McConnell

Opening Remarks

Today -

  • 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 #542, Robert Earl Wier, of Kentucky, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Kentucky.
  • At 11:00 a.m., the Senate will VOTE on confirmation of Executive Calendar #542, Robert Earl Wier, of Kentucky, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Kentucky.
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. to accommodate the weekly policy lunches.
  • Note: on Thursday, May 24, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #587, Fernando Rodriguez, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Texas.
  • Note: on Thursday, May 24, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #625, Annmarie Carney Axon, of Alabama, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Alabama.

 

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

  • Spoke on the pending judicial nominations.
    • "Yesterday the Senate advanced the nomination of Robert Wier to serve on the Eastern District Court of Kentucky by a vote of 90-1. This was a needless delay, but I look forward to confirming this well-qualified nominee next this morning. Next the Senate will turn to Fernando Rodriguez Jr., President Trump's nominee to serve as a judge for the Southern District of Texas. He is a graduate of Yale and the University of Texas. He earned recognition for his tireless efforts to combat human trafficking."
  • Spoke on the NDAA.
    • "On another matter the Senate took another step forward on behalf of our national defense. After years of harmful spending caps undermining the combat readiness of our armed services we brokered a two year spending agreement that included the largest increase in defense funding in 15 years. It laid out a road map on the promises we make to our war fighters. Now it's time to take the next step and authorize the programs that are most needed. That's why the Senate will soon be turning to the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act."
  • Spoke on Republican economic policy.
    • "It's all thanks to the ingenuity of American workers and job creators with an assist from Republican policies. Just this year more than one million new jobs have been created. More than three million new jobs since January of 2017. The unemployment rate has sunk to 3.8%. It hadn't been that low in 18 years. And in a big shift from the deeply uneven Obama era, communities all across America are getting in on the action."
  • Spoke on the opioid epidemic.
    • "This crisis that's shattering families and communities is not an isolated medical issue. There's a reason why experts describe many of these fatalities as, quote, deaths of despair. It is in part a symptom of declining opportunity and communities literally falling apart. Recent studies suggest that opioid use increased the most in precisely, precisely the communities where unemployment rates had fallen the most, particularly in the manufacturing sector."