Jun 28 2018 07:42 PM
Monday, July 9 -
- The Senate will next convene for legislative business at 3:00 p.m.
- Following leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #836, Mark Jeremy Bennett, of Hawaii, to be United States Circuit Court Judge for the Ninth Circuit.
- At 5:30 p.m., the pending cloture motions will ripen.
- Note: on Thursday, June 28, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #836, Mark Jeremy Bennett, of Hawaii, to be United States Circuit Court Judge for the Ninth Circuit.
- Note: on Thursday, June 28, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #639, Brian Allen Benczkowski, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Attorney General.
- Note: on Thursday, June 28, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #686, Paul C. Ney, of Tennessee, to be Counsel of the Department of Defense.
Senator Daines: (6:05 p.m.)
- Spoke on the farm bill.
- "A very strong vote, 86-11. This farm bill will help provide certainty for Montana agriculture in these most difficult times. Because agriculture is Montana's number one industry. It supports tens of thousands of jobs in our state. But with more than 25,000 family farms and ranches in Montana alone, it's clear that ag is more than just an economic driver in our state. It is very much a way of life. That's why as Montana's representative on the Senate Ag Committee, I fought to ensure that this farm bill reflects the priorities that Montana farmers and Montana ranchers have shared directly with me."
Senator Schatz: (6:13 p.m.)
- Spoke on the situation in Hawaii.
- "Even the experts at the United States Geological Service don't know, and we have several difficult challenges moving forward from air quality to the need for economic relief and especially housing and transportation. Hundreds of people are currently living in shelters. Hundreds of animals from homes and ranches are in a sense volcano refugees. So we have to secure temporary housing for people who have lost their homes or have been evacuated and then get these people permanent housing and deal with private property damage. We have to make decisions about where to rebuild and start the process of fixing roads, power lines, and other infrastructure in the Puna District."