McConnell

Opening Remarks

Today -

  • The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #601, James G. Blew, of California, to be an Assistant Secretary of Education.
  • At 11:45 a.m., the Senate will VOTE on confirmation of Executive Calendar #601, James G. Blew, of California, to be an Assistant Secretary of Education.
  • Following disposition of the Blew nomination, the pending cloture motions will ripen.
  • Following the cloture vote on the Quarles nomination, the Senate will recess until 2:15 p.m. to accommodate the weekly policy meetings.
  • Note: on Thursday, July 12, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #595, Randall Quarles, of Colorado, to be a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve.
  • Note: on Thursday, July 12, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #892, Andrew S. Oldham, of Texas, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit.
  • Note: on Thursday, July 12, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #903, Ryan Wesley Bounds, of Oregon, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.

 

Senator McConnell: (10:06 a.m.)

  • Spoke on new I.R.S. reporting rules.
    • "It's particularly welcomed news to those of us who intently are focused on defending the First Amendment, for those of us who over the years have raised concerns over the last administration about activist regulators punishing free speech and free association. It's a straightforward, commonsense policy decision. The Internal Revenue Service is cutting back on the amount of nonpublic information it collects and stockpiles about Americans who donate to nonprofit causes. The I.R.S. will no longer pointlessly demand private contribution lists from whole categories of tax-exempt organizations."
  • Spoke on Republican economic policy.
    • "There are plenty of ways to measure how American workers job creators and entrepreneurs are writing a new chapter. After nearly a decade of stagnating pay and vanishing opportunities, recent months have brought remarkable milestones. Optimism among American small businesses has reached its highest level since President Reagan's first term. 67% of Americans believe now is a good time to find a quality job in the U.S., the highest percentage in 17 years of Gallup polling."