Durbin, Portman, Schumer

Executive Session (Scudder Nomination)

Senator Durbin: (4:13 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the pending judicial nominations.
    • "I make it a practice whenever someone comes before me who has practiced in the federal courts of Chicago to ask them, who do you think are the best judges on the federal bench? I can tell you without exception Amy St. Eve's name always is mentioned - always. That is no exaggeration. It is a little bittersweet to see her leave the district court bench, but she has the qualifications and judgments to step up and be an outstanding member of the seventh circuit. I'm honored to support her nomination. I want to congratulate her and her family, her husband Howard and their children on this important day in the United States Senate. Michael Scudder was born next door to Illinois in Indiana. He received his undergraduate degree from St. Joseph's College and after working for several years as an accountant, he attended Northwestern Law School where he earned his J.D."


Senator Portman: (4:43 p.m.)

  • Spoke on National Police Week.
    • "And although every single day we should be grateful to those police officers who are out there in the Buckeye State, my home state, and others, this is the time this week to really focus on them, focus on the sacrifices and the bravery, what they do every day, committing themselves to protecting our communities, often risking their own safety to protect others. Sometimes we talk about this as the thin blue line, which is that thin blue line between chaos and order, and it's those police officers on that thin blue line - the men and women in blue - who are out there protecting us from that chaos. Police officers are driven bay dedication to justice and a sense of duty to protect those in need. The police officers I know have a big heart. They're compassionate."


Senator Schumer: (4:54 p.m.)

  • Spoke on China.
    • "To gain access to China's markets, American companies are forced by China's government into deals where they must turn over their most valuable job-creating intellectual property to Chinese competitors. China's state-backed companies trial to steal the intellectual property from American companies outright. It's wrong, it's anathema to the American way. Retired four-star general Keith Alexander says that the theft has, quote, been the greatest transfer of wealth in history." Eats at me. That's American jobs, that's American wealth, American know-how and innovation of wit we're all so proud, being stolen -- stolen; there is no other word - by China. And it hurts us."