McConnell

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 #437, A. Marvin Quattlebaum, of South Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina.
  • At 11:45 a.m, the Senate will VOTE on confirmation of Executive Calendar #437, A. Marvin Quattlebaum, of South Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina.
  • Following disposition of the Quattlebaum nomination, the Senate will VOTE on cloture on Executive Calendar #438, Karen Gren Scholer, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas and then Executive Calendar #439, Tilman Eugene Self III, of Georgia, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Georgia.
  • Following the cloture vote on the Self nomination, the time until 1:00 p.m will be equally divided and following the use or yielding back of that time the Senate will VOTE on cloture on Executive Calendar #536, Terry A. Doughty, of Louisiana, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana.
  • Note: the confirmation votes on the Scholer, Self, and Doughty nominations will take place at 5:30 p.m on Monday, March 5.

 

Senator McConnell: (10:03 a.m)

  • Spoke in tribute to Rev. Billy Graham.
    • "His historical revivals brought so many closer to god because his work was not ultimately about him. The secret of my work, he explained, is god. I would be nothing without him. His personal strengths and talents were mighty, but it was his kindness, his humility and his faith to his family that defined his faith and his ministry. I'm glad that congress could honor the great reverend graham in this way. Yesterday thousands - thousands of Americans packed the rotunda down the hall to pay their respects. And all across the country people are giving thanks for the extraordinary contributions of this good and faithful servant."
  • Spoke on tax reform.
    • "Now, Mr. President, on another matter, it's been just over two months since the united Republican government delivered historic tax reform to middle-class families all across the country. So how is it would working? -- How is it working? We've all seen the national news. Wal-Mart is giving raises or new benefits to more than a million - a million hourly workers. Boeing is investing $300 million in workforce development and corporate giving. Apple is bringing hundreds of billions of dollars back home. But no less important are the stories making front page news in hometown newspapers all across our country."