McConnell, Grassley, Blunt, Brown

Executive Session (Quattlebaum Nomination)

Senator McConnell: (4:28 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the upcoming Senate business.
    • "The Senate has now approved seven of the twelve measures for next year, and we have finalized the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2019 which President Trump signed into law on Monday of this week. But the reason we are convening today is that important work remains for the weeks ahead. That includes more progress on appropriations and it includes confirming more of the president's nominees."
  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Another number of other prominent Democrats echoed that sentiment, including my friend, the Democratic leader. He called Republican requests for additional documents related to the Sotomayor nomination as a fishing expedition and said Republicans were grasping at straws. My friend from New York said everybody knows that then-Judge Sotomayor's record on the bench was the best way to evaluate her nomination. So I hope that our Democratic colleagues who are demanding even more documents have taken the time to read the 12 years of opinions from Judge Kavanaugh that they already have and that - and that, of course, will underscore exemplary service on the second highest court in the nation."

 

Senator Grassley: (4:32 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "And senators have more time to review Judge Kavanaugh's record than they did for at least three Supreme Court nominees. So I'm very confident that the committee and the Senate will have ample information and time to carry out our responsibilities under our Constitution to advise and consent. But some of my colleagues on the other side of the aisle are attempting to manipulate the American people. I just described to you the largest document production in the history of a Supreme Court nomination, but guess what the minority leader describes it as, quote, unquote, unprecedented secrecy."

 

Senator Blunt: (4:54 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "This defense funding bill provides a $20 billion increase for defense and supports the largest pay increase for those who serve us, those who serve us and defend us in over a decade. This bill prioritizes resources for equipment and training to ensure our troops have every possible advantage on the battlefield. I've said on this floor at this podium before, we never want our troops to be involved in a fair fight. We want them to be involved in a fight where they have every possible advantage over their adversary. The bill has a number of military installations and those installations and people who work at those installations, civilian and military, really provide a great part of our nation's defense."
  • Unanimous Consent –
    • Following the disposition of the Richardson nomination, the Senate proceed to the consideration of H.R. 6157, the minibus appropriations bill.
    • For the purpose of Rule XVI in relation to Amendment #3695 to H.R. 6157, the minibus appropriations bill:
      • The text of H.R. 6157 serve as the basis for the defense of germaneness for Division A of the amendment and the text of H.R. 6470 as reported by the House Committee on Appropriations serve as the basis for defense of germaneness of Division B of the amendment.
    • (Without Objection)

 

Senator Brown: (5:19 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the First Amendment.
    • "I want to continue my more or less weekly honoring of local reporters who are doing their jobs, who understand that a free press is crucial to a free country and a free people. This past week, I have been all over Ohio talking about investing in national security jobs in Dayton, to meeting with local leaders tackling the opioid epidemic in Finley to promoting auto jobs in Lima, Toledo, and Cleveland. In every one of these stops, I talked with Ohio reporters who were doing their jobs, covering important stories in their local communities. Local journalists do that kind of reporting in every community in Ohio, Kansas, and across this country."
  • Spoke on tax reform.
    • "They allow companies to pay 10.5% on taxes on their overseas profits while in the United States they pay 23% corporate tax rate. What it says is to a company in Mansfield, Ohio, or Ravenna, Ohio, or Zanesville, Ohio, that shuts down and thinks about moving overseas, you have a 21% corporate rate if you're in Youngstown, but you move to Reynosa, Mexico, and you have a 10.5% rate. What we are simply saying, what the Republican leadership said when they passed this tax bill was it was like handing out a 50% off coupon to companies sending jobs overseas."