Wyden, Reed, Kennedy

Executive Session (Vought Nomination)

Senator Wyden: (2:21 p.m)

  • Spoke on tax reform.
    • "The benefits of the tax law are about as one-sided as it gets, and middle-class Americans come up on the losing end. It sure is one-sided when the price of admission for any middle-class tax relief is an investor handout big enough to pay Wall Street in gold. Democrats pushed for a tax cut that was centered on the middle class, but Republicans turned their one-sided wish list into law. It sure is one-sided to have a massive tax handout to multinational corporations, a lower top rate for the fortunate few, a massive tax cut in the estate tax that touches only the wealthiest while working families get handed only temporary relief."
  • Spoke on the nomination of Russell Vought to be Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget.
    • "But I also oppose Mr. Vought's nomination because of his extreme votes on the budget and refusal to reach across party lines. So we have an obligation, an obligation to look at his extreme views and especially his vitriolic comments that he made and to consider them among the recent examples of individuals who made similar comments and were deemed unfit for service. Carl Higby, a Trump surrogate during the 2016 campaign, was appointed as chief of external affairs at the Corporation for National Service. He resigned from his taxpayer-funded post in shame after his history of hateful and bigoted rhetoric was brought to light"


Senator Reed: (2:33 p.m)

  • Spoke on Russia.
    • "Money laundering and other financial crimes are among the tools deployed by Russia as part of the Kremlin's larger influence campaign which has been used against the United States and our allies and partners to advance the strategic political goals of Russia. These activities are being used as weapons which threaten U.S national security. The Kremlin's use of malign financial influence is subtle and is part of a larger coordinated operation of hybrid aggression biff the Kremlin -- by the Kremlin using a broad spectrum of military and nonmilitary tools at its disposal. Russia recognizes that for now, its military capabilities are limited relative to the United States and NATO. And it will seek to avoid a direct military conflict with the West."


Senator Kennedy: (3:04 p.m)

  • Spoke in tribute to Sally Ann Roberts.
    • "The current one is a broadcasting legend named Don Alhart delivering the news in Rochester, New York, for 51 years. I'm happy for Mr. Alhart, but Sally Ann Roberts could have taken that title from him had she not decided it was time to pass the baton. After 41 years at WWL channel 4 TV in the great city of New Orleans, Sally Ann Roberts is embarking on a new chapter in her life. She is retiring today. If anybody is worthy of icon status, it's Sally Ann. And she's absolutely humble about it. If you talk to her about her career, she'll probably turn the conversation around to you. If you insist on talking about her career, she'll always give credit to her parents for instilling such a strong work ethic and love for her husband and children."