Monday, Apr. 9, 2018

Tomorrow -

  • 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 #539, Claria Horn Boom, of Kentucky, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky.
  • At 12:10 p.m., the Senate will VOTE on confirmation of Executive Calendar #539, Claria Horn Boom, of Kentucky, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky.
  • At 2:15 p.m., the Senate will VOTE on cloture on Executive Calendar #728, John F. Ring, of the District of Columbia, to be a member of the National Labor Relations Board.
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30 p.m. until 2:15 p.m. to accommodate the weekly policy lunches.
  • Note: on Friday, March 23, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #605, John Patrick Pizzella, of Vriginia, to be Deputy Secretary of Labor.
  • Note: on Friday, March 23, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #666, Andrew Wheeler, of Virginia, to be Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Note: on Friday, March 23, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #540, John W. Broomes, of Kansas, to be United States District Judge for the District of Kansas.
  • Note: on Friday, March 23, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #541, Rebecca Grady Jennings, of Kentucky, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Kentucky.

 

Senator Udall: (6:35 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the friendship of Senators Mo Udall and John McCain.
    • "Despite his novice as an Arizona politician, John McCain knew enough to beg to secure a place on the interior committee. At that point Mo's decency and John's courage met. While John was new to Arizona politics, and by his own admission, could not tell a copper mine from a cotton field, he had promised being elected president of his minority Republican class. Mo graciously, without any political gain in sight, took John under his generous, broad wing. Mo taught John the power of consensus and bipartisanship, and in turn John had the guts to buck his own party many together they forged a remarkable partnership."

Schumer, Hirono, Schatz, Isakson

Executive Session (Boom Nomination)

Apr 09 2018

Senator Schumer: (3:15 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to Senator Daniel Akaka.
    • "He embodied the spirit of Hawaii. He was so sincere in his beliefs and such a kind and gentle man that senators went out of their way to help him and of course he fought so hard for his state. He taught us so much, in his modesty, in his persistence, in his love of his constituents. And so for all he taught us for his service and his friendship, we say Mahalo one final time."
  • Spoke in tribute to Senator Tammy Duckworth.
    • "Tammy Duckworth a few hours ago became the first senator to give birth while in office. We're very glad to hear that she and her newborn daughter are happy and healthy."
  • Spoke on issues facing the nation.
    • "A few weeks ago, I marched with hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers in the March for Our Lives. Their energy and optimism, dedication, give me hope that the - that finally the time has come for Congress to take meaningful action on gun safety. Another example where our Republican colleagues who run this senate haven't done enough, not close to enough, the issue of gun safety. On these issues and more, the Republican majority has done very little, and what they have done has been on behalf of entrenched special interests. Tax cuts for corporations and the super-wealthy, holding back on common sense gun safety laws like universal background checks because the N.R.A. opposes them. The American people are fed up with large, special, and powerful interests getting their way while average folks get "
  • Spoke on the nomination of Andrew Wheeler to be Deputy E.P.A. Administrator.
    • "Mr. Wheeler, not atypical of this administration, not atypical of the dense swamp that they have made a whole lot worse, is what else? An industry lobbyist who has worked on behalf of big polluters and climate change deniers. He spent careers working to undermine or lobby against environmental protections he may soon oversee. As a lobbyist, he helped raise money for a few Republican senators who sit on the committee that recently approved his nomination. Swamp? President Trump? You're creating it."
  • Spoke on the recent C.B.O. score.
    • "It's hard to believe they can say it with a straight face, but you will hear Republican members say this week Washington needs to get its fiscal house in 
      order, only a few months after they added $1.5 trillion to the deficit by tax cuts that mainly benefited the wealthy and the powerful. It is the height, the height of hypocrisy. The American people deserve better than this patronizing kabuki theater."

 

Senator Hirono: (4:41 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to Senator Daniel Akaka.
    • "Senator Akaka, who served in the Senate for 23 years and sat at this desk passed away on Friday morning with his wife of nearly 70 years, Millie, and his extended family at his side. Since his passing, people across Hawaii have shared their memories of and tributes to Senator Akaka. Each of their stories has a common thread. Senator Akaka's dedication to living with Aloha. Senator Akaka embodied the Aloha spirit. From meeting nearly every Hawaii family who came to his office for a capitol tour to serving as a tireless advocate for veterans, the native Hawaiian community, and Hawaii families, Senator Akaka's care, empathy, and compassion were evident to everyone who knew him."

