Portman, Thune, Daines, Sanders

Executive Session (Branch Nomination)

Senator Portman: (2:19 p.m)

  • Spoke in tribute to two Ohio police officers killed in the line of duty.
    • "Eric loved working with Sam, but what he really loved was his kids and wife. His most important job, he said, was being a husband and father. He was survived by his wife and two daughters. Both men are loved and respected members of the Westerville community and both will be sorely missed. I had a chance to talk to their colleagues over the weekend and heard many stories about them and their bravery and commitment to service. I also had the great honor to meet with the families of both of these fallen officers over this past weekend in Columbus, Ohio. Linda Morelli and Jamie Loring are incredibly strong women and mothers."
  • Spoke on the opioid crisis.
    • "More Americans are dying from drug overdoses than the total number of casualties during the Vietnam War. Every year more Americans are dying from drug overdoses than the total number of casualties from the Vietnam War. Think about that. It's a staggering statistic. On average, more than 174 Americans die every single day from a drug overdose in 2016, that's up from 143 Americans in 2015, and 105 Americans in 2010. 2016 was the deadliest year. And 2017 it is estimated to be even deadlier. Opioids, prescription drugs, heroin, synthetic forms of heroin are increasingly the reason why. Opioids were the reason for over two-thirds of overdose deaths than is five times higher than in 1999."


Senator Thune: (2:43 p.m)

  • Spoke on tax reform.
    • "So, Mr. President, we lowered our nation's massive corporate tax rate which was the highest in the developed world. We lowered tax rates across the board for owners of medium and small and farms and ranches. They I allowed them to free up cash that they can reinvest in their operations and in their workers. We brought out the U.S. International tax system into the 21st century by replacing our outdated worldwide system with a modernized territorial tax system so that American businesses are not operating at a disadvantage next to their foreign competitors. The goal in all of this, Mr. President, was to free up businesses, to increase their investments in the American economy and in American workers, and that's exactly what businesses are doing."


Senator Daines: (3:12 p.m)

  • Spoke on Department of the Interior nominations.
    • "Mr. President, as chairman of the Senate Western Caucus and a Montanan, I'm here to urge the swift confirmation of two nominations who are outstanding to serve the department of interior. The first is Ryan Nelson, a native of Idaho Falls, Idaho, as solicitor of the Department of Interior. The second is Susan Combs, a rancher from Big Bend, Texas. She's nominated to be assistant secretary for policy, management, and budget. Both of these positions are critical to managing our public lands and our wildlife. Yet these two well qualified individuals have been waiting in a bureaucratic limbo. Mr. Nelson was first nominated over 209 days ago and miss combs received her first nomination over 231 days ago."


Senator Sanders: (3:16 p.m)

  • Spoke on gun control.
    • "And if that is the case, that person should not be buying a gun. I think serious gun safety legislation must include addressing the so-called straw man purchases. And this is a provision where people can legally go into a gun shop, buy the weapons that they want. But then they're going to sell those weapons or distribute those weapons to people who should not be owning those weapons and could not have purchased those weapons on their own. So I've indicated that it is my view that we should ban assault weapons in this country, weapons which are designed for no other purpose but to kill human beings."