Hassan, Whitehouse

Executive Session (McMahon Nomination)

Senator Hassan: (4:59 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Mr. President, over the past weeks we have been reminded yet again why it is so hard for survivors of sexual assault to come forward. For far too long, women who bravely shared their stories of sexual assault have been attacked, diminished and marginalized. And I'm sad to say, that includes by some of my fellow senators. In some respects we have seen remarkable progress since the #MeToo movement began roughly one year ago. More women have felt empowered and supported to speak out and our society has begun to grapple with the horrific and widespread prevalence of sexual assault, especially in the workplace."


Senator Whitehouse: (5:51 p.m.)

  • Spoke on environmental legislation.
    • "And so I want to thank him as well. I'd also like to thank Senator Murkowski. She joins Senator Sullivan and being from Alaska and Alaska has a terrific problem with the issue that we're addressing. And the issue at hand is marine plastic debris. The plastic waste with which we are filling the ocean. In Rhode Island we do beach cleanups and people go up and down the beach and pick up the plastic trash that's washed ashore. We do those with trash bags. In Alaska they do those with front end loaders, dumpsters, barges because Alaska faces the Pacific."