Cornyn, Schumer, Whitehouse

Executive Session (Wier Nomination)

Senator Cornyn: (3:38 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the NDAA.
    • "Madam President, this week we'll be taking up the National Defense Authorization Act which Congress has passed for 57 consecutive years to support and guide our country's military. Earlier this month the Armed Services Committee voted overwhelmingly 25-2 to advance this are important legislation to the Senate floor. So when I hear people say that there's no bipartisan consensus for anything in Washington these days, I think that's belied the fact and certainly in this case by our bipartisan commitment to provide that support and guidance for our nation's military."


Senator Schumer: (4:03 p.m.)

  • Spoke on President Trump's recent comments.
    • "We don't have a king. We are a nation of laws, not men. That's the finding fathers created America all about. They didn't like the monarchies, but if a president can pardon himself, it's virtually a monarchy, at least as far as the president is concerned. If the presidents had the power to pardon themselves, we'd no longer be a democracy. As the Department of Justice declared the day before Nixon resigned, quote, under the fundamental rule that no one may be a judge in his own case, the president cannot pardon himself. This is virtually indisputable."
  • Spoke on North Korea.
    • "We're all hoping the president succeeds. We're all rooting for peace. We very much hope they'll be able to achieve a strong and enduring agreement, because the danger of a nuclear-armed, ICBM-equipped North Korea is very, very real to the United States. But the president needs to be willing to take time to construct a good deal. And if he finds that one is not achievable, the president must be willing to walk away from the table."
  • Spoke on healthcare reform.
    • "Finally on health care - today health insurers in the state proposed a rate increase of insurers in my state are requesting a rate increase of 24%. Following rate increases in Virginia, Maryland, Vermont, and Oregon, these increases confirm what we already know to be a trend. The policies of the Trump administration and congressional Republicans are driving up health care costs for millions of Americans."


Senator Whitehouse: (4:44 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the Gaspee incident.
    • "Here's the tale in brief form. It's 1772, tensions between England and the colonies have grown increasingly strained. Rhode Island is a seafaring trading colony without much regard for his Majesty's taxes. The command of Lieutenant Duddington in Rhode Island waters. The Gaspee's mission to interdict smuggled goods and force the payment of the crown's taxes. Lieutenant Duddington was an arrogant sort who was infamous for seizing cargo, flagging down ships only to harass, humiliate and interrogate the colonial sailors."