Schumer, Wicker, Blumenthal

Executive Session (Grant Nomination)

Senator Schumer: (3:31 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "On Friday, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Chuck Grassley, sent a letter to the George W. Bush Library requesting only a small portion of Judge Kavanaugh's records. Traditional letters from the Senate Judiciary Committee requesting the letters of a Supreme Court nominee have been bipartisan and complete. When Democrats were in the majority, we joined with the Republican minority and requested all, not some, all of Elena Kagan's documents. When Democrats were in the minority we requested all of Sotomayor's documents. At Republicans' insistence, that included documents from 30 years ago when she served as a board member of the Puerto Rican Legal Defense Fund because they had questions about her views on certain of those issues."
  • Spoke on the nomination of Britt Cagle Grant to be a U.S. Circuit Judge for the 11th Circuit.
    • "She worked on a brief to the Supreme Court that defended a Georgia prosecutor's decision to strike black jurors on their race. She led Georgia's challenge to 
      DACA, even though 85% and 90% of Americans are for DACA. Before becoming Georgia's solicitor general, she argued against the Affordable Care Act, insisted on an amicus brief defending Indiana's defunding of Planned Parenthood, urged the Supreme Court to gut the Voting Rights Act, and argued to strike down the Affordable Care Act's contraception coverage mandate."


Senator Wicker: (4:42 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the NFIP.
    • "History does not provide the public with very much encouragement in the regard of actually getting some reforms done. They're going to keep it going with a patchwork. But out of 41 times that the National Flood Insurance Program has been reauthorized over the past 20 years, reforms have been included only three times out of 41. Not a great record, but I hope before the end of this calendar year we can add a fourth substantive change to make some progress. One thing I would hope we could do is to enact the changes to the coastal act in a bill that I have introduced called the Coastal Implementation Act."


Senator Blumenthal: (4:52 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Madam President, there are few responsibilities - I would say none more important than our duties in connection with the appointment of a United States Supreme Court justice. Much is at stake in the nomination that is before the Senate now to appoint Judge Brett Kavanaugh as the justice who will replace Justice Kennedy. So much is at stake. The future of Roe v. Wade, affordable health care, particularly preexisting conditions, and the protections of them for millions of Americans. But I'm not here to talk about Judge Kavanaugh as a nominee. I'm here to talk about how we reach a conclusion, how we vote. My colleagues and I. How we seek and pursue the truth about Judge Kavanaugh, his qualifications, his temperament, his integrity and intellect, who he is, and what kind of justice he will be."