Van Hollen, Cornyn, Grassley

Executive Session (Ney Nomination)

Senator Van Hollen: (11:32 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the recent shooting in Annapolis.
    • "And I want to thank my friend and colleague, Senator Cardin for his remarks earlier today on this floor and thank the senate for taking up a resolution in memory of the victims. Our state of Maryland and the country were horrified by the tragic attacks on one of our great Maryland institutions, "The Capital Gazette" newspaper, the local newspaper of our state capitol in Annapolis that has been operating since 1827. It is your quintessential small-town newspaper that serves Annapolis, serves Anne Arundel County, but is also a newspaper read throughout the state of Maryland. In that awful shooting, we lost five members of "The Capital Gazette.""


Senator Cornyn: (11:46 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "So he's had a great judicial career over the last 12 years, written on a variety of topics. I would say that he's a pretty well known quantity. While you're going to hear a lot of demands for additional information, and I'm all for as much transparency as can be provided and senators certainly have a right to get their hands on as much information about the nominee and his qualifications, his background, how he might perform as a Supreme Court justice. I hope this doesn't turn into a delay of game tactic. He's had a long career in the government, worked at the white house as staff secretary, which for those who aren't familiar with that means he's the last person who sees a piece of paper before it's presented to the president for signature."
  • Spoke on U.S. immigration policy.
    • "As that bill suggests, there are two parts to it. One is treating families with compassion by allowing them to remain together. And also enforcing the immigration laws on our books. They don't have to be mutually exclusive. And our bill will ensure that they aren't. It will allow parents to stay with their children in a safe facility while awaiting their court proceedings. In other words, a number of these children and these adults are claiming asylum in the United States. That could only be finally decided by an immigration judge."


Senator Grassley: (12:09 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the F.B.I.
    • "In its criminal work, the F.B.I. is held accountable primarily by the court system. But when the F.B.I. secretly gathers information for intelligence purposes, the risk of impropriety skyrockets. If the information is never going to be presented in the courts, like in a criminal matter, then who is going to be watching to make sure that the power together and use it is not being abused? That's why we need vigorous congressional oversight and strong inspector general scrutiny. Lots of people say that the F.B.I. should be independent. I disagree. The F.B.I. needs to be objective and nonpartisan. It should be insulated from undue political pressure. If you want to call that Independence, then I'll use that word."