Brown, Sullivan, Van Hollen

Executive Session (Kavanaugh Nomination)

Senator Brown: (11:43 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "I don't think my colleagues understand the process of collective process. I am working bipartisanly with a number of my colleagues on a pension bill. I don't know that my colleagues understand when it comes to pension, they sit down at the bargaining table and give up wages today to have secure retirements. I'm concerned about this Supreme Court's view on bargaining rights and fair pay and fair benefits. I'm concerned about this court in terms of protecting American workers and American consumers from discrimination and, shall we say, Wall Street greed. I'm troubled already by the Supreme Court's recent decisions stripping rights from Ohioans on many issues."

 

Senator Sullivan: (12:28 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Mr. President, like so many of us here, I've been watching and listening to my colleagues speak on the floor about the judge Kavanaugh nomination for several days. And like so many of my colleagues, I want to commend senator Collins of Maine for her thorough, detailed, and eloquent remarks yesterday. Sometimes a member gives a speech that we know will always be remembered because of its thoroughness, its seriousness, statesman-like quality. I think we all are in agreement that that happened yesterday with senator Collins. I also want to highlight my very good friend, senator murkowski's remarks last night."

 

Senator Van Hollen: (1:01 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "It's an important check on executive power. We are invested with this special responsibility to ensure that individuals nominated by the president to be Supreme Court justices will be people who make decisions fairly and impartially without favor and without bias. That is why lady justice wears a blind followed and holds a balanced - blindfold and holds a balanced scale on which to way the claims that come before her. The integrity of the Supreme Court requires that every person - every person who comes before that court can have confidence that each justice will fairly weigh the evidence and the arguments."