Opening Remarks

Today -

  • The Senate will convene at 12:00 p.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and VOTE on confirmation of Executive Calendar #1061, Elad L. Roisman, of Maine, to be a member of the Securities and Exchange Commission.


Senator McConnell: (12:02 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to Sen. John McCain.
    • "Our dear friend left a towering legacy of service and of sacrifice. But as Senator Graham reminded us last week, while none of us can hope to fill his shoes, we should all strive to follow in his footsteps. Today the great state of Arizona has sent us a successor who is as well-equipped as you can imagine to do just that. Our friend and former colleague, Senator Jon Kyl, is one of the most serious, most expert, most effective legislators with whom I've had the pleasure of serving. In his 18 years of senate service, he forcefully defended the interests of Arizonans on issues local, and international."
  • Spoke on the Senate's legislative priorities.
    • "Now, on another matter, the Senate continues work on a number of important priorities. This morning I joined a number of our colleagues in the first conference meeting for the farm bill, including the occupant of the chair. Others of our colleagues are continuing to confer with the House on appropriations bills, so we can stay on track with respect to funding the government. On the floor this week we'll continue attending to personnel business. We voted yesterday to advance the nomination of Elad Roisman to serve on the Securities and Exchange Commission."
  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "And from Judge Kavanaugh himself. They heard about his guiding principles. Among them, interpret the Constitution as written, informed by history and tradition and precedent. In sum, the American people saw the impressive, talented, measured jurist they've heard so much about. But, unfortunately, the country also saw disappointing displays of attempted partisan obstruction. So, Madam President, the rude, disrespectful, and boorish behavior we saw yesterday in the Judiciary Committee was a confirmation hearing equivalent of an abolished I.C.E. protest."