Gillibrand, Nelson, Whitehouse, Hirono

Executive Session (Ney Nomination)

Senator Gillibrand: (4:21 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "So what does this have to do with the Supreme Court? President Trump has made it clear that one of his biggest goals as president is to destroy the Affordable Care Act. He's already tried hard to get Congress to repeal the law and luckily for us he failed. Because people don't want their health insurance taken away from them. It's really that simple. Millions of Americans raised their voices and told Congress that if the Affordable Care Act got repealed, they would lose their insurance. And that would be devastating for them and their families. And Congress listened. But now there's a new challenge to the law in federal court, and the Trump administration is refusing to defend the Affordable Care Act."


Senator Nelson: (4:28 p.m.)

  • Spoke on Lake Okeechobee.
    • "Mr. President, very good us in for Florida. This morning the army corps of engineers signed off on a long-awaited report that will allow congress to authorize a new reservoir project south of Lake Okeechobee in the upcoming water resources development act. What we refer to as the water bill. We, many of us in Florida have been pushing the army corps and the trump administration to approve this project for months and months, and last week when I was in the area of lake Okeechobee visiting with folks affected by the algae blooms on the west coast over in fort Meyers on the Caloosahatchee river and on the east coast with the St. St. The St. Lucie River, they're facing a problem that steams to repeat itself almost every year."


Senator Whitehouse: (4:39 p.m.)

  • Spoke on climate change.
    • "So let's look at the prospects for not just a carbon bubble but a carbon crash. There are several elements in the run-up to a crash. Some of these we witnessed in the crash of the housing bubble back in 2008. When these conditions exist, we should take warning. One condition is whether you can trust the players. In the housing crash, the rating agencies were in bed with the banks, and you couldn't trust their risk evaluations. The whole thing was cooked. The big fees, the rating agencies were taking also took their eye off the ball and they gave wildly erroneous ratings to high-risk investments."


Senator Hirono: (5:11 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "The Supreme Court changed that. There was a time when gay people could be arrested for loving one another and when it was illegal for them to get married. The Supreme Court changed that. There was a time when thousands of women died seeking illegal, unsafe abortions, and the Supreme Court changed that. The justices on the Supreme Court matter to each and every one of us our lives. That's why there's so much concern over President Trump's nominee to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Right-wing groups like the Heritage Foundation and the federalist society have been working for decades setting the stage to pack our federal courts with ideologically driven conservatives."