Tillis, McConnell

Opening Remarks

Today -

  • The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #607, Mitchell Zais, of South Carolina, to be Deputy Secretary of Education.
  • At 12:00 p.m., Senator Schumer or his designee will be recognized to offer a motion to proceed to S. J. Res. 52, the net neutrality CRA.
  • Following disposition of S. J. Res. 52, all time will be yielded back on the Zais nomination at the Senate will VOTE on confirmation of Executive Calendar #607, Mitchell Zais, of South Carolina, to be Deputy Secretary of Education.


Senator Tillis: (9:35 a.m.)

  • Spoke on Pastor Andrew Brunson.
    • "He lost 50 pounds. His health is diminished. His mental state as anyone would expect is also diminished but he's a strong man and strong man of faith that hopefully can continue to have the strength to go through this horrible process. Now, about two months ago, we've been handling this - we have what we call case work. If nobody in North Carolina needs help, whatever that may be, we encourage them to call our offices. We open up a case. We do any number of things for veterans, for military families, senior, anybody. If you need help getting through the federal government, you call our office. So we opened up a case on Pastor Brunson about a year ago. We've been trying to work through diplomatic channels to get him released."


Senator McConnell: (9:46 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Gina Haspel to be C.I.A. Director.
    • "This morning, our colleagues on the Intelligence Committee finished their consideration of Gina Haspel to be C.I.A. director and reported her nomination favorably with bipartisan support. Ms. Haspel's testimony and record have showcased the poise, talent, and experience that make her an excellent selection. Senators heard about her 30-plus years of C.I.A. experience spanning sensitive operations from the Cold War to the Global War on Terror. That background makes Ms. Haspel an ideal pick at this particular moment, and Secretary Mattis has explained that counterterrorism and a renewed great power competition are two of the key challenges facing our nation. So it's no wonder, Mr. President, James Clapper, President Obama's director of national intelligence, said, quote, I think the world of Gina."
  • Spoke on net neutrality.
    • "In 2015, President Obama's F.C.C. set out to fix what wasn't broken. It imposed regulation designed for Depression-era telephones on new technologies that fit in our pockets. So much for the light touch approach that helped the early internet grow. Last year, under the leadership of Chairman Ajit Pai, the F.C.C. sought to rectify this mistake and destroy the results of the rules that helped the internet flourish while still protecting consumers from abuses. The resolution Democrats are putting forward today would undo that progress."
  • Spoke on tax reform.
    • "After eight years of Democrat policies enriching big cities and leaving small businesses behind, Republican policies are helping workers and job creators thrive all across our country. From Louisville to Kansas City to Portland, our growing craft distilling industry is a perfect example. They're enjoying a pro-growth provision in the historic tax reform Republicans passed last year which lowered excise taxes on beer, wine, and spirits, and modernized the regulatory policy affecting each."