McConnell

Opening Remarks

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."