Markey, Gardner

Executive Session (Ney Nomination)

Senator Markey: (12:32 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "The retirement of Supreme Court justice Anthony Kennedy has created one of the most consequential vacancies on the high court that this country has ever seen. There is a reason pundits have often referred to the Supreme Court as the Kennedy court. His influence on so many politically salient cases cannot be overstated. During his 30 years on the Supreme Court, Justice Kennedy was often the swing vote in decisions decided 5-4 on a divided bench of the Supreme Court. These include some of the most historic cases in our nation's history. On a woman's right to choose, on environmental protections, on same-sex marriage."


Senator Gardner: (12:45 p.m.)

  • Spoke on forest fires.
    • "I hope that the work we do on healthy forest policies will continue in this congress that we have made great progress on. These fires certainly are devastating. These communities remain open. No matter where you are in the country, if you have a summer vacation in Colorado, I hope you will still come. These communities need you now more than ever. They need your dollars. They need your resources. They want you to come visit. In the meantime, we have to make sure we provide our firefighters, the great men and women on the front lines of these fires, the tools they need to protect our communities but also the tools our land managers need to make sure they can prevent these fires from happening."