Tillis, Schumer, Booker

Executive Session (Marcus Nomination)

Senator Tillis: (10:38 a.m.)

  • Spoke on Pastor Andrew Brunson.
    • "I'm talking about Pastor Brunson who has been in prison in Turkey since 2016. The only thing he - he is guilty of is being a missionary, who spent 20 years of his life to bringing the word of God to Turkey. You can talk about all the trumped up charges after I spent in a courtroom in Turkey, or when I spoke to Pastor Brunson when I spoke to him in prison. This is relevant to the defense authorization to put Turkey on notice that this is unacceptable. Turkey has been an ally of the United States since 1952."


Senator Schumer: (10:41 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the NDAA.
    • "Later today the Senate will move to consideration of the John S. McCain Defense Authorization Act, the annual defense authorization is something our friend, Senator McCain, cared dearly about and talked to me and we wish he were here to shepherd on the floor. It is important for our national security and for Senator McCain and make sure this critical bill moves forward on a steady track."
  • Spoke on China.
    • "The president has talked tough on China. President Trump and I agree very strongly - we had agreed. I don't know where he is now. But in the past we've agreed. We just had a conversation a few weeks ago about the need to combat China's rapacious trade practices. Initially I was hopeful the president would follow through. He seemed to do this out of conviction. But it seems that even though President Trump roars like a lion on China, he behaves like a lamb. Instead of ramping up pressure on China, he tells them he's weak."
  • Spoke on the emoluments clause.
    • "They knew then what we know now. We don't want double-dealing by our elected officials. And when they have private interests, you never know are they acting in what they believe is the national interest or what will help make them a profit. With President Trump, we sincerely hope that no such self-enrichment is going on, but it remains a great concern to millions of Americans that president trump has maintained a stake in vast business empire withholdings all over the world."


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

  • Spoke on the nomination of Kenneth Marcus to be Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights.
    • "One of the most critical functions of the Department of Education is the role in enforcing federal civil rights and uphold the protection of student civil rights in schools. The Office of Civil Rights within the Department of Education is a particularly important instrument in enforcing civil rights in schools, protecting those precious rights of our children, ensuring that schools provide students with access to equal educational students and a nondiscriminatory environment in which to learn. It's this idea we have in our country that's fundamental that we have a level playing field and abundant opportunity for all kids, no matter what their background."