Wednesday, Apr. 18, 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 #609, James Bridenstine, of Oklahoma, to be Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
  • At 1:45 p.m., the Senate will VOTE on confirmation of Executive Calendar #609, James Bridenstine, of Oklahoma, to be Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
  • Note: the Senate stands in adjournment under the provisions of S. Res. 474, as a further sign of respect for the late Senator John Melcher of Montana. 

 

Senator Durbin: (6:38 p.m.)

  • Spoke on allowing infants on the floor of the Senate.
    • "Mr. President, on Monday, April 9, 2018, at 7:07 a.m., a tiny, little message to the Senate arrived. Maile Pearl became the very first baby born to a senator bringing joy to her father Brian and to her amazing mother, my colleague, Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth. With this blessed arrival, this chamber faced the reality of Senate parenthood and tonight just moments ago, we made the decision to allow Maile to help us make Senate history."

 

Senator Inhofe: (6:42 p.m.)

  • Spoke on Ethiopia.
    • "I know that the House passed it because most of them have never been to Ethiopia and don't really know the miracle we've seen in that country but I know the transformation Ethiopia has made in economic and social development along with their ongoing commitment to establishing security in the horn of Africa. Since 2005 I've visited Ethiopia 18 different times engaging and developing relationships with prime ministers, with cabinet minister, legislator, businessmen, aid workers, and everyone else in between. There isn't another member of congress that has traveled in Ethiopia and engaged with the Ethiopian government and the Ethiopian people more than I have. I say this for a reason and that is to show that I know something about Ethiopia. And I know we've been there before. What happened last week happened before and people don't even know it. They passed a negative resolution on Ethiopia by voice vote. "

 

Senator Portman: (7:25 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to former First Lady Barbara Bush.
    • "She believed the world would be a better place if everyone could read, write, and comprehend, and the Barbara Bush for literacy continues to do amazing work. She has touched the lives of so many young people and adults. She accomplished a lot more in her distinguished life. She was dignified, straightforward, witty, well intentioned. She had a habit of speaking her mind freely, and sometimes that got her into a little bit of trouble. But, frankly when she did that, almost all of us nodded our head in agreement. Interestingly, her secret service code name was tranquility. For anyone who knew her personally, that might have seemed to be an odd code name. Probably she chose that code name herself, by the way. She wasn't always tranquil. In fact she was sometimes feisty, famously so."

Brown, Whitehouse, Heitkamp

Executive Session (Bridenstine Nomination)

Apr 18 2018

Senator Brown: (5:44 p.m.)

  • Spoke on Coast Guard reauthorization.
    • "This bill unfortunately with that amendment sets us back. We need to keep invasive species out of Lake Erie, and we need to pass the Coast Guard bill. There is no reason we can't do both. I want to speak to that in a moment. First how vital Lake Erie is to my state. Lake Erie, 50% of the fish in all the great Lakes consider Lake Erie their habitat. Its waters are critical to farming and clean energy development and industry and regional economic competitiveness, from tourism in Kataba and Put-in-Bay, to family reunions, Lake Erie benefits our communities, it creates jobs in Ohio. But for more than half a century, that half a century going back to when I was a kid in the 1960's and saw what lake Erie looked like, keeping our lake healthy has been a constant struggle."
  • Spoke on the Export-Import Bank.
    • "Mr. President, right now American manufacturers, American workers aren't competing upon a level playing field with foreign competitors. The Export-Import Bank is a vital tool for manufacturers in Ohio, in other states it's helping them export Ohio products around the world. It's helping them compete in the global marketplace. But for an unbelievable three years, the Export-Import Bank has been forced to stop most of its work."

 

Senator Whitehouse: (5:56 p.m.)

  • Spoke on climate change.
    • "Thank you, Mr. President. When we think, Mr. President, about climate change, something we don't do much of in this body, we often think about rising global temperatures and heat waves. We think about changing weather patterns, stronger storms or sea level rise threatening coastal communities. We actually see these effects unfold across the U.S. and around the world, as heat records fall, winters shrink, and waters creep ever higher along our coastlines. We also see the economic consequences of climate change. Just last year, the United States suffered a record 16, 1-6, 16 separate billion-dollar weather disasters, adding up to well over $300 billion in damages."

