Wrap Up (The Senate Stands Adjourned), Sasse, Brown

Wrap Up

Tomorrow -

  • The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Calendar #601, James G. Blew, of California, to be an Assistant Secretary of Education.
  • At 11:45 a.m., the Senate will VOTE on confirmation of Executive Calendar #601, James G. Blew, of California, to be an Assistant Secretary of Education.
  • Following disposition of the Blew nomination, the pending cloture motions will ripen.
  • Following the cloture vote on the Quarles nomination, the Senate will recess until 2:15 p.m. to accommodate the weekly policy meetings.
  • Note: on Thursday, July 12, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #595, Randall Quarles, of Colorado, to be a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve.
  • Note: on Thursday, July 12, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #892, Andrew S. Oldham, of Texas, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit.
  • Note: on Thursday, July 12, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #903, Ryan Wesley Bounds, of Oregon, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.

 

Senator Sasse: (6:31 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the recent meeting between President Trump and President Putin.
    • "Did he believe in the men and women in the U.S. intelligence community or did he believe in Vladimir Putin, a member of the Russian intelligence community? A thug turned Russian despot. The choice here was between people who are risking their lives on behalf of our freedom and people who go around the world taking people's lives to limit freedom. The president of the United States, how did he answer? He answered, quote, that he didn't see any reasons, quote, why Putin would have interfered in the U.S. election. Make no mistake, Putin has a reason. The reason is clear to all those who have been watching growing Russian authoritarianism in recent years. Putin wants to weaken the U.S. Government."

 

Senator Brown: (6:45 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Randall Quarles to be a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve.
    • "His actions today suggest he ain't learned a lot since. His amnesia and the collective amnesia of this body, it's just a little too familiar in this town. We can't afford any more nominees who fail American workers, who fail American homeowners, who fail American taxpayers. It always comes back to whose side you're on. Are you going to fight for the little guy, whether she punches a time clock or whether he works in a diner, or are you going to fight for the 1%? Are we here to serve American workers in the middle class or are we here to serve Wall Street? Randal Quarles has made it clear whose side he is on. I urge my colleagues to reject his nomination."
  • Spoke on the recent meeting between President Trump and President Putin.
    • "We're talking about a man, President Putin, who presides over a regime where journalists are killed. According to a 2016 Politifact article, Russia ranks 180 out of 199 for press freedom, behind -- not ahead of, behind Iraq, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and others, according to the international watchdog Freedom House. After all, Putin was a K.G.B. agent. But the president just didn't defend a dictator against the press. He openly attacked the American free press. Heading to meet with the leader of a country that tramples on the rights of journalists, he said, our president, President Trump, our president said much of our news media is indeed the enemy of the people. That's soviet talk."