Wrap Up (The Senate Stands Adjourned), Lee, Hassan, Moran, Lankford, Casey

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 #622, David Ryan Stras, of Minnesota, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit.
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30 p.m to 2:15 p.m to accommodate the weekly policy lunches.
  • At 2:15 p.m, the Senate will VOTE on confirmation of Executive Calendar #622, David Ryan Stras, of Minnesota, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit.
  • Note: all time during recess, adjournment, morning business, and leader remarks will count post-cloture on the Stras nomination.


Senator Lee: (6:48 p.m)

  • Spoke on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
    • "These children feel, Mr. President, until they cannot. That possibility alone, the mere possibility should be chilling to us, and that possibility alone should have us rushing to ban abortion at 20 weeks. So I would implore my colleagues who didn't vote for this to reconsider, and the next time they have an opportunity to support it, to vote yes on the pain-capable unborn child protection act, a vote for this bill is a vote to protect some of the most vulnerable members of the human family. And yes, we are talking about members of the human family. The life form that we're talking about is not a puppy, is not some other form of animal. This is a human being that we're talking about. "


Senator Hassan: (6:55 p.m)

  • Spoke on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
    • "The Trump Administration issued interim final rules, allowing employers to deny women access to the birth control coverage that they need. My colleagues on the other side of the aisle have confirmed trump administration officials and judges to the bench who are vehemently opposed to a woman's right to make her own reproductive health decisions. And Republicans have been relentless in their attempts to defund Planned Parenthood, which is an essential source of care for women in New Hampshire and provides key services like birth control and cancer screenings."


Senator Moran: (7:01 p.m)

  • Spoke in tribute to Mary Kay Thatcher.
    • "We are often helped by those who have lots of knowledge and in the coming days Mary Kay Thatcher will be retiring from the American Farm Bureau where she's recognized as one of the most knowledgeable experts on farm policy. On conservation, on crop insurance, ag data, and so many other issues this affect farmers and ranchers in rural America. Mary Kay represents the best of Washington, D.C. She's smart, she's passionate, and she's authentic. Again, we often need help from those who have expertise to help us make the right decisions, and she is absolutely one of those people. And a great thing about Mary Kay that every is she hasn't - Mary Kay thatcher is she hasn't forgotten where she's come from."


Senator Lankford: (7:19 p.m)

  • Spoke on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
    • "In 1973 when Roe v. Wade passed, the Supreme Court at that time determined children that were viable - and that's the definition they left out there -- children that were viable, there's a governmental interest in being able to engage with those children. Viability in 1973 is very different than what it is now, decades later. 1973 viable was a much older child. Now we know a lot more. A lot more children survive. Children born at 22 weeks gestation have between a 50% to 60% chance of survival now. That was not so in 1973. The rest of the world has caught up to this technology, and their government has acknowledged this issue of a child that has ten fingers and ten toes and a beating heart, they suck their thumb in the womb, they yawn, they stretch, they move, that is a child."


Senator Casey: (7:39 p.m)

  • Spoke on community health centers.
    • "The first is the issue of community health centers which, of course, is a major issue for states across the country. Millions and millions of Americans get their health care through community health centers. I'll mention it more than once, but 800,000 of them are in the state of Pennsylvania. And as we come closer to working out bipartisan agreements on a whole range of issues that are ahead of us literally in the next two to three weeks, I hope that there will be a strong consensus to provide a funding plan and funding certainty to community health centers across the country."
  • Spoke in tribute to Deputy Marshall Christopher Hill.
    • "I know the hour is late - for the Senate and people working here, but I wanted to end the night tonight with a message about a law enforcement official in Pennsylvania whose funeral, memorial service I attended just on Friday. This individual was a Deputy Marshall. His name is Christopher David Hill. He lost his life on January 18. He was living at the time in York, Pennsylvania. He was killed in the line of duty in Harrisburg, not far from New York, while attempting to apprehend a fugitive. I commend Deputy Marshall Hill for his service to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and his service to our nation."