Merkley, Cassidy

Executive Session (Duncan Nomination)

Senator Merkley: (4:19 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Kyle Duncan to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit.
    • "But today we're considering the nomination of Stuart Kyle Duncan to a lifetime appointment of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and this individual is not supportive of our constitutional vision of open doors. He's intent on slamming them shut. Slamming them shut on LGBTQ community, slamming them shut for women seeking reproductive rights and health care. Slamming opportunity shut on those who simply wish to vote in America, a fulfillment of the vision of our constitutional democratic republic. Slamming the doors shut on those that are here, have been here legally or who are seeking to become citizens. Mr. Duncan is probably best known for his work on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the landmark case opposing the A.C.A.'s requirements that employers provide insurance coverage opportunity for contraception and for undermining the health care of countless women across America."


Senator Cassidy: (5:21 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Kyle Duncan to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit.
    • "Let me talk to his qualifications as to why I think we should support his nomination and vote yes. First I have a little bit of pride in this. He is a graduate of L.S.U, my alma mater and graduated from law school. Graduated on the Order of the Coif and got a master's law degree from Columbia University. He has the institution knowledge to be a successful judge. I have discussed his academic. Let's speak about his experience. His breadth of experience makes him a great choice. He was certified as well-qualified by the American Bar Association. He has extensive courtroom experience on the 10th and 5th Circuit Courts of Appeals, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, the Texas and Louisiana Supreme Courts and he's twice argued in the United States Supreme Court."
  • Spoke on the nomination of Mike Pompeo to be Secretary of State.
    • "Mr. President, if there's one thing everyone in Washington seems to agree on these days and indicted in our country it is that we face very serious threats across the globe. From Russian aggression in eastern Europe and Syria to China's expansion in the South China Sea, Iran's increased threats against Israel to a North Korean dictator who likes to fire off missiles and test nuclear weapons, collapsing Venezuela, transnational criminal organizations contributing to an opioid epidemic here at home, trade issues, our country faces big challenges. And as we face these global threats it, we need a well-qualified secretary of state who understands diplomacy and is working to keep our country safe."