Opening Remarks

Today -

  • The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of and VOTE on the motion to proceed to H.R. 2579, the vehicle for the immigration bill.


Senator McConnell: (10:10 a.m)

  • Spoke on DACA.
    • "My Democratic colleagues have spent months, months, as we all know, demanding the senate take up this issue. They even shut down the government, shut down the government - unnecessarily, I might add - in order to secure this very week for this discussion. But now that the time has come to make law instead of just making points, they're stalling. Why? Why? After months and months spent demanding that the senate take up this issue do they now object to even starting the debate? Because they know, no matter how long they spend in closed-door negotiations, they can't change the fact that the president has spelled out a fair and generous framework that will be necessary to earn his signature."
  • Spoke on infrastructure investment.
    • "Today he'll host committee chairmen and ranking members at the White House for a bipartisan, bicameral meeting on that subject. I'm grateful the president is prioritizing this and reaching across the aisle. Experts agree that America's aging infrastructure needs a lot of help. Nationwide, 9.1% of our bridges are considered structurally deficient. 13.6% are considered functionally obsolete. One recent study suggested road congestion costs us $160 billion a year. From road congestion. But the answer is not simply to throw new money at old problems."
  • Spoke on tax reform.
    • "Now, on one final matter, for eight years under President Obama, our economy didn't perform as well as it should have. America's wages and salaries hardly grew. Many job creators sat on the sidelines, wary of new tax increases or heavy-handed regulations. Washington had its foot on the brake. Last year, all that changed. President Trump and his Republican Congress set out to make life easier for workers and for job creators."