McConnell

Opening Remarks

Today -

  • The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #539, Claria Horn Boom, of Kentucky, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky.
  • At 5:30 p.m., the pending cloture motions will ripen.
  • Note: on Friday, March 23, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #539, Claria Horn Boom, of Kentucky, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky.
  • Note: on Friday, March 23, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #728, John F. Ring, of the District of Columbia, to be a member of the National Labor Relations Board.
  • Note: on Friday, March 23, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #605, John Patrick Pizzella, of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary of Labor.
  • Note: on Friday, March 23, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #666, Andrew Wheeler, of Virginia, to be Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Note: on Friday, March 23, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #540, John W. Broomes, of Kansas, to be United States District Judge for the District of Kansas.
  • Note: on Friday, March 23, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #541, Rebecca Grady Jennings, of Kentucky, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Kentucky.

 

Senator McConnell: (3:07 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to Senators Zell Miller and Daniel Akaka.
    • "On Friday, March 23, former Senator Zell Miller departed this life at the age of 86. Those of us who served with Zell knew him as a kind and honorable man and a committed public servant. He rose from a childhood boat electricity and running water, well into his school years to serve the state of Georgia as governor and later as senator. Zell Miller did so with grit and determination, never afraid to buck partisanship in favor of his principles. Also this past Thursday Senator Daniel Akaka, our former colleague from Hawaii passed away. He worked to advocate for his state."
  • Welcomed Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith.
    • "She became the 51st senator and the first woman to represent Mississippi here in the Senate. Senator Hyde Smith brings experience as a state legislator and as the Mississippi commissioner of agriculture and commerce. I know I spoke for senators on both sides of the aisle in welcoming our new colleague. We work forward to working together to continue this record of accomplishment for the American people."
  • Spoke on the pending nominations.
    • "So later today the full Senate will vote to advance this talented and noncontroversial nominee and then I hope we will be able to quickly confirm her. In the coming days we'll consider several more judges and important nominees for the Department of Labor, the E.P.A., and the National Labor Relations Board. These and many other important positions remain vacant nearly a year and a half into the Trump Administration. Qualified nominees stand ready but Senate Democrats are using the procedural playbook to obstruct and delay. In many cases, for example, they're insisting the senate exhaust post-cloture time even on unobjectionable district court nominees who have gone on to overwhelming confirmation."
  • Spoke on tax reform.
    • "There's just one more week until the deadline for Americans to file our 2017 tax returns. It's not exactly a national holiday but this year there's a silver lining. This April is the last time Americans will file our taxes under the old outdated tax code that's on its way out thanks to historic tax reform. A year from now families will be filing under a simpler and fairer tax code that let's them keep more of what they've earned and send less to the I.R.S."