Heller, Schumer, Hatch, Daines

Executive Session (Quattlebaum Nomination)

Senator Heller: (9:57 a.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to the late former Senator Paul Laxalt.
    • "He said, always stay close to families, friends, and constituents, they'll never lead you astray. Having been a presidential campaign advisor to President Reagan, President Bush, his advice carried great weight and I knew I needed to listen to every piece of advice he was willing to give me. Senator Laxalt had a profound impact on many of my colleagues here in the Senate. It didn't matter if you were a Democrat or Republican, Senator Laxalt would be your friend. In fact, on my very first day as a senator, I remember my colleague, Senator Leahy, telling me about all of his work and his fond memories of his friend Senator Laxalt."

 

Senator Schumer: (10:05 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "We've already achieved substantial increases in funding for important priorities through the appropriations process, including significant new resources for the N.I.H., significant new resources to combat the opioid epidemic, significant new investments in infrastructure, child care, social security, and the V.A. That's a big victory for the American people who have waited too long for our country to invest in them. Middle-class families are worried about staying in the middle class. People trying to get to the middle class are worried that the ladder is steeper and longer. These kinds of things help them, college affordability, helping with child care, building infrastructure, making sure social security is around."
  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "This effort by former President Bush does not represent the National Archives or the George Bush presidential library. That's what the archivists said. They are separating themselves from such a secretive, nondemocratic process. For a down the middle organization like the national archives, very reluctant to comment on political matters to put out a statement like this goes to show how far the Republicans, Chairman Grassley, have departed from precedent. The obstruction is shocking. Everywhere you look Republicans are deciding what constitutes the proper review of a nominee chosen by a Republican president."

 

Senator Hatch: (10:17 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "There's been much ado about documents, but in the end it's much ado about nothing. One of the things - I heard many of my colleagues say is that because we reviewed all of Justice Kagan's records from the time she was in the executive branch, we must review every scrap of paper that crossed Judge Kavanaugh's desk while he was in the executive branch. That just isn't so. When Justice Kagan was nominated, the Senate did not ask for nor did it receive all of her records from the time in the Obama administration. In fact, the Senate never requested, and the Obama administration never provided, any of Justice Kagan's records from her time as solicitor general, and they certainly did ask for every document from the solicitor general's office that referred to Justice Kagan by name, initials, or title."
  • Spoke on suicide prevention.
    • "Too many Americans who are struggling with mental illness or who see their family or friends suffering do not know where to turn for help. But by making resources like the national suicide prevention lifeline system more accessible and user friendly we can truly save thousands of lives. I would like to thank all of those who helped to get this bill across the finish line, including Utah State Senator Thatcher and Congressman Chris Stewart who introduced the bill in the House."

 

Senator Daines: (10:40 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Madam President, I come to the floor today to discuss one of the significant - most significant responsibilities I have as a United States senator, and that's providing advice and consent on the president's nominee to the Supreme Court. I just had the privilege of hearing from my very distinguished colleague, Senator Hatch, Chairman Hatch, President Pro Tem of the Senate Hatch. I heard about the scandals. He drives a minivan, he goes to church on Sundays. For heaven's sake, he's a Redskins fan? I applaud the chairman for sharing perspective around some of the ludicrous arguments by those on the other side to obstruct this outstanding nominee for the United States Supreme Court Judge Kavanaugh."