Opening Remarks

Today -

  • The Senate will convene at 11:00 a.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #593, Brian D. Montgomery, of Texas, to be an Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, with four hours of debate equally divided in the usual form.
  • At 3:15 p.m., the Senate will VOTE on confirmation of Executive Calendar #593, Brian D. Montgomery, of Texas, to be an Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
  • Following disposition of the Montgomery nomination, all post-cloture time will be considered expired on the motion to concur and the Senate will VOTE on the motion to concur in the House Amendment to S. 2372, the V.A. Mission Act.
  • Following disposition of the motion to concur the Senate will VOTE on cloture on Executive Calendar #670, Jelena McWilliams, of Ohio, to be Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and Executive Calendar #672, Jelena McWilliams, of Ohio, to be a member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, in the order filed.
  • If cloture is invoked on the McWilliams nominations the debate time will run concurrently.
  • Note: on Thursday, Mary 17, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #618, James Randolph Evans, of Georgia, to be Ambassador to Luxembourg.


Senator McConnell: (11:03 a.m.)

  • Spoke on sexual harassment in Congress.
    • "That's exactly what will happen under the proposal that our colleague Senator Blunt and Senator Klobuchar have developed. These colleagues of ours deserve big thanks. They are a thorough, - their thorough, bipartisan collaboration has produce add proposal to reform how Congress handles federal workplace violations, particularly harassment. It will help this institute take an important step forward. It achieves many of the important goals that members of both parties have put forward in recent months. There was widespread consensus that members of Congress who commit sexual harassment should reimburse taxpayers for the cost of claims or settlements."
  • Spoke on the V.A. Mission Act.
    • "Facilities that were too far away, lines and waiting lists that were too long, options for treatment that were too limited. The shortcomings of the federal bureaucracy were apparent. Veterans awaiting months to see a physician under their V.A. Benefits let alone dying before receiving treatment meant we've fallen short of our commitment to them. Congress had to act, so in 2014 a bipartisan coalition of 91 senators and 420 members of the House took a critical first step by passing the Veterans Choice Act. For the past three years the Veterans Choice program has connected millions of American heroes with the care and resources they need and so richly deserve."
  • Spoke on the pending nominations.
    • "First comes Brian Montgomery, the president's nominee to serve as assistant secretary of housing and urban development and head of the Federal Housing Administration. His formidable background includes previous service as federal housing commissioner from 2005 to 2009 and as the acting secretary of housing and urban development. It's no wonder that our colleagues on the banking committee reported this nomination favorably with a bipartisan voice vote. I'm glad we can vote to confirm him today without any further delay. After Mr. Montgomery, we'll vote to advance the nomination of Jelena McWilliams, who the president has chosen to share the FDIC board of directors."
  • Spoke on Dodd-Frank relief.
    • "These local institutions are vital economic contributors. That's right - their unique ability to build personal relationships and local connections are why community banks handle a majority, a majority, of all U.S. small business loans and almost 80% -- 80% - of agricultural loans. That's why research suggests that the closure of a single physical bank in a low-income neighborhood can reduce lending to niche businesses by - to nearby businesses by almost 40%. Businesses needed relief from Dodd-Frank, they needed relief from that one-size-fits-all regulatory approach. And thanks to Chairman Crapo, our Banking Committee colleagues, Chairman Hensarling and our colleagues in the House, that is exactly what this congress and this president are poised to deliver."