Apr 10 2018 06:30 PM
- The Senate will convene at 10:30 a.m.
- Following leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #728, John F. Ring, of the District of Columbia, to be a member of the National Labor Relations Board.
- At 12:20 p.m., the Senate will VOTE on confirmation of Executive Calendar #728, John F. Ring, of the District of Columbia, to be a member of the National Labor Relations Board.
Senator Brown: (5:39 p.m.)
- Spoke on the nominations of John Ring to be a member of the National Labor Relations Board and Patrick Pizzella to be Deputy Secretary of Labor.
- "Isn't there enough of that in this country without the government siding with the richest, most privileged people in the country, the largest corporations in the country against workers who simply don't have much of a voice and we're going to put government on the side of those corporations against those workers? John ring's nomination May be even worse. He's been nominated to be on the national labor relations board, supposed to be someone in both of these jobs. Mr. Pizzella, Mr. Ring, the department of labor and NLRB, we need someone in both of these jobs who wakes up every day thinking how do I help American workers?"
Senator Whitehouse: (5:45 p.m.)
- Spoke on climate change.
- "I point out that this network is funded by the fossil fuel industry in a deliberate and systematic effort to misdirect public discussion and to distort public understanding of climate change and climate science. I point out that it's actually working. It has been so effective at infiltrating our political system that the head of the United States Environmental Protection Agency is a full-on fossil fuel flunky. I discussed the fossil fuel industry's parallel web that directs rivers of dark money into our political system and deploys related but more clandestine threats and promises to work the industry's will in Congress. Like I said, it's working. The web of denial and political enforcement organizations has so far achieved its purpose to prevent Congress from carrying out its responsibility to rein in carbon pollution."