Executive Session (Branch Nomination)
Feb 26 2018 05:27 PM
Senator Schumer: (4:09 p.m)
- Spoke on gun control.
- "Their passion and eloquence has been a moral force for change. Thank God for these students. They are urging us now to have a debate in Congress about something very straightforward. What can we do to stop very dangerous guns from getting into the hands of very dangerous people? How can we keep America safe at our movie theaters and nightclubs, at concerts and churches, and above all, at our schools. We need to get something real and significant accomplished. The problem of gun violence in this country is too immediate for another delay, too severe for half measures. Now the president, President Trump, has been talking about comprehensive background checks."
- Spoke on net neutrality.
- "When we force a vote on this bill, Republicans in Congress will for the first time have the opportunity to right the administration's wrong and show the American people whose side are they on? The average consumer will once again side with the big corporate interests. Are they on the side of big internet service providers and corporations or are they on the side of consumers, entrepreneurs, start-ups, and small business owners? Tomorrow, there will be a net neutrality day of action here on the hill that I hope will focus the senate's attention on the issue. We have 60 legislative days to pass this C.R.A, and I urge every single one of my Republican colleagues to join us and help save the internet."
Senator Casey: (4:17 p.m)
- Spoke in tribute to Marian B. Tasco.
- "After leaving Bennett, Marion task moved to Philadelphia to be with her family and continue her education at Temple University. Again, working to pay her way through school, she attended classes at night until her graduation. While she maintained a strong interest in serving others, she decided that politics and government rather than education would be her venue for service. In 1959, Marion began her work for the city of Philadelphia as a clerk typist one in the Philadelphia police department's Cuban broker's division. Not long thereafter, as a result of her diligent work, she was promoted to clerk typist two."
Senator Hatch: (4:45 p.m)
- Spoke on preventing school shootings.
- "That's why later this week I will introduce the Students, Teachers, and Officers Preventing School Violence Act, or the STOP School Violence Act. My bill makes Department of Justice grants available to states to fund programs designed to reduce school violence. To that end, the STOP School Violence Act will fund four initiatives. First, it will provide grant funding for evidence-based training to prevent student violence against others and self, including training for local law enforcement officers, school personnel, and students. This is not just an active shooter training, but training designed to give students and teachers the knowledge to recognize and properly respond to warning signs or signals to stop school violence before it occurs."
Senator Nelson: (4:59 p.m)
- Spoke on gun control.
- "An AR-15 bullet, however, to the middle of the liver would cause so much bleeding and so much tissue damage that the patient would likely never make it to the trauma center to receive our care. She continues. As a doctor I feel I have a duty to inform the public of what I have learned as I have observed these wounds and cared for these patients. It is clear to me that an ar-15 or other high-velocity weapons, especially when fitted with a high capacity magazine have no place in a civilian gun cabinet. And she says, banning an ar-15 should not be a partisan issue. The senseless shootings are not going to stop until we change ourselves as a culture."
Senator Isakson: (5:12 p.m)
- Spoke on the nomination of Elizabeth Branch to be United States Circuit Court Judge for the 11th Circuit.
- "She's a great lady, a great lawyer, was named to the court of appeals in Georgia by Governor Nathan Neil and will serve in the circuit court of appeals with honor and privilege in the United States of America. Most importantly, on a personal note, as I make these remarks, I'm sure my father, Ed Isakson and his best friend Harold Russell are looking down from heaven today on this occasion and recognizing it for the following reason. When Lisa went with the firm, she went to work with a firm that represented my father and his company, a firm that represented me. She's not unknown to me as a person, as a lawyer, as a litigator. She's a great individual in our state and has served a great service to our state, will be a great judge for the United States of America."