McConnell

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 #938, Peter A. Feldman, of the District of Columbia, to be a Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission for the remainder of the term expiring October 26, 2019.
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. to accommodate the weekly policy lunches.
  • At 2:15 p.m., all post-cloture time on the Feldman nomination will expire and the Senate will VOTE on confirmation of Executive Calendar #938, Peter A. Feldman, of the District of Columbia, to be a Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission for the remainder of the term expiring October 26, 2019.
  • Note, on Tuesday September 18, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #941, Peter A. Feldman, of the District of Columbia, to be a Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission for a term of seven years from October 27, 2019.

 

Senator McConnell: (10:08 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "They've seen an accuser's request for privacy disregarded and seen ordinary standards of fairness completely discarded. They've seen a disturbing pattern play out on two separate occasions already. It goes like this. Number one, our Democratic colleagues on the Judiciary Committee get wind of or maybe even go looking for a sensitive allegation. Second, they decline to share it with the majority meaning the committee cannot promptly take appropriate action. And third, they allow the allegation to leak to the press at the last moment. Fortunately in stark contrast to this malpractice, the American people have also seen the exemplary manner in which Chairman Grassley has led the Judiciary Committee throughout the entire process."
  • Spoke on the Senate's current agenda.
    • "We're restoring the regular order appropriations process, we're securing commonsense reforms to infrastructure policy and the longest authorization of F.A.A. in over 35 years. And this week, we're confirming more of the president's well-qualified nominees. Yesterday, the Senate voted to confirm Jackie Wolcott as U.S. representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency and to the United Nations in Vienna. Today we turn to consider the nomination of Peter A. Feldman to be a commissioner of the Consumer Products Safety Commission. I would urge each of my colleagues to join me in voting to confirm Mr. Feldman and to continue to process nominations for vital roles in the executive branch."
  • Spoke on Republican economic policy.
    • "We have heard from small and medium-sized business owners who have been able to make larger investments in their workers, facilities, and products, thanks to increased regulatory certainty. And with every new job created, every pay raise passed along, we have seen that these stories are not disconnected anecdotes. Rather, they are part of a larger trespassed in an American economy that is reaching new heights. For example, here on the floor, I have highlighted small businesses in Montana and the ways they are using tax reform savings to drive their local economies forward."