Monday, Aug. 27, 2018

Senate Opening

Senate Opening

Aug 27 2018 04:00 PM

The Senate convened.  

McConnell, Schumer

Opening Remarks

Aug 27 2018 04:31 PM

Today -

  • The Senate will convene at 4:00 p.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #994, Lynn A. Johnson, of Colorado, to be an Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services.
  • At 5:30 p.m., the pending cloture motions will ripen.
  • Note: on Wednesday, August 22, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #994, Lynn A. Johnson, of Colorado, to be an Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services.
  • Note: on Wednesday, August 22, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #910, Richard Clarida, of Connecticut, to be Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
  • Note: on Wednesday, August 22, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #911, Richard Clarida, of Connecticut, to be a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
  • Note: on Wednesday, August 22, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #783, Joseph H. Hunt, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Attorney General.
  • Note: on Wednesday, August 22, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #720, Isabel Marie Keenan Patelunas, of Pennsylvania, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury.
  • Note: on Wednesday, August 22, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #633, Terry Fitzgerald Moorer, of Alabama, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Alabama.
  • Note: on Wednesday, August 22, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #635, R. Stan Baker, of Georgia, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Georgia.
  • Note: on Wednesday, August 22, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #636, Charles Barnes Goodwin, of Oklahoma, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma.
  • Note: on Wednesday, August 22, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #674, Barry W. Ashe, of Louisiana, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana.
  • Note: on Wednesday, August 22, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #676, James R. Sweeney II, of Indiana, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Indiana.
  • Note: on Wednesday, August 22, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #692, Susan Paradise Baxter, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
  • Note: on Wednesday, August 22, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #693, Marilyn Jean Horan, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
  • Note: on Wednesday, August 22, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #731, William F. Jung, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida.
  • Note: on Wednesday, August 22, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #779, Dominic Lanza, of Arizona, to be United States District Judge for the District of Arizona.
  • Note: on Wednesday, August 22, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #782, Charles J. Williams of Iowa, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Iowa.
  • Note: on Wednesday, August 22, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #838, Robert R. Summerhays, of Louisiana, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana.
  • Note: on Wednesday, August 22, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #893, Alan D. Albright, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Texas.

 

Senator McConnell: (4:04 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to Sen. John McCain.
    • "Six decades of patriotic service came to an end. We suspected for some time that we'd bid farewell to our colleague, the senior senator from Arizona, John McCain. John took full advantage of the months since his diagnosis. His hard work continued. But happy reminiscing, fond farewells, final reflections, and time with family actually came to the fore. I was privileged to spend a small share of that time with John. We sat on his back porch in Sedona under the desert sky replaying old times. John did things his way these last months. For his colleagues here, the time confirmed but sad the obvious truth. The Senate won't be the same without John McCain."

 

Senator Schumer: (4:18 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to Sen. John McCain.
    • "Before our friendship, my closest brush with him was over a comment he made during a debate on defense policy when he said that Long Island was, quote, regrettably part of the United States. I blasted John's pejorative, which of course prompted him to reply from the Senate floor, quote, I'm sorry there is at least one of my colleagues that can't take a joke. I apologize if I offended him and hope that someday he will have a sense of humor. Like many, I was a victim of Senator McCain's acerbic wit. Now, things began to defrost when we worked together during the Gang of 14 to avoid a change in the Senate rules during the Bush administration, and a real tight and lasting friendship emerged from our collaboration on immigration reform."

Collins, Isakson, Inhofe

Executive Session (Johnson Nomination)

Aug 27 2018 05:07 PM

Senator Collins: (4:32 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to Sen. John McCain.
    • "Madam President, the United States Senate -- indeed, our entire nation - is mourning the loss of a great leader and American patriot, our colleague and friend, Senator John McCain. Madam President, I first met John McCain when I was a young staffer in Senator bill Cohen's office, and John was serving as the Navy's liaison officer. As a fellow senator for the past 21 years, I knew him as a trusted colleague, a courageous legislator, and a close friend. John was a true American hero who devoted his life to serving his country. Courage and character were the hallmarks of his military service as well as his work in Congress."

 

Senator Isakson: (4:42 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to Sen. John McCain.
    • "So I would say to the president or anybody in the world, it's time to pause and say this was a great man. He gave everything for us. We owe him nothing less than the respect that he earned. And that's what I intend to give John. In return for what he gave me. John took me to Kosovo 20 years ago when Clinton said we're going to send some people over to verify the crime sites, the ethnic cleansing. I went to Pristina with John, went to Montenegro, went to the World Security Conference in Munich a few years after that. Got to sit with President Putin then. Saw John McCain talk to Vladimir Putin like they were next-door neighbors. Also like they were Dutch uncles. I was so proud to be in a country that had a guy like John McCain who could break the ice with the toughest of our adversaries."

