Murphy, Durbin, Jones, Murray, McConnell (UC)

Executive Session (Bennett Nomination)

Senator Murphy: (11:20 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "And so the Heritage Foundation and Federalist Society have been in the business of trying to take away protections with preexisting conditions from the beginning of this fight. When you outsource the selection of the Supreme Court justice to those groups, you know what you are going to get. You are going to get a justice who is going to vote to unwind these protections, and you don't have to do that kind of super investigating because the president already effectively told you he was going to appoint somebody who would remedy the fatal sin of John Roberts, which was to uphold at least an essential tenet of the Affordable Care Act."


Senator Durbin: (11:33 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Most Americans put to the test couldn't name the justices on the U.S. Supreme Court. They know it's a big court, an important court, the highest court in the land, but they don't know who's there until we get into this kind of a debate. And as we do, people tend to learn a lot more about the justices and what their core beliefs are. When it comes to Judge Brett Kavanaugh who now sits on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, he has a lengthy record. 12 years of opinions as a judge, not to mention all the years before that when he was active politically in Washington, D.C. And Senator Murphy of Connecticut is correct to note his approach to the law, his approach to the constitution does not give us great hope in preserving the protections on health insurance that are part of the Affordable Care Act."
  • Spoke on the nomination of Brian Benczkowski to be an Assistant Attorney General.
    • "And between November and January, the swearing in, he served on that transition committee trying to smooth the way for the new administration to take over the Department of Justice. At the end when the president was sworn in, President Trump was sworn in, Mr. Benczkowski left the transition committee and went back to his private practice here in Washington for a well-known firm. But before he returned to that firm, he sent a letter to the president saying, I hope that you'll consider me to appoint me as a U.S. attorney somewhere in the United States."



Senator Jones: (12:18 p.m.)

  • Spoke on civil rights cold cases.
    • "But that requires having access to the files. It is not an easy task getting access to these kind of files. By ensuring public access, however, to the files and records relating to these cases, we can expand the universe of people who can help these victims receive the justice that they've long since been denied. If we're going to find the truth, it has to start with transparency. That's why today I am introducing the civil rights cold case records collection act of 2018, which will require the assembly, collection, and public disclosure of government cold case records about unsolved criminal rights - civil rights cases."


Senator Murray: (12:27 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "We know exactly where this nominee will fall on specific issues, no matter what vague answers he chooses to deliver throughout this process. We know this because President Trump told us openly, publicly, and repeatedly. More than any president I have seen, he has been explicit about what he expects from his nominee. He has laid out specific tests and promised to only pick nominees from a prescreened list of people who would absolutely meet them. Mr. President, here's what he has said. And here's how we know exactly what this nominee would do. President Trump has said he wants a nominee who is fully committed to overturning Roe v. Wade, criminalizing abortions, and rolling back women's ability to access contraception and other basic health care."


Senator McConnell: (12:35 p.m)

  • Unanimous Consent –
    • That at 5:00 p.m. today the Senate resume legislative session and VOTE on the pending compound motion to insist on its amendment, agree to the request of the House for conference, and to authorize the chair to appoint conferees with respect to the House message accompanying H.R. 5515, the NDAA.
    • Further, if the compound motion is agreed to, Senators Cornyn and Reed each be recognized to offer motions to instruct conferees, with the Senate then VOTING on the motions I the order listed.   
    • (Without Objection)