Executive Session (McWilliams Nominations)
May 24 2018 10:58 AM
Senator Schumer: (10:19 a.m.)
- Spoke on North Korea.
- "First, on the very recent news that President Trump has canceled the planned summit with Kim Jong-un of North Korea. The fear many of us had was that the summit between president trump and Kim Jong-un would be a great show that produced nothing enduring. If a summit is to be reconstituted, the United States must show strength and achieve a concrete, verifiable, enduring elimination of Kim Jong-un's nuclear capabilities."
- Spoke on the Mueller investigation.
- "There will be two briefings. One, for house Republican partisan who has relentlessly harassed the Justice Department to reveal sources and methods to him for the sole purpose of interfering with and denigrating the special counsel's investigation. And after several requests, the Department of Justice will also brief a bipartisan gang of eight on the same information separately later in the day. While we believe no briefing should occur, it's a good thing that the gang of eight will be briefed. The overwhelming fact remains that a separate meeting with a known partisan whose only intent is to undermine the Mueller investigation makes no sense and should be called off."
- Spoke on Ebola.
- "Just last week a new case of the Ebola virus was confirmed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and at least two dozen people have already died from this most recent outbreak. Let's not forget how vociferously my friends on the other side of the aisle criticized President Obama for how he handled the Ebola outbreak in 2014."
- Spoke on Memorial Day.
- "Finally, Mr. President, on a solemn note. Before the Memorial Day Weekend, I want to express my deep and abiding gratitude to the men and women in the armed services who gave their last full measure of devotion in defense of our nation and our freedom."
Senator Wicker: (10:31 a.m.)
- Spoke on broadband.
- "If we want to get broadband deployment right in this country, if we want to close the digital divide, particularly in rural America and that great heartland of America, we need for the F.C.C. to be working with an accurate map, and right now they are not working with an accurate map. The agency needs to know which areas are in the most desperate need for consistent wireless service, and the F.C.C.'s current map does not even come close to doing this. I certainly was not alone in my surprise when I saw the coverage shown on the map released by the F.C.C. in late February. It portrayed my home state of Mississippi as basically a wireless hot spot with only 2% of my state not covered with reliable 4g L.T.E. connection."
Senator Lee: (10:51 a.m.)
- Spoke on funding for Planned Parenthood.
- "After all, it does not deny that Planned Parenthood or any co-located clinics anything. It doesn't deny anything to them. It simply offers them a choice. And given Planned Parenthood's protestations that abortions are just a tiny fraction of what Planned Parenthood does, the choice should be easy enough. If despite their billions of dollars of taxpayer subsidies and private donations, planned parenthood and its accomplice organizations can't afford two local facilities, one for abortion and one for non-abortion care and counseling, they will just have to choose which clinic to keep open. They will have to decide or perhaps just publicly admit what business it is that they're really in. Health care or abortion. Life or death. Of course we already know the answer."