Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018

Monday, August 27 -

  • The Senate will convene at 4:00 p.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #994, Lynn A. Johnson, of Colorado, to be an Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services.
  • At 5:30 p.m., the pending cloture motions will ripen.
  • Note: on Wednesday, August 22, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #994, Lynn A. Johnson, of Colorado, to be an Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services.
  • Note: on Wednesday, August 22, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #910, Richard Clarida, of Connecticut, to be Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
  • Note: on Wednesday, August 22, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #911, Richard Clarida, of Connecticut, to be a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
  • Note: on Wednesday, August 22, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #783, Joseph H. Hunt, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Attorney General.
  • Note: on Wednesday, August 22, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #720, Isabel Marie Keenan Patelunas, of Pennsylvania, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury.
  • Note: on Wednesday, August 22, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #633, Terry Fitzgerald Moorer, of Alabama, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Alabama.
  • Note: on Wednesday, August 22, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #635, R. Stan Baker, of Georgia, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Georgia.
  • Note: on Wednesday, August 22, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #636, Charles Barnes Goodwin, of Oklahoma, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma.
  • Note: on Wednesday, August 22, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #674, Barry W. Ashe, of Louisiana, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana.
  • Note: on Wednesday, August 22, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #676, James R. Sweeney II, of Indiana, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Indiana.
  • Note: on Wednesday, August 22, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #692, Susan Paradise Baxter, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
  • Note: on Wednesday, August 22, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #693, Marilyn Jean Horan, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
  • Note: on Wednesday, August 22, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #731, William F. Jung, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida.
  • Note: on Wednesday, August 22, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #779, Dominic Lanza, of Arizona, to be United States District Judge for the District of Arizona.
  • Note: on Wednesday, August 22, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #782, Charles J. Williams of Iowa, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Iowa.
  • Note: on Wednesday, August 22, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #838, Robert R. Summerhays, of Louisiana, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana.
  • Note: on Wednesday, August 22, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #893, Alan D. Albright, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Texas.

 

Senator Hatch: (5:37 p.m.)

  • Spoke on sports betting.
    • "I'd like to say upfront that I'm not a fan of sports betting. I have grave concerns about gambling in general and sports betting in particular. There's no question that sports betting like other types of gambling and addictive behavior has ruined far too many lives. And to those deleterious social effects, the threat sports betting poses to the integrity of the game. And you can see why the prohibition on sports wagering in the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act passed the Senate 88-5. I authored this legislation and fought tooth and nail to get it passed because I knew without it, sports gambling would corrupt the integrity of the game. Despite these views, I'm also a realist."
  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Why hasn't the "New Yorker" written a think piece about it already? If you want to really understand Judge Kavanaugh's view on the constitutional separation of powers, you won't read about it in the college newspapers or reading his wife's work e-mails. You will find it by reading judge Kavanaugh's actual opinions as a federal judge. Of course, Democrats know this. But like a kid procrastinating his homework, playing video games and microwaving bagel bites, they are looking for any distraction to analyzing Judge Kavanaugh's judicial record. That's because Democrats know what they'll find when they do, a nominee who is indisputably qualified for the Supreme Court."

Whitehouse

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 6157)

Aug 23 2018

Senator Whitehouse: (3:52 p.m.)

  • Spoke on U.S. energy policy.
    • "And even if you're not a farmer or even if you don't care about or live near a forest, even if you have no interest in the outdoors, even if you don't live on or visit the coast, you are a part of the American economy and the American economy is going to take a whack from our failure to do right by the environment and from our failure to win the transition to a low-carbon economy. We are all involved in this together, and we are all in that sense made losers and made a mockery of by this ridiculous rule. The only other thing I'd add is we're a country that has for a long time been proud of our reputation and our example. One of our presidents said the power of our example has always mattered more than any example of our power."

