Peters, Ernst, Casey, Tillis

Executive Session (Bounds Nomination)

Senator Peters: (1:14 p.m.)

  • Spoke on Startup Week.
    • "I've met with business founders who design and produce high-end jeans and other deny I am products and grow and deliver farm-fresh products. This Monday I visited Ferries Wheel, a new co-working space in Flint, Michigan, a community of hardworking Michiganders who are focused on their future. The people of Flint are committed to building a stronger, healthier, more prosperous community, and they are committed to doing it together. You can see this in their schools, in their churches, and nonprofits, and you can see this in their start-ups and small businesses. One of the best parts about starting a business in Flint is 100,000 ideas, a nonprofit staffed by university students committed to helping entrepreneurs start their companies."


Senator Ernst: (1:18 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the abolition of I.C.E.
    • "Unfortunately, a resolution that would have shown this body's unanimous support for these courageous individuals was blocked. While the border patrol has the important mission of maintaining security at our borders, I.C.E. agents have the critical mission of enforcing immigration laws inside the United States. These two work hand in hand. Our nation cannot have border security without enforcing our laws inside communities, and we cannot have secure communities without enforcing our laws at our borders. But the critical mission of I.C.E. goes far beyond just immigration enforcement."


Senator Casey: (1:24 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the recent meeting between President Trump and President Putin.
    • "Thank you, Mr. President. I rise today to discuss what is on so many Americans' minds today and the last couple of days - President Trump's recent trip to Europe, his meeting with Vladimir Putin, and his comments about Russia's interference in our elections. So many Pennsylvanians, and I'm sure this is true in so many other states, have called and written our offices this week in complete disbelief, asking, quote, what's next and where do we go from here. These are good questions. They're critically important questions."


Senator Tillis: (1:36 p.m.)

  • Spoke on U.S. immigration policy.
    • "But how about this? Why doesn't Congress act to provide long-term certainty through an act of Congress to make absolutely certain that children who cross the borders with their families can be kept with their families while we're trying to determine in a court whether or not that family has a legitimate claim to asylum. It sounds fairly simple. In fact, it is pretty simple. I met with Senators Feinstein and Senator Durbin and Senator Cruz. We sat down and we discussed a way to actually get this into law. We all agreed that it needs to be very narrowly focused. The problem with immigration around here and the immigration subject is it grows really big and really complex really quickly. And what happens with big and complex on Capitol Hill is nothing gets done. So the bill that we proposed is very simple."