Wrap Up (The Senate Stands Adjourned), Brown, Merkley

Wrap Up

Tomorrow -

  • The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #542, Robert Earl Wier, of Kentucky, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Kentucky.
  • At 11:00 a.m., the Senate will VOTE on confirmation of  Executive Calendar #542, Robert Earl Wier, of Kentucky, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Kentucky.
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. to accommodate the weekly policy lunches.
  • Note: on Thursday, May 24, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #587, Fernando Rodriguez, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Texas.
  • Note: on Thursday, May 24, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #625, Annmarie Carney Axon, of Alabama, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Alabama.

 

Senator Brown: (6:13 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the Volcker Rule.
    • "We are seeing the result of that lobbying in Congress, and the agency that's are supposed to be policing our financial industry. Last week the Federal Reserve announced proposed changes to what is known as the Volcker rule. We put this rule in place after the crisis to stop big banks from taking big risks with Americans' money. Those complicated, risky bets were a big reason for the financial crisis that devastated our economy, that cost millions of Americans their jobs, that cost millions of Americans much of their savings and left taxpayers on the hook."
  • Spoke on unions.
    • "Corporate profits have gone up. G.D.P. has gone up. Executive compensation has gone up. Executive salaries have skyrocketed. Workers simply haven't shared in the wealth they've created. More workers have no control over their own schedules. They work odd hours. They have no paid sick leave and no overtime pay."

 

Senator Merkley: (6:38 p.m.)

  • Spoke on immigration.
    • "That sign, that welcoming sign, give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free - those words inscribed there on the foundation of the statue of liberty, representing the fact that when it comes to people fleeing persecution, America is a place ready to receive them. And this isn't just something that's woven into the history of our country. It's not just something woven into the D.N.A. of our souls as Americans."