Hatch, Peters

Executive Session (Engelhardt Nomination)

Senator Hatch: (11:27 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Gina Haspel to be C.I.A. Director.
    • "I took to the floor just two weeks ago to speak on behalf of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. While I'm delighted that we were able to get behind his nomination, I am shocked and embarrassed by the scale of partisanship which marked his confirmation process. On the day of Miss Haspel's hearing, I'm once again focusing on how poorly a dedicated public servant has been treated by the press and by some in this chamber. This is someone who has served her organization faithfully for over three decades. She is one among a very small group who rose up through the ranks within the Directorate of Operations during the agency's transition from the Cold War to the War on Terror."
  • Spoke in tribute to Michael Beaver.
    • "I'm sure that I speak for all of us here in saying that our hearts go out to Michael's family, including his beloved wife, young children, and parents. Michael was known and admired by us all for his legal and parliamentary talents as well as his sharp wit and humor. Parliamentarians here in the senate work hard for the American people and often face long hours and extended debates. They are an integral part of the fabric that holds the senate in order and allows us to achieve results."

 

Senator Peters: (11:47 a.m.)

  • Spoke on net neutrality.
    • "We have seen large national internet service provider acquire a similarly large media company. We have recently seen the largest online retailer acquire one of our nation's most successful grocery chains. And now we're seeing two of the four largest wireless carriers making preparations to merge. Certainly consolidations and mergers are a part of our economy. But we need rules of the road to level the playing field, to help small businesses and start-ups compete and to drive innovation. This is exactly why we need net neutrality. Net neutrality protections prevented internet service providers from blocking, slowing or prioritizing web traffic for their own financial gain."