Burr, Tillis, Murphy

Executive Session (Vought Nomination)

Senator Burr: (1:00 p.m)

  • Spoke in tribute to the Rev. Billy Graham.
    • "Reverend Graham preached almost 215 million in more than 185 countries and territories on six continents. He prayed with soldiers on the battlefield in Korea, in Vietnam he preached in poor villages and in Britain's Windsor castle and provided counsel for every president from Harry Truman to Barack Obama. He also stood up for what was right, denouncing segregation and oppression, preaching jointly with the Reverend Martin Luther king Jr. In the 1950's and lived a life of integrity and of honor. He spoke words of comfort and hope at the national cathedral following the September 11 terrorist attacks, reminding America that god is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble."


Senator Tillis: (1:04 p.m)

  • Spoke in tribute to the Rev. Billy Graham.
    • "Earlier Senator Burr and I got an opportunity to offer our condolences to the graham family. What was remarkable in the faces of every one of them was maybe a hint of sorrow, but really just a fullness of joy knowing what their father did when he was on this Earth and now what he will do in the kingdom of heaven. So I think today is a day we should all look back and ask ourselves could we actually come anywhere close to living the kind of life that this man lived. Ministering in some 180 countries, over 200 million people actually attending some of his just unbelievable celebrations of the gospel, and then touching the lives of hundreds of millions of people, billions of people like me that are watching on TV."


Senator Murphy: (1:13 p.m)

  • Spoke on gun control.
    • "And unfortunately, Parkland will find that as Charleston did, as Orlando did, and so many before them. But we need to remember that while the country tends to pay attention to the epidemic of gun violence when there is a mass shooting, this is an epidemic that doesn't take a day off. Yesterday likely 80 to 90 people died from gunshot wounds. The majority of those were suicides. That is an epidemic in and of itself. A chunk of those were accidental shootings, another chunk of those were gun homicides. But the rate of gun death in this country has no parallel anywhere else in the world. There's not another first-world nation that has the rate of gun violence that we do. In fact, it's not even close."