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 #729, Joel M. Carson, of New Mexico, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit.
  • At 12:00 p.m., the Senate will VOTE on confirmation of Executive Calendar #729, Joel M. Carson, of New Mexico, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit and then Executive Calendar #777, John B. Nalbandian, of Kentucky, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit in the order listed.
  • Following disposition of the Nalbandian nomination, the Senate will recess until 2:15 p.m. to accommodate the weekly conference meetings.


Senator McConnell: (10:03 a.m.)

  • Spoke on National Police Week.
    • "During police week, thousands of officers from across the nation and the world travel here to Washington to remember their fallen comrades and rededicate themselves to protecting our communities. I welcome them, particularly peace officers from the state of Kentucky. I look forward to visiting later today with members of the Louisville Metro Police Department. We owe them and departments across the commonwealth our heartfelt thanks for keeping the bluegrass state safe and secure."
  • Spoke on the pending judicial nominations.
    • "That's why the Senate confirmed these highly qualified nominees to serve on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals with a bipartisan majority. Today our progress will continue. We'll vote to confirm John Nalbandian of Kentucky to serve on the sixth circuit and Joel Carson to serve on the tenth circuit. Joel Carson has a distinguished tenure. His peers say his integrity, fairness and respect for the dignity of others are topnotch. A bipartisan group of New Mexico lawyers have expressed confidence that he'll be an excellent addition to the tenth circuit they and the Judiciary Committee agreed, reporting Judge Carson's nomination to the full Senate in a bipartisan fashion. We'll also vote on John Nalbandian from my home state of Kentucky nominated to serve on the sixth circuit."
  • Spoke on Republican economic policy.
    • "If we want middle-class families to thrive, we need the American businesses that compete to employ them and pay them to thrive as well. And sure enough, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the amount employers spent on worker pay and benefits grew more in 2017 than it did in any calendar year under President Obama. More prosperity, more opportunity, more raises and bonuses for working families. This is just the start of what the American people can accomplish when Republicans get Washington out of the way."