Hassan, Menendez, Blumenthal, Kennedy

Executive Session (Duncan Nomination)

Senator Hassan: (2:15 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Stuart Kyle Duncan to be U.S. Circuit Court Judge for the Fifth Circuit.
    • "Mr. President, our founders established our court system to serve as an independent arbiter that would protect the rights of every American and ensure equal justice under the law. And for us to move forward, our democracy requires an independent and impartial judiciary. Unfortunately, the Trump Administration has focused on nominating individuals to our courts who have extreme partisan agendas that would move us backward. This latest nomination is no different. Mr. Duncan has spent his career working to undermine the progress we've made toward building a more inclusive, more equal United States, rather than working to include more people in our democracy, Mr. Duncan's law practice has seemingly been devoted to restricting people's rights and make life more challenging for some of the most marginalized among us."

 

Senator Menendez: (2:37 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Stuart Kyle Duncan to be U.S. Circuit Court Judge for the Fifth Circuit.
    • "Mr. Duncan makes these arguments despite overwhelming evidence that immigrants commit less crime than native-born Americans. Numerous law enforcement entities have voiced their support for DAPA because the program actually advances public safety by encouraging cooperation and trust between immigrant communities and the police. A year after voicing his opposition to DAPA, Mr. Duncan submitted another amicus brief. This time he argued against the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as DACA, climbing - claiming that it was unconstitutional. We know where Mr. Duncan stands in stereotyping immigrants."

 

Senator Blumenthal: (2:46 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Stuart Kyle Duncan to be U.S. Circuit Court Judge for the Fifth Circuit.
    • "Courts of appeals make decisions that are binding on the district courts in that jurisdiction but also have impact on other judges and courts throughout the country at every level. The Trump Administration, from day one, has made attacking basic civil liberties a guiding principle of the policies it supports, including its judicial nominees. It is inexcusably seeking to turn back the clock on the progress that we've made and we fought back hard against these arcane and irrational policies but President Trump's attempts to stack courts with extremist judges may, in the end, have the most long-lasting and devastating impact on our nation. That's why I'm here today with many of my colleagues to sound the alarm on Kyle Duncan."

 

Senator Kennedy: (2:54 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Stuart Kyle Duncan to be U.S. Circuit Court Judge for the Fifth Circuit.
    • "In a few minutes we're going to vote on the nomination of Mr. Kyle Duncan for a position on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Mr. Duncan was nominated by President Trump. He's been vetted, examined if you will, extensively by the White House. He has been vetted, examined if you will, by the Department of Justice. He has been vetted by the F.B.I. He's been vetted by the American Bar Association. And he has been vetted by the Senate's Judiciary Committee. And all of those entities have found that he is qualified. Indeed, more than qualified, to sit on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. If you look at his resume and his experience, Mr. President, you will understand why."