McConnell

Opening Remarks

Today -

  • The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #941, Peter A. Feldman, of the District of Columbia, to be a Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission for a term of seven years from October 27, 2019.
  • At 1:45 p.m., all post-cloture time on the Feldman nomination will expire and the Senate will VOTE on confirmation of Executive Calendar #941, Peter A. Feldman, of the District of Columbia, to be a Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission for a term of seven years from October 27, 2019.

 

Senator McConnell: (9:41 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "So much for Dr. Ford's request for confidentiality, I guess. So what lessons can we draw from all this, Mr. President? If you write to Senate Democrats in complete confidence about an extremely sensitive matter, you will soon wind up a household name. And if you're a public servant whose confirmation the far left happens to oppose because they dislike the fact that you will interpret the law and the Constitution according to what they mean, rather than what the far left wishes they would mean, they will not hesitate to weaponize uncorroborated allegations and drag your name and your family right through the mud. That's what these guys will do to you."
  • Spoke in tribute to a member of his staff.
    • "In fact, while I told my staff I was waiting for a quiet day to offer a fulsome tribute to Tom's service here on the floor, I have to admit I was really just hoping one of my colleagues would convince him to stick around so I wouldn't have to. Of course, for Tom, with his incredibly important portfolio and his diligence and dedication, there was really no such thing as a quiet day. Long after the lights went off here on the Senate floor, Tom was reviewing intelligence, conducting classified meetings, and making sure my colleagues and I were equipped to make serious decisions about our nation's security and footing in the international system. It was impossible to walk away from a meeting with Tom and not grasp the serious real-world consequences of our work."