Opening Remarks

Today -

  • The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of S. 2155, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act.


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

  • Spoke in tribute to the Legislative Counsel of the Senate.
    • "Since his appointment as legislative counsel of the Senate in 2015, he's directed that office and has done so with distinction. Now he's embarking on a well-earned retirement after nearly four decades of service to this body. Tomorrow is Gary's last day. Much has changed during the time Gary has been with us. Over the years senators and staff have asked for more and more of the legislative counsel's office. But thanks in large part to Gary's hard work and then to his leadership, we could always rely on his team for meticulous professionalism and expertise."
  • Spoke on Dodd-Frank relief.
    • "Local lenders provide a majority of small business loans and nearly three-quarters of agricultural loans and in low-income communities, when a local bank closes, research suggests that loans to nearby small businesses plummet by 40%. Farmers, ranchers, small business, vulnerable communities, Americans need community banks and they need credit unions. But Dodd-Frank is making it harder for these institutions to survive. Millions of Americans from rural areas to inner cities now find themselves in what researchers call banking deserts. Fortunately, help is on the way."
  • Spoke on tax reform.
    • "This week Vice President Pence has been on the road hearing how tax reform is changing America's lives and livelihoods for the better. He visited all three of those states listening to workers and small business owners. It's interesting, though, the huge number of early tax reform success stories aren't getting the applause they deserve from over here on the other side of the aisle. Every one of my democratic colleagues in the house and in the senate made the political calculation to vote along party lines and try to sink tax reform. Every single one of them in the House and the Senate."