 

Senator Heitkamp: (6:25 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the Export-Import Bank.
    • "It's the workers of this country. The workers who have lost jobs because we do not have a functioning Export-Import Bank, the workers whose opportunity to earn a living has been compromised because we don't have an Export-Import Bank that is functioning. The workers who are now handed a big 50-pound weight against as Chinese worker when the Chinese are pumping money into their export agency and competing unfairly because we don't have an Export-Import Bank. Can we just for a minute be for the workers? The Export-Import Bank does not cost the taxpayer, and has not cost the taxpayers, a dime. In fact, it returns money to the treasury. It is a win-win, but yet here we are, based on strictly ideological grounds, arguing the value of the Export-Import Bank."

Gardner, Schumer, McConnell, Cantwell, Thune

Executive Session (Bridenstine Nomination)

Apr 18 2018

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

  • Spoke on the nomination of Mike Pompeo to be Secretary of State.
    • "We have also seen incredible partisan obstruction threatened on his nomination. The absurd levels of partisanship in this chamber are a stain on our institution. We see it at every level of nomination from ambassadorships to commissions to boards, and now we see it at the level of the secretary of state, a position that will be instrumental in denuclearizing the North Korean regime. Director Pompeo had his confirmation hearing last week before the Senate foreign relations committee where he reiterated again, and we now know that this committee hearing, his testimony took place after he had visited Kim Jong-un, and in this committee, he stated I want to be - he made it very clear that our goal remains the complete and verifiable, irreversible denuclearization."

 

Senator Schumer: (5:23 p.m.)

  • Spoke on Coast Guard authorization.
    • "Now, Mr. President, the Senate routinely reauthorizes the Coast Guard, much like the defense act, which shouldn't be a terribly partisan issue, never has been. We all deeply respect the work of the Coast Guard and recognize the heroism of the men and women who serve in that capacity. But unfortunately the Republican majority slipped a poison pill rider into this otherwise noncontroversial bill that would repeal part of the clean water act. That's why the Coast Guard reauthorization bill failed today. The rider would prohibit the E.P.A. and the states from regulating solution and invasive species from the ballast water of large vessels. Instead, it would let the Coast Guard set regulations. An agency that doesn't have the environmental expertise of the E.P.A. This is a massive change to the Clean Water Act."

 

Senator McConnell: (5:29 p.m.)

  • Spoke on Coast Guard authorization.
    • "Today Senate Democrats have filibustered legislation to reauthorize funding for our Coast Guard. In a dangerous world, the brave men and women of the Coast Guard are always ready for the call, whether it be to interdict drugs, secure our ports, or conduct daring maritime rescues. They citizen our support. They don't deserve a filibuster for the sake of political posturing. So let's have a little plain talk about why the bill failed. Democrats filibustered this legislation because it contains an eminently sensible bipartisan provision to streamline regulations for the mariners and vessel on others who drive America's maritime economy."

 

Senator Cantwell: (5:33 p.m.)

  • Spoke on Coast Guard reauthorization.
    • "Mr. President, I come to speak tonight because I did not support the coast guard bill as it came out of committee because we did want to see changes to it. The legislation that was brought up, the final language on Monday night, gave our colleagues very little time to consider it. Washington State is very proud of the rich maritime heritage that the coast guard provides and our fishermen, our tribes, our shipbuilders, our sea trade, our thriving coastal tourism all count on us working together for our maritime economy. Thousands of northwest fishermen call Washington State home and over 35,000 Washington State jobs are supported by the Alaska fishery and the ports of Tacoma and Seattle are combined to be the fourth largest container gateway in the United States."

 

Senator Thune: (5:38 p.m.)

  • Spoke on Coast Guard reauthorization.
    • "But the issue was a matter under the jurisdiction of this committee, the commerce committee, and for the information of the Senate, this part of the bill has been introduced has a stand-alone bill, Senate bill 168. It was referred to the Commerce Committee, not the E.P.W. Committee. The chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee agrees with that. So I don't know this argument that somehow this is not under the committee's jurisdiction is probably, you know, one issue I guess I would raise just an objection - I guess just in objection to the senator from Washington's request."

