Cornyn, Nelson, Heller, McConnell (UC)

Executive Session (Carson Nomination)

Senator Cornyn: (1:12 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Gina Haspel to be C.I.A. Director.
    • "In the most obscure and unknown to the rest of us spots around the world to have to come and answer questions about her career much of which happens to be classified information. And, of course, we had an open session and then a classified hearing where she and we on the committee could protect the sources and methods and alliances we have around the world that help us collect intelligence for our policymakers and help keep our country safe. But as expected, she faced intense rounds of questioning, as I said, both in open session and behind closed doors and I believe did so with patience, courtesy and poise. She articulated her view on a number of topics, of course."


Senator Nelson: (1:23 p.m.)

  • Spoke on health care.
    • "Under current law, critical protections in Medicaid allow those who rely on program for their health care, they can get up to three months of retroactive coverage after they apply for Medicaid after the time that they have enrolled in the program. To put that another way, a person who has had health care problems and that is eligible under Medicaid, once they apply, under current law there's a lookback period of three months that those health care expenses that they incurred would be reimbursed to their health care providers - the doctors, the nurses, whatever the service is - and paid by Medicaid because they have been deemed to be eligible."


Senator Heller: (1:35 p.m.)

  • Spoke on Yucca Mountain.
    • "Because of my current work as Nevada's senior senator and my bipartisan work with the former senate majority leader, Yucca Mountain remains dead - and I repeat, it's as simple as that. But despite Yucca's clear and unquestionable death long ago, some of our friends on the other side of the Capitol continue to waste their time attempting to bring back life to this ill-conceived and fiscally irresponsible plan. Their efforts keep alive a long-standing fight over states' rights, and distracts us from the real task at hand which is finding a viable, long-term nuclear west storage solution that meets the needs of all Americans."


Senator McConnell: (1:45 p.m)

  • Unanimous Consent –
    • That the cloture motions with respect to the Scudder and St. Eve nominations be withdrawn, and the Senate VOTE on confirmation Executive Calendar #780, Michael Y. Scudder, of Illinois, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Seventh Circuit and then Executive Calendar #781, Amy J. St. Eve, of Illinois, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Seventh Circuit. in the order listed at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, May 14. 
    • Further, notwithstanding Rule XXII, the Senate VOTE on confirmation of Executive Calendar #729, Joel M. Carson, of New Mexico, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit, at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15. 
    • Finally, if cloture is invoked on the Nalbandian nomination, the Senate will VOTE on confirmation of Executive Calendar #777, John B. Nalbandian, of Kentucky, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit following disposition of the Carson nomination.
    • (Without Objection)