Cornyn, Gillibrand, Young

Executive Session (Muniz Nomination)

Senator Cornyn: (12:11 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the recent missile strike in Syria.
    • "Mr. President, I come to the floor to offer some remarks on the decision of the president of the United States to order precision missile strikes on three facilities in Syria last Friday night. This action demonstrates American leadership in the face of gross human rights violations. And as we all recall President Obama's redline, which was not enforced, which, indeed, is a provocation in and of itself. I'm glad this president has seen fit now, not just once but on two occasions, to punish the Syrian regime for such gross human rights violations. These actions are consistent with our values and the legal authorities provided to the president under the Constitution."
  • Spoke on tax reform.
    • "And that's because today is the last time Americans will file taxes under the old broken tax code that we overhauled last year in the tax cuts and jobs act. Our friend representative Kevin Brady in the house wrote yesterday, now we can finally say goodbye and good riddance to that outdated monstrosity of a tax code that took so much of Americans' money and sent so men American jobs overseas and kept our economy so slow, many workers didn't see a pay raise for decades. It's been estimated that after tax income in Texas will increase by close to $2,600 because of the changes we enacted into law and which were signed by the president."
  • Unanimous Consent –
    • Notwithstanding Rule XXII if applicable, at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 18, the Senate resume consideration of Executive Calendar #376, Carlos G. Muniz, of Florida, to be General Counsel of the Department of Education with one hour of debate remaining equally divided between Senator Gillibrand or her designee and Senator Alexander or his designee on the nomination. 
    • Following the use or yielding back of time, the Senate VOTE on confirmation of Executive Calendar #376, Carlos G. Muniz, of Florida, to be General Counsel of the Department of Education
    • Finally, that the Senate now proceed to legislative session for a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak for up to ten minutes each.
    • (Without Objection)


Senator Gillibrand: (12:11 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Carlos Muniz to be General Counsel of the Department of Education.
    • "This is an enormous responsibility but it is also an urgent one. Thousands of men and women have survived sexual assault on college campuses and they are demanding that the Education Department at their universities take these crimes seriously. But over the last year, we've heard over and over again the secretary - that Secretary Devos has let these survivors down. Instead of working to uphold and even strengthen Title IX, she's used her position to weaken Title IX. So we should not be arming her with more staff who are determined to carry out that plan. But that is what Mr. Muniz would do if confirmed."


Senator Young: (12:26 p.m.)

  • Spoke on tax reform.
    • "Since we passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act just last December, success stories have poured into my office from Indiana businesses that are paying their workers more and from constituents who are earning more. Tax reforms provided needed relief across Indiana and across the entire country. To date we found scores of companies in my home state of Indiana who have invested in their employee, invested in capital improvements, or lowered energy rates for consumers. It ranged in size from large companies like Walmart and AT&T to smaller Indiana businesses, like family express which has 70 convenience stores across the state and now is building ten more and increasing its starting wage."