Toomey, Alexander

Executive Session (Muniz Nomination)

Apr 18 2018

Senator Toomey: (4:06 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to the Sikh community of Pennsylvania.
    • "I want to thank them and all of the members of the Sikh community who made this trip down to Washington, D.C., to participate in a celebration for an important holiday and to raise awareness about the Sikh community. Sikhism has been around for nearly 600 years. It originated in India in the 15th century. Today there are about 30 million Sikhs who live in countries all around the world, making it one of the world's largest religions. Sikhism believes that every individual, regardless of sex, gender, race, or creed is equal before God."

 

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

  • Spoke in tribute to former First Lady Barbara Bush.
    • "John Meacham wrote the biography of George H.W. Bush, Barbara Bush's husband, to great acclaim. He had access to the diaries of president bush and Barbara Bush that was almost unparalleled with any other biographer's experience. So as a biographer who told us a lot about those two individuals. I thought a better name for John Meacham's book, it was named "Destiny and Power," which must have been a proper name because it sold a lot, would be "The last gentleman." If I were to make a really accurate suggestion about the title of the book, I would call it "The last gentleman and his lady" or maybe the - "The last gentleman and his very independent lady.""

Isakson, Markey

Executive Session (Muniz Nomination)

Apr 18 2018

Senator Isakson: (3:25 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to John A. Williams.
    • "Mr. President, the senate is a great place and to be able to speak here is a great honor, whether you're discussing your belief on an issue of great importance, honoring a friend, or on rare occasions but all too often when you get to be my age, pay tribute to somebody who's given so much and passed away. Such has happened in my state this past Monday on the 16th of April when John a. Williams died. 74 years old. John Williams was a giant in every weigh in our state. He's a giant entrepreneur. He founded two great companies, one of them Post Properties, the largest apartment read on the New York Stock Exchange started in 1993, built it to all new heights. Most recently he started preferred apartment communities and done the same with it, employing thousands of people and thousands of units for housing and Americans and set the pace of housing in his career."

 

Senator Markey: (3:51 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of James Bridenstine to be NASA Administrator.
    • "NASA has officially stated that, quote, diversity and inclusion are integral to mission success. But in a 2013 speech on the floor of the United States House of Representatives, Congressman Bridenstine declared, quote, marriage exists to bring a man and a woman together as husband and wife to be father and mother to children. He has stated repeatedly that he would support a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman. Congressman Bridenstine's personal views and voting record against people that identify as LGBTQ should immediately disqualify him from consideration for leading this diverse agency."

Alexander, Cornyn, Murray, Merkley

Executive Session (Muniz Nomination)

Apr 18 2018

Senator Alexander: (2:13 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Carlos Muniz to be General Counsel of the Department of Education.
    • "I came to the floor last week to ask for this vote because I believe Mr. Muniz has been subjected to unreasonable delays. For example, Mr. Muniz was nominated by the president on June 6 of last year, 315 days ago. He's been pending on the floor since we reported him out of health, education, labor and pensions committee on October 18, 2017, 181 days ago. In other words, he's been waiting six months following his approval by the relevant committee for the senate to consider this nomination. So it's time to confirm him. Time to give Secretary Devos, an attorney and a general counsel."

 

Senator Cornyn: (2:17 p.m.)

  • Spoke on in tribute to former First Lady Barbara Bush.
    • "My wife, sandy and I have wonderful memories of Mrs. Bush flying around the state of Texas with us during my campaign for attorney general, that the former first lady of the United States was so willing to embark on this long day of campaigning speaks to her generosity and her devotion to causes she believed in. With her we always felt like we were flying in first class. Many kind things have already been said about the first lady's sharp wit and her sense of humor, her efforts to improve child literacy and her faith and loyalty to family and friends and all of those are true."
  • Spoke on the nomination of Mike Pompeo to be Secretary of State.
    • "The junior senator from Virginia added that Pompeo has a keen understanding of the C.I.A.'s role and was knowledgeable about our nation's cyber threats. Those seem like pretty nice compliments and pretty accurate assessments to me. But now some Democrats are saying they oppose Pompeo's nomination for the State Department and on what ground? Is the C.I.A. any less important a job than the State Department? To be for Director Pompeo as director of the Central Intelligence Agency and against him for secretary of state seems to be unreconcilable. Some have attempted to justify their opposition saying he is somehow anti-diplomacy but that claim is frankly false."
  • Spoke on tax reform.
    • "The good news is that the worst is behind us. As the majority leader wrote recently, there's a silver lining. Simply put, it's out with the old and in with the new. Yesterday was the last time American families will have to file under the unfair, convoluted and outdated tax code that Congress and the president got rid of a few months ago. Unfortunately, none of our Democratic colleagues supported the tax cuts and jobs act, none. All of them voted in lockstep no. That's right, every single Democrat in the House and every single Democrat in the Senate voted to block tax cuts for working families."

