Executive Session (Muniz Nomination)
Apr 17 2018 11:13 AM
Senator Schumer: (10:25 a.m.)
- Spoke on tribal labor sovereignty.
- "For a number of years, Democrats and Republicans on the Indian Affairs Committee have pushed legislation that would alleviate these problems. On our side of the aisle, Senators Udall and Tester, Smith, Baldwin, Heinrich, Heitkamp, Cantwell, Murray, have worked very hard on bills that deal with these very, very significant issues in Indian country. But, Madam President, none of these bills have reached the floor. The leader has refused to put bills that would dramatically help Indian country on the floor. And when finally a tribal bill is brought forward by the majority leader, it was closed to amendments and debate. Senator Udall, our ranking member, wished to have amendments. Senator Hoeven, the chairman of Indian Affairs, told me he wanted amendments."
- Spoke on President Trump and Russia.
- "Yesterday, it was reported that President Trump overruled a decision of his administration to implement new sanctions against Russia for its support of the brutal Assad regime in Syria in the wake of a chemical weapons attack that was devastating. Our hearts go out when we see pictures like this. It was only the latest action in a long pattern of behavior in which President Trump opted to treat Russia and President Putin with kid gloves. It took a very long time for President Trump to even utter a negative word about Mr. Putin and his administration has time and time again delayed the implementation of sanctions. Reports in the press said that president trump was unhappy with his administration's decision to expel 60 Russian diplomats after British citizens were victim of a Russian-linked attack."
- Spoke on tax reform.
- "The only way that could have been true was if corporations had decided to invest a substantial amount of their newfound profits in workers. That's what Republicans, after all, argued would happen. We Democrats warned that if you gave the big corporations the lion's share of the tax cuts, corporations would do what they always do when they have higher profits and extra cash. Distribute it among themselves. Have a nice little party. Unfortunately, the evidence is mounting that our predictions, as much as we wish they hadn't come true, were prescient."
Senator Warren: (11:05 a.m.)
- Spoke on the auto industry rule.
- "Or they could stop using the dealer reserves that facilitated these discriminatory practices and just pay dealers a flat fee per loan instead. After issuing the guidance, the CFPB found that some were not following the guidance. It entered into settlements with fifth third and the financing arms of both Honda and Toyota. These settlements returned millions of dollars to people who had been charged more for car loans simply based on the color of their skin. But a lot of auto dealers and auto lenders don't like the CFPB's guidance, which brings us to today when the senate is about to vote on reversing this guidance and prohibiting the CFPB from ever issuing similar guidance again. This is part of the broader Republican attack on the efforts to fight economic discrimination."