Merkley, Cornyn, Durbin, Moran

Executive Session (Clark Nomination)

Senator Merkley: (11:14 a.m.)

  • Spoke on U.S. immigration policy.
    • "Now, you may think that this is something that is far-fetched. Of course the United States would not establish internment camps, but the fact is we already have three and we have the house having passed a bill to greatly expand those internment camps. We have 35 sponsors of a bill here in the senate to expand internment camps. We have the president issue an executive order asking Congress to expand internment camps, and most recently the president putting forward draft legislation to expand internment camps without Congress. Where does this story begin? It begins as far as public awareness on May 7, when the Attorney General Jeff Sessions, gave a speech."


Senator Cornyn: (11:33 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the Left's lack of civility.
    • "Do they choose to endorse threats, intimidation, and incitement or do they choose to treat everybody, no matter how much you disagree with them, with dignity and respect. That, I believe, those are our choices. I was very disappointed to hear the former secretary of state, Mrs. Clinton say you cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for and what you care about. She said that civility is only possible if Democrats were to win back both the House - or I should say win back the House or the Senate. In other words, her commitment to civility in our political discourse is contingent upon political outcomes."
  • Spoke on the Senate's legislative accomplishments.
    • "And all they need to do is look back at the last 22 months. Yesterday, for example, we passed a major water infrastructure bill that will keep our communities safe by maintaining dams and levees and addressing drinking water and wastewater systems across the country. It will also expedite in my part of the world an important coastal study and authorize flood mitigation projects back home. Then the president signed just two days before that - I'm sure most of this was lost in the furor over the Kavanaugh nomination but just two days before that, the president signed another bipartisan bill that I cosponsored called the Justice Served Act."


Senator Durbin: (11:53 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the Left's lack of civility.
    • "I've heard my friend from Texas, the senior senator, come to the floor repeatedly to talk about what happened last week during the Kavanaugh nomination. And I might add, in the weeks before during the committee hearing. And there were people who came to this Capitol because of their intense personal and political feelings about that nomination and what it meant to them personally and what they believed it meant to the country. And they brought their emotions to this place, and they did it because they are guaranteed the right to do it in this constitution. Each of us is guaranteed the right to peaceably assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."
  • Spoke on climate change.
    • "On Monday the united nations intergovernmental panel on climate change released a report stating that we have just over a decade, less than ten years, drastically reduce our carbon emissions if we want to maintain life on Earth as we know it did. It's an ominous warning but a serious one. The U.N. report states we must reduce global emissions by 45% by the year 2030 and reach net zero emissions by 2050 if we want to avoid a world where deadly storms, unbreathable air, widespread famine and multiyear droughts become the norm."


Senator Moran: (12:10 p.m.)

  • Spoke on FAA reauthorization.
    • "I'm here to speak on - once again highlight the importance of aviation to my state, to the country, and to the world but to point out the significance of a five-year F.A.A. reauthorization bill the Senate passed last week. I've come to this - to the floor many times on this topic. I'm pleased to be here today and tout the many wins that are included in this legislation, and they are beneficial to the country but they're certainly beneficial to home, my home state. And I'm most pleased to highlight the fact that this legislation does not include -- excluded from this legislation are any efforts to privatize our nation's air traffic control system."