Murkowski, Durbin, Cardin

Executive Session (Clark Nomination)

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

  • Spoke on the short term insurance CRA.
    • "And I had hoped to actually have an opportunity to speak to this prior to the vote, wasn't able to. But I wanted to take just a couple minutes this afternoon to - to weigh in on this issue from an Alaskan perspective. Because I - I think there have been some suggestions that -- that with this - with this rule in place that those of us that care about protecting those with preexisting conditions somehow or other, we're taking these protections away. I - I have weighed this carefully and - and, in fairness, I think some of the arguments that have been made are perhaps not as quite clear cut as would be suggested, and perhaps certainly in a state like mine where we still have the highest health care costs in the country, and certainly some of the highest costs for in the country."
  • Spoke on the importance of civility.
    • "To be protested at her home every weekend, to know that she cannot travel without a police escort, I made comments as I prepared for the final vote last week, and I said we are better than this. We have to set the example here. And I am - I'm really touched that after I have taken a hard vote within my caucus that there are some who are notably angry at me but we are working together on the next issue of the day, and we're moving forward. We need to set that example in this body because if we don't set it here, I don't know how we can expect anyone on the outside to follow us with that. There is a need for civility, and it is a hard time for us."


Senator Durbin: (3:29 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Jeffrey Clark to be an Assistant Attorney General.
    • "If we don't accept responsibility in our generation to make this a better world, shame on us. We want to leave our kids a better world, well, for goodness sakes, do we have the political courage to do it? Will you be able to say to the president you're just wrong, Mr. President? We have to work together with nations around the world. The United States should be a leader, not an apologist. The president has said he wants to make America first. Well, how about America first when it comes to cleaning up the environment? There is nothing wrong with that leadership. It's something that we should be proud of. This man, Jeffrey Clark, who is to be the assistant attorney general, just doesn't buy into what I just said."
  • Spoke on AWIA.
    • "These are critical projects in every state. I just went down a few weeks ago with Senator McConnell on the Ohio River, the Olmstead Lock and Dam that has been under construction for decades was finally completed. It's an amazing investment. It's the most expensive single infrastructure project in our nation's history, civil project in our nation's history. It's an indication of the kind of investment that's necessary if we are going to try to tame rivers like the Ohio River. There are critical projects like that in every state. They improve our inland waterways to help deliver $600 million in goods and 60% of our grain exports each year."


Senator Cardin: (4:02 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to the late Sen. Joe Tidings.
    • "He came from great privilege but was known in Maryland as a senator of the people. His first elected office was president of the Young Dames of Maryland. From there he became a member of the House of Delegates where he fought the establishment, took on the network in Annapolis and investigated the savings and loan situation in our state and really shed a lot of light on what was happening in abuses in that industry. He was chosen by then-Senator Kennedy to head up his campaign for president. Joe Yidings handled his campaign in Maryland for President Kennedy and helped in other primaries around the nation, leading to President Kennedy's election as president of the United States."