Cotton, Durbin, Cornyn

Executive Session (Ring Nomination)

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

  • Spoke in tribute to the Third Infantry Regiment.
    • "The Third Infantry is one of the nation's - is the nation's oldest active duty infantry unit and yet the reverence we feel for them goes beyond their mere length of service and to what they represent - into what they represent: The dignity of freedom. The Third Infantry reactivated on orders of the secretary of the army. The ceremony was held just a few steps from here on the east plaza of the Capitol. Then the Old Guard immediately conducted another ceremony to present the flag of liberation to the president pro tempore of the Senate and the speaker of the House. That flag had flown over this very capitol on Pearl Harbor Day in 1941. Then U.S. forces raised that flag over Rome and Berlin and Tokyo after we had defeated the Axis Powers."


Senator Durbin: (11:10 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the situation in Venezuela.
    • "Venezuela - of course on the north end of the South American continent - is a constant source of concern in the United States and the region. And I wanted to see for myself what was happening. No doubt many are aware that Venezuela has been suffering devastating economic and democratic backsliding. But what I found was a country that is on the edge of collapse. Facing overlapping economic, humanitarian, and political crises. On the economic side, Venezuela has so many positive things. It's rich in natural beauty, oil, minerals, human talent, but it's seen its economy run into the ground by mindless price controls, multiple exchange rates, and gross mismanagement."


Senator Cornyn: (11:30 a.m.)

  • Spoke on China.
    • "There are important protections in place like the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States that does look at some of those investments to make sure our national security interests aren't compromised, but by and large, China has open access to the U.S. and the U.S. market. China is the United States' largest merchandised trading partner and the third largest export market for U.S. goods abroad. Although the legitimate flow of goods and services between the United States and China has increased over the years and is in many respects a positive thing, statistics alone do not capture the whole story, hence the preface that I gave about the economist's view of what's changed in China. Unfortunately, why Chinese companies enjoy largely open access to the U.S. market in an economy that's receptive to foreign investment, U.S. companies are not afforded reciprocity in this regard."
  • Spoke on judicial nominations.
    • "He's only one part of a much larger and often untold story. As of earlier this month, 40 Article III judges that are federal life tenure judges have been confirmed under President Trump's tenure, 30. That's been in large part to the commitment of the Senate under our majority leader's leadership, making sure that this was a priority to confirm judges that have been passed out of the Judiciary Committee here on the floor of the senate and to maximize our floor time in order to get that - get that priority accomplished."
  • Spoke on preventing sex trafficking.
    • "Finally, Mr. President, for the skeptics who like to say that nothing good ever gets done here in Washington, I'd like to mention one other item, and that is the real positive consequences of a bill we just passed and that's being signed into law by the president today, the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act called FOSTA. The effort to pass it was led by our colleague, the junior senator from Ohio, Senator Portman, and I and others were honored to serve as original cosponsors of this legislation in the Senate."