Durbin, Hatch, Schumer

Executive Session (Scholer Nomination)

Senator Durbin: (3:14 p.m)

  • Spoke on DACA.
    • "The very first time I met President Donald Trump was minutes after he had been sworn in. It was at a luncheon here in the capitol. I went up to him and said, Mr. President, congratulations, and I want to thank you for the kind words you have said about the dreamers and those who are protected by DACA. He said Dick, don't worry about those kids. We're going to take care of those kids. That's what the president said on January 20, 2017. I brought it up to him several other times, too. It's an issue that's important to me, but more importantly, it's an issue that's critical to the future of these young people. But then what happened on September 5 of last year, just nine months after the president was sworn in?"

 

Senator Hatch: (3:31 p.m)

  • Spoke on gun control.
    • "One kind of training this bill would fund would prevent many incidents of school violence. Over the last 25 years, research has revealed that in seven out of ten acts of gun violence, a friend or someone else was told that an act of violence would be committed before it happened. In one study it was reported that in four out of five school shootings, the attacker had told people of his plans ahead of time. We must ensure that everyone in the school ecosystem is educated to recognize the signs of a potential threat. We must likewise, students, teachers, and administrators take action and follow up when they see warning signs."
  • Unanimous Consent –
    • That notwithstanding Rule XXII and the order of March 1, the confirmation vote on Executive Calendar #536, Terry A. Doughty, of Louisiana, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana, occur following the cloture vote on the motion to proceed to S. 2155, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, with all other provisions of the previous order in effect.
    • (Without Objection)

 

Senator Schumer: (3:44 p.m)

  • Spoke on gun control.
    • "No time to debate universal background checks, a policy that over 90% of Americans support, including the vast majority of gun owners, no time to debate protective orders to allow law enforcement to disarm individuals who have shown credible signs to being a harm to themselves and others, especially after parkland, no time to have debate on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines on the floor of the senate. Kids who survived the horrific shooting are speaking up and speaking out and demanding that we address this issue head on. I met with them. They are fine young men and women. Instead of just cursing the darkness after what they went through and the losses of friends and colleagues they suffered, they are trying to light a candle, urging us to debate and doing something real, and yet, the majority leader is moving to a banking bill today with no promise of time to consider a package of commonsense gun safety measures."
  • Spoke on tax reform.
    • "They simply say it's helping the working people, but their mechanism, trickle down is something they won't utter in public. Instead of giving wage increases or investing in new equipment or research, the most popular use of the savings from the tax bill for corporations is corporate share buybacks. That is from the big corporations. Already big corporations have announced more than $200 billion in share buybacks this year. We've just - we've just started March and already corporations are on pace to spend over $1 trillion this year buying back their own stock."