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 #639, Brian Allen Benczkowski, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Attorney General, post-cloture.
  • At 12:00 p.m., the Senate will proceed to legislative session and the chair will lay before the Senate the House message accompanying H.R. 5895, the minibus appropriations bill. The majority leader or his designee will then offer a compound motion to go to conference with respect to H.R. 5895, the minibus appropriations bill, and the Senate will immediately VOTE on the compound motion.
  • If the compound motion is agreed to, Senators Cassidy and Corker will be recognized to offer motions to instruct conferees with respect to the House message accompanying H.R. 5895, the minibus appropriations bill, with the Senate then VOTING on the motions in the order listed.
  • At 2:00 p.m., the Senate will VOTE on confirmation of Executive Calendar #639, Brian Allen Benczkowski, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Attorney General.
  • Note: on Thursday, June 28, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #686, Paul C. Ney, of Tennessee, to be Counsel of the Department of Defense.

 

Senator McConnell: (10:06 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Yesterday I had an opportunity to meet with Judge Brett Kavanaugh as we begin preparations for his confirmation process to the Supreme Court. It's really impossible not to come away impressed. Judge Kavanaugh is the real deal. He has an all-star legal resume, topflight academic credentials. His extensive judicial record is defined by fairness, thoroughness and analytical precision. I was already confident the president had made an outstanding choice. Now I'm even more confident that my colleagues here and Americans around the country won't have to take my word for it. Just look at one of Judge Kavanaugh's former professors at Yale Law School."
  • Spoke on the nomination of Brian Benczkowski to be an Assistant Attorney General.
    • "His resume includes distinguished service in five different leadership positions at the Department of Justice under three attorneys general. His nomination has won praise from a number of former Justice Department officials who served under presidents of both parties. Their letter describes this nominee as a tireless worker, a fine leader and colleague, honest, and a straight shooter. I look forward to voting to confirm him later today and to continue to confirm more of the president's team."
  • Spoke on Republican economic policy.
    • "Economists tell us this is an important sign of a healthy job market because it indicates workers are moving upward, seeking better pay or superior benefits at a different employer. That number just hit its highest level in more than 17 years. More jobs, more opportunities, more Americans coming off the sidelines and getting back into the workforce, more Americans moving up the ladder to bigger and better things and opening up their current positions for other job seekers at the same time."