Mar 05 2018 07:18 PM
- The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m.
- Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S. 2155, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, with the time until 11:00 a.m equally divided between the two leaders or their designess.
- At 11:00 a.m, the Senate will VOTE on cloture on the motion to proceed to S. 2155, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act.
- Following disposition of the cloture motion, the Senate will VOTE on confirmation of Executive Calendar #536, Terry A. Doughty, of Louisiana, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana.
- Following disposition of the Doughty nomination, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S. 2155.
- The Senate will recess from 12:30 p.m to 2:15 p.m to accommodate the weekly policy lunches.
- Note: all time during recess, adjournment, morning business, leader remarks, and the Doughty nomination count post-cloture on the motion to proceed to S. 2155.
Senator Alexander: (6:43 p.m)
- Spoke in tribute to Senator Thad Cochran.
- "I saw senators visiting with Senator Cochran today, expressing their best wishes to him, and for good reason. Senator Cochran is a gentleman, first of all, he's a skilled legislator second of all, he's earned respect from colleagues on both sides of the aisle through his chairmanship on the Senate Appropriations Committee and one-time chairman of the Senate Republican Conference. And back in Mississippi he's -- he was a pioneer in the development of that state's two-party system and the Republican Party. He and Trent Lott were elected to Congress in 1972 and then Thad Cochran became the first Republican since Reconstruction when he was elected to the United States Senate."
- Spoke on tariffs.
- "I hope that before he makes a final decision he will take into consideration the choices that companies such as Electrolux are making which demonstrates that broad tariffs are bad for American workers and will cost Americans jobs, not just auto jobs. Here is one example of the damage the proposed steel tariff would do in Tennessee to a home appliance manufacturer who uses 100% American steel. Immediately after the tariff was announced last week, Electrolux, Europe's largest home appliance manufacturer, announced that it was putting on hold a $250 million expansion in Springfield, Tennessee, just outside Nashville."
Senator Casey: (6:52 p.m)
- Spoke on the situation in Syria.
- "Ignoring these children ensures decades of instability to come. In Eastern Gutha this past week, we saw the most recent example of the brutality of the Assad regime. Aided and abetted by Russia and Iran. While only just now making the headlines, Eastern Gutha has been held under siege by the Syrian government since 2013. This neighborhood which had supposedly been designated as a de-escalation zone has been bombarded by Syrian government forces armed with Russian weapons. In just a few days, 500 civilians have been killed, and that number is growing. Years after the international community reached a consensus that Assad had lost his legitimacy as the leader of Syria, he not only remains in power but is more secure than ever."
- Spoke on Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
- "Unfortunately, as this evidence has come forward, unwarranted, dangerous and partisan attacks on Mr. Mueller's investigation and on Mr. Mueller himself have accelerated. Yet a brief glance at Mr. Mueller's lifetime of service reflects his commitment to serving the American people with honor, integrity, and courage that I think is unmatched by anyone I know in Washington. Here's a couple of examples. As a young man, Mr. Mueller served with distinction in the Vietnam War, was awarded a Bronze Star, two Navy Commendation Medals, the Purple Heart and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry for his leadership and exemplary service."