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 #673, Kurt D. Engelhardt, of Louisiana, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit.
  • At 12:00 p.m., the Senate will VOTE on confirmation of 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: (10:03 a.m.)

  • Spoke on North Korea.
    • "This morning the world has learned that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is on his way back from North Korea with three American prisoners after securing their release. Two were detained last year, one had been in captivity since 2015, and now following successful discussions, all three are on their way back to the U.S. with our secretary of state. I'm hopeful that by approaching our ongoing negotiations with clear eyes, we can build on this progress and pursue a verifiable agreement to dismantle North Korea's nuclear arms."
  • Spoke on the nomination of Gina Haspel to be C.I.A. Director.
    • "As we speak, our colleagues on the Intelligence Committee are hearing from one of President Trump's nominees to help us confront these challenges. Gina Haspel is an excellent choice. She will bring direct experience to the C.I.A. director. Ms. Haspel is eminently qualified, widely esteemed and absolutely the right person at the right moment for this position. First, her ample qualifications, raised in a military family, she had her sights on entering West Point until she found out women were not yet allowed to attend. It was the Army's loss but my alma mater was happy to have her. After that she joined the C.I.A."
  • Spoke on the pending judicial nominations.
    • "Given his impressive qualifications, his arrival on the bench won't come a moment too soon. Lawyers have described him as a wonderful judge with excellent legal ability who is very thoughtful and analytical. One said, quote, he would be great on the fifth circuit. After Judge Engelhardt, we'll vote to advance the nomination of Michael Brennan of Wisconsin, another nominee who has earned the A.B.A.'s highest rating, unanimously well qualified. Each nominee on the slate has been vetted by the Judiciary Committee and each stands ready to serve as a diligent caretaker of the rule of law."
  • Spoke in tribute to Kentucky State Historian Dr. James Clotter.
    • "At the end of the semester he will depart Georgetown College. He has dedicated his professional life to preserving and appreciating the commonwealth's history. He earned his Ph.D. From the University of Kentucky and studied a wide range of topics. As an author, coauthor or editor, Jim has completed about 20 books, some of them with his wife and frequent collaborator Greta. He worked to make Kentucky history accessible to students and readers of all ages."