Opening Remarks

Today -

  • The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak therein for up to ten minutes each until noon, with the time equally divided between the two leaders or their designees.
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30 p.m until 2:15 p.m to accommodate the weekly policy lunches.


Senator McConnell: (10:13 a.m)

  • Spoke on government funding legislation.
    • "We can vote to remove the uncertainty that is hanging over our armed forces and secure the current--year funding that our service members deserve. Funding cuts have fallen disproportionately on our men and women in uniform. Current funding levels are not adequate to support Secretary Mattis' new national defense strategy. And our military leaders have made clear that short-term continuing resolutions are hardly the optimal way for Congress to fund our war fighters. Senators on both sides of the aisle say they agree that our war fighters deserve sufficient, stable funding to fulfill the missions and tasks their country assigns them. Today each of us will have a chance to back that up with our vote."
  • Spoke on tax reform.
    • "And this is just the beginning. Soon, millions and millions more Americans will see the impact of tax reform in their paychecks. I.R.S withholding is going down. Take-home pay is going up. Families everywhere will be keeping more of their hard-earned money. And this is great news for middle-class Americans, so why are our democratic friends afraid to acknowledge it? The reason is simple. Every single one of them voted against tax reform. Every Democrat in the House and in the Senate voted against these new benefits for American workers."