 

Senator Murray: (2:32 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Carlos Muniz to be General Counsel of the Department of Education.
    • "And it's absolutely critical that every student, no matter what age, is learning in a safe environment, free from discrimination, harassment, and violence. This should be at the core of our nation, that everyone has the trite a high-quality education no matter where they live or how they learn or how much money their parents make. Mr. President, as general counsel to the Department of Education, Mr. Muniz would be responsible for providing legal advice and assistance to Secretary Devos, and her first year in office has shown how much she needs it. Secretary Devos continues to push her extreme privatization agenda even though millions of students and parents and the teachers have stood up and rejected it."
  • Spoke on the nomination of James Bridenstine to be NASA Administrator.
    • "Since he was nominated to the -- to be administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, I have been expressing very strong and very serious concerns, and I wanted to come to the floor today to once again call on my colleagues to reject this nomination and to call on President Trump to send us a nominee that is worthy of the great legacy and incredible potential of our civil space program. My deep concerns with Representative Bridenstine fall into two categories. First of all, his fitness for leadership of an agency that is steeped in science, given his clear lack of understanding of basic scientific issues. And, secondly, his ability to lead an inclusive and forward-looking agency given his history of hateful, demeaning, and divisive comments and positions."

 

Senator Merkley: (2:42 p.m.)

  • Spoke on single-payer healthcare.
    • "Fortunately we have just such an option. It's called Medicare. It's time tested. It's well vetted. It's admired and desired by our seniors. And today Chris Murphy and I are introducing the Choose Medicare Act which creates a Medicare option for all. Putting consumers and businesses in the driver's seat on the pathway to universal health care. With the Choose Medicare Act, we affirm that here in America, health care is not a privilege for the wealthy and well connected. It is a right and a fundamental value to have health care for all. I'm pleased that we have been joined in introducing this today with nine of our additional colleagues as original cosponsors. Senators Baldwin and Senator Blumenthal and Senator Booker, Senator Harris and Senator Heinrich, Senator Shaheen and Senator Schatz, Senator Gillibrand and Senator Udall."

Wicker, Crapo

The Auto Lending CRA Resolution of Disapproval (S. J. Res. 57)

Apr 18 2018

Senator Wicker: (11:40 a.m.)

  • Spoke on Coast Guard reauthorization.
    • "And to pick up on something that we were mentioning a few moments ago, not only does this legislation have the support of the Chamber of Commerce and 
      business associations around the country, job creation associations around the country, it has the support of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, the International Longshoremen Association, the International Union of Operating Engineers, and metal trades, AFL-CIO, maritime trades AFL-CIO. I could go on and on, again, pointing out that this legislation has support from both labor and management."

 

Senator Crapo: (11:50 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the auto lending rule.
    • "The first of those votes will be a vote on a resolution brought to the Senate by Senator Moran and Senator Toomey to reject a rule proposed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's 2013 action in which it sought to assert jurisdiction over auto finance guidance. I use the word rule guardedly, though, because as you will see from my remarks, this was an end run by the CFPB in two ways. First, the CFPB doesn't have jurisdiction over auto finance and, second, the CFPB did not use the Administrative Procedures Act to adopt a rule. It sought to implement a rule through a process of issuing a guidance to avoid the scrutiny and the legal challenges to its effort to assert this jurisdiction."

Sullivan, Booker, Nelson

The Auto Lending CRA Resolution of Disapproval (S. J. Res. 57)

Apr 18 2018

Senator Sullivan: (10:41 a.m.)

