Aug 15 2018 12:38 PM
- The Senate will next convene for legislative business at 12:00 p.m.
- Following leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #1008, A. Marvin Quattlebaum, of South Carolina, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit.
- At 5:30 p.m. the pending cloture motions will ripen.
- The Senate will recess from 12:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. to accommodate the weekly policy lunches.
- Note: on Wednesday, August 1, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #1008, A. Marvin Quattlebaum, of South Carolina, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit.
- Note: on Wednesday, August 1, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #1009, Julius Ness Richardson, of South Carolina, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit.
Senator Cornyn: (12:18 p.m.)
- Spoke in tribute to Austin Theiss.
- "That's why I am again today renewing my call for Austin Theiss' immediate release by his captors. Over the last several years, I have had the privilege of meeting with Austin's parents a number of times, Mark and Deborah Theiss, who have worked tirelessly to locate him and bring him home safely. In fact, I plan to meet with them again this afternoon to bring them up to speed on my most recent conversations with the national security advisor, John Bolton, who I have asked to meet with the Theisses and maintain the continuity between the Obama administration and now the Trump administration when it comes to efforts to return him safely to his family and friends."
- Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
- "This last weekend, the Senate Judiciary Committee released to the public another enormous batch of records from Judge Kavanaugh's service as a lawyer in the George W. Bush White House. It also released another 21,000 pages just last night. The office of President Bush has now produced more than 174,000 pages of material to the committee, and of course that's on top of the judge's judicial record, which has already been produced to the committee. According to the journal, the White House has turned over more than 195,000 documents on Judge Kavanaugh, significantly more than were produced for either Justice Kagan or Justice Gorsuch. As Chairman Grassley has pointed out, it is the largest cumulative production of executive branch material ever received in the course of evaluating a Supreme Court nominee."