McConnell

Opening Remarks

Today -

  • The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the House message accompanying S. 3021, the vehicle for America's Water Infrastructure Act.
  • At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will VOTE on cloture on the motion to concur in the House amendments to S. 3021, the vehicle for America's Water Infrastructure Act.
  • Note: on Saturday, October 6, cloture was filed on the motion to concur in the House amendments to S. 3021, the vehicle for America's Water Infrastructure Act.
  • Note: on Saturday, October 6, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #640, Jeffrey Bossert Clark, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Attorney General.
  • Note: on Saturday, October 6, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #641, Eric S. Dreiband, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Attorney General.
  • Note: on Saturday, October 6, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #866, James N. Stewart, of North Carolina, to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense.

 

Senator McConnell: (3:04 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to UN Ambassador Nikki Haley.
    • "Her tenure will be remembered for her proud reassertion of American moral leadership and her fearless willingness to turn a bright spotlight on critical challenges from Israel's sovereignty to Iran's sponsorship of regional violence. Ambassador Haley has been a key part of the administration's team that has faced down a wide variety of critical challenges and done so with distinction. She took on this role after an impressive six years as governor of South Carolina and quickly proved to be both a skillful advocate for our national interest and a forceful spokeswoman for our principles."
  • Spoke on the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
    • "So, Mr. President, Saturday's vote was also a victory for the Senate, for this institution, and for the integrity of this institution. Reason and deliberation triumphed over what was literally, literally an attempt to sway the Senate using mob tactics. I wish this were an exaggeration, but it isn't. While many came to Washington peacefully to share their stories, the loudest voices proved to be those of the politically motivated far left."
  • Spoke on the Senate's recent legislative accomplishments.
    • "In Congress, we've wasted no time on working to tackle this challenge in a bipartisan way. Here are just a few highlights. The funding bill for fiscal 2018 included a $21 billion increase in an infrastructure funding. We continued to build on that significant commitment in our historic return to regular appropriations for fiscal year 2019. Just last week we passed the longest F.A.A. reauthorization in more than three decades on a bipartisan basis and this week we have the chance to keep the momentum going and advance another major victory for the American infrastructure by passing America's Water Infrastructure Act."