Cortez Masto, Thune, Whitehouse, Shaheen

Executive Session (Clark Nomination)

Senator Cortez Masto: (4:43 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the short-term insurance CRA.
    • "Donald Trump has not yet been able to get the support in Congress he needs to repeal protections for people with preexisting conditions, but he has taken steps to circumvent the will of Congress and hack away at these protections bit by bit. In August he signed an executive order expanding access to what are called junk plans. These are health insurance plans that don't cover essential services like preexisting drugs, emergency room visits, or maternity care. These plans are designed for short-term use only and don't include protections for people with preexisting conditions."


Senator Thune: (4:50 p.m.)

  • Spoke on Republican economic policy.
    • "And the tax code helps determine whether large businesses hire, grow, and invest in the United States. A large business is going to find it pretty hard to create jobs or improve benefits for employees if it's struggling to stay competitive against foreign businesses paying much less in taxes. And large business sun likely to keep jobs and investment in the United States, if the tax code makes it vastly more expensive to hire American workers. Prior to the passage of the tax cuts and jobs act last December, our tax code was not helping our economy or American families. It was doing just the opposite. And so we took action. We cut tax rates for American families, doubled the child tax credit, and nearly doubled the standard deduction."
  • Spoke in tribute to Sen. Grassley.
    • "He had to contend with Democrat colleagues who did everything they could to delay and disrupt the process and to tank Justice Kavanaugh's confirmation. But no matter what tactics the Democrats resorted to, from interrupting the confirmation hearing to withholding critical information, Chairman Grassley stayed above the fray. He carried on with what needed to be done, whether that was compiling information from Justice Kavanaugh's time in the White House or interviewing witnesses."


Senator Whitehouse: (5:04 p.m.)

  • Spoke on climate change.
    • "The Shaheen-Portman energy efficiency legislation would help move us toward that target. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy says the bill would reduce carbon dioxide emissions by about 650 million metric tons over a 15-year period. The cumulative net savings from the bill would reach nearly $100 billion. My state of Rhode Island is a national leader in promoting energy efficiency, so we know how good programs like the Shaheen-Portman reforms are for consumers, for businesses, and for the environment. Rhode Island has consistently ranked among the top states for energy efficiency."


Senator Shaheen: (5:18 p.m.)

  • Spoke on climate change.
    • "You know, moose has been one of New Hampshire's iconic wildlife representatives, to put it the easiest way. The moose are something that we're very proud of in New Hampshire. We have seen them in the wildest parts of our state, some even as far south as where I live in southern New Hampshire. What we're seeing as the result of climate change is a 40% reduction in the moose in New Hampshire, and that's happening because, as I said, increases in insect-borne diseases. If you look very closely, this picture, which looks like there are these little round balls on this moose, those are ticks. Those are ticks that have been able to attach to the moose and in so many cases kill moose, and they are there because it's not getting cold enough in our winters to kill off those ticks."