Wrap Up (The Senate Stands Adjourned), Sullivan, Portman, Cardin

Wrap Up

Monday, May 7 -

  • The Senate will next meet for legislative business at 3:00 p.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #673, Kurt D. Engelhardt, of Louisiana, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit.
  • At 5:30 p.m., the pending cloture motions will ripen.
  • Note: on Thursday, April 26, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #673, Kurt D. Engelhardt, of Louisiana, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit.
  • Note: on Thursday, April 26, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #609, Michael B. Brennan, of Wisconsin, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Seventh Circuit.
  • Note: on Thursday, April 26, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #729, Joel M. Carson, of New Mexico, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit.
  • Note: on Thursday, April 26, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #777, John B. Nalbandian, of Kentucky, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit.
  • Note: on Thursday, April 26, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #780, Michael Y. Scudder, of Illinois, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Seventh Circuit.
  • Note: on Thursday, April 26, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #781, Amy J. St. Eve, of Illinois, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Seventh Circuit.

 

Senator Sullivan: (3:59 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to the Alaskan of the Week.
    • "I like to come down to the floor and talk about someone in my state who has done an amazing job for the community, the state, or even the country. We call this person our Alaskan of the week. I know the pages, it's the favorite time of the senate because they get to learn all about what's going on in Alaska. A lot of people watching or watching on TV have found a lot of interest in this because we -- like every state here, I certainly think I come from the best state in the country. It's beautiful right now. I really want to invite everybody in the gallery, watching on TV to come up to Alaska and visit. It will be the trip of a lifetime, I promise."
  • Spoke on the nomination of Mike Pompeo to be Secretary of State.
    • "As many of us said on the floor, Mike Pompeo is extremely well well qualified to be the secretary of state. He is a congressman who focused on foreign affairs, the current director of the C.I.A., an army officer, graduated number one in his class from west point, Harvard law review editor when he went to Harvard law school, and I particularly want to commend my colleagues on the other side of the aisle who did the right thing and voted for Mr. Pompeo. "

 

Senator Portman: (4:11 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Mike Pompeo to be Secretary of State.
    • "When Hillary Clinton came up for a vote, not everybody agreed with her on the policies, but they agreed they were qualified, as Mike Pompeo is, and they agreed that a president should have the ability to have his or her person in that job, particularly as secretary of state. So the vote was 94 senators in favor. I'm glad that the senate chose to confirm him, but I do wish we had more of a bipartisan support for it because I think it's important to show around the world that we do indeed have momentum behind this nominee and his ability to lead our country in the area of soft power diplomacy around the world."
  • Spoke on the opioid epidemic.
    • "Mr. President, I come to the floor today to talk about an issue that has gripped my state and every state represented in this chamber, and that's the opioid epidemic. This is prescription drugs and heroin and fentanyl and carfentanyl. It is something that we talked with on the floor more in the past couple of years than we have at any time really in the history of this body and we passed good legislation, but, boy, there's so much more to do. Sadly, this crisis continues to unfold and at least in my state and I believe in most states in this country it has gotten worse, not better. "

 

Senator Cardin: (4:58 p.m.)

  • Spoke on anti-Semitism.
    • "Mr. President, I rise today to discuss the recent rise of anti-Semitism and racism in our communities. As members of Congress, we have an enormous responsibility to take strong action and stand up against entitlements before it takes root in the next generation. It is incumbent upon all people to ensure that adequate tools are in place to counter the resurgence of fear and hatemongering, whether directed at old targets or new that led to the holocaust and other atrocities. America must maintain its leadership abroad, especially when it comes to the issue of human rights and religious freedom."