Thune, Peters, Sasse

Executive Session (Benczkowski Nomination)

Senator Thune: (3:06 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia whom we lost in 2016 had this to say about the proper role of a judge. He said, and I quote, if you're going to be a good and faithful judge, you have to resign yourself to the fact that you're not always going to like the conclusions you reach. If you like them all the time, you're probably doing something wrong. End quote. Or as current Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch has said more than once, and again I quote, Mr. President, a judge who likes every outcome he reaches is very likely a bad judge. End quote. Mr. President, last night the president nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be the next Supreme Court justice. This is another outstanding pick from President Trump."


Senator Peters: (3:19 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to Tom Stevenson.
    • "Mr. President, today I'd like to recognize a very special Michigander. It is my pleasure to welcome Tom Stevenson of Greenville, Michigan, and his family to Washington, D.C. And to have them here in the Senate gallery right now. Tom is joined by his parents Holly and Mark as well as his younger sister Sarah. Mr. President, today Tom is fulfilling his wish to be a U.S. Senator for a day with the assistance of the Make-a-Wish Foundation. It is truly an honor to partner with Make-a-Wish to grant Tom's wish."


Senator Sasse: (3:27 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "435 of the 535 people we work with in the Congress are always within 23 months and 29 days of being sent back home by the "We the People" who are actually in charge of policymaking in America. But the court is different. No one back home can fire a Supreme Court justice. They have lifetime tenure. We should reflect more often on why our founders decided to give members of the judiciary lifetime tenure. That's why we don't want those judges with their lifetime tenure to be writing laws or making policy. If a judge wants to make policy, he or she should take off their black robe of impartiality and they should run for office. It's a legitimate thing to do. All of us in this body have done it. We think it's a way to love our neighbor and to serve our community. But in our system of we the people the voters get to decide who gets to make policy. Judges have black robes and they have lifetime tenure. They are not policymakers."