Opening Remarks

Today -

  • The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session for the consideration of Executive Calendar #376, Carlos G. Muniz, of Florida, to be General Counsel of the Department of Education, with ten hours of debate equally divided in the usual form.
  • Following the use or yielding back of time, the Senate will VOTE on confirmation of Executive Calendar #376, Carlos G. Muniz, of Florida, to be General Counsel of the Department of Education.
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. to accommodate the weekly policy lunches.
  • Note: on Monday, April 16, cloture was filed on the motion to concur in the House Amendment, with a further amendment, to S. 140, the tribal labor sovereignty bill.
  • Note: on Monday, April 16, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #609, James Bridenstine, of Oklahoma, to be Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.


Senator McConnell: (10:03 a.m.)

  • Spoke on Coast Guard reauthorization.
    • "Yesterday afternoon I filed cloture on S. 1129, the Coast Guard Authorization Act, a comprehensive package that equips an adaptable force to meet a variety of important missions. I hope my colleagues will join me in ensuring its swift consideration and passage this week."
  • Spoke on the auto industry rule.
    • "Now, the Dodd-Frank act of 2010 got a lot of things wrong, but one thing Dodd-Frank got right was protecting auto dealers from meddling by the CFPB. Our Democratic colleagues are usually fans of federal regulations. I guess even they had a hunch that left unchecked the federal bureaucracy would find way to put the brakes on this key industry. And how right they were. In 2013, federal regulators concocted a loophole. They bypassed standard review and public comment periods for federal regulations and instead issued guidance that would regulate auto dealers' ability to negotiate loan terms with their customers."
  • Spoke on tax reform.
    • "Today is the very last time the American families will have to file under the unfair, outdated tax code that Congress and the president got rid of a few months ago. Out with the old and in with the new. Republicans' historic overhaul of - overhaul cut taxes for families and small businesses. We doubled the standard deduction, expanded the child care credit and lowered rates as well. And we accomplished all of this while preserving the key middle-class provisions like the mortgage interest deduction. The upshot of all this is simple -- major tax relief for middle-class families and a big shot in the family for the U.S. economy, which will lead to more and higher-paying homegrown American jobs."