
  • Following the use or yielding back of that time, the Senate will VOTE on confirmation of Executive Calendar #849, Jackie Wolcott, of Virginia, to be Representative of the United States of America to the International Atomic Energy Agency and Executive Calendar #850, Jackie Wolcott, of Virginia, to be Representative of the United States of America to the Vienna Office of the United Nations, en bloc.
  • Following disposition of the Wolcott nominations, the pending cloture motions will ripen.
  • Note, on Tuesday September 18, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #938, Peter A. Feldman, of the District of Columbia, to be a Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission for the remainder of the term expiring October 26, 2019.
  • Note, on Tuesday September 18, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #941, Peter A. Feldman, of the District of Columbia, to be a Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission for a term of seven years from October 27, 2019.

 

Senator McConnell: (3:06 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Let me start with a quote, Mr. President. I'm going to fight this nomination with everything I've got. Well, that was the Democratic leader on television mere hours after Judge Brett Kavanaugh was first nominated to the Supreme Court. Others pledged their opposition before he was even named. Before they'd reviewed a lick of evidence, before they'd heard a minute of testimony. Democrats already made up their mind and chosen their tactics. Delay, obstruct, and resist. Whatever it took, whatever the truth really was. They were going to do whatever they could to stop this qualified, experienced, and mainstream nominee. Democrats have signaled for months they'd put on whatever performance the far left special interest demanded and throw all the mud, all the mud they could manufacture."
  • Spoke on the upcoming legislative agenda.
    • "Earlier this month, the Senate passed the conference report that will fund the Departments of Defense, Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. We anticipate the House will take up that package this week and work continues on other important legislation. Soon we'll act to provide long-term stability and reforms to the Federal Aviation Administration, the Transportation Security Administration, and the National Transportation Safety Board. We will also take up America's water infrastructure safety act which will bolster the efforts of the Army Corps of Engineers and make commitments to improving water quality and advancing hydropower."
  • Spoke in tribute to Col.-designate Dan Sullivan, USMCR.
    • "Earlier this month, news came that our friend, the junior senator from Alaska, had obtained the rank of colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Dan Sullivan has spent the last quarter century as a marine, earning the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and serving on active duty in Afghanistan. Those of us who serve here with Senator Sullivan are hardly surprised that someone so squared away has risen to this milestone. Today, his promotion is recognized in a special ceremony here in the capitol where I understand Senator Sullivan's father will pin on his new rank."

Hatch, Kennedy, Boozman

Morning Business

Sep 24 2018 03:50 PM

Senator Hatch: (3:22 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • ""The New York Times," which declined to publish the allegations when approached, reported that it had interviewed, quote, several dozen people in an attempt to corroborate the story, unquote, and could find, quote, no one with firsthand knowledge, unquote. The "Times" further reported that the individual in the story had contacted former classmates herself in an effort to corroborate the story and had, quote, told some of them that she could not be certain Mr. Kavanaugh was the one who exposed himself, unquote. Unsurprisingly, Senate Democrats are now using last night's article as an excuse to call for further delays."

 

Senator Kennedy: (3:30 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the NFIP.
    • "That's the message that I want to give to our fellow Americans who were in the path of Hurricane Florence. Don't give up. You're going to want to then. Don't. Failure is not falling down. Failure is not getting back up. Mr. President, I'd like today to talk a little bit about the National Flood Insurance Program. Weathering a hurricane is difficult enough without the added burden of having to do it without insurance. Our National Flood Insurance Program isn't doing its job, Mr. President, if it's so expensive that people can't afford to buy it. And, unfortunately, that's precisely the case for many of our people in North and South Carolina."

 

Senator Boozman: (3:46 p.m.)

  • Spoke on National Rice Month.
    • "Rice milling operations and market linkages in Arkansas account for more than $3 billion of total output of goods and services. These are impressive numbers for an integral component to Arkansas' economy and part of the reason why the industry was recognized by Governor Asa Hutchinson who signed the Rice Month proclamation in early September. As a leader in production, Arkansas rice farmers have a unique role in the industry and the ongoing research in support of its continued success in the state, the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture's leading research unit is a leading research entity on rice production."

Schumer

Morning Business

Sep 24 2018 05:32 PM

Senator Schumer: (4:33 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Dr. Christine Blasey Ford has come forward with a credible allegation that Judge Kavanaugh was guilty of sexual misconduct. I believe her, but regardless of what you believe, she deserves to be heard in a deliberate and impartial manner in a way that's dignified and respectful to both sides and to her, with as much independently verified information gathered beforehand, and now, of course, there are additional allegations about Judge Kavanaugh's actions that should be examined. There's one simple way to get to the bottom of this, without the he said, she said, without the finger pointing and name calling. A quiet, serious, thorough background check by the F.B.I. That's the logical way to go."

Wrap Up (The Senate Stands Adjourned)

Wrap Up

Sep 24 2018 06:57 PM

Tomorrow -

  • The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #938, Peter A. Feldman, of the District of Columbia, to be a Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission for the remainder of the term expiring October 26, 2019.
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. to accommodate the weekly policy lunches.
  • At 2:15 p.m., all post-cloture time on the Feldman nomination will expire and the Senate will VOTE on confirmation of Executive Calendar #938, Peter A. Feldman, of the District of Columbia, to be a Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission for the remainder of the term expiring October 26, 2019.
  • Note, on Tuesday September 18, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #941, Peter A. Feldman, of the District of Columbia, to be a Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission for a term of seven years from October 27, 2019.