Murray, King, Blunt

Executive Session (Zais Nomination)

Senator Murray: (2:15 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Mitchell Zais to be Deputy Secretary of Education.
    • "And time and time again, she has failed to protect students' civil rights. She tried to shrink the office of civil rights. She rolled back protections for transgender students, and she rescinded guidance for schools on how to investigate claims of campus sexual assault. So, Mr. President, with Secretary Devos' ideological agenda steering this ship, it's clear to me that the Department of Education needs a strong and independent deputy secretary of education to once again start putting students first. Unfortunately, General Zais made it clear he would be proud to be Secretary Devos' right hand man and shares her position on the number of concerning issues."


Senator King: (2:29 p.m.)

  • Spoke on National Police Week.
    • "Mr. President, every morning across America, millions of people get up, get dressed, and go to work. They all have similar experiences. They are getting ready for a new day. They are getting ready for a new set of challenges. They are getting ready to serve their company and the place where they work to the best of their ability, but there is one group of Americans who get up every morning to go to work and it's a slightly different experience. Because when those people report for work, they are knowingly and willingly putting their lives on the line. I'm referring to our police officers and law enforcement personnel across the country. I think it's an important distinction."


Senator Blunt: (3:02 p.m.)

  • Spoke on National Police Week.
    • "Mr. President, across the country this week and very evident here in the nation's capital, people are honoring men and women who serve in law enforcement. If you're visiting the Capitol this week, you'll see more law enforcement officers in more different uniforms than you would have expected to see unless you're here for law enforcement week. You know, when you and I came to the Senate, Mr. President, Senator Coons, a Democrat from Delaware, came at the same time. We started the bipartisan Senate Law Enforcement Caucus, and on law enforcement week, it's a privilege for me to speak as we honor those in law enforcement and speak on behalf of senator coons and I both at a time when we think it's particularly important to recognize what law enforcement officers do, and in my case I want to talk a little bit about the law enforcement officers who lost their lives this year in the line of duty."