Rubio, Carper, Blunt, Inhofe

Executive Session (Kavanaugh Nomination)

Senator Rubio: (12:50 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "The constitutional amendment process, and that has been used in this country. They would not have given us this process if it was their intent that the Supreme Court be the one that could change the Constitution. And the reason why I outlined that criteria is because that is the criteria that I used to evaluate Judge Kavanaugh's nomination when it was first presented. I found myself with no doubts about his intellectual ability or his academic credentials, and I don't think anyone has raised those. I have seen seven F.B.I. background checks that turned up no issues with his character, and I had 12 years of service as a federal circuit judge as proof that he shared my criteria as the proper role for a court and proper standard for constitutional review."

 

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

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "It is widely expected he would side with conservative justices if and when cases like Texas vs. The U.S. come before the court. And if he does the A.C.A.'s protection for people with preexisting conditions would be invalidated for tens of millions of Americans. Speaking of health care, Americans overwhelmingly support women having the freedom to make their own health care decisions. Brett Kavanaugh while working in the Bush White House in 2003 wrote an internal memo stating that Roe v. Wade may not be considered, quote, settled law of the land because the Supreme Court can always overrule its precedent, close quote. "

 

Senator Blunt: (1:31 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Ruth Bader Ginsburg, when it took 43 days for her to be confirmed, we're at 83 days or something like that now. When I looked up a couple of articles, just to refresh my memory, when she shows some fire, and she had plenty of it, and I admire that, the description of her is - of her is her well-known candor, like when she said about the Republican nominee last year, he's a fakeer. He has no consistency about him. He should withdraw. What she said when she said I can't imagine what this place would be, I can't imagine what the country would be with Donald Trump as our president. Now is that a temperament issue or is that too political? By the way I'm not offended by political."

 

Senator Inhofe: (1:43 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Before the senator from Missouri leaves, confession is good for the soul, and I want to share something that will shock him, and that there were a number of things I did in college - in high school and college that are not displayed on my campaign material. I said it. A lot of people on the phone today are not sure what we did with the vote this morning. We had the vote this morning because we had to move forward in order to consider the final consideration of this great nominee tomorrow. It was filibustered by the Democrats. Of course, we had to do a cloture vote. I know it's somewhat in the weeds here but that's what we have to do and that vote took place."