Burr, Bennet, Sasse, Merkley

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 6157)

Aug 23 2018

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

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "We have a falls called the Cawtawba falls. It's a popular falls in North Carolina. But the trail to get to the falls is over private land. Therefore, those who venture there for the recreational benefits and beauty of the falls find a circuitous route to get there, and in many cases we have individuals that become injured, and this becomes very costly to local emergency services because when you extract somebody from an inholding that you have no public access to, you have to airlift those individuals out. The foothills conservancy recognized this need and this wonderful land trust was able to move quickly when the landowner became willing to sell for public access."

 

Senator Bennet: (3:32 p.m.)

  • Spoke on U.S. energy policy.
    • "President Trump has campaigned for years on the idea that there's a war on coal ignoring his own Department of Energy's observation that the reason why coal has fallen as a source of our energy is that natural gas because of the ingenuity of the American people has become so cheap. That's what displays coal but he ignores it like he ignores economic reality after economic reality. This is not going to help Colorado. We added 230,000 outdoor recreation jobs and we got 170,000 ag jobs that are inseparably linked to the stability of our climate change. Colorado does not have the luxury of operating in a fictitious economy."

 

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

  • Spoke on the possibility of the dismissal of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
    • "I rise today to speak to the issue of the leadership of the Department of Justice. Mr. Sasse: It's been a change couple of hours. Lots and lots of goofy talk about firing the attorney general. And I've - I would just like to say in public what I've been saying to my colleagues in a message I just communicated to the president of the United States. And that is that it would be a very, very, very bad idea to fire the attorney general because he's not executing his job as a political hack. That is not the job of the attorney general. The attorney general's job is to be faithful to the Constitution and to the rule of law. Jeff Sessions just had to issue a statement about two hours ago which I would like to read."

 

Senator Merkley: (3:44 p.m.)

  • Spoke on U.S. energy policy.
    • "Carbon pollution that has all kinds of effects we're seeing across the country from raging forest fires in the northwest with my state covered in smoke to the stronger, more powerful hurricanes that hit my colleague from Texas' city of Houston to my colleague from Florida's cities in Florida to the impact across the country on agriculture, the impact with greater droughts in some cases greater floods in others. One of the single, most effective steps that can be taken is to reduce the amount of carbon pollution from power plants, power plants and transportation. Let's be clear."

Paul, Durbin, Cornyn

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 6157)

Aug 23 2018

Senator Paul: (2:59 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "But the dirty little secret is that Republican leadership is blocking my amendment to defund Planned Parenthood. That's right. The Republican leadership has filled the amendment tree to block my defund Planned Parenthood amendment. But how can that be? Surely Republican leadership doesn't favor abortion funding? The answer is a curious one. The truth is that Republican leadership favors bloated government spending more than they care about plan the parenthood. This appropriations bill before us exceeds the spending caps by nearly $100 billion. Big spending Republicans fear that blocking funding for Planned Parenthood would derail their plans to greatly expand the welfare warfare state."

 

Senator Durbin: (3:04 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "Planned Parenthood provides health care for millions of women across the United States and Planned Parenthood provides family planning so that these women could avoid unplanned pregnancies which sadly in many cases lead to abortion. So regardless of your position on abortion, the position of the planned parenthood and counseling families so they can control the number of children is to avoid unplanned pregnancy and the likelihood of an abortion procedure following. It is for that reason that I have consistently voted against Senator Paul when he stands here to defund Planned Parenthood and will today."

 

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

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "The Paul Amendment is a germane amendment. It should be taken up and passed with a majority vote in the United States Senate. This counterproposal asks that a 60-vote threshold be set for the Paul amendment which obviously would make it much less likely that it would actually pass. I think that makes a whole lot more sense is having a vote on the Paul amendment as a standalone to defund planned parenthood with the majority vote of 50."

Cornyn, Carper

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 6157)

Aug 23 2018

Senator Cornyn: (2:12 p.m.)

