Whitehouse, Warren, Wyden (Note: Floor Updates are suspended until 9:00 a.m. tomorrow)

Morning Business

Senator Whitehouse: (7:34 p.m.)

  • Spoke on judicial nominations.
    • "It would be the chance where you could stand up against wealth, where you could stand up against power, and even if they controlled the legislature, even if they controlled the governor, you still had your shot before that jury of your peers and in those courts. So that's the context for looking at these judges who are being put forward by a special interest apparatus of perhaps unprecedented power in our country's history, certainly unprecedented power in our country's history since Teddy Roosevelt broke the back of the big trusts and the big business interests that had dominated in his era. Here we have these two characters coming through. One is Mr. Bounds."


Senator Warren: (7:58 p.m.)

  • Spoke on judicial nominations.
    • "I want to thank Senator Merkley for bringing us here this evening to give us this chance to talk about a Supreme Court nominee and to have us all here to talk about a whole range of issues, because this Supreme Court nominee will affect the lives of every single human being. So thank you very much, Senator Merkley, for doing this. Mr. President, since day one, the Trump administration has been plagued with chaos, corruption, and broken promises. Candidate Trump promised to drain the swamp in Washington, but this administration is teaming with shady, corrupt, political appointees."


Senator Wyden: (8:14 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Ryan Bounds to be a U.S. Circuit Court Judge for the Ninth Circuit.
    • "As I indicated, I believe that the debate about Ryan Bounds is not a typical debate on a typical nomination for reasons I'm going to outline tonight. And in my view, it is vital that the Senate look at this nomination in a broader context, particularly as it relates to what I call the decline of principled bipartisanship here in the Senate. And I want to be clear about what I mean when I mention the word "principled bipartisanship." And the reason I describe it that way. Bipartisanship born of principle. Bipartisanship is not about taking each other's bad ideas."