Menendez, Grassley, Cruz, Wyden

Executive Session (Bounds Nomination)

Senator Menendez: (12:14 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the recent meeting between President Trump and President Putin.
    • "It doesn't work. That's how sanctions begin to crumble at the end of the day. But I welcome the response that we should be having new sanctions. Now as it relates to this resolution, it's outrageous, outrageous that the white house would not instantaneously and firmly dismiss a proposition that Russian prosecutors would come question a former United States ambassador. Again and again we have seen President Trump take Vladimir Putin's word. And it's unconscionable that this Whitehouse would give anything, anything other than a full-throated defense of America's Foreign Service like ambassador Mike Mcfaul, who served our country with honor and distinction."


Senator Grassley: (12:25 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Ryan Bounds to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.
    • "Mr. Bounds once served as a law clerk to that ninth circuit judge. Mr. Bounds is highly qualified to serve on the ninth circuit. A native of Oregon, he attended Stanford University and Yale Law School. His dedicated - he dedicated his career to public service, serving in government for the past 14 years. The last eight years were as assistant U.S. attorney in Oregon. I've listened to my colleagues on the other side voice their opposition to Mr. Bounds. Interestingly, none of them cite anything Mr. Bounds has done in his legal career as a reason for opposing his nomination."
  • Spoke in tribute to former Iowa Governor Bob Ray.
    • "Now, Madam President, I would like to address my colleagues in the United States Senate on the death - life and death of governor Bob Ray, a wonderful governor for the state of Iowa over a long period of time and honor him this way. I want to pay tribute to my good friend and an exceptional Iowan whose life and legacy will be remembered in my home state for generations to come as the people of Iowa mourn the loss of our 38th governor, I would like to share a few ways how Robert D. Ray made Iowa a better place to grow."
  • Spoke in tribute to Eugene Sukup.
    • "Madam President, on my last remarks today, I want to recognize a friend, an agricultural innovator, an inventor with I think about 80 patents. His name is Eugene Sukup. If you travel around the Midwest, you will see their grain operations on a lot of family farms, and if you go to Haiti as a result of the - as a result of the catastrophe down there a few years ago, you will see how smaller buildings that we would call a green storage facility in Iowa, a smaller one, serve as homes for homeless people that result - or that resulted from that catastrophe. "


Senator Cruz: (12:54 p.m.)

  • Spoke on Cuba.
    • "My father, born and raised in Cuba, fought in the revolution, mistakenly believing that the principles of freedom were what the revolution was all about. He fought against Batista, a cruel dictator, and he was imprisoned and tortured by Batista's thugs. And then my aunt, his younger sister, Myethesona, who was there after the revolution succeeded, who discovered along with the rest of the world that Fidel Castro was a communist who saw the torture, the murder. My aunt fought in the counterrevolution against Fidel Castro, and she too, like her brother, was imprisoned and tortured, except this time by Castro's thugs. Both my father and my aunt were kids. They were kids who believed they were fighting for freedom."


Senator Wyden: (1:05 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Ryan Bounds to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.
    • "First, Mr. Bounds flagrantly misrepresented his background to our bipartisan Oregon Judicial Selection Committee. This is the committee that was tasked with vetting his nomination, a process that I have worked on with Republicans for literally two decades. And I was pleased to work with our former colleague, Senator Smith on this. I worked with the late Mark Hatfield on this. Now I have the pleasure to work with Senator Merkley and the bipartisan efforts that we have had produce this selection process, and Mr. Bounds misrepresented, in my view really lied as he covered up disturbing, intolerant writings from his past. Among many hateful matters he wrote about, he defended homophobic vandals who damaged a gay pride monument."