Wrap Up (The Senate Stands Adjourned), Merkley, Blumenthal

Wrap Up

Tomorrow -

  • The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #788, Mike Pompeo, of Kansas, to be Secretary of State, with the time until 12:00 p.m. equally divided.
  • At 12:00 p.m. tomorrow there will be four minutes of debate equally divided and then the Senate will VOTE on cloture on Executive Calendar #788, Mike Pompeo, of Kansas, to be Secretary of State.
  • If cloture is invoked, all time will be considered expired and the Senate will VOTE on confirmation of Executive Calendar #788, Mike Pompeo, of Kansas, to be Secretary of State.
  • Following disposition of the Pompeo nomination, the Senate will resume consideration of the Grenell nomination with the time until 1:45 p.m. equally divided in the usual form and at 1:45 p.m. the Senate will VOTE on cloture on Executive Calendar #619, Richard Grenell, of California, to be Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany.
  • If cloture is invoked on the Grenell nomination, the Senate will immediately VOTE on confirmation of Executive Calendar #619, Richard Grenell, of California, to be Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany.

 

Senator Merkley: (6:52 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Mike Pompeo to be Secretary of State.
    • "We need to be able to work with neighbors around the world, with allies around the world exercising diplomacy in partnership with the strength of the United States. I come do the floor - I come to the floor to share that I have grave doubts that Mike Pompeo does not bring the right skills to this job. I'm concerned about his choice of military action over diplomacy in a position that is supposed to which are the art of diplomacy to its full execution. I'm concerned about his statements of disrespect and dishonor to the fundamental nature of our constitution under the first article that calls for Congress to be able to open the door to the exercise of military power, not the president."

 

Senator Blumenthal: (7:08 p.m.)

  • Spoke on dark money in politics.
    • "In fact, since his first bid for Congress in 2010, Pompeo has received $400,000 from Koch industries, $335,000 from employee contributions, and $65,000 from its corporate PAC, the Center for Responsive Politics. The Pompeo nomination is a poster boy for the impact of money and politics. The influence of the Koch brothers on this administration and the enduring effect of campaign contributions, of influence by and peddling in government. The Koch brothers are blatantly using their influence in the trump administration to advance an agenda based on their own self-interest at the expense of our democracy, and they have reached into the uppermost level, an echelon of this administration through individuals they have supported like Mike Pompeo over years and years."