Wrap Up (The Senate Stands Adjourned), McConnell, Alexander, Carper

Wrap Up

Monday, February 26 -

  • The Senate will next meet for legislative business at 3:00 p.m.
  • Following leader remarks, Senator Peters will be recognized to offer President Washington's Farewell Address.
  • Following the address, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #623, Elizabeth Branch, of Georgia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the 11th Circuit.
  • At 5:30 p.m, the Senate will VOTE on cloture on Executive Calendar #623, Elizabeth Branch, of Georgia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the 11th Circuit.
  • Note: on Thursday, February 15, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #623, Elizabeth Branch, of Georgia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the 11th Circuit.
  • 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 McConnell: (4:52 p.m)

  • Spoke on DACA.
    • "Everyone, my friend, the Democratic leader, the assistant Democratic leader, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, everyone agrees that I held up my end of the bargain. Back in December I stated that if a bill withstood a chance of becoming law or ready in January, I would bring it to the floor. No such proposal was produced. Then in January when Democrats shut down the government over this issue, I offered to dedicate this week, this week that we've been in, to an immigration debate and a fair amendment process. I just did that. But the same Democrats failed to produce a solution and instead spent the better part of the week objecting to any votes in the senate. I thought we may be able to resolve this."

 

Senator Alexander: (5:14 p.m)

  • Spoke on DACA.
    • "Mr. President, today the Senate voted on immigration. Immigration is a passionate issue. It affects the lives of people. It affects the American creed which involves the rule of law, which involves the fact that we're a nation of immigrants. It goes to the heart of our country and we have very strong opinions about it. All of us know that. Of course, Mr. President, that's the reason why we have a United States Senate. This is not an issue that the Shreveport City Council or the national city council can solve. We can't - we can't solve the problem of our nation's borders. We can't solve the problem in our communities of what to do about people who were brought here as children illegally through no fault of their own. That's our job. That's the job of the president of the United States. It's the job of the United States Senate. It's the job of the United States Congress."
  • Spoke on the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.
    • "The workers demanded recognition of their union, increased pay, and safer working conditions. The mayor threatened to replace the striking workers unless they returned to work. Throughout February and early March, negotiations continued, and on March 28, 1968, reverend martin Luther king Jr. Led a March that ended with rioting, arrest, and the death of 16-year-old Larry Payne. They vowed to March again, focusing on the principles of nonviolence. Dr. King addressed a rally of 10,000 African American workers and residents and union members at the mason temple."

 

Senator Carper: (5:28 p.m)

  • Spoke on DACA.
    • "He asked who is our neighbor? He told the parable about the Good Samaritan. Oftentimes he mentions Matthew 25 which deals with the least of these. When I was hungry, he fed me, when I was naked, did you clothe me? When I was in prison did you visit me? When I was a stranger in your land, did you welcome me? I think there is a moral imperative here in a case where young people, people brought here very young from another country by their parents who have grown up here, educated here, working here, all kinds of jobs, jobs that need to be filled, to say that by our actions today come, I think, sometime in March, maybe March 5 a lot of them are going to be basically, face the prospect of being rounded up and sent back to where they were born."