  • Spoke on Hurricane Harvey.
    • "Mr. President, this Saturday marks the one-year anniversary of hurricane Harvey making land fall on the Texas gulf coast. What began morphed into a tropical disturbance and strengthened into a full-blown category 4 hurricane. This is not your average hurricane by any means. Dropping a few buckets of rain, maybe soaking through floorboards or tearing off a shingle or two on a roof. This was a juggernaut. First it crashed into the San Jose Island off the coast of Rockport with wind gusts measured as high as 145 miles an hour. It's hard to know what that means until you see it up close and personal. Or so I'm told. Two days after landfall, I saw the wreckage firsthand with Mayor C.J. Wax and Governor Greg Abbott."

 

Senator Carper: (2:33 p.m.)

  • Spoke on climate change.
    • "So instead of building on the Obama administration's forward-looking environmental standard, this administration has taken pride in tearing the protections apart. This administration's so-called clean energy proposal fails to provide energy with the certainty needed to make clean energy investment for the future and also providing an uncertain future for generations to come. People say at least maybe from where I'm from - might be North Carolina, my wife is from North Carolina. She tells me they say this as well in North Carolina, Mr. President. You can put lipstick on a pig but it's still a pig."

Murphy, Flake, Barrasso

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 6157)

Aug 23 2018

Senator Murphy: (1:04 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "Reports this morning suggest that Secretary Devos is planning to do the bidding of the firearms industry and put our kids at risk by allowing federal funds to be used to arm teachers in direct contravention of federal law. I have offered an amendment that will reiterate what has been the policy of this congress, not Congress in general, but this congress that federal funds should not be used to arm teachers. First let me speak about why we have taken that position as a congress, why Republicans and Democrats have voted for legislation that prohibits federal dollars for being used to arm teachers."

 

Senator Flake: (1:13 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "Sailors are going on longer and longer deployments because the ships that are actually needed to rotate them on are not ready to sail. It's important to remember the priority of this bill is not the parochial interest of members of Congress, but rather the needs of the armed forces. I am proposing an amendment to keep the cost also under this bill of the military parade that the president would like to put on next year at a reasonable amount. Recent reports have indicated that local D.C. officials claim the parade would cost up to $92 million, which is significantly higher than the $10 million to $30 million originally estimated by the White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mitch Mulvaney."

 

Senator Barrasso: (1:19 p.m.)

  • Spoke on Republican economic policy.
    • "Last Friday, "The Wall Street journal" had an article with the headline youth unemployment hits 52-year low. 52-year low. For people between the ages of 16 and 24, this is the best job market that we have had since 1966. The article went on to say that more opportunities are available to groups that historically have struggled to find jobs. People are getting opportunities, Mr. President, because the American economy is booming. Since President Trump was elected, we have gotten more than four million additional Americans working. The economy grew at a rate at more than 4% last quarter. The Atlanta branch of the Federal Reserve is predicting that we're going to have another 4% growth this quarter. So people are seeing the effect of the booming economy in their paychecks and in their lives."

Durbin, Grassley, Brown, Merkley

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 6157)

Aug 23 2018

Senator Durbin: (12:25 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "Have you heard of a drug pricing proposal that is supported by both Democratic and Republican senators? The American Association of Retired Persons, the American Medical Association, the Federation of American Hospitals, America's health insurance plans, 76% of the American people, President Trump, and the Department of Health and Human Services? What kind of kind of idea can this be that that is has that kind of bipartisan support in Congress as well as in the white house? Well, Senator Grassley and I have a simple amendment to the spending bill that is before us which provides $1 million for the Health and Human Services Department to issue rules regarding price tags on direct-to-consumer ads for prescription drugs."

 

Senator Grassley: (12:33 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "Remember maybe 40 years ago, I don't think it's 50 years ago, Congress passed legislation that you had to have a window sticker on cars of the cost of the cars so consumers wouldn't be - go back and forth between dealers. You can't go to a gas station without knowing what it costs. And then the - even the pharmaceutical companies themselves want to educate consumers with these ads, and I've always supported the advertising of - of these pharmaceutical drugs, but they want to - they want to educate you not only about the value of their drugs but down to the bottom and then half the ad usually tells you if you take this drug, what the side effects are going to do, maybe implying that it is even life dangerous."

