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 #608, Dana Baiocco, of Ohio, to be a commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
  • At 12:00 p.m., the Senate will VOTE on confirmation of Executive Calendar #608, Dana Baiocco, of Ohio, to be a commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
  • Following disposition of the Baiocco nomination, the Senate will VOTE on cloture on the motion to concur in the House Amendment to S. 2372, the V.A. Mission Act.
  • The Senate will then recess until 2:15 p.m. to accommodate the weekly policy lunches.
  • Note: on Thursday, May 17, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #670, Jelena McWilliams, of Ohio, to be Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
  • Note: on Thursday, May 17, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #672, Jelena McWilliams, of Ohio, to be a member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
  • Note: on Thursday, Mary 17, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #618, James Randolph Evans, of Georgia, to be Ambassador to Luxembourg.

 

Senator McConnell: (10:03 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the V.A. Mission Act.
    • "The bipartisan reform legislation before us builds on the earlier progress of the Veterans Choice Act of 2014 and reaffirms a clear message. Delays at the V.A. cannot stand between veterans and the medical care that they need. The shortcomings of a federal bureaucracy do not free our nation from its promises to our all-volunteer forces. Veterans deserve prompt, thorough care, period. In a few short years since the creation of V.A. Choice, the program has seen important success. More than two million veterans have taken the opportunity to see private providers when the V.A. system couldn't meet their needs. In Kentucky it helped more than 23,000 veterans in 2017 alone. Thanks to the leadership of Chairman Isakson, this new legislation builds on this significant progress, continues it, and improves it in ways that will help veterans even more."
  • Spoke on water infrastructure legislation.
    • "Chairman Barrasso has led an open, bipartisan process that has demonstrated a strong proposal. It builds on President Trump's infrastructure approach, encouraging local control over local priorities and leveraging federal resources to ensure that each dollar spent goes to major water infrastructure improvements. It cuts red tape and empowers the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to break through bureaucratic backlogs."
  • Spoke on Republican economic policy.
    • "Let me say that again. More Americans say it's a good time to find a quality job than at any point in the last 17 years. Under President Obama, this number got as low as 8%. It never broke 50% during his administration. But today, 67% of Americans say it's a good time to find a quality job. 67% of Americans say it's a good time to find a quality job. Optimism has taken off for all groups since this president was elected, and the Republican Congress was sworn in. But the hope has been felt most among working-class Americans. This is a major distinction between the economic policies that Democrats spent year putting in place and the new approach this Republican Congress has taken."