Schumer, Hatch, Cornyn

Executive Session (Bennett Nomination)

Senator Schumer: (10:23 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "In selecting Judge Kavanaugh, President Trump did exactly what he said he would do on the campaign trail - nominate someone who will overturn women's reproductive rights and strike down health care protections for millions of Americans. Including those with preexisting conditions. He's put at risk civil rights, labor rights, environmental rights, LGBTQ rights. How do we know? Because President Trump repeatedly promised to nominate justices who will overturn Roe v. Wade and who will undermine our health care laws. This didn't come out of a clear blue. President Trump promised it. Here's what he said. He would only pick, quote, pro-life judges who would, quote, automatically reverse Roe v. Wade. President Trump actually went so far as to say that women should be punished for their health care choices."

 

Senator Hatch: (10:37 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "At only 39 years of age he knew more about the law than most lawyers who practiced a lifetime. I think anybody who is fair would acknowledge that. Brett was confirmed to the D.C. Circuit in 2006 following years of obstruction by Senate Democrats. I was pleased and proud to support Brett's nomination to the D.C. Circuit, and I followed his work on that court the last dozen years with great interest. He spent a dozen years on that court, the second greatest court in our country without criticism, by the way, or at least I should say without fair criticism. He's been a true intellectual leader, offering landmark opinions on the separation of powers, administrative laws, national security."

 

Senator Cornyn: (11:01 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "And let's not forget that in order to obtain that important position, the Senate already confirmed him once in 2006 by a vote of 57-36. We all know this is President Trump's second nomination to the Supreme Court after that of Justice Neil Gorsuch just last year. Justice Gorsuch in his first term on the court has already demonstrated the power of his pen, the clarity of his thought, and the force of his legal reasoning, and I'm sure that Justice Scalia would be proud of his successor's impartiality and his rigor and his self-discipline. But based on his distinguished record, I think Judge Kavanaugh will display many of the same attributes that Justice Gorsuch has displayed on the Supreme Court. In coming weeks, we will hear a lot about Judge Kavanaugh's interesting life story, about his long career as a dedicated public servant, his service to his community, and, yes, his strong Catholic faith."