Cotton, Murray, Carper, Toomey

Executive Session (Pompeo Nomination)

Senator Cotton: (3:05 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the opioid epidemic.
    • "He was the joy of his parents' life and his sister's life. His sudden death was a shock to them. They got another shock when they found out he died of morphine intoxication. There was nothing in his apartment, no needles or pills, nothing. What had been found was a five-pound bag of poppy seeds. He ordered it on Amazon. It was determined that it was the source of the morphine that killed Steven. This resulted in part because of a dangerous gap in our nation's drug laws. It has been well known for ages that poppies are dangerous, both addictive and toxic, that's why it is illegal to grow or own any part of the poppy, but there's an exception, of course, for poppy seeds which many people enjoy on bagels, muffins and cakes."
  • Spoke on the nomination of Mike Pompeo to be Secretary of State.
    • "That's why presidents across the ages have filled the office of secretary of state with some of the most distinguished statesmen in our history, names like Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Adams, Clay, Webster, Marshall, Kissinger, and now we will add the name of Mike Pompeo. Very soon the Senate will confirm Mike to be our 70th secretary of state. I strongly support his nomination, as I have made known in recent days. Before we vote, I want to emphasize what a truly impressive nominee he is, a man of noble character whose name future generations, I suspect, will include on the roster of those great statesmen. Mike has succeeded at every stage of life."


Senator Murray: (3:24 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Mike Pompeo to be Secretary of State.
    • "This position is too important. The stakes are too high to let this nominee slide by without full consideration of what it would mean for Director Pompeo to be our nation's top diplomat. The person whose every word and action broadcast America's values to the rest of the world. Some of my opposition concerns Director Pompeo's harsh views on matters of war and peace, and his blatantly false accusations regarding members of the Muslim community. And some of my opposition surrounds my deep concern about director Pompeo's ability to stand strong against President Trump's erratic and uninformed foreign policy positions."


Senator Carper: (3:48 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the address of French President Macron.
    • "Really, if we work and live destroying the planet while sacrificing the future of our children. President Macron then said, he said, what is the meaning of our life if our conscience, the conscious decision is to reduce the opportunities for our children and for our grandchildren by polluting the oceans, not mitigating carbon dioxide emissions and destroying biodiversity, we are killing our planet. President Macron went on to say let's face it, there is no planet B. Think about that. There is no planet B. I turned to a colleague sitting next to me, and I said I am going to steal that line. There is no planet B."


Senator Toomey: (4:13 p.m.)

  • Spoke on tax reform.
    • "This is how his business is better able to accumulate the capital that he describes as the lifeblood of his small business, and it is, in fact, capital that allows these small businesses like Cranston to take advantage of new growth opportunities and specifically he shared with us an example the tax savings that he is already enjoying have helped him to expand into a new product line, a product line he couldn't afford to but now he can. In order to launch this product line he needed to purchase new equipment, employ new training. He touched on another way that tax reform is helping his business, and that's the business optimism that he is seeing and that is encouraging his customers, primarily larger companies, to increase their own capital spending."