Opening Remarks

Today -

  • The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of S. 2155, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act.
  • At 3:45 p.m., the Senate will VOTE on adoption of McConnell (for Crapo) Amendment #2151, as modified, to S. 2155, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act.
  • Following disposition of the McConnell (for Crapo) Amendment, the Senate will VOTE on cloture on S. 2155, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act.
  • Note: if cloture is invoked on S. 2155, the post-cloture time will count as if it was invoked at 12:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 14.
  • Note: on Thursday, March 8, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #598, Kevin K. McAleenan, of Hawaii, to be Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.


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

  • Spoke in tribute to Office Scottie Hamilton.
    • "Mr. President, hearts are heavy in Kentucky this morning. Last night officer Scottie Hamilton, a 12 year veteran of the Pikeville Police Department was shot and killed in the line of duty. The investigation is ongoing. My Kentucky staff and I are monitoring the situation closely. But for now our sincere condolences go out to his family, friends, and colleagues at the Pikeville Police Department. Officer Hamilton leaves behind a wife, a young daughter, and a community that is safer for his service."
  • Spoke on the pending Senate business.
    • "And I hope this week's hearings along with the ongoing work of our colleagues on environment and public works, appropriations and other committees will keep building momentum. Bipartisan results are achievable this year starting with billions in added funding for infrastructure improvement in the budget agreement and extending to the work of many committees in the months ahead. So, Mr. President, today we'll also finish considering the bipartisan banking reform bill championed by Senator Crapo, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act is cosponsored by a quarter of the Senate, split down the middle between Republicans and Democrats and was advanced earlier this week by two-thirds of our colleagues."
  • Spoke on tax reform.
    • "Raises and bonuses aren't the only ways tax reform will help hardworking families. Thanks to the efforts of Senator Heller and others in committee, tax reform doubled the child tax credit and extended it to more middle-class families. When they file their taxes next year, families will be able to take $2,000 off their tax bill for every qualifying child. My friend, the democratic leader, said repeatedly that tax reform would do nothing to help American workers. The democratic leader in the house said the law would bring about, quote, armageddon."