Thune, Isakson, Lankford

Executive Session (Vought Nomination)

Senator Thune: (2:06 p.m)

  • Spoke in tribute to Rev. Billy Graham.
    • "Over a ministry that spanned more than 60 years, Billy Graham truly made disciples of all nations, preaching the gospel in the United States and around the world. In the days since his death, many have remembered Billy Graham as a spiritual advisor to several presidents, which he was. But neither his association with presidents, nor the famous of this world ever distracted him from his primary purpose, which was making sure that the good news of Christ reached everyone. From China to South Africa to Russia to Australia, to his home state of North Carolina and his countless appearances on television, video, and the internet, Billy Graham labored tirelessly for the Gospel. I think it's fair to say, Mr. President, that no one in our lifetime has lived a life of greater impact for the cause of Christ."


Senator Isakson: (2:09 p.m)

  • Spoke in tribute to Rev. Billy Graham.
    • "In the sadness of the loss of Billy Graham, I'm reminded of the book of Thessalonians. Two of the shortest versions in the Bible, he says rejoice ever more and pray without ceasing. I think we're in that period of time right now in terms of Billy graham's life. We should rejoice for the great service that he gave to all of us, the great message he brought in his crusades around the world. We should pray without ceasing that the world will continue to be blessed by god and by people, great people like Billy graham and those who will follow him."


Senator Lankford: (2:15 p.m)

  • Spoke in tribute to Rev. Billy Graham.
    • "It's not a common day in the United States Senate and the House to be able to break in the middle of the day to be able to go to the rotunda and just contemplate this simple fact: There is a god that you can know who loves you. It's interesting to be able to think back on some of the legacy of Dr. Graham. He's been to Oklahoma many times. In 2003 I had the opportunity to be the chair for the youth night of that mission. It was a moving night and a lot of people there, as there were in all of his events. That night to the students over there - and there were thousands and thousands of teenagers there - that night Dr. Graham unpacked a message about Solomon, a person who had everything. And he challenged them for this person that had everything to say but he always came back to all these things were vanity."