Schumer

Opening Remarks

Today -

  • 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 #623, Elizabeth Branch, of Georgia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the 11th Circuit.
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30 p.m to 2:15 p.m to accommodate for the weekly policy lunches.
  • Note: all time during recess, adjournment, morning business and leader remarks will count post-cloture on the Branch nomination.  
  • Note: on Thursday, February 15, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #153, Russell Vought, of Virginia, to be Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget.
  • Note: on Thursday, February 15, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #437, A. Marvin Quattlebaum, of South Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina.
  • Note: on Thursday, February 15, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #438, Karen Gren Scholer, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas.
  • Note: on Thursday, February 15, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #439, Tilman Eugene Self III, of Georgia, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Georgia.
  • Note: on Thursday, February 15, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #536, Terry A. Doughty, of Louisiana, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana.

 

Senator Schumer: (10:10 a.m)

  • Spoke on gun control.
    • "Now, in the wake of the tragic shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School that took the lives of another 17 Americans, we must try again to pass meaningful changes to our laws to keep our children safe. That's our duty, and there are many things we could and should pursue. Yesterday, I suggested that comprehensive background checks would be an excellent and necessary place to start. It doesn't make sense that we allow anyone, regardless of their criminal history, felons, or a history of mental illness, to walk into a gun show or go online and buy a gun, no questions asked. There's no sense in that."
  • Spoke on net neutrality.
    • "Now, Mr. President, on another matter, today Senate Democrats will be introducing our legislation to reverse the F.C.C's repeal of net neutrality. It has the support of every single Democrat and one Senate Republican, Senator Collins, from the state of Maine. I tell all my Republican colleagues this C.R.A is the best way to undo the terrible decision to repeal net neutrality."
  • Spoke on tax reform.
    • "The article goes on to document how the Republican tax bill has unleashed a wave of share buybacks and stock repurchasing programs, things which help out rich executives and shareholders but don't accomplish much for everyday American workers. You're the C.E.O of a company, you are judged by whether your stock's going up. The quickest hit on that is buy back your shares, reduce the number. It doesn't help your workers, doesn't help American productivity. It helps your bottom line, Mr. C.E.O. That is so wrong."