Monday, Feb. 26, 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 #623, Elizabeth Branch, of Georgia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the 11th Circuit.
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30 p.m to 2:15 p.m to accommodate for the weekly policy lunches.
  • Note: all time during recess, adjournment, morning business and leader remarks will count post-cloture on the Branch nomination.  
  • Note: on Thursday, February 15, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #153, Russell Vought, of Virginia, to be Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget.
  • Note: on Thursday, February 15, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #437, A. Marvin Quattlebaum, of South Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina.
  • Note: on Thursday, February 15, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #438, Karen Gren Scholer, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas.
  • Note: on Thursday, February 15, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #439, Tilman Eugene Self III, of Georgia, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Georgia.
  • Note: on Thursday, February 15, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #536, Terry A. Doughty, of Louisiana, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana.

 

Senator Hoeven: (6:05 p.m)

  • Spoke in tribute to the U.S Olympic Women's Hockey Team.
    • "All told, the team won four games, including two 5-0 wins over Finland and Russia and finished as champions after a 3-2 victory over team Canada. Their achievement stands as a powerful example of hard work, perseverance, and collaboration. North Dakota's proud to be represented among the talented members of this team by two athletes, the Lamereaux twins, Joycelyn and Monique. These sisters are alumni of the University of North Dakota where they played three seasons of NCAA Women's Hockey. This was their third trip to the Olympics with team U.S.A, having won silver medals in 2010 and 2014, and of course now the gold in 2018."

 

Senator Brown: (6:08 p.m)

  • Spoke in tribute to two deceased Ohio police officers.
    • "Last month, Ohio laid to rest two remarkable public servants, Westerville Police Officers Eric Joring and Anthony Morella. Together, these men dedicated decades of their lives to the police force, giving the ultimate sacrifice to keep their fellow Ohioans safe. Officer Joring and Officer Morella were doing their jobs in responding to a desperate 911 call when they were tragically shot and killed. In the days since their passing, we have heard incredible stories of their service to their community, their fellow officers, and their families."
  • Spoke on the CFPB.
    • "The toy company Hasbro announced that it's introducing a new version of the board game monopoly. In this version, imagine this, players get rewarded, not punished, for cheating. You know, it's Wall Street 2018. It might be fun to be the banker in this new rigged version of monopoly when you're playing with game pieces and pretend money, but it's not so fun when you - if you were a Wells Fargo employee, not so fun if be you have been victimized by Equifax, not so fun if you are one of the millions of people who have had to go through the process to get restitution from your bank. Families get ripped off by shady payday lenders and get ripped off by big banks."

 

Senator Boozman: (6:31 p.m)

  • Spoke on tax reform.
    • "As a result, many have announced that they are passing some of these savings on to their employees who will now be seeking to grow and expand operations. As of today more than 350 companies have announced pay raises, bonuses, and/or 401(k) Increases benefiting over four million Americans. According to a recent national federation of independent business survey, 32% of small businesses believe now is a good time to expand, the highest level ever recorded by this survey. This is happening across the country and in Arkansas. Here are just a few examples of the companies headquartered in the - in Arkansas with a sizable presence in the state passing along savings to their employees through wage increases, bonuses, and other benefits, or giving to charity and/or making investments to grow their businesses and better serve customers."

Schumer, Casey, Hatch, Nelson, Isakson

Executive Session (Branch Nomination)

Feb 26 2018

Senator Schumer: (4:09 p.m)

  • Spoke on gun control.
    • "Their passion and eloquence has been a moral force for change. Thank God for these students. They are urging us now to have a debate in Congress about something very straightforward. What can we do to stop very dangerous guns from getting into the hands of very dangerous people? How can we keep America safe at our movie theaters and nightclubs, at concerts and churches, and above all, at our schools. We need to get something real and significant accomplished. The problem of gun violence in this country is too immediate for another delay, too severe for half measures. Now the president, President Trump, has been talking about comprehensive background checks."
  • Spoke on net neutrality.
    • "When we force a vote on this bill, Republicans in Congress will for the first time have the opportunity to right the administration's wrong and show the American people whose side are they on? The average consumer will once again side with the big corporate interests. Are they on the side of big internet service providers and corporations or are they on the side of consumers, entrepreneurs, start-ups, and small business owners? Tomorrow, there will be a net neutrality day of action here on the hill that I hope will focus the senate's attention on the issue. We have 60 legislative days to pass this C.R.A, and I urge every single one of my Republican colleagues to join us and help save the internet."

