Opening Remarks

Today -

  • The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #624, Stuart Kyle Duncan, of Louisiana, to be United States Circuit Court Judge for the Fifth Circuit.
  • At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will VOTE on confirmation of Executive Calendar #624, Stuart Kyle Duncan, of Louisiana, to be United States Circuit Court Judge for the Fifth Circuit.


Senator McConnell: (3:10 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Mike Pompeo to be Secretary of State.
    • "Today our colleagues on the Foreign Relations Committee will vote to report the president's choice for the next secretary of state. It's really hard to imagine someone more thoroughly qualified than Mike Pompeo. His career is a success story on every single level. He graduated first in his class at West Point, served as a U.S. Army officer, and attended Harvard Law School. Then came success in business and then Mike's neighbors elected him to Congress in 2010. That impressive resume explains why a little more than a year ago a large bipartisan majority of senators voted to confirm Mike as C.I.A. director. His qualifications were perfectly obvious and by all accounts his track record at the C.I.A. shows that vote of confidence was exactly the right decision."
  • Spoke on the nomination of Kyle Duncan to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit.
    • "The Senate will also vote later this afternoon to advance the nomination of Kyle Duncan of Louisiana to serve on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Duncan's legal credentials show the president has made another outstanding choice. With degrees from L.S.U. and Columbia, he rose to serve as appellate chief in the Louisiana Office of Attorney General. His accomplishments also extend to private practice where his work earned the respect of his colleagues and peers, including his opponents in court."
  • Spoke on the Republican economic agenda.
    • "Metropolitan areas with more than a million residents did okay under democratic policies. Big cities captured nearly three-quarters of the limited job growth and more than 90% of population growth between 2010 and 2016. But the rest of America fell further and further behind. Year after year, rural America, suburban America, small town America, and small cities across the country saw almost no progress. That is not a record to be proud of, and it's not one that Republicans would stand for. That's why we're implementing an inclusive opportunity agenda to get wages, opportunity, and prosperity growing again for all Americans. We have cut job-killing red tape, passed historic tax relief for middle-class families, workers, and job creators, and it's delivering results for Americans whom the Obama economy simply left behind."