Cruz, Klobuchar, Jones, Murkowski

Executive Session (Kavanaugh Nomination)

Senator Cruz: (5:41 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Judges who will follow the law, who will be faithful to the Constitution, who will uphold our fundamental liberties, free speech, religious liberty, the Second Amendment, the Tenth Amendment, the fundamental liberties protected every American in the United States Constitution. The stakes here are high, particularly with this seat, the seat that was held by Justice Kennedy, a justice who has been the swing vote for three decades now. Even though the stakes are high, Mr. President, what we have witnessed the last several weeks is unprecedented in the annals of confirmation battles. We saw initially a confirmation hearing that was relatively straightforward."

 

Senator Klobuchar: (6:02 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "What we know about Judge Kavanaugh's record and what it suggests about the kind of justice that he would be. In the last decades, the Supreme Court of the United States has decided who you can marry, where you can go to school, who can vote, and for people like my grandpa who worked 1,500 feet underground in the mines in Elie, Minnesota, his entire life, the Supreme Court has decided how safe your workplace is. The next Supreme Court justice will make decisions that affect people across the country, their lives forever. The next Supreme Court justice will rule on cases that could determine whether health insurers can deny coverage to people who are sick or who have preexisting conditions and whether women's rights are protected, and the next Supreme Court justice will be in a position to serve as a check, as a check and balance on the other branches of government."

 

Senator Jones: (6:47 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "I've been moved by the many reports of thousands of women who have felt compelled by recent events to reveal similar stories that they have buried for many years, some for decades the last few weeks women have shared with me intensely painful and personal descriptions of assaults. Some who I've known for a period of time but never knew what they were carrying within them. Many of these happened so many years ago, high school, college, as young professionals. Often they hadn't told anyone, even their closest friends and loved ones. Their experiences while different in detail have so many similarities. Their feelings of fear and shame and guilt were overwhelming at the time of their encounters. Those emotions exert a powerful hold on these women's lives, even if they go on to find professional success and fulfilling relationships, it is still buried within them."

 

Senator Murkowski: (7:40 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "I have had the opportunity to vote on five justices prior to this. I took my time. I was deliberate. I was thoughtful. Some accused me of being too deliberate, too thoughtful, taking too much time. This is important to me. It should be important to all of us, and I know that it is important to all of us. And so I studied the record. I sat with Judge Kavanaugh for a lengthy period of time, about an hour and a half, and asked the questions that I had and did more due diligence, reviewed the cases. And I did my homework, listened to the concerns that were raised by many in my state on issues that were all over the board, whether it was a woman's right to choose, whether it was the Affordable Care Act, whether it was executive authority, deference to the agencies, native issues."