Durbin, Cornyn, McConnell

Executive Session (Branch Nomination)

Senator Durbin: (10:23 a.m)

  • Spoke on gun control.
    • "I often wondered when this moment might occur or whether it would occur. There has been such a long litany and string of mass shootings, massacres. It's sad to say there was a numbness setting in when terrible things occurred in places like Las Vegas, in Texas, in other states. You wondered is that - is that the event? Is killing those innocent children at sandy hook elementary school in Connecticut, will that be the tipping point? Will America finally say enough? It appears on this day, 13 days after the tragedy in Florida, that we are near or at a tipping point when it comes to gun safety. Some of it is very personal."


Senator Cornyn: (10:33 a.m)

  • Spoke on gun control.
    • "Because when you say here in Washington and particularly in Congress I want everything on my list or I want nothing, one thing is for sure. You'll end up with nothing. And that simply is an unacceptable outcome, particularly when it comes to the public safety crisis manifested here most recently at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. We know that there were many, many failures. You might even call this a systemic failure when it comes to the children at Stoneman Douglas High School. First and foremost, why didn't federal and local law enforcement follow up on threats and warnings? This young man, the shooter who took the lives of 17 people, he telegraphed in very clear, unmistakable language what he intended to do."


Senator McConnell: (10:48 a.m)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Elizabeth Branch to be a Circuit Court Judge for the 11th Circuit.
    • "Judge Branch has sat on the Georgia Court of Appeals since 2012. This follows a fine career that spanned both private practice and public service. Judge Branch has previously answered the call to serve at the Department of Homeland Security where she worked as associate general counsel and then at the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. Her record and qualifications are well known. Our colleagues on the Judiciary Committee reported her nomination favorably by an overwhelming vote confirming this worthy nominee will be a further credit to the outstanding work of Chairman Grassley and the members of the committee."