Murray, Cortez Masto, Tillis, Tester

Executive Session (Oldham Nomination)

Senator Murray: (11:18 a.m.)

  • Spoke on judicial nominations.
    • "Now he failed to jam a bill through Congress here to make those things happen, so now he's done everything he can to attack patients' health care from the oval office, and his biggest attack yet is Judge Kavanaugh, an extremely conservative nominee vetted by those same right-wing special interests who President Trump is so determined to keep happy. A judge who those special interests picked because they know he will help them undermine Affordable Care Act from the Supreme Court bench. I believed President Trump when he said he was determined to undermine patients' health care in order to satisfy right-wing special interests, health care coverage especially for people with preexisting conditions is on the line with this nomination, and we cannot afford not to take this threat seriously."

 

Senator Cortez Masto: (11:35 a.m.)

  • Spoke on judicial nominations.
    • "Don't the American people and their elected officials deserve a say in whether he should be allowed to fill that seat? This debate is not just about one unqualified judge and his racist ideas. It's about the duty of the legislative branch to serve as a check and balance on the president. Over the course of the Trump administration so far, we've seen an unprecedented attempt to undermine the blue-slip process and pack the courts with judges favored by corporations and special interests. I urge my colleagues to take a stand against president trump's attacks on our legal system. Protect the integrity of the blue-slip process and vote against Ryan Bounds' nomination. The power and independence of the legislature is at stake."

 

Senator Tillis: (11:38 a.m.)

  • Spoke on Pastor Andrew Brunson.
    • "It also happens to be a meal that a lot of people in the Middle East like. But that was a charge that suggested he was involved in a coup attempt or conspiring with terrorists. Having a light on in a church. By the way in a room that doesn't have a window that was supposedly observed by one of these secret witnesses who are in prison saying, well, clearly if there was a light on in this church, nothing good could have happened because it was in the middle of the night. Maybe somebody just left a light switch on. I'm still trying to figure out how they actually saw it because I've been in that room and there is not a single window."

 

Senator Tester: (11:45 a.m.)

  • Spoke on tariffs.
    • "This trade war is eliminating access to foreign markets, foreign markets that have taken generations to develop, and putting family farmer, ranch operations in a financial pinch, such a severe financial pinch that we haven't seen anything like it since the 1980's when we saw mass exodus off the land due to bad ag prices. The retaliatory prices against farmers and ranchers is harming Montana's number one industry, agriculture. Montana's game producers produce about $2 billion worth of wheat and barley and oilseeds and pulse crops every year."