Opening Remarks

Today -

  • The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R. 6147, the minibus appropriations bill.
  • At 2:30 p.m., the Senate will VOTE in relation to Moran Amendment #3433, and then Udall Amendment #3414 in relation to H.R. 6147, the minibus appropriations bill, in the order listed.
  • Note: the following amendment is pending to H.R. 6147, the minibus appropriations bill: Shelby Amendment #3399.
  • Note: the following amendments are pending to Shelby Amendment #3399 to H.R. 6147, the minibus appropriations bill: Murkowski Amendment #3400, Moran Amendment #3433, and Udall Amendment #3414.


Senator McConnell: (10:04 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations process.
    • "I spoke yesterday about the bipartisan cooperation that's made it possible for us to return to regular appropriations process. Collaboration got the four measures we're now considering through the subcommittee and full committee process thanks to the efforts of Chairman Shelby, Senator Leahy and subcommittee leaders Senators Murkowski, Collins. Bipartisan let us turn to the legislation by consent and kick off the amendment process with several votes yesterday. If we can keep it up, we'll soon take four more big steps toward our goal. Funding the federal government the right way and avoiding another omnibus. Yesterday I mentioned the legislation before us addresses two pressing national needs."
  • Spoke on American economic policy.
    • "Well, it turns out there are quite a few areas where this Republican government is helping to deliver victories that our Democratic friends spent eight years talking about. In his 2010 state of the union, President Obama proclaimed that job growth would be the number one focus of the coming year. He said the true engine of job creation in this country will always be America's businesses. And that government's role was to create the conditions necessary for businesses to expand and to hire more workers. Recognizing American job creators as the true engines of prosperity giving them room to succeed, sounds good to me. Sounded good to almost everyone, in fact."