Murphy, Casey, Thune

Executive Session (Kavanaugh Nomination)

Senator Murphy: (11:50 a.m.)

  • Spoke on gun control.
    • "As we came out of that shooting a year ago, it seemed that we all at the very least agreed that these things called bump stocks, these things that are manufactured to turn a semiautomatic weapon essentially into an automatic weapon where you can fire multiple rounds with one pull of the trigger, that these things shouldn't be legal, that they shouldn't be allowed to be sold because we all had made a decision a long time ago that notwithstanding our differences as to whether these semiautomatic tactical weapons should be sold in the commercial space, we at least knew that automatic weapons should not be available to consumers and now this modification was being allowed to turn semiautomatic weapons into automatic weapons."


Senator Casey: (12:06 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "These concerns, I think, permeate every aspect of the nomination process and the nominee himself. When Judge Kavanaugh's name came forward because of the nomination by President Trump, he came from a list of 25 names. These names were assembled by the White House in consultation with the record indicates just two groups, the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society. Both are far-right organizations that have a view of public policy that on most issues I don't agree with, but I think that's true with most Pennsylvanians. I can't speak for the whole country, but I would guess not in agreement with many people around the country."


Senator Thune: (12:25 p.m.)

  • Spoke on FAA reauthorization.
    • "Mr. President, obviously, security is a massive priority for the airline industry and the flying public and for the federal government. Terrorist groups continue to target passenger aircraft and the aviation sector. But security measures, of course, can also lead to frustration. Who hasn't been caught in a long T.S.A. line desperately hoping to make it through in time to catch a flight. The bill before us today will both boost security and help reduce some of the delays associated with security checks. For starters, the bill represents the first ever reauthorization of the Transportation Security Administration in the history of the agency."