Daines, King, Cornyn

Executive Session (Duncan Nomination)

Senator Daines: (3:43 p.m.)

  • Spoke on National Parks Week.
    • "I spent as much time outdoors as possible and I still continue that tradition with my children today. In fact, my idea of a great time in August is taking our dogs, as many of our kids that we can get together according to their schedules anymore, and we take our backpacks enjoying Montana's outdoors. As a father, I'm grateful to share these experiences with our four children and instill in them a love for the outdoors. And, frankly, what better place to do that and enjoy the outdoors than in our national parks? And while Montana is privileged to have two world famous national parks in Glacier and Yellowstone, national parks are the pride of so many states from Florida to Colorado to Maine."


Senator King: (3:45 p.m.)

  • Spoke on National Parks Week.
    • "I want to join in the chairman of the Subcommittee on National Parks of the committee on Energy and Natural Resources Senator Daines to support this resolution which passed unanimously last week recognizing this week as national park week in this country. When I left office as governor of Maine in January of 2003, my family and I the next day took off in a 40-foot R.V. to see the country. My children were 12 and 9 at the time, and we basically circumnavigated America over the next five and a half months. Before coming to the floor, I sort of went down the list of the parks we went to but the point I want to make - I get a bit emotional about this. This was the greatest experience of my life to have taken my children to these parks and my wife, Mary, and to have seen them and experience the people at the parks was just an unbelievable life experience."


Senator Cornyn: (4:00 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Mike Pompeo to be Secretary of State.
    • "The relevant questions couldn't be graver or more obvious. Do we as a country, with so many long-standing relationships around the world, really feel the need for, the utter necessity of a secretary of state or not? Do we believe in furthering international diplomacy by filling this post expeditiously or not? Do peace talks - for example, in North Korea - rank among our highest national priorities? Do we want to demonstrate as much by confirming Mr. Pompeo so that those talks can proceed, or is this chamber too self-absorbed in partisan divides to see the much bigger global picture? Madam President, it's time to be serious about Director Pompeo and what this nomination represents. The stakes are high and the time is short."