Wicker, Klobuchar, Smith

Executive Session (Doughty Nomination)

Senator Wicker: (1:01 p.m)

  • Spoke on Iran sanctions.
    • "In January, the president waived sanctions for the last time, calling on Congress to either fix the disastrous flaws or he will withdraw. We have a period where bipartisan consensus on the issue of Iran is absolutely necessary. To re-impose sanctions would effectively signal the end of America's participation in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the JCPOA, an agreement better known as the Iran nuclear deal. The plan is flawed and we cannot fix it without action. I ask my colleagues for cooperation and collaboration so we can act in the national interest and prevent the nefarious aims of the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism. When it comes to Iran, we must put aside our differences and work together on a bipartisan bill."


Senator Klobuchar: (1:23 p.m)

  • Spoke on the 2018 Winter Olympics.
    • "That is because we had an all-time incredible Olympics with Minnesota really leading the way when it came to the gold medals. Now, of course our state is no stranger to the Olympics. We sent athletes to compete in women's basketball and cycling, but it shouldn't be a surprise that it is the Winter Olympics where the bold north state really shines. We have a couple of things going for us. Mr. President, the weather, you know it's kind of cold. There is snow, so people are able to practice. And also we have a great athletic program at our high schools, and we have got a lot of team spirit, which is especially helpful in the teams that we were part of that won the gold, including curling, men's curling and women's hockey."


Senator Smith: (1:27 p.m)

  • Spoke on the 2018 Winter Olympics.
    • "Minnesotans brought home gold medals in women's hockey, women's cross country skiing, and men's curling, and a bronze medal in the women's downhill. I do want to talk about Afton, Minnesota, own Jessie Diggins who carried the Olympic torch for team U.S.A at the closing ceremony. Jessie began skiing at 4 years old and started racing against high schoolers at age 11. She earned her spot on the Olympic cross country team and was the only woman to compete in all six women's cross country events, and compete she did."