Executive Session (Wilkie Nomination)
Jul 23 2018 04:58 PM
Senator Nelson: (3:41 p.m.)
- Spoke on U.S. immigration policy.
- "As a matter of fact, there were 70 children there of the 1,300 children that had been separated from their parents. They would not let me speak to them. So I inquired about whether or not the children had been able to speak to their parents on the phone. I was told that of the 70, that 62 of the children had spoken to their parents. Well, it's recently clear why some of those families have been unable to connect. For so long - and that's because of a report just published. The administration, the Trump administration has been charging detained parents - get this -- as much as $8 a minute to call their children, and the children were separated from the parents because the administration separated them."
Senator Schumer: (4:37 p.m.)
- Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
- "Brett Kavanaugh seems to have an imperial conception of the presidency, he ruled a president should not be subject to investigations while in office and on at least three separate instances Brett Kavanaugh has showed a willingness to openly question precedent relating to presidential power and presidential accountability. First, in his opinion in Seven-Sky vs. Holder, Kavanaugh wrote that the president does not have to enforce the law if he deems a statute unconstitutional regardless of whether or not a court has already held it constitutional. What the heck do we have a Supreme Court for?"
- Spoke on the recent meeting between President Trump and President Putin.
- "Something that the president's own director of national intelligence, Mr. Coats, was not made aware of. It is not hyperbolic to say that last week may have been one of the worst weeks in American foreign policy in recent memory. In the face of these stunning events, what have my Republican colleagues done to rein in the president? I'm sad to report virtually nothing. In the full week since the Helsinki summit, Republicans have failed to take meaningful action to hold the president accountable for his foreign policy blunders in Finland."
Senator Moran: (4:52 p.m.)
- Spoke on the nomination of Robert Wilkie to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
- "Of course, a large part of the task to ensure that veterans get the best our nation has to offer falls on the Department of Veterans Affairs. I want our veterans to receive the best care, the best attention possible from the veterans' affairs, and in just a few minutes the Senate will vote on the confirmation of Mr. Robert Wilkie to be the secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. I'm confident that Mr. Wilkie is focused on putting veterans first, changing the V.A. culture and ridding it of any complacency. Of course Mr. Wilkie has a huge, monumental task ahead of him. The Department of Veterans Affairs is a massive bureaucracy that has had a number of challenges in the past, and he will be charged with implementing the John McCain V.A. Mission Act."