Opening Remarks

Today -

  • The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and begin consideration of Executive Calendar #603, Kenneth L. Marcus, of Virginia, to be Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Department of Education, with the time until 12:30 p.m. equally divided between the leaders or their designees.
  • At 12:30 p.m., the Senate will VOTE on confirmation of Executive Calendar #603, Kenneth L. Marcus, of Virginia, to be Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Department of Education.
  • Note: on Wednesday, June 6, cloture was filed on the motion to proceed to H.R. 5515, the NDAA.


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

  • Spoke on the nomination of Kenneth Marcus to be Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights.
    • "His resume includes degrees from Williams College and California Berkeley School of Law, and his career has spanned private practice and public service with considerable experience in government. I look forward to voting to confirm Mr. Marcus later today."
  • Spoke on the NDAA.
    • "Our colleagues on the Armed Services Committee have engaged in candid discussions with our nation's top military leaders. They've heard about the pressing needs of the men and women who serve in harm's way. Greater readiness, enhanced weapons capability on the air on the seas, simple processes for acquisition, more support for military families. This week we've already discussed the array of global challenges that face our nation at this critical moment. This NDAA will help equip our troops with the latest training and the best technology to confront those challenges and to keep us safe. It's also important to reflect on all this legislation will do for our war fighters and their families here at home."
  • Spoke on congressional Republican's accomplishments.
    • "On another subject, 16 months ago President Trump and Republican majorities arrived in Washington with clear instructions from the American people, get the federal government out of the way. A decade of Democratic control meant that taxes were too high, regulations were too burdensome, and America was too difficult a place to start a small business or hire more workers. Republicans heard our marching orders loud and clear. We used the Congressional Review Act a record sixteen times to root out rules that hurt small businesses. We uprooted key pieces of Obamacare and Dodd-Frank that burdened the Middle Class, and we delivered a long overdue comprehensive overhaul of America's tax code."