Hatch, Thune, Durbin

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 6147)

Senator Hatch: (3:25 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "I rise to speak on the latest efforts to derail the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be associate justice of the United States Supreme Court. I'd like to focus today on a few areas where attacks have come up. Judge Kavanaugh's critics faced with an exceptionally baseball-loving, car-pool driving nominee to try or stop his confirmation. Let me focus today on a few areas where their attacks have come up short. It seems that some folks can't mention Judge Kavanaugh without suggesting in the same breath that his confirmation would be the death knell of Special Counsel Mueller's investigation. It is - it's worth taking a closer look to set the record straight."
  • Spoke in tribute to the Mormon settlement of Utah.
    • "Along the way, the Mormon pioneers erected bridges, built ferries, and cleared trails to assist those who would follow their path. They established communities, planted crops, and expanded trade posts that provided the crucial supplies necessary to survive expeditions onward. They learned how to irrigate and make the desert blossom as a rose. And irrigation principles have been followed all over the world. They set up trail markers and charted maps that guided thousands of settlers westward. The United States certainly has a debt of gratitude to those pioneers for their contributions to our nation's settlement of the West."

 

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

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Mr. President, as the testimony of his clerks and many others makes clear, Judge Kavanaugh understands the role of a judge. He understands that his job is to interpret the law, not make the law, to rule based on the plain text of the statute and not on his personal opinions or political beliefs. In a 2017 speech at Notre Dame Law School, Judge Kavanaugh said, and I quote, I believe very deeply in those visions of the rule of law as the law of rules and of the judge as umpire. But that I mean a neutral, impartial judiciary that decides cases based on settled principles without regard to policy preferences or political allegiances or which party is in on which side - or which party is on which side in a particular case, end quote. Mr. President, I'll say it again. That is the kind of judge that we want on the Supreme Court."

 

Senator Durbin: (3:56 p.m.)

  • Spoke on President Trump's foreign policy.
    • "To recap, he insulted our best allies of 70 years, then turned around and lobbied for Russia at a recent G-7 meeting and again bullied our key allies at a summit on NATO. He then met privately with Russian President Putin and then held a press conference with him in which President Trump blamed America and defended Putin's words over the expertise of his own government intelligence agencies. Keep in mind, he also inexplicably met privately with President Putin at the G-20 summit in Hamburg last year, an event which he initially denied. Why all these private meetings between President Trump and President Putin? Why wouldn't he let his secretary of state sit in the room?"