Durbin, Kennedy, Stabenow, Peters

Executive Session (Axon Nomination)

Senator Durbin: (4:29 p.m.)

  • Spoke on immigration.
    • "It's an indication we won't even reach 50,000. But there's something going on as well when it comes to those who seek asylum or refuge in this country that is equal horrifying and objectionable. The Trump administration has decided to discourage those who would come to our borders looking for safety by telling mothers who bring their infants and children that those children will be taken away from them by the government of the United States when they arrive at our border. It's hard to imagine but that is the stated policy of the Trump administration. It is a cruel policy. It is not a policy consistent with American values."


Senator Kennedy: (4:47 p.m.)

  • Spoke on banking and gun rights.
    • "Citigroup's new policy will tell businesses what kind of firearms they can stock, what kind of accessories those small businesses can stock in their stores, and who they can sell them to. I thought this was America, Mr. President. Now, this new policy has already taken effect all across Citigroup and it has impacted hundreds of small businesses, institutional clients, and even their credit card partners. Not to be outdone, two weeks later Bank of America joined in. On April 10, Bank of America announced that it will no longer loan money to businesses that, in its opinion, are deplorable because those businesses manufacture legal semiautomatic rifles."


Senator Stabenow: (5:02 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to Dennis Williams.
    • "And with more than 430,000 members, up 60,000 members since 2011. It's no surprise anyone who's worked with Dennis knows just how dedicated he is to his members and the communities where they live and where they work. Just ask the people of Flint. During the water crisis which, by the way, continues on. The U.A.W. Members from all over the country were some of the first ones that were there to help. They collected bottled water and distributed it in their own vehicles going door to door to help, even traveling to Washington, D.C. to demand action from Congress."


Senator Peters: (5:12 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to Dennis Williams.
    • "It is tied to the growth of thriving manufacturing sector and the birth of the American middle class. Dennis Williams, U.A.W. president since 2014, is a strong contributor to this history. His leadership reflects a deep commitment to American workers and a clear eye toward the future. Since the union's formation in 1935, U.A.W. members have stood together to ensure their hard work is met with fair wages, safe workplaces, and reasonable hours. For over 80 years, the voice of the U.A.W. has amplified the voice of the American people. Dennis Williams is the champion of keeping this voice strong in the 21st century."