Wrap Up (The Senate Stands Adjourned), Alexander, Baldwin, Brown

Wrap Up

Tomorrow -

  • The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #673, Kurt D. Engelhardt, of Louisiana, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit.
  • At 12:00 p.m., the Senate will VOTE on confirmation of Executive Calendar #673, Kurt D. Engelhardt, of Louisiana, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit.
  • Note: on Thursday, April 26, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #609, Michael B. Brennan, of Wisconsin, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Seventh Circuit.
  • Note: on Thursday, April 26, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #729, Joel M. Carson, of New Mexico, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit.
  • Note: on Thursday, April 26, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #777, John B. Nalbandian, of Kentucky, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit.
  • Note: on Thursday, April 26, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #780, Michael Y. Scudder, of Illinois, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Seventh Circuit.
  • Note: on Thursday, April 26, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #781, Amy J. St. Eve, of Illinois, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Seventh Circuit.

 

Senator Alexander: (5:52 p.m.)

  • Spoke on health care reform.
    • "Mr. President, the Democrats wrote the bill. They wrote Obamacare. They voted for Obamacare. Every single one of them. Not a single one of us voted for Obamacare. They wrote the bill. If they're looking for someone to blame, they should look in the mirror. Running around and pointing fingers and trying to find someone else to blame is a little like selling somebody a house with a leaky roof and then blaming the new owner for the leaky roof. Democrats built the house with the leaky roof. They built these insurance markets, the individual markets where no one can find insurance. They wrote the sloppy law and they failed to make the markets competitive, and they erased the ability of consumers to have choice. They didn't follow the law when they paid out cost-sharing payments that were designed to help low-income Americans pay for their out-of-pocket expenses."

 

Senator Baldwin: (6:11 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Michael Brennan to be United States Circuit Court Judge for the Seventh Circuit.
    • "By bringing Mr. Brennan's nomination forward without my support, Chairman Grassley and Leader McConnell are breaking with a long-standing Senate tradition that has guaranteed a voice for home state senators regardless of party in the consideration of judicial nominees. The blue slip is an important part of this institution, and its historic respect for the rights of each senator as well as the rights of the minority party. As the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Mr. Grassley, himself wrote in 2015, this tradition is designed to encourage outstanding nominees and consensus between the White House and home state senators."
       

 

Senator Brown: (6:26 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the opioid epidemic.
    • "Last month at the Cleveland City Club, I called for a conference of coordinated sustained public health campaign to fight addiction through education, prevention, through treatment and recovery. We know from history that we cannot arrest or execute our way out of this crisis, whether in Montana or in Ohio. I met with law enforcement officers in every corner of my state. They shoulder a huge burden. They all tell me the same thing. They need resources to fight this. That's why I have joined Senator Portman and a bipartisan group of our colleagues on the power act to get state and local law enforcement the high-tech tools that they need to effectively screen for dangerous opioids like fentanyl."
  • Spoke on the nomination of Michael Brennan to be United States Circuit Court Judge for the Seventh Circuit.
    • "That's not a judge. That's someone who has ceased to be bound by any of the standards guiding a judge. Precedent is the backbone of our legal system. To say that judges can disregard it, if this feel it's incorrect would be a radical departure. Think about how this could work. In a Brennan court, it could be okay for a judge not to follow a Supreme Court decision like Brown v. Board of Education which desegregated schools as long as that judge, in this case I guess Judge Brennan, believes the case was incorrect. If you disregard precedent, the decades of legal progress could be rolled back. The well-established rights of so many Americans would be at risk."