Cantwell, Murray, Whitehouse, Merkley

Executive Session (Kavanaugh Nomination)

Senator Cantwell: (3:52 p.m.)

  • Spoke on opioid legislation.
    • "This important legislation which I think is the third in the bills that we passed with opioids. It is ravaging communities, impacting families and we need to do all we can to help those on the front lines. That's why I've been from Port Anglias to Spokane to talk about this issue and to try to provide the solutions that my law enforcement and community people want in this legislation. I'm so excited that the legislation will mean that there are more medically available beds to those addicted to opioids. This is something we heard about in every community in Washington, the fact that those coming out of our jails addicted top opioids, basically had some modicum of an ability maybe to get off of opioids but then had to wait for weeks and weeks and weeks for treatment like in Tacoma or Spokane."

 

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

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "I heard from a woman in swim in Washington State who wrote to me, and I quote, there have been rare moments in my life when I have felt compelled to speak out. This is one. She told me when she was in junior high school she dated a boy she thought was, quote, one of the nicest guys ever. Then one day she went to his house while his parents were at church. And he assaulted her, tried to rape her, and she only barely managed to escape and run from his house. She said she never told anyone about this because she didn't know who would believe her. She was worried that people would think it was her fault, but she told me that after Dr. Ford found the courage to come forward with her experience, she found the courage to share her own."

 

Senator Whitehouse: (4:35 p.m.)

  • Spoke on climate change.
    • "So we're here to talk about the challenges of human-driven climate change for our oceans and coasts. Sea level rise, ocean acidification, deoxygenation, warming, and increased storm surge. Our local agencies and officials and our coastal residents understand the changes that are coming at them. Not all states are prepared, however, and in the aftermath of severe storms like hurricane Florence and last year's hurricanes, powered up by higher seas and super-heated ocean water, we're seeing the consequences of this failure. Last month was the 80th anniversary of the great hurricane of 1938. This storm barreled through southern New England, destroying roads and ports and businesses and homes."

 

Senator Merkley: (4:45 p.m.)

  • Spoke on climate change.
    • "If it was just growth and carbon dioxide and just a matter of changing the air chemistry a little with to this impact, well, we wouldn't be talking here today. But now we have the dots representing temperature changes, this set of black dots. And you can see essentially as the carbon dioxide levels rise, the temperature of the planet is rising as well. And that heat that's being trapped has been well understood for a long time. It goes back more than a century, but in more recent times, in 1959, there was a scientist, Edwin Teller, who was famous for his work on nuclear issues, and he gave a speech to the 100th anniversary to the petroleum industry."