Schumer, Thune, Murphy

Executive Session (Engelhardt Nomination)

Senator Schumer: (10:37 a.m.)

  • Spoke on Teacher Appreciation Week.
    • "I'll never forget Mrs. Roberts in Cunningham Junior High School who opened my eyes up to science. Miss Reilley who inspired a love of literature and I'll never forget Miss Wagman would kindled my interest in government and politics, an interest that never died. That's would great teachers do. They open doors previously thought closed. They work day and night to give every one of us the opportunity to succeed. What a noble calling. In my view, teaching in the 21st century should be the same kind of exalted profession that law or medicine was in the 20th century. It's such an important job. In terms of our future, our economy, competing with China, the education of our young people is number one and often around here we forget that."
  • Spoke on North Korea.
    • "We're all glad to see them returning home. Their families are delighted. We are all delighted. But let's not forget this is not some great give on North Korea's part. We cannot forget no regime has the right to hold American citizens in captivity without cause. And under no circumstances should American citizens be viewed as bargaining chips by foreign capital. I hope that President Trump and Secretary Pompeo are clear about that because the same goes for other country, wrongly detaining Americans."
  • Spoke on the pending judicial nominations.
    • "Next, in a few hours the Senate will vote to proceed to the nomination of Michael Brennan to the seventh circuit court of appeals. Mr. Brennan has not received a blue slip. That's a notice of approval that's been a tradition here in the Senate from one of his hometown senators, Senator Baldwin. So the vote today will be a slap in the face of the custom of senatorial courtesy. It will be a slap in the face to the bipartisanship that we hear so many on the other side of the aisle and so many more Americans talk about. It is blatant disrespect to every senator who wants to withhold his or her judgment on a judge, a tradition that's been respected by Democrats and Republicans until Leader McConnell abruptly changed this earlier this year for circuit court judges."
  • Spoke on net neutrality.
    • "When the Republican F.C.C. voted to repeal net neutrality, they handed the internet providers all the cards many they said do what you will with the internet, charge consumers more for faster service if you like or segment the internet into packages, forcing the average family to purchase faster times for their favorite websites. Let big corporations purchase faster internet service while startups and small businesses and consumers are left in the dust. Public schools, rural Americans, communities of color or anyone in a remote area or without substantial resources could be at a significant disadvantage if the I.S.P.'s start charging more for decent internet."

 

Senator Thune: (10:54 a.m.)

  • Spoke on tax reform.
    • "Republicans wanted to put more money in the pockets of hardworking Americans and we wanted to create the kind of economy that would give Americans access to economic security for the long term. To achieve the first goal, we cut tax rates across the board, nearly doubled the standard deduction, and doubled the child tax credit. And Americans are already seeing this relief in their paychecks. To achieve the second goal, we reformed our tax code to make it easier for businesses to increase wages, expand their business."
  • Spoke on net neutrality.
    • "Instead of working with Republicans to develop permanent net neutrality legislation, they decided to try to score political points with a partisan resolution that would do nothing to permanently secure net neutrality. Mr. President, for years the commercial internet flourished under a light touch regulatory regime, free of onerous, heavy-handed, offering customers steady benefits. During the Obama administration the federal communications commission, on a party-line vote decided to change the way in which the internet was regulated. Instead of the regulatory approach that had worked for years, the Obama F.C.C. decided that it should be regulated under a set of regulations that were developed over 80 years ago to manage monopoly telephone services."

 

Senator Murphy: (11:10 a.m.)

  • Spoke on health care reform.
    • "It starts on January 20. Within hours of being inaugurated, president trump issues an executive order in which he directs all of his federal agencies to use their administrative powers to begin dismantling the Affordable Care Act, quote, to the maximum extent permitted by the law. This is before there is any proposal for what should substitute for a piece of legislation that insured 20 million people that didn't have insurance before the affordable care act. It was before we knew that that replacement would, in fact, un-insure not 20 million people but 30 million people and drive up rates by double digits. On the first day, President Trump tells his agencies to start dismantling and attacking the Affordable Care Act."