Wrap Up (The Senate Stands Adjourned), Casey, Nelson, Menendez, Booker, Hassan

Wrap Up

Tomorrow -

  • The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #437, A. Marvin Quattlebaum, of South Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina.
  • At 11:45 a.m, the Senate will VOTE on confirmation of Executive Calendar #437, A. Marvin Quattlebaum, of South Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina.
  • Following disposition of the Quattlebaum nomination, the Senate will VOTE on cloture on Executive Calendar #438, Karen Gren Scholer, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas and then Executive Calendar #439, Tilman Eugene Self III, of Georgia, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Georgia.
  • Following the cloture vote on the Self nomination, the time until 1:00 p.m will be equally divided and the Senate will VOTE on cloture on Executive Calendar #536, Terry A. Doughty, of Louisiana, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana.
  • Note: the confirmation votes on the Scholer, Self, and Doughty nominations will take place at 5:30 p.m on Monday, March 5.


Senator Casey: (5:42 p.m)

  • Spoke on gun violence.
    • "I rise this afternoon, and I know I'll be joined by a number of my colleagues on the floor, to talk about gun violence and to talk about what happened most recently and tragically in the state of Florida. I hope we can cover a number of, a number of aspects of this challenge, but I wanted to start, of course, with the victims who were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14. I'll make reference to the individuals specifically more a little later. We're remembering them today. We're thinking of their families. Certainly thinking as well of the surviving students and praying for the families, the victims and the survivors. I can't imagine what these families are dealing with right now just days after this tragedy."


Senator Nelson: (5:57 p.m)

  • Spoke on gun violence.
    • "Even a bullet coming from a handgun as reported by one of the trauma surgeons that tended to some of the victims in Broward county points out that a handgun bullet will go in and come out through a victim the same size as it went in, and if it goes through an organ like the liver, they can save that person, but that's in contrast to an assault rifle weapon, a bullet that has three times the speed of a handgun bullet, that has three times the energy when it hits the victim, so that if it goes into an organ such as the liver, it doesn't go through like a handgun bullet. It pulverizes the liver, and when it comes out on the other side of the body, it's as big as an Orange."


Senator Menendez: (6:05 p.m)

  • Spoke on gun violence.
    • "Only we can do that by passing sensible, reasonable gun safety measures that limit the sale of deadly weapons and keep guns out of the wrong hands. After running for their lives on February 14, the students of Stoneman Douglas will March for their lives on March 24. It's inspiring to see that despite all the dysfunction in Washington, young Americans still believe in their power to make change. How tragic would it be if we in congress proved them wrong and once again let business as usual in Washington prevent us from taking action to save lives? For my part, that's not going to happen."


Senator Booker: (6:13 p.m)

  • Spoke on gun violence.
    • "That the law can't make someone love me but it can stop them from lynching me, that the law can't change the heart but it can restrain the heartless. We know we have the power to make the change. Now, this is no panacea. These ideas won't solve all the problems, but they can make a difference and they can save lives. And the time to act is right now. To not act is to be complicit in the continued violence, levels of violence in our community. Every day that passes with not -- no action, every single day, we see on average 96 Americans in this country killed by a gun, including children."


Senator Hassan: (6:23 p.m)

  • Spoke on gun violence.
    • "But, Mr. President, we cannot allow this vicious cycle to continue. Like many Americans, I've been inspired and touched by the bravery of the students of Stoneman Douglas and by their determination to create from this tragedy a legacy of positive change. They are looking to us to help ensure they are the last students who suffer through a mass shooting. They will hold us accountable as they should. I've been inspired by students like Sam who said he doesn't feel safe in his own country. And powerfully asked that the White House, quote, how did we not stop this after Columbine, after Sandy Hook?"