Schumer, Cotton, Durbin, Sanders

Executive Session (Bounds Nomination)

Senator Schumer: (10:30 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the recent meeting between President Trump and President Putin.
    • "Madam President, in the three days since the president returned from his humiliating display of obsequiousness in Helsinki, he's offered numerous explanations for his behavior. First, he said the media was too focused on the negative and that his summit with Putin was a great success. Then admitting there was in fact a problem, he attempted to walk back some of his comments but even couldn't commit to that, ad-libbing that other people could also be responsible for interfering in the 2016 elections. A mere 24 hours later, the president was back to claiming that it wasn't his fault. The media was biased. Then astoundingly, the president hadn't learned his lesson because astoundingly when he asked yesterday whether Russia was still attacking our election system, the president replied no."
  • Spoke on healthcare reform.
    • "The Trump administration canceled the federal program that helped low-income customers afford insurance and expanded the availability of junk insurance plans that sucker Americans in with low premiums but then hardly cover anything, and people are saying when they have these plans, why did I even buy insurance. But they were duped. Now, worse yet, the administration has directed the Justice Department to stop defending the constitutionality of protections for Americans with preexisting medical conditions. Turning its back on the most popular and humane advancement in our health care system over the decade."


Senator Cotton: (11:10 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the abolition of I.C.E.
    • "And the senator senior of Massachusetts says we should replace I.C.E. With something that reflects our values, which I suppose means that the 20,000 men and women of I.C.E. Don't measure up to the professor's definition of our values. But I have to ask, isn't the rule of law one of those values? Because I.C.E.'s job is simply to enforce the law and to protect our citizens from crime. In the last year alone, I.C.E. Arrested more than 125,000 illegal aliens with criminal records. Those illegal aliens were responsible for more than 80,000 D.U.I.'s, 76,000 dangerous drug offenses, 48,000 assaults, 11,000 weapon offenses, 5,000 sexual assaults, 2,000 kidnappings, and 1,800 homicides. Yes, that's right. "


Senator Durbin: (11:15 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the abolition of I.C.E.
    • "And within the department of homeland security, there are men and women who are conscientiously trying to keep America safe. I commend them as well. I believe they are doing their job as they understand it and they are risking their lives many times to achieve it. To not only stop the illegal flow of drugs into our country but to deter crime, to ferret out criminals where possible and they risk their lives to achieve that goal. I have not joined in the call for the abolition of I.C.E., but I will not join in a call for the adoration of I.C.E. because of one specific issue. The zero tolerance of the Trump administration resulted in our agents, the Department of Homeland Security, forcibly separating children from their parents."


Senator Sanders: (11:23 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the recent meeting between President Trump and President Putin.
    • "Senator John McCain is right when he said it was, and I quote, one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory. The damage inflicted by President Trump's naivety, egotism, false equivalence and symphony for autocrats is difficult to calculate. But it is clear that the summit in Helsinki was a tragic mistake. End quote. That's not Bernie Sanders talking. That is former Republican presidential candidate Senator John McCain. On Tuesday after a strong international backlash, Trump in a bizarre statement claimed that he misspoke and of course blamed the media for reporting what he said."