Opening Remarks

Today -

  • The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R. 6157, the minibus appropriations bill.
  • At 12:10 p.m., the Senate will VOTE in relation to Nelson Amendment #3773 and then Kennedy Amendment #3703 in relation to H.R. 6157, the minibus appropriations bill.
  • Following disposition of the Kennedy Amendment, the Senate will recess until 2:15 p.m. to accommodate the weekly policy lunches.
  • Note: the following amendment is pending to H.R. 6157, the minibus appropriations bill: Shelby Amendment #3695.
  • Note: the following amendments are pending to Shelby Amendment #3695 to H.R. 6157, the minibus appropriations bill: McConnell Amendment #3699, Nelson Amendment #3773, Kennedy Amendment #3703.


Senator McConnell: (10:05 a.m.)

  • Spoke on U.S. energy policy.
    • " The Obama administration so-called clean power plan offered a typical story from that era, an innocent-seeming name, a pleasant sounding objective, but underneath an intrusive regulatory regime built not on effective policy but on far-left ideology. That's why I'm so grateful today the Trump administration is introducing a plan to pair back this unfair, unworkable and likely not legal policy. Remember, the far left tried to push through radical legislation like an energy tax through last Congress. Well, enough of us knew it would hurt competitiveness, victimize the poor and do little to give the American people a cleaner environment."
  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "The destabilizing influences of Iran in the Middle East and Russia in eastern Europe and the challenges on the eastern peninsula and security of our allies and the stability of commerce in the Pacific, our leaders have outlined the strategies it will take to check them. They have explained how the past decade's pattern undermine read readiness. Earlier this with year we did away with the arbitrary spending caps, we passed a defense bill that authorized the largest year-on-year increase in defense spending in 15 years. Now this week we had the opportunity to follow through appropriating the next resources."
  • Spoke on Republican economic policy.
    • "We're talking about nationwide employers from AT&T to Wal-Mart and local businesses like Gliers meat in Kentucky and New Hudson in Pennsylvania. These are, in some cases, the multi-thousand dollar bonuses that my friends, the Democratic leaders in the House and here in the Senate tried to shrug off as crumbs. Maybe in New York or San Francisco, not much of anywhere else. Remember they persuaded every one of our Democratic colleagues to vote against tax cuts."