Monday, May. 21, 2018


Executive Session (Baiocco Nomination)

May 21 2018

Senator Nelson: (4:32 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the recent shooting in Texas.
    • "It would have also picked up the shooter in the Orlando Pulse nightclub two years ago because he had been a member on the list of the terrorist watch list and had been taken off. And if those kinds of things are picked up in a comprehensive background search, then when a person goes to buy a gun, those kind of things will be picked up. But also we need to do more to provide our students with access to the mental health professionals they need. Now, it's becoming more and more apparent that this is - if we're not going to get, because of the N.R.A. locking down their votes, if we're not going to get anything on assault weapons or the gun show loophole or a comprehensive background check, then surely we ought to be able to come together in a bipartisan way to do something about mental health."

Hatch, Schumer, Cornyn

Executive Session (Baiocco Nomination)

May 21 2018

Senator Hatch: (3:10 p.m.)

  • Spoke on NAFTA.
    • "While speculation about time lines is natural, let me be clear, as I've said from the beginning of these talks, the most important thing for determining when and how Congress will vote on an eventual North American Free Trade Agreement outcome is the quality of the agreement. I understand that the current negotiations are about an existing agreement that American businesses and workers rely on in dealing with two of our largest trading partners. I understand that continuing negotiations means a level of uncertainty about these important relationships will continue to persist. Nevertheless, it is critical that the administration takes the time necessary to get these negotiations right. I believe the administration understands that."
  • Spoke on the situation in Puerto Rico.
    • "These and other provisions in the bill follow recommendations of the bipartisan congressional task force on economic growth in Puerto Rico. I had the opportunity of chairing that task force with four members from the House and four members from the Senate. We also made sure that the task force was evenly split with regard to political affiliation. I know such evenhanded bipartisanship and compromise is rare around here, but we were able to do it. We came up with a 125-page report that made many different suggestions. Not wanting that work to go to waste, Senator Rubio and I have been working hard to craft those proposals into this bill, and I am confident it truly embodies the purpose and bipartisan spirit of that bicameral task force."


Senator Schumer: (3:40 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the recent shooting in Texas.
    • "Mr. President, on Friday morning there was yet another shooting in a school in America. Another community torn apart by senseless violence. Another week when parents must bury their children. We're still learning the tragic details of what happened in Santa Fe, but the basic reality remains unchanged, far too many people are dying from gun violence. What we need now more than ever is substantive debate on gun violence. A real debate about universal background checks, a real debate about productive orders and a real debate on assault weapons."
  • Spoke on China.
    • "When it comes to being tough on crime to China's trading practice, I'm closer to President Trump than either President Obama or President Bush. When President Trump threatened tariffs on extortion of our intellectual property, I gave the president a pat on the back. We ought to be able to sell goods and services without turning over intellectual property. G.E. employs thousands in Schenectady, they know how to make turbines spin fast and not overheat. What did the Chinese did? They blackmailed G.E."
  • Spoke on the Mueller investigation.
    • "The Department of Justice is required to follow the law, not the political bidding of the president particularly when they're investigating him. The president's demand is a blatant abuse of executive power and an ill-informed sloppy attempt to discredit the dually constituted investigation led by the special counsel. As we speak, the president is reportedly meeting with justice department officials to press his case. Even after they've already called on the inspector general to look into this matter. The president's behavior is the kind of grossly autocratic behavior we'd expect in a banana republic, not a mature democracy."


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

  • Spoke on the recent shooting in Texas.
    • "He engaged in a killing spree. The dead included eight students and two teachers. A brave police officer was among the 13 wounded. When I heard of the shooting, I made plans to immediately to go to Santa Fe where I met with Governor Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Patrick, Senator Cruz and others. We spoke to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the F.B.I. representatives as well as Santa Fe independent school officials to find out what happened. Families there, of course, remain in shocked that something so terrible could happen in a small tucked away little community, one that was recently shaken by hurricane Harvey last fall and previously seemed far removed from the violence that has touched other parts of the country."

McConnell- Correction

Opening Remarks

May 21 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 #608, Dana Baiocco, of Ohio, to be a commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
  • At 5:30 p.m., the pending cloture motions will ripen.
  • Note: on Thursday, May 17, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #608, Dana Baiocco, of Ohio, to be a commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
  • Note: on Thursday May 17, cloture was filed on the motion to concur in the House Amendment to S. 2372.
  • Note: on Thursday, May 17, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #670, Jelena McWilliams, of Ohio, to be Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
  • Note: on Thursday, May 17, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #672, Jelena McWilliams, of Ohio, to be a member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
  • Note: on Thursday, Mary 17, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #618, James Randolph Evans, of Georgia, to be Ambassador to Luxembourg.
  • Note: the filing deadline for first-degree amendments to the House message accompanying S. 2372 will be 5:00 p.m.


Senator McConnell: (3:03 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the recent shooting in Texas.
    • "The Senate stands in mourning, sorrow with the students and faculty in Santa Fe, Texas. No community should ever be subject to such who are he and heartbreak. Our hearts go out to the families of those killed, to the winds who continue to battle injuries, to the first-responders who lept into action and to the Santa Fe community that rallied around them."
  • Spoke on the V.A. Mission Act.
    • "The V.A. Mission Act is a major milestone in an ongoing effort by Chairman Isakson and the Committee on Veterans' Affairs to ensure our nation fulfills its promises to our men and women in uniform, including more than 300,000 veterans in my home state of Kentucky. What Senator Isakson and his colleagues have put together is one of the most comprehensive reform packages for veterans' health care since the V.A. Was created back in 1930. It builds on the substantial success of the Veterans Choice Act and harnesses provisions of 15 different senate-introduced bills."
  • Spoke on the nomination of Dana Baiocco to be a commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
    • "Her resume speaks for itself. After receiving her J.D. cum laude from Duquesne University, she clerked in the western district of Pennsylvania before launching an impressive career in private practice. For two decks she has stood at the center of complicated cases and gained recognition for his mastery of the legal questions surrounding consumer safety. This experience makes Ms. Baiocco an ideal candidate to help the CPSC."
  • Spoke Republican economic policy.
    • "Our record use of C.R.A.'s is just one of the tools Republicans are using to get Washington out of the way of American workers and job creators. Republican tax reform is providing historic tax cuts for middle-class families and small businesses and it repealed the individual mandate penalty at the heart of Obamacare. Tomorrow the house will vote on the Senate-passed legislation championed by Senator Crapo, which will give community banks and credit unions relief from the crushing burden of complying with Dodd-Frank. And of course in the executive branch, the president's team has turned the page on the last administration's hostility toward American business."