Opening Remarks

Today -

  • The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R. 2, the farm bill.
  • Note: the following amendment is pending to H.R. 2, the farm bill: Roberts Amendment #3224.
  • Note: the following amendment is pending to Roberts Amendment #3224 to H.R. 2, the farm bill: Thune Amendment #3134.
  • Note: on Wednesday, June 27, cloture was filed on Roberts Amendment #3224 to H.R. 2, the farm bill.
  • Note: on Wednesday, June 27, cloture was filed on H.R. 2, the farm bill.


Senator McConnell: (9:34 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the upcoming Supreme Court vacancy.
    • "There aren't the final months of a second-term constitutionally lame duck presidency with a presidential election fast approaching. We're right in the middle of this president's very first term. To my knowledge, nobody on either side has ever suggested before yesterday that the Senate should only process Supreme Court nominations in odd-numbered years. The situation today is much like when Justice Kagan was confirmed in 2010 and when Justice Breyer was confirmed in 1994 and Justice Souter in 1990. In each case, the president was about a year and a half into his first term. So just like in numerous other occasions, the process to confirm Justice Kennedy's successor will take place this year."
  • Spoke on the farm bill.
    • "Agriculture is in the bones of our state. It's a huge part of who we are, from soybeans and corn and hay and tobacco and poultry and livestock, Kentucky agriculture encompasses a multibillion-dollar industry that supports thousands and thousands of good jobs in nearly every corner of the commonwealth. Kentuckians know as well as as anyone just how important American agriculture is. And we understand as well as anyone all the unique challenges that it faces. That's why I'm pleased to support this bill, which will bolster the safety net programs for our producers."
  • Spoke on tax reform.
    • "Millions of worker bonuses, plans for thousands of new jobs, and billions of dollars being invested here in the United States. Individual companies announcing billions in new American investments, small business optimism is at its highest level since President Reagan's first term, but these national headlines on their own. This week I've discussed how tax reform is already transforming American families' kitchen table conversations, how lower rates and larger deductions are letting them pocket more their hard-earned money, how new corporate tax structure has already started paving the way for higher wages."