Reed, Cornyn, Flake

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 6147)

Senator Reed: (11:10 a.m.)

  • Spoke on Russian election meddling.
    • "In the last week or so, the president has attempted to derail the nato summit by insulting our allies and demanding that they immediately double their contributions, thrown a wrench into Brexit negotiations, and seemingly endorsed a new prime minister for the United Kingdom and then embraced Russian president Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. President trump stood shoulder to shoulder with president Putin while the world looked on and he chose to take the word of a auto accurate and K.G.B. Agent over the assessments of the American intelligence community on Russia's interference in our elections."

 

Senator Cornyn: (11:19 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "It's all about documents. We've heard from some of our colleagues requesting that every e-mail, every memo, every document that ever crossed Brett Kavanaugh's desk has to be disgorged and produced in the course of this confirmation proceeding. Ignore the fact that when he was confirmed to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, they didn't request any of the documents -- when he was staff secretary of the United States, but now for some mysterious reason, they could be hiding a smoking gun that they will use to derail his confirmation, or at least so they're acting."

 

Senator Flake: (11:42 a.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to a member of his staff.
    • "Chandler first came to my House office in May of 2005 as a legislative assistant. I remember looking at his resume and wondering if his background at the National Association of Home Builders would lend itself to work on a broader legislative agenda. But as soon as I met Chandler, I knew that he had the intellect and the work ethic to do whatever I asked of him. I have never been disappointed. Chandler moved from legislative assistant to legislative director to deputy chief of staff and eventually to chief of staff here in the Senate. Along the way, he's handled natural resource issues, trade issues, homeland security issues, U.S.-Cuba policy issues, and perhaps most difficult and vexing of all, immigration issues.