McConnell

Opening Remarks

Today -

  • The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #673, Kurt D. Engelhardt, of Louisiana, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit.
  • At 5:30 p.m., the pending cloture motions will ripen.
  • Note: on Thursday, April 26, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #673, Kurt D. Engelhardt, of Louisiana, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit.
  • Note: on Thursday, April 26, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #609, Michael B. Brennan, of Wisconsin, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Seventh Circuit.
  • Note: on Thursday, April 26, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #729, Joel M. Carson, of New Mexico, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit.
  • Note: on Thursday, April 26, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #777, John B. Nalbandian, of Kentucky, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit.
  • Note: on Thursday, April 26, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #780, Michael Y. Scudder, of Illinois, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Seventh Circuit.
  • Note: on Thursday, April 26, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #781, Amy J. St. Eve, of Illinois, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Seventh Circuit.

 

Senator McConnell: (3:02 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to Michael Beaver.
    • "Michael Beaver was a talented attorney who served as the Senate's assistant parliamentarian. That followed service as deputy legislative counsel for the State of California. He was 39 years old. He leaves behind his wife Gilda, his two beloved sons, Bradley and Connor, his parents and an extended family that mourns his loss."
  • Spoke on the pending judicial nominations.
    • "Accordingly the six circuit court nominees we'll now consider have excellent reputations in the legal field and have demonstrated they understand the proper role of federal judges in our government. First up is Kurt D. Engelhardt of Louisiana, the president's choice to serve on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Senate previously confirmed Kurt D. Engelhardt by a voice vote to the Eastern District of Louisiana. Since then he has strengthened his thoughtfulness. His legal peers describe him as, quote, very conscious and fair and independent minded. The American bar association agrees."
  • Spoke on Republican economic policies.
    • "16 months into this Trump administration, and the percentage of American workers who are unemployed, underemployed, or giving up finding a job is smaller than it ever was in any of the Obama years. In fact, it hasn't been this low since 2001. Let me say that again, less under employment, unemployment, and discouragement than in the past 8 years. And there are fewer receiving unemployment benefits since 1973. We all know these economic indicators can be noisy, but the big overall shift from the Obama era is impossible to deny."