Opening Remarks

Today -

  • The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R. 5895, the minibus appropriations bill, as amended.
  • At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will VOTE on passage of H.R. 5895, the minibus appropriations bill, as amended.
  • Following disposition of H.R. 5895, the pending cloture motion will ripen.
  • Note: on Thursday, June 21, cloture was filed on the motion to proceed to H.R. 2, the farm bill.


Senator McConnell: (3:17 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to 1st Lt. Garlin M. Conner, USA.
    • "Lieutenant Connor wasn't supposed to be in a snow-covered forest that January morning in 1945. He was meant to be recovering in a hospital, but with his unit in need, he snuck away and returned to the front in France. When he rejoined his comrades, they were in urgent danger, pinned down by six German tanks. Lieutenant Conner stepped forward. He took a telephone, a radio, and a wire reel and ran toward the enemy alone, totally alone. Past the American line, in a ditch barely large enough to cover him, Lieutenant Conner began directing artillery against the approaching enemy. He held his ground through wave after wave of German advances. When the enemy surged, even coming within feet of him, he called in artillery strikes on his own position. Amazingly, when the dust settled, Lieutenant Conner was still alive."
  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "Now, on a completely different matter, this afternoon our colleagues will vote to pass the first three of 12 appropriation bills for fiscal year 2019. When they do, the Senate will be putting more common sense back into the appropriations process. This hasn't come easily, but thanks to the leadership of Chairman Shelby and Ranking Member Leahy, the process thus far has been governed by levelheaded bipartisanship. I'm optimistic the same will be true for the nine remaining appropriation measures. Great progress has already been made at the committee level, and I look forward to considering more legislation on the floor soon."
  • Spoke on Republican economic policy.
    • "Now, Mr. President, on one final matter, week after week, the evidence continues to mount that tax reform and the rest of Republicans' pro-growth, pro-family agenda is helping reinvigorate our economy and set the stage for long-term job and wage growth. Just today, CNBC is reporting that a percentage of the Americans who say the economy is good or excellent is the highest they have ever recorded in the survey's ten-year history. But amidst all the headlines of long-term investments, business expansions, and this favorable economic climate, it's important to also remember all the immediate ways the tax cuts themselves have already met direct relief from middle-class American families."