Grassley, Thune, Schumer

Executive Session (Oldham Nomination)

Senator Grassley: (3:20 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
    • "One attack that I've seen on judge Kavanaugh is that he represents a threat to the Affordable Care Act's protection of people with preexisting conditions, so I want to tell you why numerically that just doesn't work out. Because the same five justices who upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable care act, and did it twice, are still on the court. Justice Kennedy, who Judge Kavanaugh would replace, voted to strike down the Affordable Care act. In other words, even assuming you could predict Judge Kavanaugh's vote one year from now or ten years from now on the Affordable Care Act, his vote would not change the outcome. Moreover, as Judge Kavanaugh had two opportunities to strike down the Affordable Care Act on the D.C. Circuit where he now serves, he did not do it."

 

Senator Thune: (3:37 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
    • "That's right, Mr. President. In the lead-up to Justice Gorsuch's confirmation the head of one liberal organization stated that there was, and I quote, that there is substantial evidence that if Gorsuch's egregious views were to become laws, Americans lives would be put at risk in untold ways, end quote. I'm happy to report that after Justice Gorsuch's tenure on the Supreme Court, Americans seeped to be - seem to be okay. Fast forward to Judge Kavanaugh's nomination, and once again Democrats have predicting that the sky will fall in a Republican Supreme Court nominee is confirmed. But faced with an imminently well-qualified mainstream nominee, they've been forced to resort to distortions or outright conspiracy theories to make their case."

 

Senator Schumer: (3:47 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the meeting between President Trump and President Putin.
    • "First, allow me to comment on what we just heard from the president just a few minutes ago President Trump seemed to say he accepts the findings of the intelligence community that Russia meddled in our election. Well, welcome to the club, President Trump. We've known since the middle of the 2016 election that they've meddled. For the president to admit it now is cold comfort to a disturbed public who watched him bend over backwards to avoid criticizing Putin directly. President Trump may be trying to squirm away from what he said yesterday, but it is 24 hours too late and in the wrong place for the president to take a real stance on Putin's election meddling."