 

Senator Brown: (12:41 p.m.)

  • Spoke on Republican economic policy.
    • "Every time Wall Street asks for something, Republican leadership, Senator McConnell's office down the hall, Speaker Ryan's office way down the hall and President Trump, they all want to do something for Wall Street. 25% greater profits than a year ago. Why does this Congress continue to do the bidding of Wall Street at the expense of Main Street? During the year and a half of President Trump, we've seen wages go down, we've seen profits go up, we've seen the stock market go up, we've seen executive compensation go way up, we've seen the banks do especially well, yet wages, literally since President Trump has taken office, wages have declined in this country."

 

Senator Merkley: (12:55 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "It escapes no one's vision here in the United States senate that even those documents were vetted by a Republican lawyer, a partisan lawyer, who proceeded to have worked beforehand for the nominee. That is not transparent, that is not fair, and that does not allow us to have the full scope of the record. And furthermore, and I'll say this just in a summary format, there is an enormous conflict of interest here in which the president is attempting to print a get out of jail free card, out of the 25 nominees put forward, a list given to him, one of them had an expansive view that said the president of the united States cannot be indicted and the president of the United States cannot be investigated. That is the standard that says a president is above and beyond the law."

Cardin, Menendez, Manchin

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 6157)

Aug 23 2018

Senator Cardin: (11:58 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "This past week, Sally Michael, a distinguished leader in our community, died after a ten-year suffering from Alzheimer's. We lost her way too early to this disease. She was an extraordinary person, a professional civilian activist, advisors to governors, mayors, and legislators and left a great legacy. The park and people program in Baltimore, the super camps program. She helped start the Baltimore school for the arts. She developed private-sector partnerships working with government to get things done and was a very, very effective youth in our community and underserved areas benefit today from the programs that she started. I was very proud of my granddaughter Julia volunteered at one of these super camps this summer in Baltimore city."

 

Senator Menendez: (12:10 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "That then allowed an insurance company to discriminate against you and either deny you health care coverage or make the costs so exorbitant that it was impossible to be able to afford. The Affordable Care Act that I helped write ultimately eliminated that discrimination and the ability of insurance companies to do that. And in New Jersey alone, which has a little over 9 million people in the state, 3.8 million New Jerseyans have a preexisting condition. The president also said he replaced the affordable care act with, and I quote, something terrific. Well, there's nothing terrific about breaking a promise that threatens the lives and livelihoods of millions of families."

 

Senator Manchin: (12:23 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "This resolution will authorize the Senate Legal Counsel to intervene in this cruel lawsuit on behalf of the U.S. Senate to defend these men and women and children and fight for the right to affordable health care insurance. The Department of Justice has recklessly refused to defend the law and as a result, nearly 800,000 West Virginians – an that's 391,000 of them being chairman with asthma, diabetes, or women who dare to have a baby -- at risk of financial jeopardy if they get sick. But we have an opportunity today to stand up for the millions of Americans with preexisting conditions that are trusting us to protect their health care access."

Capito, Moran, Collins

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 6157)

Aug 23 2018

Senator Capito: (11:24 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "Re-fund sounds a little confusing and we've increased the maximum amount for Pell grants. This is a few highlights of this piece of legislation with a few critical resources that I think will make a big difference. So I know this bill will benefit my state of West Virginia because it recognizes the needs and opportunities facing our state and nation and it provides the resources we need to seize those opportunities, and it represents the first time in a long time we've worked together, we've worked across the aisle, we've been able to have our say as members, every single one of us, into where and how we want to see both defense and labor- H.H.S., these enormously impactful agencies and how they impact our lives."

