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the presiding officer: the senate will come to order. the clerk will read a communication to the senate. the clerk: washington, d.c., january 3, 2019. to the senate: under the provisions of rule 1, paragraph 3, of the standing rules of the senate, i hereby appoint the honorable deb fischer a senator from the state of nebraska to perform the duties
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of the chair. signed: orrin g. hatch, president pro tempore. mr. mcconnell: madam president. the presiding officer: the majority leader. mr. mcconnell: i ask consent that it be in order to make a unanimous consent request. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. mcconnell: i ask unanimous consent the senate proceed to the following nomination -- executive calendar 1048. the presiding officer: without objection. the clerk will report the nomination. the clerk: nomination, environmental protection agency, william charles mcintosh of michigan, to be an assistant administrator. mr. mcconnell: i ask consent the senate vote on the nomination with no intervening action or debate, that if confirmed, the motion to reconsider be considered made and laid upon the table en bloc, the president be immediately notified of the senate's action, that no further motions be in order, and that any statements related to the nomination be printed in the record. the presiding officer: is there objection? without objection. the motion is on the nomination.
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all in favor say aye. opposed. the ayes appear to have it. the ayes do have it. the nomination is confirmed. mr. mcconnell: i ask consent the senate stand adjourned under the previous order. the presiding officer: without objection. the senate stands adjourned until
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progressive wing but wants to take firmer stance that when nancy pelosi came out and said she didn't want to find the wall at all, chuck schumer had to fall in line. i think for now he is sort of following what nancy pelosi wants to do and we'll see how long that last, whether the pelosi schumer sort of, fate seemed to have a pretty good relationship, be sticking together. that will be interesting to watch, will schumer feel pressure to cut deals in the senate that maybe pelosi would like or do they stick together? schumer one of the things he was attacked for from the left was leading a bunch of judges be confirmed before the august recess. one of the things he dug his heels in before the christmas break was there were dozens of judges on the senate calendar and he blocked them all. that's something we could see a month of cloture vote on this
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year, is that not a lot of legislation happening you could just see mitch mcconnell bring it up judge after judge after judge because so to the left over visit of the last congress tried what we saw elizabeth warren announced she is forming an exploratory committee looking at 2020. we hear potential other senate democrats interested in doing the same. how do you think that changes the dynamic for the 116th congress? >> guest: mitch mcconnell has joked chuck schumer could have an attendance problem. i think that's true. the could be a lot of senators who want to spend time in iowa and new hampshire and south carolina. senators like kamala harris, cory booker, kirsten gillibrand could run. and even sure shared brown. lots of senators have either put their name out there or actively considering it or are just expected to run and just waiting for the announcement like kamala harris and cory booker.
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i do think that's going to be passing. think a lot of them are going to be running to the left, embracing things like medicare for all which frankly do not have enormous support among a lot of rank-and-file democrats here who come in the senate committee of the come from more moderate backgrounds, more moderate states and are worried about sort of getting it too far to the left before the next reelection. this is going to be an interesting party dynamic year, but we are not going to see a lot of votes on those things that mitch mcconnell will not bring a medicare for all built probably. i think this is more, he will have to balance this rhetorically as opposed to having to like manage when votes happen and that sort of thing. he could have an attendance problem, that's for sure. >> host: we have about them in and happened to the senate is set to gavel in. aside from everything we talked about what he watching for particularly? >> guest: i think the focus
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right now is on mitch mcconnell. mcconnell in the past over and over again has been a guy who has been at the center of these shutdown negotiations and either help prevent shutdowns, cut deals on the fiscal cliff, cut deals on the debt limit and right now he is sidelined. at some point does he start getting more involved begin? the last offer he put on the table passed unanimously through the senate and the president sort of tomahawk it. mitch mcconnell got behind the president again. it's just sort of interesting. at some point does mitch mcconnell come up with a new offer or new idea that gets the shutdown over? >> host: stephen denis joining us come he covers the senate for bloomberg and getting us a sense of what to expect today as the 116th congress gavels in not want to take part of the ceremony but start the business of the senate. stephen dennis, thanks for your
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time. >> guest: great to be here. >> host: as you are just mentioned, there's a lot of pieces of this is to do but there's also ceremony involved. when the senate comes in they will be the opening prayer, the gambling in come some of the business and then senators, check with the newly elected ones will have a chance to be sworn in and then have a chance to also have their picture taken with the vice president later on today. that is just part of what goes on on this opening day especially as some of these activities that begin. that's what you can expect as you want and continue watch on c-span2 throughout the afternoon. will show you the actual going on. will have a chance to reflect on as the afternoon progresses. you could always give your comments and make note of what you see and what you like to see. a lot of avenues to do that during the morning. you can go to website@c-span.org, stay close to the activity of the senate, post your thoughts on social media at our twitter feed and you can also post on her
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facebook page@facebook.com/c-span. that's just some of the things you can expect throughout the course of the morning at the 116th congress sets to start its business going in. you heard our guest talk about the shutdown and particularly how this might overshadow and what goes on with that. we heard from senator mitch mcconnell. we have a bit of the sound from him talking about what he expects, you can also go to our website to find everything that's going on with the shutdown as far as previous interviews that we have done. we're just going to take a look and sit back as the one of 16th congress is set to come in.
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>> this is what it will look like. mitch mcconnell was to remain majority leader of the republicans, of the senate. john thune will take on and will be the majority whip and the conference chair for senate republicans will be john barrasso. turning over to the democrats, it is chuck schumer as minority leader. dick durbin as minority whip and patty murray also as assistant minority leader. that's just what to expect as far as leadership, the ones that will be making in setting the temple for activities of the 116th congress. the 20th amendment to amendment to the constitution directs that congress convenes at noon on january the and odd-numbered year. that date can change from time to time. legislation makes it able do so. one of the activities we'll see, expect to see a vice president named by the constitution as the president of the senate presiding over the senate as it first convenes. after that we should her prayer from the senate chapln

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