Monday, May. 14, 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 #729, Joel M. Carson, of New Mexico, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit.
  • At 12:00 p.m., the Senate will VOTE on confirmation of Executive Calendar #729, Joel M. Carson, of New Mexico, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit and then Executive Calendar #777, John B. Nalbandian, of Kentucky, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit in the order listed.
  • Following disposition of the Nalbandian nomination, the Senate will recess until 2:15 p.m. to accommodate the weekly conference meetings.

 

Senator McConnell: (6:33 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to Senator John McCain.
    • "Mr. President, I had an opportunity yesterday to visit our friend John McCain. It was a beautiful location, Sedona. It's about a two-hour drive from Phoenix. John and Cindy and I had a chance to sit on the back porch and reminisce about our friendship and all we had shared over the last 30 years. We had some laughs. We mainly reminisced about the battles. Sometime we were on the same side, sometimes we weren't. But one thing about our colleague, John McCain, you'd rather be on his side than not."
  • Spoke on Israeli Independence Day.
    • "This morning an American delegation, including top administration officials and several of our own colleagues were on hand in Jerusalem, Israel's capital, to officially open the new American embassy in that city. I'm proud the administration sent this clear signal on behalf of all Americans. We recognized the fact that Jerusalem is Israel's capital, plain and simple. That's where our embassy belongs and now, thanks to the president's decision, that's where it will be."
  • Spoke on the recent treatment of Senator Harry Reid.
    • "On one final subject, Mr. President, the senate's thought this afternoon are also with our former colleague, previous Democratic leader, Senator Reid, who underwent surgery today for a pancreatic surgery. According to his family the surgery went well and chemotherapy will follow in the days ahead. Harry, let me say we're all with you in the corner and we wish you the very best in this fight."

Durbin, Portman, Schumer

Executive Session (Scudder Nomination)

May 14 2018

Senator Durbin: (4:13 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the pending judicial nominations.
    • "I make it a practice whenever someone comes before me who has practiced in the federal courts of Chicago to ask them, who do you think are the best judges on the federal bench? I can tell you without exception Amy St. Eve's name always is mentioned - always. That is no exaggeration. It is a little bittersweet to see her leave the district court bench, but she has the qualifications and judgments to step up and be an outstanding member of the seventh circuit. I'm honored to support her nomination. I want to congratulate her and her family, her husband Howard and their children on this important day in the United States Senate. Michael Scudder was born next door to Illinois in Indiana. He received his undergraduate degree from St. Joseph's College and after working for several years as an accountant, he attended Northwestern Law School where he earned his J.D."

 

Senator Portman: (4:43 p.m.)

  • Spoke on National Police Week.
    • "And although every single day we should be grateful to those police officers who are out there in the Buckeye State, my home state, and others, this is the time this week to really focus on them, focus on the sacrifices and the bravery, what they do every day, committing themselves to protecting our communities, often risking their own safety to protect others. Sometimes we talk about this as the thin blue line, which is that thin blue line between chaos and order, and it's those police officers on that thin blue line - the men and women in blue - who are out there protecting us from that chaos. Police officers are driven bay dedication to justice and a sense of duty to protect those in need. The police officers I know have a big heart. They're compassionate."

 

Senator Schumer: (4:54 p.m.)

  • Spoke on China.
    • "To gain access to China's markets, American companies are forced by China's government into deals where they must turn over their most valuable job-creating intellectual property to Chinese competitors. China's state-backed companies trial to steal the intellectual property from American companies outright. It's wrong, it's anathema to the American way. Retired four-star general Keith Alexander says that the theft has, quote, been the greatest transfer of wealth in history." Eats at me. That's American jobs, that's American wealth, American know-how and innovation of wit we're all so proud, being stolen -- stolen; there is no other word - by China. And it hurts us."

Boozman, Durbin

Executive Session (Scudder Nomination)

May 14 2018

Senator Boozman: (3:50 p.m.)

  • Spoke on National Police Week.
    • "This is National Police Week, a time for recognizing the men and women in law enforcement who serve and protect our nation. National Police Week is a solemn occasion to honor those who tragically lost their lives while serving in the line of duty. The names of those men and women are carved on the walls of the National Law Enforcement Memorial. Each year during this week, families and colleagues of the fallen travel to our nation's capital for this special commemoration. This year 360 names will be added, including four officers who served the citizens of Arkansas. We remember Arkansans whose names are newly etched into the walls of this treasured memorial. I would like to recognize these heroes."

 

Senator Durbin: (4:13 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the pending judicial nominations.
    • "I make it a practice whenever someone comes before me who has practiced in the federal courts of Chicago to ask them, who do you think are the best judges on the federal bench? I can tell you without exception Amy St. Eve's name always is mentioned - always. That is no exaggeration. It is a little bittersweet to see her leave the district court bench, but she has the qualifications and judgments to step up and be an outstanding member of the seventh circuit. I'm honored to support her nomination. I want to congratulate her and her family, her husband Howard and their children on this important day in the United States Senate. Michael Scudder was born next door to Illinois in Indiana. He received his undergraduate degree from St. Joseph's College and after working for several years as an accountant, he attended Northwestern Law School where he earned his J.D."

Hatch

Opening Remarks

May 14 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 #780, Michael Y. Scudder, of Illinois, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Seventh Circuit.
  • At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will VOTE on confirmation of Executive Calendar #780, Michael Y. Scudder, of Illinois, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Seventh Circuit and then Executive Calendar #781, Amy J. St. Eve, of Illinois, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Seventh Circuit in the order listed.
  • Following disposition of the St. Eve nomination, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #729, Joel M. Carson, of New Mexico, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit.

 

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

  • Spoke on the establishment of Israel.
    • "It reminds me of the affinity I have as a member of the Mormon faith hold for the Jewish people in their history. Both Israel and Utah were settled by religious minorities seeking refuge from persecution. A shared history that deepens our devotion to democracy and our love of freedom. Although my schedule does not allow me to be in Israel today, perhaps it is even more appropriate that I make these remarks here rather than in Jerusalem for I would - where I would like to be. After all, today should be seen as an American holiday, just as it is an Israeli one. America's interest, prosperity, and security have benefited immeasurably from our deep friendship with the state of Israel. Indeed, the world is a much better place because of Israel."