 

Senator Moran: (11:34 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "The care and compassion that comes from one's heart, to see that people's lives are improved and families are changed as a result of the work. I also appreciate the opportunity to work on issues in which the mind kicks in, in which we can save significant dollars in our health care delivery system by finding the cure to Alzheimer's, delaying the onset of this horrific disease. It is estimated that by 2050, this number, this $259 billion to our health care system costs could rise as high as16 million people with Alzheimer's, from 5 million to 16 million, and carry the cost from that $259 billion to over $1 trillion. In fact, an individual develops Alzheimer's almost every single minute in our country."

 

Senator Collins: (11:42 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "But, I am delighted to be here today to shine a spotlight on the additional funding for Alzheimer's disease. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, it has been such a pleasure to work with my colleagues, including Senator Moran, Senator Capito, and our leader, Chairman Blunt, on this shared priority year after year. And I particularly want to recognize the extraordinary leadership of chairman blunt in making sure that adequate funding is provided for this devastating disease. Mr. President, Alzheimer's is the sixth-leading cause of death in this nation, and it is increasing at unprecedented rates."

Schumer, Blunt, Markey, Leahy

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 6157)

Aug 23 2018

Senator Schumer: (10:03 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the plea deal of Michael Cohen.
    • "And what did we hear from our Republican friends on the hill? Was this the moment when Republican leaders finally stood up and said, enough? Amazingly, practically not. Apparently my Republican colleagues cannot rouse themselves to offer even a word of criticism for a president now implicated in a federal crime. A president who casually tosses around the idea of pardoning his convicted former campaign chairman, a president who speaks favorably of that convicted felon because he didn't break while disparaging a former confidant for collaborating with law enforcement."
  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "I understand that my Republican colleagues don't want to delay hearings for Judge Kavanaugh, despite this overwhelmingly good reason to do so, made even more piquant by yesterday's events with Mr. Cohen and Mr. Manafort. I believe still Chairman Grassley, Leader McConnell should consider, given the president's legal trouble, given the fact that the majority of the Senate has not yet had a chance to review or even access Judge Kavanaugh's full records and what he might feel about executive power, I feel that we should hit the pause on the hearing. It makes logical sense. Senators should be wary of the unknowns in Judge Kavanaugh's hidden record."
  • Spoke on gun control.
    • "Well, the "Times" reported that Betsy Devos and the Trump administration have a plan to allow states and school districts to use federal funds that were intended to help high-poverty schools bring things like computer science, civics, mental health treatment, to instead by guns for teachers. Is that amazing? Unbelievable! Teachers don't want guns. They know it makes them a target, if god forbid a shooter comes no the school. And now Devos wants to take federal funds away from instruction so that the school district can buy guns for teachers? What is that all about?"

 

Senator Blunt: (10:17 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "Now, it doesn't sound like that will be a very big accomplishment, but in the standards of the last decade, it would be an incredible accomplishment to bring these bills to the floor, to allow them to be debated, to have them - allow them to be amended. We have a managers' package that would include a number of the 60 or so proposed amendments just on the labor, health and human services, education part of the bill. I don't know how that's exactly going to work out today, but I do know that we can take that managers' package to the conference and say this is what we agreed to as a managers' package, we're we can officially add it, every bit of it is germane to the bill, germane, in my view, of what could happen in conference."

 

Senator Markey: (10:30 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "When it comes to Alzheimer's itself, when I was a boy, President Kennedy said that the mission to the moon was what we should all be focused upon. Well, in the 21st century, it's the mission to the mind. It's to try to find ways in which in these labyrinthian passageways of human brains that we can find the clues that make it possible for us to find the cure. So I thank the senator from Missouri. I thank you, madam president, for giving me an opportunity to extend. There is no more important issue that we're going to be dealing with."

 

Senator Leahy: (11:20 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "Mr. President, as vice chairman of the Appropriations Committee, I'm sure I can also speak for the chairman of the Appropriations Committee, Senator Shelby. We appreciate this vote, this strong vote so we can move forward. We have spent a lot of time here on the floor, but what many people have not seen are the hours and hours and hours that a number of senators, both Republican and Democrat, have been working out and getting where we are, and then tens of hours more being done by our staff. I get e-mails sometimes at 1:00 in the morning because of negotiating. We are just within an hour of finishing and doing things that the senate, as Senator McConnell has pointed out, hasn't been able to do in words."

