Schumer

Opening Remarks

Today -

  • The Senate will convene at 12:45 p.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #153, Russell Vought, of Virginia, to be Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget, post-cloture.
  • At 4:30 p.m, the Senate will VOTE on confirmation of Executive Calendar #153, Russell Vought, of Virginia, to be Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget.
  • Note: all time during recess, adjournment, morning business and leader remarks will count post-cloture on the Vought nomination.
  • Note: on Thursday, February 15, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #437, A. Marvin Quattlebaum, of South Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina.
  • Note: on Thursday, February 15, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #438, Karen Gren Scholer, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas.
  • Note: on Thursday, February 15, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #439, Tilman Eugene Self III, of Georgia, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Georgia.
  • Note: on Thursday, February 15, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #536, Terry A. Doughty, of Louisiana, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana.

 

Senator Schumer: (12:49 p.m)

  • Spoke on gun control.
    • "I still ache for them and their parents. Parents who had presents stashed under the Christmas tree that were never opened. All of them, the students of Stoneman Douglas, parents from Newtown, the families of the victims of Orlando, Las Vegas and columbine and every day gun violence across the country, all of them are calling on us to act. The massacre of children must end. The time has come to make meaningful changes - meaningful changes - to our laws to keep Americans safe from the epidemic of gun violence. And let me tell you, the students of Stoneman Douglas won't stop until we achieve meaningful change."
  • Spoke on Russian election meddling.
    • "According to several reports Kremlin-linked bots continue to release misinformation on social media. Admiral Rogers said that President Putin has come to the conclusion there is little price to pay and there are he can continue this activity. Clearly what we have done, said Admiral Rogers, has not been enough. Unquote. He is absolutely right. It's extraordinary, confounding and dangerous how little the Trump Administration is doing about Putin's campaign to undermine our grand democracy. President Trump refused to punish Putin after he took office despite the consensus view of 17 American intelligence agencies that Putin interfered in our election."
  • Spoke on the nomination of A. Marvin Quattlebaum to be U.S District Judge for the District of South Carolina.
    • "Their blue slips were respected during the Obama Administration and think long and hard about continuing to ignore them. Second, the nomination of Marvin Quattlebaum speaks to the overall diversity of President Trump's selections for the judiciary. Mr. Quattlebaum does not replace one, but two scuttled Obama nominees who were African American. 83% of President Trump's were male, 92% were white. That represents the lowest share of nonwhite candidates in three decades. It is long past time that the judiciary starts looking more like the America it represents, having a diversity of views and experience on the federal bench is necessary for the equal administration of justice."