  • Spoke on Coast Guard authorization.
    • "The coast guard is under the jurisdiction of the Commerce Committee, not the armed services committee and is under the executive branch jurisdiction of the Department of Homeland Security, not the Pentagon. But it's still an incredibly important organization for all of us. So that's what we're doing today. We are going to vote on a bill, the Coast Guard Authorization Act that we should be moving every year just like we move the NDAA because the men and women serving in the coast guard are some of America's finest citizens. I see my colleague from Mississippi, Senator Wicker, join me on the floor, but we have been working on this bill, the Coast Guard Authorization Act, for about a year now. We faced a lot of roadblocks, and we have moved forward on a bipartisan basis to finally get this important bill to the floor."

 

Senator Booker: (11:06 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the auto lending rule.
    • "This is a radical departure from a norm on statutory interpretation that will change the scope of the Congressional Review Act. What then could possibly so important and so urgent that today we would break from longstanding tradition and have a vote on something that could set an entirely new precedence for this body. What is the guidance of the Trump Administration and Republican leadership in this body are going so far out of their way to undo? What this guidance does is very simply and very clearly is try to prevent discrimination in purchasing. In 2013, the consumer financial protection bureau put this in place after well documented discrimination against Americans of color when financing the purchase of a car."

 

Senator Nelson: (11:22 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of James Bridenstine to be NASA Administrator.
    • "He was voted out of the committee on party lines and senators on both sides of the aisle have expressed doubts both publicly and privately to me on his qualifications for the job. The NASA administrator should be a consummate space professional. That's what this senator wants, a space professional, not a politician as the head of NASA. And that space professional ought to be technically and scientifically competent and a skilled executive. More importantly, the administrator must be a leader who has the ability to bring us together to unite scientists and engineers and commercial space interests and policymakers and the public on a shared vision for future space exploration."

Toomey, Schumer, Moran

The Auto Lending CRA Resolution of Disapproval (S. J. Res. 57)

Apr 18 2018

Senator Toomey: (9:46 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the auto lending rule.
    • "I understand people might like the CFPB's rule, which I don't, but to suggest that somehow because they issued it through a guidance rather than through the appropriate rule making process, that we somehow shouldn't be using the congressional review act I think is completely mistaken. First of all, there is the C.R.A.'s definition of a rule. It's very broad and intentionally so. I will quote in part that definition. It says the whole or a part of an agency's statement of general or particular applicability. The text says nothing about limiting the Congressional Review Act procedural device to formal rule makings that followed from the Administrative Procedures Act. It's much broader than that. Instead it says whole or part of an agency's statement."

 

Senator Schumer: (10:18 a.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to former First Lady Barbara Bush.
    • "First, Mr. President, I'd like to send my heartfelt condolences to the bush family for the passing of the former first lady Barbara Bush. Simply put, Mrs. Bush was the personification of grace and class, as first lady and as a human being throughout her life. She will be missed by people on both sides of the aisle and by all Americans."
  • Spoke on the Trump Administration's foreign policy.
    • "Does anyone at the White House talk to each other? Is there a coordinated strategy? Or is our foreign policy completely subject to the president's fleeting whims, changing as they do day to day, moment to moment, often guided by what some commentator say says on television? Unfortunately, that's what it looks like from the outside. And it's going to put America and our interests abroad in danger. Predictability, consistency is not boring. It lets our allies know that we'll support them and our adversaries know that we cannot get away with violating international norms. The erratic nature of this administration's foreign policy exemplified by the abrupt reversal of Nikki Haley's announcement is something all Americans should be worried about."
  • Spoke on China.
    • "Now, on another matter, trade -- the president and I don't agree on a whole lot but on the issue of China's rapacious trading policies, we see eye to eye. Presidents from both parties, in my estimation, have failed to act strongly enough against the threat posed by China. President Trump, unlike both Presidents Bush and Obama, is finally doing something about it. I remain disappointed, however, that the president passed up the opportunity once again to label China a currency manipulator. Nonetheless, yesterday a really good thing happened."
  • Spoke on the pending legislative items.
    • "President Trump during his campaign would often wonder aloud about what these folks had to lose by voting for him. Now we know. The Republican majority seems intent on putting forward heavily partisan bills that have no chance of passing or little practical impact but are simply designed to be divisive. That's not going to get us anywhere. And it's turning the Senate, which all of us want to be a deliberative, bipartisan body, into a bit of a farce this week. No debate, no amendments. So I'd suggest to my colleagues on the other side, let's get back to pursuing bipartisan accomplishments that actually advance the interests of the American worker, the American consumer, and the middle class."

