Opening Remarks

Today -

  • The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R. 5895, the minibus appropriations bill.
  • At 10:00 a.m., the Senate will VOTE in relation to Crapo Amendment #2943 as modified, and then Baldwin Amendment #2985 in relation to H.R. 5895, the minibus appropriations bill.
  • Note: the following amendment is pending to H.R. 5895, the minibus appropriations bill: Shelby Amendment #2910.
  • Note: the following amendments are pending to Shelby Amendment #2910 to H.R. 5895, the minibus appropriations bill: Alexander Amendment #2911, Crapo Amendment #2943, as modified, and Baldwin Amendment #2985.


Senator McConnell: (9:47 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the appropriations process.
    • "As I discussed on the floor yesterday, returning to regular order the appropriations process is at the forefront of the senate's agenda. Actually, the bipartisan work of the Appropriations Committee led by Chairman Shelby, Ranking Member Leahy, and the subcommittee chairman is actually becoming a reality. Their efforts have already produced legislation for the full Senate to consider, beginning this week with the combined measures for the legislative branch for energy and water and for military construction and the Veterans' Administration."
  • Spoke on the recessions package.
    • "Now, on another matter, speaking of government spending, we'll soon have an opportunity to save some of the money taxpayers entrust to us, thanks to the hard work of members including Senator Lee and Chairman Enzi, we will soon turn to a House-passed bill that acts on request to rescind nearly $15 billion in previously appropriated money that has gone unspent. This modest belt tightening would in no way infringe on the bipartisan spending deal that senators on both sides agreed to earlier this year. This savings package is 100% unrelated to that agreement. Let me say that again. This savings package is 100% unrelated to the bipartisan agreement we reached earlier this year. It is totally separate."
  • Spoke on tax reform.
    • "Already families are reaping the fruits of the new business tax code that gives American employers more ability to increase pay and create jobs. Six months in, these tax cuts have already led employers to issue tax reform bonuses, raises, and new benefits to four million workers and counting. That's welcome relief for middle-class families, but what about the long term? Republicans know that enduring prosperity means thriving businesses competing to hire American workers, so we designed tax reform to flip the Obama-era script and make America a more attractive place to invest, expand, and create jobs."