Wrap Up (The Senate Stands Adjourned), Rubio, Carper, Portman

Wrap Up

Monday, May 14 -

  • The Senate will next meet for legislative business at 3:00 p.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #780, Michael Y. Scudder, of Illinois, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Seventh Circuit.
  • At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will VOTE on confirmation of Executive Calendar #780, Michael Y. Scudder, of Illinois, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Seventh Circuit and then Executive Calendar #781, Amy J. St. Eve, of Illinois, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Seventh Circuit in the order listed.
  • Following disposition of the St. Eve nomination, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #729, Joel M. Carson, of New Mexico, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit.


Senator Rubio: (3:05 p.m.)

  • Spoke on China.
    • "For, in fact, that is not how it has played out. For the better part of 30 years now, China has been allowed to systematically violate all of the rules of fair play and trade and commerce. Under the guise of saying eventually they are going to come around and behave. Not only has it not worked, it has allowed them to accelerate their economic growth to the detriment of American workers, American industry, and economies all over the world. Today China's three years into a plan called made in China 2025, and what made in China means, what it's all about is China intends to be the dominant power and dominate ten key sectors of the future economy. They outline what all ten of those are. Now, if that dominance was the result of being more innovative or spending more money on research or just being better, then we would have little to explain about."


Senator Carper: (3:24 p.m.)

  • Spoke on gas prices.
    • "I served in the Vietnam War, naval flight officer and moved from California to Delaware. I drove my car to a gas station right in the middle of the gas war. I actually benefited from the gas war in 1969 in Texas when I was driving from Pensacola, Florida, to San Diego Naval Station. But I filled up my Volkswagen for less than $2 during the gas war in some old town in Texas. Fast forward to 1973, 1974. We were having a different kind of war with OPEC. And they were putting the squeeze on us and much of the rest of the world by reducing the amount of oil that they're bringing out of the ground and driving up prices. And then we had an oil blockade and things really got interesting for a while."


Senator Portman: (4:35 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Gina Haspel to be C.I.A. Director.
    • "She would be the second in the history of the agency that came up through the ranks. I also went down to what's called the skiv, which is a place you can look at classified information. And this week I had an opportunity to review her background, not just what's available publicly but also what's in a classified form. Suffice it to say I was very impressed. So I spent my time looking at her record, looking at her background, talking to her personally, talking to other people in the intelligence community that understand the impact she would have on the men and women in this agency. I can tell you that I truly believe that she is not only qualified but she may be the most qualified person you could think of to run this agency, and she'll be good for the agency."