McConnell, Schumer

Opening Remarks

Today -

  • The Senate will reconvene at 10:00 a.m.
  • At 12:00 p.m. all post-cloture time on the House message accompanying H.R. 302, the vehicle for the FAA reauthorization, will expire and the Senate will VOTE on the motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R. 302, the vehicle for the FAA reauthorization.

 

Senator McConnell: (10:03 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "And when that didn't work, then the far left tried to bully and intimidate members of this body, Republican United States senators. They've tried to bully and intimidate us. One of our colleagues and his family were effectively run out of a restaurant in recent days by these people. Another reported having protesters physically block his car door. And some have seen organized far-left protesters camp out at their homes. I'm not suggesting we're the victims here, Mr. President, but I want to make it clear to these people who are chasing my members around the hall here or harassing them at the airports or going to their homes, we're not going to be intimidated by these people."
  • Spoke on the upcoming legislative agenda.
    • "Now, on a completely different matter, Mr. President, the senate is also attending to other matters of critical nationwide importance this week. Today we'll pass a fulsome reauthorization for the critical functions of the Federal Aviation Administration. We'll also take up and pass landmark opioid legislation. It's set to deliver major relief to American communities that have been decimated by the scourge of substance abuse and addiction. Every one of our colleagues represents families who have grappled with the loss of livelihoods and loved ones at the hands of this crisis, and nearly every one of them has contributed provisions to make this a truly comprehensive response."
  • Unanimous Consent –
    • That following disposition of the motion to concur with regard to H.R. 302, the majority leader or his designee be recognized to make a motion to concur in the House message accompanying H.R. 6, the opioid bill.
    • Further, notwithstanding the previous order in relation to H.R. 6, at 3:15 p.m. today the Senate VOTE on the motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate Amendment to H.R. 6, the opioid bill.
    • (Without objection)

 

Senator Schumer: (10:18 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "President Trump owes Dr. Ford an immediate apology. For too long, far too long, survivors of sexual assault have been afraid to come forward because they thought that powerful men would shut - shout them down and destroy their character. The president of the United States, the most powerful man there is, confirmed those fears for millions of women in the most despicable way possible. President Trump should send a message to the women of America right now that he's sorry for saying what he said about Dr. Blasey Ford, that survivors of sexual assault should not only be heard but treated with dignity and respect and compassion."