Cardin, Cornyn, Kaine

Executive Session (Quattlebaum Nomination)

Senator Cardin: (10:24 a.m)

  • Spoke on gun violence.
    • "It's movie theaters, it's concerts, it's nightclubs. This kind of stuff can't just happen. You know, we are marching for our lives. We are marching for the 17 lives we have lost. We are marching for our children's lives. We're marching for our children's children and their children. So what can we do? There are several pieces of legislation that are ready to go. Democrats and some Republicans have been willing and ready to act. Leader McConnell could move any one of these bills right now. Let me start by making it clear that weapons of war are not needed by civilians of any age."


Senator Cornyn: (10:43 a.m)

  • Spoke on Texas Independence Day.
    • "On February 24 of that year with his position under siege, an important figure named William Barrett Travis wrote a letter which I'd like to read. He was a lieutenant colonel in the Texas army and during the battle his fellow soldiers were outnumbered nearly 10-1. By the forces of the Mexican dictator Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. Both Democrats and Republicans have had the honor of reading the fable Travis letter since 1961 when then-Texas Senator John Tower started that tradition. The letter was addressed to the people of Texas and all Americans in the world."
  • Spoke on tax reform.
    • "I'd like to mention briefly two iconic companies that are showing their devotion to Texas in a much different but important manner. Based Tyler, they are spreading the good news of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the law that we passed in December that overhauled the tax code. For those not familiar of where Tyler is, it is in East Texas, sometimes referred to as behind the pine curtain. But the tax cuts and jobs act has affected communities all across the country for the past two months and Tyler is no exception. The first company I'd like to mention is Greenberg Turkeys, a family-owned operation that sells the Thanksgiving bird to around 200,000 customers each holiday season. Four generations of the Greenberg family have worked for the company for decades and it has been featured as Oprah Winfrey's favorite things twice."
  • Spoke on gun control.
    • "It is rare in my experience, Mr. President, to see a piece of legislation enjoy such broad bipartisan support - 50 cosponsors. I've been saying all week that we need to pass this bill now. We should not wait. We should not go home empty handed. And we should not have to face the grieving families who lost a child or a loved one as a result of a future shooting that might have been averted had we acted. America's tired of the government response to these catastrophes which rip families apart, take lives, and pit people against each other. And the response of the - of their government has been largely either silence or bickering with no outcome, no result."


Senator Kaine: (11:02 a.m)

  • Spoke on gun control.
    • "And I'm going to talk very personally about my own experience in confronting gun violence as a mayor of an urban area, Richmond, Virginia, and as a governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia. I will start by saying I'm a gun owner. I'm a Second Amendment supporter. When I was an attorney in private practice, I was the lawyer who worked with an effort to amend the Virginia Constitution to guarantee Virginians the right to hunt and fish. The Second Amendment and private gun ownership is an important part of our framework, I support it, but I obviously believe that we can do things consistent with the Constitution that will make our nation safer, and I ask my colleagues to join in that effort."