Senate Majority Leader McConnell: Senate Should Vote to Confirm Steven Menashi

‘While our Senate Democratic colleagues continue blocking this body from considering funding for our armed forces, the Senate has taken advantage of this time to confirm more of President Trump’s well-qualified nominees for federal service and the judiciary.’ 

  

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor discussing the impending confirmation of Steven Menashi:

 

“While our Senate Democratic colleagues continue blocking this body from considering funding for our armed forces, the Senate has taken advantage of this time to confirm more of President Trump’s well-qualified nominees for federal service and the judiciary.

 

“Yesterday, we confirmed Chad Wolf to serve at the Department of Homeland Security. Following President Trump’s decision to designate him Acting Secretary, he is now heading up the department.

 

“I want to take a moment to thank the outgoing Acting DHS Secretary, Kevin McAleenan. His tenure leading the Department of Homeland Security capped off a distinguished career in public service, including nearly two decades rising through the ranks of the Customs and Border Patrol.

 

“His leadership at DHS saw significant progress in mitigating major aspects of our border security and humanitarian crisis, a strong focus on cybersecurity, and hard work to strengthen the department across the board.

 

“I thank the outgoing Acting Secretary for his years in public service and particularly for his leadership in this recent chapter.

 

“Now, today, we’ll vote on confirmation of Steven Menashi to the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals.

 

“Mr. Menashi won majority support from the Judiciary Committee on the basis of strong academic and legal qualifications -- degrees from Dartmouth and Stanford, clerkships on the appellate level and the Supreme Court, and experience in both teaching and practicing law. 

 

“I urge all my colleagues in voting to confirm this impressive nominee this afternoon.”