Sanders, Rubio, Merkley, Blumenthal

Morning Business

Senator Sanders: (6:23 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the meeting between President Trump and President Putin.
    • "Today we face an unprecedented situation of a president who, for whatever reason, refuses to acknowledge an attack on American democracy. Either he really doesn't understand what has happened or he is under Russian influence because of compromising information they may have on him or because he is ultimately more sympathetic to Russia's authoritarian oligarchic form of society than he is to American democracy. Whatever the reason, Congress must act and must act now to demand that the president of the United States represent the interest of the American people and not Russia."

 

Senator Rubio: (6:40 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the meeting between President Trump and President Putin.
    • "He also grew up in a society where neighbors spied on each other and kids turned their parents in and you never really knew who the other person you were talking to was. But if you were reported as someone who was against the government, your career, your ability to go to school, and the quality of life for your family would be deeply impacted. There's no way you grew up in a society like that and an environment like that and then later on go and work as a spy and it's not somehow framed the way you operate or think for years to come. The other thing that's pretty clear for reasons I don't fully understand because I don't know him, I don't know his family, I don't know his upbringing, but he takes everything deeply personal."

 

Senator Merkley: (7:07 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Ryan Bounds to be a U.S. Circuit Court Judge for the Ninth Circuit.
    • "His nomination has already strained and degraded the Senate's blue slip tradition as our colleagues rush to pack our colleagues with extremist judges to advance that division, not of judges who call balls and strikes but of judicial activists who want to rewrite the Constitution, rewrite it to put down workers, to put down health care rights, to lay out and tear down consumer rights, women's rights, so many opportunities and empowerments diminished in the favor of the privileged and the powerful. That's what's going on with the packing of the court, and this deed - this deed of putting forward this nomination on this floor tonight changes 100-year tradition of comity in the U.S. Senate and a recognition that the home state senators have something to say important about the integrity of the individual being put forward."

 

Senator Blumenthal: (7:20 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Ryan Bounds to be a U.S. Circuit Court Judge for the Ninth Circuit.
    • "We debated this issue in the Judiciary Committee as a time-honored tradition that senators be consulted, that they return a blue slip - that is approval of a nominee - from their states. And that is because senators like Senator Merkley and Senator Wyden are rooted in those states. They know the lawyers. Many of us are lawyers. They know the colleagues of people who may be nominated to the United States district court or the court of appeals in the jurisdiction that covers the areas that they serve. They know the lawyers who have appeared before these judges, their qualifications, and sometimes their faults. And they know also the opinions professionally of these lawyers."