Executive Session (Oldham Nomination)
Jul 18 2018 11:04 AM
Senator Schumer: (10:22 a.m.)
- Spoke on the recent meeting between President Trump and President Putin.
- "The president read a scripted clarification yesterday like he was in a hostage situation. All you had to do was look at his face. He couldn't even fully commit to it adding off the cuff that other people could also be responsible for election interference in 2016. That's hardly a walk-back. And it was concerning only one particular comment. The president did not address his lavish praise for Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. Is he going to walk that back? He blamed both countries, the U.S. and Russia, for the sour relations between us. Is he going to walk that back?"
Senator Jones: (10:38 a.m.)
- Spoke on tariffs.
- "We hope to introduce that proposal as early as next week after consulting with our ought motive manufacturers and working with our colleagues to grow bipartisan support for this legislation. I realize that folks affected by these proposed tariffs are looking for a silver bullet to stop them dead in their tracks. Right now, the only silver bullet in this case is for the president to change his mind and recognize how many jobs are at risk because of these proposed tariffs. Until that happens, we're going to fight to protect what our states and our workers have earned."
Senator Alexander: (10:43 a.m.)
- Spoke on tariffs.
- "I've come to the floor to discuss bipartisan legislation that he and I, as he said, plan to introduce as soon as next week to encourage the Trump administration to reconsider the dangerous steps that it's taking to impose tariffs on imported automobiles and automotive parts. I use the word "dangerous" Mr. President, because nothing has done more during the last 40 years to raise family incomes in Tennessee than the arrival of the auto industry. And nothing could do more damage to those family incomes than the proposed tariffs on imported automobiles and automotive parts combined with the tariffs on imported steel and aluminum that the administration has already imposed."
Senator Gardner: (10:57 a.m.)
- Spoke on a new V.A. hospital.
- "And some significant hurdles, trials, tribulations along the way. I want to commend my colleague, though, for the work they did in funding this project. The Rocky Mountain Regional V.A. medical center will be the crown jewel of the V.A. system. It wasn't easy to get here. A lot of people had to do a lot of work to make it happen, including the veterans, the leadership organizations in Colorado, our colleagues across the aisle, Congressman Coffman, Senator Bennet, the entire congressional delegation for a number of years, Senator Salazar, Senator Udall, Senator Allard who have all done incredible work to make this weekend a possibility."