Opening Remarks

Today -

  • The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R. 1865, the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act.
  • Note: on Wednesday, March 14, cloture was filed on the motion to proceed to H.R. 1865, the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act.


Senator McConnell: (10:04 a.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to Senator John McCain.
    • "45 years ago yesterday our friend and colleague John McCain was released after more than five and a half years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. The Hanoi Hilton was a site of unspeakable brutality, but it was also a crucible of character where a brave patriot was tested and grew into a generational leader. Here in the senate, we're not only grateful that John McCain was welcomed home, we are especially grateful that he answered yet another call to serve, bringing that leadership to this body for more than 30 years."
  • Spoke on Larry Kudlow.
    • "Now, Mr. President, on another matter, yesterday the president named Larry Kudlow as the next head of the Economic Council. Larry is well known as a happy warrior for pro-growth economics and widely respected for his expertise in fiscal policy. The country will be lucky to have Larry serving in this role. I look forward to continued engagement with the white house team. It will now benefit from his insight."
  • Spoke on the pending Senate business.
    • "Mr. President, I'm a strong defender of the First Amendment as you'll find. I was here in Congress in 1996. I voted for the telecommunications act that included this provision. So did the vast majority of my colleagues. Let me assure you not one of us intended to create a special protection for platforms that knowingly allow sex traffickers to exploit children. The legislation we'll consider would ensure that institutions that knowingly facilitate sex trafficking can be held accountable for their actions. There's a reason why 67 senators have joined Senator Portman in support of legislation to accomplish this. There's a reason why the white house is strongly supportive. America's children should not be sold online or anywhere else. "
  • Spoke on tax reform.
    • "On one final matter, few subjects are closer to the hearts of parents than their children's education. That's why Republicans made sure the historic tax reform we passed last year included a provision championed by senator Cruz and others that will help parents choose an education for their children that makes sense for their family. A recent article in "The Courier-Journal" in Louisville, Kentucky, shared the story of one family whose second grade son struggled with an undiagnosed learn disability."