Schumer, Hirono, Schatz, Isakson

Executive Session (Boom Nomination)

Senator Schumer: (3:15 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to Senator Daniel Akaka.
    • "He embodied the spirit of Hawaii. He was so sincere in his beliefs and such a kind and gentle man that senators went out of their way to help him and of course he fought so hard for his state. He taught us so much, in his modesty, in his persistence, in his love of his constituents. And so for all he taught us for his service and his friendship, we say Mahalo one final time."
  • Spoke in tribute to Senator Tammy Duckworth.
    • "Tammy Duckworth a few hours ago became the first senator to give birth while in office. We're very glad to hear that she and her newborn daughter are happy and healthy."
  • Spoke on issues facing the nation.
    • "A few weeks ago, I marched with hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers in the March for Our Lives. Their energy and optimism, dedication, give me hope that the - that finally the time has come for Congress to take meaningful action on gun safety. Another example where our Republican colleagues who run this senate haven't done enough, not close to enough, the issue of gun safety. On these issues and more, the Republican majority has done very little, and what they have done has been on behalf of entrenched special interests. Tax cuts for corporations and the super-wealthy, holding back on common sense gun safety laws like universal background checks because the N.R.A. opposes them. The American people are fed up with large, special, and powerful interests getting their way while average folks get "
  • Spoke on the nomination of Andrew Wheeler to be Deputy E.P.A. Administrator.
    • "Mr. Wheeler, not atypical of this administration, not atypical of the dense swamp that they have made a whole lot worse, is what else? An industry lobbyist who has worked on behalf of big polluters and climate change deniers. He spent careers working to undermine or lobby against environmental protections he may soon oversee. As a lobbyist, he helped raise money for a few Republican senators who sit on the committee that recently approved his nomination. Swamp? President Trump? You're creating it."
  • Spoke on the recent C.B.O. score.
    • "It's hard to believe they can say it with a straight face, but you will hear Republican members say this week Washington needs to get its fiscal house in 
      order, only a few months after they added $1.5 trillion to the deficit by tax cuts that mainly benefited the wealthy and the powerful. It is the height, the height of hypocrisy. The American people deserve better than this patronizing kabuki theater."

 

Senator Hirono: (4:41 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to Senator Daniel Akaka.
    • "Senator Akaka, who served in the Senate for 23 years and sat at this desk passed away on Friday morning with his wife of nearly 70 years, Millie, and his extended family at his side. Since his passing, people across Hawaii have shared their memories of and tributes to Senator Akaka. Each of their stories has a common thread. Senator Akaka's dedication to living with Aloha. Senator Akaka embodied the Aloha spirit. From meeting nearly every Hawaii family who came to his office for a capitol tour to serving as a tireless advocate for veterans, the native Hawaiian community, and Hawaii families, Senator Akaka's care, empathy, and compassion were evident to everyone who knew him."

 

Senator Schatz: (4:51 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to Senator Daniel Akaka.
    • "He died on Friday at the age of 93, leaving behind a legacy of integrity, kindness, and service to Hawaii and to the nation. In Washington, Senator Akaka was an ambassador of Aloha. He showed people kindness, respect, and hospitality rarely seen in this town. He didn't just represent Hawaii's interests in the congress, he showed the world what Hawaii represents. In the words of President Kennedy, all that we are and all that we hope to be. He started that service as a welder in the United States Army Corps of Engineers, he fought in World War II in the Pacific area, traveling to places like Saipan. When World War II ended, he took advantage of the G.I. Bill to attend the University of Hawaii and to become a teacher, an occupation that he never fully left behind."

 

Senator Isakson: (5:08 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to Senator Zell Miller.
    • "On the 23rd day of March 2018, a little over two weeks ago, Zell Brian Miller from the State of Georgia, former member of this body, former chairman of the Democratic Party in the state of Georgia, who contributed immensely to his state passed away in his hometown of Young Harris. I'm here to pay tribute to Zell and his life and contributions to our country both on a purposeful reason as far as a fellow member but a personal reason for me. He is an individual I met through politics, became one of my best friends through politics, became somebody who had more of an influence on my life than anybody I know in public service."