Monday, May. 7, 2018

Tomorrow -

  • The Senate will convene at 2:30 p.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #673, Kurt D. Engelhardt, of Louisiana, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit.
  • Note: all time during recess, adjournment, morning business, and leader remarks count post-cloture on the Englehardt nomination.
  • Note: on Thursday, April 26, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #609, Michael B. Brennan, of Wisconsin, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Seventh Circuit.
  • Note: on Thursday, April 26, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #729, Joel M. Carson, of New Mexico, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit.
  • Note: on Thursday, April 26, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #777, John B. Nalbandian, of Kentucky, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit.
  • Note: on Thursday, April 26, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #780, Michael Y. Scudder, of Illinois, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Seventh Circuit.
  • Note: on Thursday, April 26, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #781, Amy J. St. Eve, of Illinois, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Seventh Circuit.

 

Senator Cassidy: (6:13 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Kurt Engelhardt to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit.
    • "He is a member of the New Orleans Bar Association, and the Fifth Circuit Judges Association. In 2004, he was appointed by the 10 to serve on the Judicial Conference Committee on federal-state jurisdiction for two terms and has also served on the Louisiana Supreme Court Judiciary Commission. Judge Engelhardt is also very active serving in the New Orleans community, having served on the board of directors of the Cancer Association of Greater New Orleans for more than 20 years. Judge Engelhardt was confirmed out of the Judiciary Committee on February 8, 2018 on a bipartisan basis. The committee recognizes that confirming good, qualified judges who will uphold the Constitution is one of the senate's top priorities."

 

Senator Cantwell: (6:17 p.m.)

  • Spoke on in tribute to Dr. Samuel B. McKinney.
    • "And for more than 40 years he never gave up the fight advocating for economic and social justice in Seattle, Washington. And throughout our nation. Refusing to yield to the deep-seated prejudice and violence he became known has a pillar of Seattle's civic life and a moral consciousness of our community. Tomorrow many Washingtonians will come together to celebrate his life to remember his wisdom, his advocacy, his deep and unshakable belief in justice, his steadfast commitment to his community and to his church, his service to our nation and the United States Air Force and his devotion pass a husband, a father, and friend. He was a third-generation Baptist minister. He took up the struggle for justice at an early age."

Kennedy

Executive Session (Engelhardt Nomination)

May 07 2018

Senator Kennedy: (5:15 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Kurt Engelhardt to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit.
    • "Mr. President, in a few minutes we're going to be voting on president trump's nomination of Mr. Kurt Englehardt to be a judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. And I can't think of a nominee who is more deserving and more qualified for this job. Judge Englehardt is the chief judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. He has been on the federal bench, federal district court bench, for 17 years. If you add up all of the cases that he has actually tried to verdict or to judgment, I think it's somewhere in the neighborhood of 75 to 100. That's on top of hundreds undoubtedly thousands of motions that he has heard. He's eminently qualified."

Schumer, Cornyn, Nelson

Executive Session (Engelhardt Nomination)

May 07 2018

Senator Schumer: (3:29 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to Michael Beaver.
    • "Michael Beaver, an assistant parliamentarian here in the Senate, passed away unexpectedly last week. His death at the young age of 39 is shocking and its suddenness tragic for the family, friends, his children, coworkers that he left behind. Michael was incredibly bright, unfailingly honest, had a quick wit and a dry sense of humor. I know that as an assistant parliamentarian, he was a member of a small but crucial team of behind-the-scene staffers without whom the senate couldn't function."
  • Spoke on the pending judicial nominations.
    • "I've been able to work out judge nominations in a bipartisan way in the Senate when we had a Republican president, a Republican governor. But that was overrun. This is now the second time that Chairman Grassley has ignored the blue slip tradition in this Congress. Here's the part that really burns me, and I think many others who are fair-minded in the Senate and in this country. The seat that Mr. Brennan would fill on the Seventh Circuit was held opened for six years, six years via blue slips. Senator Johnson did not turn in a blue slip and the seat stayed vacant. Now that blue slip of Senator Baldwin that we have a Republican president is being ignored."
  • Spoke on health care reform.
    • "Now, on the subject of health care, last week insurance companies in the state of Virginia announced that health insurance premiums would be much higher this coming year, more than 100,000 Virginians who rely on these plans are staring at a proposed 2019 premium that will be 15% or 27% or 64% higher depending on which insurer they use. In filing their rates, the health insurers are pointing to the actions of the Trump administration and congressional Republicans as major reasons for the premium increases. The Trump administration and our Republican friends in Congress are the reason - are the reason these premiums are going up according to insurers."
  • Spoke on tax reform.
    • "Even though that theory has been debunked over and over and over again. Still President Trump repeatedly promised that workers would see a raise of $4,000 or more as a result of the Republican tax bill. I'd like to ask most Americans if they've gotten a $4,000 raise as the White House promised because according to the April jobs report, hourly earnings have not increased significantly and are actually up just 2.6% over the past 12 months. Last month average hourly earnings increased by just 4 cents, hardly $4,000."

