Wrap Up (The Senate Stands Adjourned), Warren, Markey, Udall, Portman

Wrap Up

Tomorrow -

  • The Senate will convene at 12:00 p.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will proceed Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #788, Mike Pompeo, of Kansas, to be Secretary of State.
  • Note: on Tuesday, April 24, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #788, Mike Pompeo, of Kansas, to be Secretary of State.
  • Note: on Tuesday, April 24, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #619, Richard Grenell, of California, to be Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany.

 

Senator Warren: (5:03 p.m.)

  • Spoke on dark money in politics.
    • "But the truth is, the real battle is being fought out on the state and local level. Consider the State Policy Network, S.P.N. It's an umbrella alliance of over 60-member organizations covering nearly every state in the United States. Their member organizations hide behind deceptively a-political names like the Platt Institute for Economic Research or the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy. But these organizations, they are anything but a-political. These groups are the propaganda arm of right-wing billionaires. The State Policy Network, for example, is bankrolled by the Koch brothers through organizations like donors trust, one of the Kochs' favorite investment arms. In 2016 alone, donors trust made $20.3 million in grants to State Policy Network members." 

 

Senator Markey: (5:20 p.m.)

  • Spoke on dark money in politics.
    • "Borrowing from a phrase from Senator Whitehouse of Rhode Island, it is time to wake up to the threat of climate change. We must open our eyes to the insidious web of deceit that the Koch brothers, in alliance with the Trump administration, are weaving to promote an anti-science, anti-consumer, anti-renewable energy agenda. This web of deceit is something which the Koch brothers are proud of. Just last week they bragged to donors in a report that they were responsible for president trump's policy. Repealing the Clean Power Plan, check. Attacking public lands, check. Attempting to gut bedrock environmental laws for infrastructure projects, check. Leaving the Paris Climate Accord, check."

 

Senator Udall: (5:40 p.m.)

  • Spoke on dark money in politics.
    • "They receive funding directly and not so directly from the Koch brothers. Since 2008, one or the other has received funding from the Charles Koch Institute and antigovernment group formed from the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation, Freedom Partners called the Koch brothers secret bank, a 501-c-6 organization that gives tens of millions of dollars to extreme causes. The Wellspring Committee, Inc, funded with Koch brothers' help, donors trust, a pass-through organization for the Koch brothers and other ultra-wealthy donors trying to hide contributions and many other like-minded, anti-renewable pro- fossil fuel groups that the Koch brothers fund or are tied to."

 

Senator Portman: (5:54 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Richard Grenell to be U.S. Ambassador to Germany.
    • "Rick is well qualified. I think it's urgent that we growth him confirmed. By the way, Rick Grenell was actually nominated last fall. He was reported out of the Foreign Relations Committee with a positive vote on October 26, 2017. So for six months, he has been in limbo even after getting reported out of committee. He has been blocked by just a couple of Democrats, maybe just one, and this body has not had the chance to vote on him. That's why I was pleased to see the majority leader filed cloture and that's why we will get a vote this week on Mr. Grenell. I think he is very qualified for the position."
  • Spoke on the nomination of Mike Pompeo to be Secretary of State.
    • "When you look at the job of the secretary of state, this body has been able to support people who they may not be able to agree on every policy issue, or agree with the president who appointed that person, but realize that the president should have his or her own person in that job, particularly the secretary of state. With regard to Senator Kerry, who was a colleague of ours here. When he was up for the confirmation vote, the vote was 94 senators out of 100 supporting him. With regard to Secretary Clinton, when she was nominated, she was confirmed by a vote of 94 senators - 94 out of 100 voted for her. Now, that's been more or less typical. Collin Powell was confirmed by a unanimous vote of this body. Condoleezza Rice was voted in with 80 votes. I don't think they can dispute the fact that he is qualified for this job. He is a man who has been successful in everything he has done."