Friday, Sep. 28, 2018

Senate Opening

Senate Opening

Sep 28 2018 02:00 PM

The Senate convened.  

Murray

Morning Business

Sep 28 2018 02:17 PM

Today -

  • The Senate will convene at 2:00 p.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.

 

Senator Murray: (2:05 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Mr. President, like millions of people across the country, I watched the hearing yesterday with a mix of so many strong emotions. First, I watched Dr. Ford with tears in my eyes. She was so brave, so compelling, so real. The memories that she recounted, the memories that she will never forget were heartbreaking. The living room, the stairs, the bedroom, the music turned up loud, the bed. Brett Kavanaugh drunk and on top of her. The feelings she had when he covered her mouth to stop her from screaming. The raucous laughter between Brett Kavanaugh and Mark Judge, the way she felt it then and told it now, two boys laughing and having a good time while scared."

Hirono, Blumenthal, Whitehouse

Morning Business

Sep 28 2018 04:54 PM

Senator Hirono: (2:59 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Even though it was more than 30 years ago, her memory of the assault was clear and vivid. This kind of recall is typical of sexual assault survivors. She was sincere and authentic. She was 100% credible, and I believe her. By contrast, Brett Kavanaugh came to this committee and refused to give us straight answers. He would not call for an F.B.I. investigation. He repeatedly stated that the other people who were at the gathering where Dr. Ford was attacked had, to quote him, rebutted her testimony. That is not true. His alleged accomplice in the attack, Mark Judge, claimed he didn't remember, a far cry from rebutting her statement. He claimed he didn't remember, refused to testify and then went into hiding."

 

Senator Blumenthal: (3:28 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Madam President, the Judiciary Committee had an extraordinary meeting this morning, and each of us spoke at some length about our reservations or support for the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be a United States Supreme Court justice. At the end of that meeting, as we were about to take a vote, Senator Jeff Flake, our colleague, announced his decision that he would request and seek a one-week extension of the vote so there could be an F.B.I. investigation of some of the unanswered questions that still very seriously and urgently demand responses. And that is a very promising and important step."

 

Senator Whitehouse: (4:20 p.m.)

  • Spoke on climate change.
    • "Vladimir Putin uses fake news in Russia all the time for political influence in the former Soviet Union and the modern European Union and there is misinformation to help Trump to win the 2016 American election. Some also is homegrown. In America, the original weaponized fake news was climate denial spun up by the fossil fuel industry. The fossil fuel industry used systemic, deliberate disinformation to propagandize our politics and fend off accountability for its pollution of our atmosphere and oceans. So for both national security and political integrity reasons, we need to better understand this misinformation weaponry. And guess what. Science is on the case. A comprehensive array of peer-reviewed articles appeared last year in the journal of applied research in memory and cognition."

Monday, October 1 -

  • The Senate stands in recess until 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 Cornyn: (4:53 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "But contrary to her wishes, Dr. Ford was thrust into the national spotlight. She said she didn't agree to have her letter released to the press. She did not consent to having her identity revealed. She did not want to be part of what has turned into a three-ring circus. But once there, when she asked to tell her story, we consented to doing that, and yesterday we heard from Dr. Ford, as well as Judge Kavanaugh. Judge Kavanaugh asked to be heard to clear his good time and speak directly to the American people, and he did so forcefully yesterday. So now we've heard Dr. Ford's story and we've heard Judge Kavanaugh's rebuttal. What we have learned is that there is no evidence to corroborate Dr. Ford's allegations."

 

Senator McConnell: (6:10 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Literally hundreds of judicial opinions from his tenure on the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. And five days of hearings during which Judge Kavanaugh testified for nearly 40 hours. Judge Kavanaugh testified on every topic, from complicated legal subjects to sensitive personal matters. And there was testimony and statements from countless personal friends, classmates, co-workers, former clerks, and other associates. So the picture that emerged from all this is clear. Judge Kavanaugh is one of the most qualified and most impressive Supreme Court nominees in the history of our country."