Daines, Brown, Cornyn

Executive Session (Pompeo Nomination)

Senator Daines: (1:03 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Mike Pompeo to be Secretary of State.
    • "Their feedback was very clear, and perhaps this is the untold story that we're not hearing in the United States from our media, and it's this - the administration's resolve and their diplomacy is what has brought Kim Jong-un to the negotiating table. The administration is moving forward toward a denuclearized North Korea, and Mike Pompeo has played a critical role in those efforts. As secretary of state, Mike would continue to defend and represent American interests abroad, protecting our national security, and making the world a safer place. You know, Mike has not just excelled, he has been the best at everything he has put his mind to over the course of his life. He was first in his class at west point, a graduate of the Harvard law school, editor of the Harvard law review."

 

Senator Brown: (1:06 p.m.)

  • Spoke on Mick Mulvaney.
    • "That this is a high-ranked U.S. government official that was confirmed by the United States Senate, at least for the first job at Office of Management and Budget. Deciding who you will meet with based on campaign contributions is the kind of pay to play that makes Americans furious with Washington, D.C. I mean, President Trump got elected because he was going to drain the swamp. President Trump got elected because he said the system was rigged. President Trump got elected because he doesn't want this pay to play. President Trump got elected because this place needs to be cleaned out. So you appoint somebody hothead of the underlying Consumer Financial Protection Bureau who only really wants to talk to you if you gave him campaign money."

 

Senator Cornyn: (1:13 p.m.)

  • Spoke on prison reform.
    • "Mr. President, this afternoon, the House Judiciary Committee will begin to consider their version of a bill that I have introduced here in the senate with the junior senator from Rhode Island, Senator Whitehouse, called the Corrections Act. This legislation addresses prison reform, an issue at the forefront of how justice is administered in this country, by focusing on reducing rates of recidivism or repeat offenders and ensuring those reentering society can become productive members of our communities without threatening the crime rate. Our efforts here are important as re-offense rates in our country remain at high levels. In other words, our criminal justice system has become a revolving door with re-offense rates of more than 75% for state prisoners and nearly 50% for federal prisoners."