Hyde-Smith, Daines, Burr

Executive Session (McMahon Nomination)

Senator Hyde-Smith: (2:36 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "This is the first time for me to address this body. You listen and learn before delivering a maiden speech but there's precedent during matters of great importance and critical times for the future of our country to make remarks prior to a maiden speech. I'll reserve my maiden speech for a future date but today I am compelled by duty to our country and the people of Mississippi to speak in strong and unyielding support for Judge Brett Kavanaugh. The Constitution entrusts the Senate with the duty to provide the president advice and consent for a lifetime appointment on the United States Supreme Court. It is a serious responsibility but the process has evolved into a purely political effort by those who want to keep Judge Kavanaugh off the court by destroying his reputation and his character."


Senator Daines: (2:41 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
    • "Without any action from Congress, a program that's widely supported, provides more access to public lands, conserves our important landscapes, and I think this is probably Senator Burr's favorite comment about LWCF, it costs the taxpayers nothing. I bet you'll hear that from him in a moment and will expire. The many benefits provided, the most important one to Montanans is making public lands accessible. In fact, I brought down a few maps of Montana to show you some of the challenges we have. This map shows all the public lands in our state. So anything that's colored is a public land. That's Forest Service, BLM, national parks, wildlife refuges and state trust land. As you can see, there's a lot of public land in Montana. Our public lands help drive a $7 billion outdoor economy, creates tens of thousands of jobs and supplies about $300 million in state and local tax revenues."


Senator Burr: (2:46 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
    • "The state of New Jersey, the Army Corps of Engineers, and the nature conservancy have worked together to restore wetlands which now includes engineered structures as well as natural structures like marshes and wetlands and dunes. This has withstood several major storms including Hurricanes Sandy and Irene. The wetlands was positioned in such a way that it was able to absorb enough of the impact and water to protect many of the surrounding communities. In 2016, a study by the nature conservancy, in partnership with the risk modeler for the insurance industry, showed that the marsh wetlands saved over $ 50 million in property damages during the Hurricane Sandy alone and reduced annual property losses by nearly 20% in Ocean City, New Jersey."