 

Senator Cornyn: (3:59 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Gina Haspel to be C.I.A. Director.
    • "But one of the important positions that we are going to be taking up this week is Gina Haspel who has been nominated to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and her confirmation hearing will be before the Senate Intelligence Committee this Wednesday. I will proudly support her to be the first female C.I.A. director in our nation's history. Certainly not for that reason alone, but because she is an outstanding nominee. I hope our colleagues and their ideological soul mates across the aisle will cease and desist from untruthful attacks on this talented, well-respected woman who is much revered by her fellow professionals if in the intelligence community."

 

Senator Nelson: (4:15 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the situation in Puerto Rico.
    • "One particular location up further up the mountain, no electricity. So I asked the residents that I talked to, how are you coping? What do you do? They had a generator, but because of the shortage of fuel and the cost of the fuel, they can't run the generator all the time so they use it for the necessities of cooking and other chores basically during the day, therefore, they have no refrigeration. I asked, what do you do? They showed me. The fellow had just come from the grocery store down the mountain, which they have to go and get their groceries that are perishable every day, cook them for that day, consume them because they do not have refrigeration, and it's eight months after the hurricane."

McConnell

Opening Remarks

May 07 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 #673, Kurt D. Engelhardt, of Louisiana, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit.
  • At 5:30 p.m., the pending cloture motions will ripen.
  • Note: on Thursday, April 26, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #673, Kurt D. Engelhardt, of Louisiana, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit.
  • Note: on Thursday, April 26, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #609, Michael B. Brennan, of Wisconsin, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Seventh Circuit.
  • Note: on Thursday, April 26, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #729, Joel M. Carson, of New Mexico, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit.
  • Note: on Thursday, April 26, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #777, John B. Nalbandian, of Kentucky, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit.
  • Note: on Thursday, April 26, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #780, Michael Y. Scudder, of Illinois, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Seventh Circuit.
  • Note: on Thursday, April 26, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #781, Amy J. St. Eve, of Illinois, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Seventh Circuit.

 

Senator McConnell: (3:02 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to Michael Beaver.
    • "Michael Beaver was a talented attorney who served as the Senate's assistant parliamentarian. That followed service as deputy legislative counsel for the State of California. He was 39 years old. He leaves behind his wife Gilda, his two beloved sons, Bradley and Connor, his parents and an extended family that mourns his loss."
  • Spoke on the pending judicial nominations.
    • "Accordingly the six circuit court nominees we'll now consider have excellent reputations in the legal field and have demonstrated they understand the proper role of federal judges in our government. First up is Kurt D. Engelhardt of Louisiana, the president's choice to serve on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Senate previously confirmed Kurt D. Engelhardt by a voice vote to the Eastern District of Louisiana. Since then he has strengthened his thoughtfulness. His legal peers describe him as, quote, very conscious and fair and independent minded. The American bar association agrees."
  • Spoke on Republican economic policies.
    • "16 months into this Trump administration, and the percentage of American workers who are unemployed, underemployed, or giving up finding a job is smaller than it ever was in any of the Obama years. In fact, it hasn't been this low since 2001. Let me say that again, less under employment, unemployment, and discouragement than in the past 8 years. And there are fewer receiving unemployment benefits since 1973. We all know these economic indicators can be noisy, but the big overall shift from the Obama era is impossible to deny."