Wrap Up (The Senate Stands Adjourned), Shelby (UC), Murkowski, Udall

Wrap Up

Tomorrow -

  • The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R. 6147, the minibus appropriations bill.
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. to accommodate the weekly policy lunches.
  • Note: the following amendment is pending to H.R. 6147, the minibus appropriations bill: Shelby Amendment #3399.
  • Note: the following amendment is pending to Shelby Amendment #3399 to H.R. 6147, the minibus appropriations bill: Murkowski Amendment #3400.

 

Senator Shelby: (6:08 p.m)

  • Unanimous Consent –
    • That for the purpose of Rule XVI in relation to the substitute amendment #3399: 
      • Division A of H.R. 6147 serve as the basis for defense of germaneness for Division A of the amendment.
      • Division B of H.R. 6147 serve as the basis for defense of germaneness for Division B of the amendment.
      • H.R. 5961 as reported by the House Appropriations Committee serve as the basis for the defense of germaneness for Division C of the amendment.
      • H.R. 6072 as reported by the House Appropriations Committee serve as the basis for defense of germaneness for Division D of the amendment.
    • (Without Objection)

 

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

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "I will - I will defer to the chairman of the relevant subcommittees to discuss the specifics of each of their bills as we move through consideration of these appropriations - this appropriations package. But I wanted to take a little bit of time this evening to share some information about the interior appropriations bill for my colleagues. I also want to thank and acknowledge the good work of my ranking member on the committee, Senator Udall. He has been a good partner to work with. Both of us have recognized that this is not everything that we would have - we would have wanted it to be, but it was a good collaborative, well-worked process. Within interior, we've got a very broad scope of responsibilities."
  • Spoke on the nomination of Robert Wilkie to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
    • "If I may beg your indulgence, sir, and ask for just a few more moments, I wanted to comment on the nomination of Robert Wilkie, if I may. Just about an hour ago or half an hour ago the Senate confirmed Robert Wilkie of North Carolina as our nation's tenth secretary of Veterans Affairs. He comes to this position after having served with great distinction as a Senate staffer. He was on the National Security Council, the assistant secretary of defense as well as under secretary of defense for personnel and readiness and interim secretary of the V.A. His father who just passed away last year was a U.S. Army veteran, Mr. Wilkie has served as a U.S. Naval Reserve intelligence officer."

 

Senator Udall: (6:38 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "We all know the interior bill is not an easy bill and we faced contentious issues putting it together, there's no doubt. Working together under her leadership, we produced a bill unanimously reported by the Appropriations Committee. I also want to recognize Chairman Shelby and Ranking Member Leahy for bringing this bill to the floor. Their shared commitment to re-establish regular order for the Appropriations Committee is why this bill is on the floor of the United States senate today. For the first time in nearly a decade I salute them as well. This bill funds the Bureau of Indian Affairs and provides new health resources for schools and tribes across the country trying to improve health and education outcomes."