Kennedy, Leahy, Blunt, Smith, Hatch

Morning Business

Senator Kennedy: (3:24 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the farm bill.
    • "I probably wouldn't finish. I probably would die first. That's how big a billion is. And this bill is about $860 billion. 75% of it deals with our food stamp program. Now, in the house version of the farm bill, there is a work requirement for food stamps. And this is what it says, that the American taxpayer will happily give you his or her hard earned money to help you get back on your feet. We don't want you to be hungry. But if you're between the ages of 18 and 59, the house bill says, and you're not disabled and you don't have a child under 6, then in return for those food stamps, we're going to require you to get a job."


Senator Leahy: (3:34 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "When I was in Vermont over the weekend, I was thinking back over this, and I don't think I've ever seen so much as stake with a single seat as with the current nomination of Judge Kavanaugh. Now, one thing we can all agree upon, Republicans and Democrats, like many Supreme Court nominees before him, Judge Kavanaugh has impressive academic credentials and judicial experience, but unlike most of his predecessors, Judge Kavanaugh also has a lengthy, partisan career. Prior to his time on the bench, Judge Kavanaugh was a political operative engaged in some of the most divisive fights in our nation's recent history, including Kenneth Starr's investigation of President Clinton, including Bush v. Gore, and five contentious years has a senior official in President George W. Bush's administration."


Senator Blunt: (3:51 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the NDAA.
    • "It's the one job the federal government does that almost no American will argue that somebody else could do that better, either personally or at a different level of government. It's the number one priority I think of the federal government, and this bill addresses that priority. In our state, we have Lightman Air Force Base, we have Fort Leonard Wood, Rosecrans Air National Guard Base where people from all over the world come to train on how to use the C-130's, we have a National Guard facility in Springfield, Missouri, that repairs helicopters for the armed services and saves a lot of money in doing that. We're the home of the National Geospatial Agency's western headquarters, and proud to be."


Senator Smith: (4:04 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Unfortunately discriminatory voting laws like the one Judge Kavanaugh upheld have a long and shameful history in this country. When this country was founded, generally only property-owning white men had the right to vote. It took 80 years to expand the franchise to all male citizens regardless of their race or color. And it took another 50 years to grant women the right to vote, and another four years after that to grant that right to all Native Americans. But the expansion of the legal right to vote did not always translate into access at the polls. It took us over a century to pass the voting rights act of 1965, which outlawed discriminatory poll taxes, literacy tests and other voter intimidation tactics."


Senator Hatch: (4:09 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "He's also taught courses at Harvard, Yale, and Georgetown. None other than Elena Kagan in fact hired him to teach at Harvard. I'd like to take some time today to focus on a subject on which Judge Kavanaugh has really made his remark as a jurist. I want to talk about substance and I want to talk about what Judge Kavanaugh has written in his opinions and how he's been a true intellectual leader on the court. And I hope my colleagues on both sides listen to this because we haven't had a nominee like this in a long time. So much of the discussion about Judge Kavanaugh so far has been substance free."