Hatch, Schumer, Cardin

Executive Session (Pompeo Nomination)

Senator Hatch: (9:43 a.m.)

  • Spoke on judicial nominations.
    • "Mr. President, there's no excuse for the delays in the confirmation process except sheer partisanship. It amounts to an ongoing partial government shutdown, and it definitely hurts the American people. Such obstruction is not worthy of the United States Senate, and the resulting judicial vacancies do great harm to the judicial system. These are not my words, Mr. President, but the words of the senator from Vermont, Senator Leahy, when he chaired the Judiciary Committee in 2014. Judicial vacancies today are 60% higher than when he expressed those concerns back then. Vacancies are 52% higher than what he said was a, quote, disaster for our nation's overburdened courts. Unquote. The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts labeled some judicial vacancies as judicial emergencies because of their duration and impact on caseloads."

 

Senator Schumer: (10:08 a.m.)

  • Spoke on President Trump and Russia.
    • "One of the things the president said this morning was that, quote, he's decided not to be involved in the Russia probe but may change his mind. That is why it is so good this morning, Madam President, that the Judiciary Committee is marking up legislation, bipartisan legislation, that would protect Special Counsel Mueller from political interference. From the very beginning, Special Counsel Mueller's investigation has been about following the facts and how a foreign hostile power interfered with our free elections, the well-spring of our domestic. That investigation must be allowed to proceed safe from the heavy hand of the president."
  • Spoke on the nomination of Ronny Jackson to be Secretary of the V.A.
    • "We just received word that the president's nomination to be the next secretary of the V.A. has withdrawn his nomination. The allegations swirling around the nomination of Dr. Jackson were troubling, raised lots of questions. But the real blame here falls on the administration for once again being sloppy and careless in the vetting process. Dr. Jackson didn't go through a careful vet, where some of these things might have been discovered beforehand and he wouldn't have had to go through the process that he went through."
  • Spoke on healthcare reform.
    • "Despite that legislative failure, president trump, his administration, and congressional Republicans have committed several other acts of sabotage, raising premiums and hurting health care, all it seems to me for political vendetta. For a long time the president refused to guarantee that the administration will honor the cost-sharing program which reduces premiums and out-of-pocket expenses for low-income Americans. He eventually canceled payments for that program causing major uncertainty and confusion in the markets."
  • Spoke on the National Memorial for Peace and Justice.
    • "Finally, Mr. President, I'd like to add a word about an event taking place today in Montgomery, Alabama. Today in Montgomery, the national memorial for peace and justice dedicated to the legacy of enslaved black people's victims of lynching and African Americans victimized by white supremacy will open up its doors. I read about the new memorial in the newspaper. It was touching. It was moving. So many innocent people lynched for no reason."

 

Senator Cardin: (10:23 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Mike Pompeo to be Secretary of State.
    • "When I look at Mr. Pompeo's record with regard to the nuclear agreement with Iran as just one example, during that discussion as to whether we said that the solution rests with 2,000 sorties to destroy the Iran nuclear capacity. That's not diplomacy. That's not leading with diplomacy. And now he is espousing that if necessary, we should pull out of the agreement, pull out of the agreement if we can't change it, even though Iran is in compliance with the agreement. That's not diplomacy, and that's certainly not working with our European allies. We heard president macron yesterday assert that it's critically important that that agreement move forward if Iran is in compliance."