Feb 26 2018 06:43 PM
- 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 #623, Elizabeth Branch, of Georgia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the 11th Circuit.
- The Senate will recess from 12:30 p.m to 2:15 p.m to accommodate for the weekly policy lunches.
- Note: all time during recess, adjournment, morning business and leader remarks will count post-cloture on the Branch nomination.
- Note: on Thursday, February 15, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #153, Russell Vought, of Virginia, to be Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget.
- Note: on Thursday, February 15, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #437, A. Marvin Quattlebaum, of South Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina.
- Note: on Thursday, February 15, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #438, Karen Gren Scholer, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas.
- Note: on Thursday, February 15, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #439, Tilman Eugene Self III, of Georgia, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Georgia.
- Note: on Thursday, February 15, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #536, Terry A. Doughty, of Louisiana, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana.
Senator Hoeven: (6:05 p.m)
- Spoke in tribute to the U.S Olympic Women's Hockey Team.
- "All told, the team won four games, including two 5-0 wins over Finland and Russia and finished as champions after a 3-2 victory over team Canada. Their achievement stands as a powerful example of hard work, perseverance, and collaboration. North Dakota's proud to be represented among the talented members of this team by two athletes, the Lamereaux twins, Joycelyn and Monique. These sisters are alumni of the University of North Dakota where they played three seasons of NCAA Women's Hockey. This was their third trip to the Olympics with team U.S.A, having won silver medals in 2010 and 2014, and of course now the gold in 2018."
Senator Brown: (6:08 p.m)
- Spoke in tribute to two deceased Ohio police officers.
- "Last month, Ohio laid to rest two remarkable public servants, Westerville Police Officers Eric Joring and Anthony Morella. Together, these men dedicated decades of their lives to the police force, giving the ultimate sacrifice to keep their fellow Ohioans safe. Officer Joring and Officer Morella were doing their jobs in responding to a desperate 911 call when they were tragically shot and killed. In the days since their passing, we have heard incredible stories of their service to their community, their fellow officers, and their families."
- Spoke on the CFPB.
- "The toy company Hasbro announced that it's introducing a new version of the board game monopoly. In this version, imagine this, players get rewarded, not punished, for cheating. You know, it's Wall Street 2018. It might be fun to be the banker in this new rigged version of monopoly when you're playing with game pieces and pretend money, but it's not so fun when you - if you were a Wells Fargo employee, not so fun if be you have been victimized by Equifax, not so fun if you are one of the millions of people who have had to go through the process to get restitution from your bank. Families get ripped off by shady payday lenders and get ripped off by big banks."
Senator Boozman: (6:31 p.m)
- Spoke on tax reform.
- "As a result, many have announced that they are passing some of these savings on to their employees who will now be seeking to grow and expand operations. As of today more than 350 companies have announced pay raises, bonuses, and/or 401(k) Increases benefiting over four million Americans. According to a recent national federation of independent business survey, 32% of small businesses believe now is a good time to expand, the highest level ever recorded by this survey. This is happening across the country and in Arkansas. Here are just a few examples of the companies headquartered in the - in Arkansas with a sizable presence in the state passing along savings to their employees through wage increases, bonuses, and other benefits, or giving to charity and/or making investments to grow their businesses and better serve customers."