Monday, Mar. 5, 2018

Tomorrow -

  • 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."

Cornyn, Nelson, Isakson

Executive Session (Scholer Nomination)

Mar 05 2018

Senator Cornyn: (3:54 p.m)

  • Spoke on Dodd-Frank relief.
    • "Under the current law, famously known as Dodd-Frank, these smaller banks are often treated just like the largest banks and financial institutions in our economy, but that doesn't make any sense at all. Main Street, we need to remind some of our colleagues, is not Wall Street, and so the bill would make changes to reflect that important distinction. I can't tell you how many of my small bankers in Texas have told me they had to hire additional personnel, not to make additional loans, but to comply with the onerous regulations coming out of Washington, D.C."
  • Spoke on tax reform.
    • "Sometimes I wonder whether our democratic friends who took great political risk by voting uniformly to a person to oppose the tax cuts and jobs act, sometimes I worry that they worry th - particularly, Miss Pelosi, the democratic leader of the house, who said that minority leader in the house said that these were crumbs, crumbs. Well, I think she'll be proven wrong. And that will be to the great benefit of all of the people of America. So everyone remembers this was not an easy lift. We passed the first tax reform in more than 30 years. But the immediate consequences of the bill have been transformative. In other words, we just did this in December, but we've already seen encouraging signs."

 

Senator Nelson: (4:47 p.m)

  • Spoke on disaster relief.
    • "Well, today I spoke to the secretary of commerce, Wilbur Ross, and I asked him to immediately release this critical funding to help the people of our state. Florida's fishermen are waiting for help. Hurricane Irma caused extensive damage to vessels, facilities, docks, equipment, and gear, especially down in the keys. And many in the spiny lobster industry lost all of their traps. The disaster supplemental appropriations gave NOAA $200 million for federal fishery disasters like the one secretary Ross declared in Florida. Where's the money? Well, let's talk about the broader impact to the oceans. Did you know that Florida's coral reef track is the third largest barrier reef in the world?"
  • Spoke on gun control.
    • "And in between we had seen several mass killings with high-powered military-style assault rifles also in Texas as well as 59 people being gunned down in Las Vegas. Mr. President, last week I talked about the assault weapon, and I have since had constituents in Florida over the weekend ask me to come back and say on the floor of the senate the difference in the damage, the mayhem, the carnage, the slaughter that occurs as a result of an assault rifle as compared to a handgun."

 

Senator Isakson: (5:10 p.m)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Tilman Self to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Georgia.
    • "Mr. President, I rise out of a great sense of pride to exercise one of my responsibilities as United States senator, to speak on behalf of Mr. Self, a judge for the circuit courts for the northern district of Georgia, for the state of Georgia. The vote will take place not too long from now. I want to encourage every member of the Senate to cast their vote for judge self. He's now - he's the whole package. He has a wonderful wife and family, four great children, worked in the private sector for years, accomplished many things in the private sector. He went to the university of Georgia law school, graduated cum laude, summa cum laude from the military college of South Carolina. Went on to have a distinguished private career."

Durbin, Hatch, Schumer

Executive Session (Scholer Nomination)

Mar 05 2018

Senator Durbin: (3:14 p.m)

  • Spoke on DACA.
    • "The very first time I met President Donald Trump was minutes after he had been sworn in. It was at a luncheon here in the capitol. I went up to him and said, Mr. President, congratulations, and I want to thank you for the kind words you have said about the dreamers and those who are protected by DACA. He said Dick, don't worry about those kids. We're going to take care of those kids. That's what the president said on January 20, 2017. I brought it up to him several other times, too. It's an issue that's important to me, but more importantly, it's an issue that's critical to the future of these young people. But then what happened on September 5 of last year, just nine months after the president was sworn in?"

 

Senator Hatch: (3:31 p.m)

  • Spoke on gun control.
    • "One kind of training this bill would fund would prevent many incidents of school violence. Over the last 25 years, research has revealed that in seven out of ten acts of gun violence, a friend or someone else was told that an act of violence would be committed before it happened. In one study it was reported that in four out of five school shootings, the attacker had told people of his plans ahead of time. We must ensure that everyone in the school ecosystem is educated to recognize the signs of a potential threat. We must likewise, students, teachers, and administrators take action and follow up when they see warning signs."
  • Unanimous Consent –
    • That notwithstanding Rule XXII and the order of March 1, the confirmation vote on Executive Calendar #536, Terry A. Doughty, of Louisiana, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana, occur following the cloture vote on the motion to proceed to S. 2155, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, with all other provisions of the previous order in effect.
    • (Without Objection)

 

Senator Schumer: (3:44 p.m)

  • Spoke on gun control.
    • "No time to debate universal background checks, a policy that over 90% of Americans support, including the vast majority of gun owners, no time to debate protective orders to allow law enforcement to disarm individuals who have shown credible signs to being a harm to themselves and others, especially after parkland, no time to have debate on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines on the floor of the senate. Kids who survived the horrific shooting are speaking up and speaking out and demanding that we address this issue head on. I met with them. They are fine young men and women. Instead of just cursing the darkness after what they went through and the losses of friends and colleagues they suffered, they are trying to light a candle, urging us to debate and doing something real, and yet, the majority leader is moving to a banking bill today with no promise of time to consider a package of commonsense gun safety measures."
  • Spoke on tax reform.
    • "They simply say it's helping the working people, but their mechanism, trickle down is something they won't utter in public. Instead of giving wage increases or investing in new equipment or research, the most popular use of the savings from the tax bill for corporations is corporate share buybacks. That is from the big corporations. Already big corporations have announced more than $200 billion in share buybacks this year. We've just - we've just started March and already corporations are on pace to spend over $1 trillion this year buying back their own stock."

McConnell

Opening Remarks

Mar 05 2018

Today -

  • The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #438, Karen Gren Scholer, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas.
  • At 5:30 p.m, the Senate will VOTE on confirmation of Executive Calendar #438, Karen Gren Scholer, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas.
  • Following disposition of the Scholer nomination, the Senate will VOTE on confirmation of Executive Calendar #439, Tilman Eugene Self III, of Georgia, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Georgia.
  • Following disposition of the Self nomination, 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.
  • Note: on Thursday, March 1, cloture was filed on the motion to proceed to S. 2155, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act.

 

Senator McConnell: (3:03 p.m)

  • Spoke on March Madness.
    • "This weekend the women of the University of Louisville won their first ever A.C.C tournament title finishing the regular season with a record of 29-2. The Cardinals are currently ranked third in the nation led by A.C.C Coach of the Year Jeff Waltz and A.C.C Player of the Year Asia Derr. These talented women are looking to add yet another title. So are the Murray State Racers. Their men's team won the Ohio Valley Conference Championship and earned their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2012. They'll look to build on the longest winning streak in the nation."
  • Spoke on judicial nominations.
    • "On another matter, today we'll vote on the nominations of three more talented individuals whom the president has asked to serve as federal district judges. Karen Scholer, Tilman Self for the Middle District of Georgia and Terry Doughty for the Western District of Louisiana. These are three excellent nominees and I would encourage all of our colleagues to vote in support of each of them."
  • Spoke on tax reform.
    • "Last week the Labor Department announced that weekly jobless claims had reached a 48-year low. Let me repeat that fewer Americans are filing for unemployment today than at any time since 1969. The labor market is tightening. Employers are competing for talent and workers and their families are coming out on top. In January America's real disposable income rows more quickly than it had - rose more quickly than it had since April 2015. That's the biggest jump in spending money available to American families accounting for tax rates and inflation in nearly three years."