Sep 24 2018 03:25 PM
- The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m.
- Following leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.
- At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will proceed to the en bloc consideration of Executive Calendar #849, Jackie Wolcott, of Virginia, to be Representative of the United States of America to the International Atomic Energy Agency and Executive Calendar #850, Jackie Wolcott, of Virginia, to be Representative of the United States of America to the Vienna Office of the United Nations, with 10 minutes of debate equally divided in the usual form.
- Following the use or yielding back of that time, the Senate will VOTE on confirmation of Executive Calendar #849, Jackie Wolcott, of Virginia, to be Representative of the United States of America to the International Atomic Energy Agency and Executive Calendar #850, Jackie Wolcott, of Virginia, to be Representative of the United States of America to the Vienna Office of the United Nations, en bloc.
- Following disposition of the Wolcott nominations, the pending cloture motions will ripen.
- Note, on Tuesday September 18, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #938, Peter A. Feldman, of the District of Columbia, to be a Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission for the remainder of the term expiring October 26, 2019.
- Note, on Tuesday September 18, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #941, Peter A. Feldman, of the District of Columbia, to be a Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission for a term of seven years from October 27, 2019.
Senator McConnell: (3:06 p.m.)
- Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
- "Let me start with a quote, Mr. President. I'm going to fight this nomination with everything I've got. Well, that was the Democratic leader on television mere hours after Judge Brett Kavanaugh was first nominated to the Supreme Court. Others pledged their opposition before he was even named. Before they'd reviewed a lick of evidence, before they'd heard a minute of testimony. Democrats already made up their mind and chosen their tactics. Delay, obstruct, and resist. Whatever it took, whatever the truth really was. They were going to do whatever they could to stop this qualified, experienced, and mainstream nominee. Democrats have signaled for months they'd put on whatever performance the far left special interest demanded and throw all the mud, all the mud they could manufacture."
- Spoke on the upcoming legislative agenda.
- "Earlier this month, the Senate passed the conference report that will fund the Departments of Defense, Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. We anticipate the House will take up that package this week and work continues on other important legislation. Soon we'll act to provide long-term stability and reforms to the Federal Aviation Administration, the Transportation Security Administration, and the National Transportation Safety Board. We will also take up America's water infrastructure safety act which will bolster the efforts of the Army Corps of Engineers and make commitments to improving water quality and advancing hydropower."
- Spoke in tribute to Col.-designate Dan Sullivan, USMCR.
- "Earlier this month, news came that our friend, the junior senator from Alaska, had obtained the rank of colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Dan Sullivan has spent the last quarter century as a marine, earning the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and serving on active duty in Afghanistan. Those of us who serve here with Senator Sullivan are hardly surprised that someone so squared away has risen to this milestone. Today, his promotion is recognized in a special ceremony here in the capitol where I understand Senator Sullivan's father will pin on his new rank."