Opening Remarks

Today -

  • The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #892, Andrew S. Oldham, of Texas, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit, post-cloture, with the time until 2:00 p.m. equally divided.
  • At 2:00 p.m., the Senate will VOTE on confirmation of Executive Calendar #892, Andrew S. Oldham, of Texas, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit.
  • Note: on Thursday, July 12, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #903, Ryan Wesley Bounds, of Oregon, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.


Senator McConnell: (10:09 a.m.)

  • Spoke on this week's nominations.
    • "We've confirmed two assistant secretaries for the Department of Education, Scott Stump and James Blew and we confirmed Randal Quarles and now we will consider nominees for the Fifth Circuit and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals. First is Andrew Oldham of Texas, the president's choice for the Fifth Circuit. Mr. Oldham has served the community in his years of public service. Mr. Oldham has degrees from the University of Virginia, Cambridge, and Harvard Law. He clerked on the D.C. Circuit Court and on the Supreme Court. He carries the highest possible rating from the American Bar Association, unanimously well qualified."
  • Spoke on Republican economic policy.
    • "They were tired of so-called -- of the so-called recovery that focused overwhelmingly on big, wealthy metropolitan areas. They had seen enough of tax hikes and top-down regulations that held their communities back. They turned to Republicans to create a pro-growth agenda. Job creators and entrepreneurs have been able to rise together. 18 months later, the results could not be clearer. Today more people say it's a good time to find a job than at almost any point since the turn of the millennium. U.S. manufacturers are more confident than ever about the future of their businesses."