Murray, Schumer, Blumenthal

Executive Session (Feldman Nomination)

Senator Murray: (10:04 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Mr. President, I come up to the floor today to join my colleagues in lifting up the voices of women across the country who right now are being ignored, swept aside, and attacked. And in calling on our Republican colleagues to join us and do everything we can to make sure women are heard, listened to, and respected, as we debate and deliberate over Judge Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court. Mr. President, recently I was back home in Washington state to talk to my constituents about the Supreme Court nomination, and I met a woman named Caitlin who bravely told me and others about her experience of being sexually assaulted. She shared her story. Had gone to a concert and she was sexually assaulted that night. But it was how she explained what happened after that I want to share today."

 

Senator Schumer: (10:21 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Chairman Grassley and several of his colleagues on the other side have already proposed a final committee vote on Friday. They've prepared the vote before the hearing occurs. Isn't that prejudgment. And they are acting when they proposed the vote before the hearing as if the conclusion was foreordained and the hearing is just a nuisance to plow through. Most galling of all, Republican leadership and the White House have blocked the F.B.I. from reopening an independent background check investigation into Judge Kavanaugh, a standard procedure for federal nominees when new allegations arise. This isn't a new thing that Democrats are pulling out of the hat."

 

Senator Blumenthal: (10:41 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the release of documents related to 9/11.
    • "Mr. President, shortly, I will move for unanimous consent to pass Senate Resolution 610 urging the release of information regarding the September 11 terrorist attack upon the United States. It is a bipartisan resolution, and I want to thank the cosponsors who have joined me in this historic effort, Senators Cornyn, Schumer, Gillibrand, Murphy, Menendez, Grassley, Markey, Booker, Rubio, and Sanders. At a time of very deep division in our country and in this body, all of us are still able to come together to help the survivors and families of the horrific September 11 terrorist attacks as they seek justice and fairness to deter additional and ongoing state sponsorship of terrorism."