Toomey, Alexander

Executive Session (Muniz Nomination)

Senator Toomey: (4:06 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to the Sikh community of Pennsylvania.
    • "I want to thank them and all of the members of the Sikh community who made this trip down to Washington, D.C., to participate in a celebration for an important holiday and to raise awareness about the Sikh community. Sikhism has been around for nearly 600 years. It originated in India in the 15th century. Today there are about 30 million Sikhs who live in countries all around the world, making it one of the world's largest religions. Sikhism believes that every individual, regardless of sex, gender, race, or creed is equal before God."


Senator Alexander: (4:13 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to former First Lady Barbara Bush.
    • "John Meacham wrote the biography of George H.W. Bush, Barbara Bush's husband, to great acclaim. He had access to the diaries of president bush and Barbara Bush that was almost unparalleled with any other biographer's experience. So as a biographer who told us a lot about those two individuals. I thought a better name for John Meacham's book, it was named "Destiny and Power," which must have been a proper name because it sold a lot, would be "The last gentleman." If I were to make a really accurate suggestion about the title of the book, I would call it "The last gentleman and his lady" or maybe the - "The last gentleman and his very independent lady.""