Executive Session (Carson Nomination)
May 15 2018 11:59 AM
Senator Schumer: (10:22 a.m.)
- Spoke on judicial nominations.
- "Madam President, last night, the Judiciary Committee announced that it would be voting on a slate of judicial nominees, including Andrew Oldham, a nominee from the fifth circuit, and Wendy Vitter, a nominee for the eastern district of Louisiana. We prize the quality of moderation in all our judges. At the district level, the circuit level, and of course at the Supreme Court level. Mr. Oldham and Miss Vitter, unfortunately, have expressed a number of sentiments that would put him on the political extreme, including troubling statements about women's health care rights. Asked separately by my colleague Senator Blumenthal if they agreed with the decision on Brown v. Board of Ed, both of them demurred. Can you believe that?"
- Spoke on the Trump administration.
- "No president, at least in my career, has done as much to fill up the swamp as president trump. If the American people look at his actions, not his rhetoric, the swamp has gotten much worse and a lot of it because of what president trump did. Mr. President, you can't say you're draining the swamp and then have an administration abounding with conflicts of interest, abounding with people who favor the wealthy and hurt the middle class. And, of course, there's been no bill of love for dreamers. The president said he's going to stand up to the N.R.A. Told a couple of senators that you shouldn't be afraid of them. And we haven't seen a check from Mexico on the border wall. It is a plain fact that this president talks the talk but fails time and time and time again to walk the walk."
Senator Leahy: (10:51 a.m.)
- Spoke on government funding legislation.
- "They should be the norm. President Trump's proposal would claw back $7 billion from the children's - the Children's Health Insurance Program, CHIP. $7 billion. If you can't keep a child healthy, what are they going to be like as an adult? CHIP currently provides health insurance for 8.7 million vulnerable children from low-income families. Millions of families from red states, blue states, urban and rural, depend on chip to keep their children healthy and happy, to make them the healthy and happy future generation. And I don't know how pulling $7 billion out of this program aligned to claw back policies that allow children to thrive and say that should be the norm."