Apr 18 2018 07:35 PM
- The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m.
- Following leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #609, James Bridenstine, of Oklahoma, to be Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
- At 1:45 p.m., the Senate will VOTE on confirmation of Executive Calendar #609, James Bridenstine, of Oklahoma, to be Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
- Note: the Senate stands in adjournment under the provisions of S. Res. 474, as a further sign of respect for the late Senator John Melcher of Montana.
Senator Durbin: (6:38 p.m.)
- Spoke on allowing infants on the floor of the Senate.
- "Mr. President, on Monday, April 9, 2018, at 7:07 a.m., a tiny, little message to the Senate arrived. Maile Pearl became the very first baby born to a senator bringing joy to her father Brian and to her amazing mother, my colleague, Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth. With this blessed arrival, this chamber faced the reality of Senate parenthood and tonight just moments ago, we made the decision to allow Maile to help us make Senate history."
Senator Inhofe: (6:42 p.m.)
- Spoke on Ethiopia.
- "I know that the House passed it because most of them have never been to Ethiopia and don't really know the miracle we've seen in that country but I know the transformation Ethiopia has made in economic and social development along with their ongoing commitment to establishing security in the horn of Africa. Since 2005 I've visited Ethiopia 18 different times engaging and developing relationships with prime ministers, with cabinet minister, legislator, businessmen, aid workers, and everyone else in between. There isn't another member of congress that has traveled in Ethiopia and engaged with the Ethiopian government and the Ethiopian people more than I have. I say this for a reason and that is to show that I know something about Ethiopia. And I know we've been there before. What happened last week happened before and people don't even know it. They passed a negative resolution on Ethiopia by voice vote. "
Senator Portman: (7:25 p.m.)
- Spoke in tribute to former First Lady Barbara Bush.
- "She believed the world would be a better place if everyone could read, write, and comprehend, and the Barbara Bush for literacy continues to do amazing work. She has touched the lives of so many young people and adults. She accomplished a lot more in her distinguished life. She was dignified, straightforward, witty, well intentioned. She had a habit of speaking her mind freely, and sometimes that got her into a little bit of trouble. But, frankly when she did that, almost all of us nodded our head in agreement. Interestingly, her secret service code name was tranquility. For anyone who knew her personally, that might have seemed to be an odd code name. Probably she chose that code name herself, by the way. She wasn't always tranquil. In fact she was sometimes feisty, famously so."