Wrap Up (The Senate Stands Adjourned), Rubio, Mekrley

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 #686, Paul C. Ney, of Tennessee, to be Counsel of the Department of Defense, post-cloture.
  • At 1:30 p.m., the Senate will VOTE on confirmation of Executive Calendar #686, Paul C. Ney, of Tennessee, to be Counsel of the Department of Defense.


Senator Rubio: (6:03 p.m.)

  • Spoke on Lake Okeechobee.
    • "It is about water quality, about water supply, it is about the value of property, it's about quality of life and it impacts millions of our residents and of our visitors, but we have to finish the projects. We have to stay focused. If we lose our eye - if we take our eye off the ball, if we divert attention somewhere else, if we interrupt the work of these projects, every one of these delays just makes more and more of it these - of these events likely. If congress in 2000 moved with the speed we are moving now, some of this would have been avoided and every year we delay in not acting, these are the real-world consequences, and it only gets worse, not better, unless we address it."


Senator Merkley: (6:19 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Since all the decisions from the lower courts can be appealed right on up to the very top. Today, Mr. President, there is a vacancy on the Supreme Court with Anthony Kennedy's announced retirement. On Monday night President Trump announced his nominee to fill that seat, Judge Brett Kavanaugh. A single vote can make all the difference in the world on the Supreme Court in protecting the freedoms that we hold dear. A single vote can tip the scales towards the vision of our Constitution, the "We the People" vision of our Constitution or can tip the scales away from that vision with a government by and for the powerful. We can see the impact of the single vote when we look at Justice Kennedy's own legacy, his own record of 5-4 decisions."