Opening Remarks

Today -

  • The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R. 6157, the minibus appropriations bill.
  • At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will VOTE in relation to Menendez Amendment #3705 and then Fischer Amendment #3706 in relation to H.R. 6157, the minibus appropriations bill.
  • Note: the following is pending to H.R. 6157, the minibus appropriations bill: Shelby Amendment #3695.
  • Note: the following amendment is pending to Shelby Amendment #3695 to H.R. 6157, the minibus appropriations bill: McConnell Amendment #3699, Menendez Amendment #3705, and Fischer Amendment #3706.


Senator McConnell: (3:03 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "Last week the Senate turned to a critically important pair of appropriation bills, those which encompassed the Departments of Defense, Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and we proceeded to this legislation by unanimous consent. That might seem a like small detail in the scheme of things, but it underscores a fact that should be a real source of pride for this Senate. Bill by bill, we are rebuilding a regular process for responsibly appropriating taxpayers' money. We are achieving what we set out to do, we are doing it together, because of our chairman and subcommittee chairs and ranking members, all 12 appropriation bills for this fiscal year were reported out prior to the July 4 recess."
  • Spoke on Republican economic policy.
    • "Another headline, U.S. jobless claims fall for a second straight week, that one comes after the number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits hit a 46-year low last month. And another, U.S. retail sales increased strongly in July. In fact, they are up 6.6% -- 6.4% over one year ago. An economy that is expanding and encouraging investment at all levels, reports like this is what Republicans had in mind when we implemented our pro-growth, pro-opportunity agenda last year. When we worked to pass the historic regulatory reforms our Democratic colleagues offered up a different set of predictions. They shared our belief that 2018 would be a headline making year for the economy, but they insisted the headlines would be catastrophic."