Wrap Up (The Senate Stands Adjourned), Grassley, Sullivan, Casey

Wrap Up

Tuesday, September 4 -

  • The Senate will next convene for legislative business at 3:00 p.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #1061, Elad L. Roisman, of Maine, to be a member of the Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • At 5:30 p.m., the pending cloture motion will ripen.
  • Note: on Tuesday, August 28, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #1061, Elad L. Roisman, of Maine, to be a member of the Securities and Exchange Commission.


Senator Grassley: (6:29 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to Sen. John McCain.
    • "His grit and determination as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, he's legendary and ought to be an inspiration. For the rest of his life, he understood from his own experience what it takes to keep a country safe, and he stood up for the security of the United States and in turn that was standing up for the security of the world. He prioritized those in uniform and the veterans who he safeguard our nation. I had tremendous respect for Senator McCain's leadership of the Armed Services Committee and for the many ways that he led on a number-one responsibility of the federal government: our national defense. Senator McCain and I have served in the Senate together since 1986."
  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "The second strategy Democratic leaders pursued was the attempt to bury the Judiciary Committee in irrelevant paperwork, mountains of it. I have discussed the issue at length previously so I'll only give you a bottom line. The bottom line is that we have received more pages of documents from Judge Kavanaugh's time as an executive branch lawyer than we did from any previous Supreme Court nominee. In fact, we've already received over 430,000 pages of Judge Kavanaugh's executive branch legal records, which is nearly as many as the last five nominees combined."


Senator Sullivan: (6:50 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to Sen. John McCain.
    • "There has been a lot said, especially from a freshman senator who hadn't served with John nearly as long as most in this august chamber. But if Senator John McCain taught us anything, it was to speak when you feel compelled to speak. And when it comes to him, I certainly feel compelled to speak. Particularly as a newer member of this body who thought the world of this man and learned so much from him. John McCain was a leader. There is no arguing about that. And one of the qualities of leadership that's so important and sometimes gets overlooked that was a huge quality of this great senator was his ability to focus on, give his time and willingness to mentor newer members of the Senate."


Senator Casey: (7:14 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to Sen. John McCain.
    • "There's a line attributed to Abraham Lincoln where he said in the end, it's not the years in one's life that counts. It's the life in those years. It's a loose translation, not exact. But when you consider the life in those years in the context of John McCain, what a life it was. A remarkable human being who was able to rise above the horror of being a captive and being tortured to achieve so much in his life after that, in the Navy, as an elected official, and as a presidential candidate. And of course most especially as a leader. John McCain demonstrated a kind of courage that most people cannot even begin to imagine."