Wrap Up (The Senate Stands Adjourned), Donnelly, Moran, Portman

Wrap Up

Monday, May 21 -

  • 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 #608, Dana Baiocco, of Ohio, to be a commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
  • At 5:30 p.m., the pending cloture motions will ripen.
  • Note: on Thursday, May 17, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #608, Dana Baiocco, of Ohio, to be a commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
  • Note: on Thursday May 17, cloture was filed on the motion to concur in the House Amendment to S. 2372.
  • Note: on Thursday, May 17, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #670, Jelena McWilliams, of Ohio, to be Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
  • Note: on Thursday, May 17, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #672, Jelena McWilliams, of Ohio, to be a member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
  • Note: on Thursday, Mary 17, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #618, James Randolph Evans, of Georgia, to be Ambassador to Luxembourg.
  • Note: the filing deadline for first-degree amendments to the House message accompanying S. 2372 will be 5:00 p.m.

 

Senator Donnelly: (4:06 p.m.)

  • Spoke on National Police Week.
    • "They are on the front lines battling the devastating opioid epidemic that has plagued our state. Our police are the ones who work with our communities and local leaders to help stem violence and to help fight crime in our neighborhoods. They are the ones putting themselves in harm's way every single day. These officers are heroes to their families they're even more. They're moms and dads, sisters and brothers, wives and husbands. And their families pray that they come home safely at the end of every shift. Sadly, as we know, that doesn't happen every time. When we lose an officer, that loss is felt deeply, particularly by their family and those who know him and love him. It is a grief that is also shared throughout the entire law enforcement community and throughout our state."

 

Senator Moran: (4:21 p.m.)

  • Spoke on VA Choice.
    • "The solution to the problem exhibited in other places across the country that included fake, false waiting lists in which the V.A. had determined a list that was not really real but demonstrated that veterans who thought - who had no idea they had an appointment to see someone at the V.A. had an appointment to camouflage the slowness of the Department of Veterans' Affairs resulted in a unanimous decision by the United States Senate to create a program called choice. Choice creates the opportunity for a veteran, under certain circumstances, to access health care at their home in their home community at the veteran's discretion. This program, in my view, has the significant potential ability to alter those veterans to be cared for. "

 

Senator Portman: (4:36 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the opioid epidemic.
    • "I will say that as I talk to police officers here from Ohio this week, one issue came up again and again that doesn't get the attention that it deserves. And that is the influx of synthetic opioids, like fentanyl and the effect it's having on our law enforcement community. And our first responders in general and for that matter all of our citizens. What they told me was, you know, this is the issue that's creating so much crime in our communities. This is the issue that's filling our courtrooms and our jails. One police officer I met with this week is a corrections officer in a jail in one of our urban areas in Ohio and I asked him, just give me an estimate, what percent of the inmates in this jail are there because of the drug crisis and specifically the opioid issue?"