Opening Remarks

Today -

  • The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R. 2, the farm bill, with all post-cloture time considered expired.


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

  • Spoke in tribute to an honor flight.
    • "More Kentucky veterans are touching down today in our nation's capital. They're coming to remember fallen comrades and visit the memorials dedicated to their own service. Earlier this month, I was lucky enough to spend time with a flight of World War II veterans who arrived in time for the 74th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. Today's flight includes veterans of World War II along with Korea and Vietnam. On behalf of the commonwealth and all Americans, I'm proud to thank them for their service."
  • Spoke on the farm bill.
    • "Now we start the amendment process. Ideas from many of our colleagues have already been included in the Roberts' substitute amendment but they're open to considering additional amendments. We'll start with the Conservation Reserve Program and go on from there. But it remains our intention to finish consideration of the bill this week. This bill is too important to let it languish. This is our chance to support the farm families, producers, and rural communities on whom our nation depends. And make no mistake about it, they need that support. American farmers are staring down falling commodity prices and living under the constant threat of droughts or floods or other natural disasters."
  • Spoke on tax reform.
    • "On one final matter, this week I've been discussing how the tax cuts and jobs act is creating breathing room in family budgets. Yesterday I focused on the tax cuts themselves. Lower rates, double standard deduction, a bigger child tax credit. It adds up to serious savings for middle-class families. Today I want to discuss the permanent pay raises, bonuses and new benefits that tax reform has enabled U.S. businesses to provide for their workers. Remember, this is exactly what our democratic colleagues insisted tax reform would not -- would not bring about."