Barrasso, Gardner, Brown

Executive Session (Vought Nomination)

Senator Barrasso: (3:44 p.m)

  • Spoke on tax reform.
    • "This is a report from the top economist at the White House, and according to the report, the tax relief law that we have passed, signed into law, is going to raise the average wages for working families across this country by over $4,000 over the long run. Now, that's a huge raise. This report said that more than four million workers are also getting one-time cash bonuses and other benefits. Mr. President, these one-time cash bonuses mean a great deal to American families. It says that so far, over $2 billion in cash bonuses have been given, and today in Wyoming, we hear another great report that taco John's, an establishment that when I was in the Wyoming legislature I frequently went to eat lunch, as did so many members of the Wyoming legislature, they are providing bonuses for employees."
  • Spoke on energy infrastructure.
    • "The important role that it has, and the fact that we can export our energy, not just to the Midwest or to the eastern parts of this country, but that we can take that gas produced in Wyoming and Colorado, and we can export it to Asia, we can export it to Europe, countries that want American energy, desire American resources, not energy resources from tyrants and dictators like Russia and other places that we may see around the globe."


Senator Gardner: (3:57 p.m)

  • Spoke on the Bureau of Land Management.
    • "Unfortunately, in recent years, directives and management coming from the B.L.M headquarters in Washington, long ways away from the publicly held lands out west, the 200-plus million acres of federal land held by the B.L.M thousands of miles away from Washington, D.C, these decisions coming out of Washington, D.C have favored deep pocketed, radical special interests over field office decisions and the opinions of those who live near and who actually use this land. Whether it's the reduction of grazing permits, the concept of multiple use, something that was fundamental to the founding of our public land agencies has fallen out of favor with the Bureau of Land Management.


Senator Brown: (4:26 p.m)

  • Spoke on the Department of Labor.
    • "This administration's turned that upside down where the secretary of labor is advocating for employers and basically legalizing wage theft. Taking that money from tipped workers who work so hard. You know how hard everybody at a diner works? They are not making a lot of money. They rely on those tips. We're going to say the U.S government, the Department of Labor, the president of the United States is going to say, oh, it's all right to take some of these tip dollars and put them in my pocket as the employer or give it to the workers in the kitchen whom the company underpays because they're going to supplement their underpaid wages with tips. Mr. President, it's mean-spirited, it is legitimizing wage theft, and we should have no business doing it."