Opening Remarks

Today -

  • The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. 
  • Following any leader remarks, the Senate will resume Executive Session to consider Executive Calendar #33, Neil Gorsuch, of Colorado, to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States for up to two hours of debate, equally divided.
  • At approximately 11:30 a.m the Senate will VOTE on confirmation of Executive Calendar #33, Neil Gorsuch, of Colorado, to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
  • Note: on Monday, April 24th at 5:30 p.m the Senate will VOTE on the confirmation of Executive Calendar #31, Sonny Perdue, of Georgia, to be Secretary of Agriculture.


Senator McConnell: (9:33 a.m.)

  • Spoke on U.S missile strikes in Syria.
    • "Last evening the vice president notified me of the president's decision to respond to the Syrian regime's use of chemical weapons against its own people through military action. The action was taken to deter the Assad Regime from using chemical weapons again. I support both the action and the objective. The planning of this operation was clearly well considered, it was taken against the shared air field where chemical weapons had been stored and taken against assets against the regime and hardened shelters. In the days ahead I'm committed to work with the administration to have a counter ISIL strategy and establishes objectives for dealing with the Assad Regime in a manner that preserves the institutions of government in an effort to prevent a failed state. Our appreciation goes out to the military which presented capabilities and plans to the commander in chief and executed a difficult mission. None of this occurs without years of training by our service members. This was an action of consequence, it's a clear signal from America that Bashar al-Assad can no longer use chemical weapons against his people with no impunity."
  • Spoke on the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
    • "Yesterday was a consequential one for the Senate. We used a tool that Democrats first employed in to 2013. As a result we will move to the confirmation of Judge Gorsuch shortly. He's going to make an incredible addition to the court. He's going to make the American people proud. After all, at this point a few things about this man seem beyond dispute. He has sterling credentials, an excellent record and an ideal judicial temperament. He has the independence of mind for fairness. President Obama's former acting solicitor general lauded Judge Gorsuch as one of the most thoughtful and brilliant judges to have served our nation over the last half century. While President Obama's legal mentor called Judge Gorsuch a brilliant, terrific guy who would do the court's work with distinction. An appointee of President Clinton, James Robertson, said that Judge Gorsuch is well prepared and well qualified to serve as an associate justice of the Supreme Court. There's no real dispute about that. An appointee of President Carter's, Judge John Kaine, said, I'm not sure we can expect better than Judge Gorsuch or that better presently exists. In other words, no one is better. And, of course, we all know what long-time Democrat and board member the left-leaning Constitution Society, David Frederick, had to say about Judge Gorsuch, the Senate should confirm him because there is no principled reason to vote no. No principled reason to vote no. There's a reason Neil Gorsuch enjoys the support of a bipartisan portion of the Senate. There's a reason that a partisan majority stands ready to confirm him today."