Fischer, Durbin, Grassley, Menendez, Blunt, Klobuchar

Executive Session (Evans Nomination)

Senator Fischer: (1:09 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to a member of her staff.
    • "She started out in the senate where so many do, answering phones and greeting constituents. That's hard work, but Vaughan always did it with a smile on her face. It didn't take long for her to take on more responsibility, first as a deputy scheduler and later as a scheduler for nearly four years. Throughout that time, Vaughan always did her job with a special blend of diligence and humor. She's earned a reputation in the senate as a top scheduler and the life of any party."


Senator Durbin: (1:17 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the situation in Venezuela.
    • "We know that the Maduro Regime was using food among their starving people to manipulate votes. They had, unfortunately, no credible election monitors before or during the vote. And of course they rushed the election to get the result they were looking for. I recently joined with Senator Menendez in New Jersey. We said quite simply that Maduro should have the courage to have an open election, a democratic process. The great hero of Venezuela, as we arrived and noticed at the airport was Hugo Chavez. Hugo Chavez won his first election in a democratic manner."


Senator Grassley: (1:27 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the Mueller investigation.
    • "As you will see there in the law, nowhere in that language do its protections require a subpoena nor do they require the approval of an agent's chain of command or congressional affairs staff approval. Moreover, federal appropriations law also forbids the use of taxpayers' dollars to pay the salary of any individual who interferes with or attempts to interfere with a federal employee's right to communicate directly with Congress. The government accountability office recently found that an Obama housing and urban development congressional affairs official did interfere that way in 2013, so paying that salary violated the restrictions congress had placed on the money."


Senator Menendez: (1:37 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of James Evans to be Ambassador to Luxembourg.
    • "In March of 2005, Georgia passed a controversial new law requiring voters to show a vote I.D. In order to cast a vote. Despite the fact that both federal and state judges prohibited the law from going into effect, the election board made a decision in 2006 to send a letter to 200,000 voters with the false impression that the law would be in effect for the upcoming election. Appropriately, this action caused an uproar and multiple voices accused the board of defying the injunction in a deliberate attempt to mislead voters and impossibly suppress minority turnout. The board subsequently mailed out a clarification letter, but the damage had already been done. During his confirmation process, Mr. Evans unfortunately presented conflicting accounts of his involvement in this effort to suppress voter turnout."


Senator Blunt: (1:40 p.m.)

  • Spoke on sexual harassment in Congress.
    • "I would like to turn to my colleague, senator klobuchar, who we have worked together on this bill. We are pleased to be able to bring it to the senate floor today. We're pleased that all of our colleagues had time to see it. It went through the process on both sides without objection, and now has been voted on by the senate. "


Senator Klobuchar: (1:41 p.m.)

  • Spoke on sexual harassment in Congress.
    • "That's what we came together to do, and I especially want to thank our colleagues that have worked on this with us, Senator Gillibrand and Murray, McCaskill, Harris. Our working group on rules including senator blunt and Feinstein, Cortez Masto, Capito, Fischer, Senator McConnell and Senator Schumer who worked on this. Senator Enzi and Kennedy would say if you can agree on things 80% of the time, that's a good day, and this is a good day for changing the rules so that the deck is not stacked against victims who should be in a safe workplace."