Cornyn, Schatz, Graham

Executive Session (Quattlebaum Nomination)

Senator Cornyn: (11:36 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the accomplishments of the unified Republican government.
    • "This is a direct tangible impact on the quality of life of all Americans. The declaration of I Independence - of Independence designates this among the unalienable right, the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And I'd like to think that by getting our foot off the neck of the economy by repealing 
      unnecessary overregulation and by cutting taxes, letting people keep more of what they earn, that we are pursuing those unalienable rights on behalf of the American people. Certainly the pursuit of happiness. The labor department reported earlier this month that unemployment has fallen to 3.9% in July, which is close to the 18-year low that was achieved in may this year."


Senator Schatz: (11:57 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the First Amendment.
    • "We swore an edge to support and defend the Constitution of the United States, including its First Amendment, which says in part, Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press. And so we can't let statements by the president declaring that the press is the enemy of the people go unchallenged. Both parties complain about the media, but who could argue with Thomas Jefferson, who wrote, that our liberty depends on freedom of the press and that cannot be limited without being loss, or James Madison said that the freedom of the press is one of the greatest bulwarks of the liberty."


Senator Graham: (11:58 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the pending judicial nominations.
    • "I have known him for well over 20 years. He is one of the most capable lawyers I've ever met. He has got a great reputation as a district court judge. I want to thank my Senate colleagues for moving his nomination forward. He'll be a great addition to the Fourth Circuit. He's very sound conservative judge incredibly fair-minded. To my Democratic colleagues who moved his nomination through the Judiciary Committee, thank you. Later in the day we'll vote on cloture on the nomination of Julius Richardson to be on the Fourth Circuit in Richmond, Virginia. He was reported out of the committee 20-1. Both gentlemen are unanimously well-qualified by the A.B.A."