 

Senator Inhofe: (4:52 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to Sen. John McCain.
    • "You know, I have often said that I think of Timothy when he wrote Second Timothy 4:7 had John McCain in mind when he said I fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. That's exactly what he did. Kind of a mean guy. A lot of people didn't like John McCain. He wasn't the most lovable person to be around. But he was a fighter. Never shied away from a good fight. He was passionate for the causes that he believed in, a strong advocate for human rights and Democrat values, standing up for oppressed people around the world. That was a soft side of John McCain that a lot of people don't know about, that he was a fighter, but not just a fighter. He was a fighter for the people of Arizona."

Flake

Executive Session (Johnson Nomination)

Aug 27 2018 05:40 PM

Senator Flake: (4:22 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to Sen. John McCain.
    • "Until the very end. In service to John McCain meant living something unique in all the history of the world. Living in service to something unique. The American idea, E. Pluribus Unum, for many one, might seem like a quaint vessel compared to the brutal and determined divisions of our time, but it was an idea that defined John McCain's life. In it and through his service, he defied characterization, frustrated the tired conventions the way party loyalists are supposed to behave, acted against his own political interests time and time again in a way that from our vantage point today is nothing short of awe inspiring and he recognized that democracy was hard but that living in bondage to tyranny was far harder."

Tomorrow -

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00 a.m. pursuant to the provisions of S. Res. 619, and does so as a further mark of respect for the late Sen. John S. McCain III of Arizona.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #994, Lynn A. Johnson, of Colorado, to be an Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services.
  • At 10:40 a.m., the Senate will VOTE on confirmation of Executive Calendar #994, Lynn A. Johnson, of Colorado, to be an Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services.
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. to accommodate the weekly policy meetings.
  • Note: on Wednesday, August 22, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #910, Richard Clarida, of Connecticut, to be Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
  • Note: on Wednesday, August 22, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #911, Richard Clarida, of Connecticut, to be a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
  • Note: on Wednesday, August 22, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #783, Joseph H. Hunt, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Attorney General.
  • Note: on Wednesday, August 22, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #720, Isabel Marie Keenan Patelunas, of Pennsylvania, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury.
  • Note: on Wednesday, August 22, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #633, Terry Fitzgerald Moorer, of Alabama, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Alabama.
  • Note: on Wednesday, August 22, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #635, R. Stan Baker, of Georgia, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Georgia.
  • Note: on Wednesday, August 22, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #636, Charles Barnes Goodwin, of Oklahoma, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma.
  • Note: on Wednesday, August 22, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #674, Barry W. Ashe, of Louisiana, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana.
  • Note: on Wednesday, August 22, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #676, James R. Sweeney II, of Indiana, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Indiana.
  • Note: on Wednesday, August 22, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #692, Susan Paradise Baxter, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
  • Note: on Wednesday, August 22, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #693, Marilyn Jean Horan, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
  • Note: on Wednesday, August 22, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #731, William F. Jung, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida.
  • Note: on Wednesday, August 22, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #779, Dominic Lanza, of Arizona, to be United States District Judge for the District of Arizona.
  • Note: on Wednesday, August 22, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #782, Charles J. Williams of Iowa, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Iowa.
  • Note: on Wednesday, August 22, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #838, Robert R. Summerhays, of Louisiana, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana.
  • Note: on Wednesday, August 22, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #893, Alan D. Albright, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Texas.

 

Senator Brown: (6:11 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the First Amendment.
    • "This week of course we remember and honor our colleague and American hero, John McCain. He embodied our most cherished values of service and sacrifice. He understood the principles that make our country great. One of those principles is First Amendment protections for a free press, something I always admired about Senator McCain even before I got to know him well many years ago was his openness with the journalists, the work-a-day reporters who were doing their jobs every day, who covered him on behalf of the American people. He didn't hide from the people he served. He was always willing to stand up for freedom of the press. When those freedoms came under attack, he stood up and said to journalists, the fact is we need you."
  • Spoke on the CFPB.
    • "He went in front of, I believe, the American Bankers Association and said if you want to get your way with Congress, you have to give more money. This was the president's appointed head of the consumer bureau. Perhaps most despicably earlier this month, he announced he would no longer protect service members and their families from shady lenders that try to cheat them. Just today, the head student lending watchdog at the consumer bureau resigned. He said in a letter of resignation. It's become clear at this bureau that consumers no longer have a strong independent consumer bureau on their side."

 

Senator Whitehouse: (6:22 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to Sen. John McCain.
    • "Mr. President, I look across the senate and see our colleague, Senator McCain's desk, silent, draped in black, under a vase of white roses, and it breaks my heart. I'm here to say my farewell, and I have a bit of predicament, which is that I am a very ordinary man here to try and give tribute to a very extraordinary man. John McCain was an extraordinary man. Extraordinary in his suffering and resilience, extraordinary in his ideals and principles, extraordinary in his courage and devotion, and extraordinary too in the devotion he engendered. We met when I was a new senator and he already a legend, his battles for campaign finance reform and against corrupting earmarks were legendary."