McConnell, Schumer

Opening Remarks

Today -

  • The Senate will convene at 10:30 a.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #728, John F. Ring, of the District of Columbia, to be a member of the National Labor Relations Board.
  • At 12:20 p.m., the Senate will VOTE on confirmation of Executive Calendar #728, John F. Ring, of the District of Columbia, to be a member of the National Labor Relations Board.
  • Note: on Friday, March 23, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #605, John Patrick Pizzella, of Vriginia, to be Deputy Secretary of Labor.
  • Note: on Friday, March 23, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #666, Andrew Wheeler, of Virginia, to be Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Note: on Friday, March 23, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #540, John W. Broomes, of Kansas, to be United States District Judge for the District of Kansas.
  • Note: on Friday, March 23, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #541, Rebecca Grady Jennings, of Kentucky, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Kentucky.

 

Senator McConnell: (10:33 a.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to House Speaker Paul Ryan.
    • "This morning Speaker Ryan announced to his colleagues that he'll be departing the House at the conclusion of the 115th Congress. Two and a half years ago Paul Ryan was drafted by his colleagues to lead the House through a new era. Like a true leader, Paul stepped up to the plate. He answered his colleagues' call with exactly the earnest, selfless and focused poach that has defined his entire career in Congress. The results have been beyond impressive capping off a remarkable 20-year career in Congress, Paul's speakership has yielded one significant accomplishment after another for his conference."
  • Spoke on the pending nominations.
    • "Now, on another matter yesterday the Senate confirmed the first of six nominees slated this week. Claria Horn Boom to serve the eastern and western districts of Kentucky. She was confirmed 96-1. Just one senator in opposition. This is the kind of uncontroversial nomination the senate could typically dispatch by voice vote. Oh, but not these days. Over and over again we've had to file cloture and exhaust floor time on amply qualified nominees who then soar through their confirmation votes by lopsided margins."
  • Spoke on the majority's legislative agenda.
    • "According to one estimate, 73% of all the employment gains in the country between 2010 and 2016 went to metro areas with more than one million residents. Practically everywhere else Americans either treaded water or started sinking. This president and this Republican Congress were sent here to put this right and because the American people gave us a chance to do so, they now have leaders in Washington who focus on cutting taxes instead of raising them. Rolling back over regulation instead of piling on more suffocating rules, and looking out for the best interests of all workers and job creators, not just those in our biggest, wealthiest cities. The early results from our inclusive opportunity agenda are clear. After years of stagnation, we're beginning to see signs that rural America turned a corner in 2017."

 

Senator Schumer: (10:42 a.m.)

  • Spoke on tax reform.
    • "The middle class and rural America particularly is left behind in this bill. We could have done a tax bill where the benefits went to the middle class, not just some, 10%, 20%, but all. So this bill is - it's a bit of a fake. Small benefits for the middle class along with harm to their health care. The things put in this bill will raise many people's premiums far more than their tax - than their small tax break. So let's be honest about this. This bill was done for the rich and the wealthy and the powerful."
  • Spoke in tribute to House Speaker Paul Ryan.
    • "Speaker Ryan is a good man. He's always true to his word. Even though we disagreed on most issues, in the areas where we could work together, I found him to be smart, thoughtful, and straightforward. I found him to have a great deal of integrity. We didn't agree, but he had deep beliefs, and he was not like some on his side of the aisle who say it's my way or no way. He was willing to meet you, to try and get something done."
  • Spoke on Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
    • "Now, on the issues of yesterday and last night, for months, Mr. President, I've heard my Republican colleagues argue that there is no need to pass legislation to protect Special Counsel Mueller and the Russian probe from President Trump because they have been assured by anonymous White House officials that it wouldn't happen. President Trump, in his own words Monday night, made it plain as day that he may be considering firing the special counsel and/or the deputy attorney general, which would be equally egregious. The White House spokeswoman from the podium said that President Trump believes he has the authority to fire the special counsel all by himself."