Lee, Portman (UC)

Executive Session (Branch Nomination)

Senator Lee: (11:05 a.m)

  • Spoke in tribute to Frederick Douglass.
    • "Mr. President, 200 years ago this month, a man was born into slavery in a cabin not far from here, in Maryland. The child knew his mother only briefly. They were cruelly separated when he was young. He knew his father only by the rumors. He didn't even know the exact day of his birth. Yes, even his birthday, that for many of us foundational aspect of identity, was denied him by the cruel mastery of slavery. This slave was whipped and beaten. His days were filled with toil. His nights were filled with restless turning on a packed dirt floor. That is not where the story ends. No, it is only the beginning of the incredible life of Frederick Douglass."


Senator Portman: (12:18 p.m)

  • Unanimous Consent –
    • That notwithstanding Rule XXII, all post-cloture time on the Branch nomination expire at 4:00 p.m today and the Senate VOTE on confirmation of Executive Calendar #623, Elizabeth Branch, of Georgia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the 11th Circuit.
    • (Without Objection)