Portman, Sanders, Murray

Executive Session (Kavanaugh Nomination)

Senator Portman: (2:39 p.m.)

  • Spoke on opioid legislation.
    • "One is called the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act that I coauthored with Senator Whitehouse. The other is called the cures legislation. Both of them help. CARA, the Comprehensive Addiction Recovery Act has grants to go to programs that work; that are evidence-based, to help on prevention and education, treatment, longer term recovery, to help our responders. The 21st Century Cures Act is grants that go directly to the federal government and then back to the programs that states work best for them. These funds that are unprecedented along with these two laws are helping. They're helping to make the federal government a better partner with state and local government, with nonprofits to combat this crisis."


Senator Sanders: (2:51 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Last night the president of the United States, instead of understanding that we have to change our culture, instead of understanding that we have got to make it easier for women who have been victims of sexual assault to come forward and tell their stories, got up on a podium in Mississippi and mocked Dr. Ford, made fun of her. Here is a woman who has come forward to do what she thought was right as an American citizen, understanding from day one that she would be attacked by political opponents. And the result of her having come forward was that she has received death threats."


Senator Murray: (3:08 p.m.)

  • Spoke on opioid legislation.
    • "Students in his school were having trouble focusing in class as they dealt with the trauma of a family member's substance use at home and some were having a hard time understanding how best to help those students with their trauma. I also heard from a staff at a hospital about how they delivered so many babies to mothers struggling with opioid addiction, many deal with neonatal abstinence syndrome. And I have heard from countless other families in my home state of Washington about how the opioid crisis has impacted their loved ones."