Opening Remarks

Today -

  • The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R. 6147, the minibus appropriations bill.
  • Note: the following amendment is pending to H.R. 6147, the minibus appropriations bill: Shelby Amendment #3399.
  • Note: the following amendments are pending to Shelby Amendment #3399 to H.R. 6147, the minibus appropriations bill: Murkowski Amendment #3400.


Senator McConnell: (9:33 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Here's how the junior senator from New Jersey characterized this nomination with the senior senator from Massachusetts right beside him and here's what he said, Mr. President. We're walking through the valley of the shadow of death. You're either complicit in the evil, you're either contributing to the wrong, or you're fighting against it. This, Mr. President, from a member of the Judiciary Committee. He hasn't even met with Judge Kavanaugh, hasn't heard a word of testimony, and he's citing scripture? Scripture? To proclaim that this nominee is pure evil of biblical proportions? He's claiming that the senators and the American people who have an open mind on this nomination are complicit, complicit in the evil?"
  • Spoke on Republican economic policy.
    • "Tax hikes, burdensome regulations, their policies cut against the rhetoric. And the outcome was disappointing. That was then. This is now. When Vice President Pence lands in West Virginia today, he will be able to share a different story. He'll be able to say that thanks in part to regulatory relief and generational tax reform, the number of Americans saying now is a good time, good time to find a quality job hit a 17-year high just two months ago. He will be able to say West Virginia's unemployment rate has been lower every month since this unified Republican government than it was any month, any month of the Obama presidency."
  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "We're considering four important funding measures that will account for about an eighth of discretionary spending. This bill will keep resources flowing to a long list of key government functions. We're talking about everything from food safety inspections to anti-drug enforcement to child nutrition to the forest service. It tends to a number of specific policy programs we have in common like rebuilding America's infrastructure and to fight against opioid abuse."