McConnell

Opening Remarks

Today -

  • The Senate will convene at 2:30 p.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #673, Kurt D. Engelhardt, of Louisiana, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit.
  • Note: all time during recess, adjournment, morning business, and leader remarks will count post-cloture on the Englehardt nomination.
  • Note: on Thursday, April 26, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #609, Michael B. Brennan, of Wisconsin, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Seventh Circuit.
  • Note: on Thursday, April 26, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #729, Joel M. Carson, of New Mexico, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit.
  • Note: on Thursday, April 26, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #777, John B. Nalbandian, of Kentucky, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit.
  • Note: on Thursday, April 26, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #780, Michael Y. Scudder, of Illinois, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Seventh Circuit.
  • Note: on Thursday, April 26, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #781, Amy J. St. Eve, of Illinois, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Seventh Circuit.

 

Senator McConnell: (2:38 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to the Capitol Police officers who have died in the line of duty.
    • "n important tribute took place here in the capitol this morning, the fifth annual memorial service for the four United States Capitol Police officers who have died in the line of duty. Sergeant Christopher Eney, Officer Jacob Chestnut, Detective John Gibson, and Sergeant Clinton Holtz were remembered with a wreath laying in the Capitol's Visitor's Center. This marks the anniversary of the shooting when Officer Chestnut and Detective Gibson were killed."
  • Spoke on the pending judicial nominations.
    • "Now on another matter, Mr. President, yesterday the Senate advanced another nomination of this week's judicial nominees, Kurt D. Engelhardt. Those who joined him on this latest slate for consideration are each well qualified. Each has received thorough examination from the Judiciary Committee. Each stands ready to serve on the federal bench. Following the confirmation of Judge Engelhardt, we will also look at Mr. Brennan's nomination."
  • Spoke on Republican economic policies.
    • "Notwithstanding 45 years of population growth there are fewer total Americans receiving unemployment benefits under President Trump and this Republican Congress than at any other point under Presidents Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush, or Obama. Now, we all know economic indicators can be volatile and Washington is far from the only force behind them. In fact, getting the federal government out of the way is often the solution. The headwinds that blew in the face of American entrepreneurs and small businesses owners for eight years has died down. Now the wind is at their backs."