Opening Remarks

Today -

  • The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of S. J. Res 57, the auto lending CRA, with the time until 12:00 p.m. equally divided between the managers or their designees.
  • At 12:00 p.m., the Senate will VOTE on adoption of S. J. Res 57, the auto lending CRA.
  • Following disposition of S. J. Res 57, the Senate will VOTE on cloture on the motion to concur in the House Amendment, with a further amendment, to S. 140, the vehicle for the Coast Guard reauthorization bill.
  • Under a previous order, at 1:00 p.m. the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #376, Carlos G. Muniz, of Florida, to be General Counsel of the Department of Education with one hour of debate remaining equally divided between Senator Gillibrand or her designee and Senator Alexander or his designee on the nomination. 
  • Following the use or yielding back of that time, the Senate will VOTE on confirmation of Executive Calendar #376, Carlos G. Muniz, of Florida, to be General Counsel of the Department of Education.
  • Note: on Monday, April 16, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #609, James Bridenstine, of Oklahoma, to be Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.


Senator McConnell: (9:37 a.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to former First Lady Barbara Bush.
    • "To the American people whom she lovingly served as an exemplary first lady, she was one of the most respected and well-liked public figures of her generation. And to five children, 17 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and all the family that Barbara Bush leaves behind at the age of 92, she was a beloved matriarch. On all accounts, she was equally capable of building up those she loved most and poking fun at them when they deserved it. Put simply, Barbara was a founding partner of the most influential political family of our era. The epic love story of George Bush and Barbara Pierce began at a Christmas dance in 1941. The intimacy of wartime love letters beat back the vastness of oceans and they married just weeks after George returned from the Pacific."
  • Spoke on the auto lending rule.
    • "Just like the historic 15 times we've already used the Congressional Review Act, the goal here is simple - we want to protect consumers and job creators from needless interference by the federal bureaucracy. Today, thanks to Senators Moran and Toomey, we'll make it 16. We can nullify a particularly egregious overstep by President Obama's Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and notch another victory in this congress' record of rolling back overregulation."
  • Spoke on Coast Guard reauthorization.
    • "Today, as ever, the United States calls on our Coast Guard to carry out critical safety and security missions with little room for error. Just last year coast guard personnel stopped over $7 billion in illegal drugs and contraband from crossing our borders. They guarded and maintain shipping lanes and they risk their lives to lead heroic rescues after hurricanes Maria and Irma. In addition to authorizing funding for the Coast Guard, this legislation includes a bipartisan measure that is particularly important to states with navigable inland waterways. I'm very proud to have worked with Senators Wicker, Sullivan, and Thune to make sure this was included in Kentucky, 1,900 miles of navigable waterways are used to ship products."
  • Spoke on tax reform.
    • "What outrage brought leading Democrats to join in protest on the east front of the capitol? It turns out it was the fact that Republicans let middle-class families and American small businesses keep more of their own money. That's right. The Democrats are rallying to repeal the tax cuts. Never mind that our own pro-growth tax reform has led to $1,000 bonuses, pay raises, educational opportunities or other new benefits for literally millions of Americans. Democrats still want to repeal it. Never mind the new estimate that says tax reform will yield more than a million new jobs in the next decade."