Hirono, Leahy, Casey, Cornyn

Executive Session (Kavanaugh Nomination)

Senator Hirono: (1:32 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "And I feel extremely grateful for them and for the overwhelming amount of support that I have received and continue to receive during this extremely difficult and painful time. There may be people with power who are looking the other way but there are millions more who are standing together speaking up about personal experiences of sexual violence and taking action to support survivors. This is truly a collective moment of survivors and allies standing together. Thank you for hearing me, seeing me, and believing me. I am grateful for each and every one of you."

 

Senator Leahy: (1:48 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "And in shaping the legal justifications for some of the Bush administration's most extreme and eventually discredited policies. I've never seen a nominee so casually willing to evade and deny the truth in service of his own raw ambition. For decades that ambition has led him step after step to evade the truth if it's in any way going to stop his ambitions. And the truth is we're just beginning to learn about Judge Kavanaugh's dishonesty under oath. His testimony during his 2004 and 2006 hearing only came to light as the Judiciary Committee obtained some of his white house e-mails."

 

Senator Casey: (2:06 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "This administration and congressional Republicans have been trying for the better part of the last two years to rip away health care coverage from the people who need it the most across America. Republicans in both branches of government, the executive branch and the legislative branch have attempted to decimate Medicaid, and although they've been unable so far to fully repeal the Affordable Care Act here in Congress, the Republicans have turned to the courts to sabotage the health care system and the Affordable Care Act."

 

Senator Cornyn: (2:22 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Mr. President, in a few moments, we will vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court. It is time. Justice Gorsuch and justice Sotomayor were confirmed 66 days after they were nominated. Today marks the 90th day since President Trump nominated Judge Kavanaugh, so this is in line with the time frame for previous justices. What is different, though, about this nomination is the manifest unfairness in the way it was conducted and in the tone of some senators as well as the special interest groups that support them."