Opening Remarks

Today -

  • The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R. 6147, the minibus appropriations bill.
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. to accommodate the weekly policy lunches.
  • Note: the following amendment is pending to H.R. 6147, the minibus appropriations bill: Shelby Amendment #3399.
  • Note: the following amendment is pending to Shelby Amendment #3399 to H.R. 6147, the minibus appropriations bill: Murkowski Amendment #3400.


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

  • Spoke in tribute to Capitol Police Officer Jacob Chesnut and Detective John Gibson.
    • "Two men who embodied the values that keep this building and our nation standing safe and sound. Today we honor detective Gibson and officer chestnut. We renew our condolences to their families. We recognize the depth of our gratitude for them, and for everyone who puts on the uniform and steps into harm's way every single day. "
  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "Let's keep up that productive and cooperative spirit so we can achieve the goal we all share completing a regular appropriations process and avoiding another omnibus. The measures before us encompass agriculture, interior, and the environment, transportation and housing, and financial services and general government. They would deliver real resources to help American communities face real challenges. Challenges like clearing the backlog of infrastructure needs that are holding back rural America and fighting the opioid epidemic that threatens families and communities. Among the many, many things this legislation would accomplish it meets these two challenges head-on. It delivers nearly half a billion dollars in loans and grant funding for rural broadband."
  • Spoke on American manufacturing.
    • "Well, talking about reviving American manufacturing is nothing new in this town. In his 2013 state of the union, President Obama insisted, quote, our first priority is making America a magnet for new jobs and manufacturing. Every few years it seems our Democratic friends over in the House would hold yet another press conference to talk about getting manufacturing moving. So rhetoric was not in short supply during the Obama era. What was harder to come by were actual results. On President Obama's watch, our net our country lost more than 300,000 manufacturing jobs during the Obama era. Year after year democratic policies led to insufficient, sluggish, and even - and uneven economic growth that left much of the country behind."