 

Senator Schatz: (4:51 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to Senator Daniel Akaka.
    • "He died on Friday at the age of 93, leaving behind a legacy of integrity, kindness, and service to Hawaii and to the nation. In Washington, Senator Akaka was an ambassador of Aloha. He showed people kindness, respect, and hospitality rarely seen in this town. He didn't just represent Hawaii's interests in the congress, he showed the world what Hawaii represents. In the words of President Kennedy, all that we are and all that we hope to be. He started that service as a welder in the United States Army Corps of Engineers, he fought in World War II in the Pacific area, traveling to places like Saipan. When World War II ended, he took advantage of the G.I. Bill to attend the University of Hawaii and to become a teacher, an occupation that he never fully left behind."

 

Senator Isakson: (5:08 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to Senator Zell Miller.
    • "On the 23rd day of March 2018, a little over two weeks ago, Zell Brian Miller from the State of Georgia, former member of this body, former chairman of the Democratic Party in the state of Georgia, who contributed immensely to his state passed away in his hometown of Young Harris. I'm here to pay tribute to Zell and his life and contributions to our country both on a purposeful reason as far as a fellow member but a personal reason for me. He is an individual I met through politics, became one of my best friends through politics, became somebody who had more of an influence on my life than anybody I know in public service."

McConnell

Opening Remarks

Apr 09 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 #539, Claria Horn Boom, of Kentucky, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky.
  • At 5:30 p.m., the pending cloture motions will ripen.
  • Note: on Friday, March 23, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #539, Claria Horn Boom, of Kentucky, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky.
  • Note: on Friday, March 23, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #728, John F. Ring, of the District of Columbia, to be a member of the National Labor Relations Board.
  • Note: on Friday, March 23, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #605, John Patrick Pizzella, of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary of Labor.
  • Note: on Friday, March 23, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #666, Andrew Wheeler, of Virginia, to be Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Note: on Friday, March 23, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #540, John W. Broomes, of Kansas, to be United States District Judge for the District of Kansas.
  • Note: on Friday, March 23, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #541, Rebecca Grady Jennings, of Kentucky, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Kentucky.

 

Senator McConnell: (3:07 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to Senators Zell Miller and Daniel Akaka.
    • "On Friday, March 23, former Senator Zell Miller departed this life at the age of 86. Those of us who served with Zell knew him as a kind and honorable man and a committed public servant. He rose from a childhood boat electricity and running water, well into his school years to serve the state of Georgia as governor and later as senator. Zell Miller did so with grit and determination, never afraid to buck partisanship in favor of his principles. Also this past Thursday Senator Daniel Akaka, our former colleague from Hawaii passed away. He worked to advocate for his state."
  • Welcomed Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith.
    • "She became the 51st senator and the first woman to represent Mississippi here in the Senate. Senator Hyde Smith brings experience as a state legislator and as the Mississippi commissioner of agriculture and commerce. I know I spoke for senators on both sides of the aisle in welcoming our new colleague. We work forward to working together to continue this record of accomplishment for the American people."
  • Spoke on the pending nominations.
    • "So later today the full Senate will vote to advance this talented and noncontroversial nominee and then I hope we will be able to quickly confirm her. In the coming days we'll consider several more judges and important nominees for the Department of Labor, the E.P.A., and the National Labor Relations Board. These and many other important positions remain vacant nearly a year and a half into the Trump Administration. Qualified nominees stand ready but Senate Democrats are using the procedural playbook to obstruct and delay. In many cases, for example, they're insisting the senate exhaust post-cloture time even on unobjectionable district court nominees who have gone on to overwhelming confirmation."
  • Spoke on tax reform.
    • "There's just one more week until the deadline for Americans to file our 2017 tax returns. It's not exactly a national holiday but this year there's a silver lining. This April is the last time Americans will file our taxes under the old outdated tax code that's on its way out thanks to historic tax reform. A year from now families will be filing under a simpler and fairer tax code that let's them keep more of what they've earned and send less to the I.R.S."