McConnell

Opening Remarks

Aug 23 2018

Today -

  • The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #994, Lynn A. Johnson, of Colorado, to be an Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services.
  • Note: on Tuesday, August 21, cloture was filed on Shelby Amendment #3695 to H.R. 6157, the minibus appropriations bill.
  • Note: on Tuesday, August 21, cloture was filed on H.R. 6157, the minibus appropriations bill.
  • Note: on Wednesday, August 22, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #994, Lynn A. Johnson, of Colorado, to be an Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services.
  • Note: on Wednesday, August 22, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #910, Richard Clarida, of Connecticut, to be Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
  • Note: on Wednesday, August 22, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #911, Richard Clarida, of Connecticut, to be a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
  • Note: on Wednesday, August 22, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #783, Joseph H. Hunt, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Attorney General.
  • Note: on Wednesday, August 22, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #720, Isabel Marie Keenan Patelunas, of Pennsylvania, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury.
  • Note: on Wednesday, August 22, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #633, Terry Fitzgerald Moorer, of Alabama, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Alabama.
  • Note: on Wednesday, August 22, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #635, R. Stan Baker, of Georgia, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Georgia.
  • Note: on Wednesday, August 22, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #636, Charles Barnes Goodwin, of Oklahoma, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma.
  • Note: on Wednesday, August 22, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #674, Barry W. Ashe, of Louisiana, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana.
  • Note: on Wednesday, August 22, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #676, James R. Sweeney II, of Indiana, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Indiana.
  • Note: on Wednesday, August 22, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #692, Susan Paradise Baxter, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
  • Note: on Wednesday, August 22, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #693, Marilyn Jean Horan, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
  • Note: on Wednesday, August 22, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #731, William F. Jung, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida.
  • Note: on Wednesday, August 22, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #779, Dominic Lanza, of Arizona, to be United States District Judge for the District of Arizona.
  • Note: on Wednesday, August 22, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #782, Charles J. Williams of Iowa, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Iowa.
  • Note: on Wednesday, August 22, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #838, Robert R. Summerhays, of Louisiana, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana.
  • Note: on Wednesday, August 22, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #893, Alan D. Albright, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Texas.

 

Senator McConnell: (9:41 a.m.)

  • Spoke on Democrat obstruction.
    • "Too many legislative priorities unfinished, too many uncontroversial completely qualified nominees left languishing on the Executive Calendar due to partisan obstruction and delays. Coming back to work this August was not a conventional decision, but, of course, there's nothing conventional about the historic level of obstruction which Senate Democrats have systematically visited on this administration's nominees, even for critical positions. President Trump's nominees have already been subjected to more than four times - four times -- as many cloture votes as the nominees of his six most recent predecessors combined -- combined - in their first two years."
  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "In my state of Kentucky, we're looking forward to increased funding for Pell Grants and for millions we have secured the support of work colleges like Maria College and Ellis Lloyd College. Kentuckians will benefit from new health centers to support patients struggling with addiction and from a new C.D.C. initiative to prioritize counties for funding most at risk of outbreaks of H.I.V. and hepatitis due to injection drug use. And of course the Department of Defense funding touches every single community that proudly calls itself home to the men and women of our armed services."
  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "His legal brilliance and his fair, open-minded approach have won him vocal praise from those in the know all across the political spectrum. Here's one quote. I think it's very hard for anyone who has worked before him, appeared before him frankly to say a bad word about him. I mean, this is an incredibly brilliant, careful person, legendary for his preparation. That's Neil Katyal who served as solicitor general to Barack Obama, describing Judge Kavanaugh. Here's another quote. Obama solicitor general Donald Verrilli. Judge Kavanaugh is a brilliant jurist. He carries out all phases of responsibilities of a judge in a way you would want, in an exemplary way."