Inhofe, Markey, Hoeven, Lankford, Nelson

Executive Session (Kavanaugh Nomination)

Senator Inhofe: (11:08 a.m.)

  • Spoke on FAA reauthorization.
    • "Mr. President, amid all this, the unfounded, uncorroborated accusation and attacks on a fine jurist, I think it's important for us to remember that other things are happening here at the same time. For one thing, I would only make one comment about the comments of the previous speaker, and that is that the program that was somewhat accurately described actually started not in the Trump administration but the Obama administration. But what I want to say is that something really significant is about to happen, and that is something we have been waiting for for a long time. If you're not on the Commerce Committee, you're not dealing with this issue or actually -- of course, there are three committees dealing with it."

 

Senator Markey: (11:20 a.m.)

  • Spoke on opioid legislation.
    • "Last month I reintroduced my legislation to supporting positive outcomes after release act which prohibits states from terminating an inmate's Medicaid coverage during incarceration. My legislation would instead require states to temporarily suspend Medicaid coverage, ensuring immediate access to health care services upon reentry into the community. In other words, when the prisoner is left out of incarceration and back into the community, they have access to health care services. Otherwise the likelihood of relapse is very high. And I am pleased in the conference opioid package, it includes a version of my legislation requiring states to suspend rather than terminate Medicaid coverage for young people under 21 years of age during incarceration."

 

Senator Hoeven: (11:29 a.m.)

  • Spoke on FAA reauthorization.
    • "It is not just about serving Williston, but all of northwest North Dakota as well as parts of eastern Montana and a very important growing energy industry area for our nation. So that shows the importance of the kind of provisions that we have in this legislation and how it affects every part of our great nation. Ensuring long-term certainty for F.A.A. programs like the airport improvement program are essential for our airport construction projects, as I've described in the Williston Basin, and it is particularly important that we have this funding and we're able to utilize it in an efficient way."

 

Senator Lankford: (11:42 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the USMCA.
    • "Well, sorry to say our wheat is that quality and so that's finally being resolved back and forth with Canada and the United States. Simple things like what is de minimis products to be able to carry across the border with Canada and Mexico. Might not seem like a big deal but allowing an individual to be able to travel across the border from the United States to Canada or back and north with a small amount of goods that they purchased is significant to someone that's just going to be a normal consumer crossing back and forth across the border. To finally get that resolved, that's been a problem for a long time."

 

Senator Nelson: (11:51 a.m.)

  • Spoke on FAA reauthorization.
    • "Mr. President, shortly the Senate is going to vote on legislation called the F.A.A. bill. It's the concerns of air travelers across the country. The bill before us has some key safety and security aviation measures. We've worked to cross the -- worked across the aisle to bring the Congress a five-year authorization of the Federal Aviation Administration. This is the first five-year bill of the F.A.A. that has passed and will pass this Congress since the 1980's. And why is that important? There needs to be stability for planning purposes for the aviation industry."