Schumer, Cotton, Blunt

Morning Business

Senator Schumer: (12:18 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "His lifelong record as a hard-right warrior, if he talked about it and talked about his views would rule him out, so he hides. That should not happen when it comes to nominating one of the most powerful positions in American society. Let me just mention a few topics judge Kavanaugh ducked. Judge Kavanaugh would not expand or even revisit his views on presidential power. He already enumerated some in the Minnesota law review article. As Senator Klobuchar pointed out, he's already talked about them publicly. Why can't he elaborate?"


Senator Cotton: (12:18 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Dominic Lanza to be a District Judge for the District of Arizona.
    • "He received the Bearer Award for being the outstanding graduate of his class in achievement, character, and leadership. In law school together, he excelled, graduating with honors, serving as a member of the law review. He went on to clerk for Judge Pam Rymer on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. For five years, he worked in private practice with Gibson, Dunn, and Crutcher in their constitutional law practice and won awards for his pro bono work. For the last ten years, Dom has served the people of Arizona and the people of this country and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Arizona."


Senator Blunt: (12:34 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "It was clear from that conversation that he is clearly the best person available, in my view, to fill the vacancy left by Justice Anthony Kennedy. His opening remarks this week, I think, gave great evidence to that. He said he described himself, quote, as a, he said a judge must be an umpire, a neutral and impartial arbiter who favors no litigant or policy. He went on to say I do not decide cases based on personal or policy preferences. I am not a pro-plaintiff or pro-defendant judge. I am not a pro-prosecution or pro-defense judge. I am a pro-law judge. That ends the quote of that comment he made describing himself."