Feb 15 2018 10:17 AM
- The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m.
- Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R. 2579, the vehicle for the immigration bill.
- Note: on Wednesday, February 14, cloture was filed on Durbin (for Coons) Amendment #1955, to H.R. 2579, the vehicle for the immigration bill.
- Note: on Wednesday, February 14, cloture was filed on McConnell (for Toomey) Amendment #1948, to H.R. 2579, the vehicle for the immigration bill.
- Note: on Wednesday, February 14, cloture was filed on Schumer Amendment #1958, as modified, to H.R. 2579, the vehicle for the immigration bill.
- Note: on Wednesday, February 14, cloture was filed on Grassley Amendment #1959, to H.R. 2579, the vehicle for the immigration bill.
Senator McConnell: (10:07 a.m)
- Spoke on the recent shooting in Florida.
- "I want to begin this morning by sharing a shock and sorrow that all of us in this body felt as we learned of yesterday's shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. To say that such brutal, pointless violence is unconscionable is an understatement. School should be places where children can learn, faculty and staff can work without fear of violence."
- Spoke on DACA.
- "At this point we should be wrapping up a lively week of debate, amendments, and numerous votes. That's not what happened. Instead we're here on Thursday morning and have yet to vote on a single amendment. Not one amendment all week on what was offered, an open debate. Remember our Democratic friends wanted this debate. Actually shut down the federal government for 300 million Americans unnecessarily to guarantee we could have this debate and at this particular time, this week. They spent months insisting DACA is a top priority for them and telling their constituents they'd do everything they could to resolve it. But when the rubber meets the road, they have yet to bring forward a single proposal that gives us a realistic chance to make law."
- Spoke on tax reform.
- "If that couple decides to purchase a home, their mortgage interest will be eligible for deduction. Contrary to what many predicted, the historic tax cuts didn't jeopardize middle-class deduction. We preserved it. When that couple starts a family, they'll benefit from the fact that we double the child tax credit, thanks to the fine work of Senator Heller and others throughout the committee process. At its new level, that credit will save a two-child household $4,000 every year. $4,000 to help them with back-to-school costs."