 

Senator Casey: (4:17 p.m)

  • Spoke in tribute to Marian B. Tasco.
    • "After leaving Bennett, Marion task moved to Philadelphia to be with her family and continue her education at Temple University. Again, working to pay her way through school, she attended classes at night until her graduation. While she maintained a strong interest in serving others, she decided that politics and government rather than education would be her venue for service. In 1959, Marion began her work for the city of Philadelphia as a clerk typist one in the Philadelphia police department's Cuban broker's division. Not long thereafter, as a result of her diligent work, she was promoted to clerk typist two."

 

Senator Hatch: (4:45 p.m)

  • Spoke on preventing school shootings.
    • "That's why later this week I will introduce the Students, Teachers, and Officers Preventing School Violence Act, or the STOP School Violence Act. My bill makes Department of Justice grants available to states to fund programs designed to reduce school violence. To that end, the STOP School Violence Act will fund four initiatives. First, it will provide grant funding for evidence-based training to prevent student violence against others and self, including training for local law enforcement officers, school personnel, and students. This is not just an active shooter training, but training designed to give students and teachers the knowledge to recognize and properly respond to warning signs or signals to stop school violence before it occurs."

 

Senator Nelson: (4:59 p.m)

  • Spoke on gun control.
    • "An AR-15 bullet, however, to the middle of the liver would cause so much bleeding and so much tissue damage that the patient would likely never make it to the trauma center to receive our care. She continues. As a doctor I feel I have a duty to inform the public of what I have learned as I have observed these wounds and cared for these patients. It is clear to me that an ar-15 or other high-velocity weapons, especially when fitted with a high capacity magazine have no place in a civilian gun cabinet. And she says, banning an ar-15 should not be a partisan issue. The senseless shootings are not going to stop until we change ourselves as a culture."

 

Senator Isakson: (5:12 p.m)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Elizabeth Branch to be United States Circuit Court Judge for the 11th Circuit.
    • "She's a great lady, a great lawyer, was named to the court of appeals in Georgia by Governor Nathan Neil and will serve in the circuit court of appeals with honor and privilege in the United States of America. Most importantly, on a personal note, as I make these remarks, I'm sure my father, Ed Isakson and his best friend Harold Russell are looking down from heaven today on this occasion and recognizing it for the following reason. When Lisa went with the firm, she went to work with a firm that represented my father and his company, a firm that represented me. She's not unknown to me as a person, as a lawyer, as a litigator. She's a great individual in our state and has served a great service to our state, will be a great judge for the United States of America."

Peters

Opening Remarks

Feb 26 2018

Today -

  • The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m.
  • Following the close of morning business, Senator Peters will be recognized to deliver President Washington's Farewell Address.
  • Following the address, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #623, Elizabeth Branch, of Georgia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the 11th Circuit.
  • At 5:30 p.m, the Senate will VOTE on cloture on Executive Calendar #623, Elizabeth Branch, of Georgia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the 11th Circuit.
  • Note: on Thursday, February 15, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #623, Elizabeth Branch, of Georgia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the 11th Circuit.
  • Note: on Thursday, February 15, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #153, Russell Vought, of Virginia, to be Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget.
  • Note: on Thursday, February 15, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #437, A. Marvin Quattlebaum, of South Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina.
  • Note: on Thursday, February 15, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #438, Karen Gren Scholer, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas.
  • Note: on Thursday, February 15, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #439, Tilman Eugene Self III, of Georgia, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Georgia.
  • Note: on Thursday, February 15, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #536, Terry A. Doughty, of Louisiana, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana.

 

Senator Peters: (3:00 p.m)

  • Delivered President Washington's Farewell Address.
    • "Profoundly penetrated with this idea, I shall carry it with me to my grave as a strong incitement to unceasing vows that heaven may continue to you the choicest tokens of its beneficence; that your union and brotherly affection may be perpetual; that the free constitution, which is the work of your hands, may be sacredly maintained; that its administration in every department may be stamped with wisdom and virtue; that, in fine, the happiness of the people of these states, under the auspices of liberty, may be made complete by so careful a preservation and so prudent a use of this blessing as will acquire to then the glory of recommending it to the applause, the affection, and adoption of every nation which is yet a stranger to it."