Monday, Jun. 4, 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 #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 Brown: (6:13 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the Volcker Rule.
    • "We are seeing the result of that lobbying in Congress, and the agency that's are supposed to be policing our financial industry. Last week the Federal Reserve announced proposed changes to what is known as the Volcker rule. We put this rule in place after the crisis to stop big banks from taking big risks with Americans' money. Those complicated, risky bets were a big reason for the financial crisis that devastated our economy, that cost millions of Americans their jobs, that cost millions of Americans much of their savings and left taxpayers on the hook."
  • Spoke on unions.
    • "Corporate profits have gone up. G.D.P. has gone up. Executive compensation has gone up. Executive salaries have skyrocketed. Workers simply haven't shared in the wealth they've created. More workers have no control over their own schedules. They work odd hours. They have no paid sick leave and no overtime pay."

 

Senator Merkley: (6:38 p.m.)

  • Spoke on immigration.
    • "That sign, that welcoming sign, give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free - those words inscribed there on the foundation of the statue of liberty, representing the fact that when it comes to people fleeing persecution, America is a place ready to receive them. And this isn't just something that's woven into the history of our country. It's not just something woven into the D.N.A. of our souls as Americans."

Cornyn, Schumer, Whitehouse

Executive Session (Wier Nomination)

Jun 04 2018

Senator Cornyn: (3:38 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the NDAA.
    • "Madam President, this week we'll be taking up the National Defense Authorization Act which Congress has passed for 57 consecutive years to support and guide our country's military. Earlier this month the Armed Services Committee voted overwhelmingly 25-2 to advance this are important legislation to the Senate floor. So when I hear people say that there's no bipartisan consensus for anything in Washington these days, I think that's belied the fact and certainly in this case by our bipartisan commitment to provide that support and guidance for our nation's military."

 

Senator Schumer: (4:03 p.m.)

  • Spoke on President Trump's recent comments.
    • "We don't have a king. We are a nation of laws, not men. That's the finding fathers created America all about. They didn't like the monarchies, but if a president can pardon himself, it's virtually a monarchy, at least as far as the president is concerned. If the presidents had the power to pardon themselves, we'd no longer be a democracy. As the Department of Justice declared the day before Nixon resigned, quote, under the fundamental rule that no one may be a judge in his own case, the president cannot pardon himself. This is virtually indisputable."
  • Spoke on North Korea.
    • "We're all hoping the president succeeds. We're all rooting for peace. We very much hope they'll be able to achieve a strong and enduring agreement, because the danger of a nuclear-armed, ICBM-equipped North Korea is very, very real to the United States. But the president needs to be willing to take time to construct a good deal. And if he finds that one is not achievable, the president must be willing to walk away from the table."
  • Spoke on healthcare reform.
    • "Finally on health care - today health insurers in the state proposed a rate increase of insurers in my state are requesting a rate increase of 24%. Following rate increases in Virginia, Maryland, Vermont, and Oregon, these increases confirm what we already know to be a trend. The policies of the Trump administration and congressional Republicans are driving up health care costs for millions of Americans."

 

Senator Whitehouse: (4:44 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the Gaspee incident.
    • "Here's the tale in brief form. It's 1772, tensions between England and the colonies have grown increasingly strained. Rhode Island is a seafaring trading colony without much regard for his Majesty's taxes. The command of Lieutenant Duddington in Rhode Island waters. The Gaspee's mission to interdict smuggled goods and force the payment of the crown's taxes. Lieutenant Duddington was an arrogant sort who was infamous for seizing cargo, flagging down ships only to harass, humiliate and interrogate the colonial sailors."

McConnell

Opening Remarks

Jun 04 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 #542, Robert Earl Wier, of Kentucky, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Kentucky.
  • At 5:30 p.m., the pending cloture motions will ripen.
  • Note: on Thursday, May 24, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #542, Robert Earl Wier, of Kentucky, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Kentucky.
  • 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: (3:03 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the pending judicial nominations.
    • "The senate will begin this week by voting on three more of the president's well-qualified nominees for the federal judiciary. First on the slate is Magistrate Judge Robert Wier, selected by President Trump to serve as a district judge for the Eastern District of Kentucky. Judge Wier's sterling credentials and the support he enjoys from the legal community suggests he'll excel on the federal bench. He graduated at the top of his class at the University of Kentucky College of Law followed by a successful career in private practice."
  • Spoke on Republican economic policy.
    • "Now we know these economic indicators can sometimes be noisy, but consider them alongside all the other signs we've seen over the past year. Since President Trump was elected alongside a Republican Congress, the numbers of Americans who say they're optimistic about finding a good job has jumped 25 percentage points. And small business owners report in record numbers that they're optimistic about prospects of hiring new employees. The bottom line is clear. Under the policies of this unified Republican government, American workers, families, and business owners are achieving economic growth that is unmatched in recent memory."