 

Senator Moran: (10:37 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the auto lending rule.
    • "I want to make certain that my colleagues understand that agencies and departments still would be encouraged to put out guidance to ensure appropriate compliance with the law. This ought not have any chilling effect, this C.R.A. resolution ought not have a chilling effect on guidance because guidance is a useful tool. It can be helpful to those who are being regulated, but it needs to be issued for traditional purposes. Guidelines for complying with federal law. One of the CFPB's errors was in issuing this guidance in this instance, and then they proceeded down the path of an aggressive enforcement action in search of, quote, market-tipping settlements."

McConnell

Opening Remarks

Apr 18 2018

Today -

  • The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of S. J. Res 57, the auto lending CRA, with the time until 12:00 p.m. equally divided between the managers or their designees.
  • At 12:00 p.m., the Senate will VOTE on adoption of S. J. Res 57, the auto lending CRA.
  • Following disposition of S. J. Res 57, the Senate will VOTE on cloture on the motion to concur in the House Amendment, with a further amendment, to S. 140, the vehicle for the Coast Guard reauthorization bill.
  • Under a previous order, at 1:00 p.m. the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #376, Carlos G. Muniz, of Florida, to be General Counsel of the Department of Education with one hour of debate remaining equally divided between Senator Gillibrand or her designee and Senator Alexander or his designee on the nomination. 
  • Following the use or yielding back of that time, the Senate will VOTE on confirmation of Executive Calendar #376, Carlos G. Muniz, of Florida, to be General Counsel of the Department of Education.
  • Note: on Monday, April 16, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #609, James Bridenstine, of Oklahoma, to be Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

 

Senator McConnell: (9:37 a.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to former First Lady Barbara Bush.
    • "To the American people whom she lovingly served as an exemplary first lady, she was one of the most respected and well-liked public figures of her generation. And to five children, 17 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and all the family that Barbara Bush leaves behind at the age of 92, she was a beloved matriarch. On all accounts, she was equally capable of building up those she loved most and poking fun at them when they deserved it. Put simply, Barbara was a founding partner of the most influential political family of our era. The epic love story of George Bush and Barbara Pierce began at a Christmas dance in 1941. The intimacy of wartime love letters beat back the vastness of oceans and they married just weeks after George returned from the Pacific."
  • Spoke on the auto lending rule.
    • "Just like the historic 15 times we've already used the Congressional Review Act, the goal here is simple - we want to protect consumers and job creators from needless interference by the federal bureaucracy. Today, thanks to Senators Moran and Toomey, we'll make it 16. We can nullify a particularly egregious overstep by President Obama's Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and notch another victory in this congress' record of rolling back overregulation."
  • Spoke on Coast Guard reauthorization.
    • "Today, as ever, the United States calls on our Coast Guard to carry out critical safety and security missions with little room for error. Just last year coast guard personnel stopped over $7 billion in illegal drugs and contraband from crossing our borders. They guarded and maintain shipping lanes and they risk their lives to lead heroic rescues after hurricanes Maria and Irma. In addition to authorizing funding for the Coast Guard, this legislation includes a bipartisan measure that is particularly important to states with navigable inland waterways. I'm very proud to have worked with Senators Wicker, Sullivan, and Thune to make sure this was included in Kentucky, 1,900 miles of navigable waterways are used to ship products."
  • Spoke on tax reform.
    • "What outrage brought leading Democrats to join in protest on the east front of the capitol? It turns out it was the fact that Republicans let middle-class families and American small businesses keep more of their own money. That's right. The Democrats are rallying to repeal the tax cuts. Never mind that our own pro-growth tax reform has led to $1,000 bonuses, pay raises, educational opportunities or other new benefits for literally millions of Americans. Democrats still want to repeal it. Never mind the new estimate that says tax reform will yield more than a million new jobs in the next decade."