Monday, Oct. 1, 2018

Senate Opening

Senate Opening

Oct 01 2018 03:00 PM

The Senate has reconvened.  

Schumer, McConnell

Opening Remarks

Oct 01 2018 03:54 PM

Today -

  • The Senate will reconvene 3:00 p.m.
  • At 5:00 p.m., the Senate will resume consideration of the House message accompanying H.R. 302, the vehicle for the FAA reauthorization, as if in legislative session.
  • At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will VOTE on cloture on the motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R. 302, the vehicle for the FAA reauthorization.
  • If cloture is invoked on the motion to concur, the Senate will remain in Executive Session and the post-cloture time will continue to run as otherwise under the rule.
  • Upon the use or yielding back of the post-cloture time, the Senate will VOTE as if in legislative session on the motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R. 302, the vehicle for the FAA reauthorization.
  • Note: on Friday, September 28, cloture was filed on the motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R. 302, the vehicle for the FAA reauthorization.

 

Senator Schumer: (3:23 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "What's important now is for the F.B.I. investigation to be serious, impartial and thorough, to ferret out the facts and do so quickly. That means interviewing all -- all - of the relevant witnesses and accepting corroborating accounts when they come forward. It also means following up on any leads that emerge from the process of the investigation. The F.B.I. has ample resources to do this within the one-week period requested by the members of the Judiciary Committee. No one is asking it take longer than a week, but everyone is asking it be done thoroughly and completely within that week. There is concern that the white house has placed severe constraints on the investigation, and until today the president tried to dodge that responsibility."

 

Senator McConnell: (3:36 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Here is the quote. We're looking at the destruction of the Constitution of the United States as far as I can tell. And here is the Democratic leader just hours after Judge Kavanaugh was nominated. I will oppose him with everything I've got. Well, they've certainly done just that. They've done just that. The ranking Democrat on the Committee first heard from Dr. Ford on July 30. Did our colleague alert the chairman so the Committee could do due diligence in a confidential way consistent with Dr. Ford's wishes? No. No, she did not. Did she discreetly raise the issue with Judge Kavanaugh during his private meeting with him on August 20? She didn't do that either. As best we can tell, the Democrats chose to keep this allegation secret rather than investigating in a bipartisan and timely way. In fact, Mr. President, they held it in reserve."

Cornyn, Moran

Executive Session (Kavanaugh Nomination)

Oct 01 2018 05:01 PM

Senator Cornyn: (4:07 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Similarly, I think Judge Kavanaugh should be treated as well as we would want our father or brother or our son or somebody's husband were they to find themselves in his circumstances. This is really about fairness in the end, a fair process, one that gives everybody a chance to tell their story. One of the things that makes us so different is that we know that the senators listening to this testimony, that many of them - almost half of them throughout the Senate had already made up their mind. I'd hate to walk into a courtroom where the judge and the jury had already made up their mind without even hearing from the witnesses."

 

Senator Moran: (4:45 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the recent trade agreement between Canada, Mexico, and the United States.
    • "Over the past year and a half, I have been working with my colleagues and others in the administration to make clear to President Trump, to Ambassador Lighthizer, whether it was meetings with the president and cabinet officials through subcommittee chairmanship, through speeches on the Senate floor, or many of my constituents in Kansas whose livelihoods depend on trade. I've written numerous letters to the U.S. agricultural leaders and various agricultural organizations and spoke at annual meetings of national farm and ranch groups to rally producers to find trade relationships."

Hirono, Cortez-Masto

House Message Accompanying the vehicle for the FAA reauthorization (H.R. 302)

Oct 01 2018 05:32 PM

Senator Hirono: (5:02 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Mr. President, last week the Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh about Dr. Ford's account of an attack on her by Judge Kavanaugh and a friend when they were all teenagers. Dr. Ford acquitted herself with grace and courage. Recounting the terrifying experience that has had a lasting effect on her life. In his own testimony, Judge Kavanaugh dropped the polite veneer he presented at his confirmation hearing when he complimented all the senators he had met with and told the committee that, quote, the Supreme Court must never be viewed as a partisan institution. End quote. That was then. But last Thursday he launched into a partisan political screed that contradicted everything he has ever professed to believe about the way judges should behave."

 

Senator Cortez-Masto: (5:12 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the anniversary of the shooting in Las Vegas, NV.
    • "They along with American medical response, Medic West Ambulance, Community Ambulance, the university medical center, Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, the valley health system, dignity health, and all the first responders in southern Nevada went above and beyond the call of duty. On October 1, many of these brave men and women ran toward the bullets putting their lives in grave danger because they knew it was the only way to save people in need. Nurses and doctors worked all through the night, not just on October 1, but for months afterward to care foyer the wounded. Before dawn had even broken on October 2, people in Las Vegas, Reno, and throughout the state had formed lines at blood banks."

Wrap Up (The Senate Stands in Recess), Brown

Wrap Up

Oct 01 2018 06:42 PM

Tomorrow -

  • The Senate stands in recess until 10:00 a.m.
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. to accommodate the weekly policy lunches.
  • Note: all time during leader time and recess will count post-cloture on the House message accompanying H.R. 302, the vehicle for the FAA reauthorization.

 

Senator Brown: (6:11 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the First Amendment.
    • "Last month, we were reminded again of the important work that journalists do in our communities, bringing Ohioans or Oklahomans, or people from Kansas or wherever the information they need in an unfolding crisis. In September we got one of the worst news alerts that anyone of us could imagine. There was an active shooter in Cincinnati. We hugged loved ones a little tighter as we prayed for those affected by the latest senseless shootings that took the lives of three innocent Ohioans. We thanked the first responders and the law enforcement officers, everyone caring for the injured and thanked the local reporters who rushed to the scene doing their job to keep our community informed in a crisis."
  • Spoke on the recent news about the CFPB.
    • "Placing Blankenstein in charge of fair lending was a moral mistake, a managerial failure and he should be fired immediately. It's been a week now since reporters found those hateful writings. The fact that he's still on the job is a disgrace. The president should act. The CFPB head should act. We've seen no contrition from Blankenstein, no contrition from him, no apology for the hateful post, no acknowledgment that these are totally inappropriate and immoral views for someone whose job it is at the agency to root out discrimination."