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 #903, Ryan Wesley Bounds, of Oregon, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.
  • Note: all time during recess, adjournment, morning business, and leader remarks will count post-cloture on the Bounds nomination.


Senator McConnell: (10:07 a.m.)

  • Spoke on this week's judicial nominations.
    • "This week we've been focused on confirming more of the president's qualified nominees after his confirmation yesterday Andrew Oldham of Texas will now bring his impressive credentials and years of distinguished public service to his new role. Today we are considering Ryan Wesley Bounds to serve on the Ninth Circuit. Each has been selected by the president and his team for their credentials and commitment to the rule of law. Each has been thoroughly examined by our colleagues on the Judiciary Committee. Ryan bounds is no exception. He's earned degrees from Stanford and Yale. He clerked for the Ninth Circuit judge he's been nominated to succeed."
  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "They don't seem to care whether it's honest or not. They don't seem to care whether it's accurate or now. The latest controversy is to make hay out of comments Judge Kavanaugh said about the long expired independent counsel statute. But once again there's no there there whatsoever. Here, Madam President, are the facts. Judge Kavanaugh's apparent concerns about the independent counsel law appear in line with mainstream views that have been widely held on both sides of the political aisle. Views that were, in fact, strongly held by many of my Democratic colleagues at least until there was an opportunity to try to make political hay."
  • Spoke on Republican economic policy.
    • "To put it more simply, American employers are doing better so American workers are doing better so American families are doing better so American businesses are doing better. This is how a vibrant, growing economy works. This is what happens in Washington, D.C., swallows up less of the American people's money in taxes. When it imposes fewer heavy-handed regulation that's make it harder to do business and get the bureaucracy's foot off the brake of the economy. This is possibly the best economic moment for jobs and opportunities that Americans have seen in recent memory."