Schumer, Wyden, Cornyn, Thune

Executive Session (Grant Nomination)

Senator Schumer: (10:26 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "By the way, it was Senate Republicans who insisted on this standard during previous confirmation. Democrats, even though our nominee might be exposed, agreed because we believed in openness, and we're not hypocritical and say it's only good when we're in charge, not when you're in charge. We believe it works both ways. Ranking Member Feinstein has made it clear that we don't need or want every single scrap of paper from Judge Kavanaugh's time as staff secretary, but to review none, none of the nominee's records for most of his senior role in the White House is an act of what might be called willful opacity."
  • Spoke on tax reform.
    • "President Trump and congressional Republicans promised working American the moon and the stars with their tax bill. President Trump said it would create, quote, a middle-class miracle and that everyone would get a $4,000 raise. Remember that? President Trump promised the American people that his tax cut to the wealthy would trickle down or torrent down and everyone would get a $4,000 raise. If we asked Americans from one end of the country to the other to raise their hands how many of them got a $4,000 raise, maybe the top 1% would, maybe the top 2%, but not most Americans."
  • Spoke on North Korea.
    • "North Korea's nuclear program remains a grave threat to the region, and the United States. President Trump can't wish it away. He can't place fantasy next to reality. North Korea will not give up its nuclear program simply because President Trump wants him to. Now we're all rooting for diplomacy to succeed, but if President Trump is going to make progress towards the complete verifiable and irreversible nuclear denuclearization of North Korea, he needs to grapple with the reality of the situation, not be in a dream world where he thinks his rhetoric is reality when it doesn't match the reality on the ground, the dangerous reality on the ground."
  • Spoke on 3-D printed guns.
    • "So starting tomorrow, all you need is a little money, a couple of hundred bucks, you can download a print from the internet to make a gun at home. No background check, no criminal history check, no certification that that the person isn't adjudicated mentally ill. Even terrorists could avail themselves of this technology to print an unlimited amount of home weapons. According to the "New York Post," more than 1,000 people have downloaded plans to make AR-style 3-D printed guns and the ban hasn't been lifted yet. The idea of these ghost guns is as scary as they sound."


Senator Wyden: (11:48 a.m.)

  • Spoke on President Trump's tax returns.
    • "This president has in effect thrown in the trash can a bipartisan 40-year pro-transparency tradition by refusing to release his tax returns in the course of the 2016 election. This was a tradition accepted by all liberals, conservatives across the political spectrum that dates back to the post-Watergate era. The president ended it for reasons as flimsy as you can get. A made up story about the president's claim that you can't release your returns in the course of an audit. But now it's not just a matter of the president destroying a four-decades good government campaign tradition. Week after week, month after month, there are more questions that swirl about with respect to financial ties that might skew the president's decision making."


Senator Cornyn: (12:03 p.m.)

  • Spoke on skills training.
    • "It was sent to the president's desk for his signature and once that happens today, it will become the law of the land. I want to take a moment to talk about part of it because it has huge implications for my state and the United States. It's called the new hope act and it builds on other steps we've taken recently to strengthen our nation's economy, and specifically it deals with this phenomenon of occupational licensing. State licensing mandates requires men and women to pay fees, complete training programs, pass exams before they can enter certain jobs and professions, but many of these licensing requirements are protectionism. They do nothing to protect consumers or ensure the public's safety."


Senator Thune: (12:07 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Any Supreme Court nominee from a Republican president is guaranteed to destroy the Constitution, abolish our rights, and endanger the lives of the American people. I'm not exaggerating for effect. Those are actual accusations from Democrats and liberal interest groups. In the lead-up to Justice Gorsuch's confirmation, one head of a liberal organization said that there was, quote, there is substantial evidence that if Gorsuch's egregious views were to become law, Americans' lives would be put at risk in untold ways. End quote. At the end of his tenure on the Supreme Court, Americans seem to be doing okay, but that didn't stop the former Democratic governor of Virginia tweeting that, and I quote, the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh will threaten the lives of millions of Americans for decades to come. End quote."
  • Spoke on Republican economic policy.
    • "And what does all this mean, Mr. President? It means more jobs and better wages for hardworking Americans. It means more opportunities and it means more economic security and a better life for American families. Mr. President, I'm proud of the economic progress we've made over the past year and a half, and I'm going to keep working with my colleagues in Congress to advance policy takes will expand economic opportunities for Americans even further."