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 #788, Mike Pompeo, of Kansas, to be Secretary of State, with the time until 12:00 p.m. equally divided.
  • At 12:00 p.m. tomorrow there will be four minutes of debate equally divided and then the Senate will VOTE on cloture on Executive Calendar #788, Mike Pompeo, of Kansas, to be Secretary of State.
  • If cloture is invoked, all time will be considered expired and the Senate will VOTE on confirmation of Executive Calendar #788, Mike Pompeo, of Kansas, to be Secretary of State.
  • Following disposition of the Pompeo nomination, the Senate will resume consideration of the Grenell nomination with the time until 1:45 p.m. equally divided in the usual form and at 1:45 p.m. the Senate will VOTE on cloture on Executive Calendar #619, Richard Grenell, of California, to be Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany.
  • If cloture is invoked on the Grenell nomination, the Senate will immediately VOTE on confirmation of Executive Calendar #619, Richard Grenell, of California, to be Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany.

 

Senator McConnell: (9:33 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Mike Pompeo to be Secretary of State.
    • "We'll consider an outstanding nominee. Fortunately we have the votes. And later today we'll confirm Mike Pompeo as our nation's 70th secretary of state. We've been discussing Director Pompeo's abundant qualifications all week. In a little over the year the Senate has had two opportunities to assess his considerable 
      qualifications. Last January a bipartisan supermajority of us saw fit to confirm him as C.I.A. director, and his performance in that role, exemplary by all accounts, has given us even more compelling cause to confirm him as our chief diplomat. He's earned the trust and the confidence of the commander in chief by providing top-notch counsel on critical issues and helping lead ongoing efforts to lay the groundwork for negotiations aimed at denuclearizing the Korean peninsula."
  • Spoke on Democrat obstructionism.
    • "During the last six presidencies during the first two years, 24 cloture votes. Add up President Carter's first two years, President Reagan's first two years, and so on through Presidents Bush, Clinton, Bush and Obama, 24 total cloture votes on nominees. And for President Trump, 88 and counting. Just 15 months into his term. By the end of the day it will be 90. 90 cloture votes on nominees. This is partisan obstruction elevated to an art form."
  • Spoke on Senate rules and procedure.
    • "That's why I support Senator Lankford's efforts to enact the very same rules change that a large bipartisan majority agreed to back in 2013 when the Democrats were in the majority here in the Senate. It would empower the Senate to process nominations more quickly while preserving ample opportunity for debate. It is precisely the rules change that my friend, the Democratic leader, supported back in 2013. I joined in that bipartisan effort along with a number of my fellow Republicans."