McConnell

Opening Remarks

Today -

  • The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #1008, A. Marvin Quattlebaum, of South Carolina, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit.
  • At 12:00 p.m. the Senate will VOTE on confirmation of Executive Calendar #1008, A. Marvin Quattlebaum, of South Carolina, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit.
  • Note: on Wednesday, August 1, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #1009, Julius Ness Richardson, of South Carolina, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit.

 

Senator McConnell: (9:45 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "We have more to do for the families across America who count on us to work hard and to fight for them. That's why the next legislation the Senate will consider is a pair of critically important appropriations bills that will fund our national defense along with the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services. Talk about subjects that are vital to the American people, at stake is a 2.6% pay raise for U.S. service members, the largest pay raise for troops in almost a decade. The equipment tools and training they need to complete their missions when the John S. McCain national defense act became law earlier this week."
  • Spoke on the pending judicial nominations.
    • "But first, Mr. President, the Senate is currently considering two well-qualified nominees, both for the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Yesterday afternoon, we voted to advance the nomination of Marvin Quattlebaum, a graduate of Rhodes College and the University of South Carolina who presently serves as district judge for the District of South Carolina. And at noon, the Senate will vote to confirm his nomination. When he was nominated to the federal bench last year, Judge Quattlebaum received strong bipartisan support from the Senate. The American Bar Association deemed him unanimously well qualified, their highest possible rating."
  • Spoke on Republican economic policy.
    • "The tax reform and regulatory reform help make this happen. They help to unleash free enterprise and give Callwell's customers the confidence to fill up the warehouse's backlogs and drive up 2018 sales by 14% so far. Callwell is just one case study in what's become a national phenomenon. Nationwide, consumers are experiencing renewed confidence, retail sales are up 6.4% from July of last year. According to one industry survey, a majority of U.S. manufacturers say this favorable policy climate has been more likely, more likely to raise wages for their workers."