Opening Remarks

Today -

  • The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m.
  • Following leader remarks, Sen. Schumer or his designee will be recognized to offer a motion to proceed to S.J. Res. 63, the short-term insurance plan CRA, with the time until 11:30 a.m. equally between the leaders or their designees for use on the joint resolution and the House message accompanying S. 3021, the vehicle for America's Water Infrastructure Act.
  • At 11:30 a.m., all post-cloture time will expire and the Senate will VOTE on the motion to concur in the House amendments to S. 3021, the vehicle for America's Water Infrastructure Act.
  • Following disposition of the motion to concur, the Senate will VOTE on adoption of S. J. Res. 63, the short-term insurance plan CRA.
  • The Senate will then recess from 12:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. to accommodate the weekly policy lunches.


Senator McConnell: (10:03 a.m.)

  • Spoke on AWIA.
    • "Yesterday I spoke about President Trump's challenge to improve our nation's infrastructure, and I laid out how America's Water Infrastructure Act will represent a major step toward meeting that challenge nationwide. This comprehensive legislation meets all sorts of pressing needs unique to different corners of our country, from dams, levees, and flood control to safer drinking water and sewage systems. There are national issues at stake like the ability of American producers and manufacturers to access markets around the world. But the questions at stake are also very local. By way of example, I'd like to highlight just a few of the ways this legislation will have a direct impact on communities in my home state of Kentucky."
  • Spoke on the short-term insurance CRA.
    • "Others looked for lower costs, short-term plans that could be held up - could be held for up to a year. We all know that big government doesn't like it when citizens try to avoid the micromanagement and run their own lives as they see fit, so in the waning months of the Obama administration Democrats issued a new regulation that cut these plans from 12 months down to 3 months and made them nonrenewable. I guess the goal was to force even more Americans into Obamacare. The real effect was just to punish these people twice for Democrats' bad policy."
  • Spoke on Republican economic policy.
    • "According to the latest Department of Labor report, unemployment in the United States of America has now fallen to 3.7%. That's the lowest unemployment rate since 1969. 3.7%, the lowest unemployment rate since 1969. The share of Americans who are seeking work but cannot find it is as low as it's been in just shy of 50 years. There was other good news as well. Unlike what happened too often in the previous decade, this drop in unemployment did not come from discouraged workers giving up their search altogether. To the contrary, 150,000 more Americans - more Americans -- joined the labor force last month and the unemployment rate still went down."